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Silhouette of Late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Greetings Pirates, Friends, and Families,

I hope this email finds you well. As we approach the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, let's not only enjoy the break but also reflect on the profound impact this great man had on our nation and the world. With no school on Monday, we have the opportunity to honor Dr. King's legacy.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ardently believed in the transformative power of education. He envisioned a world where the pursuit of knowledge would break the chains of ignorance and inequality. Dr. King asserted that education is not merely a tool for academic achievement but a beacon guiding individuals towards understanding, compassion, and justice. For parents, teachers, and students alike, his words resonate as a call to nurture minds, foster empathy, and cultivate a society where the light of education dispels the darkness of prejudice, hate, and bigotry, promoting peace and acceptance for others regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or ability. Greatness lies within each of us. It's up to us as educators to tap into the potential of each child and bring out the best. 

In honoring Dr. King's legacy, let us recognize education as the cornerstone of a just and equitable future, a legacy we should cherish and pass on to generations to come. I am proud to be a Pirate. Berea Community Schools take pride in being open and welcoming to everyone. We are a family of teachers, leaders, and learners. Dr. King said, "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically, intelligence plus character- that is the true goal of education."

In celebrating Dr. King, we recall his powerful words: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Let's embrace his dream of a nation where character, not skin color, defines us. Dr. King's wisdom guides us towards unity and strength. In challenging times, remember: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge." Together, let's stand resilient, united, and committed to a world where justice and love prevail.

Dr. King's legacy is a call to action for future generations to build bridges, speak up against injustice, and be agents of positive change. "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Let's be the voices echoing Dr. King's dream. In the tapestry of time, weave threads of compassion, understanding, and empathy. Dr. King's legacy inspires us to strive for a world where hope guides us, unity binds us, and love shapes a brighter tomorrow for all. All means all. We need one another in this world. Together we learn, grow and achieve. 

Honoring Dr. King means embracing enduring values: "The time is always right to do what is right." Reflect on the transformative power of love and empathy, and instill in future generations the importance of dreaming big. Dr. King's call for unity echoes loudly: "We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now." Navigate life's currents together, embracing diversity as our strength. If we were all the same, the world would be pretty boring, and nothing would evolve. We learn from one another.  Let's celebrate our uniqueness.  We are a LeaderInMe school district. According to Stephen Covey,  "Strength lies in differences not in similiarities." Malcom Forbes says, that diversity is "the art of thinking independently together."  Let's not just commemorate Dr. King's memory but commit to creating a future where every individual is valued. Share your gifts, always aim high, and dare to be great.

In the spirit of Dr. King, let's make the world a better place. Teamwork makes the dream work!! Stay warm and be safe!


Dr. Hatchett, Superintendent

Berea Community Schools

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Vision for BCS

Vision for Learning: For our students, "Aim High and Dare to Be Great" is an invitation to dream big, work hard, and believe in the boundless possibilities of their potential. It's a call to embrace challenges as opportunities, to persist in the face of adversity, and to discover the greatness within themselves.


What It Means for Our Vision: The vision for this academic year is a tapestry woven with the threads of ambition, courage, and excellence. It's a vision where each member of our community, from students to educators, staff to parents, dares to aim high in their aspirations and endeavors.

Aiming High in Teaching: Our educators are the architects of dreams, and aiming high means setting ambitious goals for our students. It means creating an environment where curiosity is sparked, potential is unlocked, and knowledge is a limitless horizon. In each lesson, in every interaction, let's challenge ourselves to reach for excellence.

Daring to Be Great in Leading: Leadership is not about titles but about the impact we have on others. Daring to be great in leading means fostering a culture of collaboration, empowerment, and continuous improvement. It's about leading with courage, innovation, and a commitment to the success of every member of our school community through the lens of an equity and growth mindset, never wavering and never quitting, always seeking opportunity and access for our students, faculty and staff. We are all in this together.  In the spirit of unity, Pirates dare to be great. Our journey together is an exploration of untapped potential, and  extraordinary achievements that will unfold when we all commit to aiming high and daring to be great.