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Note from the Principal
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 1:10 PM

Dear Families,

Wow, it's hard to believe that we are in our seventh week of the school year! I love this time of the school year. With the rituals and routines of school in full motion, it offers us a time to pause and reflect. How are our children doing? What are we doing to support their growth? How are we fostering joy, a love of learning and building our students up to be responsibly independent? These are just a few of the questions on my mind now and as we move through the year.

With parent/teacher conferences coming up, these are questions that are also on the minds of teachers as they prepare to talk with you about the progress of your child. Keep in mind, conferences are not only an opportunity for teachers to share with families but also for families to ask questions and share with teachers. It is through these opportunities for dialogue that we all learn about how to support our children as they grow. 

Thank you to all who participated in our annual Fall Book Fair! It is always fun to see so many families come together around reading. Also, coming up this weekend is our annual Fall Campus Cleanup. This is another wonderful opportunity for our community to come together. We hope to see many of you there. Family and community engagement are instrumental components of a successful school. At Burroughs we are so appreciative of the support of our families. Burroughs is a community of true partnership and there are many things that we would not be able to do without that support. Thank you!

Please feel free to reach out by phone, email, or in person, with any questions that may arise.  

Sincerely,
Principal    
 
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Equity

Equity, along with Social Emotional Learning and Multi-Tiered Systems of support, has been declared a district priority for Minneapolis Public Schools.  "Educational equity" means raising the achievement of all students while narrowing the gaps between the lowest and highest performing students, and eliminating the racial or cultural predictability and disproportionality of which student groups occupy the highest and lowest achievement categories including rates of graduation.

At Burroughs, Equity is directly aligned with our mission of inspiring all students to be College, Career, and Life Ready as well as well-educated, global citizens who give back to society. Our goal is to create an environment where adult behaviors are concentrated on the elimination of gaps, particularly those predicated on a student's race, ethnicity, home language, personal characteristics or culture, and on assurance of educational equity between students.