Spotlight Archives 

September 26, 2013 through September 26, 2016

September 2016

September 23, 2016
Apply now to be this year’s Honorary Student Board Member
September 05, 2016
Mayor Emanuel and CPS Announce Record High Graduation Rate of 73.5 Percent

August 2016

August 29, 2016
NWEA results are in, and the news is good.
August 19, 2016
Classes resume September 6, 2016!
August 08, 2016
Balanced Budget Puts District on a Path to Stability and Continued Academic Success

July 2016

July 01, 2016
LunchStop Program to provide free, healthy summer meals
July 01, 2016
Governor Rauner and General Assembly Unite to Support Education Funding

April 2016

April 19, 2016
Separate and unequal. That’s the education funding system CPS students are trapped in. Visit for more information.
April 16, 2016
Jointly appointed arbitrator recommends CPS contract proposal

March 2016

March 25, 2016
March 21, 2016
March 15, 2016
CPS students are making huge gains in Math and Reading, and that progress has garnered national attention.
March 11, 2016
March 11, 2016

February 2016

February 12, 2016
Learn how CPS will communicate in case of changes to class or extra-curricular schedules due to extreme weather.
February 05, 2016
Read CEO Forrest Claypool's Editorial in the Chicago Sun-Times
February 03, 2016
Learn more about what CPS proposed in the Tentative Agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union
February 02, 2016
Find the full details of the Tentative Agreement
February 01, 2016
CPS students to study and celebrate the culture, legacy and achievements of African-Americans.

January 2016

January 15, 2016
CPS partners with Khan Academy to boost growth in Math

November 2015

November 25, 2015
CPS students serve their communities this Thanksgiving
November 25, 2015
Wells Fargo presents thousands of CPS students with new winter coats
November 25, 2015
Advanced Placement courses give students a glimpse of college
November 03, 2015
Cynthia Rodriguez named Honorary Student Board Member

October 2015

October 28, 2015
Creating a path to college for undocumented students
October 06, 2015
Sign up for Parent Portal today!
October 05, 2015
A new high-quality option on Chicago’s Far South Side

September 2015

September 28, 2015
We’re launching the Chicago Schools Blog to connect with you about what matters most to all of us: working together to give our students a good education.
September 23, 2015
Free dental care available for CPS students
September 22, 2015
Clinton’s book a call to action for young readers
September 18, 2015
Schmid Elementary visits Auburn University
September 10, 2015
Students and staff start the school year strong
September 10, 2015
Back 2 School Illinois helps put students on path to success
September 10, 2015
Chicago Board of Education seeking new student member

August 2015

August 31, 2015
Preparing families for Back-to-School
August 18, 2015
See complete list of bus stops for magnet and selective-enrollment students
August 11, 2015
40 Schools Keep New Times, 8 Others Agree to an Alternative;New Schedule Will Reduce Transportation Costs by $5 Million
August 10, 2015
CPS celebrates annual Bud Billiken Parade
August 04, 2015
Join CPS at the annual Bud Billiken Parade

July 2015

July 30, 2015
A letter to CPS families from the new District leadership team
July 30, 2015
Staggered Bus Schedules to Relieve Transportation Costs; Full List of Changes in Bell Times Below
July 29, 2015
Preparing families for Back-to-School
July 27, 2015
CPS event wins STEM Mentoring Award
July 23, 2015
LunchStop providing food and fitness to CPS students
July 22, 2015
Leadership Team and Newly-Appointed Board President Will Continue the Progress CPS Has Made in the Classroom While Addressing Financial Challenges 
July 13, 2015
Advancing technology in the classroom
July 13, 2015
A letter from Interim CPS CEO Jesse Ruiz
July 01, 2015
Keeping students safe and engaged during summer break

June 2015

June 24, 2015
A list of summer activities for CPS youth
June 24, 2015
Annual event honors outstanding CPS counselors
June 24, 2015
CPS celebrates “Mentoring the Next Generation”
June 22, 2015
CPS students receive 30,000 new books
June 15, 2015
CPS students pilot Google Expeditions
June 10, 2015
Michelle Obama Provides Commencement Address for King College Prep
June 01, 2015
Student filmmakers bring social issues to life

