- We are a strong, diverse school that feels like a family and recognizes that every student has gifts and ideas that are worthy.
- Our focus on the needs of the whole child ensures that all students build confidence and achieve growth in both academic and social-emotional skills.
- We provide students with a solid foundation in math and literacy, as well as music, art, social studies and science.
- Our staff of committed and caring educators work in partnership with families to ensure all students receive the support they need to excel.
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At Sheridan Hills, we follow the Richfield Public School District's four core values of respect, responsibility, honesty and caring. Beginning in our pre-k, classes we work to model and teach the four core values. Through morning messages, schoolwide assemblies, classes and special events we highlight the importance of being a person of character and the need to make good choices. We work to teach the value of each individual, the experiences they bring, the gifts they have to share, and the need to work together and support each other.
We know that students will make mistakes. We focus on teaching and always going back to our core values. When a child does make a mistake, when they make a bad choice, the important aspect is that when that happens, how do they handle it? Do they take responsibility and make amends, or do they deny their actions?
At Sheridan we teach four steps when you make a mistake:
- Own it. Take responsibility for the choices you made.
- Learn from it so that you don’t repeat it.
- Fix it. When you make a mistake it’s your responsibility to repair whatever damage you caused.
- Move on because mistakes don’t define who you are as a person.
We want students to learn from their mistakes so that they change their behavior, and we work to do this in a way that helps students to develop a positive self-image. This is why we focus on teaching and always come back to the core values. We follow the District behavior guidelines and there are consequences for behavior choices. We work with parents/guardians to make sure we are in partnership as we help students develop positive social-emotional skills.
At Sheridan Hills, we also focus on having a growth mindset. A growth mindset says that we can all learn and that effort matters. A fixed mindset says that a person’s abilities are innate–either you have it or you don’t. We teach students about having a growth mindset and the power of the word “yet.” For example, “I may not know how to do that yet” or “I haven’t figured out that math problem yet.” Check out this Sesame Street video about growth mindset and The Power of Yet.