Whole School Values

Our goal is to create a set of core values that reflect the mission of our school. We want everyone at Graham and Parks to “own” these values; that means that we talk to children about them, and we explicitly explain and model what our values look like and feel like. This is an ongoing process which requires a lot of time and attention, especially at the beginning of the school year. Our whole school values are displayed prominently throughout the school in all classrooms and common spaces. Having common values that we all are familiar with and refer to as well as common expectations for behavior should help children understand what is expected of them at Graham and Parks.

The acronym “CARES”  embodies the culture of caring that is at the heart of  what our school is about… we care about each other, we care about learning, and we care about the world. 

The Graham and Parks community CARES…

C: Be curious | (ask questions, think outside the box, try new things)

A: Aim high | (do your best, work hard, set goals, take risks)

R: Respect everyone | (be a good listener, be inclusive, embrace differences)

E: Be an engaged learner | (think deeply, be reflective, don’t give up)

S: Show kindness | (speak nicely to everyone, be friendly, help each other, be aware of others’ feelings, reach out)

Everyone is different; everyone belongs; everyone succeeds.

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