I hope you and your children have had a great week.
One of the things that I have enjoyed most visiting classrooms in these first two weeks is listening to students and teachers talk about our Eagle Way core values (respect, responsibility, fairness, honesty, and compassion) as they set their norms and community rules for the year. Click here for a video of how our students talk about these values and what they mean to them.
All that we do as a school builds on this base of core values. In our SAS2027 Strategic Plan, you can see that the core values are the foundation on which our strategy rests.
We try actively to bring these values to life. They should not just be words on a poster but ideas and stories that students and adults relate to and live every day. One of my favorite parts of our leadership and teacher meetings happens at the very beginning. We start each meeting by letting team members share brief stories to recognize how one of their colleagues has recently demonstrated one of our core values. That person then presents the subject of the recognition with a pin for the particular value that the story speaks to. We do this throughout our entire organization. You may see these pins proudly displayed on the lanyards of our educators as you meet with them.
These values are not just part of the culture among educators. We teach these values to students from preschool to twelfth grade. And this year, we will do more to celebrate students who demonstrate these values as well. In the coming months, you may see your child come home with a beautiful note like the one shown below with a story written on the back that highlights how your child exemplified one of our values. We celebrate academic achievement, athletic excellence, and many other accomplishments, and I am personally excited that we will also begin to celebrate these daily acts that demonstrate our values.
My hope is that every member of our community will continue to lean into these values as we work together in the weeks and months ahead.