Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! What a strange start to a school year this is. We are in a full Distance Learning mode with classes meeting online 3 times per week and teachers using Schoology and a large toolkit of technology resources to enhance learning until it is safe to return to campus.
I am in my fourth year as a member of this loving MHS community and know that it is a very special place with a strong commitment to one another and to being a safe place where all students belong and are nurtured and supported to thrive.
We went through an intensive self-study and evaluation process in 2018-19 with the Western Association of Colleges and Universities. This process that all accredited high schools and colleges go through every six years is a wonderful opportunity to take stock of our successes and define our areas for growth and innovation for the coming years. We will be working on distilling our core curriculum with a focus on reading and writing skills across the curriculum, identifying and advocating for the resources and supports our student population needs to thrive and incorporating best practices around executive functioning skill building across the school. To learn more from our WASC process, check out the Quick Link on the home page.
PUSD continues its work of equity, diversity and social justice in a series of professional learning opportunities. Millennium staff and students have done substantial work in this domain in the 18-19 & 19-20 school years, earning us the No Place for Hate status from the Anti-Defamation League both years. We will be continuing this work and partnership with the ADL in 2020-21 and seeking recognition again. We will also continue our work around Restorative Justice and training for our student government leaders in this approach to community-building and conflict resolution.
I am continuing this year to celebrate four students each month who embody each of our 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.
This is a challenging time to be a part of a high school, as a student or a staff member, but the care and bonds that connect us will help us come out of this year more resilient and invested in our community.
Please reach out to me with your questions and ideas.