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Principal's Message

PRincipal's Message, Fall 2020

Dear Carthay Parents and Students,

Welcome to 2020-21!

As we plan for a beginning like no other we have seen in the past, our focus will still be to ensure that: every child, every day is finding a way to feel connected, every child, every day is being challenged by new learning and experiences, and every child, every day knows they have a champion they can turn to. 

Spring of 2020 challenged staff and students to find a new normal for learning, connected us in new ways and required our students to learn from afar.  What I have learned through this process is how much I appreciate the expertise that our teachers bring to Carthay, the ways in which our students continue to work hard to grow and overall, appreciation for the little things in life - giving a high five, a hug or being able to laugh out loud with many people around.  What I MOST appreciate about Carthay is how even under circumstances we have never experienced we are still a learning and caring community.  

I’ve always said that parents and families are our most important partners, but this year that was truer than ever. Your lives were upended in support of a totally unconventional schedule for your children. I know how much you sacrificed for them, how concerned you are about their futures, and how deep your love for them runs. I can’t thank you enough for the effort you have made to support your child’s learning at home.

I pledge that we will take what we have learned this year and double down on addressing systemic inequalities in our system that these crises have further exposed.  I pledge that we will keep cultivating and celebrating the achievements and accomplishments of your children. I pledge to continue to be there for you and your children, not being deterred for a moment—no matter what challenges come our way. I pledge to deliver the education your children demand and deserve—an education that enables them to grow into well-educated, responsible, compassionate adults who are equipped to change the world.



Sharon Hall-Johnson