The Meaning of “Family”and Core Values.Why they are important in becoming a wellrounded individual.
Are we a family atMinarets?Last year we referred to our student body and staﬀ as a family from time totime.Some people questioned the use of that term and some thought that it wastoo strong.Well, lets get rid of all of that uncertainty and examine why a school like ourscould be compared to a family.
What is a family?The primary deﬁnitions for family are:A group consisting of parents and children living together in a householdor a group of people related to one another by blood or marriage.Minarets does not replace this kind of family and it never will.However...
Minarets FamilyAnother deﬁnition of family is: A person or peoplerelated to one and so to be treated with a specialloyalty and intimacy.At Minarets, we can be LIKE a family in that we areunited by our great school and we relate to each otherthrough our loyalty and respect.We can be LIKE a family in that we are proud of ourcombined talents and we will lift each other up whenwe are down.
What can your Minaretsfamily do for you?Get into groups of four to create a mini poster.You will need a pen (preferably a few diﬀerent colors), a piece of paper, anda positive attitude.1) You are going to create a poster that reﬂects your interpretation of whatthe term family means to you.2) On the paper write Six words that best describe how Minarets can have a“family” atmosphere.3) Draw an abstract picture that both shows school spirit and portraysMinarets as a positive place.4) Write one aspect that can have a positive impact on this “family”atmosphere and one negative aspect that could negatively impact ourschool.You have ten minutes to ﬁnish and then present to the class.
Examples•Help you with a concern orproblems.•Help you with new ideasand goals•Resolve any conﬂicts•Sometimes we all need ahigh ﬁve or hug•We all need several families:Home, work, school, friends,etc. to make it through life’schallenges.
What do the students say? “I love that our family is growing and will continue to grow. Yes its going to be challenging to open up our hearts and minds to new members of the family, but we have gotten through it and will continue to get through it. I love that we can go to any student on campus and know that theyre our brother or sister. Minarets is not just a school, its a home. A safe home that welcomes everyone." “Minarets is like a family in the sense that the teachers care about you and how you do. They want to see you succeed, for your own beneﬁt, not their own. They also take great strides to make sure that students enjoy their assignments. This shows me as a student that they really do care about me. And that makes all the diﬀerence in the world.”
Core ValuesWe will answer these in groups offour, then a representative fromeach group will come up to theboard and write part of their group’sanswer.What are values? What are corevalues?Why is it important for an individualto have values? Why is it importantfor a school to have students thathold strong core values?
Values DeﬁnedA persons principles orstandards of behavior; onesjudgment of what isimportant in life.Everyone has a set of corevalues which drives them inlife.
Why are values important?The way you carry yourself matters. People around you are inﬂuenced bythe attitude that you have.If we have a student and staﬀ body, that lives by a strict code of values, wewill have a more harmonious environment.If you hold true to your core values, it will be harder for you to compromisethose values and make harmful decisions.
Making our campus a better place.If we all hold true tothe family conceptand the core valueconcept, our campuswill be a better placefor it.We are fortunate tohave such a greatschool and it is up tous to keep it that way.