Letter from the PrincipalLetter from the Principal(es)

john-webWelcome to the Home of the Elks! We have an amazing group of teachers, educational service personnel, coaches, support staff, and administrators who collaborate to give our students a cutting edge junior high school experience!

Our goal is to prepare students for success in life! To accomplish this, students engage in a rigorous comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes best practices in education. We look to create “thinking” classrooms where student ideas are a valued and utilized part of the program. Special emphasis is made on student collaboration, problem-solving, and digital literacy. Our collaborative staff works very hard to develop a standards-based curriculum that is aligned throughout the content and grade levels toward a set of learning standards focused on what students can do.

We offer over forty extracurricular opportunities! These include athletic, artistic, social, and leadership programs. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to supplement their education and make life-long connections with other students and adults. We also offer a variety of electives that stimulate a myriad of interests ranging from art and music to innovative technology education. These programs are led by dedicated teachers looking to inspire our students and create pathways for the future. We have something to offer every student.

I’m very proud to be a part of Grove Junior High School! Prior to this opportunity, I taught and coached at St. Patrick High School in Chicago, Chino High School in Chino, California, and most recently at Rolling Meadows High School in District 214. I was also lucky enough to work as a Division Head at Rolling Meadows High School supervising the English Language Learner, Social Science, and World Language departments. I received my undergraduate degree at Valparaiso University where I studied Secondary Education and Psychology. At DePaul University, I received a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Most of my free time is spent with my wonderful wife chasing our three energetic boys. Education has always been more than a career for me. I see it as an opportunity to change kids’ lives and thus positively impact the community and nation as a whole. The Grove Faculty and Staff has taken on this noble cause with strategic planning and professionalism.

Our faculty, staff, and administration is focused on the absolute best for every child! We will do everything we can do to provide life long opportunities for our students. Our hope is to build partnerships with our community and families. Please contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to supporting you in any way possible.

 

Best regards!

 

John Harrington

Principal

john-webWelcome to the Home of the Elks! We have an amazing group of teachers, educational service personnel, coaches, support staff, and administrators who collaborate to give our students a cutting edge junior high school experience!

Our goal is to prepare students for success in life! To accomplish this, students engage in a rigorous comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes best practices in education. We look to create “thinking” classrooms where student ideas are a valued and utilized part of the program. Special emphasis is made on student collaboration, problem-solving, and digital literacy. Our collaborative staff works very hard to develop a standards-based curriculum that is aligned throughout the content and grade levels toward a set of learning standards focused on what students can do.

We offer over forty extracurricular opportunities! These include athletic, artistic, social, and leadership programs. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to supplement their education and make life-long connections with other students and adults. We also offer a variety of electives that stimulate a myriad of interests ranging from art and music to innovative technology education. These programs are led by dedicated teachers looking to inspire our students and create pathways for the future. We have something to offer every student.

I’m very proud to be a part of Grove Junior High School! Prior to this opportunity, I taught and coached at St. Patrick High School in Chicago, Chino High School in Chino, California, and most recently at Rolling Meadows High School in District 214. I was also lucky enough to work as a Division Head at Rolling Meadows High School supervising the English Language Learner, Social Science, and World Language departments. I received my undergraduate degree at Valparaiso University where I studied Secondary Education and Psychology. At DePaul University, I received a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Most of my free time is spent with my wonderful wife chasing our three energetic boys. Education has always been more than a career for me. I see it as an opportunity to change kids’ lives and thus positively impact the community and nation as a whole. The Grove Faculty and Staff has taken on this noble cause with strategic planning and professionalism.

Our faculty, staff, and administration is focused on the absolute best for every child! We will do everything we can do to provide life long opportunities for our students. Our hope is to build partnerships with our community and families. Please contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to supporting you in any way possible.

 

Best regards!

 

John Harrington

Principal(need es)