Message from Principal Goodson

Greetings FCS Families,                                                                                                   

As we begin this new school year in uncharted waters, I am reminded that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and the importance of never losing infinite hope. As we grapple with an international pandemic and civil unrest in our society, it is clear to me that the work that we are doing in educating and molding tomorrow’s leaders is so vital. Teaching our students to become change agents in this world, to articulate their ideas, to use their voices to make positive impacts, to be innovative, and to find solutions that will someday heal our nation, the sky is the limit for what our scholars WILL achieve.

The past three years of my leadership has taught me that it truly takes a village to raise the child. I am grateful for the support from the entire school community. To the FCS families, thank you for your partnership in helping us to help each of our scholars. This year may look differently, with new safety procedures and protocols. But the foundation of our beliefs and our core values remain steadfast. We are committed to knowing every one of our scholars well, including their unique academic needs and social emotional needs. We will continue to RISE UP as a school community. This year will be filled with learning and growing with our scholars and community. We are charged with being champions for children and we do not take that responsibility lightly.

As a parent, I know how important it is to have our children in a positive learning environment where they feel safe and where they are receiving the highest quality of instruction during in person learning and remote learning. We will continue to use the ELA curriculum, Wit and Wisdom and our Math curriculum, Eureka. We will be prioritizing grade level standards and addressing unfinished learning from last school year. Our students will be engaged in thinking deeply, having rich discussions, and building their understanding in ways to support 21st Century learning during in person and remote instruction.  Students will be engaged in writing tasks across subject areas that requires them to use evidence from the text. They will have to problem solve in ways that require multi-step problems that are standards based. FCS will be offering monthly virtual workshops in ELA, Math, and a range of other areas to empower families.

We are committed to working with the Fresh Creek School families and community members to ensure that Fresh Creek scholars receive the very best. As a team, we will continue to create an environment that is safe and supportive. All classes will be using the 4RS program. The 4Rs curriculum (Reading, Writing, Respect & Resolution) engages the imagination and creativity of children in grades PreK-5 to help develop critical skills including empathy, community building, and conflict resolution. In addition to embedding this program through the year, FCS will focus on social emotional learning specifically, the first 10 days of school to support the transition and to support with any trauma caused by this pandemic.

We will continue to set high expectations for ALL Learners and let every child know that they are valued. Every student is valued and worthy of our very best.  I look forward to embarking on this journey with the entire Fresh Creek School Community. Throughout the year, monthly calendars and newsletters, and other communications will provide you with the most current school information.  However, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me and our school staff.   Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions at Info@K325.org

In Unity,

Principal Goodson