Niles Central Principal's Message

 

DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

June 18, 2014

  

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,


It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you to the 2014-2015 school year at Niles Central. Since 1971, Niles Central has been providing special education services to District 219 students with the ultimate goal of preparing them for life after graduation. We hope that this coming school year provides you with many opportunities for growth and learning.

We were very excited to have our 1st Annual Parent Information Night this past year, and look forward to offering the same opportunity on August 27th at 5:30PM. This is an opportunity to meet the Niles Central staff, and to hear more specifically about the programming we offer to your child. We also want to welcome and introduce our new partnership with the Family Institute from Northwestern University. Family therapists in-training will be providing in-house, after-school therapy services at no cost to our families. Please contact Dr. Frampton if you are interested in learning more about this added service. Finally in May, we celebrated the graduation of 20 Niles Central seniors. The Graduation Breakfast was a joyful and memorable event, with over $6,000 of scholarship funds awarded.

 

I encourage all 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. Important changes have been implemented regarding the Point and Level system at Niles Central, which will lead to increased individualized procedures within the interventions provided. 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. 


Important Dates

August 12, 2014 – First Day of School

  • Regular start time at 8:14

  • Early Dismissal at 12:14

  • Be ready for van pick up by 7:30


August 13, 2014 – Second Day of School

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


If there is anything I can do to ease the transition to the school year, please do not hesitate to contact me at 847.626.3120. On behalf of every member of the Niles Central staff, we thank you for entrusting your child to us, and we look forward to a successful school year.


Sincerely,

 
John Frampton, Psy.D.
Director of Niles Central


 

 


 


 

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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