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It’s hard to believe we’re well into the 2015-16 school year!  It’s been an exciting two months at Naperville 203, and we have a lot for which to be proud.  I’d like to take a moment and share some of our 203 Pride.

We kicked off the new school year with our Inaugural Welcome to 203 Picnic. A rainy day couldn’t ruin our fun as more than 600 people filled the cafeteria and hallways of Naperville Central High School to connect with their schools, community organizations, meet new friends, and enjoy food, music and fun. The event aimed to build relationships among families new to the school district with established families and provide information on a wide variety of community resources.  All 22 schools, along with dozens of community organizations such as Loaves & Fishes Community Services, Naperville CARES, Literacy DuPage and the City of Naperville, had booths with information, games and prizes. 

We successfully implemented Phase I of our Digital Learning Initiative by providing Chromebooks with Google Apps for Education to every student at Naperville Central and Naperville North High Schools, personalizing and individualizing learning for our students through technology-enhanced curriculum. This initiative will be phased in over the next three years, first to junior high then elementary. The pilot also has expanded this year to select junior high and elementary classrooms.  

Meadow Glens Elementary School was recently named among 335 schools nationwide as a 2015 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The school was recognized as an Exemplary High Performing School, those that are among their state's highest performing schools. Highlands Elementary School and Kennedy Junior High have been named as Blue Ribbon Schools in prior years.

Upcoming Focus 203 Community Engagement Session
The community is invited to delve into Digital Learning at the schools, including hands-on demonstrations and lessons, Wednesday, Oct. 28th and Oct. 29th at the next Focus 203 session.  The October 28th session will be held in Naperville Central High School’s cafeteria from 7 pm to 9 pm. The October 29th session will be held at Grace United Methodist Church located at 300 E. Gartner Road in Naperville from 8:30 am to 10:30 am.

In addition to an overview about Digital Learning at Naperville 203, including information on digital citizenship, the current Digital Learning Initiative at the high schools and expanded junior high and elementary pilots, participants will break into groups to take part in a teacher/student lead lesson using technology to enhance the curriculum. More information on this upcoming session is available on our website, www.naperville203.org

Naperville Community Unit School District 203 is proud of the many achievements of our students, teachers, administrators and community supporters.  We look forward to continuing the school and sharing our 203 Pride with you.

Strategic Blueprint

  • District 203’s FOCUS 2020 Strategic Blueprint

    Posted by Superintendent Dan Bridges at 6/27/2014
    FOCUS 2020 is the strategic plan for comprehensive improvement between 2014 and 2020, designed in response to community feedback, best practice, and a vision for the future. Ultimately, this blueprint will advance the fulfillment of the district’s mission.
    FOCUS 2020’s foundation is the Future Focus Community Engagement process that occurred over the course of a year where hundreds of members from across the community provided feedback to the district leadership regarding areas such as facilities, finances, measuring student success, and programs of study. Learn more about Future Focus by clicking on the specific “Quick Link” to the left of this text.
    The Blueprint includes four “Strategic Focus” areas, namely to:
    1. Design and implement effective practices that promote learning experiences for all.
    2. Foster a high-performance culture focused on student learning.
    3. Steward resources effectively to promote student learning.
    4. Effective communication and community relations.
    Each Strategic Focus then establishes “Commitments.” These commitments are what the district leadership pledges to accomplish within a distinct timeframe. Each commitment then includes a detailed “Action Plan” which will be accessible by the public upon final draft.
    FOCUS 2020 was first presented to the Board of Education at its May 5th, 2014 meeting. To watch that presentation, please click on this link and find the May 5, 2014 meeting.
    The final draft of the Blueprint and Action Plans will be unveiled at the Fall FOCUS 203 Community Forum, which will be held on September 17 in the evening at Naperville Central High School and September 18 in the morning at Grace Methodist Church.
    Click here for a summary version of the 4 areas of focus of the Strategic Blueprint.
    Click here for a Spanish summary version of the 4 areas of focus of the Strategic Blueprint.
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