Ranking: 6/10 (greatschools.org)
1697 Beacon Street|Waban, MA 02468
Angier Vision Statement
The Angier School is a caring community of children, teachers, parents, and administrators working together to ensure all our students acquire the knowledge and skills essential to achieving their full potential. The Angier staff encourages and supports intellectual, social, and emotional development for our community of diverse learners by teaching a rich and vigorous Newton curriculum.
The Newton Public Schools system has a formalized Standards-Based Grade Level Curriculum consisting of units and benchmarks for grades K through 5. By setting high expectations, children are encouraged to learn, explore, experiment, question, challenge, enjoy, and reach their highest potential.
Angier’s faculty and staff enthusiastically dedicate themselves to the education of all children regardless of learning style, skill set, needs, challenges, or strengths. Our goal is to nurture confident, inquisitive children who will be life-long learners who care about their surrounding environment and the people beyond the walls of Angier.
In order to support and honor our vision, the Angier School is beginning the process of becoming a Professional Learning Community. In the quest for continuous improvement where the focus is on student learning for all, the Angier staff has made a commitment to “learn by doing” and establishing PLCs. PLCs consist of grade-level teams working interdependently to achieve common goals connected to the purpose of learning for all students. By creating a master schedule that assures one hour of grade-level collaboration each week, this systemic process will impact teachers’ classroom practice, which will lead to improved results for all students. By engaging in a dialogue, and with the clarity of our school mission, vision, values, and goals, we can answer the collective question, “Why do we (schools) exist?”
Angier Core Values and Outcomes
Our four Core Values and associated outcomes (described below) represent the collaborative work of teachers and parents of the Angier community. Our collective efforts to teach, lead, and nurture Angier children contribute to the achievement of these outcomes.
Children acquire the skills and knowledge essential to successful intellectual and social development
- A child explores and applies problem-solving strategies to new situations across the content areas and in social situations.
- A child writes a report or persuasive letter.
- A child shares a poem, a story, a song, or a piece of art of her/his creation.
- A child learns to use technology as a tool for learning and demonstrating what they have learned.
- A child predicts and hypothesizes about the outcome of a science experiment, a historical event, or a literary selection.
- A child will practice restating an opinion of a previous speaker before offering her/his opinion.
- A child states his/her disagreement in a clear and sensitive manner.
- A child acknowledges and celebrates someone else’s success as well as their own.
Children learn the connection between effort and achievement
- A child returns independently to a project to review and improve it.
- A child helps to direct her/his learning by setting realistic goals and working to attain them.
- A child practices a musical instrument or a new physical skill and can see improvement.
- A child spends the time to master a skill.
- A child sees and reflects upon the progress made in school by reviewing documented samples of his/her own work.
- After making mistakes, a child asks how to improve.
- A child, teacher, or parent views mistakes as an acceptable avenue to learning.
- A child receives support and encouragement from a parent or teacher to continue to try.
Children demonstrate that they respect and value all people
- A child reaches out to all members of the class.
- A child works cooperatively with a variety of people.
- A child shows interest in different countries, cultures, and religions.
- A child acknowledges the contributions of all people to society.
- A child is open to new ideas.
- A child understands that roles in society are filled in a variety of ways and need not be restricted by gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or age.
- A child has pride in his/her own heritage and is comfortable sharing it.
- A child shows consideration and respect for the thoughts, feelings, and needs of others.
Children learn to approach social and educational challenges with confidence and a positive attitude
- A child stands up for a minority opinion.
- A child speaks in front of the class.
- A child confronts peers in response to an unkind remark or action.
- A child is willing to share special talents with classmates.
- A child approaches a new and challenging task with enthusiasm.
- A child perseveres in a curriculum area that is difficult for her/him.
- A child is enthusiastic about a class project/event.
- A child goes beyond what is “just required” and is willing to take the risk of aiming higher.
- A child finds fun in learning.
- A child contributes to our friendly school – “The Angier Way.”
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