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Madison Metropolitan School District

Weekly Update to the Board of Education 6-23-2022

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

Dear Board Members,

This week is the first week of our summer semester. Throughout this week, staff members have engaged in the traditional activities of late June: finalizing state and federal reports; developing plans for the fall semester; participating in scheduled trainings; and continuing to reflect on which lessons from the previous school year can be useful for an even more successful next school year. Each of these activities are designed to help our district move from leaning forward to building momentum for a breakthrough as we pursue the ideals of our Strategic Framework.

This week, many of our staff are building on the positive energy from the recent graduations, and last week's professional learning, to refine plans and strategies for next year. They are recalibrating School Improvement Plans, starting to address items on the Day One Readiness checklist, and collaborating with our Human Resources Department on filling staff vacancies. While these activities are not necessarily highprofile, they greatly assist our efforts to ensure all our learning spaces are places where our students, staff, and families can thrive.

As we grow our district’s capacity to graduate all our scholars ready for college, careers, and the community, we must continue to center human decency in our efforts. Hence, we are proud to receive ongoing reports of our students, staff, and families engaging in activities which reflect our district’s core values. Some of these activities include engaging in advocacy for environmental sustainability; participating in Pride Month observances; enjoying the festivities in local Juneteenth celebrations; and undertaking volunteer and service opportunities. All these efforts reinforce our need to uplift humanity as we continue to build what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others called “the beloved community”.

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.


Weekly Update, June 23, 2022