MVMMS Personal Qualities
MVMMS is a school where everyone belongs.
MVMMS students are the finest middle school students around. The staff of MVMMS believes in their students and knows these students can succeed academically and support one another in their learning.
The students will strive to grow and improve everyday by committing themselves to the following six personal qualities:
While at MVMMS, students will learn about these six qualities. The staff looks for evidence of these qualities, acknowledges positive examples of them, and supports students in their personal growth.
Honesty – Students need to be forthright with information even in the face of consequences. Being honest with themselves about their own decisions and actions helps students to become trustworthy citizens. Honesty involves telling the whole truth and is a character trait of the most respected and successful people.
Responsibility – Now that the students are in middle school, they have more responsibilities. Students need to give their best effort in everything they do. They are responsible for their own actions, as well as responsible for the school’s overall success. They are also responsible for their own reputation among their peers and teachers. Students should ask and accept help when needed and listen to those who provide guidance. If students show others that they are a responsible person, others will believe in them.
Respect – People want others to respect them. In order for students to receive respect from others, they first must show respect TO others. Students must learn to treat peers, staff, and the school with respect. People will not always agree with each other, but it is important to express disagreements in a respectful way without arguing. Students come from different backgrounds and perspectives, but they should be respectful of differences and seek to understand them, rather than dismiss them. Students should respect each other’s personal space, property, and bodies. It is also important for students to have self-respect, so that others will see them as a model for respect.
Self-Management – In Middle School students are afforded many more liberties with their time and decisions. It is critical to their success that they learn self-management and decision-making skills. Controlling words and actions is part of self-management. Students need to think before acting and consider how actions and words may impact others. In addition, students should learn how to manage and organize themselves, their materials and their time. They should make use of resources like Aspen, Google Apps, and the agenda book, as well as seek out teacher help.
Pride – Students should have pride in themselves and in their school. Students should take pride in their schoolwork being willing to review, revise, and improve it.
Perseverance – Perseverance is the key to success. For students to demonstrate perseverance, they must do so with a goal in mind. If people work to achieve goals, even if those goals seem out of reach, perseverance will be the critical factor. Students should work at improving and keep a growth mindset, accepting help when needed but taking responsibility for their own success and growth. Students should stay determined and work through challenges. Rarely is anything of value or importance achieved in life without people overcoming adversity or unexpected turns in their path.