Page last updated: 5/30/17

The information on this page describes actions taken by Maple Grove Senior High in response to the racist graffiti incident of November 9, 2016. This page will be updated on an ongoing basis as additional actions are identified and implemented.

Overall goal:  Ensure each student feels safe and welcome at Maple Grove Senior High.

Objectives

  1. Staff will identify and respond to the impact of race and culture on teaching and learning.
  2. Students will feel safe, respected and valued, and will be motivated to contribute to and sustain a safe and healthy school culture.
  3. Staff and students will be empowered to respond to acts of racial harassment/violence and bullying.
  4. Families will be informed about actions the school and district are taking to respond to the racist graffiti incident, along with school-level actions to promote a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.

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Page last updated: 5/30/17

The information on this page describes actions taken by Maple Grove Senior High in response to the racist graffiti incident of November 9, 2016. This page will be updated on an ongoing basis as additional actions are identified and implemented.

Overall goal:  Ensure each student feels safe and welcome at Maple Grove Senior High.

Objectives

  1. Staff will identify and respond to the impact of race and culture on teaching and learning.
  2. Students will feel safe, respected and valued, and will be motivated to contribute to and sustain a safe and healthy school culture.
  3. Staff and students will be empowered to respond to acts of racial harassment/violence and bullying.
  4. Families will be informed about actions the school and district are taking to respond to the racist graffiti incident, along with school-level actions to promote a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.

 (click on each highlighted objective to expand, or view all)

Staff will identify and respond to the impact of race and culture on teaching and learning.

Staff will identify and respond to the impact of race and culture on teaching and learning.

Examples of how we intend to achieve this objective: Seek out and elevate student voice; provide staff professional development; create opportunities for staff to engage in conversations with students and with each other about race.

May 2017  
5/1/17 Professional Development (licensed staff): MGSH staff members reflected on their own practice through a racial perspective and committed to sustaining their professional growth into the 2017-18 school year
5/2/17 Equity Team–REAL Talk daylong retreat to build trust and strengthen relationships for a more safe and welcome school environment
5/8/17 Convened an Equity Team meeting to finalize goals for 2017-18 and coordinate action over the summer break

April 2017  
4/11/17 Convened an Equity Team meeting to set goals for 2017-18 and coordinate action for Tri III
4/25/17 Convened an Equity Team meeting to continue work on our goals for 2017-18 and plan for the E-Team/REAL Talk retreat on 5/2/17
4/27/17 Professional Development (licensed staff): Examined and identified classroom instructional strategies that have successfully contributed to a safe and welcoming school culture

March 2017  
3/1/17 Equity Team Seminar to strengthen our building leadership for racial equity
3/2/17 Equity Team Seminar to strengthen our building leadership for racial equity
3/13/17 Convened an Equity Team meeting to coordinate action for Tri III
3/20/17 Professional Development (licensed staff): Examined latest graduation data and how to apply it towards our future work for equitable results
3/22/17 Professional Development (nonlicensed staff): Learned about new School Board Policy on Racial Equity and provided feedback on the policy and procedure

February 2017  
2/13/17 Convened an Equity Team meeting to deepen our understanding of race/culture on learning
2/15/17 Professional Development (licensed staff): Learned about new School Board Policy on Racial Equity and provided feedback on the policy and procedure

January 2017  
1/9/17 Convened Equity Team meeting to collaborate and plan for 1/30 staff development workshop
1/30/17 Professional Development: Student panel sharing lived racial experiences in order to help staff identify and respond to the influence of race and culture on learning
December 2016  
12/12/16 Professional Development: Optional Restorative Circle for staff to process the November 9 incident and share how the event has impacted them
November 2016  
11/10/16 School administrators convened an emergency staff meeting to give direction for supporting students
11/10/16 School administrators met with group of students of color to solicit their perspectives on their experiences at school
11/11/16 School administrators met with staff members of color to gather their perspectives and identify what, if any, support was needed
11/14/16 Convened Equity Team meeting to identify ways to strengthen racial and cultural responsiveness of MGSH staff
11/17/16 Professional Development: Optional staff meeting to discuss incident and develop ideas for creating a safer environment for Black students
11/21/16 Professional Development (licensed staff): Emphasized priority of work to become a racially and culturally responsive school; provided opportunity for staff to gain deeper understanding of the themes shared by Black students regarding their lived experiences at MGSH
11/30/16 Professional Development (non-licensed staff): Emphasized that work to become a racially and culturally responsive school is the highest priority; provided opportunity for staff to gain deeper understanding of the themes shared by Black students regarding their lived experiences at MGSH (staff watched the recorded video of the 11/21/16 staff meeting)

