Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I am so excited to be in my second year as a member of this strong MHS community. Millennium is a very special place with a strong commitment to community and being a safe place where all students belong and are nurtured and supported to thrive.
PUSD continues its work of equity, diversity and social justice in a series of professional learning opportunities. Millennium staff from teachers, to paraeducators, to our counselor and administrative assistant have all been active participants in this work which we will be revisiting throughout the year in our site-based staff development. This work will impact what we teach in our classrooms, for example ensuring we have a strong diversity of texts in our English classes and infusing social justice contexts into our chemistry curriculum.
It will also impact how we work with students and how we address challenges and differences. Our staff engaged in deep learning and training last year about Restorative Justice approaches to building community and repairing harm when conflict arises. All of our ASB students also went through this training and are now using it to shape how they run their class and lead our school.
I am continuing this year to celebrating four students each month who embody each of our newly revised school values (RISE) and publicly acknowledge them at our Falcon meetings. I am excited to explore even more ways that we can explicitly deepen our culture of being a supportive and inclusive environment in which we nurture and lift one another up so that each Millennium Falcon can thrive academically, socially and emotionally. One area we will be pushing into this year is to increase our community service and activism.
Please reach out to me with your questions and ideas.