Message from The Principal
I am reaching out to express my support during these times. Our school day has been filled with expressions of empathy and support for one another, as we prepared our Huskies for their extended Spring Break.
As a reminder, students return on April 7th. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at Place Bridge and Joe Shoemaker, near us. Teachers are also posting optional learning opportunities on Schoology. I highly recommend students spend time reading for 30 minutes a day, practicing math through platforms we use such as khanacademy.org, and ensuring they have completed all of their missing assignments.
As we lead our students through these uncertain times, psychologists recommend that we listen closely to middle schoolers’ feelings, thoughts, and needs and respond with as much factual information we can share. Children at this age may be more interested in what’s going to happen in the future, and we should steer them to think about the protective steps being taken now. Helping them express support for others, such as writing notes, is another healthy way to channel their energy. We also must emphasize how events like this can surface harmful stereotypes and discrimination, which we must confront and disrupt.
I know these times are challenging as parents and as educators. I was genuinely inspired with the authentic empathy and reasonable concern our students have expressed. As I was briefing students on the facts, I got many questions from them, including “How do you feel about all of this, Dr. Sawyer?” This thoughtful, simple question reminded me of how empathetic our kids can be. Another class drew artwork depicting their interpretation of today’s time in history.
I wish you and your family good health as we move forward. We will be back as a community on April 7th, ready to push forward for a strong conclusion to our school year. Please follow official DPS news updates throughout the extended Spring Break for information needed.
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