Meskwaki Settlement School
Mission and Vision

School Mission Statement

The Meskwaki Settlement School exists to prepare students to be responsible, independent life-long learners, preserving the language and culture of the Meskwaki Tribe. By working together in a safe environment, students will grow culturally, intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially.

School Statement of Philosophy

The Meskwaki Settlement School and the Sac and Fox Tribe:

Will operate for its youth a comprehensive, bilingual, alternative, community based educational environment, designed to incorporate the wisdom and beauty of the Meskwaki culture with the knowledge and skills of our modern technological society.

Will preserve the Meskwaki culture, including its language, history, and traditions; promote Meskwaki values and lifestyles; sponsor Indian cultural ceremonies and events; promote pride in one's school, home, and community.

Will provide quality academic education; establish a strong academic sequence solidly rooted in basic education and blossoming into a multifaceted, innovative, learning environment; employ highly-qualified teachers, staff, and administrative personnel, develop and implement a strong supportive service program, involving needed professional support, counseling, and special education environment conducive to cultural, social, physical, academic, and spiritual development; provide for parent and community involvement in educational activities; and utilize Indian resource consultants, especially tribal elders.

Will regard our youth with the most dignity and respect, promoting the development of positive awareness of self; and finally, we as educators, shall endeavor to constantly recall to mind that we exist, first and foremost, to serve the needs of our Indian youth.

School Leadership Vision

We wish to create a school that offers a state of the art education for our students that is second to none in the State of Iowa. We believe there are no excuses for not offering each child the opportunity to learn and grow academically, socially, culturally, and emotionally. We envision a school where our children are eager to come to school because 1) They are excited about learning. 2) They are confident in their ability to experience success and accept responsibility for their actions and achievements. 3) They care about themselves and others, and have a sense of responsibility to the community.

We will cultivate a staff that is professional, enthusiastic, respectful, and caring. In the Meskwaki community, parents are the first teachers and we seek a lasting partnership with them so that they are an integral part of the students' educational development.

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