Ren10 Head Announces Office Hours, New School Locations

Ren_header_titleIt's everyone's favorite monthly email, the Ren10 Report for September, with an introductory letter from the still-new ED of the Office of New Schools, Josh Edelman, who is going to hold monthly "office hours" at Ren10 schools so folks can come see him.  There's also a handy list of the 6 Ren10 schools that have changed locations since last year, so you can update your address book.

RENAISSANCE 2010 REPORT

100 New Schools for Chicago 

 

September 2007

Volume 3, Issue
9

 

Letter from the Chief

 
Dear Colleagues:

The school year is upon us!  It is that magical time
when all of our hard work hiring top-notch new staff, making
curricular/assessment refinements, orienting/training staff, and upgrading the
facility to reflect college and the world of work comes to fruition.
Students are excited to be back in school, and we look forward to supporting
you as you once again (or for the first time) begin your school year.

We want to be clear with schools about how we are
supporting you and what kind of services we provide.  To this end, schools
will receive an important mailing from the Office of New Schools (ONS) with the
most current information about who we are, what we do, which schools are in the
ONS family, and, specifically, what support looks like and how it works.
The role of the School Support Coordination and Business Services Team will be
outlined in detail as well as how we will address issues as they arise. 

In the mailing, there will also be information about two
sets of regular meetings I will be having with school practitioners.
“Office Hours” will be at a different ONS school each month so we
can get to know each other better and talk about ways ONS can best meet your
needs.  There will also be monthly meetings with different groups of
schools geared toward addressing issues more specific to particular school
types or schools with different tenures.

As you once again begin the “good” fight
pushing our youth toward college and work readiness, keep in mind a phrase that
I find to fit our urban educational context – Festiva Lente – which means “to make haste slowly.”
Our kids deserve the best from us each day, but remember it is a journey where
pacing and managing expectations is essential for long-term success.  See
you at your school site soon!

Working Together for Our Youth,

Josh Edelman

Executive Officer, Office of New Schools

 
REN10 TOP TEN

 

Top 10 New Schools with the Highest Attendance Rates in
2006-2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Name

 

 

Attendance Rate

 

 

 

 

 

-1-

 

 

UNO CHARTER – TAMAYO Campus

 

 

96.6%

 

 

 

 

 

-2-

 

 

WILLIAMS Preparatory School of Medicine

 

 

96.3%

 

 

 

 

 

-3-

 

 

U OF C- North Kenwood campus

 

 

96.1%

 

 

 

 

 

-4-

 

 

NAMASTE CHARTER

 

 

95.9%

 

 

 

 

 

-5-

 

 

CHICAGO ACADEMY ELEM

 

 

95.8%

 

 

 

 

 

-6-

 

 

CHGO INTL CHARTER West Belden campus

 

 

95.7%

 

 

 

 

 

-7-

 

 

U OF C Charter DONOGHUE campus

 

 

95.5%

 

 

 

 

 

-8-

 

 

LEARN CHARTER

 

 

95.4%

 

 

 

 

 

-9-

 

 

PASSAGES CHARTER

 

 

95.2%

 

 

 

 

 

-10-

 

 

KIPP ASCEND CHARTER

 

 

95.1%

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to these schools!  Let’s work
for even higher numbers for the 2007-2008 school year.

 

 

EVENTS

 

 

Cohort III School Opening Celebrations

 

As the fall 2007-2008 school year rolls around, help ONS
celebrate the opening of several new schools.  The chart below details the
information about several of the schools opening this fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School

 

 

Event Date

 

 

 

 

 

Event Time

 

 

Event Location

 

 

TEAM Englewood Community Academy

 

 

Tuesday,
  September 4

 

 

6pm-8pm

 

 

6201
  S. Stewart 

 

 

North Lawndale College Prep

 

 

Wednesday,
  September 5

 

 

11am-1pm

 

 

NLCP;
  1615 S Christiana

 

