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Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is amazing how quickly the school year can go! It seems like yesterday that school started yet here we are in December already. The year has been very good thus far and I look forward to enjoying the holiday/winter months at school. Our school year is underway with our students coming to mid-term exams. I have reminded many students that the end of the semester is an opportunity for them to review their progress in each of their courses of study. This is also a good time for students to look around and consider what resources they are or are not using to achieve success in the classroom. Oftentimes when students are not achieving, it is evident they are not fully utilizing all of the support that is available to them. Parents will often suggest to me that programs or resources should be added to our school. My first response is to ask that we look to what is currently available to our students. Students may not be accessing their classroom teacher or staying for after-school help that is already in place. Our department chairs are also our master teachers who can offer ideas, interventions, and plans to assist students struggling in certain academic areas.
I know that our lives can be busy with schedules that leave little time. However, it is important that students, parents, faculty, and administrators work together to plan ways to bring about student success. This collaborative model is one that our students will be expected to use when they move on to higher education and other post-graduate opportunities. Communication is the key to success for any type of problem-solving. Once achieved, I am confident students can be successful at Madison East High School.
East High School prides itself for being an Equity Warrior for our children. Unfortunately, this time of year is always challenging for some of our families. Whether it is financial hardships, social-emotional concerns or social justice issues that are touching our student’s lives, we must as a community, continue to provide support to our children. I do appreciate the outreach from all that want to help build a support network for our
Nelson Mandela said, "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love."
I have been thinking about this quote a lot lately, especially the notion that we can teach acceptance, teach tolerance, and teach others how to love. I hope our community will join me the remainder of the school year in bringing Mandela's quote to fruition.
As the year progresses, please feel free to contact us when you have a question or concern. I appreciate your continued support of our learning community. Happy Holidays!
Mike Hernandez