At Lake, we live by the following core values:
Lake Middle School Philosophy
Lake operates from a philosophy called Restorative Practice. The Restorative Practice process promotes building relationships and strengthening community bonds, while supporting student growth toward self-discipline, accepting responsibility, and appreciating the rights of others. It is our desire at Lake to maintain an environment where students grow and thrive intellectually, socially, and emotionally. This restorative philosophy also guides our interventions.
Our restorative school culture means we focus on relationship building among our students and staff. Restorative is synonymous with accountability and opportunity. Through relationship building and through conflict we are given the chance to teach our students how to identify behaviors that cause harm, how to accept responsibility for that harm, and how to use creative solution-focused actions in order for the offender to make things right. The restorative process seeks to identify everyone involved and provide opportunities for those most affected by the behavior to be heard and play an active role in deciding how the situation will be made right.
Restorative work comes in all forms
A restorative process at Lake can come in many forms. From Learning Family to Socratic seminars, restorative is used as a preventative and inclusive tool in the classroom. Students may also be involved in circle work with an academic focus or in response to a class-wide issue. Mediations between students, between staff or between students and staff are used as well.
Some students have social or emotional concerns that affect their academic and social functioning at school. Preparing students for life success requires a broad, balanced education that both ensures their mastery of basic academic skills and also prepares them to become responsible adults. At Lake Middle School we value the importance of promoting students social, emotional, and academic growth as we recognize that adolescence is a critical time in a child’s development. Through providing support and interventions in the social/emotional domain, the goal is to decrease problem behaviors, enhance academic performance, and promote a student’s all around positive adjustment and growth.
Maintaining the Right Environment
Our staff believes in an academically-focused, safe and nurturing environment for every child. Our staff is committed to providing a school culture in which every child thrives, both academically and socially. To provide this culture and environment for our students, we have developed some school-wide actions to help students succeed:
All of these things together allow students to feel safe, accepted and respected in our building. This allows Lake scholars to focus on academics, preparing them for high school, college and beyond.