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December 15, 2019

Leadership Team Memo

December 15, 2019

Hello Von Community,

We are official halfway through second quarter and one week away from winter break! This is an important week to make sure you take advantage of PAWS tutoring, meet with your teachers, and see what you can do over break to make sure you end the semester strong, because when we come back it will be final exams before you know it!

Last week, our freshmen students engaged in lessons around social media safety with our Counseling Department in order to build on the discussion at our PAC meeting. Parents, please continue to have those important conversations at home!  We also had another great week of sports and arts so make sure you see the highlights below!

This week, is action-packed, so do not miss one minute! Seniors, you will be taking your Class Panoramic Photo on Monday morning! All students, if you signed up for an eye exam, the optometrist will be here on Monday and Tuesday, and students will be called down for their set appointments. Wednesday is a day of cultural celebration as the students share with each other their love of dance, music, and tradition at International Day! And Friday, we will end the week with the utmost importance--the PSAT.  It is extremely important for everyone to be in attendance and on time to school Friday for testing. After testing the music department will hold the Winter Concert for their peers.

We look forward to a great week, and we wish you a Happy Holidays and New Year. As always please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Together, we are Von Strong!

Jennifer Sutton, Principal,
Katie Hallberg, Assistant Principal,
Patrick Reget, Assistant Principal,
Israel Urbina, Assistant Principal,



CABARET - Last Wednesday our Drama Club put on a spectacular Cabaret at the Book Cellar where they showed off their musical Talent!  Keep your eyes and ears out for more from our talent group!

CABARET - El miércoles pasado nuestro Club de Drama puso en un cabaret espectacular en la bodega del libro donde mostraron su talento musical!  Mantenga sus ojos y oídos fuera para más de nuestro grupo de talentos!
PHOTO CLASS SUCCESS!! - 36 Von Students had their work accepted  in the All City Senior Portfolio show!  Congrats to the Art department and to the students for their amazing work!  #VonPride!

éxito de la clase de fotos!! - 36 estudiantes de Von tuvieron su trabajo aceptado en el espectáculo de cartera de todas las ciudades senior!  ¡Felicidades al departamento de arte y a los estudiantes por su increíble trabajo!


(The above photos were done by Emily Saluga's on the top and  Sophia Rogel on the bottom)
Health and Wellness
 Mindfulness Leader
Description: Through interactive lessons, you will develop skills and strategies to learn how to cope with the day-to-day challenges of school, family, future planning and stress. You will learn about the tools for mindfulness that will bring balance to the areas of social awareness, self-management, interpersonal skills, responsible behavior and decision-making skills. You will engage in this work through various art projects such as vision boards, journaling, exercising in gratitude and appreciation. Additionally, you will learn meditation. You will tap into your inner artist and create canvases of inspirational quotes and affirmations like, “I am in flow with the Universe.” By the end of the program, you will develop a natural instinct within to reach for better and to dream what many would say is impossible.

Instructor(s): Ms. Antwan (

Schedule: 2/12/2020 - 4/30/2020 [Monday, Wednesday, & Thursdays (3:30PM-6:00PM)

Location: Von Steuben Metropolitan Science High School

Apply online at Students must have a good record of attendance with Von Steuben in order to apply. Everyone applying should come for an interview on 1/8/20 in room 106 at 3pm to secure your spot for the spring session.
Von's Academic Decathalon team participated in the Ranger Invite scrimmage at Mather high school on Saturday.  They took tests related to this year's theme of Illness and Wellness in Art, Economic, Math, Music, Language and Literature, Science, and Social Studies. Numerous awards were won by our decatheles.  Special shout outs to Jacob Barnes who placed in 4 subject areas in the Scholastic division and Isaiah Santiago who placed in 5 subject areas in the Varsity division. Congratulations to all on a successful first scrimmage of the year!  

El equipo de Decathalon Académico de Von participó en el scrimmage Ranger Invite en la escuela secundaria Mather el sábado.  Se realizaron pruebas relacionadas con el tema de este año de Enfermedad y Bienestar en Arte, Economía, Matemáticas, Música, Lengua y Literatura, Ciencias y Estudios Sociales. Numerosos premios fueron ganados por nuestras decatheles.  Gritos especiales a Jacob Barnes que colocó en 4 áreas temáticas en la división Escolástica e Isaías Santiago que colocó en 5 áreas temáticas en la división Varsity. Felicidades a todos.
Additional Scholarships!

