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Madison Metropolitan School District

Weekly Update to the Board of Education 5-26-2022

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

Dear Board Members,

After this week ends and our students, staff, and families return from a much-needed Memorial Day weekend break, there will only be two weeks until the end of our fourth quarter. Despite facing myriad challenges, our resilient students, staff, families, and community members continue to provide evidence of living up to the ideals of our Strategic Framework.

The events of this week have illustrated some of the most pressing challenges we face as a nation. Throughout this school year, our district, community, and nation have faced a persistent and ever-changing global health pandemic, which also helped to usher in a time of staffing shortages, global supply chain disruptions, and rising inflation. While facing these formidable challenges, we have also been beset by tragic gun violence, ongoing racial injustice, and a multitude of examples of our nation falling short in the fight for human decency.

Despite these challenges, throughout this school year, our students, staff, families, and community members have leaned forward together in pursuit of equity, excellence, humanity, and intentionality. These efforts have been verified by much evidence during this year. One piece of evidence is the 100% graduation rate of our AVID/TOPS scholars. Another piece of evidence is the numerous accomplishments of our scholars who were recently recognized by the Madison Metropolitan Chapter of The Links. A third piece of evidence comes from our work with a community partner via the Black Excellence initiative, whereby Pasture and Plenty has been providing cook at home programming to teach our scholars life skills and food science. Each of these examples highlight our district’s efforts to ensure all our scholars graduate ready for college, careers, and the community, one breakthrough moment at a time.

As we celebrate the accomplishments of our scholars and staff, we must acknowledge the unlimited potential of our community. Despite our day-to-day challenges, I still believe Madison is a special place which can serve as a beacon of hope for others. Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership. Looking forward to updating you on our district’s progress next week.

Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.

Weekly Update, May 26, 2022