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Principal's Message

Tara Lechner 
 
     I have been an educator at Sherman School for twenty-one years. Throughout my time here, I have served as a basic skills teacher, classroom teacher, and administrator, and our school has always shared in the district’s mission. The belief in shared responsibility is the driving force for our school. 
The mission of the Roselle Park School District is to provide a quality education through shared responsibility in a safe supportive environment for all students to meet the challenges of a global society.   
     By unpacking this mission statement, I have created a shared vision for Sherman School and established core values, practices, and expectations. The shared vision of learning reflects students’ needs, not only academically but also emotionally and behaviorally. I have communicated our core values to all stakeholders. The core values include; all students have the potential to learn, high expectations for all students both academically and behaviorally, personal responsibility is a key component to growth, and always stay humble, work hard, and be kind. 
     I have communicated high expectations for both students and staff and have implemented programs to support these expectations to promote continuous and sustainable improvement for Sherman School. The entire Sherman Community understands and is committed to the district mission, school vision, and core values that will lead to the academic success and well-being of each student. 
     At Sherman School, we have created a caring learning community where cultural different individuals and heritages are valued. “Culturally responsive classrooms motivate students to learn. “The essentials of this motivational framework are that it, respect diversity; engages the motivation of all students; creates a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment; and derives teaching practices from across disciplines and cultures.” (Gay, Geneva. Culturally Responsive Teaching). We pride ourselves at Sherman School as being a community of learners that always strive to stay humble and kind. The “Golden Rule”, Treat Others the Way You Want to be Treated, is a clear message of the respect we believe should be evident between student-to-student relationships, student-to-adult relationships and adult-to-adult relationships. A Safety Assembly is held at the beginning of each school year to review the code of conduct expectations and the shared values of respectful relationships at Sherman School. Our Sherman School Student Council members are expected to act as a Council of Character. Our Student Council members serve as role models for all of our students. 
     I am grateful to work alongside such wonderful students, dedicated staff members, and caring families. I am proud to be a member of the Sherman School Community.