Sign up for CPS Scholarship alerts here

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) - CHANCE Program is currently seeking members of the Class of 2020 who are SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING ATTENDING UIC to explore unique opportunities this summer in the fields of Business or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Students who successfully complete the program and enroll at UIC for Fall 2020 in these selected majors may be eligible for additional scholarship opportunities.
In partnership with Exelon-ComEd, the STEM Academy designed to introduce students to the world of STEM. The STEM Academy is open to current high school students entering their senior year in the fall. Students must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and MUST apply to, and have a sincere interest in attending UIC for Fall 2020 and majoring in Computer Science or the following Engineering field(s): Mechanical, Electrical, Civil and Computer. 
Track 1: Engineering
This camp is designed for students who are seriously interested in earning a degree in a STEM discipline and wish to pursue their higher educational goals at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. Our comprehensive curriculum includes an introduction to engineering, spatial and computer-aided design projects along with English and Math instruction.
Track 2: Computer Science
This camp is designed for students who are seriously interested in earning a degree in Computer Science and wish to pursue their higher educational goals at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. Students who successfully complete this curriculum will receive three credit hours for CS 100 that can be applied toward graduation.
The Future Leaders in Business Program is a 5-week pre-college summer experience designed for exemplary rising high school seniors from traditionally underrepresented groups. At no cost to the student, participants will engage in the following activities on the UIC campus: academic instruction in core business areas taught by UIC Business faculty, leadership workshops, professional development classes, career exploration, college readiness, and team-building.
Students who successfully complete this program will receive a Certificate of Completion and will be eligible for special programs and scholarship consideration upon admission to the UIC College of Business. UIC Business offers its students many opportunities to succeed and thrive, including leadership development, professional networking, career exposure and the prestigious UIC Business Scholars program.
Participants in the FLB Program receive an immersive experience in one of Chicago’s best undergraduate business programs. Through excellence in teaching in a collaborative environment, FLB students develop critical business knowledge and leadership skills that will set them apart from their peers. 
Students who successfully complete either program will receive the following to support their future academic endeavors:
  • Certificate of Completion
  • STEM Academy: Minimum $5,000 annual scholarship (based on eligibility and financial need)
  • Business: Upon admission to the UIC College of Business, students will be eligible for special programs and scholarship consideration
  • Tours of Chicago-area corporations with Q & A sessions with corporate leaders
  • Students who select the Computer Science track and successfully complete the curriculum will earn three (3) credit hours for CS 100
  • Internships and job shadowing with leading Chicago-area companies
  • Seminars led by industry executives
In addition, participants MUST:
  • Complete and Submit an Application for Admission to UIC for Fall 2020
  • Fully commit to the program for 5-weeks
  • Business: June 24 - July 25
  • STEM Academy: June 24 - July 26
  • Participate in a one-week residency in UIC student housing
  • Attend camp from Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm.
Application documents and questions can be directed to:



1) Scholars Status
Your Scholars status for graduation will be based on your GPA at the end of the FIRST semester. Students not meeting the 3.0 unweighted GPA requirement will NOT walk with a Scholars status or receive a stole. Please keep that in mind as you set goals this school year.
***Students currently on probation have until the end of the semester to reach a 3.0 in order to graduate as a Scholar***
2) Service Learning Hours
Reminder ALL STUDENTS MUST complete 2 service learning projects required by CPS to graduate and if you are a scholar you must also have an additional 40 service learning hours.  If you have questions about your hours please make sure to ask your counselor during your meeting. Hours need to be submitted by December 10th in order to graduate with Scholars status. More info and documents 
3) College Applications:
The Last day for free transcripts WAS LAST MONDAY December 2, counselors will no longer accept transcript requests until we return from Winter Break. In addition, you will need to pay $5 in room 110 and bring the receipt to Ms. Plaud.
4) Learn.Plan.Succeed
3) Starting with the Class of 2020, students will be required to provide evidence of a concrete post secondary plan to their school counselor in order to graduate.To learn more about Learn.Plan.Succeed and how that will affect the class of 2020 and beyond click Learn.Plan.Succeed  
Complete asap! If you require any assistance please see your counselor. Click HERE for a step-by-step guide to filling out your FAFSA, the money is first come first serve, so the sooner you submit your FAFSA the more likely you will receive money!

