August 7, 2018
Dear Fleming Countians:
I want to personally welcome students, teachers, and staff members to the 2018-2019 school year! I hope that your summer was fun, relaxing and restful. We are only hours away from what promises to be a fantastic school year. Brace yourself because significant changes await your return.
We are extremely proud of all six schools and their continued commitment to high standards and doing whatever it takes to help ALL students to succeed. We continue to offer more opportunities for students each year such as: Preschool, full-day Kindergarten, Elementary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), Advanced Placement, College Courses, and work relevant career courses. Our students continue to excel on the state and national levels as leaders and attend the top college, university and technical schools in Kentucky. Yet, we still seek more experience and opportunity for students.
This school year is all about creating personalized learning experiences and opportunities for students. As we continue to experience excellent student success in the classroom, we must look to continue this positive trajectory. Therefore, we must focus more on reaching every student – addressing their needs, goals, and aspirations. Over the summer, Fleming County Schools became one of only five school districts in Kentucky to have a stand-alone equity policy that will drive the district’s focus going forward. The basis of the district’s equity policy is the Equity Statement below:
All Fleming County Schools’ students deserve the right to a free, safe, personalized, and equitable education without barriers and prejudice. Each member of the faculty and staff is responsible for creating the best learning environment, experiences, and opportunities that will lead to ALL students becoming college, career, and life ready.
The district’s focus this year on personalized learning and equity go hand-and-hand. Though ALL students have specific standardized promotion requirements, their experiences and opportunities should be personalized as much as possible. In other words, relevance and rigor are critical to helping ALL students to succeed. As a school district, we have a responsibility to create the best learning experiences and opportunities for students each day. The days of cookie-cutter approaches and generic lessons are over.
Over the summer, the Fleming County Board of Education unanimously approved the BRIDGE Performance Indicators (BPIs) which will guide the district’s personalized approach in the classroom. The BPIs will be game-changing as the focus is completely on each student’s needs, interests, goals, and aspirations. The students will be the drivers of their own experience and opportunities as educators become facilitators. We want students to think big, push the boundaries, and more importantly, to dream. The board continues to emphasize in their leadership that a quality education has three foundations: rigor, relevance, and relationships.
We want the 2018-2019 school year to be the best school year for students. Our success as a district depends on the success of students. Our vision to become a District of Distinction has only grown stronger with each passing year. As superintendent, I am fortunate to work with awesome students, a rock star faculty and staff, and such a supportive community. On behalf of the Fleming County Board of Education, I want to wish you a great first day and an excellent school year. This year, push the limits, take risks, challenge the status quo and let’s make sure that this school year goes down in history as the year ALL students succeeded.
Our Journey Continues…
Brian K. Creasman
Fleming County Schools