Welcome to Neponset Grade School, “Home of the Bobcats.” My name is Dena Hodge-Bates, principal of the Neponset Grade School and it is with great honor that my staff and I welcome all students, parents, and community members. Neponset Grade School is a PreK-8 attendance center with an array of educational, technological, and athletic opportunities
At the Neponset Grade School, we offer an outstanding curriculum that fosters learning via current research based methodology, Illinois Common Core Learning Standards, engaged learning, and technological advances. Each classroom has internet access, computers, iPads, Smart Boards, and software programs to enhance student learning and foster success.
A variety of extracurricular activities are available to our students including: Scholastic Bowl, Science Fair, Family Fun Nights, and an outstanding Music/Band and Art Program. The Neponset Grade School offers a variety of athletic programs for our youth including: Girls/Boys Basketball, Cheerleading, Girls/Boys Track and Field, Girls Volleyball, and Football and Wrestling which is offered through our neighboring, Central Jr. High School. Through our athletic programs, students are encouraged to have fun and develop a sense of teamwork and dedication!
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” Aristotle
It is our mission at the Neponset Grade School to provide a developmentally appropriate education for all and to ensure a love for learning and an appreciation for becoming a productive member in our culturally enriched, democratic society. The vision of the Neponset Grade School is to demonstrate an appreciation of everyone’s diverse needs, to recognize that all students are capable of success, and to ensure that all students will be provided with a safe, nurturing, positive learning environment which allows them to learn to their fullest capability. Core values to be followed are to value one’s individual differences and diverse needs, instill the importance of being a life-long learner, appreciate and value family involvement, self-respect, respect and value others, honesty, and instill the importance of inquiry, engagement, critical thinking, and problem solving through the implementation of the Illinois Common Core Learning Standards.
“Education is not the filling of the pail, but the lighting of the fire.” William Butler Yeats
Dena Hodge-Bates, Principal