6)  College Applications
Click here to start or finish your Common Application because many colleges use this. Check the school for their Regular Decision deadline .  Remember you will need to complete the application, essays, Teacher recommendations, Counselor recommendations, and transcripts submission, the DEADLINE for most colleges is approaching SOON!

Make sure you see your counselor as you get these tasks done to sign off on your senior passport. They will require signatures and will be collected at the end of the year in order to receive graduation tickets and to buy your Prom ticket as well!

Sign up for CPS Scholarship alerts here

Juniors, please see below for information on two college preparation programs. Both programs are completely FREE and include a summer program experience at a highly selective university. These programs are extremely competitive, so start working on your applications today!


LEDA Scholars at Princeton University:

High school juniors - Apply to be a #LEDAScholar today:
  • Experience life at Princeton University with LEDA during our COMPLETELY FREE seven-week summer program. 
  • Develop your leadership skills.
  • Master the SAT/ACT.
  • Learn how to write at the college level.
  • Join a diverse community of students from across the nation that will stay with you through college and beyond. 

Deadline: December 11th 11:59 PM PST
Email with questions.


Bovard Scholars at the University of Southern California:

The 2020 USC Bovard Scholars application is now open!

If selected, each Bovard Scholar will have one full year of support through the admissions cycle and spend three weeks on the USC campus next summer, where they will receive:

  • Personalized career exploration
  • Expert college admissions and financial aid support
  • Comprehensive test preparation
  • Leadership development

This year, the summer program runs from July 12, 2020, through August 1, 2020.

No cost to students or families. USC will pay for transportation to and from campus for students coming from outside of Southern California.

We invite all high-achieving high school juniors with financial need to apply.
Do you fit these requirements?

  • Junior in high school (11th grader) at time of application
  • Currently hold a 4.0 GPA or above
  • Enrolled in Algebra II, Trigonometry or above
  • Demonstrate financial need

If so, you are eligible to apply.

Applications are due January 17, 2020, at 5:00pm PST.


Info session Tuesday After School (Dec. 17th)
A Chicago Scholars info session will be held on Tuesday after school in the auditorium. Juniors with a 3.0 unweighted or above received an email with a link to RSVP.  

Chicago Scholars provides individual attention and mentoring throughout the college application and financial aid process. Acceptance into this program is competitive, so you are highly encouraged to attend the informational session. RSVP here no later than Monday at noon.

Chicago Scholars is looking for students who:

  • have minimum GPA of 3.0 unweighted
  • will be a first-generation college student (neither parent graduated from a four-year college in the US) and/or students who come from a low-income household
  • are academically ambitious and motivated
  • are leaders in their schools, communities, or homes
  • are committed to furthering their education and have a strong desire to attend a 4-year college.

OPPORTUNITIES!! - Dont Miss out!!

Info session will be held on Tuesday @ 8th period. Students received an invite during division as well as an email with the program information. Programs that will be presenting are Northwestern Academy, University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars, and Minds Matters of Chicago.

The University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program (CSP) is a three-year enrichment program for academically successful and highly motivated Chicago Public High School students. CSP prepares students for admission and success at the nation's most selective colleges and universities. Our program is currently accepting applications for the Class of 2023.  For more information visit:
Due: February 18, 2020 
Apply here: CSP Application
The strongest candidates for the program will share the following characteristics: 
  • Ranked in the top 10% of their class 
  • Enrolled in academically rigorous courses (Honors, AP, IB) 
  • Leaders in their community, both inside and outside of high school 
  • Have demonstrated ability to confront and overcome academic and social/cultural challenges 
  • Creative and willing to learn and share their ideas with others 
If you or your students have any questions or concerns throughout the application process, please contact our office at or by calling (773) 834-2774.
More info: https://collegiate


Northwestern Academy:

Sponsored by Northwestern University, Northwestern Academy is a free, multi-year outreach program designed to prepare diverse, academically motivated Chicago Public School students to successfully matriculate to highly-selective colleges and universities around the country. We provide one on one advising, family workshops, national college trips, and so much more. We work with students from over 30 non-selective enrollment high schools across the city. 

