A message from Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Dear Board Members,
This week marks the next to last week of our fourth quarter. Throughout this year, our district and community have joined the nation in facing several persistent and ongoing challenges: constantly evolving global health pandemic; unprecedented staffing shortages; rising inflation; continued instances of racial injustice and social unrest; political polarization; and global supply chain disruptions. Despite facing these challenges, our students, staff, families, and community members have demonstrated resilience while leaning forward together.
As we reach the end of the school year, we start to witness billboards, yard signs, invitations, and social media posts related to commencement events. These events signal a simultaneous process of ending one phase of life and beginning another. As such, these events often elicit a time of reflection about a kindergarten experience, an impending move to middle school, beginning a new chapter in the fall as a high school student, or contemplating postsecondary, career, and service opportunities after high school. These events also relate to some of our staff, who are moving into the season of retirement after giving of themselves fully to serve the needs of our scholars and families. We salute all our students, staff, and family members who are currently experiencing these moments, and we are grateful for what they have contributed to MMSD and will continue to contribute to our community.
As we celebrate transitions during this time of year, we also continue to reflect on our district’s efforts to ensure all our learning spaces are places where our students, staff, and families can thrive. As such, each June we join our nation in celebrating Pride month! During this month, we recount and reflect on the hard-won accomplishments of the LGBTQIA+ community, while recommitting ourselves to ensuring all are welcome in our district, community, state, and nation.
Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership. I look forward to updating you on our district’s progress next week.
Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.