The Steel Valley School District is rich in cultural diversity and unique in its heritage. The mission of the Steel Valley School District is for the school, home and community to collaborate to enable students to achieve academic standards, to encourage independent thinking and to become responsible citizens.
The vision of the Steel Valley School District will continue to be viewed as community learning centers. Homes of students and residents will continue to be viewed as being part of the motivated learning community of students and adults. Academic standards and assessment anchors will function as the foundation of the educational program and students will be expected to master them. The standards and anchors will be integrated across the curriculum and students will be prepared to apply them in problematic situations. It is assumed in Steel Valley that as students acquire an understanding of the fundamental skills and content, they will display their talents as independent thinkers.
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.