Many of you have reached out about recent events in the United States and your reflections on your own education at SAS. You have asked what the school is doing in the current circumstances. Please see the attached letter our school leaders and I shared on Saturday with our community. Inside this letter, you can click through to the division-specific messages with the most detailed message going to high school students.
We will continue to keep you updated about our work in this area as a school when we return in the fall. In the meantime, we encourage you to complete a brief survey to share your thoughts on your hopes and worries for SAS. We value your engagement as alumni and look forward to hearing your feedback.
If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact Ms. Beth Toole our Associate Director of Alumni Relations.
Good evening parents,
We hope you and your family are off to a good start on your summer break! First, thank you for everything you have done for our community this year. The challenges we have faced together have been daunting, but they have also been an incredibly rich context for the building of relationships and for the demonstration of our core value of compassion.
Last Monday, we provided this video message from Superintendent Boasberg to our faculty and to our high school students, addressing the concerns that many students, parents, and educators have been raising.
Attached to this email are letters for elementary school parents, middle school parents, and high school students and parents. (We hope that the letter to high school students will be read and discussed by high school families.) The end of the school year is a very challenging time to continue conversations about issues as complex as diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial injustice. However, as we have all learned through our prior and ongoing experiences with COVID-19, strong communities rise together to meet challenges that they face whenever the circumstances so demand.
When members of our community at SAS are deeply affected by events occurring in our world, we are all affected. The challenge of addressing racial injustice is one we can and must meet together. Our students are making clear that they expect this of us. They are looking to us for examples of how adults and school communities engage together in reflection, dialogue, bridge building, and action.
In January, at the close of the listening tour, Superintendent Boasberg noted that he had heard many participants emphasize that we at SAS should make sure to focus on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). He stressed that this would be one of our priorities going forward. Building on work that a group of SAS educators has been leading, this winter we formed an SAS DEI Planning Committee to lead our efforts and work collaboratively with students, teachers, and parents. We look forward to working with you to strengthen our efforts to ensure we have a diverse, equitable, and inclusive school that prepares our students both to understand and address issues of racism in their communities.
Please read the relevant attached letter when you have a moment, please discuss it with your children, and please reach out to us if you have any questions, feedback, concerns, or suggestions.
Thank you again and with deep appreciation,
Tom Boasberg, Superintendent
David Hoss, Elementary School Principal
Lauren Mehrbach, Middle School Principal
Stephen Ly, High School Principal