Dear Wiseburn Families and Friends,
This time of year is always one filled with excitement and hope as we look forward to the end of our school year. While we still find ourselves eager for these final days of the school year and upcoming summer break, we also continue to grapple with recent national events in our country — events that have impacted our own students and staff. Like many across our community, I have felt a range of feelings since the tragic loss of so many young lives and two of our colleagues in education at Robb Elementary School. Our hearts and thoughts continue to be with the families and community members of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
With this on our minds, we also find it important to reiterate our commitment to reviewing and continuously refining our current safety protocols with our community. To that end, on Monday, June 6, Chief Ishii of the Hawthorne Police Department will join our school community to share the physical safety protocols that local law enforcement will take in the case of an active shooter. Following Chief Ishii, I will present specifics on how our schools approach these incidents, primarily providing a glimpse at our ALICE© training platform. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to learn about our emergency response plans and to ask questions. Then, on Tuesday, June 7, the WUSD Counselors will address emotional safety during a virtual event. They will share information on talking about school shootings and violence with children and share helpful resources. All are welcome to attend either or both sessions. Please find more details in the flyer below.
As we refocus on our academic year, we look forward to our culminating events that will round out the 2022-23 school year. Our students will complete final projects, present to their teachers and classmates, finish with the CAASPP state testing process, sing songs and play instruments, and — for some — venture from Cabrillo to 138th, or from Anza and 138th to Dana. This promotion is such an exciting achievement for our young learners, and I congratulate each of them and their families. I also share a very special congratulations to our 8th grade Dana Dolphins who have weathered the pandemic since 6th grade and have missed some cherished moments in their middle school experience. I speak on behalf of our entire school community that we are proud of you! We wish you nothing but the best as you venture on to high school and the next phase of your journey.
Beyond June, we continue to plan for the upcoming school year. Central to that has been our recent exploration of our split reading schedule (Early Bird/Late Bird) in our TK-3 classrooms across the District in comparison to a traditional full day schedule. This is an important topic with nuanced and varied insights across both schedules, as we shared in our presentation at our last board meeting, where we also heard from many in our community. The District is committed to looking at the current circumstances and making a recommendation that is in the best interest of students in the short term and long term.
As we approach the final days of the school year, please take some time to reflect with your children on the year(s) past. Our students and families have been flexible and supportive of the myriad of requirements and expectations that were instituted this year, and we are grateful for your tremendous partnership. Now is a great time to review the growth of the past year and also to start building excitement as to what is coming. For most of our students, next year brings a new teacher or new site at one of our elementary or middle schools. It is never too early to talk about hopeful accomplishments and the steps needed to get there. Enjoy the journey!
Please also enjoy the final days of the school year. I look forward to seeing many of you at our promotion ceremonies and around our great community as our summer break begins!
Blake Silvers, Ed.D.