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Superintendent's Message

Greetings Pirates, Friends and Families,

As we step into this season of gratitude, I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt appreciation to each and every one of you—our dedicated parents, teachers, administrators, board members, and our incredible community partners. Happy Thanksgiving!

Aim High and Dare to Be Great" is not just a mantra; it's a testament to the collective aspirations of our entire Berea Schools community. No matter the time or the place, your dedication to providing support for teaching, leading, and learning helps create an environment where every student has the opportunity to reach new heights and thrive. It takes a village to educate a child. We are all in this together. Together, we make a difference. In the spirit of unity that defines our community, I extend my sincere gratitude for the trust you place in us to nurture and educate your precious children. Your confidence is the bedrock of our shared mission, a responsibility we embrace with the utmost respect and dedication. The power of teamwork is evident, and your active partnership in your child's education is truly priceless.

Speaking of teamwork, we welcome anyone interested in joining the Elementary Compass Team contact Rakesha Richardson. Your involvement and support play a pivotal role in the continued success of our school community.

I'm thrilled to announce that the Superintendent Advisory Council will host a canned food drive supporting the FRYSC, starting on November 27th and running through December 7th. We encourage you to send non-perishable items, as students engage in friendly competition. Winning homerooms at the elementary, middle, and high school levels will contribute to providing Christmas support for our families in need. Donation boxes are conveniently labeled in the atrium of our schools. Thank you in advance. 

This year, the theme for the Superintendent Advisory Council is "Encourage the Heart." In line with this theme, the council will visit local nursing homes next month to distribute cards and share festive carols. I'm immensely proud of their compassion and willingness to bring kindness to those who can use it most. Character counts, and your ongoing support for our students, families, teachers, and administration is genuinely valued. Our goal is to not only produce college and career ready students but to prepare them for the real world and to be good citizens. 

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I encourage you to take a well-deserved break, rest, relax, and rejuvenate. Spend cherished moments with your family and loved ones, reflecting on the positive impact you've had on the lives of our students and the broader community. Wishing you a joyous and restful Thanksgiving filled with warmth, laughter, and the company of loved ones.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Dr. Diane Hatchett,


Berea Community Schools

"Aim High and Dare to be Great!"