The focus of the South Sanpete School District is on the student. His or her educational development toward the schools' goals is the central concern of the Board's policies and the administrative regulations. The teacher is a key figure in carrying out the school's responsibility in the educational process. However, the teacher alone cannot effectively achieve all the objectives of education. The purpose of the various administrative departments is to provide conditions in the schools which permit teachers to work with maximum effectiveness and to provide them with a variety of tools and specialized assistance in developing and carrying out a program which will meet the needs of children in the world in which we live. The Board will seek to provide the facilities, personnel, equipment, and materials necessary for the education of all students for whom it is responsible.
The District shall provide a well-balanced curriculum in accordance with state law and State Board rules. Effective instruction shall be delivered to all enrolled students and instruction provided in the essential elements of each subject at appropriate grade levels. The essential elements represent the core knowledge, skills, and competencies all students should learn to be effective and productive members of society. The District may add elements at its discretion, but shall not delete or omit instruction in the essential elements.
The goals of education shall be as follows:
1. 1. To help students develop and maintain good physical and mental health.
2. To help students achieve command of the fundamental skills and knowledge which are basic to all other learning. (The basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematics must receive priority.
3. To help students learn to receive and to express ideas effectively.
4. To help students gain an understanding of our constitutional form of government including knowledge of the history of the United States, the role the United States plays in world affairs, and to help students
accept the obligations of good citizenship.|
5. To help students understand the scientific approach to the problems of life, recognizing the need for conservation of human and natural resources and the contributions made by science to the world in which we
6. To help students acquire marketable skills in the fields of their choice, which will enable them to take their place in the economic world.
7. To help students become intelligent consumers of material goods, cultural products, and services.
8. To help students develop a vocational interests which are satisfying and which provide for worthy use of leisure time.
9. To help students' spiritual understanding, and to learn to recognize the ethical, aesthetic, and moral value of experience, and to act accordingly.
Setting Education Objectives. It shall be the responsibility of each building staff under the direction of the principal to have specific educational objectives consistent with the broad educational goals as outlined above.
Since joint staff-student responsibility exists for the accomplishment of the educational objectives, it is important that there be both staff and student involvement in order to obtain unity of effort in achieving the objectives.
Educational objectives will serve as the criteria, by which learning materials are selected, content outlined, instructional procedures and education technology developed, and tests prepared.
Improvement of Instructional Program in General
The Board shall annually review data, including results of the current assessment evaluation instruments provided by the State Board of Education, regarding student progress in the essential curriculum elements and identify areas of needed improvement. Based upon the findings of the review, the District shall make necessary adjustments in instructional programs. The District shall provide a professional development program that provides teachers, principals, and other professional staff with the training required to successfully establish and maintain state assessment standards.