Greetings Eagle Families & Friends:
Happy New Year to all! We return from winter break rested, reenergized, and recommitted to our school improvement goals which focus on Learning, which includes teacher learning (specifically, reading literacy), Interventions, and Connectedness. Sandburg staff started this school year thinking about “impact” and reflecting on how our individual and collective efforts will impact growth potential for all students.
Building on the success of last school year’s efforts that yielded a 20% jump of freshman, sophomore, and junior students exceeding their expected levels of growth in reading and math, and in support of District 230’s Successful Schools - Successful Students Plan, the school has steadily and strategically implemented our specific action plans toward accomplishing these goals. At our January Institute Day, the administrative team will have reported out our progress so far, including, among other things:
delivery of differentiated professional development on literacy and text complexity
the launch of a staff “Think Tank” to determine future professional training needs
implementation of a new Intervention Room to address a wide range of student needs from credit recovery to “brain breaks”
creation of Digital Citizenship modules that all freshmen and sophomores have completed through Advisories
formation of a 6th student advisory committee comprised of students served in the EL Program who meet regularly with me
enhancement of the Wall of Fame
development of an Alumni Association
recognize and celebrate notable alumni under 30 years of age in a “30 Under 30” publication
When students return from winter break on January 10th, they will spend the first two weeks of period 2 in advisory sessions only (no period 2 interventions for the first two weeks of the new semester). During this time, advisory teachers will focus on renewal of goal setting. For underclass students, staff will share information related to course planning and registration. All families should expect a letter detailing information about resources and processes involved in course selections for next year. We encourage you to revisit your child’s four-year academic plan with him or her to consider course rigor, career goals, interests, and individual strengths. January is also a good time to inventory progress toward service learning hours, productive involvement in co-curriculars or athletics, and time management goals.
We know that our seniors need more specialized planning for the transition to post-secondary experiences. Therefore, we will repeat an event that we started last year - Senior Seminar - that is scheduled for Friday, March 31st. We have lined up speakers who are known for igniting passion and positivity within students. We are confident that students will be motivated to look ahead with promise and determination.
On behalf of everyone here at Carl Sandburg High School, best wishes for a healthy, happy New Year.
Deborah D. Baker