The Multigrade Classroom
The Adventist multigrade curriculum enables learners to develop a life of faith in God, and use their knowledge, skills, and understandings to serve God and humanity.
A well-planned behavior management and organization system is key to creating a classroom conducive to learning, while establishing norms of behavior that help each child feel safe and protected.
Ongoing learning opportunities for teachers, staff, and administrators are provided by professional development products and experiences.
Being a Seventh-day Adventist teaching-principal is an awesome opportunity and responsibility to serve God, change lives, and further the mission of the world church.
Building and Grounds
An orderly, clean environment should extend beyond the classroom and continue throughout the entire physical plant, both inside and outside.
A pleasant, attractive environment encourages students to respect and appreciate their surroundings and will foster the desire to learn. An orderly, clean environment should extend beyond the classroom and continue throughout the entire physical plant, both inside and outside.
Providing and maintaining an appealing facility requires significant effort. If the principal/teacher personally assumes all the work in this area he/she is on the fast track to burnout. It is the board’s responsibility to provide custodial and maintenance services for the building by hiring personnel or securing dependable volunteers to care for the plant and grounds on a year-round basis. The teacher and students may share this responsibility by respecting the school and personal property.
Local and state/provincial regulations must be consulted for health, fire, and safety code requirements. Routine inspections by local officials are necessary. Compliance with standards outlined by these authorities is mandatory. Contact your local health and fire inspectors for a complete list of requirements. Regulations vary according to state/provincial and local codes.
United States federal law and Canadian provincial regulations detail proper action regarding asbestos inspection, management, and removal. Each school is required to have an Asbestos Operations and Management Plan that must be filed with the state/province. A copy of the plan must be kept at the school in a secure location. Many conferences also require that a copy of the plan be filed with the Local Conference Office of Education.
A state/provincial licensed company must complete the Asbestos Operations and Management Plan. 6-month and 6-year inspections must also be completed by a licensed individual or company.
Do not try, or allow anyone else, to remove asbestos. There are specific regulations for asbestos removal. A non-licensed individual or company is not allowed to remove asbestos. Contact your Local Conference Office of Education for more information on asbestos removal.
These websites provide more information regarding asbestos:
United States: Asbestos
The condition of the playground speaks volumes to the general public about the school. One sign of a well-maintained campus is a well-maintained playground. Children typically rate the playground as the most highly valued feature of the school.
These websites provide more information regarding playground safety:
Canada: Playground Safety
United States: Playground Safety
The school board is responsible for assigning an individual, who is not the principal/teacher, with the responsibility of making routine inspections of the building and grounds. Things to look for include, but are not limited to:
Risk Management has an excellent School Safety Inspection form that can be downloaded.
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