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Madison Metropolitan School District

Weekly Update to the Board of Education 6-16-2022

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

Dear Board Members,

This week is the interlude between the end of the school year and summer school. Throughout this week, staff members have begun engaging in the traditional rites of summer, such as completing state and federal reporting requirements, refining plans, adjusting calendars, and participating in professional learning. All of these activities have the common goal of building individual and district capacity to ensure we graduate all of our scholars ready for college, careers, and the community.

Last week, our district took a respite from the challenges of today (e.g., multiple pandemics, rising inflation, gun violence, global supply chain disruptions) to celebrate the successes and transitions of our scholars. We are still basking in the glow of witnessing 4K students preparing for kindergarten, 5th graders anticipating going to middle school, 8th graders marching towards high school, and seniors preparing for the workforce, military service, skilled trades training, postsecondary study, or a gap year engaged in service opportunities. Seeing the progression of our scholars re-energized our focus on making sure all our learning spaces are places where students, staff, and families can thrive.

This week, many of our building and district-level administrators are riding the positive energy from last week into professional learning and planning for next year. As they engage in important, but somewhat mundane, tasks such as building School Improvement Plans, they are also receiving encouragement and insights from each other as well as guest speakers such as Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings.

As we build the capacity to live up to the ideals of our Strategic Framework, we also reflect on our goal of ensuring Black children and youth are successful in our schools. In order to reach this goal, our district must have ongoing dialogue with our students, families, and community members. As such, we look forward to a contingent of district staff participating in this weekend’s Juneteenth celebration events. Juneteenth celebrates federal troops enforcing the Emancipation Proclamation more than two years after its signing. Our district’s journey to become anti-racist includes joining in celebrations of freedom for historically excluded groups.

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership. I look forward to connecting with you during this weekend’s Board of Education Retreat as well as updating you on our district’s progress next week.

Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.

Weekly Update, June 16, 2022