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By Andrew Christiansen

School defines its culture with 'core covenants' to build trust


Integrity, respect and commitment are the “core covenants” for Goldendale School Superintendent Mark Heid. It is the keystone piece of an effort to define the standards of behavior at Goldendale schools and enhance the connection between the school and the public.

Heid has taken the lead, drawing off the principles of citizenship promoted by the Walt Disney Company, character development from Proactive Coaching, and teaching principles of Time to Teach. Using a matrix in a sports tournament fashion, Heid selected integrity, respect, and commitment as the descriptors for what he stands for and what he wants to see at Goldendale schools. At the heart of the effort, says Heid, is buildin...

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