May 2015

May 28, 2015
Annual College Fair presents exciting options for soon-to-be grads
May 28, 2015
Schools travel to Springfield for TECH 2015
May 27, 2015
Mikva Challenge honors Jadine Chou for her commitment to student safety
May 20, 2015
Annual competition inspires student innovation
May 19, 2015
Mather senior creates award-winning design in annual art contest
May 18, 2015
School pays tribute to legendary namesake
May 13, 2015
Instrument repair shop strikes a chord with neighborhood school
May 13, 2015
Getting students and families excited about healthy living
May 07, 2015
School communities find creative ways to thank teachers

April 2015

April 30, 2015
Daylong event aimed at strengthening the family-school connection
April 24, 2015
District celebrating a new generation of teachers
April 23, 2015
NOTE: As of 5/15, submissions no longer accepted
April 20, 2015
Lee Elementary participates in nationwide Digital Learning Day
April 02, 2015
Chicago to offer free, family-friendly activities throughout the city
April 02, 2015
84 CPS teachers receive National Board Certification in 2015

March 2015

March 26, 2015
New program to help parents become lifelong learners
March 18, 2015
Upcoming exhibitions to showcase student talent
March 18, 2015
UNCF Scholarship Campaign eases financial burden for students
March 12, 2015
CPS introduces new Interdisciplinary Latino & Latin American Studies curriculum
March 02, 2015
March 02, 2015

February 2015

February 26, 2015
SOAR Centers bring students back to the classroom
February 18, 2015
Artists showcased in regional performances and festivals
February 03, 2015
Honoring the contributions of school counselors to student success

January 2015

January 22, 2015
CPS to host virtual recruitment session for new talent
January 16, 2015
CPS Connects creates worlds of opportunity for students

December 2014

December 22, 2014
Students Invite Their families to Experience STEM Learning
December 19, 2014
RFP for a new open enrollment, neighborhood high school at the current site of Dyett High School.
December 19, 2014
Celebrating differences at Audubon Elementary
December 12, 2014
Tune into this online broadcast for CPS news and stories
December 10, 2014
CPS partners with CTA to create holiday magic
December 05, 2014
District set to partake in nationwide Computer Science events

November 2014

November 18, 2014
Encouraging student proficiency in multiple languages
November 14, 2014
November 13, 2014
Apply now for the 2015 Student Advisory Council
November 03, 2014
Board of Education selects 2014-2015 Honorary Student Board Member

October 2014

October 31, 2014
Where to find resources after the move
October 22, 2014
Family reunited at Portage Park Elementary
October 21, 2014
Event at Juarez Community Academy focuses on CPS Arts Plan
October 16, 2014
Chicago Bulls get Brown Elementary thinking about the environment
October 07, 2014
Ford Motor Company to support college readiness
October 02, 2014
Breaking down financial barriers to college
October 01, 2014
Application process runs from October 1 – December 12, 2014

September 2014

September 25, 2014
Board approves expansion of Safe Passage Program
September 23, 2014
CPS prepares for Chicago School Fair
September 16, 2014
Dreamer Fund gives immigrant students a chance at college
September 11, 2014
Chicago Board of Education seeking student member for SY 14-15
September 11, 2014
Chicago Bears act as powerful role models
September 04, 2014
Class of 2014 receives nearly $800 million in scholarship offers

August 2014

August 29, 2014
New investments expand Safe Passage Program
August 28, 2014
Numbers show CPS making great strides
August 21, 2014
District launches new website and logo
August 21, 2014
CPS prepares for first day of school – Tuesday, September 2
August 14, 2014
Eight CPS students among this year’s baseball elite
August 07, 2014
CPS to celebrate annual Bud Billiken Parade

July 2014

July 29, 2014
Teachers save on supplies for Back to School
July 24, 2014
Local cooking camp gets students excited about healthy eating
July 17, 2014
Local nonprofit brings the joy of theater to over 6,000 youth
July 15, 2014
CPS Announces 2014 UNCF Scholars
July 11, 2014
Free meals and activities available through LunchStop
July 03, 2014
New discipline strategy effective in keeping students safe and in school

