CLOSINGS- see full and updated in Schools/Educ. News.
3/21: CANTER MIDDLE SCHOOL WILL DEFINITELY CLOSE. Reavis and Kozminski will stay open and currently have 7th and 8th?. Ray and Harte as receiving schools will add 7/8 grades. So, kids from Shoesmith(?), Ray, and Harte will be at Ray or Harte for 7 and 8 grades and current 7th graders at Canter can go to Ray or Harte for 8th grade. To complete list.
Hearings- April 8, Monday 5-7, April 12, Friday, 5-7 at Kenwood Academy 5015 S. Blackstone and April 17, Wednesday at CPS 125 S. Clark St.
HPKCC RESOLUTION SEEKING DEFERRAL OF CLOSINGS
HPKCC STATEMENT FOR KEEPING CANTER MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN
Link to a petition asking City Council to vote (release from committee) on a resolution for Moratorium supported by a number of aldermen: http://www.democracyforamerica.com/petitions/94-the-chicago-city-council-should-vote-on-the-moratorium-on-charter-schools
(This is from a Hyde Park Herald Alert that has gone viral in the community):
By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25)
I share the concern voiced by many in the community about the Chicago Board of Education’s preliminary decision to close Canter Middle School. In terms of becoming the first choice for area middle-schoolers, Canter did not completely live up to its hope and its promise. But by all accounts the school is vibrant, academically sound and a credit to the community.
The eighth-graders at Canter will finish school in June and then make their individual ways to high school. But what about the seventh-graders? The current Chicago Public Schools philosophy stresses continuity and likes schools that cover the entire elementary school waterfront, from kindergarten through eighth grade. Middle schools are no longer the preferred model. In looking at the list of Canter seventh-graders, however, it’s clear that closing the school before they enter eighth grade is to consign most of them to a complete lack of continuity. They left their home schools in September. Most will not be returning to those schools for eighth grade. Harte and Ray are the receiving schools for the Canter youngsters, but only 19 of the 105 Canter seventh-graders started out at either Harte or Ray.
The largest number of students — 38 — came to Canter from Shoesmith. Under the current CPS plan, they can’t go back to Shoesmith. Nearly 30 of the youngsters came from schools in Woodlawn, South Shore and other parts of the city. All of these students have one more year of elementary school. They left their home school for a year, they’ve had one year at Canter, most will find themselves in yet a third school before they embark upon a fourth school, the high school they will enter after the next academic year.
This isn’t good for continuity. And I can’t believe that this much disruption will provide these youngsters with the best education our public schools have to offer. I have urged the Chicago Board of Education to keep Canter open at least for the next academic year — and to reconsider the decision to close Canter at all.
Editor’s note: This column will appear in the April 3 edition of the Hyde Park Herald.
Herald editorial March 27, 2013
If Chicago Public Schools administrators have their way, t his will be the last school year Canter Middle school remains open. It was listed as one of more than 50 schools CPS announced would close last week because of underutilization. CPS is broke, we are told, and maintaining underused buildings will mean fewer programs for the students in them.
There may be school buildings in the CPS portfolio that are nearly empty, but Canter, 459 S. Blackstone Ave., is not one of them.
Several years ago, Canter was turned into a middle school into which all elementary schools in the neighborhood would feed. In making the case for this dramatic change (7th and 8th grade programs that were popular with many parents had to be closed in these schools), we were regaled with study after study explaining the specail needs of middle school-aged students and the value of an environment tailor-made for them. Local political leadership and public schools officials urged us to trust them.
Some six or seven years later, these students wil now be shuttled to Ray and Bret Harte elementary schools. Apparently, how middle school-aged children learn matters less to the current leadership, or the folks who were making the case when Canter was developed were wrong. Either way, it's a game of musical chairs these students cannot afford to play.
The negative effects of being moved to a new school on learning are so well-documented at this point that it should be a decision of absolute last resort. The network of support that parents, teachers and --most importantly --students develop in their school community is irreplaceable. Over time, new ties will be established, but inevitably teh damage has been done.
Sadly, the priorities of the decision-makers who oversee our public schools are more bottom-line-oriented than education-oriented. At the very least, we would hope that a "do no harm" to students ethos would be a reasonable expectation from education officials. Obviously, that is not the case.
Canter is a school alive with learning, with a dedicated staff of educators committed to making every day rich and rewarding for the children in their charge. We have an obligation as a community to support these teachers, who include our own neighbors and folks who have been teaching in our schools for years and even decades. In short we must fight for Canter.
Plans are presented as a "done deal" so routinely in our city that some residents have come to despair of having any input on important decisions. But careful students of how politics really happen here realize that with enough pressure, noise and press, many decisions are eventually -- often quietly -- reversed that are initially presented as inevitable. Let's make their decision to close Canter one of those decisions.
