Walter Hays embraces both intellectual and emotional learning. As such, the school’s students and staff have developed a code to support a respectful and inclusive community: “The Walter Hays Way.” It calls on all of us – students, teachers, parents, and administrators – to foster a positive environment, where our students can learn and grow.

The “Walter Hays Way” is represented by nine core values – one for each month of the school year. We strive to integrate these values into everyday campus life. Students and families will learn more about each of the core values throughout the school year as we promote them in the classrooms, at monthly assemblies, on posters, in a selection of books in the library, and through occasional lunchtime activities.

We welcome your input as well. If you have any ideas about speakers or other Core Values related activities, we would love to hear about it and are happy to spearhead it.

Our Pledge – We pledge to create a supportive, respectful, and kind community.

Our Core Values – We, the students, staff, and families of the Walter Hays community, strive to live these values every day. We recognize that with consistent effort and practice, along with our best intentions, we support a safe and positive environment for all to learn and grow.

Responsibility – We are accountable for our behavior, we honor our promises, and we care for our earth.

Integrity – We make positive and responsible choices that come from within ourselves. 

Initiative – We are leaders and speak up, even when it is unpopular.

Respect – We honor others by treating them with kindness, courtesy, and fairness.

Perseverance – We put forward our best effort and work, especially when we are challenged.

Resilience – We remember that there are always other opportunities, and we hold a hopeful spirit.

Empathy – We accept and support others and acknowledge their feelings.

Inclusion – We include others in activities and games with a welcoming spirit.

Cooperation – We agreeably work together to solve problems, and we unite to create a supportive environment for everyone.