- We all learn. We want students and adults to continually gain knowledge and to learn in ways that are meaningful, challenging, and fun.
- We respect one another. We want to be aware of our actions and the impact of our actions. We want to show respect for each other by being kind, friendly, polite, and cooperative.
- We develop responsibility. We want to grow in the ways that we take care of ourselves, our work, our school and the people in it, and our environment. We want to develop independence as well as the ability to be a responsible member of a team.
- We feel safe. We want to know that our school is a place where each person's whole self will be cared for and protected. We want to feel that we can trust each other enough to try new things and to be ourselves.
- We feel that we belong to a community. We want to be included and accepted by the people at our school. We want to know that each of us is important. We want to feel a sense of connection and cooperation among the people at Barron Park.
Project Cornerstone's vision is simple -- to build a web of support around every young person in our community. Project Cornerstone uses 41 Developmental Assets as a guiding framework and a common language to enable individuals and organizations to work together toward our common goal of supporting the healthy development of all children and youth. Developmental Assets are the positive relationships, opportunities, values, and skills that young people need to grow up caring and responsible. Barron Park School is committed to fostering these Developmental Assets in our school community.
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"You can't say you can't play" is a familiar refrain on our campus. While we didn't make up this phrase -- we learned it from noted author and gifted teacher Vivian Paley -- we've made it "ours." Our expectations for playground behavior are similar to our class norms and are built on our school-wide core values. We want every member of our community to feel included and accepted at school. That means that any child who wants to participate in a particular game must be included. If you walk around our playground at recess you'll note that nearly every group of children is mixed by age, gender, and/or ethnicity. First graders and fifth graders greet each other by name. Soccer and Capture the Flag include boys and girls from several different classes. The children playing handball together speak several different languages at home.
At home you can support our emphasis on inclusion in several ways. We ask that children share food either with the whole class or not at all -- sharing with just a couple of friends leaves other children out. Please send birthday invitations (or other similar communications) outside of school. Unless you are inviting the whole class, some children will be excluded if invitations are distributed at school. Finally, reach out to new children and help your child make playdates with children he or she may know at school but have not played with outside of school.