August 3, 2016
Dear Parents/Guardians & Students,
Welcome back to the 2016-17 school year Niles Central students! I hope you and your families had
a relaxing summer, and we look forward to seeing familiar faces, as well as some new additions to
both our staff and student body.
The Niles Central staff has made some exciting changes to our program this summer! These
changes to our behavior system, we feel will both improve student performance and continue to
foster a safe and positive school climate and culture. The first week of school, students will be
taught about this new system daily. Parents/guardians, expect to receive updates from your child’s
team members regarding our new system. More information will also be presented at our Open
House in September (further information will be sent home regarding Open House).
Most importantly, the Niles Central staff looks forward to seeing all of our students on the first day
of school, August 15, 2016. This will be a full day, with our normal school hours. Classes will
begin at 8:14am and dismissal will be at 1:58pm. Expect to receive phone calls next week from Mr.
Gatta, transportation coordinator, with anticipated pick up time on the first day of school.
On behalf of all of our staff, thank you for the opportunity to work with your child this year. We
appreciate all of the incredible support your families have given us. If you have any questions or
concerns, as always, please contact me any time at (847) 626-3120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy the last few days of summer!
Anne Hellmer. Ed.S., NCSP
Director of Niles Central
August 15, 2016 – First Day of School
Niles Central High School
7700 Gross Point Road
Skokie, IL 60077
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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
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