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  • October Newsletter

    Posted by Mrs. Dvorchak at 10/1/2017

    Prairie School is off to a fabulous start to the 2017-2018 school year!

    • We welcomed 21 new families to the Prairie community! Thank you Home & School for providing new family tours on August 11 and for hosting a new family coffee on August 29.
    • Curriculum Night was a huge success and I was pleased to get a chance to meet so many of you on this important night. Strong relationships between home and school are vital for student success!
    • Our Fall Social was a great opportunity for our community to get together and celebrate a new school year as well as our wonderful Prairie garden!
    • Our Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) program kicked off its 3rd year with a donut party for dads and Prairie students! Over 180 dads have volunteered at Prairie through this program!
    • Home & School funds provided additional archery equipment for our

    PE program, new soccer goals, recess materials, social emotional learning materials, reading materials to provide differentiated instruction, flexible seating options and many other instructional items for our classrooms! Thank you!! We are so lucky to have your generous support!

    • All classroom teachers sent home interest inventories on the first Friday of school to ensure we establish strong relationships with all students to support student learning.
    • School, Family, Community Partnership Committee (SFCP) sponsored our first Parent Talk event focused on SEL and Strength Based Parenting!
    • Students in grades 2-5 have Chromebooks to enhance their instruction!
    • Our teachers began implementing a new SEL curriculum.
    • Our first Home & School meeting was a huge success and very well
    • attended. We are so lucky to have caring, involved parents. Please join us next month!

    There are MANY staff members to welcome to Prairie School! Please join me in welcoming these highly qualified staff members to the Prairie family.

    • Jill Accardo - Nurse
    • Ally Gargano - 4th grade
    • Cheryl Heilicser - Speech and Language Pathologist/MN
    • Joanna LaPerna - Kindergarten
    • Megan Lathan - Orchestra
    • Dawn Malatia - Student Support Coordinator
    • Anne Ramsay - LBS serving K-1
    • Scott Sanborn - 3rd Grade
    • Lauren Stercay- 2nd grade
    • Kiersten Spayer - Music
    • Lauren Dixon - MN/ Primary teacher
    • Karen Stokes - Reading Specialist
    • Dawn Wheeler - School Social Worker
    • Mary Pat Witmer - School Secretary
    • Brian Zallis - Assistant Principal

    Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on the evening October 5 and the morning of October 6. Once again, we used PTC Wizard to schedule conferences. Research and experience tell us that a strong partnership between home and school is important to student success.

    Parent/Teacher Conferences are a great way to strengthen this partnership. We hope you take this opportunity to sit down and talk with us aboutyour student.

    On behalf of our school staff, I want to thank you for planning to attend these conferences. We look forward to seeing you then.
    Thanks for sharing your children with us! Prairie School is great place to learn and grow because of the strong partnership we have with Prairie families.

    Tracy Dvorchak
    Principal – Prairie Elementary School

    Never Stop Learning!

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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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