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The CPS Winter Weather Plan

By | January 14th, 2016|

We hope that Mother Nature will be kind to us in 2016, but we want families to know that CPS is prepared for winter weather. Our goal is always to keep school open: we don’t want students missing out on valuable learning time, or the warm classrooms and meals they may count on as part of their school day. But if heavy snow or extreme cold make it dangerous for children to travel to and from school, classes may need [...]

ACT vs. SAT: What Parents Need to Know

By | January 11th, 2016|

Parents…you may have heard that our state has decided to move from the ACT to the SAT as the college entrance exam for Illinois students. If you’re the parent of a high school junior, you may be wondering how this news will affect your child this year. The first thing to know is that the change is not immediate. All juniors will still take a school day ACT test with writing in spring 2016. The date for that exam will [...]

Keeping Kids On Track and Off Tobacco

By | January 11th, 2016|

Starting high school is exciting, but it can also be a stressful time for students. The transition from 8th to 9th grade means a new school, new teachers, and new classmates, not to mention a more rigorous curriculum meant to get them ready to succeed in college and career. Now, a new tobacco tax being proposed by Mayor Emanuel could help all CPS freshmen get their high school careers off to a stronger start. If approved by the Chicago City [...]

Remembering the Trip of a Lifetime

By | January 7th, 2016|

One week ago today, my students and I had the privilege of ringing in the New Year at the 2015 Sugar Bowl – a trip that would not have been possible without the generous support of COUNTRY Financial. This was the first band trip for Kelly High School in nearly half a century, and the first time most of our student musicians had ever been to New Orleans, or even out of Chicago. We had the opportunity to represent our [...]

Understanding PARCC

By | December 11th, 2015|

Earlier today students received their 2015 PARCC assessment scores, which they’ll bring home to discuss with parents. Because this is a new test and scores will look different than other standardized test results, we want to make sure that parents understand how to read them. As a reminder, CPS students participated in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) in the spring of 2015. This assessment is aligned to the Common Core Standards, which Illinois adopted [...]

Through the Lens of a Student Artist

By | December 8th, 2015|

Over the past few days, a video created by CPS alumnus Shea Glover has been shared on social media over 88,000 times and has received nearly five million views. Titled “Things I Find Beautiful”, the piece captures people’s reaction to Shea, the voice behind the camera, telling them that they are beautiful. She completed the video last spring – a capstone project during her senior year at Chicago High School for the Arts. Now a college student living in New [...]

The Pride of Bronzeville: Phillips Wildcats Make CPS History

By | December 4th, 2015|

Before an elated Bronzeville crowd, the Wildcats of Wendell Phillips High School brought CPS its first-ever State football title on the day after Thanksgiving. The team crushed opponent Belleville Althoff by a score of 51-7 at NIU’s Huskie Stadium. This neighborhood school has been on the rise: over the last five years attendance, test scores and college enrollment are all up, and Phillips’ students are fielding millions in scholarship offers. At a rally celebrating their state football championship, Phillips was [...]

Why I’m Thankful for CPS

By | November 23rd, 2015|

When I sit down to Thanksgiving dinner with my family, one of the things I’ll be grateful for this year is the experience my son has had at Clissold Elementary School. When we first came to Clissold six years ago, it took everything I had just to get him through the school doors each morning. My son has Asperger’s Syndrome, which is a form of high-functioning autism, and the social aspects of school were very challenging for him. I often [...]

20% for 20%

By | November 17th, 2015|

“Chicago Public Schools have 20% of the state’s students, Chicagoans contribute 20% of the state’s income tax revenue – yet CPS only receives 15% of the state’s education funding.” In an address to the City Club of Chicago, CPS CEO Forrest Claypool advocated that Chicago schools should be treated fairly, and receive 20% of the state’s education funding. If CPS were funded at rates equal to its enrollment, it would mean more than $458 million in additional funding this fiscal [...]

Tips for Applying to Selective Enrollment, Magnet, IB, and Other District Programs

By | November 16th, 2015|

December 11 is fast approaching and that means the deadline to apply for Options for Knowledge programs is quickly nearing. The Options for Knowledge Program application covers the following CPS programs: Selective Enrollment High Schools Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools Magnet Schools and Programs Magnet Cluster Schools International Baccalaureate High Schools College and Career Academies Military Academies Open-Enrollment Elementary Schools Did you know that some of these programs require an in-person audition or that you’ll need a PIN number to even [...]