Then, once we reverse that decision, let's take a good, hard look at a few of our own. This school is slated for closure because its student population of 228 is well below the 390 that CPS thinks should be enrolled there. Setting aside for a moment the contentious issue of class size, we ned to confront the open secret in our neighborhood that m any parents do not see Canter as a viable option for their middle school-aged children. Why is that? And what can we do to rectify it?
We are stewards of the public schools in our community. Our responsibility to them and the children that learn in them is redoubled when CPS administrators try to take an axe to them. Let's treat this as a wake-up call.
Let's fight for Canter.
A local teacher in an accompanying letter said tha the schol as not underutilized and had a good program. There were bad breaks, CPS limited resources and reneging on promises, insufficient support from (in effect the TIF), prejudiced and uniformed parents- plenty of shame to go around. Ant the kids may not get the special attention they need in their receiving schools.
http://www.schoolcuts.org has much information about school trends and studies, although its list and evaluation of closing and receiving schools was not the latest (114 v. 61 final) as of March 23. This is not a CPS site. CPS site on the matter is http://www.cps.edu/qualityschools.
To: About the committee-short in pdf. Full.
May 3 leaders/parent leader apprec. dinner-Dr. Charles Payne of UC speaker
READ RELEASE ON MAY 3 2012 APPRECIATION DINNER
Next full committee meeting
To Our Youth Programs Databases
Return to Schools Hot Topics and Issues. Hot Topics home.
New HPKCC website and from/about Schools Committee- Home or http://www.hydepark.org
Home of whole HPKCC neighborhood site Hyde Park Record- http://www.hydeparkrecord.org
To page with dates of some LSC candidate forums, SIPAA discussions
Read about Sept 2009 HPKCC Schools Networking Dinner in S Comm. Reports page.
Scholarships for college are available- see in Education Resources.
Visit the page about the new Hyde Park Schools Initiative.
About and update from January 2011 Conference Reporter
Race to Nowhere.
To provisional Quick Directory and Calendar of local schools 2011
Larger directories of schools, lscs
HAVE A HEART SUPPLY DRIVE AND FRIENDS OF HPK PUBLIC SCHS
PRESS RELEASE AND THANK YOU. Another is being planned for late summer or early fall.
HPKCC Schools Committee meets at 5221 S. Blackstone. tba.
CPS is asking parents of currently-enrolled students to give survey input into a best common calendar for all schools. Find it on cps.edu- have your child's log-in handy.
See report on ABCs of CPS in Friends-Drive page.
DONATE NOW TO THE SUPPLY DRIVE FOR HYDE PARK AND KENWOOD SCHOOLS- Back to School Supply Drive:
With tighter budgets than ever, many local public schools will be starting the school year with little or no money in their budgets for school supplies. Since many of our schools serve students who are homeless or low income, this places an even greater burden on their families. OVER $1,500 GIVEN SO FAR.
Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference received in September 2012 from Harper Court Art Foundation a generous $1,000 check for the Schools Committee's School Supplies Fund and Drive, and a very gracious letter. Thank you.
To help meet this need, the HPKCC Schools Committee is organizing a Back To School supply drive. For a $10 donation you can provide pencils, pens, markers, crayons, spiral notebook and filler paper for one child.
The committee will accept monetary donations ongoing. Supporters can donate online at http://www.hydepark.org/programs/schools.html DONATE button or mail a check made out to the Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference-Supply Drive to the Conference office at 1525 East 53rd Street, #907, Chicago, IL 60615. All donations will be used to purchase supplies which will be distributed to the participating Hyde Park/Kenwood public schools. Questions? Contact Nancy Baum at HaveAHeart2012@gmail.com. FLYER
- Meetings and events- school supply drive and ABCs of CPS
- Schools Committee networking dinner talks college readiness
- HPK Schools group of the HPKCC convened group of civic orgs.
- HPKCC Hyde Park Schools Committee mission, projects, contacts/links.
- CPS Arts Education Plan is being rolled out
- COMMITTEE REPORT: HPKCC Schools Committee Plans Upcoming Events
- From Jan 2011 Reporter
- September 29 2011 Networking Dinner
- Scuttlebutt and alarms. Severe cuts-details, takes in School News page
SEE ALSO IN SCHOOL NEWS NEW HYDE PARK SCHOOLS COALITION FORMING FOR SCHOOLS- Herald and Schools
Important new studies out-see in UC Research page
3 schools on probation....
Murray regains 7th and 8th grades- various reflections- see in School News page.
A new CPS blueprint to integrating the arts and sc. into curriculum
To About the Schools Committee brochure (including pdf version and to short version).
View Report on February 23 2010 Recognition Ceremony and Talk, in pdf
To our recent reports and minutes.
To More on assets building collaborative, Promises
To Youth Programs Database
See what parents said about the school day in School News page.
