I want to take a moment to acknowledge that many of you are feeling the impact of the election results last week. During this election season many of you have heard or seen hurtful and hateful things in the news and this has impacted each member of our community.
I want each and every one of you to feel confident that at Gatewood, we are more committed than ever to maintaining a positive school community which will ensure each member learns as much as possible in order to achieve goals in a safe and supportive environment where each individual feels valued.
At Gatewood we work daily towards a school where students are safe, prepared, respected, and included. We will support and stand by each of you. We are here to support our students of every religion, every political belief, every gender, every ethnicity, every disability, every background, and every sexual orientation. You all matter to us and we will support you.
We do not tolerate bullying, intimidation or any other actions that perpetuate bigotry, stereotypes or racism. We are here to help you learn how to have productive conversations about world-wide events and to gain the skills necessary for you to become an active contributor to a positive community, be it here at school, in the city of Seattle, or elsewhere in the country.
Moving forward, I want each of us to think about what we are able to do on a daily basis in our community to show that we value a world of safety, respect for differences, and inclusiveness for all. We will get through this together. We will respect each other and learn from one another.
A bundle of sticks cannot be broken.
All the best,