Dear Ombudsman Chicago South Students and Parents,
My name is Patrick Keller and I am honored to be serving as your Building Principal for the 2020/2021 school year. I bring to you over 25 years of experience in various roles in the field of education. I have served as classroom teacher, assistant principal, and building principal. In addition, I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a Master’s in Educational Leadership degree from Aurora University. My most current role was that of Assistant Principal of Ombudsman South High School.
Last school year did not end the way many of us expected. Although we experienced challenges, we overcame them as a school community. As we look forward to this year, we have been working diligently to prepare for our students to have an exciting and enriching experience that will allow them to reach their educational goals. Whether we are instructing our students remotely or providing in-person instruction, we are confident our staff of dedicated and knowledgeable professionals are up to the task of providing a quality research based program that will help our students be successful this school year. We will continue to focus on Promoting Student Academic, Social, and Emotional Success and preparing our seniors to complete graduation requirements to be prepared for post-secondary opportunities.
This year’s school vision will include rigorous teacher led instructional strategies that meet the various learning styles of our students, improved SEL instruction, improved remote learning classroom experiences, improved attendance, and improved passing rate, whether remote or in-person. We will continue to conduct parent universities and recognize our students who are excelling in our program. A student focus group will meet with the Principal and other school leaders to provide a platform for our students to have a voice and express any concerns affecting their academic success or impacting their school community.
A Principal’s Parent Committee will meet quarterly to discuss ideas for school improvement or obstacles families may be encountering. Although these are difficult times for all of us, we know our Ombudsman School Community will continue to work together to ensure our students are receiving the best possible educational opportunities. Our parents will partner with us to ensure students are working remotely by logging in google classrooms, completing projects, and reaching out to their teachers if they are experiencing any difficulties.
As we now are aware, all students will begin the school year working remotely. To ensure students are staying on track and meeting school-wide expectations, the following structures have been put into place. Every student will be assigned a “team” to support them throughout remote learning and the school year. This devoted “team” include:
- Social Workers
- Post-Secondary Counselors
- Lead teachers
- Dean of Culture and Climate
- Lab Managers
- Teacher Assistants
Additionally, student attendance and participation will be closely monitored daily, and parents will be informed if students are not attending classroom sessions or if students are not completing assignments in a timely manner. If a pattern of poor attendance or non-participation in the educational process is observed and after interventions have been introduced to try and rectify the problem, students may find themselves in jeopardy of losing their seat. Please be assured, this is not our goal. We will work diligently in partnership with you to ensure success for your child.
I want to assure you that although the school year will have a different structure than we are accustomed, the commitment to our students has not wavered. We will be working even harder than before to ensure all students are engaged, involved, and are staying the course of credit attainment as well as working towards their high school diploma.
*Important dates to remember:
Progress Report: Oct. 9 Parent Conf./Report card: Nov. 19
Progress Report: Dec. 18 Report Card: Feb. 12
Progress Report: Mar. 12 Parent Conf./Report Card: Apr. 22
Progress Report: May 21 4th quarter end/Report Card: Jun. 22
Ombudsman South Campus
School Number: (773) 498-5085
Cell: (773) 367-9299