School Board Vision, Mission, and Goals

Below, please find the School Board’s vision, mission, and goals.  The Board adopted this document at their last meeting after several months of writing and review that incorporated the work, suggestions, and feedback of staff and community.

This document will guide the Board as it makes decisions on everything from policy to budget. It aligns closely with the vision-work the staff did several years ago.  This helps articulate what we – as a school-community – are working for and moving towards as well as some of the steps we need to take to get there.

 

Vision

The St. George School will be a child-centered school recognized for its excellence as demonstrated by continuous student academic achievement; a culture where students and staff are valued, respected, and empowered; quality leadership; and high quality learning experiences that focus on the success of all.

 

Mission Statement

The St. George School is a supportive learning community where students and educators are active learners and all work together to develop habits and skills for life-long learning and personally successful lives.

 

This We Believe

  • Great teachers make great schools and great teachers are lifetime learners who bring excitement, enthusiasm, and a questing curiosity to their students and classroom.
  • All students can succeed.
  • Students should be actively engaged in relevant learning.
  • Students learn at different rates and in different ways.
  • Strong work habits, cooperation, responsibility, and perseverance are essential skills for success.
  • The St. George School will address all aspects of a child’s development: intellectual, physical, emotional and social. The school values and nurtures each student’s curiosity and imagination at all grade levels.  The school values “play” as an important part of each child’s development.
  • Students learn best when their families are involved and staff are committed to their growth and well-being.
  • By connecting students with people in their community they develop “a sense of place” and learn the value of responsibility to their community. This enables them to make personal connections and expand their view of the world.

 

Goals

The St. George MSU Board strives to:

  1. Build, maintain, and support a high quality staff that meets or exceeds the standards expressed in our Professional Evaluation and Professional Growth system.

Action items:

  1. Provide and encourage professional development opportunities for the staff including training in the PEPG system.
  2. Develop, pilot, and institute a PEPG system for teachers and administration.
  3. Establish standards for support staff.
  4. Develop a process to solicit input from staff about work environment and satisfaction.

 

  1. Provide a high quality curriculum and instruction that enables students to be successful in meeting or exceeding the standards established by the school-wide Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).

Action items:

  1. Develop and implement a plan to review curriculum.
  2. Implement a system to monitor and track student growth.
  3. Support professional development and collaboration with Expeditionary Learning.

 

  1. Develop and assess our high school choice policy and K-8 curriculum to ensure that students are able to choose and succeed at a high school that meets their needs.

Action items:

  1. Continue to develop relationships with area high schools.
  2. Make changes in area high school contracts as needed.
  3. Re-evaluate and revise, as needed, the high school choice process and policy.
  4. Develop mechanisms that provides feedback on the high school choice process; student preparedness for high school academic and social expectations; and receiving schools’ culture, programs, and support for St. George students.
  5. Track our students’ success in high school and beyond using surveys, performance on standardized tests, graduation rates, and post-graduation education/employment.

 

  1. Examine ways to provide the best education while maximizing the use of resources.

Action items:

  1. Collaborate with community resources and look into the possibility of collaborating with other small schools.
  2. Develop a plan for staffing that meets students’ needs; can adapt to changing populations, programs, and technologies; and provides the stability necessary to attract and retain great educators.
  3. Develop a 5 year master plan for facilities and technology.
  4. Explore alternate sources of funding.

 

  1. Encourage the creation of a culture that values openness, candor, respect, and collaboration.

 Action items:

  1. Teach and assess Habits for Success (Responsibility, Perseverance, and Collaboration) in grades K-8.
  2. Conduct surveys of students, families, and community members once-a-year to gather information on our school culture.
  3. Develop structures and systems that empower teachers to innovate and collaborate as professional teams.

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