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Dear Flat Rock Elementary Family,

The beginning of a new school year, like the dawning of a new day, reminds us that the future  holds infinite possibilities.  I hope that your summer was relaxing, filled with adventures and  good health because you deserve it. The opportunity to refuel over the summer is a necessary  component of the important work that we all do.  I know that we are about to begin a great  school year filled with hope, vision, and excitement.  As we begin this new year, I wish everyone  the greatest success as we welcome over 1,000 students to their educational journey of 2018-2019.

As we start this year, let’s continue our work on creating a positive and professional learning  community that is supportive, caring, and committed to building a school where everyone feels  valued and connected. This year will continue to be shaped by our reform efforts as outlined in  our Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP). Henry Ford once said, “If you think you can do a thing or you think you can’t, you’re right.”  I know that we can meet all of our initiatives because we have a staff and community that believes in the promise of educational excellence.  We know that we have work to do, work that requires commitment, focus and collaboration, and  we know that we will succeed. The theme for the 2018-2019 school year is “We are better  together, through unity, strength and academic excellence. To make this happen, we will place  greater emphasis in the following areas:

  • Continuing to foster a collaborative and positive school culture and climate with     all students, parents, staff and community stakeholders
  • Creating a rigorous and relevant framework around instruction in the areas of language  arts, reading and math
  • Developing global citizenship and improving the well-being of the whole student

As parents, staff members and community stakeholder to our children at Flat Rock we need to ensure that we are all in to provide wisdom and care to produce the best students and  global citizen.  My hope is that through our reinvigorated Learning Community, both you and our  students will think of our school as places where community of learners come together to do  interesting consequential work.  We will attempt new things this year and that will challenge our  students to work harder and become critical thinkers and learners.  We as the administrative  team, in turn, will continue to provide the infrastructure and human capacity to support our ability  to make great things happen.

I know each of us wants to make a difference in the lives of our students.  As we move forward  with our reform efforts, I invite you to think about something written so long ago but still  resonates today.  Emerson said, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is  no path and leave a trail.”  I am confident that we will blaze a trail filled with success and  accomplishment as, together, we launch the best year yet for Flat Rock Elementary.

I hope that each of you enjoys the remaining days of summer.  I look forward to a year filled with  stories of great success and great learning.  

Go Bucks!


Malik Douglas, Ed.D.


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