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June Newsletter

Principal's Message

Parents and Community Stakeholders,

First, I would like to thank all of you for your continued support this year. As I reflect on the abbreviated school year, I have been forced to look at success from a different perspective. Typically, the progress of our school is gauged by quantitative factors such as state and district-wide assessments given at the end of the year, however, the pandemic has forced us to look at success from a different lens. Parent and caregivers have had to navigate household responsibilities, child care, and ensuring our children continue to learn during these last few months and will hopefully do so throughout the summer. This to me is the ultimate success, and I would like to acknowledge these sacrifices as you tackle the additional challenges you have had to navigate. Secondly, so many of our staff members and teachers have stepped up to ensure our students have the resources to continue learning. There have been websites created, home visits made, teachers supporting at food distribution centers, and online zoom classes to support our students and families. One thing that has resonated with me through the pandemic is that a school’s impact extends far beyond the walls of our school. No one individual is responsible for our school's accomplishments, and I appreciate your collective ongoing support. Moreover, I encourage you to continue to take advantage of the tutoring and online support RPS and Chimborazo has made available during the last few months, Additionally, RPS will be providing information on summer learning opportunities that engage students that do not require extended screen time. When this information is finalized, it will be made available through the RPS Direct, and I will share it via our multiple modes of communication.

 

Lastly, I would be remiss not to acknowledge the pain and anger our African American families are going through at this time. Please know that the acts directed towards people of color, historically and in recent events, are something I find deeply disturbing. These actions both sadden and anger me. I think about the vast majority of our students, who are black, and hope that recent protests bring about systemic change to address the inequities and harm directed at people of color. My “Why” as a principal and as an educator will always be to advocate for children and families who have been marginalized through inequitable policies and practices and to oppose those that enforce them. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the Change you want to see in the World,” and that is a mantra I strive to abide by for myself, and most importantly, for my students and children.

 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to me at dpeck@rvaschools.net. Please remember our office staff is still not back so phones will not be answered. Email is the best source of communication, however, I will still reply through the Remind app or through messages via our social media pages.

 

Respectfully,

David T. Peck

 

Principal of the Mighty Chimborazo Jaguars