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Friday Letter: 12.5.14

Friday Letter: 12.5.14

December 5, 2014

Dear Parents,

There WILL BE Saturday school for 7th and 8th grade students this Saturday, December 6th. Please note that after school non-academic programs end next week on December 12th.

The Chicago Public Schools has released its School Quality Rating Report (SQRP) for 2014. We are excited to announce that O.A.Thorp Scholastic Academy has a School Quality Rating of Level 1+. This is the highest designation that a school can earn. The SQRP Performance Indicators show that Thorp students did better than 97% of schools NATIONALLY for both reading growth and math growth, as measured by the Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP). As we have stated before, if we concentrate and diligently work on ensuring that student learning truly incorporates the 4C’s of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity the test results will take care of themselves. Nevertheless, I do not want to minimize our accomplishment. In Chicago, Thorp ranked #1 in the O’hare Network (the highest achieving network system-wide) for combined growth and attainment in Math and Reading. We are very grateful to the students, teachers, parents, and community members who helped to make this possible. More information can be found at the CPS website at

The NWEA MAP test will be administered for all students in grades 6-8 the week of December 15th. Grades 2 – 5 will be tested the week of January 12th. At Thorp we opted out of the Fall testing session, but the winter test will help us better monitor progress for each child and make adjustments in instruction as needed. CPS measures student growth from spring to spring so the spring test in May will be the test of record when it comes to students meeting their growth targets, promotion criteria and selective enrollment.

As you know, without the appropriate technology it is very difficult for your child to be successful at Thorp. If you are thinking about presents for your children this holiday season – consider low-cost Chromebooks. Chromebooks are often less than $200; and your child can use them to complete homework, visit learning sites, and work on school projects. We use Chromebooks extensively at school as a low-cost alternative to laptops. If you have any questions please feel free to email me. If you do not have internet access, or lack a working computer – we are also working with a number of agencies to help our students acquire the technology necessary to be successful at school. Two sites for low-cost technology are: and

Friends of Thorp:
I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the Friends of Thorp Annual Holiday Extravaganza tomorrow, Saturday, December 6th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. The class crafts and holiday decor at at this event are not to be missed !If you need to purchase your tree, garland, decorations, and more this is the place to shop! New this year is also our Cookie Walk and the movie Elf showing in the auditorium! We hope that your family is able to join us for this Thorp Holiday tradition.

PTA News and Information
The PTA would like to send a big thank you out to all of the parents who volunteered their time to help students shop at the Snowman Village. We truly appreciate all of your assistance!

The December PTA Meeting will be held this Wednesday, December 10th, in the afternoon at 1:30pm, in the large lunchroom. Please join us to hear about our events for 2015! The 8th graders have raised $1095.00 in their fundraising efforts so far this school year and are about a third to their goal. Keep it up!

Please fill out a short survey about my performance as your child’s principal. Your feedback is important to our LSC as well as to me personally. The survey will remain open until Dec. 19th


Efren Toledo – Principal

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