Here are relevant meetings on the future of our schools or potential closings:
March 24, Sunday, 2 pm. Film preview: "180 Days in an American High School." Sp. Illinois Network of Charter Schools. Logan (Screening Room 201 Limited space) , 915 E. 60th St. Free but RSVP required to email@example.com (or Iaseals...)
HPKCC Schools Committee meets tba
The guiding principle of the CPS Arts Education Plan is that every CPS student will receive ongoing high quality arts education both in and out of the classroom.
Through a comprehensive and sequential study of visual art, music, dance, and theater from K-12th grade, all Chicago Public Schools students will have the opportunity to develop into innovative thinkers and creative problem solvers who are capable of expressing themselves, understanding others and contributing to their city’s culture and economy for years to come.
The CPS Arts Education Plan honors and promotes the critical role of certified arts instructors as anchors for building robust arts programs and creating strong arts partnerships in schools.
Five Guiding Principles
¦Provide equity and access to arts learning for not just some, but all children
¦Return the arts to the ongoing education and school day experience (adds dance and theater to the mandated curriculum)
¦Provide quality sequential arts instruction
¦Prepare young people for life and work in the 21st Century
¦Support increasing high school graduation rates
THE CPS ARTS EDUCATION PLAN STANDARDS
The CPS Arts Education Plan will focus on creating goals that will elevate the following six standards in the arts:
¦District Arts Policy
¦In School and Out of School Arts Guidelines
¦Arts Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
¦Data and Strategy
¦Arts Partnerships & Collaborations
¦Professional Development in the Arts
Also: Common Core Workshop with experts for Public Schools arts partners. Thursday, July 26, 10-noon. RSVP to get the location- eventbrite.com/event3578771201.
There was a wonderful appreciation dinner by HPKCC for outgoing and incoming LSC, PTA, PAC, principals on May 3 2012 at Kozminski School. Dr. Charles Payne of U of C was a terrific speaker, new and outgoing principals shared their vision. All LSC members and PTA/PAC chairs were given certificates.
LOOK FOR THE LETTER FROM FRIENDS AND HPKCC AND OTHERS IN APRIL 11 HYDE PARK HERALD- ON A FUNDED QUALITY SCHOOL DAY.
HPKCC Schools Committee and UC Neighborhood Schools Program held a nice reception May 17 for Kenwood Academy's new principal Gregory Jones. Schools co-chair Camille Hamilton-Doyle and Southside Schools Network CPS college and Career specialist Julie Stanton said a few words and the Kenwood Choir and Jazz Band performed.
The fight over an unfunded 7.5 hour day vs. a quality day (with some wanting as short as 6.5 vs. present 5.45) has now morphed into a 7 hour day for elementary and 7 1/2 for high schools (with 75 min early release for hs once a week) supported by the Mayor (April 10)-- but what can be done about the funding and quality with huge deficits looming. Here is what the city release says about details of increases in both school day and instruction year:
Elementary Full School Day:
•Students will receive 52 additional minutes of instructional time each day.
•Students will receive 6 hours of instruction and 45 minutes for recess and lunch.
•Students will be in school for 7 hours each day, an increase of 75 minutes.
•Teachers will be in school for 7 hours and 40 minutes, an increase of 85 minutes.
High School Full School Day:
•Students will receive 46 additional instructional minutes four days a week.
•Students will receive 6 hours and 8 minutes of instructional time four days a week.
•Students will be in school for 7 1/2 hours a day, an increase of 36 minutes four days a week.
•One day per week the day will end 75 minutes early.
•Teachers will be in school for 7 hours and 40 minutes, an increase of 39 minutes.
The Full School Day will provide significant benefits to all students across the district, including:
•Elementary students will receive an additional 207 hours of instruction each year, and high school students will receive an additional 116 hours of instruction. Principals will no longer have to choose between reading, math or science because of limited time in the day.
•Additional time will create opportunity to add more intervention to ensure students who are falling behind in math and reading can get up to speed with their peers.
•Elementary students will have time for lunch and recess every day to relax, re-boot and return to the classroom ready to learn.
The Full School Day was structured with an eye toward providing teachers with adequate professional development and prep time to support their practice. Benefits of the Full Day include:
•Elementary teachers will have almost two additional hours of prep time each week.
•Elementary teachers will have self-directed prep time in the mornings, as well as additional prep time throughout the day to meet with parents informally, prepare for their lessons and supervise students who arrive at school early.
•Both elementary and high school teachers will receive an average of 75 minutes for professional development each week.
Get involved in the meetings of the HPKCC Schools Committee! Chair Camille Hamilton-Doyle, Co-Chair Nancy Baum.
Next Nov. 1 Thursday, 9:45 am at 5221 S. Blackstone.
The next Networking Dinner is to be announced. Spring?