 

Perspectives Charter Middle School

 

 

Wednesday,
  September 12

 

 

5pm-7pm

 

 

8131
  S. May

 

 

Perspectives Charter Schools-Calumet     High School
  of Technology

 

 

Wednesday,
  September 12

 

 

5pm-7pm

 

 

8131
  S. May

 

 

Frazier International Magnet School

 

 

Thursday,
  September 13

 

 

9:30am
 

 

 

Frazier
  Gym

 

 

Frazier
  Preparatory Academy

 

 

Tuesday,
  September 18

 

 

5pm-7pm

 

 

4027
  W. Grenshaw

 

 

Polaris Charter Academy at Morse

 

 

Saturday,
  October 6

 

 

11am-1:30pm

 

 

620
  N. Sawyer

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like more information about the school
opening celebrations, please contact Jaime
Guzmán (
jguzman4@cps.k12.il.us).

 

Congratulations
to the Following Schools for Successful Opening Events:

 

Collins Academy, Chicago International
Charter School-Irving Park Campus, Catalyst Elementary School, John Harvard
Elementary School for Excellence and UNO Charter Schools-Officer Donald Marquez
Campus

 

Thank you to all the schools and their staff for making
these events such a huge success, and thank you to everyone who came out to
support the new schools.

 

 

High
School Fair for 8th Graders (FREE Admission)| McCormick Place, North
Hall C-1 | Saturday, September 29, 2007 from 9:30am to 3pm 

 

This annual event is beneficial to 8th grade
students, parents of these students and high school administrators.  The
fair allows students to explore the options available to them once they
graduate from 8th grade.  Parents can also learn invaluable
information about the Chicago Public Schools’ high school program.
This also gives high school administrators, especially those opening new
schools in 2007 & 2008, the chance to showcase their schools to perspective
students.

 

To RSVP and find out more about this program, please
contact April Branch with the
Office of High School Programs at 773-553-3540.

 

 

Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) Presents: A
Charter Public Schools Family Fun Picnic | 1241 N. Humboldt Park Drive |
Saturday, September 8, 2007 from 11 am to 3 pm

 

Parents, students,
teachers, staff and friends of charter public schools are invited to come to
this day of fun to celebrate charter schools.  The day will be filled with
FREE food, games and music.
For more information contact Marvin Smith
with INCS at 312-235-0798 x 26

 

 

 

NEWS

 

 

Renaissance
2010 Status Update

 

As many of you know, Renaissance 2010 is committed to creating
new high quality educational options in neighborhoods across Chicago.  We
are proud to see 18 new schools and campuses opening this fall as part of the
Renaissance 2010 initiative, bringing the total number of new schools and
campuses created since 2005 to 55. 

 

  • 2005- 22 Renaissance 2010
         schools open (10 charters [3 new charters and 7 campuses with existing
         charters], 12 performance schools)
  • 2006- 15 Renaissance 2010
         schools open (13 charters [6 new charters and 7 campuses with existing
         charters], 1 contract school, 1 performance school)
  • 2007- 18 Renaissance 2010
         schools open (9 charters [1 new charter and 8 campuses with existing
         charters], 3 contract schools, 6 performance schools)

 

 

Two
ONS Schools Win the Participation Award for the My School, My Voice Parent
Survey

 

Special congratulations to Young Women’s Leadership Charter School and The Daniel Hale Williams Preparatory School of
Medicine
.  Every year CPS administers this survey to receive
parent feedback regarding their satisfaction with their child’s school.
This year’s prizes included a certificate of acknowledgement and a
$500.00 prize!

 

 

The
Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) Garden Dedication at Al Raby
School for Community and Environment | Saturday, September 22, 2007

 

The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) has been
involved in the creation of a school garden at the Al Raby High School.
Ms. Wangari Maathai, who the garden will be dedicated to, will be present at
the dedication.  Wangari Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 2004
for her work with the Green Belt Movement in Kenya and across Africa, and her
emphasis on how a healthy environment engenders healthy communities.  This
is similar to the mission of the school, so we choose to name the garden in her
honor.

