A Message from the Superintendent

on February 15, 2018

Dear Monroe-Woodbury families,

Yesterday’s senseless tragedy in Parkland, Florida, has compelled me to write to you today. As a mother and a superintendent of schools, my heart breaks for all those impacted by this terrible, violent act. Our hearts go out to the entire Parkland community. It’s hard to make sense of our world when incidents such as this happen, but we must be diligent, maintain hope and keep an open line of communication among our schools and within our families.

As a school district, our primary focus is always our students – how to best meet their needs, socially, emotionally, academically and physically. We never lose sight of this purpose, but when events in our world happen that lead us to question “why,” we must work together and resolve to do whatever it takes to teach, guide and nurture our children. They must feel safe and secure in their schools to allow them to develop into the amazing human beings they are destined to be. There is no more important work than this.

Today’s news is inundated with images and stories related to yesterday’s shooting. You know your children best, and I encourage you to have conversations with them to allay their fears and answer questions. As always, the counseling staff at your children’s school is a resource we encourage you to use.

If you have questions, please contact me directly at 845-460-6200, ext. 6201 or email [email protected].


Elsie Rodriguez
Superintendent of Schools


This message was emailed to all M-W families on Thursday, February 15, 2018.