June 2014

June 30, 2014
Talent abounds at national competitions
June 26, 2014
District alum to compete in Miss America Pageant
June 20, 2014
CPS students to enhance their home libraries
June 18, 2014
Morgan Park High School to establish dual enrollment program with Saint Xavier University
June 16, 2014
CPS students explore Chicago City of Learning
June 13, 2014
Student athletes could be headed for the major leagues
June 12, 2014
Annual Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon brightens school communities
June 12, 2014
Student performers light up the stage
June 05, 2014
National initiative helps prom dreams come true

May 2014

May 30, 2014
Talent abound at annual TechXPO
May 28, 2014
New funding to bolster citywide STEM strategy
May 23, 2014
Community partnership promotes healthy lifestyle among children and families
May 23, 2014
150 students participate in annual Invention Convention
May 20, 2014
CPS schools support Autism Awareness Month
May 16, 2014
First-ever twins named Gates Millennium Scholars
May 15, 2014
Mather student creates winning design in annual art competition
May 14, 2014
District-wide art contest ends May 28
May 13, 2014
3 teachers receive grants from “Thank A Million Teachers” campaign
May 09, 2014
Edison Park students enjoy extra hours of PE
May 07, 2014
Lindblom principal Alan Mather honored for excellence in leadership
May 07, 2014
Chicago youth encouraged to explore summer options
May 06, 2014
Thousands of students compete in annual Spring Games
May 05, 2014
CPS expands vision program to cover more children
May 01, 2014
CPS builds financial literacy among students

April 2014

April 30, 2014
2,000 new books to inspire young readers
April 29, 2014
Lake View High School hosts annual Brain Awareness Fair
April 24, 2014
1,200 more students to benefit from robust learning environment
April 22, 2014
Students District-wide enjoy living green
April 21, 2014
5 schools to receive new IB Programmes in SY 14-15
April 18, 2014
CPS students tour Howard University alongside First Lady Michelle Obama
April 17, 2014
45 CPS students named Golden Apple Scholars
April 15, 2014
Organizations Praise District’s commitment to student health
April 11, 2014
Four CPS students competed in Arabic Debates in Doha, Qatar
April 08, 2014
Community partners making prom more affordable
April 08, 2014
Providing students with early exposure to higher education
April 04, 2014
Offering students a safe, positive environment during spring break.
April 02, 2014
Engaging 8th-graders around the transition to high school
April 02, 2014
Take a moment to complete the My Voice, My School Parent Survey

March 2014

March 31, 2014
CPS alum wins bronze in Sochi
March 28, 2014
Launch of My School, My Voice Parent survey
March 26, 2014
Former students to impact a new generation
March 25, 2014
Early College STEM Schools broaden student horizons
March 24, 2014
CPS to host Spring High School Fair on March 29
March 20, 2014
Creative programs to engage female students in STEM
March 19, 2014
Introducing Computer Science for All, a program to expand the District’s technology curriculum
March 17, 2014
Student-led movement energizes community
March 14, 2014
Meet Dorothy Gaters, legendary girls’ basketball coach at Marshall High School
March 11, 2014
Community partner gets students excited about eating vegetables
March 06, 2014
Advanced technology promotes music education

February 2014

February 27, 2014
Student voices to lend valuable perspective to District leadership
February 25, 2014
Teachers honored for dedication to professional growth
February 24, 2014
Schools across the District create unique celebrations of culture
February 21, 2014
Northside Learning Center wins gold in Special Olympics Snowshoe
February 20, 2014
Student recipes achieve District-wide appeal
February 19, 2014
Whitney Young students silence the competition
February 14, 2014
District to improve cultural connections with Latino students and their families
February 14, 2014
Student creativity leads to original, heartfelt gifts
February 13, 2014
Young poets explore the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
February 10, 2014
Students at Northside Prep celebrate Black History Month
February 06, 2014
Working together to improve the health of Chicago teens
February 03, 2014
Recycling drive leads to new technology in four schools