From article on the October 1 Dinner by Daschell M. Philips in the Hyde Park Herald
The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference Schools Committee held its annual networking dinner Oct. 2. Camille Farrington, research associate at the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research and assistant professor at the university's School of Social Service Administration, was the guest speaker.
Each year the schools committee hosts the network event as a beginning of the school year meet-and-greet opportunity for administrators from Kozminski..., Canter..., Dyett...,Bret harte...,Kenwood Academy...,Murray.., Ray...,Reavis..., Robinson...,and Shoesmith...
Farrington, [who] worked for 15 years as a public high school teacher an administrator, spoke to the school leaders about the importance of college readiness and shared some information on how to prepare students for college life.
Farrrington is a lead researcher for the Chicago Postsecondary Transition Project, which is based at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Her research interests focus on policy and practice in urban high school reform, and particularly classroom instruction and assessment, academic rigor, tracking and dropout. She also serves as director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for the Network for College Success at SSA, working with CPS Transformation high schools as part of a federal School Improvement Grant.
[Her conclusions included that developing confidence and attitudes and approaches that lead to success as expressed in grades and a string of successes is the best preparer and predictor for college and for life. She gave many tips for parents, teachers, and administrators.]
Nancy Baum, co-chair of the schools committee, said this year the committee wil continue to focus on its ongoing school supply drive, which was launched in August. the committee is asking the community to visit hydepark.org and make $10 donations to purchase supplies such as pencils, pens, markers, crayons, spiral notebooks an filler paper for public schools in Hyde Park and Kenwood.
The committee is also planning a forum from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 15, at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood, titled "The ABCs of Chicago Public Schools" for parents of young children who want to know how to enroll them in schools [and how to negotiate a best fit in school and program for their children].
Friends of HPK Public Schools, connected to the HPKCC Schools Committee organized a supply drive and will continue these, as well as community meetings, maybe actions on schools questions.
It has an active google group.
A major goal is encouragement of parents to send their children to local public schools- a means might be an all-schools fair.
They are pushing for a full signup to run for lscs, and making sure schools are following the rules-- interest is needed by the public.
A school of concern at the moment is Murray-- including curriculum and teacher assignment: children are being withdrawn over disputes
Networking dinner shows schools alive with innovation, rich learning
On September 29 the Schools Committee of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference held its annual Networking Dinner for area school principals and school council or parent group leaders. The dinner was graciously hosted by Ray Elementary and its new Principal Tatia Beckwith in their lovely modern cafeteria. Schools represented included Bret Harte, Canter, Kenwood Academy, Murray, Price, Ray, Reavis, and Shoesmith.
The highlight of the evening was the reports from principals and representatives on what they are doing to serve students, parents, and the larger community. The lesson was that all the schools in Hyde Park and Kenwood are adopting innovations and making great strides to be schools any family would be proud to attend and worthy of the community’s pride and support.
One of the most interesting programs is Reavis’ health clinic, described by Principal Michael Johnson. Children of the various schools can go to the clinic for treatment, immunizations, or broader care. The school also seeks to engage families so children will have the advantage of growing up in one school until ready to move to the next-level school. This involves 1-creating safety nets and continuous evaluation so the kids don’t fall through the cracks, 2-providing resources, 3-regular celebrations of accomplishments, and 4-projects for which each student and teams are responsible, from concept through research to creative presentations at student-led conferences. The school has an expanded day and a strong summer camp for students as well as a teaching program for parents.
Assistant Principal Karen Calloway described Kenwood Academy’s 7th and 8th grade Academic Center magnet program, which consistently places among the very top schools in Illinois—and most of these students are prepared to move on to the high school, and do. Some of the programs in place in the high school include Freshmen on Track to graduate, programs to help parents know the expectations and track student progress, mentoring teams, and college readiness and familiarity. Many Kenwood students excel at earning college scholarships. Ms. Calloway said Kenwood enjoys being a neighborhood school and encourages community members to be involved.
Principal Colleen Conlan showed how Canter Middle School has adopted a high school model and a method for developing leadership skills so that students will be ready for high school (and thinking about college) even if they go a school in another neighborhood.
Shenethe Parks told how Bret Harte prepares students for middle school. At the 4th grade students experience departmentalization with assignment to four teachers who stay with them through 6th grade. Harte has quasi-independence and uses an Options for Knowledge lottery for half the students’ admission. She encourages all to “come see the culture”- she prefers personalized tours by appointment to open houses. She acknowledging excellence takes constant work. They have many afterschool programs, but it’s hard to maintain consistency year by year. University of Chicago helps for clubs and University of Illinois Chicago provides classroom interns. They use hands-on Everyday Math.
