Mission and Core Values
At Ben-Hem, we enhance the
possibilities of all learners. Students, teachers, and parents work
together to bring our mission to life through a sustained,
uncompromising focus on our core values.
It is our mission to ensure that?
- all students, through effort and perseverance, excel as learners, individuals, and members of a diverse society
- all students develop
confidence in themselves as individuals and learners, with their peers
as friends and mentors, and with their community as a resource
- all students thrive in
a positive school climate that engages them in rigorous learning while
providing an atmosphere that instills the joy and fun of seeking
- parents and teachers collaborate in a collective effort to support and care for students
We value CAREing?
Collaborative connections between teachers, students, and parents
Extend and refine what we know and are able to do
- Responsibility and Respect
Care for ourselves, each other and the community
Continuous, focused determination to further one's own learning
Ben-Hem's Educational Philosophy
We believe that inspiring and
developing a life-long love of learning is the foundation for every
child's future success. Children are innately curious and come to school
eager to learn - to develop the skills and acquire the knowledge and
understanding necessary for them to be capable and competent citizens.
As a community, we must access students' desire to learn and engage them
in that life-long pursuit of knowledge.
Learning does not begin or end with the school day, week, or year.
Children gain insight and understanding through all of their experiences
and interactions with their environment. Values, ideas, and concepts
are communicated explicitly through direct teaching and implicitly
through the words and actions of the influential adults in their lives.
Over time, the child's cumulative interactions with people shape their
perception of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them.
We believe that an unwavering commitment to developing a positive
school culture is essential to achieving our mission. This culture is
- a direct, uncompromising focus on shared core values.
- strong collaborative relationships between students, teachers, and parents
- a safe, secure learning environment
- constant reflection on our practice and parenting
- an atmosphere that fosters academic rigor while simultaneously instilling the joy and fun of learning
Students must have a wide range
of learning experiences that capture core academic proficiencies,
integration of the fine and performing arts, physical wellbeing, and
social/emotional competency. These elements are essential components of
an elementary education that prepares children for success as they
further their education and continue on to adult life in a diverse,
Children thrive when their hard work, effort, and success are
celebrated. Establishing traditions and structures that promote
purposeful recognition, celebration, and the joy of learning are central
to bringing shared values to life and achieving the school's mission.
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