The Board of Education believes that American schools in general, and the schools in this District in particular, have from their inception had a moral mandate to develop character as well as academic skills (Policy 9112). True character development is the hinge upon which academic excellence, personal achievement, and authentic citizenship depends. It calls forth the very best from our students, faculty, staff and parents.
General disrespect for authority and the rights of others, leading to increased societal violence, vandalism, drug and alcohol abuse and a host of like issues, now underscores the need for our schools to reassert their responsibility as educators of character. Schools cannot, however, assume this responsibility alone.
We strongly affirm parents/guardians as the primary moral educators of their children, but believe schools should build a partnership with the home. Schools, as well as religious, youth- based, civic, and other human service organizations, must share in the obligation to produce an involved, caring citizenry with good moral character in order to assure the present and future well-being of our society.
Students in the MSDWT are expected to exhibit the attributes of the IB Learner Profile: Knowledgeable, Caring, Inquirers, Open-Minded, Thinkers, Balanced, Principled, Risk-Takers, Communicators, and Reflective.
Toward this end, the Board expects each MSDWT school to exemplify a community of virtue in which respect, responsibility, honesty, caring, courage and self-discipline are regularly expected, modeled, taught and celebrated as an integral part of the curriculum and the daily operation of the school. The Board further expects each school to work in partnership with family and other community organizations to bring about improved student achievement, safe and orderly school environments, and citizens who are contributing members of society.