Standard 1: Purpose and Direction
Havana Middle School maintains and communicates a purpose and
direction that commits to high expectations for
learning as well as shared values and beliefs about teaching and
learning. This is noted in the school's mission
The operational mission statement is as follows: HMS will
provide a learning environment that is safe and conducive to
learning which will focus on the needs of individual
students. The goals and expectations are set to both model
and promote diverse skills and abilities, and prior knowledge of
young adolescents while cultivating students' individual learning
styles. Our expert staff uses high quality and innovative
methodologies that are proven to meet student expectations.
Targeted instruction and effective intervention are both provided
and evidenced through district baseline assessments, monthly school
check-on-learnings, and weekly mini assessments.
The staff ensures that student achievement is reached through
our school leadership team, guidance counselor, department
meetings, and inclusion teachers. Furthermore, explicit
teaching and a five-step teaching and learning process is used as
an invaluable resource for energizing both teaching and learning.
These processes assist in identifying, assembling, and delivering a
comprehensive literacy plan that meets the needs of all learners
regardless of ability.
School leadership implements a continuous improvement process
that provides a clear direction for improving conditions that
support teaching and learning. The school leader requires the
overall use of Engrade to document a systematic use for improvement
that supports students' responsibility. The method also
provides documentation for student achievement. Stakeholders
such as students, staff, parents, SAC, and PTSO members work both
collaboratively and consistently in meaningful ways to build and
sustain ownership of the school's purpose and direction.
School personnel systematically maintain use, and communicate a
profile with current comprehensive data on students and school
performance. The profile contains thorough analyses of a
broad range of data used to identify goals for the improvement and
achievement and instruction that are aligned with the school's
All improvement goals have measurable performance targets and
they include action planning that identifies measurable objectives,
strategies, activities, resources, and timelines for achieving all
improvement goals. School personnel hold one another
accountable and evaluate the overall quality of the implementation
of all interventions and strategies. This is evidenced
through a teacher evaluation model provided by our school's leader
as this process is implemented monthly. Documentation that
the process is implemented with fidelity and yields improved
student achievement and instruction is available and communicated
to leaders, students, and staff.