School Community Core Values
Building quality lives and strong communities through...
- understand the circumstances and viewpoints of others
- develop the capacity to forgive others and ourselves
- celebrate the contributions of others
- promote a peaceful, caring and safe community
- stand up for what we believe
- be honest with ourselves and others
- demonstrate fairness in our judgments and actions
- fulfill commitments and promises
- believe in the inherent dignity of all people
- celebrate individuality
- value and appreciate diversity
- honor self and others through words and actions
- take ownership of our behavior as individuals
- have the courage to think and act independently
- demonstrate problem solving and decision-making skills
- be reliable and trustworthy
- find positive ways to contribute to the broader community
- share time and talents with others
- take an active role in service opportunities in the school and community
- celebrate involvement in service
Why Core Values?
In How to Bring Vision to School Improvement, authors Jon Saphier and John D'Auria explain that "the collective power of a school facility united behind a few important, commonly prized outcomes for students is vitually unlimited." They continue that it is in those families of our communities that are united around a few core values that "we see performance from almost all the children consistent with those values." Thus, the White Bear Lake Area Schools along with representative parents, faith groups, community organizations, businesses and most importantly students, decided to forge an alliance to create a more deliberate and powerful environment for young people.
A core value is a central belief deeply understood and shared by every member of an organization. Core values guide the actions of everyone in the organization; they focus its energy and are the anchor point for all its plans. An organization has a core value if there is evidence of it everywhere such that:
- it permeates the institution,
- it drives the decisions,
- it elicits strong reactions when it is violated, and
- it's the very last thing you'll give up.
The outcome of establishing a set of core values is that these values will then be reflected in all members of the White Bear Lake Area Schools community. Throughout the development process of these community core values, participants were driven by the framework which held that the finished product would:
- align with the district mission statement
- align with district curriculum
- reflect current data and research
- include community values
- include current school values, and
- be implemented district wide - both in and out of the classroom.
In the spring of 2000, the Core Values Task Force presented to the District 624 School Board the White Bear Lake Area Community Core Values. The Board adopted these values and charged all staff and community members to uphold and model these values for the betterment of all our children.
In 2011, the White Bear Lake Area School Board re-affirmed the District's School Community Core Values during the Strategic Planning process.