Principal Message 4-25-18
Published on Apr 25, 2018 18:41

Mustang Families and Friends,

As I am sure you all know by now, there is no school tomorrow, Thursday, April 26, at all locations throughout the Casa Grande Elementary School District. In fact, many other schools and Districts throughout the state are also closed. The decision to close our schools is in large part due to our desire to keep student safety and learning as a top priority. Last week, the majority of educators across the state of Arizona voted in favor of a statewide walk-out. As our District Leaders worked with this information, we made the decision to inform families in advance that schools would be closed so that appropriate arrangements could be made by families for students’ care and supervision.

Many of you also know that we are in the midst of learning about our final mindset (of the 7 Mindsets) this year. That final mindset is, “The Time Is Now.” Many educators believe they are acting now and taking a necessary stand for education by participating in a walk-out.  However, many educators, including staff at McCartney Ranch and throughout our district, would have preferred to stay at school and continue working with our students during the walk-out on Thursday.  Regardless of their personal views or preference on specific actions steps, all staff believe that this movement is to increase awareness of the multitude of funding issues within public education.  We all believe that our students deserve more.

While we know that this can be a polarizing issue, we appreciate your understanding as each person chooses their own path to advocate for our students and express their beliefs so they can feel as if their voice has been heard. In the coming days and weeks, you may see staff continuing to wear red and walk-in together in the mornings as a sign of support for children and education.  I believe that these demonstrations simply show that our teachers are passionate about teaching and learning. They love children, their colleagues, and our community. They understand that our students (your children) are our future and they know the influential role they play in helping to shape so many outcomes. We understand that having school closed on Thursday causes a level of stress for all parties involved, including families and community members. I have also seen so much of the stress, concern, conflict and anxiety this has caused with our staff. I don’t believe that any staff member entered lightly into any decisions regarding the recent issues. It has not mattered if I have met with our entire staff, small groups, or individual educators, the emotions are evident and they are real. These circumstances are difficult. With the early announcement as a District, our intention was to provide all families adequate time to plan for their children and to keep our students safety and their well-being at the forefront. I truly hope this helped to relieve some of the stress and challenge that you may experience.

If you are not aware yet, breakfast and lunch will be served at various schools and other locations in the community.  This information was sent home with students this week and is available on the district website (see the link below).

As we work through this issue and attempt to communicate to you about so many other positive things at school, please be sure your phone numbers and email addresses are current in our office in case we need to get information out to you.  Also, be sure your email and phone numbers are not blocked so that you can continue to receive communication from us.

I am very much looking forward to seeing everyone back to school on Friday. As always, thank you for your continued support. 

Sincerely,

Bob Quinones
Principal
McCartney Ranch Elementary

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