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  1. The mission of the Parkway School District is to ensure THAT ALL students are capable, curious, and confident learners who are well equipped to understand and respond to the challenges of an ever-changing world. (added words in caps and commas)

    I like the phrasing "well-equipped." It is very consistent with our curriculum in that we focus heavily on using strategies rather than memorization techniques (particularly at the elementary level) to understand concepts. We are not teaching children one way of doing things or how to memorize lists, but rather how to use the tools that are provided to them (such as a dictionary to find an unknown word) to improve their learning and comprehension.

    Submitted: 2/22/10

  2. Ghange the last line from "an" ever-changing world to "our" ever-changing would. We are all in this together and you can not opt out.

    Submitted: 2/22/10

  3. The "appreciation of the role of the arts" seemed an odd insert, since there didn't seem to be other content-specific learning goals. In a similar vein, I'd add "students have scientific literacy." Finally I very much appreciate the idea that graduates have some idea of what is their next step in life, which is not always college.

    Submitted: 2/22/10

  4. It concerns me that the mission doesn't seem to mention student character, or being a good person.

    Submitted: 2/22/10

  5. Thank you for your hard and thoughtful work on the district's new mission statement, vision and learning principles. I can see that lots of hard work and reflection has gone into this process. There is, however, one area that has been overlooked: the area of health and wellness.

    Without health or wellness in our mission statement, we are not meeting the students' need for good nutritional content in our school breakfast and lunch program; we are not meeting students' need to be healthy and well (Physical Education and Health classes); and we are not meeting student's needs for support of their health and chronic medical conditions provided by school nurses. The word healthy needs to be inserted into the mission statement; i.e. 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.

    In Draft #4, there was a bullet under "Vision" that said "committed to making healthy and mature choices." I believe this should be reinstated under "Vision" and be worded like this: Committed to making mature choices for physical, medical, and emotional health. Physical health refers to fitness, nutrition and exercise to reduce the potential health problems associated with a sedentary life style (obesity, diabetes, strokes, heart attacks, high blood pressure); medical health refers to assessment and treatment by professional school nurses of illness and injury that occurs in the school setting, and also to the treatment and care of students with chronic medical conditions at school by professional school nurses. Without school nurses to take care of students' medical needs, many would not be able to attend school. Emotional health relates to students who are having problems with anxiety, depression, issues at home, or any other mental health concerns. When these things are going on with a student, learning cannot take place and a student cannot be successful. Without good health in these 3 areas, none of the other measures of success in the "Vision" can occur.

    In addition, under "Learning Principles", there should be a bullet related to health and wellness. If a student is not healthy, they cannot learn. So, to start out with, people learn best when they are: physically, medically and emotionally healthy. OR, more simply put: people learn best when they are: healthy.

    Health/wellness should be mentioned in all three areas: Mission Statement, Vision, and Learning Principles. The specific wording of physical, medical, and emotional health needs to be included in either the Vision or Learning Principles.

    Thank you again for your work and concern for the future of Parkway students. As nurses, we share in the process of helping students achieve success in academics and in life.

    Submitted: 2/22/10

  6. In looking at the mission, I fail to see where it states that education's main purpose is to teach and educate our young people. Perhaps one should rethink entirely the "mission" and change it to reflect what currently is a deficit, as reflected in various test scores.

    Submitted: 2/22/10

  7. I like the new mission. The focus is on the students, where it should be. I also approve of the vision and learning principles. Thanks to the committee for your hard work.

    Submitted: 2/21/10

  8. MISSION: Add: "to ensure students HAVE GOOD CHARACTER and are capable, confident, ..."

    VISION: Add: something about perseverance, resiliency at overcoming obstacles Add: "seek to understand AND RESPECT the views, values, and cultures of others" Add: "socially and emotionally competent" Change to: "identify strengths and passions that lead to a direction they seek to pursue" Add: "able to develop a healthy sense of self" LEARNING PRINICPLES: Change People learn best to Students learn best... Add: "provided with solid and cultural supports to create a safe and accepted environment" Add "see themselves in those who are in positions of authoirty, instruction or leadership" Add: "have the opportunity to learn from a diverse staff and curriculum" Add: "are provided time to learn about their social, emotional needs"

    Submitted: 2/21/10

  9. MISSION: Add: "to ensure students HAVE GOOD CHARACTER and are capable, confident, ..."

    VISION: Add: something about perseverance, resiliency at overcoming obstacles Add: "seek to understand AND RESPECT the views, values, and cultures of others" Add: "socially and emotionally competent" Change to: "identify strengths and passions that lead to a direction they seek to pursue" Add: "able to develop a healthy sense of self" LEARNING PRINICPLES: Change People learn best to Students learn best... Add: "provided with solid and cultural supports to create a safe and accepted environment" Add "see themselves in those who are in positions of authoirty, instruction or leadership" Add: "have the opportunity to learn from a diverse staff and curriculum" Add: "are provided time to learn about their social, emotional needs"

    Submitted: 2/21/10

  10. MISSION: "well-equipped" sounds like something a car salesman would say "remarkably" sounds funny--drop it anything about "independent"? VISION: What about "developing self-confidence"? It's a foundation for success What about a bullet about how staff will support and BUILD RELATIONSHIPS with students? Add the word "ALL" to the vision: We succeed when ALL our students and graduates... "Calling" is awkward... how about...."discover a career path and direction, based on..." add to last bullet so it reads..."seek to understand AND RESPECT the views..." LEARNING PRINCIPLES: Ddd: "Students learn best when they can observe a diverse set of individuals in roles of authority, instruction, and leadership" so that we emphasize the hiring, recruitment, and retainment of employees of color goal set out in the House Model. Add: "Students learn best when their achievements are recognized and when they have positive relationships with adults in the learning community."

    Submitted: 2/21/10

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