Mission, Vision and Belief Statement


Mission Statement:

Inspiring students to be curious, confident,

and compassionate learners.


Mission, Vision and Belief Team:

  • Parent - Jennifer Brandt
  • Parent - Fred Anderson
  • Parent - Donna Dingle
  • Parent - Jenny Hanlon
  • Paraprofessional - Kim Sandahl
  • Paraprofessional - Kathy Lund
  • Colony 1 Teacher - Melanie McNulty
  • Colony 2 Teacher - Tracy Thurber
  • Colony 3 Teacher - Wendy Schmalz
  • Colony 4 Teacher - Andrea Vizenor
  • Specialist Teacher - Margy Butala
  • Principal - Derek Berg 

Belief Statements and Action Steps:
 

We believe in providing students with the highest quality educators and education.


We use our open environment to grow, share and learn with each other.  Benefits of an Open Environment include:

  • Teacher collaboration is a way of life.
  • An open environment promotes an open mind for students and staff.
  • Children have a sense of being a part of something bigger and adding to our school community.
  • Many eyes on our children.  Sense of safety.
  • Children observe adults collaborating.

We serve the needs of all children including our specialized programs for gifted & talented, math and reading intervention, and special education, as well as the district’s EBD* cluster site.

Our teachers meet in professional learning communities* to enhance instruction and meet the diverse needs of students.

Our staff participates in ongoing, focused professional development*.

We are dedicated to offering enrichment activities including band*, choir*, orchestra*, our Artist in Residence* program, Junior Master Gardener* and the Arts Festival.

We build on the foundation of state standards and design our classroom structures to meet the needs of the class as a whole, build on individual student strengths and utilize teacher talents.

We believe in making informed decisions based on what is best for students.


We use student data to plan personalized instruction and to check for mastery.

Our teachers meet in professional learning communities* to enhance instruction and meet the diverse needs of students.

Our flexible environment allows for a variety of groupings and movement throughout the day based on student and class needs.

We nurture relationships among grade levels and colonies.

We believe in challenging students to reach their full potential as confident and responsible thinkers, problem solvers and decision makers.


We use our open environment to grow, share and learn with each other.  Benefits of an Open Environment include:

  • Teacher collaboration is a way of life.
  • An open environment promotes an open mind for students and staff.
  • Children have a sense of being a part of something bigger and adding to our school community.
  • Many eyes on our children.  Sense of safety.
  • Children observe adults collaborating.

We will collaborate as a school community by focusing on character education themes which may include responsibility, confidence, trustworthiness, citizenship, respect, perseverance, adaptability, compassion, initiative, loyalty, optimism, honesty and caring. 

We deliberately emphasize the social, emotional and academic growth using Responsive Classroom where Stonebridge CARES (Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, Self-Control).

We personalize learning opportunities based on children’s needs.

We participate in community-based service-learning projects.

We believe that compassionate and curious minds are developed when children are engaged socially, emotionally, academically and physically.


As developmentally appropriate, teachers and students work together to foster student choice and responsibility.

Teachers confer with individual students to address their academic, social and emotional needs. 

We respect individual children’s needs for movement and allow flexible workspace options throughout the day.

We address student’s physical needs by providing daily recess, regular physical education classes and wellness initiatives.

We address students’ social and emotional needs in many ways which may include: 

  • Responsive Classroom*(link) strategies
  • Second Step*(link) strategies
  • colony meetings
  • cross-colony reading buddies
  • Peace Site initiatives
  • service learning opportunities
  • performances
  • celebrations of student work
  • school-wide social events
  • Special Education Friendship Groups

We build on the foundation of state standards and design our classroom structures to meet the needs of the class as a whole, build on individual student strengths and utilize teacher talents.

We believe children excel in an environment where they feel safe, valued and respected.


We deliberately emphasize the social, emotional and academic growth using Responsive Classroom

We intentionally celebrate the success of students in the classroom.

We have an active Peace Team that plans and implements multiple all-school activities.  

We plan, implement, practice and evaluate safety procedures multiple times throughout the year.

  • Guests sign in at office and wear visitor badge
  • Minimum of nine practice drills each year including evacuation, lock-down, severe weather
  • Quarterly Safety Team Meetings

We will provide annual training for our recess and cafeteria supervisors.

We believe that clear and open communication among students, staff, families and the community develops positive partnerships.


We communicate in a variety of ways, including The Weekly News, Friday folders, emails, newsletters, communication notebook, blogs, website and phone calls.

We formally report to parents through quarterly report cards and a minimum of two parent-teacher conferences per year. Parents and staff are welcome to initiate subsequent conferences at any time.

The principal and support staff are physically present and available to teachers, students and parents throughout the school day.

We communicate our individual colony programs through colony information nights held at the start of the year and throughout the year as needed.

Parents are invited to special school, colony and PTA events.

We participate in community-based service-learning projects.

We believe in welcoming, encouraging and fostering parent involvement.


We serve the needs of all children including our specialized programs for gifted & talented, math and reading intervention, and special education, as well as the district’s EBD* cluster site.

We will offer parent/teacher conferences two times per year and as needed. Parents and staff are welcome to initiate subsequent conferences at any time.

Parents are invited to participate in PTA and special classroom and school events.

Parents and community members are notified of upcoming opportunities to be involved with the school.

Parents and community members are kept informed of the results of past meetings and events.

We hold special information events to inform parents of new ideas and changes that are occurring within the school. 

We will continually explore new methods and avenues to engage parents and community members.