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December 2020


Greetings, East High Community! 

We hope that you found ways to connect with friends and family over the holiday weekend. 

We are grateful that so many of you were able to attend home-school conferences as we partner in supporting your students through this virtual academic semester. Please remember that if you were not able to meet with teachers and staff on those dates, you can always reach out to teachers, virtual mentors, counselors, other support teams members, or any member of our leadership team to find another time. 

There are other family engagement opportunities coming up as well, including:

Black or African-American Family Night: Thursday, December 11th, 6pm

Purgolder United (All East Families welcome): Monday, December 14th, 6pm

Latino Parent Night: Wednesday, January 6th, 6pm

Each of these gatherings will provide an opportunity for us to share from our School Improvement Plan, which articulates our goals for the year ahead as we strive to make East the school that our students and families deserve, and hear your input and feedback. We also enjoy any opportunity just to meet our families, when we have been denied so many of the occasions where this occurs naturally when the building is open. 

Please remember that the Eastside Players production of Together, Alone will run from December 10-13, and is available to stream at any time during the run. The production explores the challenges, isolation, and impact of living during a global pandemic.  This production will be the regional premiere of Alone, Together, and our Eastside players have advanced to the State Round of the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival with their performance. 

It is important to acknowledge that December will be a difficult month for our community, and in particular many of our students. We will continue to send separate, specific communications meant to connect our students with the supports that are available to them through our school staff, MMSD staff and community partners. If there is anything that you or your student may need, or you have questions about available supports, please contact a member of our support team.        

I want to offer a special thank you to all whose generous contributions to the Share the Joy Campaign have allowed us to expand our support of East families during the holiday season. I am always humbled by the level of care that our community members show for each other on the Eastside. 

As always, we are lucky to be at East. 

Brendan Kearney