A Message From The Superintendent

    Dear Community School District 5,

I want to say how honored I am to serve as your new Superintendent, IA and to share a little information about me and my plans for the summer.  July 1st marks my first official day and I am simply delighted.  Working with children and families has always been my passion.   

Over the last 23 years, my passion has taken me on a journey as a teacher, coach, principal, and most recently deputy superintendent in District 23.  This journey, has cultivated many of my core beliefs, connected to my leadership and the role I believe people, resources and relationship play in bringing together a community.  It is these 3 R’s (Resources, Relationship, and Results) that are at the core of my leadership.   Ensuring every student has access to opportunities to reach his/her fullest potential, and making sure that we meet the diverse needs of our principals, teachers and students are the values I intend to continue to foster in Community School District 5.

District 5 currently has several resources.  My focus this year will be to galvanize the resources to target teaching and learning to enhance our practices to ensure that every student is college and career ready.  It is critical to every student’s success that we strengthen our partnerships by enhancing the communication structures that exist across stakeholders resulting in a relationship where all voices being heard.  Finally, my commitment towards results is steeped in collaborating and partnering with the community to prepare our students for a bright and productive future

I will spend most of my summer becoming more familiar with Community School District 5.   I wish you all an exciting and restful summer and I encourage you to consider how we will make our mark in Harlem. 

With great pride,   

Danika Rux

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Mission Statement

The District Five School Community, inclusive of parents and staff, collaborate to ensure high academic standards are so that our students achieve excellence both academically and socially in order to be productive and industrious members in our global society. 

Vision Statement

All Community School District 5 students will be critical thinkers who demonstrate a passion and thirst for learning and believe in their own power to perform at their maximum potential in an inspiring, respectful ,challenging and engaging learning community.

Guiding Principles

  • Diversity is valued, enriches the collaborative experience, and strengthens learning opportunities for all.
  • Leaders have a responsibility to build the capacity of individuals and organization to learn and lead.
  • High expectations and focused goal setting lead to breakthrough results. 
  • Professional learning strategically focused on improving instructional effectiveness and student learning produces greater academic success.
  • Evaluating the quality  of professional learning measures the fidelity of implementation and impact on student learning.
  • Professional learning communities use shared expertise to achieve desired results.
  • Collaboration results in high performing networks of professionals,  including parents and community members, with collective responsibility for greater student learning and achievement. 

Working Theory of Action

If the district team models instructional leadership by providing high quality feedback, professional learning opportunities/support aligned to accountability systems that inform district priorities, then principals/assistant principals will be able to strengthen their instructional leadership capacity, integrate the systematic use of data and provide high quality professional development  and feedback so that teachers will be able to deepen their content knowledge, plan/implement standards aligned instruction informed by student data, as well as utilize appropriate pedagogical strategies so that students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills, actively participate and take ownership of their learning, resulting in improved student outcomes/achievement.

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