March 12, 2018
Educating children to prepare them to be creative, productive citizens is a complex process and one which requires compassion, vision, and a deep commitment to the young lives in our charge. At East Alton Middle School, it is our mission to demonstrate peace among peers, passion for learning, and a uphold a positive growth mindset.
As you are likely aware, a nation-wide seventeen-minute student walkout to honor those killed in the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has been planned for March 14, 2018, the one-month anniversary of the shooting. We want to acknowledge and honor those seventeen victims of the shooting.
Therefore, on Wednesday March 14th we will hold a school wide assembly starting at 10:00 am. During this assembly students will read the names of victims and hold a moment of silence on their behalf. The assembly will last seventeen minutes; one minute for each life lost, and the regular school day will then continue.
This assembly provides our students who are passionate about this cause an opportunity to show their support in a peaceful and positive manner.
I feel we have worked hard to develop and practice effective safety plans in our school and will continue to keep our students safe. Our students deserve to not only feel safe, but also be safe. The East Alton Middle School has a collaborative relationship with the East Alton Police Department and we continue to emphasize the importance of meeting the needs of our school community.
I appreciate your understanding and encourage you to discuss this matter with your student. The East Alton Middle School staff will continue to work together to provide the safest learning environment possible for our students.