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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.

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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. 

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.

Students

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.

Meet Jada
STUDENTS | June 17, 2020
Meet Jada

Graduate Jada Miles, will take valuable skills for success she learned at Austin College and Career Academy when she heads to college next year.

Meet Rysa and Fama
STUDENTS | June 16, 2020
Meet Rysa and Fama

Two Uplift HS graduates headed to college next year are determined to create positive change for the communities that inspired them.

Schools

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. 

High School Educators Focus on Flexibility, Relevant Instruction for the Fall
SCHOOLS | September 1, 2020
High School Educators Focus on Flexibility, Relevant Instruction for the Fall

Building relationships with students, focusing on social-emotional learning, and helping students develop intrinsic motivation are also top of mind.

Parent Engagement a Key Piece of Camras Elementary’s Collaborative Culture
SCHOOLS | July 30, 2020
Parent Engagement a Key Piece of Camras Elementary’s Collaborative Culture

Principal Clariza Dominicci says a single question guides her thinking at Marvin Camras Elementary: how do we lead our community to prosper?

Equity-Centered Approach Leads to Remarkable Academic Growth at Till Elementary
SCHOOLS | July 28, 2020
Equity-Centered Approach Leads to Remarkable Academic Growth at Till Elementary

When leading a school, Till Elementary Principal Terea Peoples believes you need to approach every opportunity or decision with equity in mind. 

Dynamic Leadership Team Helps Ruiz Elementary Flourish
SCHOOLS | July 16, 2020
Dynamic Leadership Team Helps Ruiz Elementary Flourish

Principal Elitzer and AP Allen use a student-centered, trauma-informed approach to leadership that prioritizes student voice and community engagement.

Paying it Forward
SCHOOLS | 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
SCHOOLS | 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
SCHOOLS | July 7, 2020
One Big Happy Family

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

District

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.

Final Framework for Learning Remotely in the Fall
DISTRICT | August 18, 2020
Final Framework for Learning Remotely in the Fall

When students start school on September 8, their day-to-day experience will look very different than it did during remote learning last spring.

Summer Reading Initiative Helps Students Build Culturally Relevant Personal Libraries
DISTRICT | August 4, 2020
Summer Reading Initiative Helps Students Build Culturally Relevant Personal Libraries

Schools across the city have received hundreds of packs of modern, culturally relevant texts that students are able to keep.

Summer Transition Resources for the CPS Class of 2020
DISTRICT | July 21, 2020
Summer Transition Resources for the CPS Class of 2020

Though the school year has ended, our postsecondary support staff have not stopped working to ensure students have the tools they need to succeed.

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.