 

Students will feel safe, respected and valued, and will be motivated to contribute to and sustain a safe and healthy school culture.

Students will feel safe, respected and valued, and will be motivated to contribute to and sustain a safe and healthy school culture.

Examples of how we intend to achieve this objective:  Seek out and elevate student voice to better understand students’ lived experiences; develop student leadership committed to interrupting racism; provide training regarding bullying and harassment policy; create closer alignment between Crimson Way and racial equity work.

May 2017  
5/2/17 Equity Team–REAL Talk daylong retreat to build trust and strengthen relationships for a more safe and welcome school environment
5/19/17 REAL Talk meeting (students)
5/30/17 Student and Staff Restorative Circles, a facilitated dialogue among MGSH students and staff with varying lived experiences

April 2017  
4/11/17 Student and Staff Restorative Circles, a facilitated dialogue among MGSH students and staff with varying lived experiences
4/21/17 REAL Talk meeting (students)

March 2017  
3/17/17 REAL Talk meeting (students)
3/20/17 Monthly lunch meeting between Principal Becker and Black students to check in and hear about their experiences at school
3/24/17 REAL Talk meeting (students)

February 2017  
2/1/17 Student and Staff Restorative Circles, a facilitated dialogue among MGSH students and staff with varying lived experiences
2/10/17 Monthly lunch meeting between Principal Becker and Black students to check in and hear about their experiences at school
2/10/17 REAL Talk meeting (students)
January 2017  
1/6/17 REAL Talk meeting (students) 
1/13/17 REAL Talk meeting (students)
1/30/17 Student panel at staff professional development session; panelists shared their lived racial experiences with MGSH staff
December 2016  
12/9/16 REAL Talk meeting (students)
12/8/16 Principal convened a meeting with student leaders to introduce Restorative Circle concept and encourage participation
12/13/16 Student Restorative Circle, a facilitated dialogue among MGSH students with varying lived experiences
12/16/16 REAL Talk meeting (students)
12/19/16 Professional Development (licensed staff): Meeting to increase the capacity of staff to understand and respond to the impact of race and culture on learning
12/21/16 Professional Development (non-licensed staff): Meeting to increase the capacity of staff to understand and respond to the impact of race and culture on learning
12/20/16 Class meeting, grades 11-12
12/21/16 Class meeting, grade 9
12/22/16 Class meeting, grade 10
Purpose of above class meetings was to engage every student in thinking about the racial incident; to help them understand that everyone has different stories and unique lived experiences, and that every MGSH student has the potential to make a purposeful, positive impact on other students at school
November 2016  
11/10/16 School administrators met with students of color to listen to and gain better understanding of their experiences
11/11/16 School administrators met with Black student leaders to listen to and gain better understanding of their experiences
11/16/16 School administrators met with Black student leaders to listen to and gain better understanding of their experiences
11/18/16 REAL Talk, a student racial equity leadership group, convened a meeting
11/21/16 School administrators met with Black student leaders to listen to and gain better understanding of their experiences
11/23/16 Monthly lunch meeting between Principal Becker and Black students to check in with them about their experiences at school

 

Staff and students will be empowered to respond to acts of racial harassment/violence and bullying.

Staff and students will be empowered to respond to acts of racial harassment/violence and bullying.

