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Sutherland School

Sutherland School, 10015 S. Leavitt, invites prospective students and their parents who reside within the school’s attendance boundaries to learn more about Sutherland at a kindergarten open house Thurs., Mar. 2, 5:30 to 7 p.m., and school tours at 9 a.m. on Fridays, Mar. 3 and 31, May 5, and June 2.

At the open house, families will be able to meet the administration and kindergarten faculty, tour the school, and connect with current students and parents. They will learn about the rigorous curriculum and array of enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities at Sutherland. For information on Sutherland’s kindergarten program and registration requirements, visit

School Tours provide an opportunity for families to see the many benefits that Sutherland has to offer. The neighborhood public school has a longstanding tradition of academic excellence and community involvement, opening its doors in 1925. Sutherland is well known for its faculty, challenging coursework, and diverse student body. Sutherland is an International Baccalaureate World School with a curriculum driven by student inquiry and student-centered learning experiences.

The faculty and students see themselves as a community of learners focused on becoming global, analytical, and reflective humanitarians. Despite the budgetary difficulties faced by many Chicago Public Schools in the current political climate, Sutherland is focused on continual improvement, and its faculty is dedicated to providing students with the highest level of instruction and support.

Win Big for Sutherland, an evening of amusement gambling, dinner, and drinks will be held Sat., Mar. 4, 7 p.m., 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park. One of the Sutherland PTA’s most important fundraisers of the year tickets are $45 at the door. Info:

Sutherland’s 8th graders will host a Community Project Fair Wed., Apr. 5, 5 to 7 p.m., showcasing the projects they have been working on all year to improve their community through service, action or awareness. The Community Project is part of Sutherland’s International Baccalaureate (IB) World School curriculum. The community is invited to this celebration of community involvement and academic achievement.


Brother Rice High School

Twenty eight Brother Rice High School seniors have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars. Brother Rice has the most male scholars of any area high school for six straight years.

Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors from 765 high schools across the state. Illinois State Scholars possess strong academic potential and are chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth semester class rank.

Congratulations to the following Brother Rice Illinois State Scholars who reside in Beverly/Morgan Park: Joseph Sweeney (St. Barnabas), Joseph Alvarez (St. John Fisher), Dan Harty (St. John Fisher), Ryan Banky (St. John Fisher), Patrick Hollander (St. Cajetan), John Murphy (St. Barnabas), Matthew Dargan (Sutherland), Jacob Munoz (Council Oak Montessori), Sean Kenny (St. Barnabas) and John O’Connor (Christ the King).


Brother Rice & Mother McAuley High Schools

For the first time since 1999, the Brother Rice and Mother McAuley Band brought home the Grand Champion title from the 2017 State of the Art Catholic Band Competition. The band’s Wind Ensemble was awarded this coveted honor for the best performance of the competition.  The group of fine musicians also earned 1st Place in Class AAA and the Best Percussion in its class.

Continuing the band’s tradition of high standards, the Symphonic Band claimed the 3rd Place award in Class AA.  The Concert Band rose to the challenge, earning a 3rd Place in Class A and Best Brass in its class.

The State of the Art Catholic Band Competition brings together high school bands from the six Dioceses of the State of Illinois and the Diocese of Gary, Ind.

The Brother Rice and Mother McAuley Band is comprised of approximately 140 students. Any 7th or 8th grader interested in learning more should contact Al Rendak ( or Tony Rallis (



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