As a thoughtful teaching and learning environment, we reflect on our mission statement – its language, its meaning, and how to best represent and remind ourselves of its integral role in all we do. An outcome of this process is BERT.
Wayland Middle School Mission Statement
Wayland Middle School is a community of learners. We strive to provide a rigorous, stimulating academic environment in which students find both challenge and support. We nurture a sense of curiosity, connection, and love of learning that extends beyond the middle school years. With equal regard, we support the development of social skills by encouraging a fundamental respect for oneself, our environment, and the larger world. Our house mentors - Henry David Thoreau, Rachel Louise Carson, and Martin Luther King, Jr. – model for us individual and collective responsibility and our role in fostering justice. We promote their teachings as we care for every member of our community.
BERT embodies the community values at the heart of this mission statement – belonging, empathy, respect, and trust – and signifies the collective responsibility we share in teaching, understanding, and living these values. This whimsical figure, designed by eighth grader Roksana Habibi in 2009, serves as a visual reminder of our continued commitment to making Wayland Middle School an inclusive environment in which these ideals flourish. Helping each child find a home away from home is an ethic we all work to foster.