 

For more information, please contact Julia Kennedy with
CNT at 773-278-4800 x 4004

 

 

Illinois Network of Charter Schools: Charter Up!
Celebration for All Charter Schools

 

Over 150 charter students, parents, administrators,
educators and city leaders joined together for the 2nd annual Charter Up!
recognition ceremony at the University of Chicago Donoghue Charter School.
Packed with charter excellence, the program featured this year’s
Charter Up! honorees and recognized all 35 Illinois charter public schools for
their innovative approaches to quality. 

 

Guest speakers Rufus Williams, President, Chicago Board
of Education and Josh Edelman,
chief officer of the Office of New Schools,
underscored the importance of charter public schools as a quality choice in
education.  “Developing partnerships between charter public schools
and traditional public schools through Charter Up! gives us another tool to
improve our traditional public schools. That makes Charter Up! a winner for
everybody,” said Rufus Williams. 

 

Individual programs were nominated by school principals,
and this year’s honorees were chosen from the nominations by a selection
committee of experts in education, child development, literacy, vocational
training, community development, and the humanities.  Three schools from
the Office of New Schools which were honored at the celebration deserve special
recognition for their achievements.

 

  • Catalyst Charter School – Renaissance Program
  • Noble Street Charter School – Pritzker Campus
         – Early College Scholars
  • Providence Englewood Charter School – Parent Enrichment Program

 

Congratulations to these schools and all schools as they
continue to deliver education that allows students and families to have quality
choices.

 

Link to video of Charter Up!
Event

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

 

 

Office
Hours for ONS School Leaders with Executive Officer Josh Edelman

 

Josh
Edelman, the Office of New Schools’ Executive Officer,
will be holding monthly office hours at varying school campuses
throughout Chicago.  These office hours will serve as an opportunity
for ONS school leaders to
drop by and share their thoughts with Mr. Edelman.  The first session
is
Tuesday, September 18 from 4pm-6pm at Young Women’s Leadership Charter
School ( 10 W. 35th St.).  A schedule regarding future office hours
will be made available soon.

 

 

 

We Are on the Move

 

Be sure to update these schools’ new locations in
your address book.  They may have moved buildings, but they are still
providing high quality education.

 

Academy of Communication and Technology (ACT) Charter School: 2908 W. Washington Blvd Chicago, IL 60612

ASPIRA-Mirta Ramirez Computer Science
Campus:
1711
N. California Chicago, IL 60647 

Choir Academy Charter  School: 3630
S. Wells Chicago, IL 60609

Chicago International Charter School (CICS)-Ralph Ellison Campus: 1547 W. 95th St. Chicago, IL 60643

Namaste Charter School: 3737
S. Paulina Chicago, IL 60609

Urban Prep Academy for Young Men Charter School: 6201
  S. Stewart Ave.
Chicago, IL 60621

 

 

Have
a Great School Year!

 

Good luck to all the schools as the 2007-2008 school year
begins.  We know it will be the most successful year yet.

 

 

www.ren2010.cps.k12.il.us

 

The Chicago Public Schools is committed to
leading the nation in education reform and through Renaissance 2010 we will
create opportunities for high quality educational programs for the youth and
families of
 Chicago.

 

Chicago Board of Education

Rufus Williams

Board
President

 
Board
Members

Norman Bobbins

Dr. Tariq Butt

Alberto Carrero, Jr.

Peggy Davis

Clare Muñana

Roxanne Ward

 
Chicago
Public Schools

Arne Duncan

Chief
Executive Officer

Dr. Barbara Eason
Watkins

Chief
Education Officer

 
Office
of New Schools

Josh Edelman

Executive
Officer of New Schools


Joe Giambrone

Editor

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