February brings a variety of special activities which enhance and communicate the district curriculum that is taught each day. Our Naper staff works hard to plan author visits, demonstrations, field trips, programs and performances that all extend learning beyond the curriculum. Please join us in celebrating those added learning connections with your children.
Our School Family Community Partnership committee and Home and School have organized some special activities that are on the horizon. Look for information regarding our Sweetheart Dance, which will be on Friday, February 9th. Our Science Fair is scheduled on Thursday, February 22nd. These family opportunities can provide learning for all.
Our students and teachers have been busy gathering work samples and assessment data to share with you during our February 15th and February 16th conference days. These days are scheduled so that you and your child’s teacher can identify and share both current progress and areas of future growth for your child.
The last few weeks have given us a taste of our interesting Chicago winter weather. It is a great time to review the importance of remembering to follow the pick-up and drop-off procedures. Please use the lane in front of the playground for dropping-off your child. Once your car is within the drop-off zone area, please allow your child to get out of the car and move on so the cars behind can move forward. If you plan to park, use another area and reserve the street in front of the playground for our parents who can drop-off their child and move on. This is the safest area for student drop-off. The piles of snow from the city plows can complicate procedures but the lane runs smoothly and safely if everyone cooperates and has safety as a goal. We do try to shovel several pathways on the parkway. Those pathways help but do not always match precisely where the car doors open. When dropping off your children, please have them already wearing their boots. Shoes often do not have the traction that the boots do, creating some wild slips and slides when exiting the cars. Thank you!
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.