A message from Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Dear Board Members,
This week, which marks the sixth week of our third quarter, has certainly been eventful. During this week, our students, staff, families, and community have displayed grit, resilience, and ingenuity in the face of multiple pandemics as well as local, national, and global political uncertainty.
Our nation continues to struggle with COVID-19, racial injustice, staffing shortages, inflation, and supply chain disruptions. The impact of these stress factors has been exacerbated by political uncertainty at the state, national, and global levels. The willingness of some political leaders to avoid responsibility for enhancing overall wellbeing has direct and residual effects on social-emotional and mental health. Despite these stressors, our students, families, staff, and community continue to embody a spirit of resilience, maintain a commitment to equity, and strive for excellence.
We witness the spirit of resilience in our students, staff, and families as they lean forward in the face of shortages and other disruptions. Throughout this school year, we have all made multiple pivots in our planning and expectations for services. Staff have had to modify their individual prep time and collective planning in order to fill instructional and administrative gaps due to staffing shortages. Students and families have modified their expectations relative to curricular/co-curricular offerings and foodservice deliverables in the face of staffing shortages and supply chain disruptions. Despite these challenges, our schools have remained open, and our staff have worked to create learning spaces where everyone can thrive.
We witness the pursuit of equity and excellence in every classroom activity, strategic conversation, planning session, and co-curricular endeavor. Throughout our learning spaces, both noble aims are in the forefront. Hence, we continue to witness great efforts at inclusion, as well as many examples of academic and co-curricular excellence.
As we lean forward to address our challenges and take advantage of our opportunities, we must take the time to reflect on the awesome potential of our great community. We produce incredible scholars, talented artists, impactful activists, resourceful entrepreneurs, and responsible citizens. The Madison community is indeed a special place.
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.
Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.