Our Mission and Vision

  • Our Mission

    Johnson School will provide a safe learning environment in which we meet the individual needs of our students with compassion, caring and creativity.

    Our Vision

    Staff of Johnson Upper Elementary School will support student learning by:

    • Providing a high-quality curriculum based on the Michigan Curriculum Framework, Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and METS
    • Providing a safe, welcoming and supportive learning environment
    • Using a variety of assessments to measure student progress towards grade level expectations
    • Providing families opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s education
    • Providing reports to families on student progress
    • Actively participating in collaborative decision making with parents and school colleagues to make our school accessible and welcoming for families
    • Respecting the school, staff, students and families of Johnson Upper Elementary 

    Families of Johnson Upper Elementary students are responsible for supporting their child’s learning by:

    • Ensuring their child’s regular attendance in school as well as adequate sleep, regular medical attention and proper nutrition
    • Prioritizing school and providing a time and place for schoolwork
    • Assisting their child in responsibly returning homework, books and other school materials
    • Attending parent/teacher conferences and maintaining contact with the teacher and/or principal
    • Staying informed about their child’s education and communicating with the school by promptly reading all notices from the school or the school district and responding as appropriate
    • Volunteering in their child’s classroom and/or school if available
    • Following guidelines set forth in Johnson’s Student Handbook
    • Respecting the school, staff, students and families of Johnson Upper Elementary 

    Students of  Johnson Upper Elementary School are expected to take responsibility for their learning by:

    • Attending school regularly and be ready to work hard and learn well
    • Bringing necessary materials, completed assignments and homework to school each day
    • Keeping desks, lockers and workspaces clean and well organized
    • Knowing and follow school and classroom rules
    • Being responsible for following the guidelines set forth in Johnson’s Student Handbook
    • Communicating regularly with their families and teachers about school experiences in order to keep parents and staff aware of important events and critical incidents
    • Limiting TV watching, video game playing and computer use
    • Studying and/or reading every day after school
    • Respecting school, staff, students and families of Johnson Upper Elementary

Our Collective Commitments

  • We will be consistent in our expectations for student learning and behavior.

    We will teach, model and reinforce respectful and responsible behavior.

    We will provide a safe learning environment.

    We will differentiate our instruction to meet the needs of each of our students.

    We will make learning fun and meaningful for our students.

    We will treat all members of our collaborative learning community with empathy and respect.

Our Shared Belief Statements

  • Our daily work is guided by the following shared beliefs:

    1. We believe all students will learn when given a variety of support strategies.
    2. We believe students will meet the expectations when there are firm and consistent procedures.
    3. We believe that when trust is reciprocal, trust is built, and learning happens.
    4. We believe every child belongs to the Johnson Community, so we need to help each other.
    5. We believe every child has positive qualities that need to be recognized and fostered.
    6. We believe perseverance and effort are critical to successful learning.
    7. We believe students need to understand that they are the first person in their learning process and education.
    8. We believe we must network respectfully with others to model a positive example for our students.
    9. We believe that, given the time we have our students, we can reach and impact all of them.
    10. We believe that our collaboration fosters a learning community at our school.

Our School Day

  • 8:00 a.m. - Start of Teacher Work Day

    8:22 a.m. - Entrance Bell

    8:27 a.m. - Instructional Day Begins

    11:10 - 12:00 - 6th Grade Lunch & Recess

    12:05 - 12:55 - 5th Grade Lunch & Recess

    1:00 p.m. - Instruction Resumes

    3:32 p.m. - Dismissal

    3:42 p.m. - End of Teacher Work Day

    Half day dismissal time is at 11:43 a.m.

S.O.A.R. Behavior Expectations

  • S.O.A.R. stands for Stay Safe, Own Our School, Act Responsibly and Respect Everyone. At Johnson, we believe our community works best for everyone when these behavior expectations are followed.At the beginning of the school year, students will be taught what is expected of them in each area of the school. Posters highlighting our S.O.A.R. Behavior Expectations will be posted throughout the school. There will be rewards for students who are observed consistently demonstrating respectful, responsible and safe behaviors.

    At the beginning of the year, each student will be issued a signature card, kept by his or her classroom teacher. If a student violates any of our S.O.A.R. expectations, a teacher will sign the signature card and discuss the infraction with the student. When a card has been signed four times, a contact will be made with the parents. If a student receives eight signatures, he or she will serve two lunch/recess detentions and a contact will be made with the parent for further planning.

    Each semester, a new card will be given to the student. Major behavior violations such as fighting, bullying, or insubordination will be handled by our administrator.

    S.O.A.R. Behavior Matrix