The mission of Marks Elementary staff is to ensure a safe, nurturing, environment in which every child will have the opportunity to achieve their essential, grade level standards. Students will be motivated to become critical thinkers who strive to always perform to their greatest ability.
As educators at Marks Elementary, we will pledge to be dedicated, imaginative, classroom leaders. We will bring about student academic improvement by employing professional teaching strategies such as extended guided reading, inquiry based activities, shared reading and writing, English Language Development (ELD), strategic and rigorous questioning, providing intervention and always performing to our greatest ability.
We will determine students' academic success by using frequent formal and informal assessments, such as benchmark assessments, common formative assessments, authentic assessments, informal observations, classroom projects, student journals, and student confidence. We use the assessment results to guide instruction; thereby creating a cycle of continuous improvement.