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  • March 17, 2017

    Posted by Stephanie Shallcross at 3/17/2017 12:00:00 PM


    Meadow Glens Newsletter

    News from Katy Lynch, Principal

    March 17, 2017


    Dear Meadow Glens Families,


                It may be hard to believe, but the staff and I are beginning to plan for next school year based on our enrollment projections. When we assemble classes we make them heterogeneous. Some major factors we consider are: the child’s demonstrated academic achievement and rate of learning, the quality of the student’s citizenship, work habits, study skills, boy-girl ratio in the class, placement of honors math and PI, and the needs of special education students. You can see that this is a complicated process and is based upon our best assessment of each child. Many professional hours of planning and preparation are spent in the spring to ensure the most appropriate class placement for each child. To change even one student can upset the balance that was very carefully created by teachers, specialists, and administrators. Primarily we group children for instructional purposes and placing them in classes based on any other factor would defeat our ultimate academic goals for each student. If you have information about your child’s needs such as learning styles, need for structure, organizational skills, etc. please send me a written note by April 13th. I cannot and will not honor requests for specific teachers. Thank you, in advance, for adhering to the guidelines listed above and respecting the professional judgment that goes into this process.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Katy Lynch


    Thank you H&S  and SFCP


    Both the H&S Adult Social Trivia Fundraiser and the SFCP STEM Night were a huge success. Thank you to all the many volunteers that made these events possible. We have the BEST school!



    Security Cameras


    Recently, the installation of one indoor camera and up to two outdoor cameras at each school elementary school was approved by the Board of Education. The indoor camera will be positioned to capture the lobby/foyer area and counter area where visitors register. This will allow for some surveillance of individuals who enter the school through the main entrance. Additionally, one or two outdoor cameras will be positioned to provide some surveillance of high traffic areas.



    School Pictures-Update


    The Board of Education has approved a two-year contract with HR Imaging Partners as the company who will supply school pictures. The remaining school pictures for 2016-2017 will be taken by HR Imaging Partners.



    5th Grade Panoramic picture will be taken on April 5. An order form with more information will be coming home soon.



    Spring pictures will be on Wednesday, April 12. 

    • All students will be photographed individually.
    • NO MONEY is needed on picture day.
    • Shortly after picture day, your child will bring home 2 proof images, an order form, and instructions for ordering. More information will be coming home soon.



    Looking for Five-Year-Olds


    We are continuing to add to our list of potential kindergarten students. We hope that there are many more five year old students who did not attend kindergarten preview or have not registered. A child will be eligible for kindergarten if he/she is five years old by September 1st and lives in our attendance area. All students are required to provide proof of residency. The Centralized Enrollment Office at the District 203 Administrative Center will have extended hours for 2017-2018 kindergarten enrollment on  Saturday, March 18th -  8:00am-12:00pm;  and Wednesday, March 22nd -  5:00-8:00pm to accommodate families who need evening and Saturday enrollment dates/times. Whether you are a current District 203 family or you are enrolling your first child, we look forward to welcoming you and your kindergarten student for the 2017-2018 school year!



    Student Council


    Student Council is working to collect candy for the upcoming  Egg Hunt sponsored by the Naperville Jaycees. We ask that the candy be nut-free so we can be sensitive to those who have allergies.  If you have candy that could be donated to this cause, please bring it to the Meadow Glens lobby by April 7th. Thank you for helping to build the spirit of Student Council and the Naperville community. Don’t forget to wear your Hawaiian apparel on April 28th, Spirit Day.



    Summer Learning


    Summer learning in Naperville 203 offers something for every student, whether seeking to support core learning to maintain academic growth or enriching learning in areas not traditionally covered during the school year. Summer learning experience is designed for six weeks, June 5-July 14. Parents may register students for one or both three-week semesters. Visit the district website for more information www.naperville203.org >Academics->Summer School



    Spring Registration/ School Supply Kits


    Spring registration packets will be going home in backpack mail the week of April 3rd. Completed registration packets are due back to the schools no later than April 22, 2017. Check the registration packet for instructions on how to order a complete 2017/2018 school supply kit if you wish to order through H&S. The school supply kits include everything your student needs for the first day of school. No shopping or wondering if you have the right supplies. Students will need headphones that have the capacity to record, adjust volume, and connect to both iPads and Chrome Books. Next year, all students will be asked to purchase a new set of headphones that will be kept and passed on to the next grade level. This has added to the cost of school supplies for next year, but will not be a recurring cost once purchased. The school supply kits are shipped directly to Meadow Glens and will be distributed approximately one week before school begins. Look in the summer mailer for the pick-up date. If you choose to purchase your own school supplies, all students will still need to purchase a set of headphones. The headphones may be purchased as a separate item through www.1stdayschoolsupplies.com .  Also, students in grades 3-5 will need an assignment notebook that can be ordered separately through our Home & School website www.mghs203.org .



    PARCC Testing


    PARCC testing will take place during the week of April 17th.  You can help your child do his/her best on the test by:

    • Making sure, if possible, that your child attends school on the days of testing and arrives on time.
    • Making sure your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before testing
    • Providing breakfast on the mornings of testing.
    • Reminding your child to ask the teacher questions if he/she does not understand the test directions.
    • Letting your child know that you have confidence in his/her ability to do his/her best.
    • Advising your child not to worry about the test, just do the best he/she can.


    5th Grade Show


    Mark your calendars for the 5th Grade Show on Wednesday, May 10th at 1:30pm. You may have heard your student talking about our upcoming musical, Pirates. The plot of the musical is based on the longing of a young stowaway to follow a lifelong dream of becoming a pirate. Our performance for Meadow Glens families will take place in the gym and we hope you will plan to attend this unique experience.



    Home & School Happenings

    • Keep clipping those BOX TOP$ for Education



    Mar 27-31                           No School, Spring Break

    April 5                                  5th Grade Class Picture

    April 12                               Spring Pictures

    April 14                               No School

    April 17                               PARCC Testing begins

    April 25                               Volunteer Luncheon in the LRC 11:00am-1:00pm

    Apr 28                                 Student Council Hawaiian Day

    May 5                                  ½ Day Student Attendance


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Strategic Blueprint

  • District 203’s FOCUS 2020 Strategic Blueprint

    Posted by Superintendent Dan Bridges at 6/27/2014
    FOCUS 2020 is the strategic plan for comprehensive improvement between 2014 and 2020, designed in response to community feedback, best practice, and a vision for the future. Ultimately, this blueprint will advance the fulfillment of the district’s mission.
    FOCUS 2020’s foundation is the Future Focus Community Engagement process that occurred over the course of a year where hundreds of members from across the community provided feedback to the district leadership regarding areas such as facilities, finances, measuring student success, and programs of study. Learn more about Future Focus by clicking on the specific “Quick Link” to the left of this text.
    The Blueprint includes four “Strategic Focus” areas, namely to:
    1. Design and implement effective practices that promote learning experiences for all.
    2. Foster a high-performance culture focused on student learning.
    3. Steward resources effectively to promote student learning.
    4. Effective communication and community relations.
    Each Strategic Focus then establishes “Commitments.” These commitments are what the district leadership pledges to accomplish within a distinct timeframe. Each commitment then includes a detailed “Action Plan” which will be accessible by the public upon final draft.
    District administrators provided an update on Blueprint Commitments to the Board of Education at the July 27, 2015 meeting.  To watch that presentation, please click here
    Click here for a summary version of the 4 areas of focus of the Strategic Blueprint.
    Click here for a Spanish summary version of the 4 areas of focus of the Strategic Blueprint.
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