About the School

 Mission Statement  

DeSoto West Middle School 
Mission Statement

 

DeSoto West Middle School will be guided by its core values of respect, accountability, and responsibility as we strive to become a collaborative, all-inclusive, and safe learning-centered campus for a diverse student and teacher population. DeSoto West Middle School will strive to provide all the tools necessary for our students to have the confidence, competence, and information needed to compete successfully in a global society.

  About The School  

DeSoto ISD Culture of 7

We must raise our level of expectations for all. This requires having standards and norms. The Culture of 7 outlines seven categories, each with seven key indicators that will define who we are and the nature of how we do business in DeSoto ISD. These are levers to building an exceptional district. We will only get better by habits of mind and action. We must know that our Vision and Mission define the purpose for which we exist. Our culture will ascertain the way we define ourselves, what our journey entails, what we are to accomplish, the required leadership and relationships for accomplishment, and the measure to let us know that we have arrived.

1. Organizational Core Beliefs - When there is a fork in the road, it is the core beliefs that will determine the decision and direction. We all must know them, embrace them, and employ them both inside and outside our institution.

  1. Students First
  2. Loyalty
  3. Integrity and Mutual Respect
  4. Accountable
  5. Teamwork
  6. Be the Best
  7. No Excuses

2. Organizational Disciplines - Jim Collins in Great by Choice contends that it is not vision and creativity alone that cause an organization to outperform others. It is the ability of discipline. True discipline requires the independence of mind to reject pressure to conform in ways incompatible with values, performance standards, and long-term aspirations. Discipline is the art of consistency that involves faithfulness to the fixed principles adopted.

  1. Change as Constant
  2. Focus on Our Important(s)
  3. Metric-Based Actions
  4. Keeping Score
  5. Accountability
  6. Systemic Operations
  7. Clear Communication

3. Organizational Goals - Clear, defined goals will yield clear, deliberate focus. The goals set forth by our district are the paradigm we must reach. These goals will help us determine how to spend our time and our resources as well as measure the return on our investments.

  1. Academic Performance
  2. Culture and Climate
  3. Human Capital
  4. Organizational Design and Delivery
  5. Communication
  6. Data Management
  7. Family and Community Involvement

4. Organizational Leadership - Leadership is knowing the way, showing the way, and influencing others to go the way. Our leadership must be stronger than ever to get our students to the place of success that is even more challenging to achieve. As leaders in DeSoto ISD, we must create a sense of urgency to doing what we know it takes.

  1. Visionary
  2. Servant
  3. Knowledgeable
  4. Data Driven
  5. Collaborative
  6. Constructive Conservationist
  7. Transformational

5. Organizational Development - Reinvention will oftentimes require growth and change. Organizational Development   encompasses processes and activities which are oriented toward improving our organizational performance with a mandate to maximize organizational effectiveness. This will involve continually gathering data, responding to findings, and then implementing and managing necessary changes. It will require us to be strategic in our planning but more importantly accountable to fidelity in our implementations.

  1. Continuous Training Opportunities
  2. Creating New Programs/Initiatives
  3. Pursuing Funding Opportunities
  4. Building Teacher and Leader Capacity
  5. Monitoring Systemic Diagnoses
  6. Defined Process and Procedures
  7. Systems of Support

6. Organizational Involvement - refers to the collaborative engagement of families and communities. DeSoto ISD will be more productive when there is support for advancement from the community. It is equally as important for us to give our time and presence to community projects and initiatives. Our community and society is the helm of where our students will thrive. We are stronger in unity. Together we will soar higher.

  1. Parent and Community Engagement
  2. Participation in District and Campus Activities
  3. Post-Secondary and Business Partnerships
  4. Civic Involvement
  5. Shared Decision Making
  6. Resources
  7. Learning Exchange

7. Organizational T.A.R.G.E.T.S. - will enable us to measure the progress towards our stated objectives. Keeping an eye on the targets is what will get us the prize - Full Engagement!

  1. Talent
  2. Academics
  3. Rigor
  4. Growth
  5. Evaluation
  6. Timelines
  7. Support