Niles Central Principal's Message

 

DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

 
 

July 22, 2015



Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,



I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the newly appointed Director of Niles Central. With a background in School Psychology, I have always had a passion for working with high school students, and could not be more excited to have the opportunity to work with you and your children this school year.  I look forward to facilitating great relationships and open lines of communication with all parents and students during the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. 


I encourage parents and students to familiarize themselves with the Student Handbook that is available on the district website.  It is important to review the section titled Point and Level Guidelines to further understand the point and level system.  At Niles Central, we are focused on not only classroom instruction, but also about teaching students the skills necessary to manage difficult social, behavioral, or emotional barriers to the learning process.  We view the purpose of ‘discipline’ to be consistent with its origin meaning, ‘to teach’.  By emphasizing student strengths, we can capitalize on experiences both in and outside of the classroom as learning experiences for our students, and help them realize their potential.


Most importantly, the fantastic staff at Niles Central looks forward to seeing all of our students on the first day of school, August 11, 2015.  This day will be a full day, with our normal school hours. Classes will begin at 8:14 am and dismissal will be at 1:58pm.  In closing, and on behalf of myself and all of the staff, thank you for the privilege of working with your child.  We, working in conjunction with you, will celebrate your child’s social-emotional and academic accomplishments throughout this coming school year.  

 

If you have any questions or concerns along the way, please do not hesitate to contact me at 847.626.3120 or by email annhel@d219.org.

 

Anne Hellmer, Ed.S., NCSP

 

 

 

 Important Dates

 

August 11, 2015 – First Day of School


  • Regular full-day schedule: 8:14am to 1:58pm

  • Be ready for van pick up by 7:30


 

 

Niles Central High School

7700 Gross Point Road

Skokie, IL 60077

Tel: 847-626-3120

 

 

 


 


 

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It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you to the 2011-2012 school year as the newly appointed Director of Niles Central.  Since 1971, Niles Central, formerly known as the Off Campus Learning Center, has been providing special education services to District 219 students with the ultimate goal of preparing them for life after graduation.

We continue to improve the blueprint for the building as well as our instructional practices to achieve the high academic and social-emotional goals established for each student.  Establishing powerful parent/guardian partnerships continues to be a main focus of our staff and an essential ingredient to the success of our students.  Differentiated instruction is even more possible this year with two larger classrooms and technological advances in the district.  In addition, we will apply best practices to provide our students with the social and emotional support they need  to be ready and eager to learn.  These components allow us to align with the Circle of Courage Philosophy, which is a model of youth empowerment, and strives to build the following four core values in our students:  Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Generosity.  

I encourage parents and students to familiarize themselves with the Student Handbook that is available on the district website.  Particularly, it is helpful to review the section titled Point and Level Guidelines to further understand the point and level system.  At Niles Central, we are passionate about not only classroom instruction, but also about teaching students the skills necessary to manage difficult social, behavioral, or emotional barriers to the learning process.  We view the purpose of ‘discipline’ to be consistent with its origin meaning, ‘to teach’.  By emphasizing student strengths, we can capitalize on experiences both in and outside of the classroom as learning experiences for our students, and help them realize their potential.

In closing, and on behalf of the Niles Central staff, thank you for the extraordinary privilege of working with your child.  In collaboration with you, we will celebrate your child’s learning accomplishments throughout this coming school year.  If you have any questions or concerns along the way, please do not hesitate to contact me at 847.626.3120.


John Frampton, Psy.D.
Director of Niles Central