SPICES

This acronym is a guide to important Quaker principles

Simplicity

The principle of simplicity asks community members to be mindful of resources. Practicing simplicity means stripping away unnecessary complexities, such as social hierarchy or fancy items when simple ones will do.

Peace

Quakers are pacifistic, and work to resolve conflict of any kind through peaceful techniques. In the school setting, this can mean anything from learning about global conflicts and advocating for resolution, to avoiding social cliques or hierarchy within the classroom, to resolving arguments with other community members through consensus.

Integrity

Integrity means more than honesty in this context. Honesty is very important, but it is also important for individuals to behave in ways that are in connection with their beliefs.

Community

Community is a key part of any school, and will be very important at RFS Middle School. Community members will be asked to consider group needs in addition to their own and to work to build and maintain a positive community.

Equality

Quakers believe that there is that of God in everyone. As such, each community member is equally important, and respect for persons is an important element in interactions.

Stewardship

Taking care of our environment is essential for ensuring our future and will be a very big emphasis at RFS Middle School. All community members will be careful with both the natural and human-made (and, increasingly, elements that are a little of each) elements of the school and surroundings.

Stewardship is also a way to learn about and advocate for social justice. Equitable distribution of resources requires that we, who use so many resources, limit our use.