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Introduction to the Martin Luther King Charter School of Excellence

We will be teaching philosophy at the MLK Charter School, a school composed to 95% minority children, the majority of whom come from families who are below the poverty line. As a result, the school has a special mission and we will face some signficant challenges. The following are some facts about the school that will help you think about what you need to do to teach the children well. First, here is the school’s mission statement:

Mission Statement

“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School of Excellence prepares kindergarten-through-5th grade students of Springfield for academic success and engaged citizenship through insistence on rigorous, challenging work. The school incorporates Dr. King’s commitment to the highest standards in scholarship, civic participation and the ideal of the beloved community.

One important thing to remember is that this school is more than an academic institution. It is trying to teach the children a set of values that will help them deal with the difficult environment that they live in, in which they will face a variety of difficulties. For this reason, the school emphasizes its role as a “beloved community,” a phrase they get from Dr. King. Below is the list of values they emphasize on a month-by-month basis.

Dr. King Monthly values

  • September – Respect
  • October – Cooperation
  • November – Responsibility
  • December – Learning
  • January – Social Justice
  • February – Service
  • March – Perseverance
  • April – Honesty
  • May – Beloved Community
  • June – Beloved Community

There is also a list of rules about the children should behave, known as their school culture. As we teach, we will add our own "Philosophy Culture" to their general one, so be familiar with it.

Our School Culture

How we do things to create our beloved community. How we walk in the halls, how we eat in the cafeteria, how we dress, how we treat each other, how we learn, and how we work peacefully together.

How we walk in the hall

  • Eyes forward
  • Zero voices
  • Hands at side
  • Personal space

How we eat in the cafeteria

  • Bottom on chair
  • Feet on floor
  • Friendly voices
  • Raise your hand to ask for help

How we dress

  • Wear the school uniform
  • Tuck shirts in
  • Be neat
  • Be clean

How we treat each other

  • Use kind words and actions
  • Treat others how you want to be treated
  • Take care of yourself
  • Let the adults be in charge

How we learn

  • Listen
  • Raise hand to speak
  • Follow directions the first time
  • Ask questions

Live by these actions to create our beloved community

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