Local School Council Elections
In November, Chicago Public School parents will have one more very important election in which to participate. Local School Council (LSC) elections will be held during report card pick-up days at elementary schools on Wed., Nov. 18, and Morgan Park High School (or the high school your child attends) on Thurs., Nov. 19. For CPS school families, LSC elections are as important as the national election because LSC members make decisions that impact your child’s school, from administration to education. LSC members monitor the school improvement plan, monitor the school’s budget and expenditures, and evaluate the school principal annually. They are responsible for hiring or renewing principal contracts. The council consists of parents, community members, and educators. To identify who sits on your school’s LSC, visit www.cps.edu.
Service to Others at MPA
Morgan Park Academy (MPA) students are keeping alive the school’s 150-year tradition of service despite a COVID-related absence of large service projects off campus this semester. One recent example came from Delia and Cormac Bergin, Beverly/Morgan Park residents who are in 6th and 3rd grades, respectively. The siblings gathered donations from their MPA friends and classmates to help our neighbors at the Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry. Way to go, Delia and Cormac!
Pandemic, What? MPHS School Spirit, Yes!
Morgan Park High School celebrated Mustang Pride with a virtual Spirit Week in October. Students participated in Black Out Day, Pajama Day, Class Color Day, Hat Day MPHS Gear Day. Students and staff showed pride each day of the week with Google Meet screenshots. Student-submitted photos were collected and published on Twitter (@empehi4ever). Many of the memories from this week will be included in the school’s 2021 yearbook.
St. Cajetan Proud!
St. Cajetan School principal Michelle Nitsche recently received the St. Thomas Aquinas Award. This award is given to principals who are called to provide the very best academic education and evokes the spirit of St. Thomas Aquinas, patron of Catholic schools, for relentlessly fostering excellence in education through a commitment to rigor, continuous improvement, and best 21st. Century instructional practices. Congratulations, Principal Nitsche!
Eat and Earn for St. Walter Elementary School
Grab a good solid meal at Chipotle, 2302 W. 95th St., Mon., Nov. 16, 4 to 8 p.m., and they will make a donation to St. Walter Elementary School. All you need do is print and bring the fundraising flyer on Facebook at StWalterChicago.
Excellent School Gardens
Congratulations to the Kellogg School Garden Club (1st place) and Sutherland School Outdoor Classroom (3rd place) on receiving Chicago Excellence in Gardening video challenge awards. In addition to modest cash prizes, the winners will receive gift certificates from City Grange.
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