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Dear Parents and Guardians,

I have been reading about school cultures and ways to build cultures that last. In simple terms, a culture really refers to the way we do things. At Madison East, we have a collaborative school culture. We all work closely together to do what is best for each child and then, consequently, for all children. When I say “we”, I do mean the collective “we” and not just school staff. Our parents and families do so much to help enrich our students’ experiences. I am excited about the work that we are doing together.

With the second semester well under way, we want to thank everyone for your continued support of our students, teachers, and school as we collectively strive to provide optimal opportunities for learning each and every day. In addition, we want to also welcome our new families to East and trust that you will find yourselves to part of an outstanding and supportive learning community.

Students are currently working with our guidance department to develop new schedules for next year. This process includes each counselor meeting with students to discuss course options that students have identified in their chosen career path. Please take advantage of our online course handbook and discuss this process with your student. As we begin the third grading period please be aware of the upcoming events that are listed by date at the end of this newsletter. These are great opportunities for you to meet with teachers to discuss supports as well as the exciting things happening in our classrooms.

In closing, we want to thank our families for your diligence in having your students at school on-time and well-prepared for learning each day. In addition, please continue to be mindful that our students’ academic day continues until dismissal each afternoon and it is very important that students are not dismissed early unless an unavoidable appointment or emergency is involved as valuable instruction from the teacher can be missed in addition to required assignments. As always, thank you for supporting the wonderful teaching and learning taking place here at Madison East High School!

Mike Hernandez