On Monday, January 23, the new Paris Cooperative High School curriculum and instruction committee met in conjunction with parents and community members to talk about our core beliefs about education. We are in the process of building a new vision and mission by which the new cooperative high school will shape its functions and decisions. An effective institutions has at its heart a set of commonly held core beliefs from which it will not waiver. The construction of our new mission will take several more meetings and will involve students and faculty. Below are the initial belief statements that were fashioned at Monday’s meeting.
- Learning is a lifelong process in which every student can succeed in becoming a well rounded citizen of our community.
- Students need to learn the skills needed to meet challenges that they will face after they leave PHS.
- We believe if the learning process will become a priority and is transparent, open and inviting, the students, parents, teachers and community will become ENGAGED!
- We must instill a desire for students to want to learn no matter what they see their future being.
- Every student can learn and deserves to be challenged.
- All students can truly learn. Students are the largest stakeholders and need to embrace the challenges that learning provides.
- Students need to take ownership of their education.
- In order to be successful, students need to be confident, motivated by a sense of pride and a lasting connection to their school.
- Teachers should model lifelong learning and embrace new ideas and technology.
- Our staff are 21st Century teachers, teaching with 21st Century tools and methodology.
- Teachers are at the front lines of motivating students for better or worse, therefore they must continue to demand nothing less than each individual student’s very best while teachers give nothing less from themselves.
- Teachers are progressive, lifelong learners who motivate and inspire.
- Parents are the first teachers, should be involved and above all should support and model lifelong learning.
- We need to encourage increased parental expectations for student learning.
- Parents need to be active role models who are focused on academic and personal success
- Parents and community need to instill civic, social, economic, educational, and moral responsibility in our students.
On the Community:
- We must have collaboration between the community at large and the school.
- Needs to give support for education in all facets. i.e. money, scholastic avenues, etc. New facility
- The community is supportive of academic success, progress, promoting healthy lifestyles and strong work ethics.
Join the process leave your belief statement as a comment!