Throughout the 2018/19 school year, Roxbury Township Public Schools worked as a community to formalize its beliefs on the ways in which they fulfill their vision of “preparing the children of today for tomorrow” with a special focus on its Gael graduates.
After multiple meetings where the administration garnered the input of community members, Board of Education members, administrators, teachers, and students, they narrowed the focus to six themes that collectively frame the skills and attributes necessary for life beyond Roxbury schools and capture the essence of their Portrait of a Graduate. These include Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Active Citizens, Curious Thinkers, Adaptable & Resilient, and Life Ready.
These themes were given to Roxbury High School Graphic Design students in Scott Schilling’s class with the responsibility to create a visual representation of the Portrait of a Graduate. Students, staff, parents, and community members voted for the design that would best represent our Portrait of a Graduate. With more than 800 votes cast, the Roxbury Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools, Loretta Radulic unveiled Melissa Murphy and Olivia Denis’ winning design at the May 20, 2019 Board of Education meeting.
At the unveiling of Roxbury's Portrait of a Graduate, Mrs. Radulic shared: “This design will serve as a symbol for the six themes we value and hope will prepare our students of today for tomorrow. Our graduates will demonstrate their capacity to be thinkers and inquirers, to be adaptable and resilient, to have the integrity, passion, confidence, and work ethic of strong leadership, to incorporate global and social awareness, to communicate civilly, and embrace diversity as characteristics of strong citizenship, to have the self-awareness, empathy, interpersonal skills of one with high emotional intelligence, and to have the practical skills, open-mindedness, goal-setting capabilities, resourcefulness, and communication of one with solid life-ready skills.”
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Roxbury students will be Emotionally Intelligent
- Socially skilled
- Interpersonally skilled
- Experienced with conflict resolution
In order to demonstrate proficiency as emotionally intelligent, students will be able to show they are self-aware and cognizant of others by expressing empathy, a capacity to work well with others, and an acknowledgment in the power of growth from reflection.
Roxbury students will be Curious Thinkers
- Cognitive agility
- Life-long learner
- Thinking “outside of the box”
In order to demonstrate proficiency as curious thinkers, students will pursue opportunities to continue their learning in all situations. They will apply their accumulated knowledge to unique situations through the implementation of cognitive flexibility and “outside-of-the-box” thinking in order to solve problems and create innovative solutions. Curiosity and creativity will be embraced and applied as critical attributes for analyzing and evaluating all that life presents to them.
Roxbury students will be Leaders
- Work ethic
In order to demonstrate proficiency as leaders, students will consistently embody high-quality character traits. This will be expressed through consistently exhibiting integrity and compassion through self-directed and confident decision-making. The steadfast work ethic demonstrated by these individuals will be supported through their determination for excellence in themselves and others.
Roxbury students will be Active Citizens
- Globally aware
- Socially aware
- Communicating civilly
- Civically literate
- Embracive of diversity
In order to demonstrate proficiency as active citizens, students will embrace their responsibilities to influence local and global communities. These students will navigate the ethical and moral impact of being civically literate and socially aware. They will advocate for themselves and their fellow peers through service and the pursuit of what is right and just. These students will go beyond embracing tolerance and diversity to celebrating the value of all humanity.
Roxbury students will be Adaptable and Resilient
- Adoptive of a Growth Mindset
- Cognizant of coping strategies
- Driven by grit
In order to demonstrate proficiency as adaptable and resilient, students will be mindful of the fact that learning is a process where individuals persevere through consistent effort. In addition, the development of coping mechanisms and a dedication to learning from their mistakes will characterize these students’ always-present commitment to excellence.
Roxbury students will be Life Ready
- Practical Skills
- Goal setting
- Apt at public speaking
- Exercise time management
- Digital literacy
In order to demonstrate life-ready proficiency, students will be prepared to meet the practical challenges of life by learning to effectively communicate with others and embrace the responsibilities of adulthood by holding themselves accountable as they navigate an increasingly complex world. They will recognize that communication involves a command of written and spoken language as well as the fact that listening is an active process by which information is exchanged. These forward thinking students will be resourceful in their goal setting and embrace an entrepreneurial spirit.