Dear Regent Scholars,
We are now in our first full week of school and yet we have so much to do!
First, as a school that values all scholars and seeks to be inclusive and open to all cultures, peoples and individuals, I invite you to read our Land Acknowledgement pledge and our Madison West Equity Vision statement. These statements are the foundation for the work we do!
Secondly, I would like to call out that this week Friday, September 15th, marks the first day of Hispanic Heritage month. As a school that believes in inclusivity and belonging, I would like to recognize our Hispanic and Latinx staff and students. We have a rich and vibrant Latinx community that must be uplifted for who they are and what they bring to our school community! At Madison West, scholars must know that we celebrate and embrace Latinx history and culture.
In the months of September and October, these are the events and activities happening in our Madison community.
At Madison West, we plan to showcase the work of our Latinx staff and youth. Look for Shout-Outs to both staff and students in our hallways and announcements. Additionally, to promote our commitment to literacy, our Library Media and Technology Specialist, Beth Hennes, will be showcasing the works of Latinx writers and authors.
In other news, this week we will be sharing the school-wide universal expectations on learning. Through a short video, I will go over a short presentation of the Why and How we engage in learning as scholars at The Madison West. We have high expectations of all of you and it is imperative you know exactly what we’re asking of you.
Also, we will be discussing the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) training to insure our readiness for any emergencies or incidents we may face. This training will make both staff and students better prepared for any situation that may arise. Additionally, we will be sure to send a message home to your parent(s)/guardian(s) to ensure they are fully aware of this learning and training.
In the meantime, continue to be proud Madison West Regents! Go to class ready and prepared to learn. Do take the time to silence (Turn OFF completely and/or turn notifications off) and put away your phones. Do listen intently and do take risks by asking questions of your teachers and peers.
At West, we expect nothing less from today and tomorrow's leaders! Onwards.