2Mission StatementAt Sterling High School we expect each student to achieve his or her individual potential. A healthy democracy requires a well-educated citizenry. Our standards are consistent, challenging, and attainable with effort. Our staff provides students with every opportunity to develop a love of learning.
3Belief Statements Civic Responsibilities Challenging Standards As a comprehensive public high school, Sterling High School bears the responsibility to prepare its students for full participation in the democratic process including, in particular awareness of historic traditions, civil rights and obligations.Challenging StandardsAt Sterling High School we appreciate the diversity of culture and learning styles found in our community. We recognize our students’ individual talents and commit ourselves to helping them reach their highest potential.
4Belief Statements Educational Programs Values Sterling High School instills in our students problem solving strategies which result in lifelong learning. Techniques of cooperative learning and the ability to organize and evaluate data prepare our students to be flexible, continuous learners in a rapidly changing world.ValuesWe believe that every individual has an intrinsic worth with a potential contribution to make to society. We demand that each student’s worth must be universally respected.
5Sterling High School Board/ Administrative Leadership Team Collective Commitments The Board of Education and the Administrative Leadership Team of Sterling High School is committed to the well being of each student. As a team we will acknowledge and address behaviors that are inconsistent with the District’s mission and belief statements.
6Sterling High School Board/ Administrative Leadership Team Collective Commitments We will model and advance the behaviors established in the Sterling High School Mission Statement to all members of the Sterling community. These behaviors include:Active promotion of the District’s vision, values and goals.High standards and expectations for student success
7Sterling High School Board/ Administrative Leadership Team Collective Commitments A commitment to life-long learning through ongoing professional development and growthA commitment to collective inquiry and reflection on the results of student achievement in order to improve student learningA commitment to a high level of mutual support and trust between all members of the school community
8Sterling High School Board/ Administrative Leadership Team Collective Commitments We will facilitate the development of curricular and co-curricular programs which result in high levels of student engagement, address student needs and interests, integrate technology when appropriate for achieving program goals, and enable students to understand and appreciate diversity.We will model, monitor, and enforce student and adult behaviors that contribute to a safe and orderly environment while respecting the rights of others within a diverse community.
9Sterling High School Board/ Administrative Leadership Team Collective Commitments We will recruit and retain individuals who are best suited to advance the mission and beliefs of the district, and we will create conditions which support their ongoing professional growth.We will facilitate the development of curricular and co-curricular programs which result in high levels of student engagement, address student needs and interests, integrate technology when appropriate for achieving program goals, and enable students to understand and appreciate diversity.We will model, monitor, and enforce student and adult behaviors that contribute to a safe and orderly environment while respecting the rights of others within a diverse community.
10Sterling High School Board/ Administrative Leadership Team Collective Commitments We will develop and implement policies, programs, and procedures to monitor and support collective achievement and individual student success.We will recognize and celebrate the individual and collective efforts and achievements of the Sterling High School community.We will fulfill our responsibilities for good stewardship by managing the district’s resources in a manner that addresses the needs of the community, establishes community partnerships, and builds community support.
11Sterling High School Faculty Collective Commitments We have established these guiding principles as a basis for our values as teachers and professionals at Sterling High School. They are intended as a means for informal personal reflection and are not intended to be used in the formal evaluation process. They represent our shared purpose and will continue to guide us as educators.We will develop curriculum and instructional strategiesthat promote active involvement for students, provide fortheir varied experiences and individual abilities, andutilize technology and other tools where appropriateWe will help each student’s transition through highschool by providing appropriate instruction, monitoringhis/her progress, and offering guidance and supportservices tailored to individual needs.
12Sterling High School Faculty Collective Commitments We will model the importance of life-long learning throughour on-going personal and professional development.We will collaborate with one another to create conditionsthat promote student success and a rewarding professionalexperience.We will act in a professional manner with integrity andhonesty and will develop relationships characterized bycaring and respect.We will provide a supportive school atmosphere whereeveryone feels emotionally, physically, and intellectuallysafe.
13Sterling High School Faculty Collective Commitments We will hold high expectations for student achievementand character, and will encourage students to takeresponsibility for their lives and the learning process.We will care for our physical environment and schoolproperty and will require the same of students.We will communicate with parents about their student’sprogress in school and will encourage parents to beinvolved in their children’s education.
14Sterling High School Support Staff Collective Commitments As members of the Sterling High School support staff, we affirm our active participation in helping Sterling achieve its mission to become an exemplary learning community. In fulfilling our respective responsibilities, we share common commitments.We will support the collective effort to create the schooldescribed in Sterling High School’s mission and beliefstatements.We will foster a safe, nurturing, responsible, and positiveenvironment that is conducive to the academic, ethical,and social growth of each individual student
15Sterling High School Support Staff Collective Commitments We will continue to develop and support positive relationshipswith our colleagues, students and community.We will show appreciation for cultural diversity and besensitive to the thoughts and opinions of others.
