1. Intellectual Engagement, Growth and Readiness
STM is committed to providing differentiated educational programs that support critical thinking skills and individual proficiency and growth. STM is dedicated to supporting programs that will educate and enable all students to develop career pathways, thereby gaining skills to be contributing citizens in the world.
A. 90% of K-12 students will demonstrate proficiency at or above grade level in reading, writing, and mathematical reasoning
B. Developing and administering common assessments at each grade level and in each discipline
C. State and national assessment results
D. Graduation rates
E. Attendance rates
F. Participation rates in Advanced Placement, CTE, and dual/concurrent enrollment programs
2. Effective Operations and Fiscal Responsibility
STM demonstrates financial stewardship by developing budgets, maintaining facilities, and providing staff and educational programs that respect the community’s investment. To serve the needs of students in their academic and extracurricular pursuits, STM depends on the financial commitment made by stakeholders to deliver a high-quality education marked byexceptional teaching and facilities.
A. Monthly, semiannual and annual reporting of funds demonstrating movement toward positive cash balances through the generating of revenue and reduction of expenditures
B. Generating additional revenues through donations and pursuing the changing of the state funding formula
C. Reviewing all staffing and building operations for efficiencies and cost savings
D. Monitoring enrollment to establish appropriate staffing
E. Seeking partnerships with local businesses and the Town of Munster for shared services or funding of educational programs
F. Reviewing all insurance, contracts, and agreements with outside vendors for cost savings
G. Working with the Munster Teacher Association to develop ways to provide a strong educational program while controlling costs to the district
3. Highly Effective and Motivated Staff
STM is dedicated to the support and retention of an exceptional staff and encourages leadership at all levels in the district. The STM works in collaboration with administration and employee groups to enhance evaluation, training, and compensation systems in order to attract and sustain a quality professional staff for all students.
A. Utilizing data to inform, guide, and drive decision-making in the following categories: Student performance, finances, programs, facility maintenance and upgrades, safe learning environments, and staffing
B. Providing professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, and board members to enhance student learning
C. Creating and sustaining Professional Learning Communities
D. Developing and demonstrating effective interpersonal communication skills
E. Collaborating with other school districts, as well as government and business entities
4. A Safe and Equitable Environment
STM is dedicated to providing a safe, orderly and equitable learning environment for all students and staff. All people at STM should be welcomed, respected and supported.
A. Maintaining a school safety specialist in each building
B. Implementing the corporation crisis procedures and safety measures for man-made and natural disasters
C. Continuing to work with community resources to provide training and protection
D. Providing stronger external security measures for building entry
5. Community Engagement, Partnerships, and Communication
STM is committed to providing opportunities for taxpayers, parents, students, alumni, and staff to interact and communicate with each other and work toward common goals. STM is a crucial part of the fabric of Munster, serving as a reflection of our community’s strong commitment to education, communication, leadership, and service.
A. Encouraging parents, students, teachers, and community stakeholders to use the chain of command to answer questions and resolve problems
B. Using press releases, podcasts, newsletters, and school messaging services (internet, email, student information systems) on a regular basis and during emergency situations
C. Using social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Google+.
D. Providing opportunities for public comments and principal reports at all regularly scheduled monthly board meetings
E. Using intra-town communication (police, Chamber of Commerce, Town Council, public library, Parks Department, etc.)
F. Participating in school committees by parents, teachers, students, and community stakeholders
G. Updating the district webpage regularly
6. Personal Growth, Engagement and Well-Being
STM supports giving students and staff opportunities to acquire and apply the social-emotional competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making to promote student wellness. STM believes citizens with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally, and socially.
A. Developing self-awareness and self-management skills essential to success in school and in life
B. Building a culture of social responsibility founded on kindness for others and respect for diversity
C. Training all staff on social-emotional learning practices that support the care, safety, and welfare of all students
D. Making decisions for social-emotional practices rooted in evidenced-based research and stakeholder feedback