Mission: Van Buren Elementary School is a community of learning that is committed to maintaining high academic standards for all students in a safe and positive environment.
Slogan: PAWS - Positive Attitude, Always Respectful, Wise Choices, and Safety First
Colors: Black, Blue and White
Offering Extended Kindergarten
Describe: We are a neighborhood community school where all students walk. We have a great staff that goes above and beyond to help every child, and we offer a lot of enrichment activities for all students, including the community garden.
Stellar Points: Bents Fort field trip; PBIS; before and after school enrichment classes; theater and drama after school; Gardening Club; 100 Mile Club; first Girls Gotta Run school (now known as BstrongBfit)
Special Offerings: Monday Morning Assemblies, Field trips, Positive Paws awards, teacher written plays for student performances, Computer Lab, iPads, Team Nutrition/Family Wellness grant with HKC and NS, Nutrition grants with fit sticks, upbeat in the face of obstacles to overcome, positive, moving forward, counselor visits to classrooms, Kindness Links, character education, skill building and conflict resolution, Hour of Code, increased Gifted and Talented program – working with all levels of students, Reading Recovery, Intervention Support, HBIC, Read 180, System 44
Extracurricular: Girls Gotta Run (BstrongBfit), Choir, Drama Club, Garden Club, School Store, Student Council, 100 Mile Club
Climate: We are upbeat and positive in dealing with obstacles with strong parent and community support.
PBIS: Our school-wide PBIS program maximizes our student's potential to become positive, respectful community citizens. We are working on our PAWS.
P- Positive Attitude
A - Always Respectful
W - Wise Choices
S - Safety First
Accomplishments/Partnerships: MLK Stone of Hope Award 2012; Chamber of Commerce 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 Valentine Decoration contest winner, business/school division; partnerships with MV Rotary, TV Rotary, community garden; and more!
Parent/Volunteer: We have some amazing parent volunteers who put in hundreds of hours and supplies for various activities, including a spaghetti dinner fundraiser; Box Top Shops; community garden; field trips; doing positive things like Panther Pounce and Positive Paws.