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BUILDING Toward Success

2011-2012 Annual Report


has prepared me for the highest expectations. Â I have learned to work hard to keep my grade average up and to work in groups at the highest level. -Jennetta Jackson, EECS 7th grade student

Dear Friends, As we reflect on the 2011-12 school year, we are grateful for the experiences that have positively shaped Erie Elementary Charter School. Our vision of offering a high quality elementary education to all students has been realized in so many ways. Academically, our students are outperforming many of their peers; 82% of EECS students are performing at or above grade level, compared to 74% of students in Chicago Public Schools (2012 Illinois Standards Achievement Test). Further, our students receive services that are not always available in other schools – instruction in two languages, music, physical education, counseling, annual college trips, and a wide array of after school activities. This year we continued our expansion to middle school by adding 7th grade and by bringing Mr. Jesus Tirado on board as our new Assistant Principal. Mr. Tirado came to EECS with a wealth of experience and has already begun shaping our middle school culture into one of the highest expectations. In addition, we have begun educating our middle school students and their parents on the high school application and selection process. We are confident that the foundation we have provided them during their years at EECS will continue to propel them towards academic and personal success in high school and beyond. Finally, this year was marked with the building of a new playground for our students and the beginning of construction for a new building addition for EECS! Our new, larger home will house a brand new gymnasium, expanded space for after school and family activities, and a renovated lobby. We can’t wait for the addition to be complete next year and for our students to show you around. We are so grateful for you, our friends, who have believed in our vision and have supported our growth since our founding in 2005. Your commitment has allowed us to build on a strong foundation and foster leadership, create stronger communities, and most importantly, provide our students with selfconfidence and prepare them for bright academic and personal futures. Sincerely,

Velia Soto Principal

Mary G. Boehler Board President

“The foundation we’ve provided our students will propel them to success in high school and beyond.” -Velia Soto, Principal

Laying an educational foundation for high school and beyond

A vast body of evidence suggests that by engaging middle school students in a supportive and enriching educational environment at this formative developmental period, they will begin high school with the cognitive and social assets necessary to do well and graduate on time. At EECS, we are committed to student success beyond our doors so high school preparation is at the core of our collegegoing culture.

Our students have the “college bound� mentality. - Kim Kays, Middle School Teacher

Middle school students and parents have begun exploring the high school application and admission process in the city of Chicago and the high quality school options available to them in order to ensure they make the right choice for their children. Next year, EECS will hold its first high school fair and offer a comprehensive high school support plan to our first 8th grade class so they thrive in this new and exciting next step of their educational career.

Building a track record of success Percent of Erie Elementary Charter School students meeting or exceeding standards based on ISAT composite scores.

A Snapshot of EECS 360 students enrolled at EECS during the 2011-12 school year

Percent of Chicago Public School students meeting or exceeding standards based on ISAT composite scores.

96% of students are Latino or African American ‘07-08






of students received free or reduced price lunch




of students are English Language Learners

74.1% 69.5%


75.4% 73.3%




of students receive special education services








100% of EECS students visit one college campus every year; current 7th grade students have been on 7 college campuses.

EECS by the Numbers For complete audited financial statements, visit www.eriecharterschool.org or contact Erie’s Development & Communications department at (312) 432-2236.

Statement of Activities Fiscal Year 2012 July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012



Government (83%)

Student Instruction (92%)

Private (14%)

Management & General (6%)

Miscellaneous (3%)

Fundraising (2%)

TOTAL: $3,969,798

TOTAL: $3,942,978

A New Playground for EECS

Thanks to KaBOOM!, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building playgrounds across the country, and Radio Flyer, a leading producer of wagons and toys, EECS has a new playground for our students to enjoy!

KaBOOM! Build Day brought together over 200 volunteers, teachers, and students who in just 6 hours, built a beautiful new playground for our school.

EECS students had an opportunity to dream up their ideal playground and share their ideas with KaBoom! experts.

The result: an EECSdesigned, fun-filled new playground for all to enjoy!

