The Westwood Public School System is guided by three Core Purposes.

· Academic Excellence
· Respectful and Caring Relationships
· A Culture of Reflection, Conversation, Collaboration and Commitment to Continuous Improvement

The Deerfield School community: students, staff and parents, developed a new set of Core Values that reflect our Kindergarten through fifth grade community. They appear on the cover of this handbook. During the 2002-2003 school year there will be many opportunities to define, develop, implement, and celebrate our Core Values as a school.

The Core Values are:

· Cooperation
· Academic Excellence
· Acceptance
· Respect
· Responsibility
· Effort