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Title: Sterling High School 2009-2010


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Sterling High School 2009-2010
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Mission Statement
At 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.
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Belief Statements
Civic Responsibilities 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 Standards At 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.
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Belief Statements
Educational Programs 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.
Values We believe that every individual has an
intrinsic worth with a potential contribution to
make to society. We demand that each students
worth must be universally respected.
5
Sterling 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 Districts mission
and belief statements.
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Sterling 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 Districts vision, values
    and goals.
  • High standards and expectations for student
    success

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Sterling High School Board/ Administrative
Leadership Team Collective Commitments
  • A commitment to life-long learning through
    ongoing professional development and growth
  • A commitment to collective inquiry and reflection
    on the results of student achievement in order to
    improve student learning
  • A commitment to a high level of mutual support
    and trust between all members of the school
    community

8
Sterling 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.

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Sterling 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.

10
Sterling 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 districts resources
    in a manner that addresses the needs of the
    community, establishes community partnerships,
    and builds community support.

11
Sterling 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
    strategies
  • that promote active involvement for students,
    provide for
  • their varied experiences and individual
    abilities, and
  • utilize technology and other tools where
    appropriate
  • We will help each students transition through
    high
  • school by providing appropriate instruction,
    monitoring
  • his/her progress, and offering guidance and
    support
  • services tailored to individual needs.

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Sterling High School Faculty Collective
Commitments
  • We will model the importance of life-long
    learning through
  • our on-going personal and professional
    development.
  • We will collaborate with one another to create
    conditions
  • that promote student success and a rewarding
    professional
  • experience.
  • We will act in a professional manner with
    integrity and
  • honesty and will develop relationships
    characterized by
  • caring and respect.
  • We will provide a supportive school atmosphere
    where
  • everyone feels emotionally, physically, and
    intellectually
  • safe.

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Sterling High School Faculty Collective
Commitments
  • We will hold high expectations for student
    achievement
  • and character, and will encourage students to
    take
  • responsibility for their lives and the
    learning process.
  • We will care for our physical environment and
    school
  • property and will require the same of students.
  • We will communicate with parents about their
    students
  • progress in school and will encourage parents
    to be
  • involved in their childrens education.

14
Sterling 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 school
  • described in Sterling High Schools mission
    and belief
  • statements.
  • We will foster a safe, nurturing, responsible,
    and positive
  • environment that is conducive to the
    academic, ethical,
  • and social growth of each individual student

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Sterling High School Support Staff Collective
Commitments
  • We will continue to develop and support
    positive relationships
  • with our colleagues, students and community.
  • We will show appreciation for cultural
    diversity and be
  • sensitive to the thoughts and opinions of
    others.

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Sterling High School Support Staff Collective
Commitments
  • We will participate in effective and open
    communication
  • throughout the school and community.
  • We will pursue a commitment to continuous
    improvement
  • in our performance.
  • We will honor our commitment to life-long
    learning.
  • We will demonstrate pride and ownership in the
    school taking
  • responsibility for informed decision making.
  • We will develop a sense of responsibility and
    mutual respect
  • in each student.
  • We will celebrate school accomplishments and
    promote school
  • spirit.

17
Collective 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.
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Collective 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 the
  • community.
  • Maintain a balance between academics,
    co-curricular
  • activities, and other endeavors continually
    giving our best
  • efforts to each.
  • Respect our fellow students and their activities.
  • Respect cultural diversity, individuality, and
    the choices and
  • rights of others.
  • Promote a safe and healthy learning environment.

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Collective 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 the
  • curricular, co-curricular, and student
    support
  • programs available to students by
  • Carefully reviewing school publications such as
  • the Program Planning Guide and Student
  • Handbook.
  • Attending and participating in parent
    information
  • programs sponsored by the school.
  • Reading/using the Sterling High School website.

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Collective Commitments for Sterling Parents
  • Assist our children in making important
    educational
  • decisions by
  • Participating in the course selection process
  • Encouraging involvement in school activities
  • Reading/using the Sterling High School website.
  • Engage in open and timely communication with the
  • school by
  • Responding to the schools feedback about our
  • childrens academic progress and behavior
  • Advising school personnel of any special
  • circumstances or needs of our children
  • Being proactive in asking questions, expressing
  • concerns, and seeking information.

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Collective 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 school
  • Acting as an advocate for quality education
    within
  • the community
  • Utilizing the resources of the school through
    adult
  • education and community access programs.
  • Help our children become responsible,
    self-reliant
  • members of the school community by
  • Teaching them to accept responsibility for
    their own
  • learning, decisions and behavior
  • Insisting they observe the rules of the school
  • Demonstrating respect, consideration, and
  • cooperation in dealing with others and
    expecting out
  • children to do the same.

22
Collective Commitments for Sterling Parents
  • Create a supportive environment for learning in
    our homes by
  • Modeling the importance of life-long learning
  • Providing quiet time and a place for study
  • Helping our students make connections between
  • their learning experiences and their everyday
    lives
  • Expecting achievement and offering
    encouragement
  • and praise.
  • Promote healthy lifestyles by
  • Modeling and supporting responsible lifestyle
  • choices
  • Monitoring the activities of our children and
  • responding to behavior which jeopardizes their
  • health and well being
  • Becoming informed of the risks associated with
  • teenage use of alcohol, tobacco and other
    drugs.

23
Mission 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.

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Learning Mission
  • Learning 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?

25
Collaboration
  • Teachers should collaboratively determine if any
    practices are hindering student academic success.

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  • Youve got to be smart enough to get out of the
    saddle when your horse has died!

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Examples of What Hinders Learning
  • Averaging grades
  • Thoughtlessness in giving of zeros
  • Grading students first attempt
  • Grading projects that are heavily dependent on
    parental help
  • Not allowing students to re-do or make-up work
  • Excessive use of pop quizzes
  • Assigning students numerous problems to do
    (worksheets) when the student does not know how
    to do one problem correctly.

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Culture
Structure
  • Day-to-day policies and procedures
  • Long term beliefs, expectations and habits

29
Keys to Professional Learning Communities
  • Continuous Improvement
  • What 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?

30
Results Orientation
  • What 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?

31
Collaborative Teams
  • Engage
  • Overcome isolation
  • Have articulated goals and objectives when they
    meet
  • Purpose of collaborative time is made clear.

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Collective Inquiry and Action Research
  • Collective Inquiry
  • Seeking out best practices in teaching and
    learning
  • Integrated into the routine operation of the
    school.
  • Action Research
  • How well do our instructional practices and
    methods improve student learning?

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Assumptions
  • If 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?

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  • Everyone is Learning
  • For Everyones Benefit.

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