by Jordee Kalk
Murphy News Service
There’s more to high school than getting good grades. Students are expected to mature and prepare for life after high school. This can be harder than one thinks, and this is why Maple Grove Senior High School received an award for adding “The Crimson Way” into its curriculum.
“Crimson Way is our way of life,” Principal Sara Vernig said. “It’s what we teach about expectations in and out of the school.”
Maple Grove Senior High School received an Honorable Mention Minnesota School of Character from the Synergy and Leadership Exchange Council. The council said the award goes to schools for outstanding character development of students. This year two schools received the award.
Each year, Synergy honors schools for outstanding character development through the Character Education Partnership’s State and National Schools of Character program.
“The award really recognizes the school inside and out; and that’s the whole purpose of it,” Vernig said. “We teach our kids about character, education, how to hold each other to higher standards and how to exemplify these things on a daily basis.”
This is the fifth year of The Crimson Way. Vernig said the Synergy Council was impressed that the program was implemented and effective so quickly. She said it usually takes 12 to 15 years to create a program similar to theirs.
“This award is a huge accomplishment based on the work of our staff, administrators, students, parents and community leaders,” Vernig said.
She claims that more work and improvements will still be done. She said the award also serves as a self assessment, where the next step is working on parent education and involvement.
“Particularly as sophomores the parents need to know what the culture and what the expectations are for their students,” Vernig said.
Vernig said the school is looking to add more parent meetings to help with involvement.
“It’s about the education of the whole child, not just one component,” Vernig said.
Maple Grove High Senior High School will accept the award on May 8 at the State Capitol.
Jordee Kalk is studying journalism at the University of Minnesota.