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Superintendent's Message

K. Cheser

Karen Cheser


Welcome back to another great year for Fort Thomas Independent Schools!


We are excited about the possibilities 2017-18 brings.  Rich in Tradition, Focused on the Future is not just a tagline, but a way of life for our amazing students, exemplary faculty and staff, and dedicated community.  Even though we have had some changes in leadership this year, our foundation remains strong, and our vision is clear.  We continue to remain committed to “providing engaging and challenging learning experiences which foster creativity, curiosity, and innovation, while inspiring all students to pursue lifelong learning and become productive members of the global community.” Our students will be the next global leaders and our goal is to give them the tools, skills, knowledge, and experiences they need to be the best in the world.  We will provide them with:


The best administrators, teachers and staff. No one is more talented, optimistic, positive, and student-centered than the employees of Fort Thomas Independent Schools.  They work hard every day to make FTIS a great place to learn. Our goal is to recognize and celebrate the tremendous work that our people do every day.  Watch our social media channels for highlights!


The best facilities. Our district is committed to creating beautiful spaces that encourage learning.  The newest renovation is Moyer Elementary, which will be completed this year.  From natural lighting, to wide open areas, to aesthetically-pleasing details, it exemplifies the best of the best.  We are committed to planning for our next project--Johnson Elementary.  And our unique, exceptional lunch program will also continue to grow as we add new offerings.  Stay tuned!


The best curriculum. This year we will work with teachers at all levels to develop/ refine a curriculum that incorporates our vision of creativity and curiosity.  This curriculum will capture the skills necessary for all of our students to reach the “Portrait of a Graduate” we will imagine.  We continue to focus on equipping all of our students with the skills they need to make them stand out in a global economy.


The best instructional experiences. We will continue our digital conversion, intentionally utilizing technology to enhance learning, especially focusing on creating and inquiring.  We also will re-emphasize the need for digital citizenship, helping students make informed and responsible choices.  And, we will highlight our students’ engagement in other areas, such as project-based learning, passion projects, leadership, career-focused learning, challenge and problem-solving, world language and the arts.  It is a great time to be a student in FTIS!


The best community: None of this would be possible without the support of an exceptional community-from a fantastic Board of Education, to a top-notch education Foundation, to highly-engaged parents and community members, Fort Thomas independent Schools is fortunate to have the support of many committed adults-all focused on making our students the best in the world-#FTISglobal leaders.


This year will be the best one, yet!




Karen Cheser, Ed.D.




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