A message from Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Dear Board Members,
This week marks the fifth week of our fourth quarter. Throughout this week, our community has leaned forward together despite continuing challenges related to increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases fueled by Omicron sub-variants; rising inflation driven by national staffing shortages and global supply chain disruptions; political partisanship in all branches of government; and ongoing instances of racial injustice as well as social unrest. Against this backdrop, our students, staff, families, and community members continue finding ways to exhibit and celebrate excellence while reaffirming human decency.
Throughout this week, we have witnessed outpourings of positive sentiments
concerning our teachers as we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. As we move ever closer to graduation day for our Class of 2022, our community can witness the impact of our teachers’ curricular and co-curricular engagement with these scholars at the MMSD Spotlight section of our district’s website. The manner in which the highlighted students speak about our teachers and other staff demonstrates the power of educators to create learning spaces where all students can thrive. Moreover, the contributions of our staff to the educational journeys of our scholars reinforce our work to ensure every student graduates ready for college, careers, and the community.
As we celebrate our teachers this week, we have been made aware of many of their efforts to inspire positive transformation in our community inside and outside of the classroom. One powerful example can be found in La Follette High School’s American Sign Language teacher, Taylor Koss, who has qualified to participate in four track and field events at the 2022 Deaf Olympics in Brazil. We look forward to hearing more about Taylor’s efforts to demonstrate the capacity of deaf people to excel as well as improve upon his two-time bronze medal performance from 2017.
Thanks for your ongoing support and partnership. We look forward to updating you on our district’s progress next week.
Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.