Many thanks to everyone who came out to the Visions Committee’s Public Forum last night, and sharing your core values with those who will be making some very serious decisions, and soon.
If you were there — read on! I welcome additions/corrections in the “Comments” section; if not — read on! It is not too late to let the Committee know how YOU envision the future of education here.
Table discussions revolved around changes in the community and the economy in addition to schools, and a gallery of post-it notes illustrated the feelings; the values of the people present. Just before adjourning, we were given copies of draft Vision Statement, Mission Statement and Core Beliefs on which to scribble suggestions. Here they are! Any suggestions YOU make to revise them will be shared with the committee…..
RSU 50 Vision Statement (The Schools We Strive For)
“Provide an equitable, challenging, and personalized student education system, which fosters an excitement for learning that prepares each student for college, careers and global citizenship.”
RSU 50 Mission Statement (What We Do To Get There)
“Develop and advocate for sustainable educational policies, effective school leadership, challenging curriculum, proven instructional practices, and diverse student-centered learning models provided in a safe, healthy, and respectful environment built on strong community partnerships.”
RSU 50 Core Beliefs (What We Act Upon)
1) “We believe student success is our top priority, and their voices will be heard.”
2) “We believe each school provides a safe, caring, and supportive learning environment that fosters innovation, creativity, wellness, teamwork, and self-expression for everyone through diverse experiences. This is achieved by celebrating the preserving the unique character of our communities, where families and schools are in partnership. ”
3) “We believe success is attainable for all students, holding them to high expectations. This is achieved by providing instruction by high-quality teachers who will provide students with skills, behaviors and knowledge to be productive citizens by modeling civic responsibility, social justice and multicultural understanding.”
“*Core beliefs will be reviewed based on the work provided tonight. Please feel free to add comments as well.”
The emphasis on that last bit is my own. The Committee will be revising the above statements based on what they hear from YOU. The next meeting date is, as yet, unavailable, but when I find out I’ll post it. It doesn’t matter how you choose to contact the Committee — either directly, or, of course, if you want to post here I will see that they have it…. But please, get in touch. Have your say.