Board tweaks middle school vision statement

The Federal Way Public Schools board of education tweaked the vision statement of the middle school transition team at a special board meeting Wednesday, removing some clauses and adding some things they thought it should have to define the district’s mission.

“They’re really into fine-tuning right now,” said Danny Leaverton, who is the district’s director of curriculum.

Board member Charlie Hoff said the changes weren’t dramatic.

“I don’t think we changed the vision much at all,” he said. “It was largely an exercise in word-smithing.”

The new vision statement omits clauses that each student must:

• lead a physically and mentally healthful life;

• become a caring, compassionate and respectful individual; and

• become a contributing member of the United States and the world.

The board retained a clause stating that students must meet or exceed Federal Way Public Schools course expectations, but added that those abilities must be measured through appropriate testing.

The board also kept a statement that students will think creatively, identify and solve meaningful problems, communicate and work well with others, but members added that students will understand that good conduct, ethical behavior, regular attendance and consistent effort toward excellence provides a positive learning environment and promotes individual excellence.

The board added a vision statement that teachers will be respected as role models and scholars, will conduct themselves as such and will have high expectations for their students.

The board added another, final vision statement after some parental comment at Wednesday’s meeting.

The final statement says the district will provide opportunities for parents to participate in their children’s educations.

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