W.L. Valentine Elementary School

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Principal Message

Welcome to Valentine Elementary School! 

Valentine's Guiding Principles and Beliefs

for Teaching and Learning 

Every child has the right to learn.

It is our collective responsibility as an education community to make certain each child receives a high quality education that reflects and stretches his or her abilities and interests. 

Although no two students come to school with the same culture, learning strengths, background knowledge, or experiences and no two students learn in exactly the same way, every child's unique personal history enriches our classrooms. This diversity is one of our greatest educational assets. 

Meaningful learning happens in environments where creativity, awareness, inquiry and critical thinking are part of instruction. 

We all learn by talking, listening, mentoring, questioning, assisting and collaborating.  Classroom instruction in our school provides meaningful opportunities to regularly engage in these practices. 

We support innovative and research-based classroom practices and set high expectations for ourselves as passionate, self-directed learners. 

We embrace opportunities to use technology to enhance

student-learning experiences. 

We value healthy human relationships; treating one another with respect, forgiveness, compassion, patience, kindness and tolerance. 

Great educators work to be role-models.  We are remembered for the learning environments that we create for all of our students.


Text Box: Every student in the 21st Century must be able to  critically think, problem solve, collaborate, communicate, innovate, be globally aware, be self-directed and be technology literate.

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