Greetings Peirce Parents!
Thank you to everyone who supported parent-teacher-student conferences earlier this month - as and IB school, we embrace student leadership/ownership of learning, I hope that you enjoyed the student-led conference and were able to follow up with your child's teacher as appropriate.
Please note the following:
I wish you a wonderful holiday season and look forward to a strong close of 2019.
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CPS released the annual School Quality Rating Policy on Friday, November 8th and for the first time ever, Peirce achieved Level 1+ status for the second year in a row. We continue to see growth on MAP, 96% or better on attendance, an organized school and growth in many of our priority group areas. While it is great to be rated Level 1+, it is important to keep in mind that a school rating does not entirely define who we are as a school - there is much to be proud of at Peirce that goes beyond what is measured on a school rating policy - our IB and Arts Programming, after school and sports programming, work around Social Emotional Learning & Restorative Practices and so much more! We also cannot lose sight of our work to close the achievement gap while also strengthening supports for students enrolled in our English Language Learner and Diverse Learner programs. Click here to learn more about CPS school ratings.
On another note, with mixed emotion, I share that Dr. Riemer accepted a position with central office aligned to the districts work around equity by providing instructional coaching and professional development for teachers and administrators. Her last day at Peirce will be Friday, November 22nd. You will find a farewell message from Dr. Riemer below.
For the past 3+ years, Dr. Riemer has been a thought partner and instructional leader who has supported me through some of the most challenging yet rewarding times in CPS. She has strengthened our MYP Program and partnership with Senn High School, expanded student travel opportunities, increased opportunities for parent and community involvement in the MYP, supported the development of our new-teacher mentoring program and provided high quality instructional support, feedback and professional development to teachers (just to name a few things). Students seek her out regularly and many have grown to appreciate her love for children.
Dr. Riemer will be greatly missed at Peirce, I know that she will have a tremendous impact on strengthening teaching and learning throughout Chicago Public Schools. I have posted the assistant principal position and will begin the search for her replacement.
CPS has tentatively set the following dates as make-up dates due to the CTU Strike - pending approval from the Board of Education on November 20th:
Please reach out with any questions you may have.
Lori Zaimi, Principal