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Mr. Francisco Perez
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! It is a great privilege to continue serving the children and community at Fairview South School. I look forward to working with the staff as we continue to focus on the whole child in our pursuit of educational excellence. We are excited about beginning a wonderful year dedicated to providing every child with the best educational opportunities.
I started as principal at District 72 in July 2003. Prior to that I had 17 years of teaching experience, and spent 2 years as an administrative intern in a grade K-5 building.
I was an undergraduate student at Northern Illinois University, where I earned a B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education. I hold an M.A. in Romance Languages and Literature from the University of Chicago. My studies for certification in Administration and Supervision were completed at National-Louis University. I began teaching second grade in District 60 for the Waukegan Public Schools and remained for 4 years. After that, I taught second and third grades at North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park for 13 years; my administrative internship was also completed in District 112.
The Fairview staff members are dedicated professionals who are committed to children and the educational process. We believe in cooperative teamwork, and drawing on each other’s strengths and talents to provide a comprehensive educational experience for the children.
Our curriculum includes the core subjects of reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, mathematics, science and social studies. Tech education, library sciences, physical education, art and music also enhance a student’s educational experience. Many of our students choose to participate in band or orchestra at the 4th grade level. Children in grades 1-4 may join after-school clubs during the fall and spring seasons.
Fairview staff and students actively work to incorporate our character education program, the Falcon Five, into the curriculum. The goal is to promote positive character traits that contribute to building a school community in which everyone feels welcomed, respected and safe.
Communication between school and home is critical to ensure growth. Each family receives a Handbook and Calendar with important district information. Classroom teachers issue a newsletter every Friday, and a Principals’ Newsletter goes out the first week of every month. Other communication tools include: progress reports, conferences, a curriculum night meeting, automated E-mail blasts, classroom blogs, the phone, and E-mail.
Fairview South School is a wonderful place for children to grow and learn. I am proud to be a part of a school community that has developed a fine tradition of excellence.
Francisco J. Perez
Principal, Grades K-4