As we wind down our coverage of schools, we come to four different schools. Each, we hope, is on the curve to compete with Bell, Blaine, Coonley and Audubon.
The schools in this report:
One stands out right now: Courtenay
Courtenay is a small school located on the same street as Mayor Rahm Emanuel. As a small school it is drawing on a smaller parent population for fund raising. The campus is located a block from Ravenswood school and isn’t amenable to the types of changes planned at schools such as Hamilton.
We’ve been impressed with Principal Dr. Joann M Percel. There have been significant improvements at Courtenay in state standards among eighth graders meeting and exceeding state standards.
But the School Performance Policy doesn’t reflect these strengths. Somehow the metrics are getting it wrong. This is a great school.
We encourage the LSC to use its bully pulpit to encourage the faculty and staff to complete the Chicago Consortium survey. The survey can be used to guide the school to go from strength to strength.
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The Hamilton LSC and Principal James Gray are in the process of a three year program that will make interior and exterior changes that will challenge the neighborhood to reconsider this school.
The school has built a community of support, most notably by soliciting the support of Ravenswood Remix to support the school. It is raising money, lots of money, from the community.
Where is our cheerleader outfit? We fully back and support these wonderful efforts. We look forward to continuing to report wonderful things about Hamilton. We don’t think you need much direction or encouragement from us.
The Chicago Consortium report summarizes the situation at Hamilton very well: “Hamilton is organized for improvement.”
Stacey Paradis (parent)
Steven Hoffman (parent)
Steven R Borowski (parent)
Read The Bulldog’s coverage of Hamilton:
Hamilton will not put extended day to vote: Gray– Sept 22, 2011
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We’ve run into Principal Joe Peilla at community events for the Winnemac Neighbors and elsewhere. He is showing the desire to connect with the neighborhood.
It is one of the many factors that have been identified as being critical to the success of a school.
Peilla gets it in a way that we haven’t seen other principals, except Coonley’s Gregory Zurawski get it.
The Performance Policy Report notes some academic issues. These relate in part to disappointing 8th grade ISAT scores.
And the Chicago Consortium report shows other areas that need to be addressed.
Peilla wants this school to succeed and is driven in that mission.
The Bulldog believes Peilla and the LSC are on the right track and has nothing to share. Keep the good work going!
Jane Rickard is a Bulldog co-owner and was an employee at one time at Chappell. Rickard did not contribute to this report.
Brandee Tavano (parent)
Read The Bulldog coverage of Chappell:
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