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May 21, 2015
The end of the school year is already upon us. It’s hard to believe that commencement is already over and soon our students will be enjoying summer vacation.  
As I reflect on the 2014-2015 school year, I am reminded of our Celebrate203 theme – there truly was much to celebrate!  Throughout the school year, we have shared the many wonderful contributions of our students, staff and volunteers that make our district top-notch.
Keeping with the celebratory theme, with this last column of the school year, I would like to celebrate you, our community member.  Did you know that a significant portion of residents in District 203 do not have children enrolled in our schools?  
As a community of choice for many families with school-aged children, the proportion of households with children enrolled in our schools is projected to increase based on our recent demographic study, but not for several years. People move to Naperville for the amenities our city provides, raise families, and stay long after their children have left the nest. While the support of our entire community is essential for a thriving and successful school district, the support of this segment of our community, those who no longer have children in school, is vital. 
District 203 seeks to engage our community in several ways,  including our Focus 203 Community Engagement events held several times throughout the school year, daily updates on district social media pages (follow us on Twitter @naperville203 or Like us on Facebook, Facebook.com/Naperville203), and our redesigned District website (www.naperville203.org) that provides updated news, events, and information. Also useful on the go is our mobile application that can be downloaded free of charge from both iTunes and Google and our informative weekly Talk 203 newsletters which community members who do not have students in our schools can sign up to receive here: http://bit.ly/1ESM52K.  In addition, our twice-monthly Board of Education meetings are streamed live over the Internet and are archived on our website for anytime viewing. 
For community members looking for more information on District 203, or to get involved, information can be found on the Community Tab on our website or here: http://www.naperville203.org/Page/3346
Thank you for your continued support of Naperville Community School District 203. A strong, supportive community is integral to our students’ success!
Dan Bridges
Superintendent of Schools 

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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