Dear Parents and Students of Ombudsman East II Charter:
Welcome to the 2017-2018 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 many 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 inner city inter-district magnet school. For eight years, prior to moving here, 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.
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 her 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 students on Wednesday, August 16th. There will be two sessions: 7:30-11:30am and 12:00-4:00pm. Students are expected to arrive at school on time, so that they can begin their studies promptly. Should your student be absent, please notify the office by calling 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 absences will equal one complete day of absence. Further details about consequences of student truancy will be discussed during the New Student Orientation.
All electronic devices, including cell phones, are to be left in students’ bags or backpacks, which will be stored in a secured area. Cell phones distract students from completing their work and are not to be used during school times; students will be told to put cell phones away or they may be taken and returned at the end of the session.
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