Morgan Park High School civics teacher Ericka Hamilton was recently nominated by one of her students to be the WGN Teacher of the Month. Hamilton will be featured on the WGN News broadcast on Jan. 29 and 30. Hamilton will be presented with a check for $1,000.

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Annemarie Stone (center), a representative of the PADS shelter, met with St. John Fisher Elementary School students, including Kennedy Kaplan (from left), Mara Zablocki and Charlie Moles, to accept a donation from the school. St. John Fisher hosted an Out of Uniform Day before Christmas brea…

Mt. Greenwood Elementary School held its annual spelling bee on Jan. 10. Students in grades fourth to eighth competed to correctly spell words until first-, second- and third-place winners were determined.

During the first week of December, state Rep. Robert Rita’s staff presented “Elementary School Students in the Drug World” for the third- through eighth-grade students at Wendell Smith Elementary School in Chicago.

The winners of the Ugly Sweater Contest, held at Mt. Greenwood Elementary School on the last day before winter break, gather for a photo. Two students from each classroom in grades kindergarten to eighth were chosen as winners.

Kindergarten students from Barnard Elementary School recently attended “The Boy and the Violin” at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The students then walked to the Art Institute of Chicago to eat lunch and enjoy some exhibits. Michelle Murff, fine arts teacher, planned the trip. The weather c…

Br. Rice High School recently announced that 27 students from the Class of 2020 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.

The Mother McAuley Mother’s Club will hold a graduation and prom dress resale on Friday, Jan. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the high school, 3737 W. 99th St.

Little Hands Learning Center (LHLC), 10126 S. Western Ave., recently hosted its annual Fall Feast for students and their dads. The fun-filled morning of Thanksgiving arts and crafts also included a myriad of activities that the fathers participated in with their preschool-aged children. With…

St. Barnabas Elementary School students Connor O’Malley (left) and Billy Petto enjoy an activity during Elective Day. Students in grades six to eight chose subjects that included STEM, personal finance, jewelry making, sign language, photography, baking, debate, public speaking, and dance. S…

Mt. Greenwood Elementary School held its annual Veterans Day assembly to honor those who have served our country. Many local veterans attended the celebration. The students and staff expressed their thanks for the veterans’ service and sacrifices.

The Scholastic Bowl team from Chicago Christian School in Oak Lawn, including members Luci Villanueva (from left), Matthew Rashan, Lauren Gorman and Zoe Joyce, finished in first place at the Chicago Christian High School Middle School Scholastic Bowl Tournament held on Nov. 9. Scholastic Bow…

St. Xavier University (SXU) psychology student Nancy Lesnicki was recently honored by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois during the annual student laureate convocation on Nov. 16 at the Old State Capitol state historic site in Springfield.

After learning about the first Thanksgiving, Mt. Greenwood Elementary School kindergarteners, assisted by their eighth-grade buddies, conducted a fun hands-on science experiment using cranberries.

The Beverly Ridge Lions Club honored the local winners of the annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest on Oct. 17 at its Thursday luncheon meeting at 115 Bourbon Street. This year’s theme was “Journey of Peace,” and students from St. Christina and Sutherland elementary schools artisti…

Mother McAuley High School alumna and breast cancer survivor and “thriver,” Katie McAlinden, Class of 1996, recently returned to her alma mater to speak about her personal journey with cancer and how it has empowered her to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment.

Students at Mt. Greenwood Elementary School were recently treated to a pizza lunch with Principal Catherine Reidy. The students received their special lunch as a reward for perfect attendance during the first quarter of the school year.

St. Rita High School National Honor Society (NHS) members have tutored St. John Fisher Elementary School students this school year, visiting every Tuesday after school. Gathering here on Nov. 19 are St. Rita seniors Eric Andersen (from left), a St. Christina graduate; Connor Earley, a Christ…

The St. Xavier University (SXU) Graham School of Management (GSM) has participated in the Ladder Up program for more than five years, providing volunteers to support the program that guides low-income households to the resources they need to move up the economic ladder.

Continuing her efforts to advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities, state Rep. Fran Hurley (D-35th) recently introduced legislation that allows students who are eligible for special-education services to remain in school through the end of the school year, even after their 22…

St. Barnabas Elementary School eighth-graders show off the results of the candy drive they sponsored during the week after Halloween for Operation Gratitude, which incorporates candy into its care packages for active-duty military personnel serving overseas. St. Barnabas collected enough Hal…

Morgan Park High School (MPHS) Principal Dr. Femi Skanes displays a report indicating the school’s improvement in the School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) of the Chicago Public Schools. MPHS improved to a Level 2+ SQRP for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73 strikes came to an end, and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students returned to school on Nov. 1 after a two-week hiatus.

Mt. Carmel High School, 6410 S. Dante Ave., recently celebrated the completion of a four-year renovation project of all classrooms in the main building, which was built in 1924. The classrooms are state of the art and designed to engage the male learner. The school renovations were made poss…

Kate Starr Kellogg Elementary School, 9241 S. Leavitt St., will hold an informational open house on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School recently announced the recipients of the 2019 Catherine McAuley Award: Nancy Lynch and senior Molly Maloney, both of Evergreen Park.

Dominick Calace (center), a senior at St. Rita High School, raised funds and dedicated his time to design and build the “Love Grows Here” area on the west side of the Blair Early Childhood Center as part of the Caritas Project at St. Rita. The Caritas Project is a graduation requirement that…

Morgan Park High School cheerleaders perform a routine in Blackwelder Hall during an afternoon pep rally held during the school’s Homecoming week. Activities for the Mustangs included a series of themed days capped off with a pep rally in the auditorium, football game and the Homecoming dance.

De La Salle Institute students recently received scholarship awards through the new Presidential Scholarship Program. De La Salle received a grant of $163,360 from the Bernard Heerey Family Foundation to provide the scholarship awards for the 2019-2020 academic year. Enjoying the moment with…

De La Salle Institute will host the first of its two open houses this fall on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., at its campus, 3434 S. Michigan Ave.

Sutherland Elementary School students celebrated their diversity and unity as a school community in a grade-level Crayon War competition on Oct. 4. Students in all grades were assigned specific colors, and the winning grade levels with the highest participation were awarded an extra recess. …