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School Climate Team

The Haven Middle School Climate Team consists of an assistant principal, social worker, and counselor for each grade level. It also includes the school principal and psychologist.

Christopher Latting, Principal

I am excited to start a new year of learning with the North Star students, staff, and families! We have expanded our capacity to be more responsive and provide additional support to the students and families we serve. New Northstar colleagues are likewise anticipating a fascinating academic year. Please help them feel welcome!

Last spring, we set three school improvement goals for the 2022-23 school year. These objectives are outlined below. You can also watch the board meeting from last spring, where I presented them.

  1. Develop a Safe and Inclusive School Environment for All Students and Staff.
  2. Active and Consistent Engagement of Families and Community.
  3. Leverage PLCs to Improve Student Success Through Rigorous and Relevant Curriculum and Instruction.

Please read and absorb the valuable information in this year's District 65 Student Handbook to understand District policies and student and parent/guardian responsibilities and obligations. In addition, we also have a supplemental Student/Parent Handbook designed especially for Haven families. The handbook highlights Haven policies and procedures and, like the D65 Handbook, shares student and parent/guardian roles and responsibilities.

Thank you in advance for your continued support and collaboration this year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s educators or administrators. Wishing you and your children a safe, successful, and productive school year!

Jennice Davis, Assistant Principal

I am honored to have the privilege to introduce myself. My name is Jennice Davis, and I am excited to join this dynamic team as Assistant Principal at Haven Middle School. I have been an educator for over 15 years, serving many students and communities in various capacities. I have worked in public education and for a Therapeutic Day School.

I have taught Middle School Science, Reading\ELA, Health, and Social Studies in my educational career. I have also been a Principal, Assistant Principal, and Instructional coach.

I am from Chicago, IL, but reside in Riverside, IL, with my three children, Da'Janae, Marques Jr., and Maurice. I am a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., of which I have been a member for 15 years.

I graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor's in Health Education. I also achieved a Master's degree in Education from Dominican University and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Administration and Supervision from National-LouisUniversity. I aim to serve our students' academic, social, and emotional needs and maintain a safe, trusting, and caring environment for our students, staff, parents, and community stakeholders.

I look forward to assisting and working closely with the Haven administration team. I am excited about building a positive rapport and a positive impact on a student's academic achievement and educational success through cultural responsiveness. I will continue to strive to build great relationships with teachers, parents, and community members to meet the goals of the school and district.

I look forward to an incredible year of implementing cultural responsiveness, building relationships, and exceeding expectations at Haven Middle School. I look forward to meeting all of you throughout this school year.

Thomas Smith, Assistant Principal

I am a native New Yorker and spent most of my life and professional educational career on the East Coast. I completed my undergraduate studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Subsequently, I completed my graduate studies in Education at Northwestern University and Educational Leadership (Summer Principals Academy) at Teachers College - Columbia University. I have served in many roles in my professional experience, including Dean of Instruction, Dean of Students, Department Chair, Grade Level Leader, Instructional Coach, and science and mathematics teacher. This year will mark my fourteenth year as a professional educator.

I am eager to center our students in every aspect of our decision-making. For this class of students, I told them the importance of a strong start as sixth graders, and they exceeded my expectations. Now, as seventh graders, they aren’t sixth graders any longer, and they are not yet 8th graders; they are somewhere in the middle. So our seventh-grade motto is simple: "meaningful and memorable middles." Let’s work together as a Northstar community to make this year meaningful and memorable! I will continue to do my best to serve our community at Haven: families, teachers, and, most importantly, our students.

I look forward to continued collaboration and partnership in your child’s education this school year!

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