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In my career in education, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with dedicated families, staff, and communities. Through these experiences, I recognize that students grow and schools develop when districts participate in consistent, inclusive, and lasting outreach programs with families and communities. This level of engagement has a positive impact across social, racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and disability related groups. When a wide range of stakeholders engage in high levels of collaboration, the results include higher student achievement, improved attendance, increased graduation rates, decreased negative behaviors, and an increase in the social/emotional well-being of all students.

A goal of the Mukwonago Area School District is to collaboratively create culturally sensitive environments which meet the needs of all learners. Many programs and initiatives within the district have this goal in mind, including MASD's most recent acceptance to participate in the Wisconsin School Mental Health Project.  With support from the Department of Public Instruction, the intended outcomes of this project include promoting the emotional well-being of all students through the engagement of families and community-based agencies.

Along with the efforts to increase family engagement, our staff also continues to plan for the implementation of Academic and Career Planning. ACP will require high levels of coordination among students, families, staff, and community as we look to prepare our students to be college and career ready to serve as productive members of our communities.

We look forward to sharing more information about the Wisconsin School Mental Health Project and Academic and Career Planning initiatives. Through initiatives like these, we continually strive to develop and implement programs which further propel MASD as a leader in providing student-centered, well-rounded approaches to educating the whole child. Through this implementation process, we will continue to engage families and the community through a wide range of opportunities for information sharing and collaboration, including, but not limited to, the use of Infinite Campus, district and school newsletters, websites, and social media. We will continue to work to meet the mission of our district: "Students, Staff, Community...Building Better Schools Together."

Additional information about the Wisconsin School Mental Health Project can be found at www.masd.k12.wi.us/district/wi-smhp.pdf.

Additional information about Academic and Career Planning can be found under the Guidance menu of each school's homepage at www.masd.k12.wi.us.

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