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Dear West Potomac Pyramid Families,
As we continue to witness the deeply disturbing images of hate, racism, and violence that are unfolding across our country, the West Potomac Pyramid Principals, collectively, want to share our sadness and outrage.
We acknowledge that these events are painful—particularly for our Black and African American community members. We acknowledge that there are feelings of fear, anger, confusion, uncertainty, and desperation. As members of the West Potomac Pyramid Community, we see you and stand with you. Racism and hate have no place in the world and no place in the West Potomac Pyramid. Diversity makes us stronger, and we are proud to lead a diverse community.
In response to these events, our teachers will support students as they have questions and concerns. We understand that conversations build relationships and relationships are essential to developing respect, understanding, and appreciation for one another’s unique and beautiful differences. When we look to our students, we see hope in our future. We know that every student is important and has great potential. We as educators nurture and protect that potential so that it may be actualized in our students’ future selves. Hope moves us forward.
Our work will move beyond this school year, as our schools continue to receive professional learning on equitable and culturally responsive practices. We are committed to furthering our learning in order to dissolve racism and injustice while promoting inclusive school communities where diversity is valued, appreciated and celebrated.
We hope that you and your children are OK. If you’re looking for ways to help your child considering current events, we offer you these online resources:
- Teaching Tolerance - Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice
- Embrace Race - 10 Tips for Teaching & Talking to Kids about Race
- National Museum of African American History - Talking About Race: Resources for Parents
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us during this time should you need additional support. The West Potomac Pyramid will always be a safe place for students and staff to learn and grow.
Tom Kuntz, Belle View Elementary
Chris Larrick, Bryant Alternative High School
LaRonda Peterson, Bucknell Elementary
Tim Slayter, Fort Hunt Elementary
Jim Swoger, Groveton Elementary
Jon Gates, Hollin Meadows Elementary
Lauren Sheehy, Hybla Valley Elementary
Lonnie Bickel, Pulley Center
Darwin Barker, Sandburg Middle School
Kevin Morris, Stratford Landing Elementary
Frank Tranfa, Quander Road School
Tangy Millard, West Potomac High School
Katie Cachine, Waynewood Elementary
Frank A. Tranfa, Jr.
Quander Road School (currently working from Tranfa World Headquarters)