A Message From Our Principal

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Dear Families,

My heart is heavy as we mourn the loss of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, let us remember the many Black lives that have been taken by unnecessary violence. And let us commit ourselves, and our country, to fundamental change in our practices we do everyday.
I wanted to reshare the message that Superintendent Richardson shared with our community as it speaks to our commitment as a district.  Superintendent Richardson states:Over the last several days and nights, millions of Americans, joined by thousands of Portlanders, have marched through our streets demanding an end to the injustices and violence routinely inflicted by our society on people of color, and specifically in this case on members of our Black community.The most recent incidents of hate, violence, racism and the killing of George Floyd have shocked our community. It is deeply disturbing, but sadly unsurprising, to know that racism and senseless violence are still prevalent in our community. Many students and families in our community live in fear due to the color of their skin. This is unacceptable. To truly combat this issue, we all must acknowledge what they know to be a fact — racism is ever-present in America, and its impacts are deep, long lasting, and deadly.If things are ever going to change for people of color in this country, we must all actively join the cause. There are many opportunities for us to dismantle racism and discrimination. From the classroom to the boardroom, we will continue to review our practices and policies of our district and statewide legislation that disproportionately impact our underserved populations.As educators, we must commit to being culturally responsive and disrupt hate and violence. 
As a school District we must listen and learn from our community. As a community we must defend our students and families and constantly interrupt all racism and discriminatory acts.The David Douglas School District stands in solidarity with those who are working throughout this community, state and nation to combat racism, violence and discrimination against our communities of color.We know that these events are traumatic, and everyone will react differently. It is important to help our students know we are here to listen and we are here to support them. Our teachers will continue to connect with our students, and our counselors are ready to serve. If you need any support, please do not hesitate to reach out to any DDSD staff member who will help guide you to resources.I believe our schools, our District, and our community can do better, will do better and must do better.I commit to our David Douglas community that we will stand up for, and alongside, our students and families of color. They deserve our best. I invite you to join us.

-Superintendent Richardson

Please know as a Menlo Park community we are committed to do better by working to change systemic racism in our education practices.  We invite you to be partners in this process.

Thank you,

Kellie Burkhardt
Principal, Menlo Park