Welcome Back to MRH, 2018/19
Dear friends throughout the MRH community,
On behalf of the Board of Education and our staff, I want to welcome everyone back to the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District for the 2018-19 school year. The new year brings with it a fresh sense of excitement for what lies ahead. Our first day for K-12 students is Tuesday, August 14; first day for preschool is Tuesday, August 21.
There has never been a better time to celebrate the notion of community. Community is key to our wellbeing and comforts us in trying times. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” This holds true within the boundaries of our school district. When one of us rejoices, we all rejoice. When one hurts, we all hurt.
How do we enhance our understanding of the value of community? Collaboration. Only together will we learn to overcome, embrace, and take advantage of our differences. Discussions that involve disagreement or dissent are nearly always uncomfortable. When people openly express their differences, they trigger emotional reactions. But by dealing with differences, we embark on a path toward confronting social injustices and educational inequities. At the end of the day, despite our differences, we know that we will power forward as members of one supportive and nurturing community.
All of this is for naught if we fail to commit to being inclusive and change-oriented. This goes for school administrators, our families, our community business partners, faith leaders, elected officeholders, everyone. We must commit to championing the principles of tolerance and dignity. Less “doubling down,” and more “listening up.” We owe this to our students. We owe this to our staff. We owe this to our community.
Thank you for your continued support of our students and this district. I know 2018-19 will be another great year of many successes for our students and community!
Karen I. Hall
Superintendent of Schools
Maplewood Richmond Heights School District
For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.