VISION: SITHS prioritizes rigorous academics balanced with physical and mental wellness. Our goal is to develop strong social skills, exemplary character, scholarship, service, leadership, and citizenship for all members of the school community. We cultivate innovation through the development of 21st Century Learning Skills (Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Critical Thinking). Our school community is committed to equity and excellence by ensuring that every student understands how to use the curriculum to create meaningful impact on the world around them. Each individual in our school environment will feel valued and have access to opportunities and support to achieve their greatest potential and succeed in a multicultural society.
MISSION: The SITHS community fosters the development of well-rounded, passionate life-long learners through rigorous, engaging academics and participation in student activities, athletics, social-emotional and work-based learning, cultural responsiveness, and community service. SITHS cultivates strong collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking skills. We strive to instill in our students a sense of wonder, curiosity, and a growth mindset to meaningfully contribute to and shape a society that values equity, excellence, and empathy.
In support of our school vision and mission, it is our pledge to:
- Support close communication between home and school that welcomes greater family involvement, accomplished through families sharing an active role as a team member within the school community.
- Enable students to demonstrate mastery of the curriculum and growth in Habits of Success through engaging in project-based learning and the use of modern technologies that support literacy and communication skills required in the real world.
- Engage students in College & Career readiness activities starting the 9th grade, throughout senior year.
- Encourage and promote student involvement in local, national and global issues through rigorous and relevant classroom instruction, literature, activities, clubs and experiential learning opportunities that are culturally and historically relevant.
- Encourage lifelong physical and mental health through fitness, social emotional support systems, mindfulness, meditation and peer-mentorships.
- Provide & encourage ongoing individual professional development opportunities for our faculty and staff, with continued emphasis on self care, physical fitness & mental health.
2022-23 THEORY OF ACTION:
IF SCHOOL LEADERS provide the resources, tools, technology, professional development, and time for teachers to plan and collaborate regularly amongst each other to support shifts in alternative assessment; if school leaders collect and share data and provide feedback based on learning targets and school-wide objectives.
THEN TEACHERS WILL BE ABLE TO collaborate and rethink teaching and learning strategies, to develop project-based lessons and real-world connections & alternative assessments that measure learning in various ways; they will also be able to analyze data and identify trends to improve and target individualized instructional needs in order to provide regular feedback among all stakeholders, which measures growth, success and celebrates learning beyond the assigning of grades through the implementation of systemic restorative & SEL/CRSE practices.
AND STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO demonstrate mastery of the curriculum through collaboration, communication, creativity and critical analysis; and students will be able to exercise voice/choice in their learning from embedded project-based experiences, and make real-world connections to become responsible for their own academic and personal growth, celebrating their learning beyond the earning of grades through developing resiliency.