Our Students Stories
When Anthony started at North Side Community School as a 1st grader, he was extremely deficient in language arts and math, performing at an extremely low level. He also had behavioral issues and was described as “wild” by many at the school. Anthony went through the NSCS assessment program. He was diagnosed as a Special Needs student and identified as needing Speech Therapy at NSCS and Occupational Therapy from an outside source. Our principal, Ms. Erondu, and his teachers developed an education plan to bring him up to grade level.
From the beginning, he and his father met often with Ms. Erondu and his teachers, but Anthony continued to struggle and was held back. Despite difficulties and potential stigma, his father kept him at North Side and worked closely with our staff. Last year, Anthony was in the second grade with Ms. Cox. She taught him patiently, carefully and with great compassion to continue on his plan, Core, More and More; he got his core instruction with his small class, more with Ms. Cox working with him individually, and more with extensive tutoring with Ms. Ellis.
This year, Anthony is in the third grade. He is reading and doing math above grade level. He has matured and is a delightful young child - respectful, polite, friendly and happy. With the dedication, perseverance and collaboration of his father and our staff, Anthony is on the path to be a successful student throughout his years in school.
De'Aira came to as a new North Side student last year. She had a lot of acclimating and learning to become comfortable in the high expectation environment that makes up North Side. In the beginning of the year, she struggled with reading comprehension and basic mathematical skills. Over the course of the year, not only did her attitude and general outlook about school improved but she became one of the highest performers in her classroom. She was excited to come to school and learn and put a lot of effort into exceeding. She blossomed into a positive and serious student by the end of her second grade year.
At the beginning of the school year, Alaniaya had a very difficult time focusing on her schoolwork. She constantly forgot her book bag, folder or homework. She was not organized and needed a lot of assistance. Everyday she worked with the second grade classroom aide to help her and was given extra homework to complete. After counseling with her family and continuation of individualized help, Alaniaya become organized and came to school ready to learn everyday. She began participating in class and reading a chapter book nearly every week.