Campus and Classroom Values
Before students returned from Winter Break, our staff was back on campus engaging in a full-day workshop led by our Head of Social Development, Mr. Mitch Pengra. Earlier in the year, all staff members, faculty and administration, received a copy of the book, "Schools Where Everyone Belongs: Practical Strategies for Reducing Bullying" by Stan Davis. Mr. Mitch introduced a dynamic plan to support better behaviors for our students with Learning Differences.
This workshop was an opportunity to discuss the book and to spend concentrated time to refine and clarify the Crossroads Values. It is another example of how we strive to support student growth, both academically and socially.
The day was filled with insightful discussion about what we can do to ensure our students become successful both at school and in life. Ultimately, we narrowed our focus to five key values. While these have always been a part of our school culture, this process of clarification allows us to be more consistent with our students who tend to need clearly defined expectations and goals. Soon, these values will be found on the walls of every classroom on campus.
You might also notice that they align closely with the Goal Sheet our students use to track their daily behaviors and achievements. This is no mistake.
Welcome and appreciate differences in yourself and others.
Keep an open, willing attitude toward growth and learning.
Value a positive, constructive environment.
Assume the best intent from others.
Be prepared for class with all necessary materials.
Listen attentively when someone is speaking.
Be kind to yourself and others.
Consider all feelings, ideas and opinions.
Share talking time.
Be actively engaged in learning.
Take care of our campus and materials.
Honor the safety and personal space of others.
Perseverant Embrace challenges and learn from mistakes.
Strive for continuous improvement.
Advocate for yourself and others.
Ask for help when you need it.