Sheila B. Barlow
Welcome back Panther Students and Parents!
I would like to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year. I am truly excited about what this year has in store for Powell
Academy. As the school leader, I will ensure that Powell continues to be the premiere school of South Shore.
Over the summer, teachers have been working to prepare for this school year. They have been equipped with new strategies
and teaching methods that will allow students to become independent thinkers who take ownership of their education. We at
Powell cannot do it alone. We need all stakeholders, students, parents, and the community members to assist with
implementing the expectation of learning. With that said, we all have the expectation that every Powell student will be
successful. We have the expectation that every student will conduct themselves like intelligent girls and boys who take pride in
themselves and their school. We do not want anyone to miss an opportunity, so we are asking for every student to be in
attendance every day!
Students will be required to complete tasks, study and prepare for success beyond the school day.
There are several ways that you parents can help:
• First, I encourage you to keep in contact with your child’s teacher(s) regarding their progress.
• Second, review your child’s assignments with them to be sure they understand what they are reading.
• Third, continue to monitor the CPS Parent Portal to check your child’s grades and attendance.
I look forward to a prosperous school year with the understanding that we will keep the lines of communication. I ask that you
continue to challenge me and Powell’s staff in a positive way to ensure student success.
Powell has an Anti-Bully Zone.
Powell is committed to students having a healthy social emotional experience. I take bullying very seriously, which is why Powell
has an anti-bullying policy. This includes cyber bullying as well. If you feel that your child has experienced bullying you will
need to contact my Dean of Students, Mr. Wilson or myself immediately.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the main office. We are committed to EXCELLENCE. My email is
Sheila Barlow, Principal
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Paideia Academy
“Committed to Academic Excellence”