January 2014

January 29, 2014
Mobile health clinic to bring medical care to schools
January 28, 2014
Teachers inspired by annual Tech Talk Conference
January 24, 2014
Neighborhood schools come together to benefit families
January 23, 2014
Schools to expand physical education programs for all students
January 21, 2014
City Year puts bright new face on two CPS schools
January 20, 2014
Students celebrate the life and legacy of a civil rights hero
January 17, 2014
Families seeking school options are encouraged to attend
January 15, 2014
Nearly 100 CPS students receive the prestigious Posse Award
January 15, 2014
CPS eager to support a movement dedicated to teacher appreciation
January 13, 2014
CPS students recognized for talent and creativity
January 08, 2014
New funding source expands opportunities for science education
January 08, 2014
Dedicated staff puts in long days preparing to reopen schools
January 02, 2014
School community mobilizes to help a family in need
January 02, 2014
Schools expanding their communication to benefit families

December 2013

December 30, 2013
Student outreach serves the community and the world
December 27, 2013
Community partnership creates special day at Lawndale
December 26, 2013
Student volunteers create holiday food packages for hungry families
December 23, 2013
Skinner North brings holiday joy to tornado-ravaged communities
December 23, 2013
Lozano Elementary supports soldiers’ morale
December 19, 2013
District-run coat drive provides gifts of lasting warmth
December 17, 2013
New science lab and learning garden energize school community
December 16, 2013
Announcing the launch of Mentoring the Next Generation: Chicago’s Children
December 13, 2013
CPS Yale Fellows bring fresh ideas to District
December 06, 2013
Naval JROTC cadets step up when needed
December 06, 2013
U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel visit Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy
December 04, 2013
The Bulls and BMO Harris select Richard Henry Lee Elementary School for their “Adopt-A-School” program

November 2013

November 26, 2013
CPS students rewarded for strong computer skills
November 25, 2013
Students celebrate the life and accomplishments of President John F. Kennedy
November 21, 2013
Virginia Valdez of Jamieson Elementary named Outstanding Early Career Educator of the Year
November 20, 2013
Students at Haines Elementary learn the value of recycling
November 19, 2013
date filing period now open for 2014 LSC elections
November 15, 2013
New resource to enhance the lives of CPS students and their families
November 13, 2013
CPS schools busy Cooking up Change
November 12, 2013
Annual event helps students gain entrance to Historically Black Colleges and Universities
November 08, 2013
CEO Byrd-Bennett to create new Student Advisory Council
November 07, 2013
Parent engagement opportunity
November 05, 2013
Payton and Skinner North among the top-performing schools in Illinois

October 2013

October 31, 2013
Chicago Bear Corey Wootton gets students excited about staying active
October 30, 2013
New system will better reflect the landscape of District schools
October 29, 2013
CPS receives $2.25 million to expand nutrition and PE programs
October 24, 2013
Senior Ashley Gordon named Honorary Student Board Member for SY2013-14
October 23, 2013
Artist Janelle Monae shares the story behind her success
October 23, 2013
Student leaders build character, confidence and skill
October 21, 2013
Spencer Elementary students build “reading buddies” to help them excel
October 18, 2013
Professional and collegiate athletes rally to support student health
October 16, 2013
Students run to promote good health and physical fitness
October 15, 2013
Students walk and ride in support of healthy living
October 15, 2013
Students across the city celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
October 10, 2013
Students to benefit from a school supply store on wheels
October 09, 2013
Blaine PTA Honored for Success in Multicultural Outreach
October 04, 2013
International partnership broadens cultural horizons for students
October 02, 2013
Corporate generosity gives Gregory Elementary a big boost
October 01, 2013
OfficeMax makes October 1 “A Day Made Better”

September 2013

September 30, 2013
District empowers families to make informed choices
September 27, 2013
Frazier IB among the top-performing schools in the nation
September 26, 2013
Chicago Cubs support neighborhood school in the shadow of Wrigley