Tatia Beckwith, new principal at Ray School stressed that one has to keep finding new ways to manage changes and challenges. Key is to create a leaning environment—“respectful learning.” One change that has helped is reducing the number of classroom-change bells—rigid 45-minute periods weren’t working. Using intervention teachers was also praised—pulling sets of kids out of classes for special attention or projects—and self-directed projects for those who have surpassed. Developing self-direction and personal responsibilities are important goals.
Murray Language Academy was represented by Principal Gregory Mason. Several ideas were taken from LaSalle Academy. In restoring 7th and 8th grades (which was a challenge), they eliminated preschool, making sure that successfully moved to Ray. German was taken away, but now they teach Mandarin. The school has a lottery but do not enter by test. The school has added many afterschool programs, stressing development and use of teamwork, math skills, including chess and robotics clubs. They work on finding ways to keep the children learning year round. Community Service including food drives (4,000 pounds collected) is big. The 4th grade begins to experience departmentalization/rotation and use of organizing binders. Parental help is critical to the school.
Community representative Hilliard (for new principal Sabrina Gates) told about change and progress at Shoesmith School—a lot of buzz and a lot new. The motto is “excellence without excuses”: tell “how we will.” Newly introduced recess in a day with an extra hour total has worked really well. (Recess uses a separate set of monitors.) Friends of Shoesmith grants and volunteers has helped. South East Chicago Commission provided a grant for exterior murals that stress the themes of soaring and heritage. Students built a garden, which is integrated with classroom learning. Again, the culture is “all on board,” being respectful, responsible, safe, and bully-free (“bully in a box” program.) Parents come in and watch the classrooms, halls, drop off, etc. The school utilizes technology, including new website shoesmithelementary.org. Lingo Spanish is integrated into the curriculum. Scouts are active.
Asst Principal Aisha McCarthy for Justin Moore spoke for Price. Price is working on its climate and collaboration/co-education with other schools. For example, the school serves only the upper elementary grades. Students can take algebra at King. They have many field trips.
And so each told how they make learning engaging and year-long, bring in specialized partners and institutions, keep up with the needs and challenges of the students, and involve families and neighbors. An especially encouraging case is Shoesmith, where staff, principal, and enthusiastic neighbors have “bought into” bringing this school to the next level. A key player at several of the schools is the “Friends of” which link neighbors and parents working in and supporting the schools. The Schools Committee has been asked how this model could be brought to other schools and whether we need a community wide alliance of such groups.
Shaz Rasul, Director of the University of Chicago’s Neighborhood Schools Program, told what they are doing to help all the schools and encourage sharing of successful strategies.
The Schools Committee works primarily with principals and parent support groups, promoting networking and sharing while working with others on best ways to create a community of schools collectively plugged into the community at large and its resources. Presently, we are preparing a Directory for use of the schools. We are planning a coffee with principals to further mutual goals. The core members of the committee are Nancy Baum, Camille Hamilton-Doyle (chair), Gary Ossewaarde, and Ismail Turay. We need more members to effectively serve the large number of schools in our neighborhood. Contact Camille Hamilton-Doyle at 773 373-6944.
March 10 2010 "A Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America's Achievement Culture," was screened at Kenwood Academy followed by a principal's forum. Sponsored by the schools of HP-K, Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference, Hyde Park Schools Initiative, and the University of Chicago Neighborhood Schools Program. A panel of principals and Neighborhood Schools moderated by Gabriel Piemonte of the Herald followed. ABOUT. Watch follow up forums et al.
See about a move... movie, Race to Nowhere, against the push for more from the kids. Tell the HPKCC Schools Committee what you think of this at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find a description in Community Schools page.
Local School Councils- go to table in the LSC page- always check with school. Note: Kenwood has changed to 2nd Tuesday 6:30 pm.
Board of Education usually meets 4th Wednesdays, 10:30 am, 5th floor of 125 N. Clark.
The December 8 2010 Herald carried an article about involvement of the Schools Committee with schools and the Hyde Park Schools improvement initiative. The article noted that the Committee was the first to invite Jacqueline Edelberg (How to Walk to School) to Hyde Park (in February 2010). The committee has a long record of working for school improvement in Hyde Park and Beyond before LSCs started. The article is incorrect in attributing to us the Canter Middle School initiative. Noted was our annual networking dinners and drawing lsc members into the committee while attending lsc meetings and learning about what is in schools now--actually a lot--and how how they all can have such. The article noted the importance of involving parents of pre-school age. Two from the Parent Support Network of such attended the Committee meeting of December 1. At that meeting the committee determined to stress and get the word out about our ability to act as a resource and facilitator and the connections we can bring. The committee will prepare a directory of school contacts and information that wil be printed as need be and online. Also discussed was ways to promote joint grant-writing and joint partnerships with neighborhood businesses to improve schools and extend hours of after school programs.
