I remember my parents telling me on more than one occasion, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” Now that I am older, I think the message they were sharing was a valuable one. Change is never easy, but worth it. We cannot remain stagnate, or we get left behind. We owe this to our children, to the students at Burkevale. We must provide an environment where students are self-regulated, creative, collaborators, communicators, thinkers, problems solvers and entrepreneurs. 2017 has marked a great deal of change at Burkevale. From the transformation of our library to a learning commons and Makerspace, to the addition of portables, and the anticipation of an amazing new addition and renovations, we are in the midst of change. Thank you, for being patient throughout this transformational process and for looking optimistically ahead at what amazing opportunities await all of us!