There are four cornerstones needed to lay a strong foundation for an exceptional school. Each cornerstone plays a role in determining what a school community believes in, what matters most, how hard everyone is willing to work, and what everyone is working for.
The four cornerstones are:
Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals.
A mission statement should express the fundamental purpose of an organization – it’s the very reason an organization exists.
For the last two years we have been asking students, teachers, parents and community members that very question and here is what they came up with:
The Copper Hills High School Community builds skills for global living through:
The second cornerstone is vision. A vision statement expresses what a company or organization hopes to become.
Our vision statement is:
GLOBAL LIVING: ACHIEVING TODAY, ADAPTING TOMORROW
We believe that all students will be citizens of the world competing in a global market place. If students work hard today by thinking critically, communicating effectively, collaborating with others, and being stewards of the world they live in, they will be able to adapt to what ever comes their way and be successful in all that they choose to pursue.
Desired Results for Student Learning
The third cornerstone of an exceptional school is its values. For Copper Hills, our values are reflected in our Desired Results for Student Learning – otherwise known as DRSL’s.
Our DRSL’s are:
Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Citizenship
otherwise known as the Four C’s.
More than words, they are specific attitudes, behaviors and commitments that we need to demonstrate if we are ever to advance toward our vision. At Copper Hills, we want all students to learn to think critically. We believe that critical thinking promotes inquiry, perspective and reflection. We want students to learn to be effective communicators. Communication promotes listening, clarity and the exchange of ideas. We want to develop collaborators because collaboration promotes relationships, understanding and involvement. In addition, we want all Grizzlies to be global citizens, because we believe that citizenship promotes responsibility, consideration, patriotism.
Copper Hills School Goals
The fourth cornerstone of an exceptional school are the goals the school chooses to focus on. For Copper Hills, our goals are not just about student success at CHHS, but about student success after they leave us. Our goals for 2010 – 2011 are:
Goal 1: Raise academic achievement levels for all students.
- All students will write clearly and expressively as measured by a score of 3 or better on each of the six traits on a six-trait writing rubric annually.
- By graduation, all students will demonstrate proficiency in reading comprehension as measured by the Scholastic Reading Inventory bi-annually.
- 65% of mathematics students will perform at a level of sufficient mastery or greater on each criterion referenced test.
Goal 2: Prepare all students to successfully transition to post-secondary education and careers.
- 100% of students participating in academic/career planning and preparation annually.
- A 3% annual increase in students preparing for and matriculating into post-secondary education programs as measured by:
- Number of enrollments in advanced placement or concurrent enrollment classes;
- Number of students taking college entrance exams;
- Number of students matriculating to post-secondary institutions.
- Research and create school wide tools for developing and measuring the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve our Desired Results for Student Learning.
Goal 3: Build a sense of community.
- Improved communication as evidenced by a 75% approval rating or greater on survey data.
- Celebrating success by publicly recognizing a minimum of one club, activity, sporting achievement per organization per year and submitting a minimum of 1 idea/article monthly to the Journal, Current, Tribune and Deseret News.
- Improving smaller learning community initiatives as evidenced by a 75% or greater approval rating on survey data.
- Improve communication with stakeholders.
- Publicly recognize accomplishments of school community members.
- Develop, expand, and sustain smaller learning communities.
Goal 4: Students will develop abilities to use and maintain technological products and systems as measured by self-report. Professional development will prepare teachers to design and manage learning environments that promote technological literacy as measured by self-report and student work.
- Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
- Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.
- Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.
- Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.