Eligibility Requirements 
  • Attend a non-selective enrollment Chicago Public High School.
  • Identify as First-generation college bound (neither parent/guardian has earned a four-year degree)
  • Limited financial means 
  • Underrepresented population 

Application Requirements
  • Student and family background information
  • Short writing prompts 
  • One teacher recommendation 
  • Academic record submitted by a counselor

Apply Online NOW:

Applications accepted until March 2, 2020

Minds Matter of Chicago
Minds Matter is a comprehensive three-year program that empowers young people to achieve college readiness and success. Through a holistic mentoring and academic program, Minds Matter provides each student with: 
  • two young professional mentors, 
  • free SAT prep and practice tests, 
  • writing and critical thinking lessons, 
  • two FREE summer programs at colleges across the country after Sophomore and Junior years, and
  • individual assistance through the college admissions and financial aid process during Senior year.

Eligibility requirements:
  • 3.0 unweighted GPA
  • Driven, responsible, curious students who are dedicated to attending college
  • Qualify for free or reduced lunch

Apply by March 1st at

    * Week 4: F
ought a tough loss against Taft with a series score of 2120-2303
                     *First Game: Jr Elijah Corbin scored 221 pins while Sr Mark Sinchi finished 182 pins to draw against Morgan Park. Team score was 798-798.
                     *Second Game: Jr Richard Petri scored 171 pins.
                     *Third Game:   Von Steuben scored 736 pins
                     *Fourth Game: Von Steuben scored 775 pins

***Jr Elijah Corbin finished the series scoring 773 pins while Sr Mark Sinchi scored 642 pins.

     * Continues to be Undefeated! On Wednesday in front of a packed house including the 3 scouts and the head of sports administration the Panthers defeated Schurz 80 to 65.  And then dominated Marine Leadership on the road winning handedly 57 to 9.  Bringing their record to 5 and 0. 

     * The Ladies also had an easy victory at home on Thursday dominating Senn 66 to 31. On Friday they played an exhibition game to get so extra experiences taking on outside competition all the way from St. Louis.  It was a hard fought battle but they came up short in the end. 

The Von Steuben Boys Swim Team opened their season Thursday evening at host Jones/Payton. The Varsity led by Sr. Co-Captain Ewan Evan's personal best time in the 100 Fly, turned in some excellent performances. Times established in their individual events have already qualified the following Varsity swimmers for the CPS City Championships this coming February: Ezekiel Bramble – 200 Freestyle & 100 Backstroke, Emmett Peterson – 100 Freestyle, Kevin Barna – 100 Freestyle & Breaststroke, Ewan Evans – 100 Butterfly

The F/S Team led by Co-Captains Benjamin Diaz and Anders Olson-Brady did an outstanding job in their first meet. The team took first place in the 200 Medley Relay, 200 Individual Medley, 100 Freestyle, and 200 Freestyle Relay. The following F/S swimmers established times qualifying them for the CPS City Championships: Jorge Galindo – 200 Freestyle & 100 Backstroke, Adnan Tuzlakovic – 200 IM & 100 Freestyle, Tyler Lopez – 50 Freestyle & 100 Butterfly, Anders Olson-Brady – 50 Freestyle & 100 Breaststroke, Ian Washington – 50 Freestyle, Christopher Rodriguez – 100 Butterfly & 100 Backstroke, & Benjamin Diaz – 500 Freestyle & 100 Breaststroke

Parent, please enroll in parent portal, it is the new ASPEN system and will allow you to check your students grades, attendance, tardies, assignments, contact teachers, set up alerts and pay school fees.  If you have not set up your account or your are having issues please fill our THIS form.  Email Ms. Hallberg with any questions.

Also if you missed our Business days you can pay your school fees via Parent Portal.

Padre, por favor inscríbase en el portal de los padres, es el nuevo sistema ASPEN y le permitirá verificar sus calificaciones de los estudiantes, asistencia, retrasos, tareas, contactar a los maestros, configurar alertas y pagar las cuotas escolares.  Si no ha configurado su cuenta o tiene problemas, rellene nuestro formulario ESTE.  Hallberg por correo electrónico con cualquier pregunta. 

