Niles Central Principal's Message



August 7, 2013


To Niles Central Parents/Guardians:


Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

It is with great anticipation that I welcome you to the 2013-14 school year at Niles Central! We hope that you had a wonderful summer, and we look forward to the many opportunities for student growth and accomplishments in this coming school year.

This past year, 10 students successfully graduated from Niles Central, and an additional 11 students continued the process of re-integrating to their home campus of Niles West or Niles North. In addition, many more students continued to make progress toward their individual goals. We are so very proud of our students for their accomplishments, and are eager to continue our work together in the 2013-2014 school year. Almost 50% of the parents and guardians attended Parent-Teacher conferences this past year, and we look forward to ongoing collaboration with you again this year.

Important Dates

August 20, 2013 – 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 21, 2013 – 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.



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