"There is nothing like a dream to create the future." ~ Victor Hugo
As I reflect on the past 10 years, I am honored to have been a part of the accomplishments of our school. We have built beautiful facilities, earned re-accreditation, developed programs that made our students' realize their dreams easier than in their previous schools and fostered an atmosphere that enhances positive social skills to build exceptional character. An important exercise in reflection is to honestly look at both positives and negatives. By looking back we can sometimes make sense of why something happened the way it did. Perhaps it was timing, relationships that were forged, not giving in to a fear of failure, or simply working hard together as a team. I believe all these things were factors in the success of Maplebrook in the past decade.
I invite you to stand tall with me as we move into 2020. The next decade holds endless possibilities for our school. We will be engaged in celebrating 75 years of quality education, immersing ourselves in another ten-year accreditation and beginning a new strategic plan to catapult us into the future just to name a few. None of us can predict the future, but we should ask ourselves these questions as together, we usher Maplebrook into the future:
How can we use our strengths in greatest service to our community?
Who are our heroes and what can we learn from them?
What advice would you share as we plan for the next decade?
As I reflect on Maplebrook and ask the questions posed here, I hope as a community, we will always remember that we are braver than we believe and stronger than we seem. I am excited for Maplebrook's future and I look forward to the journey into the next decade with you.