Además, si se perdió nuestros días hábiles, puede pagar sus cuotas escolares a través del Portal para Padres.
UIC College of Engineering - Summer Camp
UIC Engineering is home to multiple departments that represent different disciplines in engineering. In summer 2020, five of these departments will participate in the camp:
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Computer science
  • Electrical and computer engineering
  • Mechanical and industrial engineering
The engineering summer experience camp at UIC is now open for registration! Details can be found at our website:
Each track has been designed with different learning goals in mind, and we highly recommend choosing a track most suitable for the student's age. If you're not sure which track to sign up for, please feel free to reach out (email: and we'll make a recommendation on a case-by-case basis.

The camp dates are as follows:
  • Track 1 (for ages 9 to 11): July 6 – 10
  • Track 2 (for ages 12 to 14): July 13 – 17
  • Track 3 (for ages 15 to 17): July 20 – 24
Apply to join the Goodman Youth Arts Council (GYAC)!
We are a group of 14-21 year-olds invested in youth leadership, community engagement, and theater of course.
We'd love if you could share our application with young people you're in touch with who fit the description. They can apply at: .
More about the program:
The Goodman Youth Arts council is a youth leadership program for 14 to 21-year old alumni and newcomers to Goodman's youth programs who serve as ambassadors for the theater. Council Members liaise between their peers and the Goodman, produce events for young audiences, and volunteer in their communities and schools.
The GYAC Mission Statement:
“We are a group of young Chicagoland artists that exist to utilize our theater training to connect people with the stories on stage. We believe theater can educate and empower by building bridges between diverse peoples.”

Collegiate Scholars Program at the University of Chicago is opening its application on November 20th.It not only helps you through out hi helpful throughout High School, but with the college application process as well!

For help with the application or questions about the program, reach out to Junior Stephani Lopez Hernandez at

New this year! - Northwestern is partnering with Chicago Public Schools to host a 
Student Health Leaders Program this school year (Jan-March 2020). 

They are hosting a series of 4 Saturday half-day workshops in Northwestern's downtown medical campus and all CPS high school students with a passion for community health, research, and/or medicine careers are highly encouraged to join! During these workshops, students will have the opportunity to learn about the health conditions and issues that impact their communities, hear from various medical and community professionals in the field, and work with other students from all over the city to create interventions to raise awareness and improve health outcomes in their schools. 

The program is free of charge and includes transportation vouchers and meals for students.  Our goal is to help empower students to believe in themselves and the positive impact they can have on their communities.

If you have any questions or interested in applying, please contact Madeleine Kanaley at or 312-503-5339.

HPREP (Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program) is a 6-week educational and exposure program for high school students of diverse backgrounds hosted by the Office of Diversity at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The goal of the program is to give students first hand exposure to the medical school curriculum, career options in healthcare, and the tools for academic success. Weekly topics include medical ethics, anatomy lab exposure, hands on clinical skills training, research exposure, and insights on the process of getting into Medical School and other healthcare professions.

The program this year will be on Saturdays from 8am to 12pm on:
- January 11th
- January 18th
- January 25th
- February 1st
- February 8th
- February 15th

The application is due at 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 15th. Here is the application.

of the Week…

A group or organization having members from more than two nations and accepts ideas and people beyond borders or boundaries. 

Un grupo u organización que tiene miembros de más de dos naciones y acepta ideas y personas más allá de fronteras o fronteras.
This Week At @ Von

* Ageless Eye Care
* Boys Bowling Vs. Amundsen @ Waveland - 4pm
* Girls Bowling Vs. Jones @ Waveland - 4pm
* Ageless Eye Care
* Swimming vs Amundsen @ Von! 5pm
* Girls Bball vs Sullivan @ Sullivan - 5:00pm
*International Day!
* Track and Field Meeting - 3:05pm
* Boys Bball vs Schruz @ VON! - 5:00pm

