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Principal's Message

Principal Welcome

Greetings Harold Washington Families,


Welcome to the 2018-19 academic year!


As we embark on our third year of “Pacing for Excellence,” I want to take a moment to thank our outstanding parents and community for continuous and consistent support.  Thank you for your attendance at our events, for your support and kind words about our staff and programs, and mostly, thank you for sharing your remarkable students with us at Harold Washington Elementary School.  


This year we will continue to strive to create even more authentic and innovative learning opportunities for students.  Our staff embraces working together to ensure content alignment and sharing best practices to enhance their pedagogy. We know that by working together we create opportunities for students to achieve.  The process of educating and caring for our children is a team effort. I encourage you to contact the school at any time you have a concern, need clarification, or simply want to check in with your child’s educators.


The 2019 School Calendar has new and exciting learning opportunities for students and families.  If you have not done so yet, please become familiar with our calendar. The calendar is an excellent tool to help you plan your academic year.

I again thank you for your support for our school and for your involvement in your student’s education; that is one of our greatest strengths and something that sets us apart from other schools.  We are very proud of our reality, that here there is an opportunity for everyone to be involved; this includes students, parents, and members of the community.

Our commitment at Harold Washington Elementary School is to provide a safe and intellectually challenging environment that will empower students to become innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers and inspired learners prepared to thrive in the twenty-first century.

High standards and expectations for each student in regard to academic excellence, consistent attendance and responsible citizenship are the foundation of our school. It is the contribution of our students to our school community that makes Harold Washington Elementary School an exceptional learning community. Full participation in academic and co-curricular programs and a willingness to act responsibly as an individual within our educational environment are the factors that enable all to have a successful and enjoyable year.

We are excited for the 2018-19 school year.  Together, we can ensure that this will be a great year!

Sherri A. Walker