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About HES

HES History

Helena Elementary School is located in Shelby County, Alabama and serves 800+ kindergarten - second grade students.

HES Mission

The mission of Helena Elementary School is to enable each child, each day to achieve his or her greatest learning potential in a challenging, nurturing environment.

HES Vision

To become a model for excellence in early childhood education.

HES Beliefs

We believe:

  • Student learning is the chief priority of our school and that all children can learn.
  • Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs.
  • Students need to demonstrate their understanding of essential knowledge and skills as well as be actively involved in solving problems and producing quality work that is both relevant and meaningful.
  • Students learn best when they are actively engaged in challenging, nurturing environments.
  • Curriculum and instructional practices should be research-based and incorporate a variety of learning activities to accommodate student differences.
  • Assessments of student learning, including self-assessment, should provide students with opportunities to demonstrate their achievement of the expectations for their learning.
  • A safe environment in which there is mutual respect fosters positive self-esteem and promotes student learning.
  • It is the shared responsibility of the school, parents and community to educate and support each other.
  • The commitment to continuous improvement is essential in enabling students to become confident, self-directed, lifelong learners in an ever-changing world.