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Dear Parents/Guardians:

We are looking forward to welcoming your child back for a new school year. Hopefully, you are enjoying time together during these last, beautiful summer days. I would like to offer a special welcome to our incoming 9th graders and parents. The faculty and staff will do their very best to ease their transition from our feeder schools and make every 9th grader feel welcome and at home.

I know I say this every year, but this time of year is really special to me. I love seeing store displays of school supplies and I feel excited to think of all the new possibilities and challenges a new school year brings. It is not only the knowledge that will be gained; it is the new friendships that will be made and the personal growth every student will experience. The high school years are developmentally important in so many ways. Sometimes the path to personal growth becomes rocky and obscure. It’s important that our teens understand that we are here to support them, and to help them set goals and make the kinds of choices that will lead them to achieve those goals.

It is a good time for parents to set new goals as well. It is more important than ever to be engaged in your student’s academic and social life as they begin the transition to adulthood. At East High School, we make it easy for you to help your student track academic progress and stay on top of assignments through Infinite Campus. I hope all our families set a goal to make a weekly check of their student’s academic progress and to express ongoing interest in their student’s expectations and experiences during the important high school years.

Another way parents can be engaged is to volunteer with the various opportunities throughout the school year. These opportunities will be shared in our weekly newsletter, but if you have a special talent or interest you’d like to share please don’t hesitate to contact a staff member to see if there is an avenue for you to participate.

There is a great deal of important information in this back-to-school edition of our newsletter. Please read it carefully! One important thing to note is that we are transitioning into the Neighborhood system with our Student Support team as well as with our Administration staff. The Neighborhood system will begin with our 10th grade students and follow through their 12th grade year. We will continue the Freshman Academy model.

Finally, I want to thank all our families for choosing East High School. We have a remarkable school culture that is based on trust and respect: where diversity is cherished and celebrated, and where students will embark on a process of self-discovery and learning in a safe and welcoming environment.

As always, I want to thank you all for allowing me to work with each of your children. This is a responsibility that is both humbling and exciting. I look forward to seeing you all at registration.

Respectfully

Mike Hernandez
East High Principal
mhernandez3@madison.k12.wi.us