Thank you! $100,000 and above Perkins Malo Hunter Foundation Walton Family Foundation $50,000 to $99,999 Crown Family Philanthropies

Erie Eagle drawn by Maxim Andriyuchuk, Evergreen State College 5th grade student

EECS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mary G. Boehler Crystal Pruess Bush Ricardo Estrada Agustin Gomez-Leal Maria Guerra John R. Hall Mark Hallett Troy Harden Patricia Horsch, Ph.D Bryan W. Jackson David Kinnear George Locasto Lolita Lopez Melanie Madigan Michael Milkie Rev. Corey Nelson Victor S. Nelson Charles D. O’Kieffe Kevin K. Mitchell Kenneth V. Perkins Celena Roldan Alejandro Silva Velia Soto Susan M. Taylor

$25,000 to $49,999 Charles D. O’Kieffe $10,000 to $24,999 First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest The Field Foundation of Illinois Geary Rimmer Vincent Wolf Foundation John and Patricia Hall JaMel and Tom Perkins Family Fund Madigan Family Foundation The Pauls Foundation Kenneth V. and Leola H. Perkins Springboard Foundation $5,000 to $9,999 Anonymous Kautz Family Charitable Fund Edgar and Deborah Jannotta, Sr. Locasto Family Foundation Nancy Vincent Charitable Fund Ryan Enterprises Group UBS $1,000 to $4,999 Anonymous J. Brian and Kathleen Barnett Benevolent, NFP William P. and Mary G. Boehler Bulley & Andrews, LLC Meg Caswell Charles H. and Beverly E. Shaw Foundation Chicago Fire MLS Keating and Caroline Crown Steven and Nancy Crown Donald and Gail Curtis Donald P. and Byrd M. Kelly Foundation Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP Ricardo Estrada and Beatriz Ponce de León

To our many friends and supporters who made contributions between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.

Evanston Bicycle Club Bert A. and Sandra M. Getz Jeffrey and Molly Lowe John Ronan Architects MB Financial Bank John McCartney McCormick Foundation Matching Gift Program Mesirow Financial William A. and Deborah S. Montgomery Corey A. Nelson and Melissa Earley Victor S. and Mary R. Nelson Dorothy A. Oremus R.A.S.H. Fund John H. and Mary Helen Ray Patrick G. and Shirley Ann Ryan Alejandro Silva, Jr. Peter and Michelle Thompson $500 to $999 Thomas F. and Crystal Bush Steven D. Fox Augustin Gomez-Leal and Carrie J. Davis Troy and Noni Harden Raleigh G. Hegwood Christopher and Patricia Horsch Illinois Network of Charter Schools Lifetouch National School Studios, Inc. Leon G. Locasto Garth and Susan Moseley Taylor Patrick and Sara Nash Patrick H. and Katherine Perkins Puerto Rican Cultural Center Robert R. McCormick Foundation Eugene L. and Anna Jean Woroch $100 to $499 Ryan and Sarah Airola Anonymous Charles W. Armstrong Dorothy H. Ballantyne Barnes & Noble Booksellers Philip D. and Judy Block, III Anthony and Jennifer Bowker CEC Entertainment D. Michael and Grace A. Clear Charles H. Cory II. Mary Beth Cox

Kathleen Crown John DeCarrier and Carmen Solano DeCarrier Michael and Lauren Crandall Robert O. and Quinn E. Delaney Martin J. Dyrst Annette Fiscelli Eric R. Fox Stuart L. and Adrienne L. Foler Lee and Kitty Freidheim Richard & Janice Geddes Lee Francis and Michelle Gittler Nicolas Guzman and Dr. Meghan O’Neill Joshua Hale Mark S. Hallett and Carmen Vidal Hallett Stephen M. and Lail Herman Stephen and Joan Hermes Elizabeth Issleib David and Jennifer Kelly Russell and Elisabeth Kinnel Ryan and Laura Kraus Valerie S. Lewis Julius and Elaine Loeser Thomas L. and Barbara Lyon James V. Mayhall Stephen and Rita McElroy Patrick McEvoy Richard Melman Metropolitan Family Services Gerry and Penelope Miller Scott and Sarah Mills James and Suzanne Neaylon, III Joe A. Niznik Norcon, Inc. Michael and Julie Oleshansky Maria and Miguel Perez Fred and Susan Perkins Kenneth L. Perkins Gregory A. Pinter Izabela Poludniak Donald and E. Dolores Register Bernard B. Rinella Robert and Marletta Darnall Family Charitable Fund Chris and Tammy Roehm Celena Roldan Victoria R. Ross Michael and Anne Schrauth Richard Silverman Ricardo and Consuelo Soto William and Sabrina Spitznagle John and Judy Stevens Ubaldo Suarez del Real Sumac, Inc.

