The following is a letter from Haddonfield Memorial High School Superintendent Chuck Klaus.
One revealing characteristic of a flourishing community is that members of that community take regular temperature checks. How are we doing? Do our actions reflect our goals? Do our goals reflect the values of our membership?
A significant guidepost for the Haddonfield School District community is our mission statement and its supporting goals. It is particularly important to revisit the mission statement because it can neither flap in the wind nor be cast in stone; it must reflect both the times we live in and certain steadfast core values.
Our current mission statement was created as part of a Long Range Strategic Plan in 2019. Typically, mission statements are reviewed/revised/rewritten every three to five years. As we are now in year four, it is time to take another look.
As the first step toward writing a new mission statement (or revising the current one), we seek input from all stakeholders: students, staff, parents and community members. To accomplish this, we have created a brief survey asking you to share your opinions about what we value as a school district.
Current Haddonfield School District parents, HMHS students and staff received a link to the survey via email on June 5. Other Haddonfield residents may access the survey on the district’s website here. Please take a few minutes to complete and submit this survey.
The data received from the survey will serve as the starting point of a conversation at this summer‘s Board retreat. The review of our current mission statement – whether we refresh, modify or overhaul it – will be informed by the results of this survey, feedback from administration and staff, and a review of current educational trends.
A new mission statement will then enable the District to establish goals for the upcoming year. Broadly speaking, a new mission statement will help direct our thought processes about the future of the district, including the scope of the upcoming bond referendum.
Thank you. I sincerely appreciate the support and participation of all members of our community.
Chuck Klaus, Superintendent of Schools