Jan. 10, 2012
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The Board of
Education will use the spring of 2012 to update residents on progress
within the strategic plan while cultivating deeper community conversations. The first community event is Thursday evening,
Jan. 12, at Barrington High School, featuring a free light dinner and a status report on the 2020
Vision strategic plan. On
Feb. 2, best-selling author and popular speaker Dr. Yong
Zhao will discuss whether Barrington 220 and U.S. schools are catching up or leading the way in the global education
race. Please RSVP for events on both dates by visiting
study predicts decline in student enrollment
presented by Superintendent Tom Leonard and Assistant Superintendent Cindy Jaskowiak projects a likely decrease
in future student enrollment based on census data, housing trends and population shifts. The study notes more students are
graduating than are entering in kindergarten; therefore, Barrington 220 should anticipate depressed enrollment growth in
the immediate future.
The school district has used periodic enrollment forecasting since 1981 to plan for space utilization and to prepare for future
enrollment growth or declines. This research by an independent firm, at a cost of $7,800, was the first demographic study
commissioned by the district since November 2008.
See an overview
of the presentation and report here.
improvement plan gives glimpse into success
Roslyn Road Elementary School, which is ranked among the
top public schools in the Chicago area by both the Sun-Times and
detailed its School Improvement Plan to the Board of
Education on Jan. 10. Principal Paul Kirk discussed the demographics of the Roslyn Road community and the academic
profile of the school, which includes reading, math and science scores well above the 90th percentile in all grade levels.
The Roslyn Road Improvement Goals focus on fostering academic growth for all students and improving writing instruction, while
emphasizing the role of technology and continuing to care for the social-emotional development of each child.
sites for language programs revisited
In an effort to ensure continued fairness, balance and access to the K-5 Spanish Dual Language and Chinese Immersion programs,
the Board of Education has asked the administration to finalize the selection process and the proposed locations for both
programs before next school year. Any changes will clarify guidelines regarding sibling preference, host schools, students
already proficient in a language, and other aspects of the lottery selection approach. Incorporating parent and staff input,
any updates to either program will be finalized and communicated very soon.
dashboard continues transparency of district data
An online Quality Frameworks Dashboard allows
residents to monitor progress in areas conducive to an effective school system. Much like an automobile dashboard, the
interactive website provides a quick glance at key indicators to track performance and success in working with students
and operating the school district, such as finances and achievement. The dashboard allows for greater transparency and
communication within the Barrington 220 community.
educators achieve National Board accreditation
Another four Barrington 220 teachers have passed the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards process, making 34
educators in the school district to achieve this rigorous professional accreditation. The four newly accredited teachers are
Ernest Lane, mathematics teacher at BHS, Karla Cherry, mathematics
teacher at BHS, Sharon Krantz, 4th-grade teacher at Roslyn Road, and Georgia
Nelson, 4th- and 5th-grade extended teacher at Hough Street.
registration is Feb. 15 in each grade school
Children residing in the Barrington 220 School District who will be 5-years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2012, are eligible
to enroll for the 2012-2013 school year. A kindergarten registration session for parents only will be held at each
Barrington 220 elementary school on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. All eight
elementary schools will hold simultaneous registration sessions on the same evening.
saves by pre-purchasing electricity at lower rates
By pre-purchasing its electricity for the next 18 months, Barrington 220 will reduce its energy costs by 29 percent or
maintenance planned on Martin Luther King holiday
While students and staff are out of school on Jan. 16, the Martin Luther King holiday, software
upgrades and routine
maintenance tasks are scheduled on the district telephone system. As a result, it may not be possible to leave voice messages
most of that morning.
dates and tentative locations announced
Barrington 220 summer school sessions will run June 11-28 and July 2-20
for Barrington High School, with registration for
high school students to open March 19. Summer school for grades kindergarten thru 8 will be
June 11 to July 6, with
registration for elementary school students on April 2 and registration for middle school students
on April 3. Summer
school classes will be closed for the July 4 holiday. Summer sessions will be held at Barrington
High School, the Station
Middle School campus, and tentatively Roslyn Road Elementary. Dates and locations for other summer programs will be announced later.
For more information, please visit the Barrington 220 summer school