We are grateful to this community and
care very much about this school’s reputation and quality
of service. We see the children, their parents and our staff
as part of an extended family . We try to treat all with deserved
respect and care and expect the same. We hope all of us can
improve on what we already do.
We attempt to be good
role models and demonstrate our love for children and teaching
through our actions.
We agree children need
to be safe and supervised. Because we are accountable during
school hours, trips and activities, we try to be clear about
All children can learn
(but usually not at the same rate). Frequent absences, tardiness
and missing assignments are detrimental to developing good
work habits. To best understand a child’s skills we
expect the students (not their family or friends) to do their
own assignments. This approach also builds responsibility
and your support is necessary.
Honesty and social manners
are important. One’s actions speak louder than one’s
words. Kindness and dependability should be rewarded.
We hope any time parents
have concerns they first contact the child’s teacher
to learn more about their perspective on the incident. If
we are aware of an issue and it’s significant, we will
Repeated offenses for
misbehavior require more serious consequences. Bullying ,
harassment, weapons, drugs, theft, damaging property are never
All exceptions to any
rule are reviewed on a case by case basis, usually by the
Individual Assistance Team which includes the principal, counselor
Because our intentions
are also to encourage peer interaction and friendships, we
generally do not recommend advancing a student to a higher
grade. Our intention is to academically challenge them in
all of their courses. A teacher or parent may request an Individual
Assistance Team meeting if they feel the child has exceeded
Unless a child has special
needs, all students are expected to take our Art, Computer,
French, Music and Physical Education classes. We also encourage
our students to join our instrumental band. Our Middle School
Double Activities are also important as they provide more
choices and an opportunity to explore potential interests.
Some eighth grade subjects (Algebra, French & Science)
may fulfill first year high school requirements, depending
on school, grades, test results and teacher recommendations.
Historically, our students
are well prepared for their high school programs and in fact
they often excel. Our new Math (05) program involves algebraic
problems from third grade on and is based on National Standards
and State goals. Middle school texts include a variety of
problem solving approaches for Algebra, Calculus, Geometry,
Statistics and measurement / volume problems. Generally, we
believe that even an “able” student is not developmentally
ready for our more abstract and demanding Algebra course (HS
level) until eighth.