In 2014 the school board adopted “Reach the PEAK” as it’s vision statement. This statement is reviewed annually by the board to ensure it encompasses the direction the district is moving. Every fall each building reviews it’s mission and vision statements to make sure they align with the district’s.
The word PEAK originated from four areas of focus for the district’s students and staff: Prepared, Engaged, Active, and Knowledgeable. Visually it captures the most geographically dominant piece of our skyline, which is Laramie Peak.
The essence of “Reach the PEAK” is an understanding that education is a journey for all involved. This journey captures the process of Continuous Improvement. It is a long, arduous climb to be the best that each of us can be – students, staff, parents, the community. There is no shortcut to sustained excellence.
By definition “Continuous School Improvement is a cyclical process intended to help groups of people in a system – from a class to a school district or even a network of many districts – set goals, identify ways to improve, and evaluate change” (Midweek, 2/2018). Sustainable excellence is only accomplished by “looking at problems (or potential problems) as a system rather than isolated episodes; working to improve policies and processes within that system; repeatedly testing assumptions about the causes of problems and their possible solutions; and involving those most affected by changes . . . in deciding what tweaks to make” (Midweek, 2/2018)
Established in 2014 along with the Vision work, the Mission encompasses the focus of the school board in ensuring all stakeholders are prepared, engaged, active and knowledgeable in realizing the value of a lifelong education.
“The mission of Platte County School District #1 is to ensure that each student is actively engaged in learning, connected to the school and broader community, and prepared for an ever-changing world.”
PCSD #1 School Board Beliefs
We believe that school should teach students not only strong academics and the value of knowledge, but also life skills that will allow them to think, research, problem solve, be curious and be creative. We believe that schools should also teach students the personal values of responsibility, citizenship and respect for one another.
We believe that a good school is one that prepares students for a lifelong journey of learning that will help them overcome adversity and see success in their efforts. We believe that every student WILL be successful and will nurture that success in a safe, positive, fair, inviting learning environment that provides differentiated, challenging, and effective instruction.
We believe that a successful student is able to apply and expand their knowledge to become independent, responsible, productive citizens. We believe that growth happens when students enjoy learning, overcome adversity, and problem-solve by collaborating and communicating with those around them in a respectful and respected manner.
We believe that an effective classroom is one in which students are engaged, challenged to grow scholastically and supported in a non-judgmental environment. We believe it is necessary to create classrooms where students are encouraged to set goals and develop dreams but understand the responsibility and respect to lifelong learning that is necessary to achieve them.
We believe that a good school/central office staff member (i.e. teacher, principal, supervisor) is one who creates a high level of learning in a positive environment for all students that incorporates focused communication, individual student attention, and accountability in a respectful, team atmosphere. We believe that this is best accomplished by being highly prepared, conveying clear objectives, collaborating positively with peers and maintaining a high level of professionalism.
We believe that an effective school faculty/central office division is one that produces a healthy and safe learning environment by clearly communicating expectations and providing dynamic leadership that will elevate the entity. We believe that committing to a culture of personal accountability to each student’s unique qualities and abilities is necessary to create this environment.
We believe that a quality instructional program includes effective teaching that stimulates and motivates positive, purposeful learning. We believe student potential will be best realized with a curriculum that challenges students and a diverse set of learning opportunities that encourages and positively promotes each individual student’s success.
At the regular board meeting on Monday, December 16, 2019, the School Improvement Plans for 2019-20 were approved for each of the six Platte County #1 schools. These plans outline the goals and efforts to increase student achievement to meet the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act as set by the legislature. These plans will be submitted for review to the Wyoming Department of Education. Each school will continue to update these plans as a part of our continuous improvement process to help us “Reach the PEAK.” There are many opportunities for staff and community members to be involved in helping us improve. If you are interested, contact a building principal or take advantage of the many opportunities to provide feedback on our efforts. Please click HERE to view the 2019-20 School Improvement Plans.
On Monday, March 9, 2020, at the regular board meeting in Wheatland, the District Policy Review Committee presented second reading policies to the Board of Trustees. Please click HERE to view the policies.