Statement of Purpose and Core Values
Years ago, members of the Wellington Elementary community worked together to develop the following core values for all of our students and community members. It is our hope that our students will further develop their appreciation for these core values of effort, respect, and responsibility during the time they attend Wellington Elementary School.
Effort and Success: Members of Wellington Elementary School community support all students to have success. Effort is the first step towards achieving success in school. Each student can expect to be supported by teachers, by family members, and by other students to acquire the self-discipline, confidence, perseverance, and flexibility to develop his/her ability to apply effort in school. Effort made toward achieving success is a source of pride for all of us.
Respect: At Wellington Elementary School, we respect and value each person in our school community, in our home community, and in our global community. Each of us is unique and special in physical characteristics, interests, opinions, beliefs, learning styles, and in gender, race, age, and nationality. But we also have much in common. At Wellington Elementary School, we celebrate and value both our differences and similarities. We strive to remain open to, and interested in, our distinctions and not to fear them. We reach out in friendship and compassion to one another and treat each other with courtesy. We also create many opportunities to understand, cooperate, and grow with members of our community.
Responsibility: Members of Wellington Elementary School community live responsibly and expect to behave responsibly. We seek to develop awareness of how our personal decisions will impact others, individually and globally. We learn to behave responsibly towards ourselves, peers, school staff, family, and community by learning about and working for the communities we share: classroom, school, neighborhood, town, state, country, and world. Each person’s ultimate fulfillment is tied to the success of the larger community.
Lifelong Learning: The Wellington Elementary School community supports and celebrates life-long learning: adults and children alike, motivated by the joy of discovering and attaining new knowledge. As inspired learners, we are open-minded and inquisitive about new cultures and disciplines. We are interested in others’ thinking and in sharing our ideas when we work with others. We feel free to ask new questions and persist in seeking answers using a variety of resources. We enjoy taking risks and meeting new challenges. In the pursuit of new skills and interests, we discover and develop different learning potentials and styles within ourselves.