Strengthening Our Sustainability

从博士. Bill Hudson, Head of School

This is the fourth of a four-part series of Head’s Messages that dives deep into MPA’s new strategic plan, 2024病房. Today we will outline this priority: Enhance institutional capacity by continuing to strengthen financial sustainability. The first article 可能会发现 在这里. The second article 可能会发现 在这里. The third article 可能会发现 在这里. 2024年概述病房 可能会发现 在这里.

每当我回到密歇根州兰辛市的“家”时,我总会抽出时间开车经过我童年的家. 当uwin电竞搬进来的时候, 这是在一个新郊区建造的第一个房子,原来是一个奶牛场的空地. I vividly remember planting several saplings with my dad 和 impatiently asking him 当他们 would grow to become shade trees to protect my bedroom window from the glaring summer sun. 大约50年后, I marvel at their size 和 find joy knowing they provide shade 和 comfort to the current family that occupies the house.

差不多以同样的方式, uwin电竞的创始家族所做的决定和采取的行动,今天都使uwin电竞的学生受益. The most obvious example is the generosity of donors over the years that have contributed to our endowment, 是7美元,104,0.04亿年. While relatively modest for a school our size, 利用捐赠基金直接资助为在校学生提供的项目和服务. 阅读更多


中学 Division 新闻 2022年1月27日

从博士. Jenn Milam, 中学 Director

Winter Conferences Are Almost Here
您与uwin电竞的合作关系是您学生成功的重要组成部分. 最重要的是, 你的学生需要知道,你让他们在学业上成为一个好学生, 一个有爱心的人,积极贡献uwin电竞的学校社区成员, 你重视并与他们的老师一起帮助他们做到最好!

uwin电竞正急切地为下周即将到来的冬季会议做准备. Please take this time to ask questions, 好奇地听, 和 work to find ways that you can support 和 reinforce the learning that is happening at school at home–和 we pledge to do the same!

保存日期! 中学 Community Event
周五,2月25日,uwin电竞将装载5个(是的,我说的是5个!) buses 和 take all middle school students to Badl和s SnowPark for an afternoon of SnowTubing fun (2:30-5:30 PM)! This is not just a student event, 事实上, uwin电竞的中学家长协会计划带来一辆餐车, 燃起一堆巨大的篝火, 和 an event that will welcome 父母, 家庭, 和 siblings to the hill for fun 和 community time.

更多的信息即将发布, 食品成本, 为学生和家庭提供交通信息. 请在您的日历上保存日期,并计划参加与其他家庭的会面, 老师, 和学生.

Reminder: Quarter 2 Grade Reports
第二季度的等级报告从周一开始延迟, 1月24日至星期一, 1月30日,7-12年级的学生转入虚拟学校的时间很短. uwin电竞决定给老师和学生更多的灵活性和时间来结束第二季. We hope that this helped to mediate any negative impact on student’s academic st和ings that may have happened with all the shifts in the last few weeks. 阅读更多


认识一下科里·贝克尔·金,国际学生项目协调员

Cory working with an international student

Cory Becker-Kim是国际学生项目协调员和高级语言 & MPA文化教师.

How many years have you been at MPA?
1 1/2

What do you love about MPA?
真诚的人们和MPA社区想要教学, learn from 和 inspire students 和 people alike.

MPA如何激励那些有远大梦想、做正确事情的学生?
By teaching everyone the importance of listening, 作为世界公民,尊重世界,为世界做贡献.

如果你在其他学校工作过,你在MPA的经历有什么不同?
我想说,在MPA最大的不同是学校价值观的实际实践和实际生活. 阅读更多


Building A Brighter Future

热烈祝贺未来之城八年级的参赛者们! MPA,在它参与的第三年,有uwin电竞最好的表现!

This year’s competition entailed the same elements: a 1500-word essay in collaboration with their English class, a physical model of their city, 和一个演示. 然而,学生们必须解决的问题每年都在改变. 学生们今年面临的挑战是建设一个无垃圾的城市. 这个主题很大程度上受到了自然及其循环过程的启发, 其中一个有机体的废物是另一个有机体的食物. 现代人类世界, 然而, 以线性方式运作,遵循获取自然资源的路径, 创建可使用的产品, then discarding them–from water bottles to clothing. While recycled materials are becoming more popular, today’s approach does not have a productive way to capture most of the limited resources 和 materials that our trash is composed of. 不幸的是,这给人类带来了污染和许多其他问题, 动物王国, 和 the world’s natural processes. 这个挑战旨在培养年轻人的思想,以建立一个进步的、更健康的世界.

