Vision and Values Clarifying Statements
We are a community dedicated to high expectations, continuous improvement and life-long learning.
These three areas make up the core of what we need to become in order to fulfill our mission. The vision combines feedback from staff with the researched based correlates of high performing schools. The inclusion of community emphasizes that our vision extends beyond just the classroom. High expectations are applicable for staff and students. High expectations should not be construed to say we want all students at the same level. Meaningful growth is as important as students performing to specific standards. Continuous improvement involves the idea that we can always and should be open to changing our actions and practice to better meet the needs of our students. Life-long learning places an emphasis on providing opportunities to meet the needs of students along with instilling a passion for learning beyond their education here.
• Mutual respect that promotes a safe environment
Without a safe environment students cannot learn. A safe environment, physically and emotionally, is directly linked to an environment that is based on respect. Mutual emphasis is necessary so that respect is shared and not expected exclusively from just one group in our building.
• Communication with all stakeholders (students, staff, families and community)
Communication with all stakeholders is essential if we are to achieve our mission and reach building goals. Communication should involve the expectations of our school from the classroom to the building level and should be honest and inclusive.
• Purposeful collaboration
Shared and inclusive decision making toward the goals and mission of our school is necessary if we are to move forward. However collaboration is not a quality exclusively for staff to participate in, but is something we should seek to include in student learning opportunities through active participation.
• Nurturing and inclusive relationships
Often times the key to activating the desire to learn is through building relationships with students. It is important that we seek to do this with our students, especially in ways that are not exclusive.
• Shared responsibility for student learning
Student learning is not solely the responsibility of any one person or one side of a relationship. It takes all in our building to commit to and be responsible for student learning.
• Equitable opportunities
Many of our students have life and family situations that may limit their opportunities to be successful in our school. It is important that we bridge this gap by providing opportunities for all our students to be successful.
• Recognition of success and effort
It is important that we recognize the success and efforts of all members in our building: students and staff.
• Individual brilliance
Each student has gifts and creativity that are not always brought out in each class. It is important that we recognize all students have value and we should seek to bring out the best in them.
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