Our Mission


Vision Statement

We, Nowlin Elementary School, see a community that supports and builds on the strenghts of each student,inspires each student to be a critical thinker and promotes collaboration with teachers, parents and students. Our teachers are continually improving in teaching and providing a learning environment that uses appropriate assessments, technology and best practices to encourage, assist and direct students to reach high academic and affective goals.

Mission Statement

The mission of Nowlin Elementary School in partnership with parents and community is to provide an excellent educational environment by recognizing, analyzing and responding to a diverse, changing world so that all students can become caring, responsible, knowledgeable life-long learners.

Beliefs Statement

Staff, students and parents of Nowlin Elementary School are committed to the belief that all students can learn and that a positive attitude is an essential element that nurtures learning as a life time pursuit.

Our core beliefs:

1. All students can learn.

2. Positive attitude is essential.

3. Learning is a life time pursuit.

4. Learning takes effort.

5. Learning is a commitment needed by the learner.

6. Support from the family is necessary.


Dearborn Public Schools Strategic Plan, Mission, Vision, Indicators of Success, and Core Values.

Our Mission

Dearborn Public Schools will provide an exceptional learning environment that empowers every student to succeed in life today and in the future.

Our Vision

Students First – Inspire, Educate, Celebrate


The Dearborn Strategic Plan was developed during the 2015-16 school year. Over 70 people participated in the development of the plan. Those participants included teachers, administrators, support staff, community members and partners, university professionals, PTA members, and students. Dr. Mike Wilmot from the Michigan Leadership Institute was hired by the School District as the facilitator for the development of the plan. Here is a Link to the MLI website https://www.mileader.com/

You can now download the latest information on our Strategic Plan.

Strategic Plan Complete download (PDF)


OUR COMMITMENT (what we will do)

Dearborn Public Schools will ensure:

  • a safe and nurturing environment for all students
  • a rigorous and challenging instructional program designed to meet the unique needs/interests of all learners
  • dynamic and individualized instruction rooted in research and established best practices – every hour, every day
  • attention to the development of the whole child
  • strong, collaborative partnerships with families and the community that enhance opportunities for student success at every level
  • an openness to new technologies, approaches and structures that enable the District to remain a leader of educational change


  • Consider student needs as the first priority when making any decision.
  • Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of every learner.
  • Honor accomplishments through celebrations.
  • Promote an attitude of lifelong learning.
  • Develop strong partnerships within the community to support a culture of learning for all.
  • Provide job embedded professional learning to enhance student success.
  • Implement My Learning Plan (MLP) as an integral part of the daily lives of students.
  • Provide a safe learning environment so every failure is a new opportunity to learn.
  • Invest in staff at all levels to produce a caring and nurturing environment for students.
  • Strive for best effort-everyday


Honesty – To demonstrate honesty, we need to …

  • Be truthful.
  • Treat all people fairly.

Respect for Self and Others – To demonstrate respect for self and others, we need to …

  • Be courteous and polite.
  • Be an upstander – advocate for the rights of others
  • Embrace, value and celebrate diversity
  • Show kindness toward others.
  • Accept others and be fair to all
  • Treat others as we wish to be treated

Responsibility – To demonstrate responsibility, we need to …

  • Be transparent
  • Think before we act.
  • Make informed decisions.
  • Be accountable for our actions.
  • Admit mistakes and plan corrections.

Integrity – To exhibit integrity, we need to …

  • Be trustworthy.
  • Keep our promises.
  • Do our own work.
  • Know and do the right thing.
  • Make the right choice even when not popular.

Citizenship – To exhibit good citizenship, we must …

  • Respect the guiding principles of our country
  • Respect authority/obey the law.
  • Be an informed citizen.
  • Volunteer within our community.
  • Be environmentally responsible.
  • Pursue life-long learning.





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