Schools News – April 2018

Kellogg School

The Adler Planetarium’s ‘Scopes in the City will be at Kellogg School, 9241 S. Leavitt, Mon., Apr. 23, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a free  program of observing the spring sky – hopefully including the moon and Venus – by telescope. The event will be held weather permitting, so check and Twitter @AdlerPlanet for updates closer to the event.

Jazzin’ at the Blossom, a benefit for Kellogg School, will be held Fri., June 1, 7 to 10 p.m., Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery, 9030 S. Hermitage. The event features live music, open bar, and wine and food pairings with Chef Alvin Green. $50 before May 11 or $60 after. Info:


Morgan Park Academy

Registration is now open for summer camps at Morgan Park Academy, 2153 W. 111th St. New this year are one week camps where students can learn to cook with Chef Graham Elliot, build their own flying drones, and learn to survive a zombie apocalypse. Longtime favorite camps in academic enrichment, fine and performing arts, and sports and recreation will also be offered. Info: or 773-881-6700.



SXU’s School of Nursing opens clinic at Saint John Fisher School through partnership

Saint Xavier University’s (SXU) School of Nursing (SON) has teamed up with Saint John Fisher School to create a clinic, where Family Nurse Practitioner students and faculty can serve the community. The clinic at SFJ will be open three days each week.

“We have longed for a school nurse for years but have been unable to create the position because of budget constraints,” said Sister Jean McGrath, principal of Saint John Fisher School. “Very few Catholic schools in the Archdiocese have a school nurse, so we consider ourselves very blessed by this new initiative. I am also happy that this program allows our school and parish families to know about the wonderful work that Saint Xavier is doing for the local community.”

The students participating in this operating clinic are registered nurses who are completing pediatric clinical hours required for their Masters of Family Nurse Practitioner degree program. For this placement students are enrolled in a course on primary care of women and children. The students are supervised on-site by SXU’s Dr. Laura Tucco and Dr. Christine Beck; both are experienced, board certified family nurse practitioners.

The clinic at St. John Fisher School provides care for illness, injuries and physicals needed at certain grade levels or for sports participation. The SXU students conduct primary care evaluations of children, which includes: assessing sick children; diagnosing the problem; developing a plan of care; contacting the guardians or their surrogates and determining a disposition for each student; and providing care until the child is sent home or returned to class. Adult staff members who fall ill can also use the clinic. There is no charge for physicals, illness or injury care provided at the school’s health clinic.

The idea for the clinic stemmed from Saint Xavier’s Assistant Professor of Undergraduate Clinical Placement Coordinator Patricia Kelly.

Kelly has a daughter enrolled at Saint John Fisher, and had a conversation with principal McGrath on the need for a school nurse. “Everyone was enthusiastic about establishing a relationship with an organization where SXU’s SON could complete community service,” said Dr. Tucco, assistant professor and director of Family Nurse Practitioner Program. “Serving our community is consistent with our Mercy mission here at SXU.”

Though only in its early stages of implementation, the clinic has been well received by parents, children and school staff. .



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