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Richards students reflect on the Hamilton musical

For some Chicago high school students, Wednesday, March 15 was not a typical day in the classroom. A long line snaked outside the Private Bank Theater downtown, where well-dressed students waited to be let inside the historic landmark.    With the support of a number funders including the Rockefeller Foundation, 20,000 Chicago high school students […]

“They Call us Alien”

  My mom came to the U.S when she was 14   Hair thicker than her accent   Crossed planes of desert with nothing but water and the prayers she kept in her pocket   Grew up here cleaning toilets in houses she’ll never get to live in   Had 7 children, when I was […]

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Mayor Emanuel and Chancellor Hyman announce Chicago Star Scholarship for Chicago Public High School students

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) Chancellor Cheryl Hyman announced the Chicago Star Scholarship today that will help ensure more Chicago Public High School students are able to pursue the dream of college without accumulating burdensome debt. Through Chicago STAR Scholarship, City Colleges of Chicago will provide scholarships in the form of […]

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Q & A with local school counselors: What you should know about the high school application process

In our last issue, we started a conversation about the high school application process and what students in middle school need to keep in mind as they select the best school for them. We all know that in Chicago applying for high school is almost as challenging as applying for college. As more and more […]

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Demystifying the selective enrollment process

Middle school can be stressful for many young students who are starting to learn about the importance of responsibility, good grades and test scores. Aside from the stresses coming from school, many students are also learning how to cope with all the physical and emotional changes related to adolescence. It’s not a secret, 7th grade is one of the most important […]

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Back to school: A look inside two neighborhood high schools

As students across the city head back to school we thought it was time to check in with principals from two neighborhood high schools, Richards Career Academy and Tilden Career Community Academy to see what’s on the agenda for the new year. Richards Career Academy Located on the corner of 50th and Laflin Streets, Richards […]

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St. Joseph announces 2014 HOPE Scholarship recipients

The St. Joseph Parish community was proud to award the second annual HOPE Scholarship on Sunday, July 20. The 2014 HOPE Scholarship recipients were: Carolina Villa, Isael Garcia, Ulises Olivares, Celina Ornelas, Maria Elena Arvizo and Salvador Solis. Thanks to the generous contributions from Sagrario Moreno, the Leadership & Development Group fundraising initiatives and the […]

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Academic excellence program sponsored by the Kiwanis Club

For the past 25 years, the Kiwanis Club of Archer Road has been honoring outstanding eighth grade graduates from selected schools in the community. The honorees were presented their awards by an ARK member at their respective graduations and at Academic Excellence Awards ceremony at Mayfield Banquets on June 24, 2014. Also $500 scholarships were […]

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Building brains all summer long

Summer vacation has just begun. Long lazy days for children to chase the ice cream truck and play in the open fire hydrant, right? Not if they’re going hold on to what they learned during the school year. (Not to mention if there’s going to be water in the hydrant when your house is the […]

Local student creates awareness about hydrocephalus disorder

Message from a local student: My name is Ivon Montano and I am a senior at UIC College Prep High School. For my senior project, we had to make a positive multigenerational change in my community, which means to take action into doing something that will positively impact my community. Therefore, I decided to target […]