BELIEF STATEMENTS

The Steel Valley School District believes that . . .

  • an educated citizenry is the foundation for a democratic society.
  • students, family, school, and community all share in the responsibility for education.
  • all people are capable of learning, and learning is a life-long process.
  • all individuals have equal intrinsic worth.
  • our Educational Program will foster enrichment, creativity, and a sense of self-worth.
  • education is the primary means through which individuals and society create and adapt to change.
  • the educational process requires active learning and innovation through the use of a wide variety of instructional methods and resources.
  • high expectations, positive attitudes, and concerted effort directly affect performance, and form the keystone for the entire education process.
  • role models are valuable because they affect behavior, learning, and achievement.
  • the respect of others is directly inter-related to the degree one respects oneself.
  • it is important for people to learn to work together because life is primarily interdependent.
  • a safe, stimulating, comfortable, caring, and attractive environment is conducive to learning.
  • effective governance and decision-making are based on mutual trust and respect and can be enhanced through a climate of open communications.
  • fiscal responsibility requires the judicious use of all available resources.
  • each person has his or her uniqueness, worthy to make special contributions.
  • education is the foundation for a democratic society to achieve.
  • all people are capable of learning in a variety of ways, at different times, but continually throughout life.
  • children are the most important resource for a community.
  • high expectations are critical for the success of education.
  • education should foster/enhance creativity.
  • the level of expectations has a significant impact on the level of achievement.
  • the respect of others is directly related to the degree that one respects oneself.
  • people need to get along with others.
  • people need self-esteem.
  • self-esteem is a basic need similar to food and shelter.