Vision, Mission and Values

  • Vision

    Our Vision is to provide each child a world class college preparatory curriculum that integrates communication, collaboration, creativity, inquiry and problem-solving skills and builds character through fostering strong relationships of mutual trust and respect.


    The mission of the SMCSD is to academically and socially prepare students for success at each grade level and in high school on the path to college and career in a safe, healthy and culturally responsive learning environment. We provide a rigorous and challenging academic program with highly qualified educators in collaboration with parents and community partners. We will hold our learning community accountable for our progress.

    Core Values

    We believe in the potential of each student. Families, community partners and educators embrace and support our public schools.

    Diversity is an Asset - Our success depends on the diverse backgrounds, knowledge, skills, creativity, dedication and motivation of students, staff, parents and community members.

    Social Responsibility - We model good citizenship, ethical behavior and sensitivity to others, and promote each child’s success as a member of the global society.  We value diversity and integration and believe it enriches the educational program and ensures social and academic success.

    Agility, Adaptability, and Tenacity - We promote strategic thinking, innovation, flexibility and agility in response to changing requirements.  We invest in personal learning through focused professional development for staff. We stick to it. We build resiliency.

    Student-Centered Education - In order to ensure our students meet their fullest potential, we provide a comprehensive, standards-based, differentiated curriculum and opportunities for every student to be successful and engaged.  We believe ongoing assessment of student learning informs our instructional practices.

    Focus on Results - We will promote systemic thinking, articulated processes for continuous improvement and use of data to monitor progress.

    Equity - Each student has an individualized path to learning, college and careers and the right to access their own educational opportunities. Students get what they need to be successful.

    Components of a Comprehensive Educational Program

    Consistent with the District’s Vision and Mission Statement, the components of a comprehensive educational program include:

    • Robust Curriculum - Project/Inquiry-Based
    • Arts/Enrichment
    • Foreign Language Offering
    • Small Class Sizes
    • Extended Learning
    • Parent Engagement/Center
    • Human Health Services Offered at or Near School
    • Integrated Systems/Case Management
    • School Social Workers
    • Counseling and Social Skills Programs
    • Community Service Opportunities and Partnerships
    • Student Leadership Training
    • Organized Sports
    • Instructional Coaches
    • Inter-District Opportunities for Students to Promote Diversity
    • Increased Technology Access
    • Preschool
    • Transition to High School

Priorities and Goals

  • Provide safe, healthy, positive learning environments

    • Implement HKS Survey grades 5 and 7.
    • Implement No Bully program.
    • Implement Aeries discipline tracking.
    • Implement positive behavior management systems district-wide.
    • Review, implement and monitor wellness policies.
    • Explore working with National Equity Project.

    Ensure that all students within SMCSD reach high levels of achievement

    • Improve in academic achievement +30 points on CST/API at each grade level.
    • Implement quarterly benchmark assessments cycles of improvement (PDSA) and report scores.
    • Purchase and implement accelerated intervention curriculum and tools for student learning.
    • Implement Aeries parent and student portals.
    • Provide instructional and leadership coaching for teachers and administrators.
    • Convene Re-Design Committee and develop action plan.

    Maintain sound fiscal discipline and operations

    • Convene Finance Committee.
    • Analyze budget; complete long-range forecast; align spending with goals (programs/students).
    • Consider Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) Health Risk
    • Indicator goals.
    • Revise and implement business processes – position control, payroll, budget reporting.

    Attract, retain and inspire highly qualified staff

    • Provide rigorous evaluations and support for continuous improvement for all staff.
    • Provide timely evaluation; require goal setting, progress reporting, and self-reflection.
    • Provide leadership opportunities for staff.
    • Ensure accountability for each and every job function; focus on student achievement.
    • Engage the community by building strong, constructive relationships with students, parents and local groups
    • Facilitate ongoing collaboration with after-school service providers and focus on alignment with a common goal - student achievement.
    • Engage community advocates in regular meetings with the Superintendent and Board of Trustees.
    • Prepare and communicate schedule(s) of parent education events, outreach meetings, open houses, and volunteers.
    • Implement Connect Ed communication and provide access to computers for parents.