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What CPS is Thankful for This Year
DISTRICT | November 26, 2020
What CPS is Thankful for This Year

Thank you for sticking with us through a year unlike any other. 

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Part Two: This is How I Teach Virtually
SCHOOLS | November 24, 2020
Part Two: This is How I Teach Virtually

After a strong start, these three teachers have started to think about what they will concentrate on to keep their momentum going.

Rediscovering What Makes a Band Class Great
SCHOOLS | November 21, 2020
Rediscovering What Makes a Band Class Great

Despite all of the challenges of playing an instrument remotely, my students still want to keep learning, growing, and making music. 

Transforming a School Should be an Inclusive, Community-Led Effort
SCHOOLS | November 19, 2020
Transforming a School Should be an Inclusive, Community-Led Effort

My top priority is to show my students that there is inherent power in the universal right of being who we are.

Getting Serious About Closing Opportunity Gaps for Black Males
SCHOOLS | November 12, 2020
Getting Serious About Closing Opportunity Gaps for Black Males

Equity-informed solutions drive growth—and you also need leaders who will relate to the unique backgrounds of the populations that they serve.

Students

Using Poetry to Build an Affirming Classroom Community
STUDENTS | November 10, 2020
Using Poetry to Build an Affirming Classroom Community

Fourth-grade students at Hamline Elementary created poems that reflected their unique backgrounds by answering the question: “where do you come from?”

Why I’m Following This Year’s Presidential Election Closely
STUDENTS | October 29, 2020
Why I’m Following This Year’s Presidential Election Closely

It’s important for students like me to learn about important issues because the history of tomorrow is happening right now. 

Paying it Forward
STUDENTS | July 14, 2020
Paying it Forward

Legacy Crew members collaborate to educate their peers about a specific topic by organizing fundraisers, giving presentations, and creating a mural.

A Winning Work Ethic
STUDENTS | July 8, 2020
A Winning Work Ethic

Even as Jackie became a more independent student, she never lost sight of the importance of asking for help. 

One Big Happy Family
STUDENTS | July 7, 2020
One Big Happy Family

On top of strong academic performance, Brianna will always be remembered at McAuliffe for her maturity.

The Right Recipe
STUDENTS | July 2, 2020
The Right Recipe

Vaughn Occupational students combined cooking and community to create an award-winning meal.

Ava’s Big Finish
STUDENTS | July 1, 2020
Ava’s Big Finish

While many adults might not know what terraforming means, recent Prescott Elementary graduate Ava M. spent much of eighth grade learning all about it.

Syncopated Success
STUDENTS | June 27, 2020
Syncopated Success

New to Chicago, senior Lola decided to dive into the history of jazz to learn more about Chicago and the impact jazz had on the music world.

Heart and Soul
STUDENTS | June 24, 2020
Heart and Soul

Rising 7th grader Avery discovered the magic of the popular show Soul Train leading her to uncover how the trailblazing show broke barriers.

Words of Empowerment
STUDENTS | June 23, 2020
Words of Empowerment

When writing a letter to her state representative advocating for gender equality, student Britney Q. wasn’t only thinking about her own needs.

Meet Allie
STUDENTS | June 19, 2020
Meet Allie

Since fourth grade, Whitney Young graduate, Allie Swain, has known exactly the steps she needed to take to grow as a student and achieve her goals.

Meet Olivia and Tiffany
STUDENTS | June 18, 2020
Meet Olivia and Tiffany

Graduates Olivia and Tiffany found activities that reflected their diverse interests and fostered their passions at Von Steuben High School.

Schools

Part Two: This is How I Teach Virtually
SCHOOLS | November 24, 2020
Part Two: This is How I Teach Virtually

After a strong start, these three teachers have started to think about what they will concentrate on to keep their momentum going.

Rediscovering What Makes a Band Class Great
SCHOOLS | November 21, 2020
Rediscovering What Makes a Band Class Great

Despite all of the challenges of playing an instrument remotely, my students still want to keep learning, growing, and making music. 

