A message from Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Dear Board Members,
This week marks the first week of our fourth quarter. Throughout this school year's triumphs and challenges, our students, staff, families, and community have continued to display resilience and determination while grappling with multiple pandemics. Despite the uncertainties of our times associated with COVID-19, lingering racial and social injustice, rising inflation, political partisanship, and global unrest, our community is finding ways to lean forward into new possibilities while forging a new reality.
This week, we have witnessed new examples of student and staff excellence. Our Memorial High School forensics team won the state championship last week, and Coach Timothy Scheffler received the William Hintz Award for Coaching Excellence. Six MMSD students and staff were recognized by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation in the following categories: Principal Leaders (1); Excellence Scholars (4); and Teaching Fellows (1). These awards are evidence of the hard work of our students and staff in the classroom and co-curricular activities gaining momentum and growing into pockets of excellence.
As we work to refine our policies and practices to ensure even more widespread success, we must be willing to engage in rigorous and principled dialogue. Therefore, we must highlight the vigorous discussions which were held in the board’s Instruction Work Group meeting on Monday. This meeting’s conversations interrogated data, viewpoints, and strategic directions as a means to make important decisions relative to critical academic and social-emotional investments. Our district and community will be enriched by the decisions which result from these respectful and productive dialogues.
Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership. We look forward to providing you with more updates on our district’s triumphs, opportunities, and progress next week.
Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.