We embrace the philosophy that all students can learn, and given the proper environment and academic program, teachers and students can strive for academic excellence. We hope that all students and educators will reach their full potential in becoming lifelong learners and productive citizens in a democratic society.
As you tour our building, you will see cooperative learning activities. Our upper grade students work with younger children, and we emphasize respect and responsibility to those around us. Model has high expectations for students and staff.
Goals for Model Educators
- Creating a positive physical and emotional environment by using the Lifelong Guidelines and 55 Essential Skills.
- Recognizing the range of abilities and talents of their students while teaching the Learning Skills: Reading, Writing, Language, Social Science, Natural Science, and Computation.
- Developing curriculum that addresses multiple levels of thinking.
- Increasing parent and community involvement with the school.
- Aware of current brain research, thereby constantly improving opportunities for all students.
- Integrating content areas into recognizable concepts that are meaningful, real-life and age appropriate. Information skills are taught through technology, research, presentations, and specialty folders.
- Sharing successful teaching strategies with other educators.
Model has adopted the Olweus’ School Bullying Program. The key principles to this program are:
- Warmth, positive interest and involvement on the part of adults
- Firm limits for unacceptable behavior
- Consistent use of non-physical, non-hostile negative consequences (sanctions) when rules are broken
- Adults in the school (and home) who function as authorities.
At Model, we choose an Essential Skill to emphasize each month. These skills, called Lifelong Guidelines, we believe help create a friendlier school environment.
- Active Listening
- No Putdowns
- Personal Best