Dear Fleming Countians:
There are only a couple of weeks left before the end of the school year. Over the next several days, students across the district will be taking state assessments or final exams. Commonly referred to as KPREP, these state assessments are vision-critical to the district. Though some are anti-testing, we embrace testing as a means to celebrate student success. The state assessments that students will be taking help the district to evaluate student achievement, grade-level mastery, the overall effectiveness of the curriculum and learning program, as well as, the effectiveness of learning experiences and opportunities that are provided to students.
Furthermore, the state assessments also provide the district with a tool that helps us to evaluate our ability to provide rigorous, relevant and personalized learning experiences and opportunities to each student. We always look forward to this time of the school year. The end-of-year is the time when our students shine the brightest.
Our students, teachers, staff, parents/guardians, and community members have worked tirelessly this school year to grow and reach new, higher levels of student achievement. Using several metrics, we have seen remarkable academic growth by our students this school year. Each school has developed strategic plans that have focused solely on individual student growth on benchmarks, MAP, the ACT, and KPREP. I am so proud of each student and all the faculty, staff, parents, guardians, and community members who were behind their success. Student success always requires a community approach - where everyone is ready to jump in and help each student succeed. Expectations for students continue to increase as local, state and global demands change. To meet these new and higher expectations, the village, each one of you, will play a pivotal role in the continued success of each student and the success of the district.
Though assessments take a large share of the focus this time of the year, there is also another piece of the puzzle that we need to celebrate. Our students are earning more industry certifications than ever before. Each student who has earned an industry certification can graduate from Fleming County High School and seamlessly go to work the next day – and many do. Though college readiness is discussed a lot and is sometimes the measure of student and school success, career readiness is also critical in our diversifying economy and workforce. The key to continued student success is our ability to personalize learning for each student, focused on each student’s needs, goals, and aspirations. We do an acceptable job of listening to students. However, we can always improve!
So as we begin the final push of the year – all the way to graduation on June 1st, when you see our students in church, out in the community, in the neighborhood, or at home – encourage them to do their best over the next several weeks on state assessments and final exams. Tell them how proud you are of their success! As students complete the final academic requirements of the year, let’s celebrate students and applaud their commitment to being the best. We have the best students in Kentucky, and we need to celebrate each one. Like you, I eagerly wait to see what our students accomplish over the next few weeks – because their accomplishments are already groundbreaking this year.
Our students are going places as a result of your commitment to their continued success. Thank you for what you do. Take time to celebrate the success of each student as they begin the final leg of this year’s incredible, personalized and successful journey.
Our Journey Continues…
Brian K. Creasman
Fleming County Schools