Below are summaries of this year’s a病房s:

Zenaida这个“未来之城”在明尼苏达州的总体排名中名列第三, Best Infrastructure/Commercial Layout, 和 Best Age-Friendly City! The team was composed of MPA eighth graders Izzy V.安德里亚·P.艾比米.Teagan O.安塞尔年代.,和罗茜B. 在质疑, Izzy commented on how Andrea 和 Abby are new students to MPA this year 和 how the process of bringing them into the MPA community was special.

La异食癖Del 'Acqua: This Future City was made by Liam K.杜鲁门W., Coba D.,博伊德.马特·T.阿米莉亚V.,和罗马S. 这个小组获得了明尼苏达州最佳散文奖和最具创新力城市设置奖!

Greenwaters: This group was composed of Mina K.Zara G.萨曼塔克. X,艾米.利亚姆米.,以及Nellie L. 他们的“绿水之城”赢得了“杰出未来城市项目计划”!

A special shout out goes out to the MPA 老师, 工作人员, 还有帮助学生写论文的导师, providing information on sustainable food, ecosystems 和 waste-free programs, 和模型. 基于项目的学习需要不可估量的时间、计划、承诺和协作. 这些孩子将来会把世界照顾得很好!

uwin电竞感谢以下专业人士的指导者和评委,

导师:
Chris McLaughlin–Retired 3M Executive
Aimee Pearce–Medical Doctor
奥利维亚E. LeDee, Ph值.D.–Acting Federal Director, U.S. 地质调查,中西部气候适应科学中心
Doug Galler-Architect
Mike Darrow–City Planner, Maplewood

法官:
丽莎淡水河谷
约瑟夫普
凯特·约翰斯顿
Paula Tuebo Munkelwitz
主任Carol Bagnoli
拉斐尔科菲
斯科特·伯内特
莎莉多尔蒂
梅根·大师
布丽姬特迈耶
九年级未来城市老兵:亚历克斯·米拉姆,利亚姆·奥基夫,罗文·穆罗尼,阿里·祖哈布,扎伊纳布·洛迪


A Culture Of Respect, 股本, And Belonging

从博士. Bill Hudson, Head of School

这是《uwin电竞》系列文章的第三部分,该系列文章将深入探讨MPA的新战略计划, 2024病房. 今天,uwin电竞将概述这一优先事项:确保一个公平和包容的社会. The second article 可能会发现 在这里. 2024年概述病房 可能会发现 在这里.

我本周的文章强调了uwin电竞新战略计划的第二优先事项,这并非偶然. 马丁·路德·金说:“现在是做正确事情的时候了。. in a speech at Oberlin College on October 22, 1964. 在这充满暴力的一年,在选举即将到来之际,奥巴马总统的竞选活动正在进行. King noted that while behavior cannot be legislated, 但保护非裔美国人的尊严和生命也同样至关重要. 57年后, our society continues to grapple with not just individual acts of racism but institutional 和 structural racism that deprives Black, 土著, 有色人种实现了他们完整的人性.

Since the founding of MPA in 1982, our school has been committed to embracing diversity, 寻求公平, 和 continually striving to be profoundly inclusive. 它一直是全国独立学校中的佼佼者, 远远超前于时代, 比如性取向和性别认同. 作为一个社区, uwin电竞致力于为所有人营造一个安全、包容的空间, 关注性别认同与性别平等, 宗教的理解, 社会经济多样性, 多元文化意识, 和 racial diversity of students 和 工作人员. 股本, 正义, 包容是uwin电竞的使命,也是uwin电竞的学生准备学习的关键, 生活, 和 thrive in an increasingly diverse world.

我为uwin电竞在历史上对多样性的承诺感到自豪, 股本, MPA和夹杂物, I also acknowledge the pain 和 trauma some of our students of color endured at MPA over the last forty years 和 continue to experience now. 说MPA是一个保险箱, 包容的社区是真实的,也是鼓舞人心的. uwin电竞正处于巨大的社会变革之中,伴随着变革的是不确定的时期, 中断, 和不适. 尽管如此, 作为一个社区,uwin电竞必须重新致力于体现尊重文化的行动和价值观, 股本, 和归属感.

2020年秋天, 我成立了一个反种族主义行动小组,让MPA社区参与反思, 宣传, 采取行动消除uwin电竞学校和更大社区的种族主义. 学生组成的, 父母, 校友, 教师, 工作人员, 和受托人, the Antiracism Action Group met throughout the year 和 recommended a series of concrete steps to be taken to address institutional 和 individual bias 和 racism in our school. The recommendations were accepted by the Board of Trustees last year 和 serve as the foundation of this pillar of our strategic plan.

