Dear Parents and Students of Ombudsman East II Charter:
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!
My name is Lisa Thomas, Principal of Ombudsman East II Charter in Phoenix, and I would like to welcome you to the new academic year; a year in which there will be Unlimited Opportunities for Success!
I believe that all students deserve the best education possible, and that all students can succeed. During the last two decades I have had the privilege of assisting students, teachers and building leaders in raising student achievement and improving schools to ensure the success of all students. I began my career in Connecticut as a secondary school teacher and adjunct professor before moving into administration, and becoming principal of an inter-district magnet school. Prior to that I coached and mentored teachers and principals at schools throughout the Hawaiian Islands, and guided them to create and implement whole school improvement plans to increase students’ academic growth.
This is my third year with Ombudsman and I am excited to partner with parents and I look forward to meeting each of your students as we begin this school year. All of us here at East II Charter are deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our students. We will continue to set high expectations for attendance, academic standards, communication and accountability.
This year school begins for all students on Wednesday, August 15th. There will be two sessions: 7:30-11:30am and 12:00-4:00pm. Each session will begin with a brief advisory meeting, so it is imperative that your students arrive promptly for both the morning and afternoon sessions. During this advisory time brief announcements will be made and important information shared.
Should your student be absent, please notify the Main Office. Please call (602-667-7759) before or on the day of the absence. If parent notification is not received, the absence will be recorded as unexcused. An unexcused absence will be defined as truancy. Three unexcused late arrivals will equal one complete day of absence. Further details pertaining to consequences for student truancy will be discussed during New Student Orientation.
With regard to cell phones, students are not allowed to have cell phones or electronic devices in their possession while school is in session. We ask that all electronic devices be left in students’ bags or backpacks as these will be stored in our locked bag room.
Again, I am eager to begin this year and work collaboratively with all members of the Ombudsman community to allow each and every student Unlimited Opportunities for Success!!
Lisa F. Thomas
Principal, Charter East II