"This We Believe" is the name of a belief statement created and published by the National Middle School Association (the link to this organization is on the right side of the blog). This belief statement comes as a result of many years of research on best practice in middle schools. Prior to school beginning, the OHMS staff examined some of this work. We sought to put into writing what we as a staff believed about educating middle school students. Through discussion and collaboration, the staff arrived at a set of statements that summarized our beliefs, called "We believe:"
-in making collaborative decisions that are based on a shared vision in order to achieve the goals of our learning community.
-in high expectations for every learner and in providing meaningful, active, engaging and rigorous educational experiences that meet the diverse needs of students.
-in making informed decisions about student learning based on all relevant data pertaining to the WHOLE student.
-in providing all students with an adult advocate in a safe, respectful, supportive and caring environment.
-in providing students with a staff who value and appreciate the unique characteristics of middle school students.
in the importance of involving our parents and community as a vital voice in the education of our students."
We seek to make decisions at OHMS that are in line with these beliefs. The OHMS staff will be completing an assessment of our current structure and how it relates to these beliefs. You will find them posted in each classroom as well as various other places in the school. If you have questions or comments about these beliefs or the research that supports them, please feel free to contact me.