Chicago Public Schools launches back to school campaign 


Students at year-round schools head back to the classroom Aug. 9; schools on traditional calendar open Sept. 7

 

July 19, 2010

 

With 195 year-round schools set to open their doors to students in just three weeks, Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman today launched a citywide campaign to raise awareness among parents and students about the importance of first day and everyday attendance.

 

At a Back to School rally in Chicago’s Back of the Yards community, Huberman stressed the importance of school attendance while reminding parents that two key dates on the calendar are approaching.

 

On Aug. 9, school starts for students who attend the 195 year-round, or “Track E,” schools which operate on an extended calendar.  

 

On Sept. 7, students at “traditional” schools will begin the 2010-11 school year. 

 

“In the coming weeks, Chicago Public Schools will be ratcheting up its efforts to make sure everyone knows how critical daily attendance at school is to academic success,” said Huberman.  “We want students in class the first day and every day so they are ready to learn.”

 

“The Chicago Board of Education is proud to join the effort to bolster attendance at Chicago schools on the first day and every day,” said Chicago Board of Education president Mary Richardson-Lowry.  “We know that when students are in school every day, they are engaged, they are learning and they are on the path toward graduation and a successful future.”

  

This year, 63 additional schools will operate on the Track E schedule, bringing the system-wide total to 195 schools.  Chicago Public Schools introduced the Track E calendar in 2007, giving schools and communities the option of adopting the new calendar.  That year, 18 schools operated on the Track E calendar; this year, nearly 200 schools will do so.

 

The Track E calendar starts the second week of August. It includes a two-week intersession in the fall, three weeks for Christmas-New Years and two weeks in spring. It ends in June on the same day as the regular calendar and includes all of the same holidays.

 

Centered around the theme, “Show Up!  First Day and Every Day,” the 2010 back to school campaign is designed to educate parents and students about the upcoming school calendar while also building enthusiasm and excitement for the start of the new school year.

 

There will be Back to School festivals in the Englewood, Austin and Humboldt Park communities.  Informational fliers are being distributed throughout the city.  Parents will receive reminder phone calls reminding them about the first day of school and the link between attendance and success. 

 

“Chicago Public Schools is doing everything it can to ensure our students are ready to return to school ready to learn.  Part of that effort is educating parents about the first day,” said Huberman.  “But the other part is stressing consistent attendance day in and day out.  Students who aren’t in class cannot learn. So it’s important to establish good attendance right off the bat.”

 

At today’s rally at Chavez Elementary Multicultural Academy, 4747 S. Marshfield Ave., the Jesse White Tumblers and the New Generation Fancy Drill Team performed in front of students and community members.  Chicago Fire mascot Sparky also joined the festivities.  CPS officials also distributed backpacks to students in preparation for the new school year.

 

Chavez last year enjoyed a 95.1 percent attendance rate, among the city’s highest.  

 

Huberman and Richardson-Lowry were joined at today’s event by Aldermen Willie Cochran and Lona Lane, Chavez Elementary School Principal Barton Dassinger and faculty and parents of Chavez school community.

 

Note: A list of Track E schools follows.

 

School

Altgeld

Armstrong

Ashe

Avalon Park

Banneker

Barnard

Bass

Beethoven

Beidler

Belmont-Cragin

Bethune

Bond

Bontemps

Brown, R.

Brownell

Brunson

Burke

Burr

Burroughs

Caldwell

Calhoun N.

Cardenas

Carroll/Rosenwald

Carver Elementary -Wheatley

Casals

Castellanos

Cather

Chalmers

Chavez

Chgo Agr

Claremont

Clark, GR

Colemon

Columbia Explorers

Cook

Copernicus

Corliss HS

Crown Academy

Cuffe

Cullen

Daley Acad

Davis Magnet

Delano

Deneen

DePriest

Dett

Dirksen

Dixon

Dodge

Doolittle East

Drake

Drummond

DuBois

Dulles

Dunne

Earhart 

Earle

Edwards

Ellington

Emmet

Esmond

Everett

Evergreen

Faraday

Farnsworth

Fernwood

Finkl

Fiske

Frazier Int.

Fuller

Fulton

Funston

Gage Park HS

Garvey

Goldblatt

Greene

Gregory, J.

Guggenheim

Hammond

Hampton

Harvard

Hay

Hearst

Hedges

Hefferan

Henderson

Henson E.S.

Herbert

Hernandez

Herzl

Higgins Community Academy

Hinton

Howe

Hoyne

Hughes, C.E.

Irving, W.

Jackson, M.

Jenner

Jensen

Johnson

Joplin

Kellman

Kershaw

King

Kohn

Kozminski

Lafayette

Lavizzo

Lawndale

Leland

Lewis

Libby

Little Village

Lloyd

Lovett

Lowell

Madero

Mann

May

Mays

McCormick

McDowell

McKay

McNair

Melody

Metcalfe

Mireles

Mollison

Moos

Morgan

Morgan Park

Morrill

Morton

Mt. Vernon

Nash

National Teachers Academy

Nicholson

Nightingale

Niños Heroes

Nobel

Oglesby

O'toole

Overton

Paderewski

Park Manor

Parkman

Parkside

Peace & Coalition Alternative Program (HS)

Peck

Penn

Piccolo

Pickard

Pirie

Plamondon

Pope

Powell

Prescott

Randolph

Revere

Robeson AA

Robeson HS

Ruggles

Ryder

Ryerson

Scammon

Schubert

Sherman

Shoop

Smith

Smyth

Songhai

Spencer

Spry

Team Englewood

Tilden AA

Tilden HS

Till

Tonti

Vaughn OCC HS

Volta

Walsh

Ward, L.

Webster & Hansberry

Wentworth

West Pullman

Westcott

Whistler

White

Williams Middle Prep

Williams Multiplex

Woods

Woodson South

Yale

Young

Zapata

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Chicago Public Schools serves 417,855 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.

 

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