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  • Together with parents and the community we prepare all students to be successful in life.  


  • The Fort Osage School District will achieve its mission through:

    A Safe and Orderly Environment:

    • The staff takes responsibility to maintain a safe and respectful learning environment.
    • The staff fosters trust with the community by exhibiting integrity and ethical behavior and providing sound fiscal management at all times.
    • District facilities are updated to reflect the emerging needs of students, staff and community.

    A Climate of High Expectations:

    • Students, staff and families share the belief that success is attainable for all learners through persistence and effort.
    • The school community fosters innovative practices to ensure that students are prepared to be 21st Century learners.
    • Staff and students take responsibility to establish, monitor and attain personal achievement goals.
    • Students are motivated to achieve mastery through multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding.
    • A collaborative culture across the district ensures trust and values ongoing improvement in all areas.

    Effective Instructional Leadership:

    • Staff, students and family members are empowered to develop and share their leadership skills.
    • The staff collaborates within each area and across the district to ensure that students benefit from the greatest collective expertise.
    • Professional conversations are focused on instruction and student achievement, and build shared understanding of student success.
    • Professional development is ongoing and developed to meet the specific needs of a diverse, highly qualified and dedicated staff.

    Focused Time on Task and Opportunities to Learn:

    • Systems are in place to differentiate instruction and support all students in achieving mastery of the most important standards.
    • Curricular standards are clear to staff, students, and parents and define what students need to know and be able to do.
    • Educational leaders ensure that instructional time is protected from non-essential interruptions
    • The district seeks and maintains effective and relevant programs to meet the unique educational needs of students.
    • Students have frequent opportunities to use a variety of technological and traditional resources to create meaningful learning and grow as problem-solvers.

    Frequent Monitoring of Student Progress

    • The staff effectively utilizes standards and assessments which are closely aligned to state and national expectations.
    • Standards-based grading practices guide instruction and pinpoint areas in which students need intervention or enrichment.
    • The staff understands and uses technology to monitor student progress, provide immediate feedback, and foster effective partnerships with families.
    • Each student develops specific goals that are self -monitored and reflected upon frequently.

    Strong Home, School and Community Relations:

    • The district builds trust through pro-active and effective communication among staff, students, parents, and the community to ensure student success.  
    • The staff partners with community organizations to meet the personal and academic needs of students and families.
    • The staff engages in collaborative processes to facilitate shared decision making.