* Boys Swimming vs Whitney Young @ Whitney 5pm
* Link Crew Movie Night - 3pm
PSAT TESTING - Be on Time!!
* Boys Bball vs Milwaukee @ Milwaukee 5pm
EMCEE WRECKSHOP (Click on image for more info)
Saturdays 4-6pm
Emcee Wreckshop brings together rappers from all over the city. Participants meet from 4-6pm on Saturdays from October 2019 - June 2020. The session begins with a workshop taught by local rappers Add-2 and Defcee, in which students will study an exemplary work, write new material, and finally, exchange pens for microphones in a performative cypher. Additionally, participants will have opportunities to feature their work at Emcee Olympics (a Louder Than A Bomb special event), on the Louder Than A Bomb annual Mixtape, and other events throughout the year.
Young Chicago Authors
CHECK THE METHOD (Click on image for more info)
Saturdays 1-3pm
Our Saturday workshop series is Back! Check the method meets each Saturday through February 2020. Join us from 1-3pm at YCA. This workshop offers rigorous instruction in poetry and hip-hop spoken word to the most dedicated young writers in the city.
Taught by YCA's Teaching Artist Corps, CTM is Chicago's premier writing workshop for 14-25 year olds. Come learn how to find inspiration in your daily life, write poems, and craft performances. CTM alumni have gone on to publish books and pursue professional writing careers.
VON READS - Every Von Steuben student needs a Chicago Public Library Card! If you have lost your card, have never had one, or need to update it, click here to have all of your library card questions answered. Also, we are incredibly fortunate to have the Albany Park Library located right across the street. There is no better time than NOW to get a library card.  The Chicago Public Library has eliminated fines and for a limited time will waive the $1 fee to replace your card if it is lost.  Don't delay!  Get your library card up to date today! 
APCC - Youth Employment Program
APCC is currently looking to place youth from the Albany Park neighborhood in our Pathways 2 Success, youth employment program. This program empowers individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 to gain 13 weeks of meaningful employment and paid work experience. Enrolled youth work as many as 195 hours while acquiring professional skills that help them enter and advance in the workforce. Each participant is paired with an employment coach that offers individualized career exploration, job training, life-skill coaching and counseling (if desired). 

Last year this program employed several high school students from the neighborhood and this year we would love our neighbors at Von to be represented.  I would like to introduce Peter Garbis, one of our dedicated Youth Development staff. Peter is currently conducting outreach and accepting applicants for our next cohort that will begin in January. 


APCC actualmente está buscando colocar a los jóvenes del vecindario de Albany Park en nuestro Programa de empleo juvenil Pathways 2 Success. Este programa permite a las personas de entre 16 y 24 años obtener 13 semanas de empleo significativo y experiencia laboral remunerada. Los jóvenes inscritos trabajan hasta 195 horas mientras adquieren habilidades profesionales que les ayudan a entrar y avanzar en la fuerza laboral. Cada participante está emparejado con un entrenador de empleo que ofrece exploración profesional individualizada, capacitación laboral, coaching de habilidades para la vida y consejería (si lo desea).

El año pasado este programa empleó a varios estudiantes de secundaria del vecindario y este año nos encantaría que nuestros vecinos en Von estuvieran representados.  Me gustaría presentarles a Peter Garbis, uno de nuestros dedicados empleados de Desarrollo Juvenil. Peter está llevando a cabo la divulgación y aceptando a los solicitantes de nuestra próxima cohorte que comenzará en enero.

Nabila Baklia


Nabila Baklia  is a Sophomore and has  been nominated by her peers and is well-deserving to be in the spotlight.  First she has perfect attendance, not even a single tardy. She also challenges herself academically. By taking honors and AP courses as a sophomore. Her peers say that is is extremely caring and goes above and beyond for her peers.  She goes the extra mile to be a good students and is extremely mature knowing how to make difficult decisions because she knows what is best for her future. Her peers stated that "her effort and determination is always something that stands out when you meet her." Nabila you are a great representation of PRIDE Values, continue the great work, we are proud of you!

Nabila Baklia es una estudiante de segundo año y ha sido nominada por sus compañeros y bien merece estar en el centro de atención.  Primero tiene una asistencia perfecta, ni siquiera una sola tarde. También se desafía académicamente. Tomando honores y cursos AP como estudiante de segundo año. Sus compañeros dicen que es extremadamente cariñoso y va más allá para sus compañeros. Ella va más allá para ser una buena estudiante y es extremadamente madura sabiendo cómo tomar decisiones difíciles porque sabe lo que es mejor para su futuro. Sus compañeros afirmaron que "su esfuerzo y determinación es siempre algo que se destaca cuando la conoces". Nabila eres una gran representación de los valores PRIDE, continúa el gran trabajo, ¡estamos orgullosos de ti!

