Meet the Principal

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!  I am looking forward to another great year at Maple Grove.  We are excited to have students back in the classrooms and hallways.  It is our goal to make every child feel welcomed, connected, and a part of the Maple Grove family.  At Maple Grove we strive to challenge every student, to help them grow academically and to be college and career ready when they leave us.  We have excellent teachers who spend countless hours planning and creating rigorous lessons to engage and challenge our students. Maple Grove is about redefining engagement not just for all students, but for each student.


My commitment to you for the 2018 -19 school year is that your student will gain more confidence as they move forward on their pathway to the future.  Maple Grove will provide an increased opportunity for students to engage in meaningful and challenging work that will be rich, and that your student will be distinguished in their preparation because of our core belief that engagement truly matters


This year Maple Grove teachers will focus on teaching soft skills.  Soft skills are interpersonal skills that are necessary for success in the labor market at all employment levels and all sectors. According to The Wall Street Journal (8/30/16) in a survey of nearly 900 executives, 92%  responded that skills were equally important or more important than technical skills, and 89% indicated that they have a very difficult time finding people with the requisite attributes. Soft skills include teamwork, positive attitude, decision making and problem solving, strong communication skills, a desire to learn, empathy, and a strong work ethic.  As we focus on the soft skills we will do so using Mr. Daggett’s 11 principles: Responsibility, Honesty, Trustworthiness, Adaptability, Contemplation, Initiative, Respect, Perseverance, Compassion, Optimism, Courage, and Loyalty.


This year as a district, we will use the following four questions to ensure the highest level of learning for all students:


  1. What do our students need to learn and be able to do in order to be successful beyond high school?

  2. How will we know if they have learned it and/or can do it?

  3. How will we respond when they have not learned it and/or cannot do it?

  4. How will we extend/enrich learning for students who have demonstrated proficiency?


The answers to these essential questions will guide our instruction, assessments, and intervention in an effort to best support and engage all of our students.


As always thank you for all of your support and encouragement for our students, teachers and administration.  We couldn’t do it without you!


Julie  Verdonik