Middle School Mission, Vision, and Beliefs

  • Mission Statement

    To explore the unfamiliar
    To discover the possible
    To grow in knowledge together
    As we navigate into the future...

    Vision Statement Key Points

    The vision of OPMS is focused as we strive to have all of our students possess the following key characteristics:

    • Critical thinking skills
    • Strong work ethic
    • Positive attitude
    • Kindness
    • Tolerance
    • Empathy
    • Ability to embrace challenges
    • Well-roundedness
    • Competency
    • Motivation
    • Love for life-long learning
    • A sense of being connected
    • Inquisitiveness
    • Initiative
    • High expectations
    • Desire to work towards the higher good of all
    • Tech savviness

    Belief Statements 

    Transitional: that our Middle School should be designed to assist all students with a successful transition from elementary to high school, from child to young adult, and from dependent to independent learner as we focus on the development of the whole child.

    Academic: that our Middle School should provide all students with a program that is comprehensive, challenging, purposeful, integrated, relevant, and standards-based that offers students opportunities to fully engage in the life of the school while continually striving for academic achievement.

    Health and Well-being: that our Middle Sschool should create a safe and healthy learning environment that focuses on the health and safety of the individual as well as the community. 

    Character: that our Middle School should provide all students with the opportunity to develop personal responsibility and respectful behavior as they acquire the knowledge, skills, and character necessary to positively contribute to society, especially encouraging tolerance, respect, and appreciation of individual differences so all students can meet their true potential.

    Goals

    In support of these statements, Orchard Park Middle School has set the following goals, to be met by the end of the 2017-18 school year:

    • Reduce the number of students who are reading below grade level by 10% by the end of 2017-2018.
    • Reduce the number of referrals related to negative peer interactions by 10% by the end of 2017-2018.