Hillcrest Middle School Beliefs

 A Heritage of Excellence
Vision:“Caring, Committed, Connected!”
Mission:The mission of Hillcrest Middle School is to build a collaborative learning community focused on student achievement.

The mission of Hillcrest Middle School is to build a collaborative learning community focused on student achievement.
  1. The school should provide a caring, safe, nurturing, and physically comfortable environment where student learning is the top priority and where student learning needs are the primary focus.
  2. All students can learn, and appropriate and equal opportunities for success should exist when students have challenging, suitable, and attainable expectations for learning and when students actively engage in the learning process.
  3. Educational experiences should enable students to understand essential knowledge and skills, solve problems competently, think critically and creatively, apply their learning in meaningful contexts, produce quality work, communicate effectively, and act responsibly.
  4. Because the adolescent learner possesses unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs, the school should use a variety of instructional approaches, learning activities, and assessment techniques to accommodate individual student needs and differences in learning styles.
  5. Positive and appropriate school programs, strategies, and relationships should reinforce the value of a good education, foster mutual respect, teach good citizenship, and encourage school and community responsibilities.
  6. Culturally diverse experiences should enhance students' interest and participation in the overall school program and increase students' understanding of different peoples and cultures.
  7. Computer literacy is a vital component for success in today's technological world, and its integration into the total school experience should enable learners to gain the confidence and skills necessary to compete successfully in life.
  8. Exceptional students require special services and resources.
  9. Related arts offerings should complement and broaden the total educational experience.
  10. Advancing the school's mission is the shared responsibility of teachers, administrators, home, and community, and a strong commitment by all to improvement in education will enable students to become confident, self-directed, lifelong learners.

We Believe:
1.     All students can learn.
2.     A student’s self-esteem is enhanced by positive relationships and mutual respect among and between students and staff.
3.     Students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process.
4.     A safe and physically comfortable environment promotes student learning.
5.     Students learn in different ways and should be provided with a variety of instructional approaches.
6.     Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs.
7.     Teachers, administrators, parents, and the community share the responsibility for advancing the school mission.
8.     Student learning is the chief priority for the school.
9.     The commitment to continuous improvement is imperative if our school is going to enable students to become confident, self-directed, life-long learners.

This We Believe
Keys to Educating Young Adolescents
               The implementation of the Hillcrest Middle School Philosophy is made possible through the adoption of the 16 characteristics of the Association for Middle Level Education:

1.      Educators value young adolescents and are prepared to teach them.
2.      Students and teachers are engaged in active, purposeful learning.
3.      Curriculum is challenging, exploratory, integrative, and relevant.
4.      Educators use multiple learning and teaching approaches.
5.      Varied and ongoing assessments advance learning as well as measure it.
6.      A shared vision developed by all stakeholders guides every decision.
7.      Leaders are committed to and knowledgeable about this age group, educational research, and best practices.
8.      Leaders demonstrate courage and collaboration.
9.      Ongoing professional development
10.  Organizational structures foster purposeful learning and meaningful relationships.
11.  The school environment is inviting, safe, inclusive, and supportive of all.
12.  Every student’s academic and personal development is guided by an adult advocate.
13.  Comprehensive guidance and support services meet the needs of young adolescents.
14.  Health and wellness are supported in curricula, school-wide programs, and related policies.
15.  The school actively involves families in the education of their children.
16.   The school includes business and community partners.