In November of 2016, we completed our 5 year accreditation external review through AdvancED. To learn more about AdvancED, you can visit their website by clicking here. An external review occurs every five years and is intended to inform our continuous improvement efforts. Five experienced educators traveled to Bremen and spent three days with us. While here, they reviewed information, conducted interviews, and visited the schools. Before they left, they reported their experiences and findings to our administrative leadership and board of education.
I'm pleased with the results as it confirmed, from an outside review team, that we (faculty, parents & community) are doing some amazing things for our students. We should be proud of the work we have done but we cannot stop. In addition to accolades, the committee provided us with valuable insight regarding ways we can improve. We embraced this opportunity as we believe it's healthy for all organizations to receive objective feedback. Further, we fully accept their feedback and will put into practice strategies to ever improve the education we provide our exceptional students.
Our students excel in multiple ways, and we are very blessed to live and work in Bremen. A true tradition of excellence is obvious, and long before my time in Bremen, our schools and community had a good grasp on what it took to build and sustain an exemplary school system. We have adopted our purpose statement of "excellence in all we do". This purpose statement is not intended to portray that we believe we are excellent in every way possible. Rather, the intent is to perpetuate the idea that no matter what we engage in as a school and system, our goal should always be excellence. For us, that means we never stop working to improve. By continually striving for excellence, we truly honor the Bremen students, parents, and community who paved the way for us in the past.
I respectfully request that we all remain committed to a continuous improvement process and always strive for "excellence in all we do"!