Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Core Beliefs
Fort Smith School District Mission Statement
Equip all students with the skills to be productive members of society.
Ballman Elementary Mission Statement
All Ballman Bears Belong, Learn, Lead
Ballman Elementary Vision Statement
We are a community preparing our students by equipping them with critical thinking skills, and respect for core values of honesty, loyalty, and compassion. Students will work toward their maximum potential today to be prepared for tomorrow.
Collective Commitments For Staff:
We commit to being accountable for our role in the PLC process and to the culture of our school.
We commit to building relationships with the Ballman community (all) members.
Analyzing data to guide in interventions and extensions
Curriculum and event nights
We commit to providing meaningful celebrations for professional and student growth.
We will meet individual needs by monitoring and using evidence of student learning, gathered from assessments to improve our instruction.
“Bear Growl” - shoutout
District Superintendent's Star
Different grade levels communicating about CFA’s outside of instruction
CFA-skills assessed across content
Ballman Elementary Values
Engaged students have fewer behavior problems
Set procedures and be consistent
Create positive relationships for positive behavior
Active, relevant learning contributes to positive behavior
Positive incentives will improve behavior
(Learning for Students)
All students can learn and make progress
Active involvement creates productive learners
Provide a safe environment for active learning
Build positive teacher/child relationships
Children learn from each other
Assessment drives instruction
Differentiated instruction is necessary to meet all student needs
Students deserve to be challenged - Set high expectations
Essential questions and instruction must be meaningful
The pace of instruction is determined by the pace of learning
(Learning for Adults)
Adults are life-long learners
Learn from our mistakes and experiences
We learn from each other
We choose our own paths
If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you can’t.