Target Take Charge of Education Michele M Thompson Tim Urquhart Peter W. and Janet Voss Steven Whitman James and Bonita Wilkes Thomas Zbierski $1 to $99 Frank and Tina Aiello Richard Armstrong Markus and Betty Azadeh Ellen B. Baldwin Robert P. and Mary Beaubien Jeffrey H. Bergman Birk Plumbing Inc. Adriana Cardona Frances Casey Howard A. and Katrina Chandler Norm and B.J. Chimenti Christopher and Denise Dell Isola Douglas P. Dow Electronic Scrip Alan and Jenny Ermshler Sarah Lynne Evans Kirby and Karen Girolami Callam Ulisses Gutierrez Antonio Herrera Mark T Irvin Paul Kasper Ginny Kelly Craig Kempler R. Jackson and Meredith Kinnel Josh and Natalie Kritzler John Kuhnen David S. and Phyllis Kupperman Marisol Martinez Christine B Maxwell Michael McLaughlin John R. and Lynne D. Montgomery, III James M. Moskal Laura Mudd Henry Dwyer and Helen Murray Rajiv Naidu Maribel Piccinini Pinky Nail Chicago Carlos Ramirez Eduardo Reyes Kenneth Santiago Gary and Jessica Schaer Jeffrey A. and Linda G. Schroeder Elizabeth A Shay Spirit and Pride, LLC

Lindsay Vail Rebecca Washlow Oscar and Guadalupe Zepeda In Honor of Ric Estrada John Alfonzo Anonymous Francisco and Rosaura Arellano Luz Celia Chavez G. D. Conroy Vanessa Deaton Adriana Estrada Arturo and Elia Estrada Sylvia Fajardo John R. and Patricia A. Hall Frank and Leonor Krejsa Mary Beth LeMay John S. Mann Herbert Moreno Olivia Mulcahy Anthony Raden Jimmy Reyes Genita Robinson Schwab Charitable Fund In Honor of Melanie Madigan Walter and Joan Kasten Eric and Sarah Mayeda Monsignor Kenneth Velo In Honor of Alex Montgomery Susan E. Shabica In Honor of Jose Estrada Kenneth V. and Leola H. Perkins In-Kind Contributions Caroline M Nelson Jennifer and Steven Norvid Kenneth V. and Leola H. Perkins Blast Marketing Eric and Joanna Nelson Perkins Investment Management, LLC David E. Shoub Goose Island Brewing Company Mark Hallett Drinker Biddle & Reath Gomez-Wallin Architects Ltd.

Building for the Future With a generous capital grant from the State of Illinois, EECS had the opportunity to convert the former convent adjacent to the school, into a beautiful new addition to help support our growth. EECS held a groundbreaking ceremony last April which brought together Governor Pat Quinn and other elected officials, students, staff, and friends of EECS to celebrate this milestone. The new building will house a new gymnasium, additional space for after school activities, a parent resource room, a computer lab, and a renovated lobby. Our new, bigger home will provide ample space for our students, K-8, to learn, grow and play!

“[Illinois] believes in you, the students, and we think it’s important to invest in your education.” -Governor Pat Quinn, Groundbreaking Ceremony 4.26.12

The most important thing

I have learned during my time at Erie is to keep the habits of Heart, Work, and Mind –to respect others, yourself, and your surroundings, to be prepared for class and put all of your effort into everything you do, and to be analytical and ask questions. -Julissa Collazo, EECS 7th grade student

Erie Elementary Charter School 1405 N. Washtenaw Chicago, IL 60622





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