执行这一优先事项的工作是uwin电竞社会所有成员的责任. 2024病房需要在短期和短期行动与长期战略之间取得平衡. 推动这项重要工作,并让uwin电竞所有人负起责任, MPA董事会成立了董事会级别的公平和归属委员会. The 股本 和 Belonging Committee will engage the larger MPA community to create a multi-year comprehensive action plan with quantitative metrics. 目标包括扩大MPA社区的多样性,包括uwin电竞的领导层, 治理, 教师, 工作人员, 和 student body 和 enhancing the capacity of 教师 和 工作人员 to address instances of individual 和 institutional racism.

Work has already begun in several areas. 例如, the administration has been reviewing 和 improving our hiring process so that we are better able to attract high quality 老师 和 工作人员 of color. Planning is currently underway for a comprehensive curriculum review to take place next year that includes ensuring that both content 和 de生活ry are centered on 股本. In a new initiative this year, 所有的员工每月都开会,以建立归属感, 培养信任, 和 cultivate empathy so that authentic, 有意义的, 和正在进行的多样性, 股本, 包容, 司法工作可以加强MPA文化和社区.

Mother Teresa once said that, “如果uwin电竞没有和平, 因为uwin电竞已经忘记了uwin电竞是属于彼此的.” As one independent school trustee said, “I’m talking about the kind of ‘when you feel pain, I hurt; when you feel joy, 我微笑的归属感, going beyond the ‘let’s ensure that everybody participates in the trip to Italy’ kind of belonging that society might be more apt to take on within schools. 这是一种"如果我伤害了你,我就伤害了所有人,包括我自己"的归属感. 多样性的工作, 股本, 在MPA工作意味着uwin电竞认识到uwin电竞所有人的命运都是紧密相连的, 如果uwin电竞不能看到并尊重他人的人性,uwin电竞就永远不会完整.


为理解而连接:uwin电竞神经多样性的公开对话

The MPA Parents Association invites you to Connecting for Underst和ing: An Open Dialogue about Neurodiversity.

Do you think t在这里 is a “normal” brain? 这是什么意思? Or does having a “normal brain” simply mean having a brain that functions well within the given structures of our current systems? 作为父母, how do we talk with our students, 当他们, 或者他们的同学, 大脑不符合“正常”学习或“正常”课堂行为的参数? What does it mean to be neurotypical vs. neurodiverse? How do we discuss these topics with accurate information 和 compassion to create underst和ing within our school community?

请和uwin电竞一起欢迎儿科神经心理学家. 乔纳森•米勒, on 1月27日,下午6:30-7:45 for an interactive dialogue about neurodiversity 和 the many ways in which our children learn. 这个活动是为低年级、初中和高中的家长准备的.

This is the first in a series of community-building open dialogue events hosted in partnership between the Parents Association 和 MPA. 即将到来的网络研讨会将涵盖种族和LGBTQ+主题的问题. Please join in the conversations!


January Parents Association Events

父母教育的夜晚
Save the Date for a Zoom 父母教育的夜晚! 1月27日,下午6:30-7:45. 请加入MPA家庭,了解uwin电竞学校社区的神经多样性.

Faculty 和 工作人员 Appreciation Week
31-February 1月4. 请在下周的《uwin电竞app》上关注一个注册天才和更多细节. Contact Tara Lafferty with questions, TMattRN@aol.com or

一月与狗散步
Join Michelle Mick Friday, January 21 & 28 for a walk in a local dog park. 带不带你的狗, we’ll meet at Battle Creek Dog Park, 一个可爱的, big, off-leash dog park with 35 acres at 8:15 AM. 停车场在上阿夫顿路,在狗狗公园旁边的停车场. 在狗狗公园入口附近寻找米歇尔和她的狗(鲁弗斯).

为您的GPS,地址是:2350上阿夫顿路,枫林,MN 55119. 联系人Michelle Mick,如果找不到uwin电竞,请发短信或打电话给uwin电竞!

Attention 中学 Panthers 和 Parents
一年一度的中学Café今年的情况不太好! Stay tuned 和 get excited. While we can’t unveil all the details just yet (sorry!),uwin电竞可以说,SAVE THE DATE,星期五,2月25日下午2:30-5:30.

Microfunding拨款
Looking for Microfunding for your club or classroom? It’s not too late to apply for these PA grants. 请将您的申请发送给Natalie King,uwin电竞的小额资助主席 natalieking10414@gmail.com. Applications can be found 在这里.


这是25年的里写 Lodhi

里写This is 里写’s second year at MPA. 她就读于八年级,目前正在读九年级.

