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Hoyne Elementary Teacher To Host New ‘Girl Talk’ Conference For Students

By | March 9th, 2018|

Nicole Smith-Franklin, a social studies teacher at Hoyne Elementary School, says she remembers the exact moment she felt the need to facilitate a conversation between her young female students. A group of students were teasing another student, she says. Once a pre-teen herself, with large glasses and a sense of style unlike what others considered “cool,” Smith-Franklin said she could relate to the student being bullied. She says she remembers being “teased about almost everything.” That’s when the idea for [...]

‘Symphony of Change’ At Brown Academy Brings Students New Band

By | March 9th, 2018|

Ronald Brown Academy seventh grader Jamari Christmas is new to the guitar, but until this year, he said he never would’ve picked up the instrument. He’s one of a handful of students at the West Pullman neighborhood school who have joined beginner’s band, something their school never offered before this year, said Assistant Principal Donnell Rader. “I like band,” said 12-year-old Jamari. “I also thought I was the boy who couldn’t do much, but when band started, I figured out [...]

Lindblom Students Challenged With Creating Change Through Projects

By | March 6th, 2018|

Lindblom High School freshmen taking Human Geography were tasked with the challenge of creating a project that would reimagine a public space, or solve a current problem that would directly benefit their community. Social sciences teachers Ian Brannigan and Teddy Kent said they assigned their freshmen classes to create a project that would affect change. One student advocated for an Orange Line extension in Ashburn because he said many residents in his community have to take a half an hour [...]

Walter Payton College Prep Students Lend A Hand on ‘Sweetness Day’

By | March 6th, 2018|

More than 1,000 Walter Payton College Preparatory High School students participated in "Sweetness Day," the school's ninth annual day of service event March 2. Divided into groups, students traveled across the city to nearly 50 volunteer sites. One group spent their time at 2 Li'l Fishes, a nonprofit that provides meals to those less fortunate in the heart of Uptown. There, students prepared meals, played games and engaged with individuals of all ages. The event is held in honor of [...]

Brentano Students Celebrate Crossing Guard Appreciation Month

By | March 1st, 2018|

CPS joined city partners and more than 75 Brentano Elementary students to celebrate Crossing Guard Appreciation Month and launch an accompanying public safety campaign to highlight the importance of crossing guard and student safety Monday. Crossing Guard Appreciation Month is a partnership between CPS, the Mayor’s Office, the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) and the Chicago Department of Transportation. Through this partnership, city entitles are jointly launching the “Stay Alert, Don’t Get Hurt” public safety campaign aimed at [...]

Whitney Young Named CPS Decathlon City Champs

By | March 1st, 2018|

Whitney Young's Academic Decathlon team has been named the new CPS Academic Decathlon City Champions. The championship took place Feb. 17 at Whitney Young High School. The school, along with seven CPS schools, advanced to the Academic Decathlon State Competition, which will be held at Northeastern Illinois University March 10. The following teams are advancing to the State Competition (in order of ranking): Whitney Young (1st)        Amundsen Lane Tech (2nd)               Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Schurz (3rd) [...]

Marshall Girls Basketball Team Snags Another Win, New State Champs [Photos]

By | February 26th, 2018|

The celebratory energy spread through the auditorium Monday at Marshall High School as students, faculty and staff cheered on the girls basketball team, congratulating the new 2018 Class 2A Girls Basketball State Champions. The school planned a special rally to recognize the players  for their 53-44 win against Harlan Academy at Saturday’s playoff game. Eighteen-year-old twin sisters Dyanla and Miyanda Rainey, who go by DeDe and MeMe, are the team’s top two players, said coach Dorothy Gaters. DeDe, [...]

Civil Rights Activist, Historian, Gets Dyett’s First Honorary Eagle Award

By | February 26th, 2018|

A special assembly held at Dyett High School, in honor of African American History Month, paid homage to African American historian and civil rights activist Timuel Black Feb. 22. “I am overwhelmed,” said the 99-year-old, as he received his honorary award. The school’s principal presented Black with their first, soon to be annual, Honorary Eagle Award. “This is the first of many, but I think it was a great first,” said principal Beulah McLoyd. Black was chosen because of his [...]

Students Participate in ‘Introduce A Girl to Engineering’ Day

By | February 23rd, 2018|

Women engineers from the James Dyson Foundation spent a day with female students at Amundsen High School Feb. 22. The students completed different engineering related challenges. Chicago Public Schools Chief Education Officer LaTanya McDade joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Check out this video!