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Core 4

Aki Kurose Core 4 – The Peace Crane Way

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Mission: Our mission at Aki is to create a culture of strong relationships and high expectations with every student excelling and cared for in a collaborative learning community. At Aki, every student achieves, and everyone is accountable.

Vision: Aki is a community of learners striving for academic excellence every day. We are a place where we feel safe and cared for with high expectations for all.

Practice/Expectation

Your learning is your most important job. Preparing to think critically about complicated problems is one of the most important things you will learn to do in your life and will set you up to accomplish all your dreams.

Why is it Important?

Student learning is our most important job. Preparing students to think critically about complicated problems is paramount to their life trajectories and we play an extremely important role in this.

Examples

  • Students are focused and engaged in instructional tasks when the class starts and for the duration of class.
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of high-quality work.
  • Students transition with a sense of urgency from one instructional task to another, not wasting time.
  • Students can explain to others why and how they answered the way they did.
  • Student questions and comments indicate a desire to understand the content rather than, for example, simply learn a procedure for getting the correct answer.

Practice/Expectation

Your social and emotional health is important. At Aki, you have a right to feel safe and cared for, and a responsibility to make sure your classmates feel safe and cared for. Who you are is seen and loved and you bring value to our community.

Why is it Important?

  • The social and emotional well-being of our students continues to be a core value of our school community.
  • Students will feel safe and welcome, affirmed in their identities and proud of the cultural and linguistic assets that they bring.

Examples

  • Students can recognize and communicate (verbally or nonverbally) when they are becoming dysregulated.
  • Students engage in instruction in ways that maintain the focus of class.
  • Students advocate for support from support staff (i.e., counselors, restorative justice coordinator(s), mental health supports etc.)

Practice/Expectation

  • We are a community of learners who work hard to push each other to be the very best we can in all areas.
  • We support each other and create space for all of us to grow to reach our highest potential.

Why is it Important?

Aki is a community of learners who want to feel affirmed, safe, and cared for at school. By understanding and valuing the relationships we have with one another, we intentionally create a community that is instructionally focused and safe for all members.

Examples

  • Students interact with one another and staff kindly and appropriately.
  • When appropriate, students correct one another in their conduct toward classmates.
  • Students recognize the efforts of their classmates. Students get consent from their classmates prior to making physical contact.
  • Students participate in restorative practices when there is a harm done.

Practice/Expectation

We are a school that values the learning and physical environment of our school community and beyond. We will take what we learn to make our community, our city and world a better place.

Why is it Important?

Fostering a safe and welcoming environment for learning and growing is an important part of who we are. We want to be in a school that values the learning environments and physical spaces that we are in.

Examples

  • Students clean up after themselves in classrooms, common spaces, and bathrooms.
  • Students take care of learning equipment including laptops, books, other classroom materials.
  • Students participate in restorative practices when there is a harm done.