Greetings, Crimson Families!
Now that August has arrived, I wanted to reach out and connect with all Crimson families – first and foremost, from my family to yours, I send you my very best wishes with the hope that this has been an enjoyable and refreshing Minnesota summer for each of you. I keep reminding myself, "It's still summer!" despite area retailers having had their "back to school" merchandise out for several weeks, no doubt prompting a wave of reactions by our kids (and families, too). It's all good.
Allow me to give a very warm welcome our incoming 9th grade families! I sincerely look forward to welcoming the mighty Class of 2022 at Student Orientation on August 22 and connecting with you throughout the year. Relationships are everything, and I am excited to soon have the building filled with the best students and families one could possibly hope for.
The Becker household has been holding its own this summer. My lovely wife, Olga, and I are very grateful and fortunate to have a happy, healthy and active family. In addition to soccer, basketball and gymnastics, we've now got volleyball and dance among the passions embraced by our kids – Eli (12), Ania (9), Maksim (7), and Evelyn (5). Eli and Ania also completed their first kids' triathlon just this past weekend, which was fun for the whole family. All four will now be attending school in September, as Evelyn starts kindergarten. Time flies. And I fully admit that I was roped into this, but I am among perhaps a dozen or so Crimson staff members who will be participating in the Maple Grove Triathlon later this month.
This is an entirely new venture for me after playing multiple high school and college sports, but it has quickly become an enjoyable (and humbling) experience to train and I'm looking forward to the big day. That being said, if anybody has any good survival tips, send them my way. Having sent off the Class of 2018 at 3M Arena at Mariucci this past June, we now look ahead to the new school year and the return of our amazing students! It is truly an honor to work at Maple Grove Senior High with, and for, your kids. We are currently slated to have 2370 students among our Crimson Family this year, and each one is personal to us.
My priority is to strengthen our positive school culture and climate so that each of our students can walk into our building confident that they are loved, supported, challenged, and driven to achieve their academic potential. The Crimson Way – Motivation, Gratitude, Scholarship, and Honor – is the bedrock of school and we purposefully teach, model and reinforce these values for our students. The 2017-18 school year was one for the books and it presented our school community with enormous opportunities, as well as challenges. To the great credit of our students, staff and families, we are a stronger, more inclusive and more responsive school. We're going to carry this momentum into the 2018-19 school year!
Communication is a huge priority of mine, so I strongly encourage you to connect to our school social media outlets:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MapleGroveSrHS
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/MapleGroveSrHS
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/maplegrovesrhs
- School Website: http://schools.district279.org/mgsh/
I invite you to connect with me, as well. I do my best to post regularly the highlights of our Crimson Family as well as important information for students and families:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrincipalBecker
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/MGSHPrincipal
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/principalbecker/
- Google+: https://www.google.com/+BartCBecker
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/BartCBecker
Some key dates on the horizon:
- August 1: Fall activities registration is officially OPEN - click here to register via FeePay
- August 8: Tri I parking permits go on sale for seniors via FeePay (August 15 for juniors, and August 22 for sophomores if any remain)
- August 22: Student Orientation (click here for detailed information)
- Grade 9: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (enter through the A Doors and proceed down to the cafeteria)
- Grades 10-12: drop-in basis any time between 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- August 23: Chromebook distribution (8:00 - 11:30 for grades 9-10; 12:30 - 3:00 for grades 11-12)
- September 4: First day of school!
- September 5: Learning Conferences (families follow their students' schedule and meet teachers)
- September 17-22: Homecoming Week
- October 11 and 16: Tri I Parent/Teacher Conferences
- June 8: Commencement (One can never look too far ahead.)
Please see our Tri I Newsletter for a wealth of information about all things Maple Grove Senior High!
As always, thank you for your support of Maple Grove and for sending us such amazing students – they are the heart and soul of the Crimson Family. Because of them, I can say every day, “This is the best job I’ve ever had.”
Enjoy the rest of your summer, and we'll be in touch as we approach the 2018-19 school year!
Yours very sincerely,
Bart Becker, Principal