Dear Ombudsman Chicago South Students and Parents,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 wonderful, exciting school year. I am very pleased and honored to be serving as your Building Principal once again. As many of you know, I am one of the founders of Ombudsman Chicago, and I have served in some capacity of education for over 25 years. In addition, I hold a Master’s in English, a Master’s in Educational Leadership, a Certification in Personal Training, and I am currently pursuing a Doctor of Education degree with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction. In my earlier life, I became a Certified Cosmetologist, a Certified Cosmetology Teacher, and I served in Ground Communications in the United States Air Force. I am a witness of the various paths a person can take towards success, which is why I have chosen to serve in this role.
This school year, you will find a team of leaders, educators, counselors, and support staff sharply focused on Promoting Student Academic, Social, and Emotional Success, and I am sure this is the main reason why you chose to complete your high school graduation requirements with us, Ombudsman Chicago South. Students, it is because of your eagerness to learn that we are pleased to have you as members of our school community. Parents, it is because you have entrusted us with educating your child that we are proud to welcome you to our school family.
This year’s school vision also includes having effective advisories, improved computer academies, improved classroom instruction, improved attendance, improved passing rate, and after school programs for both students and parents. Parents, you are welcome in the building to use the computers to generate resumes, cover letters, study lessons in reading and math to increase academic skills, apply for employment online, apply for financial aid for your student, and much more. Please call Ms. Butler (Orientation Lead) on the school phone number when you are ready to come in and use this service.
To further assist in increasing student achievement, we will have small group instruction taking place, after-school tutoring, and Saturday school tutoring. A Principal’s student focus group will meet with the Principal and other school leaders bi-weekly to discuss and to plan activities for students, and a Principal’s Parent Committee will meet quarterly to discuss and to plan parent activities. In the meantime, two important dates to remember are Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, and Thursday, April 11, 2019, for parent-teacher report card conferences from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Whew! There are a lot of exciting things happening this year so be sure to get involved. After all, this is your school now so if you are feeling like me, you are excited to be a part of this family and you are ready to give your very best. Remember, your very best is needed to increase your academic achievement, to prepare you for graduation, and to be ready for life beyond graduation.
Mrs. Audry Blinstrup
Ombudsman Chicago South Building Principal 773-498-5085