The 2017-2018 school year, however, does mark a shift in how we think about how we collectively value certain behaviors. In the past, our school has worked to develop school rules from the ground up. We embraced the Responsive Classroom practices of having students develop Hopes and Dreams. Students then would create class rules that would allow them to pursue those hopes and dreams. We would then take those class rules and find similarities so we could create grade level and school rules.
Our shift this year is a subtle one. We still have built our expectations from the ground up, but instead of creating rules, we have created a school affirmation. When our Responsive Classroom Committee considered our rule creation process this year, it wanted to elevate it so that students would not follow an expectations, but rather embrace a value and let that guide their actions.
At our first whole school morning meeting this morning, we revealed our school affirmations for 2017-2018: