A Year of Learning & Belonging

Molly Shea

More than ever the Stoughton Area School District and Board of Education are committed to equity, learning, and belonging for all students. I want to start the school year by emphasizing our equity work and introducing this year’s theme: Learning & Belonging.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Stoughton area students, families and staff,

More than ever the Stoughton Area School District and Board of Education are committed to equity, learning, and belonging for all students. I want to start the school year by emphasizing our equity work and introducing this year’s theme: Learning & Belonging.

Placing learning and belonging at the center of all that we do means meeting the needs of all students, academically, socially and emotionally. In the next month we will inform our community of the “why and how” of Learning & Belonging for the school year. For now, know that we commit to the following:

Success for all students; Equitable instruction; A culture of learning & belonging; Self-awareness of identity; and Collective responsibility & purpose

This year’s theme strongly ties to our equity work. I am proud to say that we have done thoughtful work in the past several years to promote all types of equity, including racial justice. We’ve come a long way as a community and this is because of the work we’ve chosen to do together.

With that being said, it deeply troubles me to know the painful truth that many of our students, staff and parent/guardians of color experience racism daily in our schools and in our community.

As we know, regardless of our intentions, our actions matter and sometimes our actions may be harmful without intending them to be. As an educational institution, it is our responsibility to help educate ourselves and our community on not only what actions may cause harm but why they are harmful.

If your child is experiencing harassment or bullying of any kind at school, know that we do not tolerate any form of harassment or bullying. Please do one of the following:

  • Contact any SASD staff member
  • Fill out our harassment/bullying report forms here. Forms are confidential and are submitted to building administration and school counselors.
  • Submit a Speak Up Speak Out (SUSO) ticket. If you see or hear something, say something. The easiest way to submit a ticket is to go to stoughton.k12.wi.us, access the Student Portal, and select “Submit a tip.”

For further reading and resources:

We all have a collective responsibility to call out hate and racism when we see it and commit to not only dialogue and acknowledgement, but to action and positive change. By working together we can and will continue to create a community of learning and belonging.

To a new school year with action, change and hope,

Dr. Tim Onsager and the SASD Administration Team

CONTACT US

Dr. Kate Ahlgren
Interim District Administrator
(608) 877-5002
Kate.Ahlgren@stoughton.k12.wi.us 

Cate Urbas
Executive Assistant to the District Administrator
(608) 877-5002
Cate.Urbas@stoughton.k12.wi.us 

Molly Shea
Community Information and Resource Coordinator
(608) 877-5020
Molly.Shea@stoughton.k12.wi.us