Welcome to the 17-18 school year! We have very much enjoyed greeting our returning families and welcoming many new families this week! The new school year is always an exciting time for us, but especially our young students, who for many, this is their first school experience. It is our honor to be the first District 203 school attended by your children. This year we are busy working on expanding our services and programs for families with children ages 0-5 in our community, as well as school improvement efforts focused on increasing language development and the social-emotional learning of all of our students. As a staff, many of us are engaged in a book study and reading: The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Anchor. The author discussed 7 principles of positive psychology that fuel success and performance at work, and we hope to use this new learning and inspiration as we work with each other and our students.
As a parent, you are your child’s first teacher and we hope that you take advantage of our many Family-Child Activities here at Ann Reid so we can work together to ensure a solid foundation for your student’s development and early learning. We are honored that you chose to partner with us for your child’s essential early education.
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.