August 8 we met with 4 principals on Friday morning last: Bernadette Butler (Ray), Greg Mason (Murray), Patricia Watson (Shoesmith) and Shenethe Parks (Bret Harte) and had a frank discussion about what the Schools Committee of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference can do to help.
One suggestion was that the Schools Committee members attend the PTA/PAC, LSC meetings. In order for us to do this we need to be reminded of when the meetings are about to occur. Kozminski sends Nancy an e-mail notification of the time, date and place of their upcoming PTA/PAC meeting. Perhaps the other schools could follow suit.
Another suggestion was to have a frank community discussion about the schools to figure out ways in which the Hyde Park and Kenwood schools could become more integrated.
Other ideas included open houses, fundraisers, using schools to host community events. A lot of discussion revolved around the new Reavis Medical Center which allows parents to drop off an ill child to be cared for during the day. This initiative needs more publicity.
We hope to continue this frank sort of discussion with the various principals and community leaders. Our mutual goal is to make the community believe in the schools and help to make our schools stronger.
We hope to hear from you and see you on the 29th at Shoesmith! Nancy B. Baum
5221 S. Blackstone Ave
Chicago, Il 60615
Get that LSC training-- lots of opportunities from CPS, KOCO, PURE and others.
HPKCC Schools Committee Plans upcoming activities
The committee has met with a set of four principals and is meeting with more. Their priorities are fundraising, community outreach and in-reach: welcoming community members into their schools, networking and more! Note, the networking dinner mentioned below is changed to Wednesday, September 29, 6 pm at Shoesmith School, 1330 E. 50th St.
From the August 2010 Conference Reporter (Vol. 16, No.2 ). By Nancy Baum
The HPKCC Schools Committee is preparing for its annual networking dinner at Canter Middle School on Thursday September 30, 2010, from 6-9 PM. All the principals, assistant principals, LSC, PTA adn PAC members will be invited to this event.
In pursuit of a way to implement the Assets Program for Hyde Park children, the Schools Committee has contacted Abby Hymen, director of Youth Activities at teh Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, who will begin her research of the assets Program. Abby cites a need for more parental participation as a problem, and it seems that parental participation and attendance are both problems that need to addressed in some schools.
The Schools Committee visited a very well-organized before and after school program conducted by Ravenswood School. We hope to set up a similar visit to Ray Schools' program.
The Schools Committee is planning August meetings with the principals of Shoesmith, Canter, Ray, Harte, Murray, Kozminski, and Reavis [with Kenwood] to find out what programs are offered by the schools, if programs can be coordinated, and to ask how the Schools Committee can help.
Our mission is to make our local schools the kinds of schools any parent would be proud to send their children to.
Recent activities include visits to community and other enriched schools, a tour of the neighborhood for intern teachers, promotion of involvement in SIPAA planning and LSC elections, and planning our fall networking dinner for LSCs and principals. We will help to organize a large fundraiser for area schools, as suggested by principals.
We feel that a lynchpin for educational success in neighborhoods is high school readiness in the feeder schools, without which even the best high schools have difficulty with their goals from order and creativity to full college readiness, going, and success.
Visit also Link to Kenwood School Improvement Plan survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/33SSMNN.
View/print pdf of flyer about Kenwood Academy and Kenwood SIPPAA.
Find out all about any public school including detailed scores at www.cps.edu. Search school.
Did you know there are lots of ways for councils and schools to get freebees or funds from CPS and others. One is to get your neighbors to donate the "points" they earn from the weight of recyclables in their blue carts--one Hyde Park already has! Find out in http://www.recyclebank.com/greenschoolsprogram. Donated RecycleBank Points are matched with dollar donations by RecycleBank to environmental initiatives at schools nationwide. RecycleBank will donate $10 for every 100 Points donated to your school and double it thanks to Gconony Visa and Coca Cola. They are once again accepting grant applications from schools in RecycleBank - serviced areas for the development of programs that empower youth ages 6–18 through a focus on environmental awareness, education, and action. Deadlines Oct. 15 and Dec. 15.
Access HPKCC Youth Programs Database in PDF- All are encouraged to download, print, and share: http://www.hydepark.org/schools (printable pdf)
That portal also leads to the complete topical, descriptive Afterschool database (direct link).
The Committee had a long and illustrious history and citywide reputation in the era well before elected local school councils. Today our revitalized committee monitors developments and progress in our neighborhood's schools, shares information about schools and educational resources and issues (including through the website), seeks collaborations with agencies and local groups, and most of all seeks to foster a conversation about the direction of our schools. We are heavily involved with promoting, growing and helping Local School Councils.
Our goal: "Every school in the neighborhood one that every parent would be glad to send their children to."
“The mission of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference Schools Committee is to provide community support for the schools and to provide a place where Local School Council members can get together to share information.” We propose that all schools be such as parents are proud to have their kids attend and that all kids have available the means and programs to build the assets and skills they will need for adulthood.
