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Parents of Hedges pave way for future generations

The aroma of pickled jalapenos filled the room at Hedges Elementary as a group of mothers chatted while they finished breakfast. The Padres de Hedges convene every day while their children attend class to plan school projects, patrol the school grounds and inform parents of community resources. The group formed about 25 years ago when […]

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Local principals receive CPS award for school’s academic growth

On Aug. 22, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett recognized 134 principals from across the school district for their work in boosting academic growth among students during the 2012-2013 academic school year. Among the honorees were three principals from the Back of the Yards community; Paul Schissler from Lara Academy, Barton Dassinger from […]

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Back of the Yards Shows High Rates of Asthma Among Children

Hedges students head asthma awareness campaign Antonio Beltran has been dealing with asthma all his life. He said pollution; cleaners and car exhaust fumes could easily trigger his asthma attacks. “Breathing in asthma triggers leads to inflammation in the lungs tightening on airways which can makes it very hard to breathe,” he explained in a […]

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Workshop Helps Parents Become Anti-Substance Abuse Community Trainers

In an effort to develop a comprehensive approach to preventing substance abuse in their neighborhood, Hedges Elementary parents have taken the lead as future anti-substance abuse community trainers. Like any other day of the week, Hedges Elementary parents gather around in their cozy community room, make handcrafts and tell jokes. But on Fridays, they deviate […]

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Preparing for High School: Local Elementaries Prepare Seventh Graders for the High School Application Process

As students anxiously wait for acceptance letters into their top high schools, local elementary schools are already preparing seventh graders for next fall. “I have been working to ensure that our students get as much access to the high school options that are available in the city,” said Barton Dassinger, principal at Cesar E. Chavez […]

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Transfer Battle: CPS Red Tape Ties Up Incoming Freshmen

Since the beginning of the new academic year, Richards High School principal, Mary Dolan, and neighborhood parents have struggled over the fate of incoming 9th graders who were accepted to other area schools. Parents whose children were ready to start in other high schools but who were also enrolled in the Richards’ roster said their […]