Dear students and families,

            It is that time again! I hope that you have had a great summer and that you are now looking forward to the new school year. Middle School is a pivotal time for many, and I can assure you that both new and returning students will be experiencing a wide variety of new and exciting things this year.

            Though most know me as the former sixth grade Humanities teacher, this year I will be happily teaching seventh and eighth grade Language Arts! My classroom still proudly represents the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as I will be the advisor to the now-8th grade, outstanding UIUC gentlemen for the third and final year.

To the new students and families to E.E.C.S. - WELCOME! My name is Ms. Jessie Maldonado. I am an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, class of 2011. Go Flames! I was born in Manatí, Puerto Rico. However, I was raised right here in this Humboldt Park community! I am honored to give back to my community by providing the middle schoolers with challenging, engaging, and rewarding educational experiences in Reading and Writing. I will also be working closely with the other middle school teachers to plan and implement thematic and integrative units, so that you may see the numerous commonalities and connections that exist among the different subject areas and grade levels. Of course, we will all be working hard to foster the habits of heart, mind, and work as well!

I am eager to meet new families, start the new school year, and work closely with all of you. We - as teachers, students, and family members - are all partners in the learning process. By working as a team, we will ensure maximum academic success. Throughout the year I will communicate with families through notes, telephone calls, emails, report cards, and parent-teacher conferences. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule a meeting. I can be reached by telephone at (773) 486-7161 or by e-mail at

Enjoy your last days of vacation and start looking forward to next Wednesday, August 28th! Come prepared for a busy 2013-2014 school year!


Ms. Jessie Maldonado

7th and 8th grade Language Arts

University of Illinois Room