A message from Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Dear Board Members,
This week, which marks the next to last week of our third quarter, has certainly been eventful. Despite our community and nation continuing to grapple with the effects of multiple pandemics and global political uncertainties, our students, staff, families, and community are showing signs of springing into new realities as they lean forward together.
During this time of year, we witness early indications of the winter season preparing to exit the stage and allowing spring to take a starring role. As we prepare for warmer temperatures and nature to begin blooming, we see signs of a new reality emerging despite ongoing pandemics. As such, we are encouraged by the return of events like Jefferson Middle School's 7th and 8th grade orchestra having a combined concert with Memorial High’s orchestra. In addition, we celebrate our students engaging in friendly academic competitions such as Cherokee Middle School’s 7th grade team which recently won our district’s “Battle of the Books.” Moreover, we applaud the La Follette High students who were mindful of COVID-19 mitigation strategies when lifting their voices in advocacy during a small outdoors demonstration yesterday.
As we celebrate leaning forward into new possibilities, we do not wish to belittle the ongoing and cumulative trauma associated with living through a time of multiple pandemics. Hence, we look forward to Friday’s Staff and Student Mental Health Day. Next week is our last week before a greatly anticipated spring break, and the need for everyone to recharge their mental, physical, and social-emotional batteries is evident.
Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership. We look forward to providing you with more updates on our district’s progress next week.
Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.