Letter from Principal

Letter from Principal

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Dear Firebird Families,

On behalf of the Friendship Junior High staff, I am thrilled to welcome you back for the 2019-2020 school year! This school year marks my first as the building principal after spending the past five years an assistant principal, and the previous seven years as a teacher at Grove Junior High. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to work with so many of the amazing members of our CCSD59 community and am incredibly excited for the work that we will continue to do here at Friendship.

Our staff have dedicated themselves to making sure that all of the students that come through have high quality learning experiences. At Friendship, we believe that the best learning happens when:

  • The basic needs of the learner are being met
  • The learner is a part of a safe and welcoming environment
  • Learners have a dynamic and positive relationship with their teachers
  • Learners are interested and have choices in the work they are doing
  • Learners work toward goals that are challenging yet attainable.

The best parts of my days are the times that I get to spend in the classes, seeing firsthand the work that the students are doing based around these principles.

For new or returning students and families, I encourage you to get and stay involved with the school. For students, we have a wide variety of activities, clubs, and sports to participate in throughout the year. There are different offerings each quarter, so check out the morning announcements, school calendar, and other school communications to find out what will be available.

For parents, experts agree that home involvement is one of the biggest predictors of student success. You can stay on top of what is going on at Friendship by:

  • Following us on Facebook (Friendship Junior High), Twitter (@fjhs_firebirds), or Instagram (@fjhs_firebirds).
  • Keeping up-to-date with your student’s grades and attendance in Skyward Family Access
  • Become a member/volunteer with the Friendship Parent-Teacher Organization

At home, you can support your student by engaging in conversations about what they are doing in school and making sure the students establish and keep healthy sleep patterns. Most importantly, one of the best ways to support your student is to communicate with us. If there is anything happening–either in or out of the building–or something that would be helpful for us to be aware of, please do not hesitate to reach out to the school. I keep an open door policy and am available to talk by phone or in person.

As principal, my top priority is making the Friendship experience positive for students and their families. The pre-teen and teenage years come with a variety of new challenges and experiences. We are all here to make sure that students and their families have the support necessary to navigate all that will come.

Sincerely,

Bill Timmins, Principal
Friendship Junior High
(847) 593-4350
[email protected]

Timmins Square

Dear Firebird Families,

On behalf of the Friendship Junior High staff, I am thrilled to welcome you back for the 2019-2020 school year! This school year marks my first as the building principal after spending the past five years an assistant principal, and the previous seven years as a teacher at Grove Junior High. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to work with so many of the amazing members of our CCSD59 community and am incredibly excited for the work that we will continue to do here at Friendship.

Our staff have dedicated themselves to making sure that all of the students that come through have high quality learning experiences. At Friendship, we believe that the best learning happens when:

  • The basic needs of the learner are being met
  • The learner is a part of a safe and welcoming environment
  • Learners have a dynamic and positive relationship with their teachers
  • Learners are interested and have choices in the work they are doing
  • Learners work toward goals that are challenging yet attainable.

The best parts of my days are the times that I get to spend in the classes, seeing firsthand the work that the students are doing based around these principles.

For new or returning students and families, I encourage you to get and stay involved with the school. For students, we have a wide variety of activities, clubs, and sports to participate in throughout the year. There are different offerings each quarter, so check out the morning announcements, school calendar, and other school communications to find out what will be available.

For parents, experts agree that home involvement is one of the biggest predictors of student success. You can stay on top of what is going on at Friendship by:

  • Following us on Facebook (Friendship Junior High), Twitter (@fjhs_firebirds), or Instagram (@fjhs_firebirds).
  • Keeping up-to-date with your student’s grades and attendance in Skyward Family Access
  • Become a member/volunteer with the Friendship Parent-Teacher Organization

At home, you can support your student by engaging in conversations about what they are doing in school and making sure the students establish and keep healthy sleep patterns. Most importantly, one of the best ways to support your student is to communicate with us. If there is anything happening–either in or out of the building–or something that would be helpful for us to be aware of, please do not hesitate to reach out to the school. I keep an open door policy and am available to talk by phone or in person.

As principal, my top priority is making the Friendship experience positive for students and their families. The pre-teen and teenage years come with a variety of new challenges and experiences. We are all here to make sure that students and their families have the support necessary to navigate all that will come.

Sincerely,

Bill Timmins, Principal
Friendship Junior High
(847) 593-4350
[email protected]