If you know a student that deserves the spotlight you can nominate them by clicking HERE!

Friday Dec. 13th, 2019
Kaylanie Mulero
Vy Nyugen
Dominic Ridarelli
Jose Guadarrarama
Nicole Sachey-Addo
Henry Caceres
Makayla Crespo
Robert Lezinus

1) At the PAC meeting Last Thursday We Discussed Student Safety while traveling too and traveling to and from school and while using Social Media, her is the presentation in ENGLISH and ESPAÑOL.

2) Parent and Community members we need YOU. Please reach out to your Alderman and let them know the urgency in which Von needs and Stop Sign and Pedestrian Walk Way at the Intersection of Kimball and Carmen. Why wait until one of our students or parents gets hurt? Call TODAY!  If we work together a lot can get accomplished but the City needs to hear from YOU!
  • Alderwoman Samantha Nugent - 39th Ward (Von Steuben) - 773-736-5594 
  • Alderwoman Rossana Rodriguez -  33rd Ward (Roosevelt) -  773-840-7880

1) En la reunión del PAC el jueves pasado discutimos la seguridad de los estudiantes mientras viajamos también y viajamos hacia y desde la escuela y mientras usamos las redes sociales, ella es la presentación en ENGLISH and ESPAÑOL.

2) Los padres y miembros de la comunidad que necesitamos. Comuníquese con su concejal y hágales saber la urgencia en la que Von necesita y señal de parada y camino peatonal en la intersección de Kimball y Carmen. ¿Por qué esperar a que uno de nuestros estudiantes o padres salga herido? ¡Llame HOY!  Si trabajamos juntos mucho se puede lograr, pero la ciudad necesita saber de usted!
  • Alderwoman Samantha Nugent - 39th Ward (Von Steuben) - 773-736-5594 
  • Alderwoman Rossana Rodriguez -  33rd Ward (Roosevelt) -  773-840-7880
>>>Quick Fact:
The vaping rate among high schoolers now sits at 27.5% – up from 20.8% in 2018 – according to preliminary data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey, released in September.  

>>>In the News: 
Recently, there has been an outbreak of cases of lung injury associated with vaping. As of October 8, 2019, 1,299 people have been affected by "vaping-related illness," including at least 26 deaths (source: CDC). The UTHealth School of Public Health in Austin created this useful one-pager that summarizes what we know thus far about this worrying outbreak.

>>>Youth Cessation (quitting):
In addition to “vaping-related illness” there are thousands of teens who are already addicted to e-cigarettes and nicotine. We will feature multiple cessation resources in our briefs to come, but a physician should also be consulted for a comprehensive cessation process.  Go to 
Truth Initiative (webpage) and Youth and young adults can access the new e-cigarette quit program by texting "DITCHJUUL" to 88709. Parents and other adults looking to help young people quit should text "QUIT" t(202) 899-7550.

Service Learning Project and Scholarship opportunity >Click here<
Parent Advisory Committee!
Thanks to all the Parents that came out last Thursday!! Your Participation and Voice MATTERS!

The topics here are the workshops you chose this year: 

- College Night
- Financial Aid
- Mental Health
- SAT\PSAT\Khan Academy 
- Summer Programs
- Vapes and drug use

The Dates this year of our workshops are:
- January 23, 2020 --> - SAT\PSAT\Khan Academy
- February 27, 2020
- March 26, 2020
- April 30, 2020 
- May 28, 2020

Diverse Learner Parent Workshops

Thurs Nov. 7th - Executive Functioning
Thurs Jan. 30th  - Accommodations at the College Level
Thurs Mar 19th - Essential Elements of a Special Needs Plan
Thurs May 14th - Evaluating Guardianship 


Panther PRIDE Newsletter

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What’s coming up

Dec 18
    * International Day

Dec 20
    * PSAT Testing

Dec 21
     * Winter Break Starts

Jan 2
   * Back to school

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