Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!
My name Lisa Thomas, Principal of Ombudsman East II Charter, and I would like to welcome you to the new academic year; a year in which there will be Unlimited Opportunities for Success! 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, accountability, and academic standards, especially course completion. In order to remain focused solely on academics, we are enforcing the following NEW POLICIES regarding cell phone usage, course completion and Saturday School.
Less Texts = More Success!
Research shows that cell phones trigger the same dopamine pathways in the brain as alcohol, gambling and drugs. Access to Social Media has been a major contributor to behavioral issues, lack of course completion and interruptions to instruction. This year students will be expected to turn in their cell phones each day immediately upon entrance into the school. Students will be expected to have their name on a sticker on the back of their phone for the first day of school and will place their phone in a designated container before heading to their computer lab or classroom. Phones will be placed in a locked room for the duration of the session and returned to students at 11:30am and 4:00pm. Please let families, friends and employers know that students WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR CELL PHONES DURING THE DAY. In the case of an emergency, parents/guardians are to call the school at 602-667-7759.
Students who do not show sufficient progress in their coursework by the end of September will be REQUIRED to attend Saturday School until they are back on track. Parent conferences will be held with the Principal for students that fail to attend.
We also advise that students DO NOT bring backpacks to school unless it is absolutely necessary (should a student need to go directly from school to work, for example). Any backpacks that are brought to school will be placed in a locked cabinet and are subject to search at any time.
This year school begins for all students on Wednesday, August 14th. There will be two sessions: 7:30-11:30am and 12:00-4:00pm. It is imperative that your students arrive promptly for both the morning and afternoon sessions.
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. Further details pertaining to consequences for student truancy will be discussed during New Student Orientation.
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, East II Charter