We believe that parents are the chief educators of their children. As such, they need to be actively involved in their child’s school experience. Strong partnerships between the parents and the school will foster clear and consistent communication which will create a united approach to each child’s success. Parents will be encouraged to attend training seminars, observe their child in the classroom and serve the school in some capacity. By creating these bonds, parents will be empowered, the school will be strengthened and the students will be successful.
The culture of LPS will center around leadership. By incorporating a leadership curriculum, students will be taught to make choices that are intentional and thoughtful. They will be taught that every decision they make has consequences for themselves and others. As they learn to lead themselves, they will embrace the idea that they can leave a lasting impression on the world around them by accepting leadership opportunities in their professions, their organizations, their communities and their world.
LPS will be a school where learning is transformational. Teachers will be empowered to utilize best teaching practices and to embrace creativity in their rooms. Therefore, students will be exposed to a variety of learning experiences using diverse teaching methods. Small groups, field trips, hands-on activities, guest speakers, and one-on-one instruction are just some of the possibilities for how instruction might be delivered. Regardless, students will be engaged not only by the material but also by the methods in which it is presented. Individual student needs will be taken into account so that each child’s success can be maximized. For those students with special needs (ELL/ESL, learning disabilities, etc.), we will have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The goal is to equip each child for the future so every child, regardless of ability, will be valued and given maximal opportunities to learn.
Our curriculum will be set to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), and all resources will support these standards. Various types of assessments will be utilized to evaluate student learning including, but not limited to, informal questioning, written tests, projects, and standardized tests. Writing will be an essential component of our instructional model as we believe that it is a needed skill and valid assessment technique.
Teachers will be encouraged to bring their unique experience and ideas to the classrooms. Because their rooms will be filled with diverse learners, they will be empowered to utilize different teaching models and methods. However, creativity will not be utilized simply for creativity’s sake, but in order to increase student engagement and learning. Therefore, we will operate under a data-based decision making model.
LPS will be a school of excellence. Everyone involved should be changed for the better because of their association with the school. Faculty and staff will be held to a high standard of excellence and will adopt the vision of the school into everything they do. Students will be held to a high level academically, but they will also be expected to demonstrate appropriate, positive behavior. These expectations will be clearly communicated to the students, parents, and staff. LPS will not tolerate disruptive or chaotic behavior that detracts from the learning experience. As our students learn to lead themselves, we believe that they will become the standard rather than simply conforming to one.
Colors: Navy or White (K-4) and Hunter Green (5-10)