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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 […]

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An increase in applications raises questions about enrollment processes at Back of the Yards High School

*Updated for the web For Spanish scroll down (baja para leer el articulo en Español) It’s hard to miss the majestic new Back of the Yards High School towering along 47th Street. The high school has a beautiful facility with a pool, wide athletic fields, computer labs and a brand new library, aside from a […]

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School-based program equips Back of the Yards parents with new skills

More than 20 parents from Chavez Multicultural Academy graduated from an eight-week parenting program on Thursday, April 3. The cohort will join more than 5,000 other parents who have completed the program since its inception 17 years ago. During the program parents learned about child development, effective communication practices and anger management, skills aimed to […]

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Area residents oppose AUSL turnaround of elementary school

About 60 parents and students from Dvorak Elementary, carrying colorful handmade signs opposing a proposal to “turnaround” their school, added a boost of energy to a protest outside the March 26 Board of Education meeting. Dvorak, 3615 W. 16th, is one of three schools CPS is recommending be handed over to the Academy of Urban […]

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UIC and Juarez Academy to host college workshop

The University of Illinois at Chicago and Benito Juarez Community Academy will host a bilingual financial aid and admissions workshop for families and students. The event is free and open to the public. WHEN: Feb. 19 6 – 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Benito Juarez Community Academy 1450-1510 W. Cermak Road DETAILS: UIC, in partnership with Benito […]

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CPS to open seven new charter schools over the next two years

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Board of Education approved proposals for seven charter schools to open across the city over the next two years on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Five charters will open during the 2014-2015 school year, and the remaining two will open in the 2015-2016 school year. CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a […]

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Do we need more charter schools?

Parents and students packed the assembly room at Shields Middle School demanding more resources for neighborhood schools Community residents met Tuesday to highlight CPS plans to expand charter schools just months after closing 50 neighborhood schools and cutting school budgets drastically. “We can’t allow CPS to continue to take money from our neighborhood schools,” said […]