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So what is Great Expectations?

Great Expectations® (GE) is a professional development program that provides teachers and administrators with the skills needed to create harmony and excitement within the school atmosphere, elements that are basic for inspiring students to pursue academic excellence. With a focus on the human quality of teaching and learning, GE provides renewal and inspiration for teachers who may have lost their way and forgotten why they became teachers in the beginning.

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Great Expectations – Student Expectations

Valley Great Expectations Students will:

*Learn skills to understand and accept things about themselves.
*Demonstrate honesty and integrity.
*Display loyalty to democratic ideals and processes.
*Take responsibility for one’s actions.
*Appreciate and understand diverse cultures.
*Be willing to accept and effect desirable changes.
*Demonstrate respect and concern for others.
*Develop social interaction skills.
*Be responsible for greeting and assisting every visitor they see in the building.
*Serve as a role model for other students by following school rules and procedures.
*Assist administrators, teachers, and parents at school functions.
*Serve as door greeters at assemblies.
*Be respectful to everyone at Valley.
*Encourage good behavior in other students.
*Help create a sense of responsibility amongst students for the good of the school.
*Meet as a group to discuss & brainstorm ways to solve school related issues (such as absenteeism, truancy, vandalism, and low achievement).

Mustang Valley Creed

I am proud to be a special and unique student at Mustang Valley Elementary.

I will take great pride in my school and myself.

I choose to be responsible for my learning, my actions, and my behavior.

I will do what is right.

I seize every opportunity to learn.

I will do my best to do my part.

I respect and celebrate the differences in others.

I will determine my future.

I will be respectful. I will be responsible. I will build relationships!!!

Eight Expectations for Living

We will value one another as unique and special individuals.
We will not laugh at or make fun of a person’s mistakes nor use sarcasm or putdowns.
We will use good manners, saying “please,” “thank you,” and “excuse me” and allow others to go first.
We will cheer each other to success.
We will help one another whenever possible.
We will recognize every effort and applaud it.
We will encourage each other to do our best.
We will practice virtuous living using the Life Principles.

Great Expectation students do the following: read aloud, recite, exchange ideas and opinion, analyze text, get spelling words from the text instead of a speller, speak before varied audiences, speak in complete sentences, write daily using a variety of formats, utilize listening and thinking exercises, practice listening and responding appropriately, practice math skills through chants, jingles, and written exercises, write essays, use dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference materials, participate in group activities and cooperative learning, enjoy an integrated curriculum that includes the basic disciplines as well as the arts, actively work out solutions to problems, both social and emotional, and much, much more.