Mission Statements - 1 RUNNING HEAD: MISSION STATEMENTS Mission Statements Week Four Eric Brooks, Lupita Guzman, Anita Miller, and Jacklyn Roberts 9/30/07 David Mims Mission Statements - 2 Abstract The following paper contains the mission statement, one and five year plans (when applicable) for four schools. The differences and similarities and other topics are discussed in regards to the mission statements and school plans. A mission statement was created to represent Group Two. Mission Statements - 3 Mission Statements A mission statement “defines the core purpose of the organization - why it exists” (Google, 2007. p.1). It is “a brief statement indicating who a group is, what it does, and how it serves. It is oriented to present reality and generally is reviewed every three to five years” (Google, 2007, p.8). Mission statements can vary among schools, districts, and states. Four school mission statements and one and five year plans were looked at and the differences and similarities are discussed, as well as if the statements provided guidance, is appropriate, fits the one and five year plans, grabs attention, and reflects the culture of the school. School #1: Marble Elementary Marble Elementary‟s Mission Plan: The Marble Elementary Community will provide a caring, stimulating and safe environment where all children can learn. One and Five Year Plan: Marble Elementary currently does not have a one or five year plan. It is not required by the state or district, therefore, by choice Marble Elementary has decided not to implement these. School #2: Olive Crest Olive Crest‟s Mission Plan: Olive Crest is dedicated to preventing child abuse, to treating and educating at risk children, and to preserving the family - one life at a time. Olive Crest‟s One Year Plan: We are here to address the A,B,C‟s of learning. „A‟ to complete the student‟s academic goals according to their IEP‟s. „B‟ to address the student‟s behavioral goals so they may return to the mainstream class environment, and Mission Statements - 4 „C‟ to teach character skills so the students may be successful in and out of the classroom. Olive Crest‟s Five Year Plan: Olive Crest does not have a five year plan. They are a behavioral school where students are sent on a short term basis for student‟s to learn how to control their behavioral needs so they may be sent back into the mainstream classroom. School #3: Our school will provide a safe learning environment that provides the means and opportunities for all students to reach their highest educational potential. School #4: Virgin Valley Elementary We believe in assisting each child to maximize his/her full potential through a cooperative partnership with parents, community and school. Our mission is to ensure that each student becomes a productive citizen who places value on learning and dignity, with a respect for self and others. One and Five Year Plan: Marble Elementary currently does not have a one or five year plan. It is not required by the state or district, therefore, by choice Marble Elementary has decided not to implement these. Similarities and Differences: Three of the schools have a similarity in that the mission statement tries to create an environment where students can learn. The mission statements are different in that the three schools are more broad in scope compared to Olive Crest, which narrows the Mission Statements - 5 mission statement to the area of students and needs that the school is dealing with. All mission statements mention education and learning as a goal for the children Evaluation and Guidance: All the mission statements do reflect the goals of the school and provide a form of guidance for the instruction that will take place. They are broad in scope, yet give the desired results they are seeking. Cultural Reflection: The mission statements and one and five year plans (when applicable) reflect the culture and the students that the schools are working with. This is particularly true with Olive Crest‟s School‟s mission statement and one year plan, which reflects the type of students that attend the school. Students that attend that school have behavioral problems and often come from abusive or drug filled homes. Appropriateness and Attention: The mission statements were appropriate for the type of school they reflected. Olive Crest‟s mission statement had the attention grabber of “one life at a time”. One and five year plans are not required by all states and districts. States and districts that do not require these plans, tend to have schools that do not have them. Olive Crest does have a one year plan but not a five year plan. The plan is consistent with the mission statement and goes in further depth as to the desired and intended goals. Mission Statements - 6 Group Two has developed a mission statement for a new school to consider. It is: We believe in assisting each child to maximize his/her full potential in a caring, stimulating, and safe environment through a cooperative partnership with parents, community, and school, while ensuring the preservation of family and placing value on learning, dignity, and respect for self and others. Group Two‟s mission statement was derived by examining the mission statements of other schools and comparing and contrasting each part. The pieces of the mission statements were then combined to create an over-all mission statement, which Group Two believes to be an accurate reflection of most schools missions‟ statements and goals. Mission statements that were created by other groups for a new school to consider were: 1) To provide students with the necessary tools to acquire the academic and social skills needed to be productive members of a fast changing, multicultural society, 2) It is the responsibility of the school's administration, teachers, parents, community and other stakeholders to ensure the student's excel in developing, teaching, and learning the academic and other essential skills that will enhance the students opportunities for success while stimulating their personal growth, and 3) The school is to create an educational environment which will: establish and maintain educational programs that support effective teaching and meaningful learning, utilize all available resources to ensure students, receive a quality education, respect diversity, provide a safe environment, allow students to become successful learners, encourage and invite parents to participate and partner in their child's education, and to provide opportunities for recognition of positive student behavior. Mission Statements - 7 While the mission statements vary in length and detail a common thread go through all the statements of creating an appropriate environment to learn and to enhance student learning. Most statements include the parents and other stakeholders in the learning process. Two mission statements specifically address multi-cultural needs, which is an increasing need in the United States. The main difference between Group Two‟s mission statement and the other mission statements presented is the commitment to the preservation of family. One mission statement is refers to positive reinforcements of learning by recognition of positive student behavior, which is a distinct difference from the others. A distinction of one mission statement is that the students will be able to teach what they have learned as well as learn it. Although mission statements and one and five year plans may have differences, most are similar in intent to teach the students and create an environment where good learning can take place. Mission statements provide guidance. It is appropriate for mission statements to reflect the school, grab attention if possible, and reflect the culture of the school. Mission Statements - 8 Resources Google. (2007). Mission Statements. Retrieved from: ttp://www.google.com/search?hl=en&defl=en&q=define:Mission+Statement&sa= X&oi=glossary_definition&ct=title Grand Canyon University. (2007). Discussion Board- Week Four. Retrieved from: http://angel.gcu.edu Grand Canyon University. (2007). Survey of Organizational Theory: EDA 531 Lecture Four. Retrieved from: http://angel.gcu.edu Hersey, P., Blanchard, K. & Johnson, D. (2007). Management of Organizational Behavior: Leading Human Resources. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. Marble Elementary. (2007). Mission Statement. Olive Crest. (2007). 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