Followup: Letter from Madison Middle School’s departing principal

July 9, 2009 2:33 am
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As reported here Tuesday, Seattle Public Schools has announced that Madison Middle School‘s principal Dr. Jill Hudson is leaving to lead Nathan Hale High School (whose current principal becomes districtwide Executive Director of Special Education), and assistant principal Henterson Carlisle will move up, at least on an interim basis, to head up Madison. Thanks to Todd Crooks for forwarding the letter Dr. Hudson has sent to the school community, as well as the official district letter to families. Todd notes, “As a former PTSA President at Madison, I can speak for all when I say she will be truly missed.” Here’s the letter::

Dear Families,

“Success is a journey, not a destination.”
Ben Sweetland

And so I am moving along on my journey . Madison is a great school and will continue to be a great school. I have a new challenge in front of me, a high school. As most of you have heard by now, I am moving to Nathan Hale High School to be their principal. I am excited for this new learning experience. I am also sad to leave Madison after eight years as principal. I have grown so much during my tenure at Madison and will take many of the lessons I have learned from students, staff and families with me on this next adventure.

Madison is in a good place for an administration change because there are a lot of structures and systems already functioning well at this time. The school is filled with strong teachers and support staff as evidenced by our academic growth on the WASL. We have had significant gains in all areas and evidence of educational gap closing which has led to Madison earning the School of Distinction award from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for the state of Washington. Madison has an effective decision making process and uses budget dollars well to provide the best possible learning experience for students. Madison has recently increased family involvement and will need to continue those efforts to meet Madison’s motto, “Together We’re Better!” Madison has a well developed, inclusive learning environment where high expectations are the norm both academically and behaviorally. The ample after school and extended learning opportunities add depth and variety to this multileveled learning experience.

The administrative team is strong and Henterson Carlisle, current assistant principal, is ready to be principal. His charismatic leadership style motivates students to learn and do their best. He asks the tough questions and acts to make sure that all students’ interests are served. He will need your support during this transition. So please contact him often to encourage him with positive and constructive comments. Mr. Carlisle is a life-long learner and has been prepared for this transition. He is the right person to take Madison to the next level.

Thank you for your dedication to Madison and for always providing feedback to make Madison the great school that it is. I wish you and your families well and hope for a successful 2009-10 school year.

Take care,
Jill Hudson, Ed.D.

Click here to see the letter from the superintendent. (And thanks to David for also e-mailing to let us know the principal had sent a farewell letter.)

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