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Holly Meadows Motto

Saturday, June 30, 2018
Saturday, June 30, 2018
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Saturday, June 30, 2018

The new HMES school motto was created with input from students, parents and staff. With a goal of writing a school motto that reflects the values of the school, we wanted a motto that would answer the question, “What is our why?”.


During the 2017/208 school year, parents were given the opportunity to provide feedback through a survey asking what 3 qualities describe the school.  Their responses were summarized in an image found below. The size of the words in the image represent the words that were repeated most frequently in the survey.  


During the 2017/208 school year, parents were given the opportunity to provide feedback through a survey asking what 3 qualities describe the school.​  Students and staff from grades also participated in an activity where they drew a schoolhouse and labelled the components of the school as follows:

•Foundation-  underlying beliefs and core values that the school is built on

•Walls-  visible characteristics of the school that are supported by the foundational beliefs and values

•Front door- something the school does to make people feel welcome

•Windows- some  of the activities that take place at the school that let people see what is valued by the  school

•Roof- large projects at the school that cover several aspects of  the school and its values

•Bell- something that draws attention to the school from the perspective of those outside of the school


The key themes that emerged from all stakeholders were:

-Student  (in class activities)- sharing, kindness, helping/supporting others, learning focus, exploring, character traits, including others/feeling welcome, diversity, safe,  opportunities for everyone to do well/participate

- Staff (School House activity)- character (listed different traits), excellence, striving for your best, inclusive/equitable, everyone can succeed, sense of belonging/community/supportive, safe, kindness, positive

- Parent (January survey)- welcoming, inclusive, community, caring, friendly, family fun, safe, inspiring, excellence


After gathering this feedback, the committee decided that the school mission should be short and catchy, worded in a positive manner and encompass themes of character, mindset and learning.  They came up with the following motto statement to encompass all of these components.


We choose caring

We choose learning

Champions of our own success! ​



Throughout the next school year, it is our goal to roll out our school motto through visible signage and discussion with students in regard to school-wide expectations, personal and class goals and code of conduct.

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