James Russell Lowell School 51
We believe all students deserve:
an educationally enriched and safe environment where children are motivated and supported as they grow into successful adults. We believe that every student deserves love, discipline, respect and community support. We believe that all students deserve competent, well-trained teachers and administrators who help them do their work and care about them. We celebrate and honor school and ethnic traditions, and community and national events. We believe that an expectation of excellence, with a rigorous and relevant curriculum will develop visionary, high-achieving, and confident students.
All adults in our community are living by these core convictions daily and as a result, show the following attitudes and actions:
All teachers, parents, and community members are devoted to ensure that all students learn and place a high value on education. We will foster self-respect, moral and civic responsibility, environmental stewardship, and community service to prepare students for responsible adulthood. We contribute to this vision for our students by actively engaging in discussions each year. We encourage positive action within the school and wider community.
All teachers are professionals who continuously reinvent their practice, using scientifically researched practices. Teachers use a variety of instructional strategies that create problem solving opportunities for their students in a safe and orderly environment, while encouraging cooperative investigations and experiences that address different learning styles. Teachers will work to provide an innovative and holistic education and dedicate themselves to teaching the students, not just the subjects, and seek the help of community volunteers for remedial help when needed.
Parents are actively involved in their children’s education. They demonstrate their support by visiting their child’s classroom, reviewing classroom communications with their child, and following their progress daily. Families of our students stay aware of community resources that can help in all kinds of situations requiring assistance. Parents and the school will work together to keep families updated on learning opportunities related to parenting, engaging with their children in school activities, character development, and other topics that help to maintain healthy families. Community leaders are enthusiastic about the development of our school and engage in collegial planning and projects. They meet with faculty to discuss the resources available to mentor our diverse population of students in an effort to mobilize businesses and agencies that will provide services to students and their families.
In this environment where all adults are living by their core convictions, all students:
have a self-desire for success. They are self-regulated and task-oriented, independent learners who are enthusiastic and highly engaged. They demonstrate positive self-concepts and respect for diversity by practicing good citizenship and team-building skills.
As a result of these efforts, our school's student achievement data is as follows: