A message from Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Dear Board Members,
This week, which marks the second week of our second quarter, has certainly been eventful. As the totals from a bitterly partisan election are being finalized, our community and nation continue to face a plethora of challenges during our emergence from multiple pandemics, including: widespread inflation; civic disillusionment; racial injustice; staffing shortages; and supply chain disruptions. Despite the uncertainty which is generated from these challenges, our MMSD scholars, staff, and families continue to demonstrate the highest ideals of our Strategic Framework in their academic, co-curricular, and community endeavors. Hence, our community is poised to move forward stronger as the echoes of this election season begin to fade.
Post-midterm elections, our work to ensure our scholars, staff, and families are thriving in all of our learning spaces continues. Therefore, we are buoyed by our community’s tradition of strong support for public education. As such, despite the constraints we continue to face from a state legislature, whose most recent budget was a case study of regressive funding, we celebrate the resources which have been given to us by our community. In particular, we express thanks for our 2020 referendum, which received unprecedented community support, and assists our efforts to eliminate disparities and accelerate learning for all students.
During the second quarter of the school year, our days continue to grow shorter, and our unseasonably warm weather will have an expiration date. However, we can embrace the upcoming season of more time spent indoors by focusing on expanding our engagement with scholars, staff, families, and community members. In fact, we continue to see evidence of increasing connectivity between our scholars, staff, and families during our instructional tours and environmental scans. Together, we are cocreating a more collegial environment for learning in our curricular and co-curricular spaces. In this environment, we have to the potential to create breakthrough moments where content and caring align.
As we continue our work of educating to liberate, we must never forget the privileged opportunity we have to serve our students, staff, and families. Our district and community have the necessary ingredients to be a truly transformational environment for learning which embraces excellence, equity, and the highest levels of human decency. We look forward to sharing more updates on our district’s progress with you in the coming weeks. Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership!
Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.