Our Committee core members: Chair: Nancy Baum. Members: Judy Dupont, Anika Frazier-Mohammad, Camille Hamilton-Doyle, Irene Freelain, Zoe Mikva emerita, Julie Monberg emerita, Gary Ossewaarde, Ismail Turay, The Reverend Larry Turpin, Julie Woestehoff emerita.
Sister committee: Chicago Academic Games League. Chairs Judy Dupont and _____. Visit the CAGL homepage to learn how this math and life learning project is being revitalized with the University of Chicago Service Center.
We hope community members will want to choose a school and attend some of their meetings to show community support. The Local School Councils have many good-hearted people whose hard work deserves to be recognized by all of us. Or join the Schools Committee.
By Gary Ossewaarde
The HPKCC Schools Committee serves as a resource, facilitator and networking provider for schools, school councils, parent groups and the larger community. Our aim is good schools in which the community and parents are engaged. To facilitate our goals, we meet with educators and school reform experts, hold networking dinners and lectures, attend school council meetings, and invite members of th latter to our meetings.
We have online directories of resources and of the many enrichment programs available to children and families during, after and outside of the school day. (Visit hydepark.org/schools.) We want to make sure there is a set of robust, varied programs, widely available. We are also preparing a user-friendly print directory of schools' schools contacts and information. And we are planning a forum/workshop on "Where are the Parents? Help for parents to Become More Involved in Their Children's Schooling." This will take place on March 29, or as announced.
We are now ready to work with others to strategically bring community resources and volunteer to specific schools and to the Hyde Park-Kenwood schools as a group. In that regard, we were pleased to learn of and work with a new community working group called Hyde Park Schools, convened by the Hyde Park Herald and the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club and intended to help Hyde Park and Kenwood schools discover common goals and resources and marshal the community and its businesses in support of our schools.
Hyde Park Schools has so far created focus groups of parents, educators, and citizens evaluating arts; fundraising; special needs and technology; curriculum; physical education, health and wellness. Joint fundraising, grant writing, and program sharing are already being considered. There is a growing consensus calling or such neighborhood collaboratives--from experts, foundations, CPS administrators, teachers, parents, and community organizations. Other neighborhoods have pilot programs; ours would seem to be a likely prospect. Stay tuned!
What we were working on summer 2010. Set up a convening of principals of the schools that feed into Canter on and another (with a follow up with principals of other schools then a meeting of reps with the high school) on their extracurricular programs and how these can be shared and the schools work together, what resources the schools severally and together may need to ratchet the program or need of the high school, and how we and the community can help. After this we will be assessing and meeting with major potential providers of programs and/or resources.
Also being prepared is a school administrators-LSC/PTA/PAC networking dinner for early fall. We are going into closer focus on assets building, in and out of school needs, and Title I and open meetings mandates and opportunities.
May 13 the committee played host to 20 student teachers who will practice in several Hyde Park-Kenwood schools in fall 2010. Board member James Withrow gave the history and character of Hyde Park and Paul Bruce conducted an extensive bus tour through Hyde Park (CPS furnished the bus). Thanks to Kenwood Academy and to CPS Human Development staff person Damica Redic.
What we were working on early 2010:
1. A Forum /Awards Ceremony with speaker for principals, LSCs, public encouraging participation in the coming election cycle, information sharing, networking, an engaging speaker, and Kenwood Jazz Band.
September 30 we follow up with our annual Principal LSC Networking Dinner
2. Promoting participation by enough and qualified candidates and participation by voters in the Local School Council elections
3. Assets Survey progress and meetings incl. possibly with Canter School; research on what schools need and the extra-curricular program capacity and effectiveness in schools and out in the community. Visits to "success story" schools.
4. School(s) with probation and issues we can help on
5. Continued update, expansion and improvement to database for parents and creation of an assets building collaborator (what's this?).
7. Aid and capacity-building help to Canter Middle School.
8. Engagement/outreach to particular efforts such new intern teachers coming to Hyde Park schools.
9. Encouragement of community funding for school needs, such as from the 53rd St. TIF.
Our schools are in deep crisis, with budget cuts threatening to undo all the efforts of the past several years. Students and teachers have been marching from the schools to the offices of elected officials.
Are "promise neighborhoods" the way to go for poverty neighborhoods, and what might be adapted here? See page about. Schools Committee idea for our neighborhood-page about. some, including at CPS, think we could do something like that here.
BE SURE TO SEE IMPORTANT SCHOOL RESEARCH FINDINGS FROM U OF C CONSORTIUM AND URBAN EDUCATION INSTITUTE-
visit Organizing Schools for Improvement, UC Research Findings. And related Defining Excellence.