16Sterling High School Support Staff Collective Commitments We will participate in effective and open communicationthroughout the school and community.We will pursue a commitment to continuous improvementin our performance.We will honor our commitment to life-long learning.We will demonstrate pride and ownership in the school takingresponsibility for informed decision making.We will develop a sense of responsibility and mutual respectin each student.We will celebrate school accomplishments and promote schoolspirit.
17Collective Commitments for Sterling Students Sterling High School has been building a tradition of excellence. As a student of Sterling, you are asked to help contribute to that tradition. By maintaining high personal expectations for success, utilizing open communication with staff and fellow students, and following the guidelines listed below, you both increase your opportunities for success and help make Sterling an excellent school.
18Collective Commitments for Sterling Students To ensure success we will:Take responsibility for our education, decisions and actions.Act in a manner that best represents us, the school and thecommunity.Maintain a balance between academics, co-curricularactivities, and other endeavors; continually giving our bestefforts to each.Respect our fellow students and their activities.Respect cultural diversity, individuality, and the choices andrights of others.Promote a safe and healthy learning environment.
19Collective Commitments for Sterling Parents We, as parents, must first become familiar with the established mission statement of Sterling High School. We can contribute to the pursuit of that mission and the success of our children when we:Become informed and knowledgeable about thecurricular, co-curricular, and student supportprograms available to students by:Carefully reviewing school publications such asthe Program Planning Guide and StudentHandbook.Attending and participating in parent informationprograms sponsored by the school.Reading/using the Sterling High School website.
20Collective Commitments for Sterling Parents Assist our children in making important educationaldecisions by:Participating in the course selection processEncouraging involvement in school activitiesReading/using the Sterling High School website.Engage in open and timely communication with theschool by:Responding to the school’s feedback about ourchildren’s academic progress and behaviorAdvising school personnel of any specialcircumstances or needs of our childrenBeing proactive in asking questions, expressingconcerns, and seeking information.
21Collective Commitments for Sterling Parents Becoming actively involved in the life of the school by:Participating in parent groups such as Booster Clubs,Task Forces, etc.Volunteering at the schoolActing as an advocate for quality education withinthe communityUtilizing the resources of the school through adulteducation and community access programs.Help our children become responsible, self-reliantmembers of the school community by:Teaching them to accept responsibility for their ownlearning, decisions and behaviorInsisting they observe the rules of the schoolDemonstrating respect, consideration, andcooperation in dealing with others and expecting outchildren to do the same.
22Collective Commitments for Sterling Parents Create a supportive environment for learning in our homes by:Modeling the importance of life-long learningProviding quiet time and a place for studyHelping our students make connections betweentheir learning experiences and their everyday livesExpecting achievement and offering encouragementand praise.Promote healthy lifestyles by:Modeling and supporting responsible lifestylechoicesMonitoring the activities of our children andresponding to behavior which jeopardizes theirhealth and well beingBecoming informed of the risks associated withteenage use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
23Mission As A Guiding Principle All students at Sterling High School will learn and achieve a high level of academic achievement that exceeds the state and national standards. We commit to a comprehensive system of support to assure this outcome.
24Learning MissionLearning is the primary purpose of Sterling High School.Attention will be given to the following questions:What do we expect students to learn?How will we know that students have learned?How will we, individually and as a school, respond to students who are not learning?
25CollaborationTeachers should collaboratively determine if any practices are hindering student academic success.
26You’ve got to be smart enough to get out of the saddle when your horse has died!
27Examples of What Hinders Learning Averaging gradesThoughtlessness in giving of zero’sGrading students’ first attemptGrading projects that are heavily dependent on parental helpNot allowing students to re-do or make-up workExcessive use of pop quizzesAssigning students numerous problems to do (worksheets) when the student does not know how to do one problem correctly.
28Structure Culture Day-to-day policies and procedures Long term beliefs, expectations and habits
29Keys to Professional Learning Communities Continuous ImprovementWhat are we trying to accomplish?What evidence demonstrates our current effectiveness?What are our strategies for getting better?What criteria will we use to assess our improvement efforts?
30Results OrientationWhat data can be provided to teachers to help improve their practice?How will we learn if we are becoming effective as a school?What evidence is important to us?
31Collaborative Teams Engage Overcome isolation Have articulated goals and objectives when they meetPurpose of collaborative time is made clear.
32Collective Inquiry and Action Research Seeking out best practices in teaching and learningIntegrated into the routine operation of the school.Action ResearchHow well do our instructional practices and methods improve student learning?
33AssumptionsIf Sterling High School is to improve, then we must develop the capacity to function as a PLC.If SHS is to function as a PLC, we must develop a collaborative culture.If SHS is to develop a collaborative culture, we must overcome a tradition of teacher isolation.If SHS is to overcome our tradition of teacher isolation, we must learn to work in effective high performance teams.The key question is not, “Should we collaborate?” But, rather, “What should be the focus of our collaborative efforts?”
34For Everyone’s Benefit.” “Everyone is LearningFor Everyone’s Benefit.”