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Mission Statement, District Beliefs & Core Values
 
  Hanover Public Schools Mission Statement
  "The mission of the Hanover Public Schools is to guide each and every student to thrive in a global society."

The Hanover School Committee recognizes community participation, and strives for ongoing two-way communication between the Hanover Schools and the community at large. Constructive dialog between the schools and those who are served by and provide support for the schools ensures that the schools reflect the community they serve, and that our programs are of the highest possible quality. The Hanover School Committee welcomes your presence at and participation in these meetings. Your attendance demonstrates your interest in your schools and the education of children and is greatly appreciated.
   
  District Beliefs
 

1. Ensure a safe learning environment based on respectful relationships
Objectives:

  • To complete a safety plan for all schools by the end of the 2008/2009 school year;
  • To refine procedures and protocols for implementing the LTA policy;
  • To implement consistent protocols and procedures for communicating about health and safety issues;

2. Guarantee a consistent, rigorous, standards-based PreK-12 curriculum
Objectives:

  • To implement and monitor K-12 mathematics curriculum and common assessments;
  • To implement the K-12 science curriculum;
  • To write the K-12 ELA curriculum;

3. Provide engaging, challenging, and effective instruction
Objectives:

  • To develop forums to engage teachers in professional learning communities;
  • To collaborate as district leaders to identify models of excellence in teaching;

4. Use relevant and on-going assessment data to make informed decisions
Objectives:

  • To utilize teacher grade level teams to analyze mathematics benchmark results;
  • To initiate training for staff in utilizing mathematics assessments to inform instruction;
  • To provide professional development to assess student work, share best practices and
    collaborate in using assessment data to improve student performance;

5. Engage in collaboration to improve teaching and learning
Objectives:

  • To create time for PreK-12 vertical articulation;
  • To build more effective transitions for students between schools;
  • To utilize technology to improve instruction;
   
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  Core Values
 
  • High expectations for all students
  • Excellent in teaching and meaningful learning
  • Collaborative relationships
  • Respect for human differences
   
 
Fostering success for all students
  • Rediscover Respectful Ways to Communicate
  • Create Opportunities for Connections
  • Advance Good to GREAT

Choosing Civility. The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct. P.M. Forni, Cofounder of the Johns Hopkins Civility Project.

We, the staff of the Hanover Public Schools, work together to create, maintain, and enhance a culture and climate that fosters success for all students. Each of us will contribute to this culture and climate. Each of us is willing to:
   
  1. Pay Attention
  2. Acknowledge Other
  3. Think the Best
  4. Listen
  5. Be Inclusive
  6. Speak Kindly
  7. Do Not Speak Ill
  8. Accept and Give Praise
  9. Respect even a Subtle "No"
  10. Respect Others' Opinions
  11. Mind Your Body
  12. Be Agreeable
  13. Keep It Down
  14. Respect Other People's Time
  15. Respect Other People's Space
  16. Apologize Earnestly
  17. Assert Yourself
  18. Avoid Personal Questions
  19. Care for Your Guests
  20. Be a Considerate Guest
  21. Think Twice Before Asking for Favors
  22. Refrain from Idle Complaints
  23. Accept and Give Constructive Criticism
  24. Respect the Environment and Be Gentle
  25. Do Not Shift Responsibility and Blame
  • Take a risk
  • Make them laugh
  • Work as a TEAM
  • Be invested in each person's success
  • Dance as if no one is watching
  • Have fun
  • Step out of a comfort zone
  • Go to great lengths
  • Journey into the unknown
  • Give the message that I genuinely care
  • Set high expectations
  • Create a culture that is built on Courtesy, Communication, Laughter, and Reasonable Rules
  • Act with the knowledge that what I say and what I do can make a situation better or can make a situation worse
  • Make each student know that he or she is respected and considered a important
  • Make school a place that is warm and inviting for all
  • Link students into what is going on
  • Give unambiguous messages
  • Act as an authority: uphold firm limits to unacceptable behavior and consistently apply consequences
  • Be a positive role model
  • Promote a culture and a climate of safety, respect, and emotional support for other staff and students
  • Plan and provide academic rigor and rigorous content
  • Make rich opportunities for learning available to all students
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