Transforming a School Should be an Inclusive, Community-Led Effort
SCHOOLS | November 19, 2020
Transforming a School Should be an Inclusive, Community-Led Effort

My top priority is to show my students that there is inherent power in the universal right of being who we are.

Getting Serious About Closing Opportunity Gaps for Black Males
SCHOOLS | November 12, 2020
Getting Serious About Closing Opportunity Gaps for Black Males

Equity-informed solutions drive growth—and you also need leaders who will relate to the unique backgrounds of the populations that they serve.

If You Build It, Parents Will Come
SCHOOLS | November 7, 2020
If You Build It, Parents Will Come

When we give our students a platform to share what they are curious about with their parents, they will achieve more.

Helping Students Find their Voice through Election-Based Instruction
SCHOOLS | November 3, 2020
Helping Students Find their Voice through Election-Based Instruction

Educators at every grade level empower students to remember that their voice matters.

Stone Elementary’s Authentic Approach to Social Science Instruction
SCHOOLS | October 31, 2020
Stone Elementary’s Authentic Approach to Social Science Instruction

Ms. Perry and Ms. Saba hopes that students leave their classes with skillsets that prepare them to be active citizens in the future. 

My Entire Career Prepared Me for a Year Like This
SCHOOLS | October 22, 2020
My Entire Career Prepared Me for a Year Like This

Using technology to bridge generational differences has paid off for Dr. Hood and her students, staff, and parents at McDowell Elementary.

When You Know How to Listen, You Know How to Lead
SCHOOLS | October 15, 2020
When You Know How to Listen, You Know How to Lead

Behind every effective principal is an even more effective team. 

Recognizing Our Six National Blue Ribbon Schools
SCHOOLS | October 14, 2020
Recognizing Our Six National Blue Ribbon Schools

This year, six CPS schools received the 2020 National Blue Ribbon School distinction—the most ever for the district in a single year. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Woven Throughout Instruction at Columbia Explorers
SCHOOLS | October 1, 2020
Hispanic Heritage Month Woven Throughout Instruction at Columbia Explorers

Teachers and staff see the value in recognizing every student’s unique background. 

Part One: This is Why I Teach
SCHOOLS | September 3, 2020
Part One: This is Why I Teach

Follow Ms. Petrizzo, Mr. Spangler, and Ms. Griffin throughout the year to learn how they connect with and inspire their students. 

District

What CPS is Thankful for This Year
DISTRICT | November 26, 2020
What CPS is Thankful for This Year

Thank you for sticking with us through a year unlike any other. 

Top Five Things to Know About the Rest of the 2020-21 School Year
DISTRICT | November 17, 2020
Top Five Things to Know About the Rest of the 2020-21 School Year

Remote learning will continue through the end of 2020, with a goal of bringing students back to school starting in early 2021. 

Our Commitment to Clean Air and Safe Schools
DISTRICT | November 4, 2020
Our Commitment to Clean Air and Safe Schools

We’ve purchased 20,000 HEPA air purifiers to ensure that our school buildings are ready for students to return when it is safe for them to do so.

How to Participate in 2020 Local School Council Elections
DISTRICT | October 21, 2020
How to Participate in 2020 Local School Council Elections

To ensure our school communities are able to have their voices heard safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve made updates to our LSC elections.

Starting the Second Quarter Learning at Home
DISTRICT | October 16, 2020
Starting the Second Quarter Learning at Home

As a matter of equity, it is critically important we push ourselves and look for opportunities to offer in-person learning.

Tomorrow’s CPS Teachers Are in Our Classrooms Today
DISTRICT | October 14, 2020
Tomorrow’s CPS Teachers Are in Our Classrooms Today

The Teach Chicago Tomorrow initiative is driven by a belief in the power of a more diverse teacher workforce.

It’s Principal Appreciation Week! #PrincipalPrideChi
DISTRICT | October 11, 2020
It’s Principal Appreciation Week! #PrincipalPrideChi

Every member of our CPS family should take at least one opportunity this week to thank a principal who has impacted their life for the better.

