6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Bolger PTA Dance
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Keansburg Community Day
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Trunk or Treat
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM KPAC Meeting @ Caruso School
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Caruso School- Halloween Bingo
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM 1/2 Day Session (PreK-12)
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM KHS-ASVAB Test- 12th Grade Only
Keansburg Vision and Mission
This information is to help you understand what a schools vision and mission are. This is an opportunity for our stakeholders (students, parents, town residents, and school employees) to have input into the vision and mission of the Keansburg School District. Developing the school’s vision and mission are two of the most important steps toward creating a successful program. Done well, they give clarity and direction for a school. A muddy vision or mission can help lead to continuing conflicts, and a school that has difficulty identifying priorities.
If your school is extremely successful over the next three- five years, how will people describe your school?
A vision is more than broad, flowery statements. The vision helps people understand how you hope others will view you, and describes some of your highest priorities.
Drafting the Vision Statement
According to the Task Force on Developing Research in Educational Leadership (2003), "Effective educational leaders help their schools to develop or endorse visions that embody the best thinking about teaching and learning. School leaders inspire others to reach for ambitious goals" (p. 3). Your school must have a vision that all staff members recognize as a common direction of growth, something that inspires them to be better. An effective vision also announces to parents and students where you are heading and why they should take the trip with you.
Without a vision, your school lacks direction. As the ancient Roman philosopher Seneca observed, "If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind." If you don't have a common, agreed-on destination, then everyone is left to his or her own devices to imagine one—a scenario that results in unharnessed and unfocused efforts, with everyone believing that what he or she is doing is right. A common understanding of the destination allows all stakeholders to align their improvement efforts. And the best part of planning for this journey is that it doesn't cost anything to decide where you want to go.
This is how you would describe your school to others. Consider we might want to answer three questions:
Drafting the Mission Statement
A mission statement is the wind that brings you to your desired harbor. It guides your travel and powers your momentum. Mission statements "give educators stronger motivation and provide parents with a clearer picture of what the school values. … A clear vision and a common mission that identify the kind of learning to be achieved can help keep the school and the efforts of its staff and students on target" (Peterson, 1995). Mission statements are the "how-to" statements or action plans that help schools achieve their vision. They prompt change and growth. The mission is the touch point that can help you determine whether what should be happening is, in fact, happening.
Realizing Your Vision and Mission
Vision and mission statements provide schools with an essential overview of where they want to go and what they want to be. Few thriving schools or companies attained their success without developing such statements as elements of their school improvement plans or business plans. But merely drafting statements is not enough. To realize your school's vision and mission, you must model your school's beliefs, values, and collective commitments while demonstrating enthusiasm for what will come next. Perhaps most important, your vision and mission establish clear expectations and standards for your staff. (http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/107042/chapters/developing-a-vision-and-a-mission.aspx)
Samples from other schools
Mission / Vision / Values
We are committed to provide educational excellence for all.
We provide the highest quality education so that all of our students are empowered to lead
productive and fulfilling lives as lifelong learners and responsible citizens.
The mission of the ______ School District is to empower students to realize their personal potential and fulfill their responsibilities as members of a moral democracy. The learning community will achieve this mission through ongoing, honest self-reflection and the practices of a commitment embedded in the ______ Philosophy Statement. All students will achieve the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards at all grade levels.
"Our mission is to inspire life-long learning by preparing our students academically for a challenging future."
_________Schools provide the highest quality education through an environment that promotes individual excellence.
District Mission Statement
The mission of the ________ District is to provide a safe and challenging learning environment that fosters a love of learning. In doing so, pupils shall be able to reach their maximum potential in accordance with their specific individual needs, abilities and talents. By providing meaningful experiences,________ students will develop heightened communication skills, acquire knowledge of citizenship and economic responsibility, make meaningful connections and function successfully as active participants in a complex, changing global world community.
Our Mission Statement:
The ________ prepares students for an evolving workplace, lifelong learning and further education through specialized academics, career and technical programs and achievement of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.
_______ will be a nurturing, safe and professional environment that supports the educational success and social, emotional, and physical development of all students. Courses will be academic, engaging, and standards-based, with a focus on the learner. All school staff will be highly qualified and caring instructors who are attentive to the educational, cultural and physical needs of students and the____ community. Parents will be positive, supporting members of the school community. Students will be respectful, self-disciplined, productive citizens who think critically, make informed decisions and act ethically.
_______ School will provide a high quality education that prepares students to be responsible citizens whether they choose post-secondary education or employment after graduation. We are committed to empowering our students by inspiring them to think critically, collaborate and communicate effectively with others, create in an innovative manner, solve problems efficiently, and incorporate useful technology to enrich their lives.
School District Mission Statement
The mission of the _____ is to provide a safe environment where students will be empowered with knowledge and skills to successfully navigate life’s transitions and challenges.
School District Vision Statement
The Vision of the _____ School District is to equip our students to become effective communicators and responsible citizens in an increasingly demanding society.
The Keansburg Parent Advisory Committee invites all parents of children with special needs to join us at our first KPAC meeting of the school year.
Tuesday October 25 8-9:30am at Caruso School. Refreshments will be provided.