Superintendent's Message

SUCCESS WILL BE OUR ONLY OPTION!

As you enter the MSD of Shakamak, it is evident that students and their accomplishments are the top priority. The environment is inviting, well-maintained and most of all safe. Students are deeply engaged in project based learning. Math, Reading, and Writing are MSD of Shakamak Standards are top priority and can be observed daily in every classroom.

Students have the opportunity to experience a wide spectrum of instructional strategies and non-academic experiences that deepen their understanding both academically and socially.  The school climate cultivates respect as students feel they can express original ideas, without fear of humiliation or fanfare. Teachers and staff are compassionate, committed to excellence, consistent, and dedicated to making Shakamak Schools the best in the State of Indiana.

Students know that when they walk through the doors of Shakamak Schools, success will be the only option from now on. This will be evident by observing the high levels of engagement day after day. Students will be expected to show their “Laker Pride” by taking responsibility for their actions, learning, appearance, maintaining of the school facilities, and participating in curricular and extra-curricular activities. There is a sense of family and community pride between student to student and student to staff. Communication is open, and students know there is school-wide support in place for them. This relationship is able to exist because all adults at Shakamak Schools are strong role models and leaders. Students need to understand that an education is needed not just at school, but in life.

Students must take responsibility for their learning. Students possess and exhibit good behaviors and hold each other accountable for their actions. When mistakes are made, they admit them, take the consequence and move on.

Mentoring takes place at all levels: community to student, staff to student, high school students to junior high students, junior high students to elementary students, and peer to peer. These relationships will carry on long after completion of school.

Students need to come to school prepared to learn every day. For some students, school is the safest, most secure and consistent place they encounter in their lives. No student should be without someone to connect with. Success is the only option; therefore, staff will assist those students who struggle with the core beliefs, until the student takes ownership for their behavior.

Each student’s long –term goal is to leave the MSD of Shakamak, college or career ready, and ultimately to become a productive member of society, hopefully in the Greene County area.

Every stakeholder at MSD of Shakamak takes pride in molding your children. You will see collaboration going on daily. Staff members will meet regularly by department or grade levels, to discuss ways to ensure success is the only option at Shakamak Schools.

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