Our Core Values
The integrity of the Merriam Community is built on the following Core Values: Risk Taking, Persistence and Respect.
All members of the Merriam School Community will be able to take thoughtful and appropriate risks and accept responsibility for the risks they take. Children will be encouraged and assisted to make a case for an unpopular view, to have the confidence to do difficult things, to have the courage to do what’s right, to contribute new or different ideas in discussions, and to offer friendship to a child who has been excluded.
All members of the Merriam School Community will demonstrate initiative and persistence in learning. Children will be encouraged and assisted to see a task through from start to finish, to ask for help from a variety of sources, to try multiple strategies in problem solving and to draw connections between learning experiences in and out of school.
All members of the Merriam School Community will demonstrate respect for themselves and others. Children will be encouraged and assisted to speak up against exclusion, to respond to someone in need, to acknowledge the efforts of a classmate, to be open to ideas and approaches not rooted in his own culture or experience and to value all members of the community as learners and teachers, followers and leaders.