November 6, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 is “Conference Day” for all Chicago Public Elementary Schools. There is no school for students on this day. Parent-Teacher- Student meetings will be held in two conference sessions. The first session will last from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the second session is from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please do not come to school from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Teachers will not be available during that time.
PYP and MYP students will participate in student-led conferences. We believe that having students lead their conference encourages them to take ownership of their learning. Therefore, students are highly encouraged to attend the conference with their parents/guardians. Please come prepared to spend a minimum of 45 minutes at Peirce for Student Led Conferences. If parents have confidential questions for the teacher, please ask to set up an additional meeting outside of the student-
led conference time.
MYP Only: The parents of MYP students will pick up their child’s report card on the third floor from their homeroom teacher who will help to facilitate the student-led conference. After the conference, if you wish to speak with an individual teacher about your child’s academic progress in a particular subject, please report the teachers’ classroom with whom you’d like to speak. . An appointment sign-in sheet will be posted on the door, so that you may sign up for a five minute conference. If you would like to schedule
a more extensive conference for another day, you may do so by contacting the teacher you would like to meet with through our website (peirce.cps.edu) or calling the main office at 773-534- 2440. Appointments will NOT be assigned prior to Report Card Pick-Up Day/Parent-Teacher
Conference Day. PYP Only : Please sign up for a time block. You may come to your child’s classroom at any point during that block, unless otherwise informed by your child’s teacher. Families who are unable to attend either of the two sessions on this day are asked to come to the main office any morning after November 15, 2017 to receive the report card, it is also highly encouraged that an alternate conference be scheduled between the parent and teacher.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or the PYP Coordinator, Mrs.Lebovitz for K-5th grade questions and the MYP Coordinator/Assistant Principal, Dr. Talyia Eve Riemer for 6th-8th grade questions. Thank you for your continued support, as we work together for the academic and social progress of each student.
Report Card Pick-Up Info and Student-Led Conference Time Request
On Thursday, the Spencer and Joyce Foundations hosted a symposium with leading education researchers, policy experts and educators to talk about how Chicago students are making such strong academic progress. The short answer: you.
Stanford's Sean Reardon, UIC's Paul Zavitkovsky, and UChicago Consortium's Elaine Allensworth were among a panel of leading education experts that discussed the progress Chicago students have made in the past decade and new research that found that Chicago's students improved at a rate faster than 96 percent of districts in the United States.
This new research comes on the heels of several independent studies that have drawn similar findings: Chicago Public Schools is improving academic outcomes for Chicago students at an unparalleled pace.
Again, that dramatic improvement is all thanks to the hard work that each and every one of you has put into supporting and educating Chicago students. From principals leading schools, educators fostering a culture of learning in their classrooms to Safe Passage workers who ensure that our students get to school safely, you all deserve credit for the incredible gains that our students have made and for that we thank you.
Most importantly, this work is changing the trajectory of children’s lives. A stark statistic that stood out to us is that 5,000 more Chicago students enrolled in college when they graduated in 2015 than 10 years earlier – even as our overall enrollment was declining. Think of what that means for their lives. We have much work ahead of us – particularly when it comes to narrowing the achievement gap – but this is an incredible milestone in making sure that every child in every neighborhood is going to a high quality school.
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools
Dr. Janice K. Jackson
Chief Education Officer
Chicago Public Schools
P.S. You can watch the full video on our Facebook at FB.com/ChicagoPublicSchools or YouTube, and you can read the executive summary of Dr. Sean Reardon's research here.
Parent University strives to empower parents and guardians to help their children succeed. So in this month's newsletter, there is information on how you can have your voice heard at the Local School Council Advisory Board meetings and utilize Parent Portal to access your child's grades and attendance.
In addition, you will find information on Title I and resources for childcare and housing assistance. Visit cpsparentu.org for other helpful information, upcoming events, and more.
Parent University November 2017 Issue in English and Spanish
The Chicago Public Schools elementary and high school promotion policy documents include a variety of measures to ensure that all students are prepared for the grade to which they are promoted.
Learn more about the policy here.