Voice from the Village - Monthly Superintendent Message - January 2019 - A. Robert Gregory
Dear Families and Friends of MPTCS,
Happy New Year! I hope everyone found time to relax, rejuvenate, and connect with family and friends during the holiday season. As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of Marion P. Thomas Charter School, I’m reminded of the things that make education boundless and transformational in the lives of our scholars. The joy our scholars display when they learn something new that evokes their spirit, curiosity, and malleable minds; and the exhilaration educators share when they find new and innovative ways to inspire and motivate our scholars. All of our scholars, staff, and families need champions- individuals who create experiences that evokes the genius that exist within all of them.
Prior to the winter break, we hosted our first Champions for Change Breakfast where we brought stakeholders throughout the city of Newark and “The Village” together to seek partnerships and collaborative relationships that will enhance our scholar’s educational experiences. While our scholars, staff, and families are at the heart of everything we do; we must realize we can’t do this work alone. It truly takes a whole village… Thank you to our chefs, the extraordinary scholars in our Culinary, Visual and Performing Arts Programs, Principal Wright-White and her team, Ms. Griffin, Ms. Norton, and Ms. Munoz, for coordinating and hosting this historic event.
During my first 30 days on the job I spent time learning and listening to educators, families, and scholars throughout the village while analyzing and reviewing data from the past three years. While there are apparent challenges; I view all of them as opportunities to get better and look forward to working with you over the next several months to collectively find solutions that propel our scholars into successful futures.
As society changes, we must continue to rethink the purpose of our schools and the potential of all our scholars. We must offer opportunities to help them learn and develop while realizing their success greatly depends on the relationships, environments, and experiences they have each day in school. Thus, my commitment to ensure our schools in the village remain pathways that lead our scholars into successful futures and are designed to meet their individual interest, talents, and needs.
Let’s do our best individually, and as a village, to commit to innovation and continuous cycles of improvement; while keeping what’s best for our scholars at the core of all decisions we make.
As our country celebrates the life of an American who embodies its indomitable spirit; let us be reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King’s words and guided by his actions: “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving….”
A better tomorrow starts with us today.
A. Robert Gregory