The news and events of our current political atmosphere has weighed heavily with us all no matter your affiliation. One point I have discussed with my own children is that this nation has had a light shone on some areas where we have lots of work to do. One of those areas is civility. Somewhere along this road we have forgotten the power of empathy, respect, and civil discourse. It is up to all of us with any influence over our young people to remember these are mindsets and behaviors that need to be specifically modeled and expected.
Middle schoolers will often catch a “snippet” of conversation, a moment of 24/7 news, or a less than reliable piece of information from social media and they will emulate what they have seen and heard. It is with a heavy heart I need to report some of our students are repeating the negativity here at school. We are a “Leader In Me” school, where we outwardly practice Habit 4 (Think Win-Win) and Habit 5 (Seek First to Understand, Then To Be Understood). Both of these habits stress mutual respect, relationship building, kindness, and uplifting everyone to be safe in sharing ideas. I ask that you partner with us by having an open, honest conversation at home about what that looks like and does not look like at East Middle School.
As a learning community at East Middle School, our actions will reflect what we believe which is that this school is a place of inclusion, tolerance, respect, and care. We will hold our students responsible for extending these civilities to others. We will strive to make sure those qualities are afforded to every child and every family. Currently, our world is full of powerful, teachable moments that can enlighten our understanding of one another. Thank you for partnering with us to live our Shelby County Public Schools' mission to create wise students who will become tomorrow's trusted leaders.
Jennifer Cox, Principal
East Middle School