Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! The start of a new school year brings new and exciting learning opportunities for your children. Our focus will be responding to each student by addressing the needs they have as unique learners in our school. Daily we will strive to support each child to develop to his/her full potential through academic as well as social emotional goals. As always, the foundation of all we do is aimed at accomplishing the core of the District 203 mission statement; helping students to be self-directed learners, collaborative workers, complex thinkers, quality producers, and community contributors. As well, we work to make learning engaging and exciting for your child. As we work to meet these challenges we will strive to maintain a balance between the academic and the social emotional needs of our students to develop well rounded citizens for our community. We recognize that these goals are achievable only through a strong partnership with parents. If at any time you have a concern, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher or me so that we can address your concerns in a timely manner. We value your opinions and appreciate the support and interest that you have in Ellsworth School.
We hope that this Parent/Student Handbook contains information that is helpful to you. The colored pages in this handbook are filled with important information regarding procedures specific to Ellsworth School. The remaining white pages contain important information regarding district policies that apply to all District 203 schools. We encourage all parents to take time during the first weeks of school to review the contents of this handbook with their child(ren). When families take the time to review this material together it helps to clarify expectations and keeps the lines of communication open between home and school.
When you have a question, please refer to this handbook. Please keep this handbook readily accessible and in a safe place during the school year. As always, if you have questions or comments regarding this handbook or in general, please contact our school office at 420-6338, and we will be happy to help.
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:
Design and implement effective practices that promote learning experiences for all.
Foster a high-performance culture focused on student learning.
Steward resources effectively to promote student learning.
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.