At the end of 2009, three local elementary schools (Shoesmith, Reavis, Kozminski) were put on probation and middle school Canter was being reviewed it for a combination of falling or non-advancing scores and failure to meet on-time and attendance (95%) standards. The scores certainly were not advancing (and many dropping for 2009), thus not meeting the objective of the school "growing" with real impact on student growth year to year. But, The new practice of comparing two current years with the two before that to get "trends" and of insisting all scores advance and being picky on this (including meaningless statistical static), as well as using the term"probation"-- which used to mean next step to closing or cleaning house, were by some called a disservice (the Herald said "staining" schools )that are trying mightily with limited resources.
So, what were the scores?
Shoesmith: ISAT reading: 2006 68.6%, 2007 59, 2008 73, 2009 63 (quite a see-saw)
Exceeding ISAT: 2006-07 11%, 2008 12.8, 2009 8.7 (is this a bump or a setback?)
ISAT exceed state stand. highest grade: 2007 10.3%, 2008 9.3, 2009 8 (consistent drop)
Attendance : 94.3 vs req'd 95%
Canter: ISAT reading: 2006 78.2, 2007 81.1, 2008 84.2, but in 2009 80.4 (does this mean stagnant?)
ISAT Math: 2006-07 73%, 2008 77.7, but 2009 a modest drop to 75.6
Science: 2006 81.6, 2007-08 73, 2009 66.4 (looks like an ongoing slide)
Reavis: ISAS Math 2006 43.3, 2007 51.7, 2008 57.4, 2009 53.5 (is this 1-year slide meaningful?)
Science: 2006 46.2, 2007 44.4, 2008 41.1, 2009 35.3 (steadily from bad to worse)
Attendance: 94.8 (nearly at the minimum).
So what are some of the schools doing about this?
Shoesmith: evaluating, finding ways to inform and impress on parents how important it is to get their kids to school, and on time (the two are related, they find), no excuses. The PAC has a "coffee and..." program for parents who watch over kids in the morning and talk to parents about attendance and upcoming activities and the school. The staff says it is aggressive with chronically absent students. There is tutoring morning and evening in math and reading.
Ismail Turay of the LSC and HPKCC Schools Committee was quoted in the Herald that there should be a collaborative to get all schools to be performing and that principals of the schools should confer on the probation challenge since the schools funnel into Canter, then Kenwood. The Kenwood Principal is seeking such meetings with the principals, suggesting on attendance what they do--have an audit committee over attendance looking every day and to address straying as soon as it starts.
The Canter principal has held planes on ways to increase preparedness for Kenwood.
It's out, and may help us in our goal of engaging schools-programs and parents: A new CPS guide to integrating the arts (including social studies and sciences) into the curriculum and creating full engagement with arts program providers was released as of October 23. It was announced at, inter alia, the HPKCC Schools Committee September 29 2009 Networking Dinner for Schools and LSCs. For details contact email@example.com. It's called the "Chicago Guide for Teaching and Learning in the arts."
The committee encourages parents to sign their kids up for the school lunch program-- each school's funding in part depends on this.
- (HPKCC Schools and Schools Committee (you are here)
- About the HPKCC Schools Committee. Short version in pdf
- Have A Heart School Supply Drive and new Friends of Hyde Park Public Schools subcommittee of HPKCC Schools Committee
- About the February 23 2010 Awards Ceremony and Forum
- Recent Schools Committee reports and minutes
- Schools Directories and information
- Hyde Park Area Schools Contacts (in its own page)
- Report on the After School Matters March 28 2007 forum from April 2007 Conference Reporter.
- Hyde Park Schools Initiative- a new local collaborative
- Assets Building programs - can they be used here? and
- Promise Zone proposals - what can we learn?
- Community Schools
- Defining excellence- 5 fundamental supports for school improv't
- Access HPKCC Youth Programs Database in PDF and find more guides to programs in and out of school
- After School and other Kids offerings.
- After School Program partners informational reports from Conference Reporter
- Educational Resources for parents and educators
- To a more complete description of the CPS After School/Office of Extended Learning Opportunities programs
University of Chicago schools education outreach initiatives and research results
- Local School Councils schedules, membership, role, about the elections
- To page with dates of some LSC candidate forums, SIPAA discussions
- Test Scores and School Rankings
- School and Education News and Issues
- Defining Excellence: 5 fundamentals of school improvement
- Renaissance 2010 and former Mid South Initiative discussion
- News about and from individual schools
- Canter Middle School
- Kenwood Academy
- Chicago Metro History Fair, a page of the Preservation/Development Committee
- Schools and Community-student relations-a cautionary reflection about 2005
See our profile of Hyde Park educator Sara Spurlark, from the Summer, 2004 Conference Reporter, in People You Should Know.
CAGL: Chicago Academic Games League, an HPKCC Committee Affiliate Program--see there how it is being revitalized with University of Chicago Service Center.