Dear Wolves Parents and Families,
Welcome to 2017! Oswego East has witnessed an amazing year in 2016, and I am confident 2017 will be full of wonderful accomplishments by our students, staff, and community. Oswego East will celebrate 13 years of service to students, families, and the community. We will also celebrate our very first 10 year class reunion of the Class of 2007. As we reflect on that information, one can only think of the great commitments and sacrifices families, staff members, the community and students have made while making Oswego East a place of true excellence. This year, we have been able to celebrate the highest ACT score in our school’s history, an improvement of our graduation rate from 95% to 98%, and having more students enrolled in and earning college credit in Dual Credit and Advanced Placement courses. As we continue celebrate these successes, we will also eagerly await the next chapters of our school history to be written. So far, the story of Oswego East High School has truly been one of Excellence, Academics, Spirit, and Tradition.
On January 9th, there will be a parent and student panel discussion titled “Succeeding in AP and Honors in High School”. This event will be held in the Oswego High School Auditorium and will be from 7pm to 9pm. To learn more about this event, click on the link PTAG 308 Parent Panel - Succeeding in high school AP & Honors. You can also find more information on our school website.
The start of 2nd semester is a wonderful time for students to press the restart button and pursue achievement on all levels. As a school, we will continue to have a laser focus on achievement while also preparing for end of the year events and the 8th grade transition to high school. This is a great time for students and parents of all grade levels to plan for success in the second half of the year. Unfortunately, we observed a large spike in late arrivals to school and class. Although some may not see this as a major discipline matter, chronic tardiness and absences are a major factor in students failing classes and not receiving credit towards graduation. We will closely monitor student daily attendance each week, schedule meetings with parents and students when there are excessive attendance issues, and create an action plan that will be monitored by the school and parents. We are also asking that parents speak with their students about the appropriate use of cell phones and social media in and out of school. Social media is proving to be a major hurdle for student success, often drawing students into disputes with their peers and distracting them during instructional time or while doing homework. Oswego East will be more committed in the second half of the school year to provide resources and supports for families in relation to social media. Please view the following websites for additional information: Kids Health and Social Media; Common Sense Media; Homeland Security - Stop, Think, Connect. Please follow us on social media for additional information on this topic and to learn about supports and programs we offer at Oswego East.
We will make a minor change to Guided Study and Academic Study Periods (ASP) for the first week of 2nd semester. Students will be required to remain in Guided Study and ASP classrooms for the entire period from January 9th to January 13th. This will allow us to properly assess student movement and attendance during this time period. We will share additional information with students and families once we gather data from this change. Please note, student schedules and bell schedules are not changing. We are only requiring students to remain in their Guided Study and ASP classrooms instead of going the library or other locations for the first week of second semester.
Finally, I am proud to announce that Oswego East students will represent our school at the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State conference in Peoria in January. The students are: Olivia Coleman (band), Emma Pienkos (band), Emma Vickers (band), Brittany Allgaier (choir), Leslie Castro (Future Music Educator), Lauren Antonioli (Future Music Educator), Ian Awoyade (Composition). We also will experience a variety of our Fine Arts and athletic teams in high levels of competition such as our cheer and dance teams competing for a chance to represent our school in state competition, bowling, girls and boys basketball, boys swim and dive, wrestling, gymnastics, art competitions. I would like to congratulate all of our students who represent our school throughout the state and wish them all the best in their quest for success.
I would like to ask one small favor from our parents. Please take just a few moments of time (before January 30th) and complete the 5Essentials Survey at: https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/
This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of OEHS. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness. This survey provides a valuable source of information for us, as Administrators, to understand what is and isn’t effective.
It is a true honor to serve as your principal and I truly appreciate all that you do for our school community. Please feel free to contact me or any member of our administration or faculty when you have questions or recommendations about how we can make Oswego East the best school, at the highest level, for all. Have a wonderful second half of the school year and I look forward to seeing you at the many events we will host throughout the year.
Yours truly in service,