Our Values

compass valuesAt Phoenix, the entire school community works to facilitate a student-centered learning environment characterized by Intellectual Discipline, Creative Expression, Wellness, Global Awareness, and Service Learning.


Intellectual Discipline

Click here to read our values on developing an understanding the learning process:

Expand Knowledge Base & Increase Stamina:
Attitudes  Actions
  • "I can do this/I can learn this" attitude
  • Willingness to work hard and overcome obstacles
  • Willingness to see outside the box
  • Willingness to open up to others
  • Position self in the place of most potential
  • Complete best work, first time, on time
  • Understand key concepts and vocabulary
  • Apply content to other disciplines and life
  • Explore content beyond class expectations
  • Develop problem solving skills
  • Actively engage in class activities on a regular basis
  • Ask questions

Develop an Understanding of Learning Process:
Attitudes  Actions
  • Willingness to be honest with self
  • Willingness to examine how you learn and what works best for you
  • Willingness to examine what you do to sabotage your efforts
  • Honestly evaluate self looking at strengths and areas of improvement
  • Try a variety of learning strategies
  • Set goals on how to improve
  • Take time to assess what is working and what is not

Creative Expression

Click here to read our values on developing an awareness of how to find and nurture the artist within:

Develop Awarness of Artistic Talents:  
Attitudes  Actions
  • Positive attitude; negativity stops creativity
  • Willingness to look at situations from different perspectives
  • Willingness to be honest with self and others
  • Willingness to listen to constructive criticism
  • Willingness to try something you don’t want to do
  • Be observant and open to moments of inspiration
  • Take time to generate ideas, plan, visualize what you want to do, and complete quality work
  • Find your own unique/style method by experimenting with different styles, perspectives, etc.
  • Keep practicing
  • Keep with the project by overcoming obstacles and enduring hard times
  • Seek out classes, activities, people, and other resources to nurture and develop creativity
  • Keep a portfolio of creations
  • Revisit portfolio to self-assess progress
  • Journal about creative process


Click here to read our values on developing healthy minds, bodies, social relationships, as well as moral and ethical codes:

Developing Healthy Minds:
Attitudes  Actions
  • Positive, optimistic outlook on life
  • Willingness to work through and learn from mistakes
  • Belief in power of self
  • Practice time management and organizational strategies to help alleviate stress
  • Take time each day to ‘”renew” self

Developing Healthy Bodies:
Attitudes  Actions
  • Positive self body image based on healthy behaviors
  • Do something active at least 4 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes
  • Be aware of nutritional value of foods and drinks consumed each day
  • Eat a balanced diet regularly

Developing Healthy Social Relationships: 
Attitudes  Actions
  • Understanding of people’s differences
  • Willingness to empathize with others
  • Willingness to forgive others
  • Willingness to reach out to others outside of “social group”
  • Communicate effectively (body language, facial expressions, tone of voice, & word choice)
  • Listen when others speak (eye contact & feedback)
  • Interact positively with friends, acquaintances, and people you do not know personally

Developing Healthy Spirits (Enduring Moral & Ethical Code): 
Attitudes  Actions
  • Willingness to be honest with self about actions and consequences
  • Willingness to be open to other people’s perspectives
  • Learn from personal experiences and from other people’s experiences
  • Stand up for beliefs
  • Stand up for others who are marginalized by society
  • Examine and re-evaluate code of ethics

Global Awareness

Click here to read our values on developing awareness of global cultures, perspectives, citizenship, issues, and systems:

Develop Awareness of World Cultures: 
Attitudes  Actions
  • Willingness to be open to people’s values, beliefs, and opinions
  • Willingness to be honest with self
  • Confident attitude allowing one to address issues
  • Increase knowledge of other cultures (travel, watch news & documentaries, read, attend ethnic festivals…)
  • Learn about laws and customs of different countries and respect them
  • Examine personal biases and stereotypes
  • Develop and practice methods for eliminating personal biases and stereotypes
  • Stand up to prejudice in all its forms (slurs, jokes, stereotypes, etc.)

Service Learning

Click here to read our values on developing the skills to become a positive change agent in the community:

Develop Skills to be an Agent of Positive Change: 
Attitudes  Actions
  • Selfless attitude
  • Non-judgmental attitude
  • Willingness to challenge stereotypes within self and within society
  • Willingness to try new things out of one’s comfort zone
  • Non-apathetic view of world
  • Optimistic view on change
  • Become aware of local and global needs
  • Do what is right even when unpleasant
  • Perform tasks that may be unpleasant but ethically sound; what is right outweighs one’s personal agenda
  • Reflect on service learning experience focusing on how it has made a positive impact on self and world

Office Contact

Sean Flynn Principal
Chrissy Cavaluchy Secretary
Dawn Piccinich Nurse
Deb Warren Building Assistant
Ron Waterwash Counselor

School Hours: 7:40 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phoenix Middle School
2341 Snouffer Road, Worthington, OH 43085

Phone 614.450,4100 | Fax 614.781.0135