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New Mission Statement for North School
Five graduating 5th graders were sent out on a mission! They were to come up with a draft of a new Mission Statement for North School. A Mission Statement is something that would encompass fulfilling our destination, what we look like at “Our Best” and who we are about: “Our Words and Our Actions.” All five went willingly on this journey of discovery. It consisted of reviewing four years of 5th grade Exit Surveys to gather important information from our outgoing students and reviewing our current Mission Statement and comparing it to the Mission Statements of various high performing schools/districts. During this research process they reflected on what is the ultimate goal of the students and staff of North School.


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Once the students finalized the new Mission Statement, all artifacts were gathered and went through a review process by Dr. Jane L. Westerhold, North School staff members, and the North School PTO. Feedback was collected and this combined effort resulted in a new Mission Statement for the North School Community.


Thank you to Rhys Bakulinski, Jackie Contreras, Francesca Fragale, Andrea Lela, and Anjali Varghese for all their hard work and for leaving North School in such good hands.



Our Mission Statement is Revised
The mission of North School is to create a safe and nurturing environment that provides each child the opportunity to develop to his or her fullest potential. As partners, the staff shares with students, parents, and the community, the responsibility of preparing our students to become life-long independent learners and productive citizens. At North School, we celebrate our diversity and our similarities as we ready our students for success in a global society.

We believe:

  • Student learning is our highest priority.
  • Students learn best when they are taught in a safe environment where they can take risks.
  • Students' social, emotional, physical, intellectual and developmental needs must be addressed to maximize learning.
  • Students need to be actively involved in the process of learning.
  • Every child can learn.
  • Each child develops and moves forward at their own rate.
  • Our staff is committed to excellence.
  • Our staff creates an active, positive learning environment where all types of learners can grow.
  • Our staff is committed to continuous growth and the implementation of current best practices.
  • Parents are partners in their children's education and need to support their learning both at home and at school.
  • Financial support by the community is essential to maintaining the high quality of our educational program.

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Des Plaines, IL 60016
847-824-1399
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