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  • December 2017

    Posted by Joanne Hunt on 12/18/2017

    Dear Scott Community, 

    I hope you’ve had a wonderful first half of the school year.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first few months at Scott and am looking forward to great things to come. 

    At a recent Naperville Community Unit School District 203 Board of Education meeting, each school’s School  Improvement Plan was presented to the board.  At Scott, this plan was created collaboratively through our school improvement team with input from all building stakeholders. Our school has chosen two priority areas to focus upon.  One area is social emotional learning (SEL) and the other is literacy instruction.

    The SEL goal is to successfully implement the SEL curriculum with integrity.  This means a minimum of 20 minutes of explicit instruction towards a curriculum specific social emotional skill or strategy.  In addition to the explicit instruction, this skill development will then be integrated into other parts of the day.  An example of a social emotional skill from our SEL curriculum is “Responsible Decision Making: Make Positive Choices when Interacting with Classmates.”  Our belief is that intentional social emotional instruction and learning will support a more positive culture and climate for learning.  If your child can’t tell you what the target SEL skill is for the week (or unit), reach out to your child’s teacher for specific learning target information.  Having you as a partner in these SEL discussions are extremely powerful.

    The literacy goal focuses on the implementation of “Best Practice” instruction as supported by research.  Daily literacy instruction will include explicit teaching of comprehension, word study, fluency, and writing in relationship to reading. Grade level Professional Learning Communities will be used to analyze student work resulting in differentiated instruction to meet individual student needs.

    I am confident our School Improvement Plan will result in greater achievement and growth for all students – both academically and social emotionally.  I also believe this is an important step in closing our achievement gap at Scott School.  With the literacy goal, we will measure our success based on student achievement data and student growth data.  Our SEL goal will be measured more qualitatively; we are currently in the process of defining these measures.

    Every child counts.  Every day counts.  With your support and partnership, we can ensure every child is successful.  Thanks for all you do!

    Sincerely,

    Hugh Boger

    Principal

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Strategic Blueprint

  • District 203’s FOCUS 2020 Strategic Blueprint

    Posted by Superintendent Dan Bridges on 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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