Ursa Minor Elementary School

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Mission Statement/Core Values

Our Values shape the way we do business for our students, our teammates, our teachers, our school district and community:

POTENTIAL: Every student deserves the opportunity to achieve his or her potential 
To best serve all students, the board believes schools, families and the community should provide every student the opportunity to reach his or her potential. We believe students learn differently, and as such, each classroom and/or school must teach the curriculum in a way that meets the needs of each child. Our district must provide opportunities including a highly effective educator in each classroom, differentiated instruction and high-performing neighborhood and alternative schools. We believe we must close the achievement gap while moving all students forward.

HIGH EXPECTATIONS: The district will foster a culture of high expectations 
To achieve high performance, the board believes the district must foster a culture of high expectations for everyone: students, parents, educators, staff and the board. High expectations require adopting an attitude that does not make excuses for a child’s academic performance. High expectations also require high performance standards for each employee, including an expectation of collaboration.

ACCOUNTABILITY: The district will be open, transparent and accountable to the public
The board believes the district should be open, transparent, and accountable to the public, ensuring a high-quality education while remaining fiscally responsible. Our budget, policies, guidelines, curriculum and district performance data will be easily accessible (unless protected by law) and understandable. Parents will always have access to what their child is learning and how they are progressing. The district will promote strong community partnerships and public involvement.

SAFETY: All schools and departments will be safe and supportive
The board believes all schools and departments will have safe and supportive environments by providing safe facilities, being intolerant of bullying and discrimination, and ensuring respect for all. This belief also includes promoting skills necessary to create positive relationships, and to handle confrontational and challenging situations constructively and ethically.

RESPONSIVENESS: Public education should be responsive to an ever-changing world
The board believes the district must be responsive to the changing educational requirements of students for meeting the challenges of an ever-changing world.