Weekly Message from the Acting Superintendent

Weekly Message from the Acting Superintendent

Dear Monroe School District Community–

We know that this week has included a lot of quick changes that have impacted students, staff, and families. Our building staff, in accordance with our plans for potential school closures, are working to ensure quick and easy transitions between onsite and temporary remote learning for our students as we monitor student and staff absences and COVID exposures. If your student is temporarily home due to a closure or being identified as a close contact and you are looking for additional learning for them, there are optional enrichment activities from the Learning and Teaching Department available on our website.

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

This coming Monday, January 17, 2022, we will celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. There will be no school on this day and I hope that we all can take time to reflect on this great man who advocated for racial equality and non-violent social change. Next week we will be sharing student celebrations of Martin Luther King, Jr. through visual and performing arts and writing on our website and social media channels. As an example, check out this video, created by the staff and students at Fryelands Elementary! If your student would like to contribute to this upcoming feature, please email the finished product to: communications@monroe.wednet.edu.

Celebrating People

Celebrating people is important to me as the Acting Superintendent and many of my communications to the community will do just that. I believe in recognizing and acknowledging the amazing people in our school community and highlighting the work they are doing. This week I want to celebrate and acknowledge two employees in Monroe School District's Communications Department: Tamara Krache (Communications Manager/Public Information Officer) and Erin Zacharda (Director of Communications).

While these two communications professionals wear many hats and are always willing to drop what they are doing to help colleagues, community members, students, and families, their main responsibilities include overseeing our district and school websites & all official social media channels, managing emergency communications, interacting with the media, writing and sending communication to all families (emails, texts, robocalls) and staff, developing district and school informational materials, and assisting district and school leaders with communication planning.

It is evident that Tamara and Erin have the highest of expectations for themselves as it shows in the caliber of work they produce. In 2021, they received an Award of Excellence from the Washington School Public Relations Association (WSPRA) for the Reopening Schools: Safe Return to In-Person Learning handbook they created. In previous years they have also received the highest awards at both the state and national level for the design of our website and Annual Report publications. Some additional highlights of their work in the last year include: launching a new employee recognition program (MSD Employee Honor Roll), the rebranding and planning of the Back to School Family Resource Fair (formerly called Fill a Form Night) which had a record number of attendees, and they developed the plan to make the Student Rep on the School Board position more equitable, communicated the changes, and successfully recruited applicants for the two new student roles.

Next week we anticipate ballots will arrive in voters' mailboxes for the renewal of the School Program and Operations Levy. All community members should also receive a Monroe School District informational newsletter, created by Tamarea and Erin, that explains what this levy funds, how much it costs, and why it is needed. Please be sure to vote by February 8! More information, including a short informational animated video can be found on our website: www.monroe.wednet.edu/spo-levy-2022.

As always, we are so appreciative of your continued support. We wish you a peaceful weekend.


Sincerely,

Kim Whitworth
Acting Superintendent & Chief Academic Officer
whitworthk@monroe.wednet.edu