Greenvale Park is a unique and hidden jewel
At GVP we prepare children for success in life, beyond a K-12 education, by understanding that diversity is our strength and together we are better.
At GVP, each student is unique. Some of us have a spark for reading, while others have a kinesthetic skill set. Our uniqueness includes being born right here in Northfield, while others come from different towns and different countries. But when we walk through the front doors at Greenvale Park we are all Geckos. Therefore, Geckos have a great deal in common as well as a uniqueness that provides us with opportunities to learn from one another.
We believe that embracing our uniqueness and sharing our strengths help everyone reach their full potential, not only in academics, but in our humanity as well.
OUR BUILDING-WIDE EXPECTATIONS
Belong, Respect, Work
In the work place, strong relationships that foster a sense of belonging and respect are coveted by employers. Faculty, staff, parents, volunteers, and community members expect children to demonstrate and practice the life skills of: helping others to feel like they belong; respecting others; and working hard. It is also fair for children to expect Greenvale Park adults to practice and demonstrate these skills.
We believe that regardless of a child’s vocation in the future, he/she will become a productive and successful citizen if he/she has mastered: helping others feel like they belong; respecting the uniqueness in others; and working hard.
SET A GOAL, PERSEVERE, SUCCEED
The Secret Formula to Success
Success begins with a plan. That’s why goal setting is a big part of student life at Greenvale Park.
Students are regularly encouraged to think ahead about what they’d like to accomplish. They are supported as they formulate a plan, start to work, and make incremental progress over a period of time. They see firsthand that success is achievable with a plan and hard work.
And there is an added benefit. When a child sets his own goal, he focuses on his own strengths, needs and interests, instead of comparing himself to others. Success that comes from this process is personal and motivating! It inspires a healthy self-respect, and it teaches a child to value his own uniqueness.
When a goal is not met the first time, we persevere! A reporter asked Thomas Edison if he felt like a failure after he tried 10,000 different materials to act as a filament in his first light bulb. Edison responded by saying, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Edison set a goal. He persevered. He succeeded. And so do Greenvale Park students, regardless of their circumstance.
To Be Successful In This World, A Child Needs Character
Grace abounds in our faculty and staff. From the front office to the playground, the adults at Greenvale Park model and embody a personal, respectful style of relating to others that is so important to building strong relationships.
Our monthly character traits provide children with the tools they need for treating others right and successfully engaging people at school, at home, in the neighborhood, and later in the workplace.
REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE
Our school mascot is the gecko. The gecko is a great metaphor for the diversity at Greenvale Park. There are over 2000 species of gecko in the world with more species yet to be discovered. Yet each gecko is a gecko.
Such is the educational environment at Greenvale Park–where the combination of being unique in our strengths and similar in our humanity combines to build a strong and diverse real world experience.
Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness. ~ Ola Joseph
Once a Gecko, Always a Gecko!
Fifth Grade Memories
Watch Our 2013-2014 Cup Stacking Tournament!
Watch the Most Current Character Education Video on Endurance by Señor Garcia’s Students!