Below is a post I sent to staff this week as we introduce our new Mission and continue working on our Vision, Values, and Goals.
“The Mission of Northside Primary School is to create a safe, nurturing environment where each Kindergarten and 1st Grade child learns to his or her highest potential.”
Last year, a team of Northside staff took input from the entire faculty and crafted our new mission statement. It was a time consuming process going through all of the great input to craft a succinct word picture of what we are about. We literally selected each word with care and a fair amount of debate. In this post, I’d like to break this mission down and talk about each part.
“The Mission of Northside Primary School” - While this may seem like just a placeholder, it is really saying this: “What follows is why we are here.”
“To create a safe, nurturing environment” - When kids walk into Northside Primary School, they should feel that this is the safest place they could be, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. They should know that every adult is working hard to keep them safe all day long. They should also know it is a place where they can grow and develop among people who love them unconditionally and are committed to their success.
“Where each Kindergarten and 1st Grade child” - We are a Primary campus. Our focus is on primary kids and everything we do must reflect that. Every lesson, every activity, every word we say, every action we take. What we do here may not be the same as at higher level schools, but it will be what is best for our Kindergartners and 1st Graders.
“Learns at his or her highest potential” - The primary purpose of Northside Primary is learning. That is the reason we exist. We recognize that every child is capable of learning at high levels, often much higher than we give them credit for. We also know that every child is different (hence the “his or her”). For this reason, we will do whatever is necessary to help each and every child reach their potential. We will set goals that stretch them instead of holding them back. If a child needs extra support, we will give it. If they are not learning in the way we teach, we will teach differently. We will ensure that every child is successful, no matter how much we have to stretch to make it happen.
Will fulfilling this mission be easy? No. Will it stretch us and make us uncomfortable at times? Yes. Will fulfilling our mission be what is best for Northside kids? Absolutely.