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Madison Metropolitan School District

Weekly Update to the Board of Education 2-10-2022

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

Dear Board Members,

This week marks the third week of our third quarter. During this week, our students, staff, families, and community have continued to embody MMSD's core values and demonstrate what makes our district special, even in the midst of wrestling with multiple pandemics.

This week, our state and nation have continued to be impacted by rising inflation as well as global supply and staffing shortages during a devastating, yet slightly waning, COVID-19 surge fueled by the Omicron variant. These challenges, coupled by ongoing news of senseless violence and injustice, have not deterred our resilient students, staff, families, and community from leaning forward together. Hence, we have witnessed myriad examples throughout our diverse and dynamic district of individuals embracing the pillars of equity, excellence, humanity, and intentionality.

During Monday’s Instruction Work Group meeting, discussions between board members and district leaders reflected concerns about equity as information related to Early Literacy and Full Day 4K was analyzed and interrogated. The vigorous, and respectful, dialogue illustrated our district’s desire to ensure all of our scholars are on track to graduate ready for college, careers, and the community.

The recent exploits of Momo Fredrickson and the Madison West Boys’ Swim Team exemplify the pillar of excellence. Momo, an 8th grade violinist at Hamilton Middle School, recently placed first in the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory junior orchestra division of the Walgreens National Concerto Competition. The West High School Boys’ Swim Team won the Big 8 Conference Swim Meet. Both examples illustrate the ability of our scholars to reach great heights in co-curricular activities.

Lake View Elementary School and La Follette High School are exemplifying the pillars of humanity and intentionality. Throughout their Black History Month celebration this year, Lake View is featuring the artwork of Madisonian Lilada Gee, in an effort to inspire their students by connecting them to tangible models of success. La Follette recently highlighted the efforts of Ms. Hank Braga and Ms. Swanson to ensure all Lancers have post-high school plans as part of this week’s National School Counselors’ Week celebration.

As we celebrate these models of triumph and resilience, I would like to thank you for your leadership as well as ongoing support and partnership. We look forward to providing you with more updates on our district’s progress next week.
 

Sincerely,
Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.

 

Weekly Update, February 10, 2022