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Madison Metropolitan School District

Weekly Update to the Board of Education 5-12-2022

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

Dear Board Members,

This week, which marks four weeks until the end of our fourth quarter, has certainly been eventful. Throughout this school year, our district and community have leaned forward together while grappling with an ongoing global health pandemic, persistent occurrences of racial injustice and social unrest, global supply chain disruptions, national staffing shortages, spiking inflation, and divisive political partisanship. Despite these challenges, our students, staff, families, and community members have continued to exhibit the characteristics of equity, excellence, humanity, and intentionality. As such, MMSD has much to celebrate.

While our district moves closer to the grand celebration which is graduation day, and our commencement exercises, we are witnessing evidence of the efforts needed to ensure our students graduate ready for college, careers, and the community. This evidence was on display Tuesday, as our scholars at Henderson Elementary demonstrated artistic prowess during cultural performances in honor of Dr. Virginia Henderson’s legacy of human decency at the school’s renaming celebration. Evidence of our efforts to ensure equity in access to high quality facilities is being demonstrated by 41 new playgrounds being put in place throughout the district. Our high school students who are being recognized this week at the “Breakfast with Champions” events are providing evidence of the profound impact of intentional engagement in the life of schools through co-curricular participation. Finally, our scholars who are receiving eight out of the fifteen National Merit scholarships being awarded to Dane County students are providing evidence of academic excellence as well  as proof our students can compete on the highest levels in the nation and world.

As we reflect on these and the many other successes of our scholars and staff, we acknowledge just scratching the surface of the immense potential of our wonderful community. Hence, it was encouraging to witness the thorough and rigorous dialogue about our academic plan at Monday’s Instruction Work Group meeting. The spirit of inquisitiveness and collaboration was evident throughout the discussions as board members constructively interrogated the plans and progress shared by district leaders. As such, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support and partnership. We look forward to updating you on our district’s progress next week.

Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.


Weekly Update, May 12, 2022