Examples of how we intend to achieve this objective:  Staff professional development regarding policies on racial harassment/violence and bullying (per School Board policies); student education on policies regarding racial harassment/violence and bullying (per School Board policies); focus on individual responsibility to contribute to positive school climate and culture

May 2017  
5/1/17 Professional Development (licensed staff): MGSH staff members reflected on their own practice through a racial perspective and committed to sustaining their professional growth into the 2017-18 school year
5/2/17 Equity Team–REAL Talk daylong retreat to build trust and strengthen relationships for a more safe and welcome school environment
5/30/17 Student and Staff Restorative Circles, a facilitated dialogue among MGSH students and staff with varying lived experiences

April 2017  
4/11/17 Student and Staff Restorative Circles, a facilitated dialogue among MGSH students and staff with varying lived experiences
4/27/17 Professional Development (licensed staff): Examined and identified classroom instructional strategies that have successfully contributed to a safe and welcoming school culture

February 2017  
2/1/17 Student and Staff Restorative Circles, a facilitated dialogue among MGSH students and staff with varying lived experiences

January 2017  
1/4/17 Additional review of The Crimson Way, the student handbook, and racial harassment/violence and bullying policies during all Foundations (homeroom) classes
December 2016  
12/7/16 Review of student handbook and racial harassment/violence and bullying policies during all Foundations (homeroom) classes; emphasized “See It, Hear It, Report It”
12/19/16 Professional Development (licensed staff):  additional training regarding how to respond to instances of racial harassment/violence and bullying
12/21/16 Professional Development (non-licensed staff):  additional training regarding how to respond to instances of racial harassment/violence and bullying
November 2016  
11/10/16 Public address announcement in response to racist graffiti calling students to positive action
11/18/16 Public address message to students about no tolerance of racial harassment and violence or bullying; promising swift action; and calling on students to respond/report
11/21/16 Email and staff meeting to reinforce responsibility of all staff to enforce racial harassment/violence and bullying policies

 

Families will be informed about actions the school and district are taking to respond to the racist graffiti incident, along with school-level actions to promote a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.

Families will be informed about actions the school and district are taking to respond to the racist graffiti incident, along with school-level actions to promote a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.

Examples of how we intend to achieve this objective:  Direct communication with families (email, phone, print); conversations with parent representatives at Site Council meetings; structured opportunities for families to talk about race and their student’s/family’s experiences at Maple Grove Senior High; informal opportunities to talk with school leaders about student/family experiences at Maple Grove Senior High.

May 2017   
5/10/17 REAL Talk Family Night #5: Invitation to all MGSH families of students of color

April 2017  
4/5/17 Crimson Site Council Meeting
4/5/17 REAL Talk Family Night #3: Invitation to all MGSH families of students of color
4/19/17 REAL Talk Family Night #4: Invitation to all MGSH families of students of color

February 2017  
2/8/17 REAL Talk Family Night #2: Invitation to all MGSH families of students of color
January 2017  
1/3/17 Crimson Site Council meeting
1/4/17 REAL Talk Family Night #1: Invitation to all MGSH families of students of color
1/25/17 Opportunities for families to talk with principal at parent/teacher conferences
December 2016  
12/22/16 Tri II newsletter message from Principal to families which conveyed actions taken since the incident
November 2016  
11/9/16 Message from Principal Bart Becker to families to inform them of racist graffiti incident
11/10/16 Message from Supt. Kate Maguire to families with an update on the incident
11/18/16 Email from Principal Becker to MGSH families, sharing the public address message delivered to students that day
11/21/16 Message from Supt. Kate Maguire to families with an update on investigation

 

Future work

Future work

  • Continued professional development for staff
  • Continued structured and informal opportunities to hear family and student voice
  • Examine how to more closely align Crimson Way with racial equity work
  • Identify additional tactics for communicating expectations to students
REAL Talk Family Night #4: Invitation to all MGSH families of students of color

School Info

Maple Grove Senior High
9800 Fernbrook Lane N
Maple Grove MN  55369
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School Hours
7:30 am - 2:00 pm
Office Hours
7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Phone & Fax

School Office
763-391-8700

Safe Schools Tip Line
763-391-8660

General Fax
763-391-8701

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