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Madison Metropolitan School District

Weekly Update to the Board of Education 10-7-2021

A message from Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.

Dear Board Members,

This week marks the sixth week of our fall semester. Throughout this week, our district staff have been leaning forward together with humanity, as we support the academic and social-emotional needs of our students, staff, and families.

Throughout this week, district staff have worked collaboratively with the staff at West High to demonstrate humanity in the wake of the tragic death of Simon Bilessi. During these difficult times, grieving students and staff can be comforted by the presence of additional concerned and caring professionals. As a school community, we must lean on each other during these situations which tax our hearts and minds.

During this school year, districts across the nation have struggled with staff shortages. As such, we have implemented an “all hands-on deck” approach to deploying central office staff to our school buildings as a temporary measure to support our students, teachers, and building administrators. This deployment will allow some district staff to utilize their instructional licenses as substitute teachers, while other district staff will assist with duties such as lunchroom assistants, playground monitors, and even behavioral assistants.

As we work together to ensure all our learning spaces are places where students and staff are thriving, we continue to be energized by celebrating our colleagues’ accomplishments. That being said, we would like to acknowledge Capital High’s Marianne Matt for being one of five finalists for the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Counselor of the year award! MMSD has some of the most talented and accomplished staff in the world, and Marianne’s recognition exemplifies our staff members’ ability to reach the standard of excellence.

Thanks for your continued support and partnership. We look forward to providing you with more updates on our district’s progress and planning next week.

This week is Wisconsin School Board Members Appreciation Week. As such, I would like to express my deep gratitude for your efforts to Lean Forward Together in support of our students, staff, families, and community members. While your advocacy and leadership are not always recognized, please be assured it does not go unnoticed.

Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.


Weekly Update, October 7, 2021