Dear Fleming Countians,
After weeks of planning and groundwork, we eagerly anticipate the start of the new school year. On Thursday, August 8, 2019, our students will begin what is going to be an amazing year of growth. As we communicated with faculty and staff back in the spring and earlier this summer, the 2019-2020 school year will be our most ambitious year on record. Yes, we must turn it up a notch, so that we continue to help ALL of our students to be college, career and life ready.
Last spring and over the summer, teachers worked to make key revisions to the district’s curriculum. This year we are emphasizing performance-based learning, where students demonstrate mastery and understanding through hands-on activities. While proficiency remains important, we are focusing on student growth using a very rigorous model that challenges us to make sure that ALL students are making significant progress throughout the year. There must be a laser focus on student growth across the board.
To ensure that ALL students are college, career and life ready, we must continue to work to make learning relevant to students’ interests. Based on feedback from students, faculty, staff, parents, guardians, and the community, we have revised the BRIDGE Performance Indicators (BPIs). The major changes focus on: progression alignment, curriculum integration, and student personalization. Some examples of the changes include: service learning instead of service hours, capstone projects replace student defense, implementation of authentic assessments, and a new interface for a digital profile and documentation. The digital profile will allow students to showcase their essential skills for employment, college admission, apprenticeships, etc.
We must continue to find ways to reach every student. This year, our goal is to make sure that every student is involved in a sport, club, or other co-curricular activities. To reach our goal to become a “District of Distinction,” we must ensure that every student is valued and feels part of our school community and family. Too often, students feel as if they are not part of school, therefore, their growth and development are negatively impacted. As a school system, we must work to find ways to reach every student by offering opportunities that are relevant to their interests, goals, needs, and aspirations. We must cultivate relationships with each student so that we better know how to serve them.
As always, we value the input and suggestions of students, faculty, staff, parents, guardians, and community members. There are many different avenues to communicate with our district and its employees. Contact information and telephone numbers are posted on the district’s website. You can also reach out to me via-email at email@example.com; by phone at 606-845-5851, or stop me in schools or the community. I am here to help and will always make time to listen.
We have an excellent opportunity to do great things for students this year. To meet our goals, we must all work together to help ALL students to become college, career, and life ready. We only succeed as a district, when students succeed!
Our Journey Continues…
Brian K. Creasman