Wednesday, February 1, 2017

When Students Articulate Our Root Beliefs 

Over the course of the past year we have spent time talking about the beliefs that make us ASA. We focused in on 4 Root Beliefs that summarize what we as a community believe about who we are and why we do what we do. Those 4 belief statements are: 

  • At ASA We Believe That We Are One
  • At ASA We Believe That We Can All Grow
  • At ASA We Believe That All Things Are Possible Through Christ
  • At ASA We Believe That Creativity and Innovation Promote Success
In one of our very first middle school "Expert Session" our 6th, 7th & 8th grade students were asked what these beliefs mean to them. What they came up with is truly inspiring! Take a look:

At ASA We Believe That:

We Are One
  • We all believe in Jesus
  • We pray as one
  • We are all friend
  • 4 parishes, 2 campuses, 300 + kids, 100+ families, 1 school
  • We go to Mass together to grow in our faith
  • We are all working together to make the world a better place
  • We are one body in Christ
  • We can be one through the Trinity
  • We are all human
  • We are all unique yet equal
  • We are one community
  • We are all in this together
  • One family
  • We are one through Christ
  • There are times we have to overcome challenges or difficulties
  • Many helping hands make 1 big community of service
  • We are all children of God
  • We are one with God
  • We should all stick together
  • We should all participate
  • We are all created in God’s image

We Can All Grow
  • We grow as friends
  • We have a garden
  • We do MAPs testing to show growth
  • Our teachers help us believe we can grow
  • We all help each other grow
  • We grow in our faith and work to see Christ in all we do
  • We grow in love
  • We grow as a school
  • We grow in faith!!!!!!
  • We can all grow up into mature adults
  • When you put effort into something you can learn and grow
  • We grow from past experiences
  • Together we can do great things
  • We grow as one!
  • We grow in prayer
  • We can always do better
  • There is always something to learn
  • God give us strength to grow
  • We grow through learning
  • We grow in Mass, we grow in class, we grow by participating

All Things Are Possible Through Christ
  • We can do epic things with God!
  • We are unstoppable with Christ!
  • God empowers us to do good
  • We can make food at school
  • We have awesome kids at our school!
  • We can talk about faith at school!
  • Christ will always help us
  • We can be anything
  • Believing in Christ will help you be successful
  • We can succeed by Christ’s side
  • Christ can make things happen
  • Christ can lead us to victory over our problems
  • As long as we know Christ is with us we can do it!
  • God will help us prosper
  • Even the “impossible” is possible with God
  • God gives us strength
  • God will always help
  • Don’t give up
  • The Holy Trinity inspires us!
  • We can takes risks for our faith with God
  • We can solve all our problems (academic and social) with God
  • We can do anything with Christ by our side
  • God gives us strength to serve Him and others

Creativity and Innovation Promote Success

  • We can do creative things in class
  • Creative things make our school great
  • At ASA we keep (new) ideas in mind
  • Whatever you put your mind to you can do
  • Be creative
  • Be a problem solver
  • Being yourself and building the kingdom of God is a huge success
  • We should support and include everyone
  • We can make mistakes
  • Hard work pays off
  • Design, explore, love do things you never tried before
  • Lots of practice will lead to success. It might not be what you expected, but it will be good.
  • How do we spark creativity?
  • Be open-minded
  • Promote critical thinking
  • When we innovate and create we show that we are always capable of more
  • Try!

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