Mission Statement 2019-2020 

  • Who We Are
    Smallwood Drive Elementary School is a premier public elementary school located in Amherst, New York.  Our school community -- comprised of students, parents, teachers, administrators and support staff -- is united through shared core values that drive our mission.  

    What We Value
    Excellence
    Accountability
    Inquiry
    Perseverance
    Collaboration
    Adaptability
    Initiative
    Creativity
    Courage
    Empathy
    Acceptance
    Consistency
    Diversity
    Community


    What We Do
    We believe in the inherent potential of every child and are committed to fostering the development of their academic, social, emotional, intellectual, creative and physical potential.  In our steadfast pursuit of this mission, we cultivate a warm, safe and nurturing environment where learning can take place. We hire the highest caliber educators and provide them with continuous opportunities for professional development; we invest in unique and engaging programs; and we effectively access all available resources to give our children enriching out-of-classroom experiences.  In these ways and through our individual day-to-day behavior, we reflect the core values that we believe will prepare each child to be a learner throughout life in today’s global community.


    (Reviewed and Updated by Smallwood Strategic Action Planning Team on July 30, 2019)