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Principal's Message

Ms. Dellnora Winters


August 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am thrilled to welcome you back to school for the 2018-2019 year at School of Fine Arts! The SOFA community is busy preparing the school and classrooms for an exciting year of learning and growth and change. We are looking forward to hearing about your summer experiences, and meeting our newest members to the School of Fine Arts.

This year’s theme is “Game On…Re-ignite Your Passion!” This promises to be a year filled with Strengthening Family Engagement to build a balanced climate for our students. Research says that when family members are in partnership with schools it has a positive impact on our students. When parents are involved, students will thrive better academically. When a parent and a teacher work together…Nothing is impossible!  Parents … I invite you to work in partnership with us to take our children to greater academic heights; we must invest in this timeless endeavor to have our children “Career and College Ready”.  Teamwork makes the Dream work!

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides additional resources to schools that serve students who are underperforming.  In June, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) identified The School of Fine Arts to receive targeted support to accelerate our academic progress in reading and math and to sharpen our focus on the well-being of the whole child.  Based on the preliminary 2017 PARCC scores SOFA has received a summative designation of Under Performing (in the lowest performing 5 percent of Title I eligible schools).  This means we have the highest priority for customized supports and additional resources to provide more and greater holistic support for our students.

We will continue our pathway in educating the whole child one-step at a time but with the help of the state.  We welcome this opportunity to build on the great work of our teachers and staff and look forward to including parents, families, and community partners in our efforts.

We will receive resources to address areas that need improvement.  In conjunction with those resources we will continue to work on the implementation of our district/school improvement plan goals relative to math and reading.  The building leadership team is committed to providing every teacher with the proper resources and support to implement the goals in our plan.  In order to ensure that we are providing appropriate interventions for all students, we will also take a deeper look at the NWEA student data to tailor student intervention plans.

Please know that we highly value home/school communication here at the School of Fine Arts. It is vital and plays and integral role in each student’s success. We encourage you to contact us if/when the need arises, and to stay in the know about your child’s studies, assignments, and school activities, as well as other events and happenings. We look forward to a very positive and productive year together! Stay Connected!

The following are key dates that we encourage you to mark on your calendars:

  • Monday, August 20th, Opening Day of School/ Full Day (8:20 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.)
  • Saturday, August 25th, Back to School Carnival (11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
  • Monday, September 3rd, Labor Day/No School
  • Monday, September 10th, NWEA Testing begins
  • Tuesday, September 18th, Middle School Open House (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

School hours are now 8:20 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. That is thirty minutes later than in years past.

Please utilize the school website, www.sd149.org, regularly. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call. I look forward to working with you and your child throughout the school year to provide a productive and safe learning environment that supports student success. We are here to serve you!

We Believe… Excellence, Humanization and Pride!

Educationally yours,
Mrs. Dellnora Winters, Principal

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