We believe in the ability of all students to achieve high academic success. Based on this belief, our school is one in which all community members are accountable for students making the strides necessary to achieve greatness. Through teaching that relies on personalized instruction, frequent checks of student understanding, and high levels of student engagement, our school can ensure that when our students leave our school they are prepared for success in high school, in college, and in their career endeavors. We will be a small learning community that recognizes the inherent struggles that face middle school students each day and yet we will not offer any excuses for not reaching the highest achievement levels. We will settle for nothing less than greatness for each and every student that is educated in our classrooms.
At LAMS, we believe that respect, responsibility and perseverance are important for student success in academics and in life. We also believe that there are certain Habits of Work and Learning (HOWLs) that go with each of these traits which can be modeled, taught and assessed so that students can strengthen those traits. Students regularly self-assess on these habits throughout the school year to become aware of their own progress. ☐ I am a RESPECTFUL member of the LAMS community.
I communicate politely and kindly
I work cooperatively with others
I share my ideas with my peers and adults in a collaborative and respectful way
I take care of the physical space and materials around me
I act to make our school a better place for everyone.
☐ I take RESPONSIBILITY for my success as a learner
I arrive for each class prepared with materials and work
I participate fully and mindfully in class
I carefully and thoughtfully complete all class assignments to the best of my ability and in a timely manner.
I take responsibility for my actions and own up to my behavior if I behavior disrespectfully
☐ I PERSEVERE to produce high quality work.
I improve my learning by seeking help when needed and by asking questions
I keep working to improve my work instead of giving up when things are challenging.
I learn from feedback and revise my work so that I can keep making my work better.
I have growth mindset – I set challenging goals and know that I can achieve them if I ask for help and keep working hard