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January 7, 2015
 
School is back in session for 2015 after winter break and we have much to share and celebrate with our community. 
 
District 203 has remarkable students. Once a month at a Board of Education meeting during the school year, we recognize students who exemplify a part of our District Mission, our “Mission Makers.” These students have been nominated by their principals to receive this recognition.  Below is a brief description of this school year’s Mission Makers thus far:
 
• Colin Iverson, an eighth grader at Kennedy Junior High School, was recognized for being a Community Contributor and Collaborative Worker for donating time during lunch two to three days a week to help during social skills groups.  Also from Kennedy, seventh grader Olivia Nelson was recognized for being a Quality Producer and Self-Directed Learner for  always doing her best, going above and beyond, showing pride in her work,  and volunteering in and outside of school; 
 
• Senior Baylor Griffin of Naperville North High School was recognized as Collaborative Worker, Quality Producer, and Community Contributor for his pervasive optimism, ability to acclimate, and natural leadership ability, which caught the attention of his peers and teachers alike almost immediately;
 
• Morgan Ceresa, a sixth grader at Madison Junior High School was recognized for being a Community Contributor. She suggested that the lockers of special needs students be decorated for their birthday to put a smile on their faces and let them know that their birthday is special. Also from Madison, eight grader Sophia Bezanis was recognized as a Community Contributor for raising awareness and funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; and,  
 
• Steeple Run Elementary School fifth graders, Ricky Yarshen, Brandon Tran, and Cade Dimailigwer were recognized as Community Contributors for Center of Trash Control (COTC), which independently plans and carries out a cleanup of garbage on the school playground and field twice a year.
 
Congratulations to our District 203 Mission Makers! 
 
Have you ever wondered how today’s classroom compares to those of the past? One remarkable way education has changed is by the use of technology. We invite you to discover how technology plays an increasingly large role in curriculum and instruction in our schools.
 
Please join us at one of our next Focus 203 community engagement sessions on Wednesday, January 21st at 7 pm at Naperville Central High School or January 22nd at 8:30 am at Grace Methodist Church in Naperville.  The topic will be on digital learning, specifically the District’s Digital Learning Initiative, blended learning options, and Expanding Learning Opportunities (eLo) consortium with Indian Prairie District 204 and Wheaton-Warrenville District 200. More information on Focus 203 can be found on our website: Naperville203.org.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support of Naperville District 203. I look forward to sharing our celebrations with you again in the coming months.  Celebrate 203! 
 
Sincerely,
DB 
 

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.
     
    FOCUS 2020 was first presented to the Board of Education at its May 5th, 2014 meeting. To watch that presentation, please click on this link and find the May 5, 2014 meeting.
     
    The final draft of the Blueprint and Action Plans will be unveiled at the Fall FOCUS 203 Community Forum, which will be held on September 17 in the evening at Naperville Central High School and September 18 in the morning at Grace Methodist Church.
     
    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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