Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I am so happy to be able to welcome our Falcons to campus IN PERSON full time this fall! We pushed through a challenging year of distance learning and hybrid learning last year and our community stayed strong. We look forward to the collective healing and bonding this return to in person learning will afford us.
I am in my fifth 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 have been 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 2021-22 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 year of healing, reconnecting and growing together so that each Falcon can RISE to reach their full potential.
Please reach out to me with your questions and ideas.