News and Views

An e-newsletter from Mounds View Public Schools

March 24, 2021

Supporting our Asian American students

As a school district, we are angered by the recent Atlanta shootings that left multiple Asian Americans dead. We extend our deepest condolences to the victims’ loved ones and to the wider Asian American community. It’s clear that racism and harassment toward Asian Americans has increased during the pandemic. Please be assured that we stand with our Asian American students, families and staff, and we denounce hateful speech and violent actions targeting any person or group of people. Find additional resources here.

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Trauma and children

Current events such as the recent shootings in Boulder and Atlanta -- as well as the upcoming trial of Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis -- will likely prompt a variety of emotions from our students. Events such as these can understandably trigger trauma in children who are trying to make sense of the world around them. In Mounds View Public Schools, we are talking with students about what they are feeling, seeing or experiencing. We remain calm and factual, and we validate their feelings. We encourage questions, and we’ve equipped our schools with support resources for students. Here are a few resources you may find helpful as well:

Across the District, a combination of efforts have been used to connect with students who need extra support during both typical and trying times. Read about this approach in the spring issue of School Talk, and please join our schools in listening to and supporting all of our students through these difficult times.

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Safely returning to school

Returning to schools after spring break carries a heightened risk for potential exposure to COVID-19. Observing safety measures remains important, including staying home if you're sick, wearing a mask that covers the nose and mouth and practicing frequent hand hygiene. Students and families are encouraged to participate in regular testing. No-cost testing opportunities remain readily available both through at-home testing and at community testing sites.

Further information regarding post-travel recommendations can be found here.

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Ribbon-cutting videos

Thanks to support from voters, all of the District’s schools have added much-needed space to better serve students. The pandemic has complicated plans to host gatherings celebrating the completed spaces. But several schools that recently finished their final phase of construction have produced virtual ribbon-cutting ceremonies to share and celebrate their new projects. See the latest ribbon cutting at Chippewa below, and view the ribbon cuttings for other schools here.

Chippewa Middle School virtual ribbon cutting
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'Orchestra Buddies' connects students from different schools

Orchestra Buddies connects the District’s youngest orchestra players with older students through community, mentoring and virtual lessons. Lily Bronson, a senior at Mounds View High School, said she started the program last year to build and maintain orchestra connections across the District.

“Orchestra is an opportunity for students to work together, collaborate and build each other up in the pursuit of making something beautiful. And having connections between students of different age levels means that this growth and community can extend beyond age and location.”

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