District & School Policies


Vail School District Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Vail School District to provide parents with safe and nurturing school communities, where their children can obtain a quality education.

District Guiding Principles

Our schools are communities of learners. We define a community as a place where each individual is important and has something valuable to contribute to others in the community. We believe that learning is a lifelong activity. We are all learners. We expect parents, staff members, and volunteers to model this belief for students.

We care about students. We believe that each student should be given the opportunity to be educated in a physically and emotionally safe, personalized, and caring environment.

One of our highest priorities is keeping class sizes small. Working with students in smaller groups increases opportunities for learning, personal attention, a sense of belonging, and the development of a supportive classroom community.

We are committed to fiscal responsibility. We are entrusted with using public resources to provide a quality education for our students. We carefully develop priorities based on student needs, legal responsibilities, and cost-effective methods.

We are responsible to our local community. Our schools are the centers of the community. We actively seek community involvement. And, we respond to community needs.

We respect parents and their values. We operate on the behalf of parents. It is our responsibility to assist parents in the education of their children. We value parental involvement, and make every reasonable effort to address and respond to parental concerns.

Small schools are the best places to develop caring communities of learners. We like the atmosphere of a small school that has been developed into a positive, healthy community. We prefer small schools. We seek to create that small school atmosphere in all of our schools, regardless of the size that growth and economics may force them to become.

We believe learning extends well beyond the classroom. Our educational program is enriched and extended with opportunities such as field trips, recreational activities, academic competitions and club activities.

We uphold traditional values such as respect, personal and social responsibility, honesty, and hard work. We model socially responsible behavior, expect it from each student and make it part of our curriculum. We believe these traditional values have served our society well in the past, are cherished by our community, and are important to our future.

We are continually improving. We are never content with the status quo in our operations or in our curriculum methods. We recognize that we are living in a changing world and we respond to those changes. And, we are constantly looking for better and more efficient ways to accomplish our mission.

We value our employees. We specifically and carefully select our staff on the basis of their ability to carry out the mission and guiding principles described above. We hire the best people suited for the task. We respect their expertise and depend on them to work with parents to make our vision for a community of learners a reality.

School Vision

At Mesquite, we follow a code of ethics that encapsulates our vision. An inclusive vision that seeks high student achievement, excellence in instruction, and an actively involved community. We pride ourselves in making a difference by exploring the future. We strive for excellence and quest for knowledge. We teach peace by developing caring relationships. We believe in extending ourselves to others in the community.

Mesquite Mission Statement
It is the mission of Mesquite Elementary School to provide a positive and safe environment in order to nurture academic achievement, self-leadership, and the understanding of our diverse community. We are successful because of the partnership between parents, students, staff and the community.

At Mesquite we believe in the following:

Safe School that fosters a climate where values are instilled through our character development pillars of responsibility, respect, fairness, trustworthiness, caring and citizenship.

Nurturing Academic Achievement and recognition through a challenging curriculum utilizing strong technology, research based measures and best practices that focus on student learning.

Self Leadership of the students begins with teaching children to think for themselves. Students are academically devoted and held accountable for maximizing their potential academic growth.

Diverse Community that involves the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), volunteer programs, and strong educational programs that extend outside the school which foster a sense of belonging. We actively seek community involvement and respond to community needs.

Success begins with the commitment that every student is expected to master the standards. It is our (Students, Teachers, Parents) responsibility to see that it happens.

Goal Setting is key to the achievement of our students. Each year our staff selects four goals that positively impacts student learning. These goals are approved by our site council and implemented by staff.

Rooted in Vail, Mesquite Elementary School continues to ensure our school motto of “Bridge to the Past and Branch to the Future.” We cherish the atmosphere at Mesquite. It has a small school feel which cultivates the seeds of a positive and healthy community. The District ACT statement guides this vision. At Mesquite, “We are respectful and trustworthy, care about each other and take responsibility.” The Mesquite staff truly cares about our students and our families.

Dress Code

The Vail School District encourages students to take pride in their attire as it relates to the school setting. Students should dress in a manner that, in addition to the following guidelines, takes into consideration the educational environment, safety, health, and welfare of self and others.

Pants:
* Must be anchored or fitted at the waist, and hemmed or tailored.
* No rips, tears, excessive bagging, sagging, or ill fitting (must be size appropriate).
* May not be worn with vulgar and/or violent messages or pictures, gang oriented insignias, or satanic/negative symbols, illegal substances, beer/alcohol, cigarettes, or otherwise inappropriate design.
* Underwear and boxer shorts should not be visible.

Accessories:
* Hats are not allowed to be worn indoors except during hat days, recess and after school ends. They must be worn with brim facing forward.
*They may not be worn with vulgar and/or violent messages or pictures, gang oriented insignias, or satanic/negative symbols, illegal substances, beer/alcohol, cigarettes, or otherwise inappropriate design.
* Belts must be entirely looped (no part of belt may dangle)
* No wallet chains.
* Sunglasses may not be worn indoors (must be stored away).
* Make-up may not be worn or brought to school. (Exception: Fifth graders may wear make-up in moderation).
* Body piercing is not allowed with the exception of pierced ears (dangling earrings are not allowed for safety reasons).
* Tattoos and stick-on jewelry may not be visible.
* Chains and pet collars may not be worn as jewelry.
* Distracting hair colors are not allowed (i.e. blue, green, orange, unnatural or bright hair color etc.).
* Extreme hair styles that cause a distraction and/or disruption are not allowed (i.e. mohawks, liberty spikes, unkempt, etc).

Footwear:
* Because of safety concerns regarding Physical Education and recess, shoes with wheels and backless shoes (for example – flip-flops and other sandals without heel straps) are not allowed.

Tops/Shirts/Sweatshirts:
* Must be no longer than finger tip length and must be long enough to tuck into pants, shorts, skirts.
* No spaghetti straps, midriffs, half shirts, fishnet, see through, strapless, halter tops, muscle (undershirt) shirts, or other bare, skimpy and distracting clothing.
* Sleeveless tops must have straps that are at least two inches in width.
* Jerseys must be worn with a tee-shirt underneath.
* May not be worn with vulgar and/or violent messages or pictures, gang oriented insignias, or satanic/negative symbols, illegal substances, beer/alcohol, cigarettes, or otherwise inappropriate design.

Shorts/Skirts:
* Shorts must be worn underneath all skirts.
* Must be anchored or fitted at the waist and hemmed or tailored.
* No shorter than mid-thigh/finger tip length when arms are rested at the student’s sides.
* No rips, tears, excessive bagging, sagging, or ill fitting (must be size appropriate).
* Must be visible and not completely covered by a shirt/jacket.
* Spandex/leggings are not allowed unless worn underneath shorts/skirts.
* Underwear and boxer shorts should not be visible.

Student attire should not present health or safety concerns and should not disrupt the educational process. We rely upon your good judgment and discretion as to what your child should wear to school. However, Faculty and Administration of Mesquite reserve the right to make the final decision as to the suitability of any attire and to decide when attire violates the school dress code.

Dress Code Consequences
Parents will be notified by a school staff person. Students will change into appropriate clothing provided by the parent or school personnel. We all share the responsibility of assuring that the school atmosphere is conducive to learning and fosters an environment of respect.