A message from Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Dear Board Members,
This week is the final week of our 4th quarter, which commences an eventful school year. Throughout this year, our scholars, families, staff, and community members have leaned forward together with equity, excellence, humanity, and intentionality in the face of myriad challenges: ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; persistent racial injustice and social unrest; national staffing shortages; persistent inflation; and global supply chain disruptions. Despite these challenges, our community has displayed a great level of resilience and willingness to work in partnership with our district in pursuit of graduating all our students ready for college, career, and the community.
Throughout this week, our scholars are being celebrated for their achievements. Their accomplishments include academic and co-curricular honors as well as qualifying for the next stage in their academic and professional journeys. Some students are being celebrated for making the important transition from 4K to kindergarten, while others are reveling in being able to transition to the next grade. Other scholars are moving from elementary to middle school, while others are transitioning to high school. Finally, some of our scholars are making the leap from high school to postsecondary study, careers, service in the armed forces, or volunteer/service opportunities. We salute all our learners for what they have accomplished as well as how they will make us proud by applying what they have learned in the next step of their journey.
As we celebrate our scholars who are making transitions, we must not forget to recognize our dedicated staff members who have shared their knowledge, compassion, and expertise with our scholars throughout this challenging school year. We thank them for the positive impact they continue to make on our students, families, and community members. Their diligence in keeping students at the center of everything we do is commendable and makes MMSD a truly special place.
Thanks for your continued support and partnership. We look forward to providing you with more updates on our district’s progress next week.
Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.