Vision Statement

Echo Schools strive for excellence in academic achievement through a quality education by providing a positive, safe, challenging environment with opportunities for all leading to high expectations, accountability and responsibility.

In addition a motto was developed that elaborated on the ideas that led to the vision statement. It is:

  Each   Togetherness   Positive
  Child   Expectations   Respect
  Has   Accountability   Individuality
  Opportunity   Mastery   Determination

We hope this vision statement and motto will guide the district as it makes tough decisions.

Our Values: Academic Performance, Opportunities, and Support Programs

Goal:  Improve academic opportunities and support programs designed to increase overall academic performance.

  1. Second steps program in the elementary school has been implemented.  The program helps teach students decision making skills. 
  2. The “Cougar Pride” program designed to reward positive behavior continues.  Students who perform academically or socially positive acts receive points.  The points can be redeemed for prizes. 
  3. The “Friday Enrichment” activity days have been well attended this year.  Activities include field trips, extended learning and just plain fun outings. 
  4. Support staff hours have been increased this year in our Special Ed and Title one departments to help students in English and Math. 


  1. The school utilized numerous parent volunteers to help with support of programs. 
  2. Friday enrichment programs were held during the school year. 
  3. The school has a college credit program, where the school pays tuition for college credits. 
  4. The school provides links to learning sites on the web-site that students and others can use. 
  5. The school has a character trait program.
  6. The school has a Cougar Pride program where students can earn points for good works. 
  7. The school has had many enrichment field trips, including a trip to the Zoo. 
  8. BUG reading program. 
  9. Reading counts program. 
  10. Reading buddies program. 
  11. RTI reading grant, to improve the school district reading program. 
  12. The school district is a leader in technology implementation.  Much of our technology is specifically designed to improve learning. 
  13. The school district has several mobile laptop labs that are used in instruction. 
  14. Read across America program. 
  15. Collaboration across disciplines for project or assignments is at an all time high.  The school has developed a scheduling system to encourage this collaboration. 
  16. The school has a developed dual credit program. 
  17. The school sponsored several field trips for interested students to trade schools or colleges. 
  18. Second steps program. 
  19. STARS program. 
  20. The Spanish club sponsored several activities. 
  21. The school sponsored student visits to other school homecoming activities to generate ideas to improve our schools homecoming. 
  22. The county health nurse visited the school to speak about public health issues. 
  23. The school sponsored a trip to Portland that included many academic activities. 
  24. Cabela’s field trip. 
  25.  Business class sponsored numerous class related activities. 
  26. Math Counts competitions.
  27. Knowledge bowl competitions. 


Our Values: Financial Stability and Growth

Goal:  Maintain sound financial decisions, based around financial policies and plans (including plans for adding programs and improving and maintaining facilities) designed to prudently meet district needs, while maintaining flexibility for emergencies, and beginning to develop dedicated funds.

  1. The Jr. High winter sports teams have shared a bus with another school, thus reducing transportation costs for both schools. 
  2. Rather then send all teachers to training in another district; a trainer was brought to campus on a regularly scheduled work day to train teachers, thus reducing the cost. 
  3. The elementary staff was selected to present at the National Council of Computer Education Conference.  This is the second year in a row they have been selected.  This selection allows them to attend the other conference sessions for free. 

Our Values: School to Community Communication

Goal: Develop programs to increase community involvement in the schools and involvement in the city, using, as a central component of the plan, partnerships with city and community organizations.

  1. At the first night of parent teacher conferences, a survey was electronically available for parents to fill out. 
  2. Press release was sent to media with Echo SD comments regarding the new state diploma requirements. 
  3. The new automatic calling system is up and running.  It has been used to deliver attendance reports to parents and other community information.
  4. The city web-site link is up and running on the school web-site.  

2006-2007 Activities

The Suggestion Box

Suggestions Overview

During the development stage of the Echo SD most recent goal and vision update, we asked staff, parents, community members and other interested parties for suggestions.The suggestions were discussed and used to develop the most recent update, the vision statement.Here is a list of the suggestions we received during that process.Thank you to everyone who participated in this process!

Suggested goals

Suggested Values