Good evening members of the FLRSD Community,
It is my honor and privilege to write to you as your Superintendent of Schools. I look forward to meeting you and engaging in conversations with you; as we all work towards providing the most relevant, empowering, and encompassing educational experience we can for all of our students. Over the course of the first few months I will provide scheduled and informal opportunities to meet with me, as together we begin to develop our strategic plan to help move FLRSD forward. The FLRSD mission is found here https://www.freelake.org/page/district, on our website, and is at the forefront of our work.
I want to thank former Superintendent Rick Medeiros for his successful leadership over the last eight years as well as his support during my transition here. I know you join me in wishing him the best in his well deserved retirement.
The FLRSD Sunday message, formerly known as The Superintendent’s Corner, will have a new look, a new approach and as you can see will be delivered to you on Sunday evening at 5pm. With so many families having students in multiple schools, we are linking each school's weekly message to this message so that all information is in one place. This is our weekly district communication to keep you updated on meetings, events, reminders, exciting happenings, celebrations and other school and community related activities. This will be sent to everyone in Grades PreK-transition while keeping it as compartmentalized as possible for easier navigating. Please know that we will incessantly be reviewing how we can improve this, so feel free to send us any constructive thoughts. As always, your student’s school(s) will also send building specific information when applicable.
The Sunday Message will also be an opportunity to reflect for a moment with a story, poem, or proverb that has been sent to me by our wonderful community or that I have come across on my journey in education, and in some way connects to the lessons our wonderful teachers/administrators/staff provide daily. I will begin sharing these starting next week (please feel free to share one if you have something that moves you) as our first message is filled with so much information to begin the new year.
At a time that seems to be laced with uncertainty and fear in many forms around the globe, I want to continue to remind all of us that there are amazing things happening everyday here in FLRSD. We must embrace the light rather than simply feed the darkness. My time since April, although officially beginning July 1, has been spent visiting schools, meeting our remarkable staff, working with administrators, hiring wonderfully talented and energetic new faces, meeting parents and sitting with key community stakeholders.
What I have consistently found is how proud everyone is of FLRSD. I was able to visit during popsicles on the playground, AES, FES, GRAIS, FLMS, and ARHS orientation programs and the enthusiasm and excitement is palpable. The Laker Leaders that I saw at the ARHS new student and 9th grade orientation were poised, proud, passionate, and focused on welcoming everyone into Laker Nation. They are a microcosm of what makes our two communities so special. I witnessed teachers, paras, counselors, nurses, secretaries going above and beyond with a care and belief that every conversation matters. Never will every conversation give someone what they prefer, but everyone will be met with respect and kindness.
There is no question that families are the first and most influential teachers of their children and we look forward to partnering with you to support the academic achievement of all students.
We encourage you to watch LAKECAM school committee meetings, attend parent meetings such as SEPAC, join the PTO, or get involved in any way possible to see first hand what is happening. All meeting dates/links are located on our website which is continually updated.
I must thank our Custodians and Maintenance staff, led by Greg Goodwin, who have done a remarkable job preparing the buildings for opening day. Our IT Department, under the direction of Craig Machamer and Ryan Blanchard, has worked non stop to build a new website which is much more user friendly (see below). They have amongst everything else, transported all information from the previous student information system to ASPEN which is a parent, student, and teacher friendly information system providing up to the minute information.
Our summer programs led by Lisa Pacheco, Diane Czapiga, and their staff once again provided wonderful opportunities for our students/families to engage in a plethora of activities all day and we thank them for their tireless work. Links are below for the programs Community Recreation are offering this fall.
I want to extend thanks to ALL of our secretaries throughout the district who have been in throughout the summer to help with the work that allows us to open properly, while supporting all of your questions. Our Building Administrators, Athletic Director, and Nurse Leader worked to prepare for opening day, while Central Office staff worked collaboratively to ensure that all operations which allow our wonderful district to run smoothly transpire.
Finally, thank you to the School Committee and town officials from both communities, as well as our Police, Fire, and First Responders for their daily work, including their enthusiasm and positive support participating in meetings centered around student and building safety.
May your week be filled with health, joy and positivity as we prepare for opening day on Tuesday September 6th. We look forward to seeing you all and working together and most of all we are so excited to see your students!
Be well, be safe, and most of all be … in peace. Enjoy your long weekend !
Alan J. Strauss, Superintendent
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A Message from our IT Department
Dear Freetown-Lakeville RSD community,
Freetown-Lakeville RSD is thrilled to announce our new app for mobile phones! Stay up-to-date with access to events, documents, news from administrators, student stories, and even emergency notifications.
See our video about the new app Freetown Lakeville Regional School District Phone App Launch
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Community Recreation Flyers
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