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Letter to North High Families

Dear North High Families,

I have very sad news to share with you. As you may have heard, Susan Schaffer, a parent of students in our school, was tragically shot and killed in her home on Tuesday afternoon as she apparently interrupted a robbery attempt. Ms. Schaffer's son, Daniel Wenig and daughter, Sarah Wenig, are current students; Rachel Wenig is a 2003 graduate of North High. It goes without saying that we are extremely saddened by this incomprehensible tragedy.

Today we were further shocked to learn that two North High students have been charged in the case. I want you to know that neither of these two students has been attending school regularly since before Thanksgiving. I also want to reassure you that North High is a safe community and we will continue to do everything we can to maintain a safe environment while providing support for students as details continue to unfold.

It is hard to understand why things like this occur. Since learning of Tuesday's loss, we have had counselors and other District professionals available to talk with students and staff about the range of emotions they are experiencing. These next few days will be particularly difficult for us all as we reflect on what has happened. I have asked all staff members to be particularly mindful of anyone who needs additional help. If you feel your child is having difficulty coping with this situation and may benefit from additional support, please contact your child's counselor, grade level administrator, or me so we can respond to your child's needs.

While this situation will likely cause people outside our school to make inferences about North High, we know that it in no way reflects what a wonderful, caring and supportive community we have here at Parkway North.

In the weeks ahead, our thoughts will continue to be with the Wenig family as they deal with their mother's death. This is a time when the North High community needs to come together to support and protect each other. Please call me with any questions you have.


Jenny Marquart