Dirksen School Will SHINE!

Dear Dirksen community,

Today during our assembly we unveiled our new theme for the school year, SHINE. We chose this theme after reading the book Shine by M.H. Clark. There is a strong connection to the compilation of quotes the author chose to highlight in the book and a growth mindset that we hope to continue to develop in our students to help build a culture of success at Dirksen . This author shares in the introduction that, “There’s something about you that people notice right away. It’s a light that beams outward and brightens everything it touches. It’s a glow that makes everything more vibrant. This light is always there. And it turns on anytime you’re feeling confident or full of possibility. It’s the light of a person who’s doing good in the world, by being fully, richly, and beautifully alive. Show this light, it’s the best that is in you and your gift to give the world. Feel bold and bright in all you have to offer. And always remember to shine.”

Our 2017-18 theme of SHINE continues to support the philosophies of PBIS. This is a proactive system approach to develop and maintain safe learning environments where teachers can teach and students can learn. Our teachers will be using this approach along with fostering a growth mindset. We want to teach our students that intelligence can be developed through persistence, effort, and a positive focus on learning.  This means that staff will pay special attention to getting to know all of our students individually, culturally and developmentally.

We are excited to be adding a family component to this whole process! We are inviting you to participate by creating an ‘Our family will shine brightly…’Sun. A template in the shape of a sun will be coming home with your child. When students create their ‘I will shine brightly’ sun  at school, they reflect around their academic, social/emotional, and long term goals.  Take some time at home to discuss your family goals. These don’t have to be school related; you can choose to think about personal goals too, short or long term.. Our families’ suns will be posted around Dirksen School for our school community to read and enjoy. You only need to complete one per family. Please have them back to your child’s teacher by Monday, September 11th.

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to a strong partnership this year. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.


Joann Kort and Bob Wroblewski