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Guiding Principals

[Updated 7/18/17] Our guiding principles express commitment to the community's students and reflect the unity of purpose we must demonstrate as a school district and community. The success of our students is the base upon which our future rests.

Town's first school.Serving students since 1964. (Picture from Lake Havasu Museum of History.)

These guiding principles articulate the roles we are challenged to assume. The Lake Havasu Unified School District defines the commitment that our community can expect from all staff members and suggests key ways the community can best influence the education of students.

The term "community" represents students, parents, school district personnel, businesses, organizations, city agencies, and every citizen. Through our combined effort, we share the re¬responsibility and successes evident in our students' development.

The following five areas are among the building blocks for academic success:

BASIC SKILLS
The basic skills of reading, mathematics, and the communication skills of writing, speaking, and listening are the foundation for intellectual development and lifelong learning.

FOUNDATIONAL CURRICULUM
Our curriculum is defined as the essential skills within each subject and grade level. The subjects of this curriculum include English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Fine Arts, Career and Technical Education, Physical Education, and Foreign Language. Students entering adulthood need a framework of knowledge in the foundational curriculum areas to be successful and to think critically about the issues our society will face.

STUDY SKILLS
The development of study skills and self-discipline are integral and indispensable elements of a quality educational process.

CHARACTER SKILLS
To meet the challenges of daily living, we model and reinforce a willingness to work cooperatively toward personal and common goals. We promote the development of the following body of acquired skills and character traits:

  • Honesty, integrity, trust, and respect for the dignity of all.
  • Problem solving, reasoning, and creative thinking.
  • Goal setting, responsible decision making, and independent thinking.
  • Social skills and coping skills.
  • Development of a healthy life style.
  • Development of a productive work ethic.
  • Effective communication and leadership.

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT
We are committed to the proper maintenance of buildings and the efficient use of space within them. An appropriate environment contributes to a successful learning experience.

THE ROLE OF STUDENTS
The Lake Havasu City community provides the opportunity for all students to learn. Students are expected to:

  • Be active participants and take responsibility in the learning process.
  • Maintain a good attendance record.
  • Be on time and prepared with materials and assignments.
  • Be respectful of others and the learning environment.
  • Respect school property.
  • Work to the very best of their ability.
  • Communicate concerns and solutions.

THE ROLE OF PARENTS
Parents are a student's first and most lasting teachers. Parents are encouraged to reinforce the educational process by:

  • Understanding the guiding principles and the importance of their support with their student's education.
  • Holding students accountable for their responsibilities.
  • Reinforcing the completion of homework.
  • Encouraging and recognizing educational success.
  • Supporting the discipline guidelines to ensure learning of all students.
  • Seeking information and staying informed.
  • Participating in school activities.
  • Ensuring their students attend classes regularly and on time.
  • Communicating concerns and solutions.

ROLE OF SCHOOL DISTRICT PERSONNEL
The family, school, and community partnership is one of mutual commitments. We expect that school personnel will nurture and treat each student with respect by:

  • Supporting the implementation of the guiding principles.
  • Modeling and reinforcing positive behavior.
  • Modeling the concept of lifelong learning.
  • Maintaining a safe and positive learning environment.
  • Following the district curriculum maps to assure equal access to information for all students.
  • Making responsible and efficient use of resources.
  • Maintaining open lines of communication with parents and within all levels of the district and community.
  • Holding themselves accountable to high professional standards.
  • Communicating concerns and solutions.

THE ROLE OF THE ADMINISTRATION
Administrators have the responsibility to monitor the educational process and work diligently with all stakeholders. We expect administrators to support the educational process by:

  • Hiring and supporting staff that will carry out the implementation of the guiding principles.
  • Modeling the concept of lifelong learning and supporting personal and professional growth in all staff.
  • Holding staff accountable to high standards in the implementation of their job duties.
  • Developing systems that promote and enhance student achievement.
  • Monitoring the learning environment to ensure safety and discipline.
  • Building trust and positive relations with personnel, parents, and community.
  • Modeling the open and honest communication expected from all constituencies.
  • Monitoring curriculum and adapting as necessary to meet local, state, and national needs.
  • Addressing educational issues at the state and federal levels.
  • Communicating concerns and solutions.

THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNING BOARD
The school board is elected by the community and has the responsibility to monitor the educational process and work diligently on their behalf. We expect them to support the educational process by:

  • Hiring and supporting leadership that will carry out the implementation of the guiding principles.
  • Modeling the concept of lifelong learning and supporting personal and professional growth.
  • Ensuring staff accountability to high standards and student achievement.
  • Building trust and positive relations with personnel, parents, and community.
  • Modeling open and honest communication.
  • Adopting curriculum as necessary to meet local, state, and national needs.
  • Addressing educational issues at the state and federal levels.
  • Communicating concerns and solutions.

THE ROLES OF CITIZENS, AGENCIES, ORGANIZATIONS, BUSINESSES, AND GOVERNMENT
The Lake Havasu City community makes important decisions that impact our schools. Our students are best served when informed decisions are made. We encourage our community to:

  • Support and model the implementation of the guiding principles.
  • Follow school happenings and ask questions to seek clarification.
  • Attend work study sessions and school board meetings in order to be involved in the decision-making process.
  • Visit classes and school functions to understand the nature of the school system’s programs.
  • Become involved in educational activities as volunteers or committee members.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to gain valuable experiences.
  • Communicate concerns and solutions.

COMMUNICATION
Trust and unity of purpose are created through genuine interaction and sharing of information. Communication is a skill we teach, model, and actively use. Our ability to listen, communicate, and be transparent with our students, schools, parents, community, and peer groups is essential to our district’s success. As a community working together on behalf of our students, communication is the key.

THE EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIP
Nurturing students to their fullest potential is a complex and interdependent task. The lives of students are touched daily by many people. Everyone has an impact on the well-being of students and the quality of their intellectual development. We invite all stakeholders to work with us to achieve our goals. The Guiding Principles affirm how Lake Havasu Unified School District #1 will:

engage each student with a focus on scholarship, character, and humanity – so that all students may graduate with the academic and social skills necessary to become responsible citizens and contributing members of society.