Dear Birch Meadow Families,
As a school community, we must provide all students with an educational experience that enables them to grow academically, socially and emotionally over their time at Birch Meadow School. Our understanding of children (and adult) learning has developed to include the knowledge that an individual's sense of safety and being known for who they are has a profound impact on academic achievement. Furthermore, we know that historically there have been groups in society who have not been honored or represented in schools. It is incumbent upon educators to create learning environments that honor the many cultures and identities present now and in the future at our schools so that any student who enters the school feels the safety and belonging necessary to learn at the highest levels.
As part of this work, one of the goals in the 20-21 School Improvement Plan is to rewrite the Birch Meadow Mission/Vision statement with an equity focus. Over the school year the following happened:
- November 10 - School Site Council Meeting to review and discuss School Improvement Plan (posted as an Open Meeting)
- January 25 - Joint Meeting between School Leadership Team and School Site Council to discuss mission and vision work (posted as an Open Meeting)
- February, 2021 - Birch Meadow Staff Meeting: Faculty worked in groups to draft a mission/vision statement
- February and 1st week of March, 2021 - Each classroom worked on ideas for the mission/vision statement
- March 8 2021 - Joint Meeting between School Leadership and School Site Council to review teacher and student ideas and draft statement (Posted as an open Meeting)
- April 5, 2021 - School Site Council meeting to finalize the draft statement and plan the Community Forum (Posted as an Open Meeting)
- May 12, 2021 - Community Forum for input on draft mission/vision statement
- May 17, 2021 - School Site Council meeting to review and incorporate community input (Posted as an Open Meeting)
Thank you to the School Site Council and School Leadership Team for their hard work on this statement and to the entire Birch community - staff, students, and family members - who contributed to its development.
At the Community Forum on May 12th, in addition to getting insight and input from families, we also got questions and thoughts that can be used to guide community meetings next year.
Birch Meadow School Vision and Mission
Updated during the 2020 -2021 School Year.
Birch Meadow strives to be a community of life-long learners where all members feel safe, accepted, and included. We see differences in experiences and perspectives as a strength and celebrate and learn from the differences in our community.
Our mission is:
To provide meaningful, challenging, academic experiences for all students.
To have equitable educational outcomes for all students without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age or ability.
To implement structures, curriculum, and resources so that all community members see themselves and their experiences reflected and honored at Birch Meadow.
To prepare our students to be full citizens in a complex global society.
We are committed to engaging in equity, anti-bias, and anti-racist work in order to achieve these goals.