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Published on Dec 10, 2014
"Prior to 2012, the goals we had set for our school were defined by a single academic measure and other important factors like being connected and engaged in school, our school's climate, and parent involvement were sacrificed. And while I agree we need to show academic excellence, there is so much more for us to prepare students for future and so much more to what is defined as a great school.
When we reinvented our school we set out to ensure success in college, careers, and life. We want students to think, learn, work, communicate, collaborate, and contribute now and throughout their lives. It is our primary mission.
And we never sacrifice the long term goals for short term gains. The days of teaching to a test are over. We teach the skills we can guarantee students will need in life - those 21st century skills like the 4Cs – communicating, collaborating, and critical thinking – and habits like persistence, goals setting, and being self-directed. We want K. Smith students to be leaders. We want K. Smith students to have the skills and habits to conquer any challenge.
We set out to be a model of excellence in 21st century learning. It’s been our vision since the day we reinvented our school. Being recognized by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills as a “21st Century Skills Exemplar” is a validation and honor of just that. We were named as only 1 of 15 school nationwide as an exemplar by the premier organization in the world for 21st century learning. For this honor, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning will be completing a case study of our school and will showcase our work. They will also recognize our school in Washington, DC in late March.
But, guess what? We are not done. We want more – more literacy development, more meaningful projects and work, more leadership opportunities, and safer and more connected community – and we will get what we want!
Congratulations, students, staff, parents, and partners." - Mr. Brengard