Editor’s Note: Superintendent of Schools Anna Nolin issued this message to families tonight, January 6, after the attack on the U.S. capitol in Washington DC.
NATICK – “While I had hoped to greet you in this New Year on Friday in my weekly memo, I felt it was important to write a message about the current state of our country given the events unfolding in Washington D.C. today. Many news outlets are reporting on people storming the Capitol to protest the results and the official certification of the November election. While these protests were expected, they are punctuated by the recent results of the Georgia Senate Runoff Election being reported today as well,” wrote Natick Superintendent of Schools Anna Nolin to families tonight.
“Our Constitution and the law have affirmed the November election results and support the certification of them—we, as parents and community members, have a duty to frame this moment for our students. You will frame this moment with your children in alignment with your family’s values and understanding, and we will do so relative to our ongoing discussion of creating capable leaders who can have civil, civic discourse (the Profile of a Natick Graduate). While the events at the Capitol are scary to see, we will use our time with students in the coming days to support them personally, and to support the work we are doing with our students around Civic Education and the public process. But even more importantly, we must reemphasize that rule of law and the importance of decorum and decency,” wrote the Natick Superintendent.
“At all elementary schools, community meeting time will be a time that teachers will connect with both live and remote children and, in an age-appropriate manner explore key ideas with students,” wrote the Natick Superintendent.
“On Thursday and Friday in our middle and elementary schools in all programs (fully live, hybrid and fully remote), teachers will meet to coordinate ideas and supports and will connect with live and remote children through either community meeting or offering an after school forum. Students will be contacted directly about these opportunities. The middle and high school Social Studies staffs will meet in the morning to discuss the conversations ahead. As a reminder, our teachers are not taking political stances or teaching from one political framework, we teach dispositions and help students have robust discussion, disagreements and collaborative sessions through our civic dispositions,” wrote Supt. Nolin.