Posted by Arlene Caves on 1/19/2021
Good Afternoon EM3 Families,
We hope that this message finds each of you safe and well on this day of remembrance, reflection, and honor. In addition to planning for the next few weeks of school, I have spent part of my day teaching and parenting my children for the purpose of today.
At our breakfast table this morning we sat talking and sharing about our day, our hopes, dreams, acts of service and of course, the daily chores that we each needed to complete by 6:00 PM. In listening to our children share about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. it became clear that the historical facts we have been teaching were being diminished by the stories, and activities that are learned in school.
In an interview with the Morehouse College Student Newspaper in 1947, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was quoted as saying, “If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, 'brethren!' Be careful, teachers!”
This quote holds true not only to colleges, but to preschools, care providers, and all public schools Kindergarten through twelfth grade. It is important for us all to learn and teach about the actual man, events, and the people he served when we honor him the third Monday of every January as a national holiday.
We must learn from our actual history and not the biased, carefully chosen and popularly published acts/remembrances. These intentionally biased teaching tools were created within a system that was designed to make the majority of our nation seem good, kind, and affirming toward the man who we celebrate and honor today.
The truth is, during the lifetime of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., those who made up the majority did not respect, appreciate, or treat this man with the kindness, respect, or dignity that they hope we will assume they did.
Ten years after the interview with Morehouse College, Dr. King wrote a book titled “Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story” and penned the quote “True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”
In two days, our nation will witness the inauguration of our country’s 46th president who is working to ensure that his cabinet will continually do better to represent the people whom they serve. Our children will see representation of race, gender, age, sexual orientation and history being expanded.
It is the combined experiences of any one person or group of people that guide in their decision making, voting, and conviction. With a cabinet as diverse as the one that has been nominated, we will hear from voices that may not have always been represented when making decisions within our national government in the past.
With a greater representation stemming from a diverse group of people who may not always agree; we will hope to see productive tension that will result in a greater justice for all!
In addition to sharing the updates that are coming for EM3 this week, we more hope that you have the opportunity this week to share with your child the history being made during their lifetime.
Remote Instruction - On Thursday of last week, the WCPSS Board Of Education voted to have all students remain virtual/remote until at least mid-February.
-Plan B families click this LINK with your child’s schedule that is the same as it was for the past few weeks.
-Virtual Academy families click this LINK for your child’s schedule which is also remaining the same as it has been since the beginning of the year.
Google Classrooms - All students will be enrolled in new or updated Google Classrooms for the start of the second semester. These new google classrooms will be sent to students and accessible by at least 5:00 PM on Tuesday, January 19th.
The updated google classrooms will have the live google meet class codes and times listed in the top left corner of the banner. This will make it easy for students to find and gain access to their live instruction throughout the day.
Power Schools Schedules - Students and families who login to powerschools between today and Wednesday may see two semesters of classes. This is due to some changes in assignments to Virtual Academy etc. This will be cleared by Thursday and only semester two classes will be visible after Thursday.
Report Cards - Teachers are working now to finalize grading and enter final grades for quarter two/first semester. Grades will be visible in Powerschool/Gradebook on Thursday, January 28th. We will be printing report cards on the 28th and mailing them to your address on file by the end of day Friday, January 29th.
Office Hours - Please remember that all teachers hold daily office hours to support students in any way necessary. If a student misses class, needs help with an assignment, has questions, etc. they are encouraged to attend office hours.
Athletics - Any student who is interested in participating in afterschool boys basketball, girls basketball, or cheerleading at East Millbrook please click on the link below and fill out the google form. This is open to all grade levels (6th, 7th, 8th), Plan B and Virtual Academy students. You must be logged into your Wake ID in order to complete the form. An interest form for additional sports will be sent at a later date.
Note: Athletic skills development, conditioning and sports at the middle school level will not resume until in-person instruction resumes.
If you have any immediate questions or concerns that need addressed, don’t hesitate to contact us. You can communicate with your grade level Assistant Principal or Counselor or call the East Millbrook Middle School Front Office at 919-850-8755. We are happy to assistant in any way possible. Looking forward to a successful and positive Spring 2021!
All our Best,
T. Aaron Marcin
East Millbrook Magnet Middle
The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts