Dear Fleming Countians,
As we approach the end of 2016, it is important that we celebrate the holiday season. This time of the year is the perfect time to reflect, appreciate and celebrate the many things that we have accomplished in our lives. This is also a great time of the year to recognize the many things that we have accomplished together as a community. It seems like yesterday that students returned from summer break, yet, we have reached the midpoint of the academic year.
As a community, we must continue to invest in our students and tomorrow’s future. We must never forget that our students today are tomorrow’s leaders. As I continue to stress, as a school system, we are so fortunate to have the best community support, really unmatched in Kentucky and nationally. Our students are never deprived of resources or experiences as a result of the community’s commitment. Over the past several months, many of our business owners, working with the Chamber of Commerce, have opened their doors to allow many of our elementary students to visit and learn about what it takes to become successful. This is huge, as these visits inspire students to also want to be a small business owner, an engineer, a welder, an elected official or a community leader. Thank you to all the businesses and organizations that have been a part of providing these valuable learning experiences. Furthermore, I want to thank Crystal Ruark and the Chamber of Commerce for their help in scheduling these opportunities for our students.
As we approach the spring semester which starts January 3rd, we have much to do before the end of the academic school year. Furthermore, in March 2017, the district will be going through an accreditation visit, which is part of the district’s long-term strategic goals. The spring semester will go by fast but we must remain focused on our vision to becoming a “District of Distinction.” In simple terms, we must remain focused on being the best for our students. I would encourage all parents, guardians, grandparents, community members, and business leaders to visit any of our six schools as often as possible, volunteer, offer to talk about your experiences or demonstrate a real-world skill that all of our students need to be competitive in a global economy. Also, all of our schools will gladly welcome any time that you can spare to tutor or mentor students. Your continued support is critical to the success of our students.
Each day, through interactions with students, faculty, staff and members of the community, I am amazed by what our students accomplish in and out of the classroom. What separates our students from other students in Kentucky is the passion that our students have for their futures. But a credit to the community is that many of our students want to stay or return to Fleming County after they finish high school, complete their military service or finish college. The students’ goal of returning to our community only validates the greatness of the community and the quality of the school district.
Though the spring semester is going to be fast and very intense, take time over the Christmas break to pause, reflect and give thanks for all of the blessings from this year. Think about a few goals for the New Year – that are attainable and challenging. Spend time with family and friends and realize how great our country is that we have these opportunities and freedoms. We must recognize our freedoms and our many blessings – and not take those for granted.
On behalf of the Fleming County Board of Education and the students, faculty and staff of Fleming County Schools, I want to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for giving me, Valerie and Georgia this great opportunity to be a part of the Fleming County community and the district’s journey to becoming a District of Distinction. I truly have the best job in Kentucky, as I get to work with the best students, faculty, staff and community in the Commonwealth.
Our Journey Continues…
Brian K. Creasman
Fleming County Schools