The mission of the Homewood City Schools is to educate and empower every student to reach his or her unique potential.
Who We Are
Homewood City Schools is a system enriched by tradition, community spirit, and vision. Our mission is ensured by a dedicated and exemplary staff, a supportive and involved community, the recognition and celebration of diversity, an optimal use of resources, and an uncompromising commitment to excellence.
- People have worth and the right to be safe, secure and treated with respect
- Diversity makes us stronger in our pursuit of excellence
- Individuals have a responsibility to themselves, others, and the environment
- Honesty and effective communication are vital to healthy relationships
- Leadership and service contribute to the success of local and global communities
- Physical health and emotional well-being enhance learning and living
- Innovation and adaptability flourish within a tradition of excellence
- The process of learning is as important as the content
- Technology represents powerful new ways of learning and connecting to the world
- Education and learning are the most important responsibility of our schools, and must be supported by the community and families
- People learn in different ways and should be provided with a variety of challenging and engaging instructional approaches to support their learning
- High expectations increase learning and performance
- Individuals should be provided with the support necessary to excel
Strategy I - We will produce 21st century learners through a curriculum that promotes problem solving skills and creativity to prepare citizens who will contribute to an integrated global society.
Communication: Invest in strengthening students’ communication skills to foster professionalism and collaboration with others
Collaboration: Ensure students and teachers have opportunities for collaborative work to strengthen interpersonal skills
Creativity: Inspire creativity and innovation in teaching and learning across content areas, learning targets, and grade levels
Critical Thinking: Assess current and developing curriculum (Learning Targets) to insure many opportunities for critical thinking across grade levels and disciplines
Civic Engagement: Develop programs to motivate students to engage in their community, accept personal ownership, and to understand their relevance in a global society
Cultural Awareness: Provide students and teachers the access to a variety of learning opportunities which promote cultural and global awareness and understanding in an ever-changing world
Conservation: Promote a positive attitude towards the environment we work and live within to encourage good stewardship of our human and natural resources.
Strategy II - We will develop flexible instructional formats that remove barriers and allow diverse learners to achieve targeted learning that assures attainment of each learner’s full potential.
Provide flexibility in scheduling to include a variety of instructional formats that will support the needs and goals of diverse learners
Enhance tutoring programs that utilize qualified tutors to provide effective instruction
Prepare students for career success in a diverse and technologically-rich society
Provide course opportunities for students that focus on post-secondary interests and aptitudes
Ensure that students, parents, and members of the community understand the need for and development of learning targets
Use authentic assessments and performance-based activities to assess progress towards learning targets
Adopt standard grading systems at each school level that reflect progress towards mastery of learning targets and evaluate process criteria
Generate a standards-based report card for the school district, beginning at the elementary level, which reports levels of progress towards mastery of the learning targets and process criteria
Strategy III - We will ensure that teaching and learning drive technology implementation and innovation.
Ensure seamless, ubiquitous, open access for student use of personal or school devices both during the school day and after school hours
Empower students and teachers to be responsible digital citizens who can compete globally in an ever advancing technological society
Ensure that teachers and administrators participate in appropriate, expedient, and comprehensive technology training
Allow instructional staff to make responsible decisions regarding appropriate technology.
Examine, update and expand HCS policies and procedures as they relate to technology on a regular basis, ensuring that teaching and learning remain at the forefront
Strategy IV - We will guarantee learning spaces and facilities equipped with state-of-the-art resources, structures, and tools.
Provide students and educational stakeholders with a centralized multi-purpose facility to expand and enhance educational development and the mission of the district
Ensure all facilities are provided with technologically-advanced tools that promote 21st Century Learning Skills
Strive for demographically similar attendance configurations for the elementary schools that provide a mixture of students and a balance of enrollment numbers
Strategy V - We will establish and maintain new and existing tools to enhance communication and information flow.
Develop dynamic and engaging websites that offer interactive sources of information that can be exchanged quickly and easily to ensure effective communication with faculty, staff, parents, students, and the community
Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of registration
Encourage and support the collaboration of ideas, resources, and training materials through the use of state of the art technology
Strategy VI - We will provide wellness and growth opportunities that will enable students, staff, and families to achieve their personal best.
Create a wellness program worthy of serving as a model for school systems across the nation
Implement and practice the principles of proper nutrition for students, employees, and parents which will result in life-long healthy food choices
Create an environment that promotes and supports emotional wellness for students, employees, and parents
Implement a program to promote healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices for employees by providing opportunities for individual health assessments
Design a framework that maximizes professional learning, collaboration, and a commitment to continuous improvement
Determine the feasibility of an innovative childcare program
Strategy VII - We will establish a student-centered learning environment where students master learning targets through the purposeful integration of instructional technology that supports 21st century skills.
Plan 1: Foster collaboration between Instructional Technology Specialists and teachers to design instruction that incorporates and aligns 21st century skills and technology standards.
Plan 2: Provide professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators to learn and collaboratively implement 21st century technology skills in a student-centered classroom.
Plan 3: Increase the accountability for teachers to foster a learning environment conducive to student use of technology for authentic problem solving.
Plan 4: Provide the organizational framework for development and maintenance of policies and procedures and for seamless integration of technology.
Plan 5: Create a student-centered learning environment where students and teachers have access to technology tools that equitably support the mastery of learning targets.