Make a Difference: How to Serve on Your Local School Council
DISTRICT | September 30, 2020
Make a Difference: How to Serve on Your Local School Council

Local School Councils play an important role in ensuring their school is accountable financially and in terms of student outcomes. 

Another Year of Positive Growth: 2020 Academic Report Card
DISTRICT | September 22, 2020
Another Year of Positive Growth: 2020 Academic Report Card

Our students have made historic academic progress across any metric you could think of and continue to inspire us with their resilience and hard work.

Celebrating our Hispanic Students, Teachers, and Families
DISTRICT | September 16, 2020
Celebrating our Hispanic Students, Teachers, and Families

Throughout the month on our blog, the district will be sharing the ways our virtual classrooms are creatively celebrating Hispanic culture.

Four Steps to Postsecondary Success
DISTRICT | September 15, 2020
Four Steps to Postsecondary Success

It’s as easy as: find, apply, choose, follow through.

Welcome Back to School
DISTRICT | September 8, 2020
Welcome Back to School

Today is the first day of school, and even though it may feel different, it is the beginning of another year brimming with opportunities.

Sports

The Wrestler | La luchadora
SPORTS | February 12, 2020
The Wrestler | La luchadora

Esmeralda D., a freshman at Eric Solorio Academy High School on Chicago’s South West Side, doesn’t shy away from the challenging realities of being a female wrestler.

The Spartan Mentality | La mentalidad espartana
SPORTS | February 11, 2020
The Spartan Mentality | La mentalidad espartana

New Sullivan’s undefeated boys basketball team attributes their victory streak to their dedication and teamwork.

Whitney Young HS Powerlifter Sets National Record [VIDEO]
SPORTS | November 6, 2018
Whitney Young HS Powerlifter Sets National Record [VIDEO]

Senior GiHo Jeong shares how he got on the powerlifting path.

Brooks HS Freshman, Kayla Gant, Named New Girls Varsity Shot Put Champ
SPORTS | March 30, 2018
Brooks HS Freshman, Kayla Gant, Named New Girls Varsity Shot Put Champ

New to the sport, freshman Kayla Gant, earned first place in the Girls Varsity Indoor Shot Put Championship

Q&A With The Living Legend: Marshall HS Girls Basketball Coach Dorothy Gaters
SPORTS | March 28, 2018
Q&A With The Living Legend: Marshall HS Girls Basketball Coach Dorothy Gaters

Marshall HS Coach Dorothy Gaters discusses her legacy, what pushes her and her greatest life learned lesson in her over 30 years of coaching.

Kelly HS Wrestler, Mayra Morales, Named 2018 State Champ
SPORTS | March 20, 2018
Kelly HS Wrestler, Mayra Morales, Named 2018 State Champ

Mayra Morales, a junior, is the new 2018 State Wrestling Champion. She has been competing for three years.

Meet Solorio’s Only Female Wrestler
SPORTS | March 9, 2018
Meet Solorio’s Only Female Wrestler

Melissa De La Garza is the only female on Solorio Academy High School’s wrestling team and the second in school history.

Marshall Girls Basketball Team New State Champs [Photos]
SPORTS | February 26, 2018
Marshall Girls Basketball Team New State Champs [Photos]

Marshall High School held a rally Monday to celebrate Saturday’s win. The team is the new 2018 Class 2A Girls Basketball Champions.

Hall of Fame Coach Comes Home
SPORTS | February 10, 2016
Hall of Fame Coach Comes Home

Following Super Bowl 50, acclaimed NFL players and coaches are honoring the schools that put them on the path to greatness.

Remembering the Trip of a Lifetime
SPORTS | January 7, 2016
Remembering the Trip of a Lifetime

Kelly High School’s band brought in the New Year at the 2015 Sugar Bowl.

The Pride of Bronzeville: Phillips Wildcats Make CPS History
SPORTS | December 4, 2015
The Pride of Bronzeville: Phillips Wildcats Make CPS History

The Wildcats of Wendell Phillips High School brought CPS its first-ever State football title.