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brendan_kearney.jpgNovember 2019

Greetings, Purgolder Community! 

It’s been another busy month on campus, and our students have been up to great things as usual. Our student activists have been leading conversations about recent events in our district and what they mean for our efforts to create a safe and equitable environment for all students and staff at East. Staff have been engaging deeply in equity work as well and will continue to reflect on how we can better serve the diverse learners that make our school the special place that it is. We have also learned more about how the upcoming referenda for investing in school facilities would impact East in particular, and are excited about the prospect of offering our students a learning environment that truly reflects how much we value them.

As we approach the end of the first quarter, please take this opportunity to check-in with your students about how their classes are going, to review their grades and attendance on Infinite Campus, and to reach out to their teachers about how we can partner to best support your student’s learning. Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up in just a few weeks and we hope to see you here at East on one of those dates. There are additional school engagement opportunities coming soon- all parents and families of African-American students are invited to join me and other staff here on November 21st, at 6:30 pm in the LMC Gold to hear about our school’s goals for the year and to share your perspectives on how East is meeting the needs of your students. I will be attending our next Latino Parent Night - interested families should contact Silvia Gomez de Soriano. We are also looking to revive our East High United parent group, which is open to all East parents and families. I was able to meet with a small group of parents this past Tuesday and appreciated the opportunity to hear from them about their students’ experiences in our school and to generate ideas for deeper parent involvement in the future. We will get another date on the calendar soon, but if you would like to schedule some time to meet with me personally at a time that works for you, please let me know. My door is always open to you. 

As always, on behalf of our staff, I want to thank you for sending your students to East High School. We are lucky to work with such a talented and inspiring group of young people. 

Brendan Kearney 

Interim Principal