As University School of Milwaukee teachers wrapped up their second week of distance learning last week and headed into a hard-earned four-day weekend on Friday, April 10, the school’s academic leadership was busy heading all over the greater Milwaukee area with yard signs to post in front of teachers’ homes. This came just one day after Upper School administrators and senior advisors made their way to the homes of students in the Class of 2020 with their own yard signs of support.
Dividing up signs for the school’s 130 teachers, leaders in the Preschool and Lower School (head Michael Tauscher and assistant head Gina Bongiorno), Middle School (head Elaine Griffin and assistant head Brad Dunning), and Upper School (head Stuart Cushman and assistant head Sue Bolly)—along with Head of School Laura Fuller and Assistant Head of School Gregg Bach—ventured out on a slightly warm and overcast day to plant the signs in yards and share their appreciation.
“We knew that our teachers were well-prepared for our move to USM@HOME distance learning while the campus is closed during COVID-19, but the feedback we got from our parent and student surveys about how well things were going overall, and how great our teachers were doing, was amazing to see,” said Fuller. “Something like these yard signs was a simple gesture and just a small token of our appreciation, but seeing their reaction to them on social media was especially heartwarming. Like we said on the signs, we know they’ve got this!”
Fuller also shared a brief video message with faculty as she planted the last of the signs at the school’s entrance.