Empowering and Inspiring
each other to take risks
in order to achieve
at our highest potential.
Richmond Drive Elementary
Achieving Together- One Family
The MISSION of Richmond Drive is to equip every student with the skills, character and experiences in order to positively impact our world.
The VISION of Richmond Drive is to develop learners who make a difference.
Our school is built on the foundation of shared BELIEFS:
Safety, Diversity, Whole Child, Social Responsibility, Cooperation, Inclusion, Creativity, Respect and Excellence.
When you think of Richmond Drive we hope that you will think of a “ripple effect”.
Our mission is to equip every student with the skills, character and experiences in order to positively impact our world. Our vision is to develop learners who make a difference. But, how exactly do we do that? First, we use best practices in instruction to provide students with the skills they need to be academically successful. We take children where they are and move them as far as they can go. Our teachers use a workshop approach in reading, writing and math where students practice and hone their craft just like a woodworker or artist does in their studio. Instruction is tailored to the needs of each child. In science, students ask questions and seek answers through a series of inquiry-based, hands-on activities. During Spanish classes, children are totally immersed in the language as they learn math, science and social studies topics that are integrated in the lessons. They never hear any English in these classes and as a result, they acquire Spanish in a natural and authentic fashion. Not only are we concerned about a child’s head (their skills) but also what is in their heart (their character). We expect our students to become difference makers now, not just in the future. Our older students care for our younger students. Each fifth grader volunteers before or after school or during their recess or lunch period. They assist in kindergarten and first grade classes. They coordinate the recycling and make deliveries for the office. They shelve books and run the morning TV show. They make a difference. In addition, our children (and families) invest in the lives of others when they are not at school. One boy gave away food to needy families on a Saturday morning. Another child relayed that he helped keep up his elderly neighbor’s yard throughout the year.
Another girl told about the difference she made on a mission trip with her family when they painted a homeless shelter and played with children at an orphanage. Three brothers volunteered with their mom at a camp for mentally handicapped adults all summer long. We celebrate when we hear these stories by having our students sign our “Make a Difference Wall” so everyone can know how our students impact others. These acts of kindness reflect our core beliefs: Safety, Diversity, Whole Child, Social Responsibility, Cooperation, Inclusion, Creativity, Respect, and Excellence. We expect that children use their skills (from their head) and their character (from their heart) to affect what they do with their hands (their experiences.) While it is important that our students know how they impact others around them, we also want them to know how they can make a difference on the other side of the world. We desire for our children to understand big global problems and how they can solve them by partnering with organizations like Heifer International, Charity: Water and the Red Cross. We want each child to become a catalyst for good. We hope the “effects” of their “ripples” are lifelong and worldwide.
Janice Hyatt, Principal