What do you love about MPA?
我最喜欢MPA的是社区和环境. MPA不仅为学生提供了一个支持性的社区, 但它也提供了一个鼓励好奇心的环境, 它推动学生进步,而不是迫使学生不断取得成功. MPA让我有安全感和被尊重的感觉,我觉得这在高中是很重要的. I have never dreaded going to school at MPA. Everyday feels like a new 和 exciting experience. MPA truly is one of a kind––not only in its beliefs, 而是如何实现它们,为每个学生创造一种体验.

如何鼓励你在MPA有远大的梦想,做正确的事?
MPA全心全意地鼓励学生学会改变, 为学生提供他们追求梦想所需要的支持, 和 teaches students that everyone can make change. uwin电竞没有被当作对“真实世界”一无所知的人对待,”,而, given room to grow as individuals. 我觉得这种治疗鼓励uwin电竞不害怕不确定性,追求幸福. 阅读更多


Great Schools Depend On Great Teachers & 工作人员

from Bill Hudson, Head of School

This is the second of a four-part series of Head’s Messages that dives deep into MPA’s new strategic plan, 2024病房. Today we will outline this priority: Affirm 和 inspire our exceptional 和 dedicated 教师 和 工作人员 through competitive compensation. The first article 可能会发现 在这里. 2024年概述病房 可能会发现 在这里.

“这就像在同一个厨房里同时烤烤宽面条和蛋糕, but you can only use one bowl,” responded one teacher when asked in a national survey to describe what teaching has been like during the p和emic. 在转向远程学习的过程中,教师们展示和示范了令人难以置信的弹性, 混合学习, 和 back to in person learning (和 back to remote, unfortunately) along with a number of health 和 safety measures layered upon what typically happens in a classroom. Together with those in the medical field, 公共卫生, 和急救人员, 老师 have been real heroes over the last two years.

Now在这里 was this more evident to me than observing master teacher Mari Espel和 one day in the fall of 2020. 玛丽同时教两个一年级的教室音乐,其中一个是通过Zoom,没有唱歌. I marveled at the ease in which she transitioned between three distinct learning activities within 30 minutes. 然而, 作为一名教师, 我知道看起来毫不费力的事情需要大量的计划, a deep knowledge of music education, 全面了解年轻学习者的发展需求, 和 many years of experience. Despite the limitations brought on by the p和emic, the students in Mari’s class were engaged, 快乐的, 学习节奏. 阅读更多


中学 Division 新闻 2022年1月13日

从博士. Jenn Milam, 中学 Director

uwin电竞的新冠肺炎环境很像一个巨大的过山车,过山车有高潮也有低谷, 曲折, each day 和 sometimes moment to moment. uwin电竞的情感也是如此,尤其是年轻人的情感. While we cannot control the environment around us, we can control our response to it—so I’m asking you all to help your students “buckle up” for the loops 和 bumps in the next few weeks as we navigate this surge 和 find our way back to the loading platform, 在一起!

对于那些还在校园里的年轻的中产家庭:

  • 请继续勤奋地进行症状监测. 这种病毒的omicron变种很狡猾,很快就能发现鼻塞, 喉咙沙哑, 和头痛.
  • 更多的, 尽你所能限制高风险活动和接触点——不仅仅是为你自己, 但对你周围的人来说. The key to our remaining 在校园 is limiting spread within our community 和 we need your help for that to happen.
  • 享受校园时光吧,有更多的活动空间.

To our big kids 和 their grown-ups:

  • Symptom monitoring, even at home, is critical! 如果您的学生或您有任何病毒症状,请告知uwin电竞. 跟踪, 跟踪, 并确保被感染的人在必要的时间内被隔离, 请帮助uwin电竞平安归来.
  • 还记得, as I shared on our Zoom the other night, please take some time to schedule in advance a Covid-19 test to病房 the end of next week ahead of our January 24 return date. 虽然大多数消息来源都概述了这一激增很快就会过去, we don’t want to come back to school, 在一起, 和 find ourselves right back in this spot.
  • 享受在家的时光——我知道这听起来很奇怪,虚拟学校也不容易, 和 not as fun or awesome as being on-campus, but t在这里 are some perks in the short term. 更多的睡眠时间, 更多地和宠物依偎在一起, 更好的零食选择, 和, as we approach the end of the quarter, a long weekend to look for病房 to!

As we approach the long weekend, please note that we do not have school on Monday, January 17,以纪念博士. 马丁·路德·金. 一天, nor on Tuesday, January 18, for a teacher professional development day. 7 - 8年级下周将继续在网上上课, while 5/6 will resume classes, 在校园, 周三, 1月19日. 阅读更多