We recently completed a school improvement plan required by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The plan included lots of information about our profile, our history of progress with student achievement, and our plans for further growth. The very first page, however, is devoted to our vision statement.
I believe that our vision statement (and some accompanying descriptions in the plan) sets out our most important improvement tool, our attitude towards the success of every child. I’ve taken the liberty of reproducing that first page below:
By the time Daley Middle School students are promoted from 8th grade, they will perform at or above grade level in reading, writing, and math, with appropriate accommodations.
As adult members of the Daley Middle School community, we are committed to:
- Maintaining a high standard of professional accountability
- Establishing a respectful, equitable regard for all
- Cultivating a pervasive collegial and collaborative spirit
- Improving effective lines of communication throughout the
- Demonstrating the belief that we are all responsible for all
As a community of learners, we believe in:
- Providing a consistently safe, positive, and respectful school
- Sustaining an environment in which all students feel
comfortable meeting high expectations
- Encouraging all students to make and achieve positive
personal and academic goals
- Fostering student success through the use of effective effort
We believe that all of our students can learn at a high level, and that the adults in our school must persist in providing the right conditions for that to happen. While at the Daley, students grow in responsibility for their own learning. They understand that their effective effort is the most important factor critical to their success. Students have a sense that their teachers care about them, believe in their ability to succeed academically, and won’t give up on them. We will continue to be a strong school as long as parents and guardians join with us in communicating these beliefs to your children. Thank you.
Liam Skinner, Principal