Core Values

At the core of The Way Forward is the fundamental belief that we are all unique and gifted with a wide variety of skills, interests and talents. We learn in different ways and need support and opportunities to grow, learn and reach our highest potential.

Through community engagement, we have developed a Rockwood Profile of a Learner as an important component of our strategic planning. It is a community-wide vision statement describing what our students should experience through their Rockwood education.

It is the responsibility of every member of the Rockwood family to ensure our Rockwood Core Values are reflected in our schools. We must work together with intention, and deeply embed these values in our actions, deeds, decisions, priorities, conversations and celebrations—from the boardroom to the classroom, office, cafeteria, school bus, playing fields and hallways throughout the Rockwood School District.

Our core values affirm what we stand for and how we treat each other. These values define who we are as a school district—individually and collectively—when we are at our best.

Every student

We put students at the heart of everything we do, and we are guided by the academic, social, emotional and physical needs of our students. Our work is to provide a meaningful, challenging education that connects all students to learning and honors their unique gifts.

Caring schools

We find joy in our work and believe in kindness and mutual respect for all. We are guided by strong character, ethics and integrity. Our schools are warm, welcoming places where children, staff and families thrive.

Collective responsibility

We share the responsibility for student learning, growth and safety. We honor differences as we provide equal access for all learners. In our community, we leverage our strengths to reach challenging goals for lifelong learning.

Optimize resources

We support our students with a strong foundation. This means creating, maintaining and sustaining operational and organizational systems that are thoughtfully aligned to the needs of our schools and students.

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