BSTkjApCAAIyNQLThe 2013-2014 school year marks Mount Vernon’s 42nd year as a school of inquiry, innovation and impact.

During the mad rush of August, I have the honor to give an annual address to our school community. Appropriately so, teachers, students, and parents have “zoomed in” to the beginnings of a year and the checklist of things to do, but I think it is important for a community of learners to join in on a conversation by “zooming out” and looking at the big picture. It is a strategic moment to dialogue about our destination and discuss our desired result as a school.

Mount Vernon’s desired result is our mission. We are a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact. Grounded in Christian values, we prepare all students to be college ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders. Our mission/destination/desired result is a non-negotiable imperative. It is why we exist, what we do, how we behave.

During pre-planning, I asked our faculty and staff to describe our mission. I loved it. They said, our cause is “bold, ambitious, aggressive, now, relevant, community-based, Christ-centered, forward-thinking, and extends beyond the traditional college prep school.” This is a tall order.

This is not an aspirational mission, but a mission we want to achieve. We are building something exceptional here. It is purposeful, intentional, and directional. It is about preparing and positioning this generation of students. It is focused on supporting the most important relationship at our school: the relationship between a teacher and a student, both actively involved in a continuous state of learning.

So in order to fulfill this living, breathing mission, I have been thinking about…what does our mission require of us? Over the next several weeks, I will share what I think our bold, ambitious, aggressive mission requires of us.

What does your mission require of you? Begin to ask this important question to your team. Share your answers with us.