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  1. After reading many great comments on the website, here's another go at the Mission Statement: The mission of the Parkway School District Community is to help each student reach his or her highest potential by being a socially competent citizen who can learn confidently, solve problems effectively, think critically, make healthful choices, and contribute positively in our diverse, complex, dynamic world.

    Submitted: 2/19/10

  2. Parkway cannot "ensure" (guarantee) students are capable,.....

    The mission of the Parkway School District is to provide a stimulating and worthwhile education that prepares students to be capable and confident learners and enable them to lead fulfilling, productive, and responsible lives.

    Submitted: 2/18/10

  3. On behalf of the Parkway school nurses, Id like to voice our concern regarding the language of the proposed mission statement. While we agree with the components of the current statement, we feel that it is a tremendous oversight to omit the importance of health and its impact on our students.

    With childhood obesity and subsequent type 2 diabetes at epidemic levels, it is crucial to address that students learn better when they are physically healthy, through both exercise and proper nutrition. Our P.E./Health teachers work tirelessly to educate students on the importance of fitness and wellness. Our Food Services division is tasked with providing healthy meals that also accommodate students with special dietary needs.

    Students also learn better when they are medically healthy. Recent economic times have resulted in more and more students who are under or uninsured. Consequently, school nurses are the first and sometimes only medical professional a student has an opportunity to visit. Your Parkway nurses are assessing students, treating what can be handled in the school setting, and referring students who require further medical attention. This has a direct impact on students health and attendance to school. Each year, hundreds of students are identified with hearing or vision deficits through school screening programs, and as a result, are able to obtain proper care and become more successful learners. Additionally, students with chronic health conditions are able to attend school with greater success because their medical needs are met during the school day. Finally, nurses increase attendance when healthy students are evaluated and returned to class, where again, they can be successful learners. We propose that the mission statement reflect the importance of health by reading, The mission of the Parkway School District is to ensure students are healthy, capable, curious and confident learners who are well equipped to understand and respond to the challenges of an ever-changing world. We also propose the addition of a single line to the Learning Principles. People learn best when they: " are physically and medically healthy

    We appreciate the hard work and collective effort of all committee members working on the Parkway Mission Statement. We hope you will take our concerns to heart and share our commitment to the health of all students.

    Sincerely,

    Robin McKee, RN, BSN, NCSN Hanna Woods Elementary President, Parkway Registered Nurses Association

    Submitted: 2/17/10

  4. What about including some thing about students with disabilities. I am employeed by SSD, but work in a Parkway building. I think it would help with building collaboration between special and general education.

    Submitted: 2/17/10

  5. I am disappointed to note that the mission statement does not appear to address health promotion of students anywhere. If I have somehow missed this, please correct me. There are more than 60,000 registered nurses in the United States public school system that care for more than 52 million students. Research has continued to show that school districts with nursing coverage have fewer absences, a decreased drop out rate, and higher test scores. I feel it is important to recognize that the professional registered school nurse is a vital part of insuring the optimum health and well-being of all students and staff by offering health information, health instruction, and quality health services. Please reconsider modifying the Parkway mission statement to include recognition of the role school nurses play in the health of Parkway's students. Thanks for allowing me to share my thoughts.

    Submitted: 2/17/10

  6. 2-16-10 After reading many great comments...

    The mission of the Parkway School District Community is to help each student reach his or her highest potential by being a competent learner who can solve problems, think critically, make healthful choices, and be a socially competent citizen who can contribute positively in our diverse, complex and dynamic world.

    Submitted: 2/16/10

  7. The final Vision bullet is too strongly worded. Can we really ensure that all of our high school seniors are "CLEAR on a direction or calling?"

    Submitted: 2/16/10

  8. MISSION: Too long and cumbersome Suggestion: End the mission statement with ...confident learners. Make the ending part of the MISSION statement a part of the VISION statement.

    VISION: ????????????? Concerns: 1) Lead statement -- Aren't graduates a part of 'all students'? 2) Shouldn't the vision include a statement of purpose for the entire district? 3) Change the lead statement: FROM -- We succeed when all our students and graduates are:...' TO -- We are continually striving to ensure that all students are:... I think both statements have the same meaning but the latter is less presumptuous.

    Submitted: 2/16/10

  9. The mission statement is riddled with weak verbs--namely forms of "be." Try: "The mission of the Parkway School District ensures capable, curious and confident learners well-equipped to understand and respond to the challenges of an ever-changing world." Note: "well-equipped" is hyphenated. The vision bullet statements need to stand as parallel in form, grammatically. Most start with adjectives. The 6th starts with an adjective, but the focus is on a noun, "speakers."

    Submitted: 2/16/10

  10. What a wonderful mission statement and a great goal, to try to prepare our students to face all the challenges to come. There have been so many amazing changes in my lifetime. I can only imagine the many changes and challenges our students will face over the next 50 years.

    Submitted: 2/16/10

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