Viking Pride! It is more than what we do on the athletic field or court. It epitomizes how we feel about being part of the Niles community. Niles is a great place to live. It is also a great place to learn, to play and to be. Viking Pride embodies how we feel about ourselves and our community. Niles Community Schools, in partnership with the community, is dedicated to inspiring and preparing all learners through diverse opportunities to challenge the present and enrich the future. Viking Pride is Alive!
After months of gathering information from community stakeholders through surveys, workshops, forums and other means, leaders of the Niles Community Schools district have developed a new strategic plan that will help guide the district in reaching future goals. On February 1, 2016, the Niles school board ratified the plan by approving the district’s new mission statement, vision statement, beliefs and goal statements — all of which are components of the strategic plan. “To use a Viking analogy, we wanted everybody to have their oars in the water at the same time and all pulling together,” said Greg O’Toole, school board president. “I think this was critical to getting to that point.”
When it comes to severe weather and the potential for a school closure, I know that the sooner the decision is made the better for staff, students, and parents. Typically, we make a decision to close for inclement weather collectively with Brandywine and Buchanan. Our goal is to make this decision before 6:00am. (More)
Howard-Ellis Elementary welcomes Kindergarten through fifth grader students. Kindergarten-Connections is offered for those children who qualify eligible for Kindergarten however socially, academically and/or physically require a bridge between Preschool and Kindergarten. Our school is also home to the county's Cognitively Impaired program and we take pride in the fact that our special needs students are integrated into the mainstream as much as possible.
Teachers and principals continuously review data from DIBELS, NWEA and MSTEP tests, as well as from formal and informal classroom assessments, to adjust curriculum and instruction to meet children's needs. Professional Learning Community leaders make up our School Improvement Team and meet regularly to discuss goals and instructional strategies in all content areas. To strengthen their own educational practices, over half of our staff members dedicate their own time to participate in Niles Learning Communities. Howard-Ellis' positive and safe school culture is shaped by the Viking Behavior Expectations: I am respectful, responsible and resilient. Our assistant principal is trained in the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program and is available to help parents who need assistance meeting the changing demands of their child.
Our dynamic Parent Teacher Organization works to provide students with materials, equipment, and programs that enrich learning. including subscriptions to children's news magazines, and multicultural assemblies. PTO leads the way in organizing Spirit Weeks and Staff Appreciation Week in addition to the multiple "fun"draisers such as Hacienda Night, Penny Wars and Holidays at Howard-Ellis. Holidays at Howard-Ellis is a much-anticipated annual tradition, an evening during which parents and students celebrate the Christmas season. Family Nights, sponsored by each grade level, featuring our students' projects, engineering activities or academic games are especially enjoyed.
In ways both big and small, the community contributes to our school. The Niles-Buchanan YMCA provides swimming lessons and an After Care Program, the Niles Service League and area Lions Club offer school supplies, clothing and eyeglasses to students in need. The community's generosity is reciprocated as our staff and students strive to help those beyond our school's walls. Service projects have aided the American Cancer Society, the Salvation Army, the St. Mary’s Christian Service Center Food Pantry, military troops stationed overseas, local veterans and area women's and homeless shelters. Families in need of assistance know they can rely on our staff to connect them with resources for assistance.
If you are a new or returning parent of a Howard-Ellis learner, I welcome you to a new school year and thank you in advance for your support.
Mrs. Asmus, Principal