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100 Mission and Philosophy



The mission of the H-M-S Community School District is to nurture and prepare students to become responsible citizens, equipped to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world.



The Board of Education believes that all children can learn.  However, the board recognizes the fact that not all children have the same abilities, motivations and interests.  For this reason, the board believes that so far as is economically feasible, the district’s program must be sufficiently broad to effectively meet the needs of all students, and also believes that teaching materials and methodologies must be of a nature so as to provide maximum learning opportunities for all students.


The board believes that students learn best and teachers teach most effectively in an environment that includes a clear sense of purpose, high expectations of individuals and the schools, effective instructional and administrative leadership, frequent monitoring of progress, sense of personal safety and security and comfortable surroundings.  Therefore, the district will always strive to assure that these conditions exist in its schools.


Finally, the board recognizes that the schools are an important part of the vitality of the communities which they serve.  Furthermore, the board knows that the schools need the communities for support and as learning resources.  Therefore, it is imperative that the communities are involved and committed to the pursuit and maintenance of educational excellence in the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Community School District.



Adopted:   August 12, 1985        

Reviewed:  November 14, 1988
April 19, 1993
March 20, 2000
November 22, 2004
May 16, 2011
June 13, 2016

Revised:  January 9, 1989
July 15,1996