Justice Pyramid Message - June 2, 2020

Justice Pyramid Message

Dear Justice Pyramid Families,

We are writing to you as your Pyramid Principals to let you know how disheartened we are in light of current events. Racism and hate have no place in the Justice Pyramid, rather our schools are places that strive towards inclusiveness and compassion for all while providing hope for the future.

Our staff is here to support children to process information and to learn and speak about kindness, justice, and what it means to be a good citizen. We will continue to work together to identify ways to have these important conversations with our staff and students. Our schools are committed to continue engaging in professional learning on equitable and culturally responsive practices, to challenge racism and injustice while promoting inclusive school communities where diversity is valued.

Here are a few resources for families on these topics:


As always, we thank you for your trust. We thank you for your partnership. We are hopeful about our future because the students and staff of the Justice Pyramid will continue to lead the change.


Maria Eck, Justice High School

Katie Madigan, Glasgow Middle School

Julie Easa, Bailey’s Primary Elementary

Marie Lemmon, Bailey’s Upper Elementary

Karim Daugherty, Beech Tree Elementary

Cecilia Vanderhye, Belvedere Elementary

Cindi Choate, Glen Forest Elementary

Rebecca Forgy, Parklawn Elementary

Maureen Lopez, Sleepy Hollow Elementary


Additional Resources:


Books for parents teaching young children:

Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults


Books to for teenagers and adults to read:

Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You byJason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr.Brittney Cooper

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings byMaya Angelou

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age ofColorblindness by Michelle Alexander

The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for theTwenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color byCherríe Moraga

When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of RacialInequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk AboutRacism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD