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The arts in Hyde Park school news

The arts in Hyde Park school news

Student art walks the runway at Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy, 1060 E. 47th St. Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy (LBP) in collaboration with the Bronzeville Visitors Center will host a fashion show featuring the work of LBP students. The show will take place at the academy from 6 p.m. to(…)

Architect adviser revealed for multimillion-dollar Jackson Park project

Architect adviser revealed for multimillion-dollar Jackson Park project

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A Chicago lawyer spearheading the redesign of Jackson Park revealed new details at a Thursday talk at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Patricia O’Donnell, principal at Vermont-based Heritage Landscapes LLC, will guide the redesign of Jackson Park in accordance with Frederick Law Olmsted’s original 1895 plan for(…)

Hyde Park remembers artist and advocate Nancy Hays

Hyde Park remembers artist and advocate Nancy Hays

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers marked the end of a three-year struggle on Saturday when they gathered to rename the north bridge to the Wooded Island in Jackson Park after Nancy Hays. Hays was a Herald photographer, parks advocate and social activist, who made her career in Hyde Park until her death in(…)

Days numbered for Harper greystones

Days numbered for Harper greystones

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The three greystone buildings on the 5100 block of South Harper Avenue will be demolished once the ground thaws. Antheus Capital purchased the three greystone buildings in 2008 with the intention to renovate and rent them as apartments. Antheus spokesman Peter Cassel told the 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing Advisory(…)

New local schools group officially forms

New local schools group officially forms

Hyde Park-Kenwood has an official Chicago Public Schools Community Action Council (CAC). As a CAC the Hyde Park community will develop strategic plans for elementary and high schools within the boundaries of Robinson Elementary, 4225 S. Lake Park Ave., to the north; Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., to the west; Carnegie Elementary, 1414(…)

Kenwood students join citywide effort to provide CPS with input

Kenwood students join citywide effort to provide CPS with input

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood students Regan Allen and Ryan Stratton are two of 18 students who were chosen as members of the Chicago Public Schools Student Advisory Council (SAC). CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said she established the council so that they could share ideas from a student perspective with CPS senior leadership.(…)

Lab principal resigns

Lab principal resigns

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Carol Swainson has resigned from her position as the University of Chicago Laboratory (Lab) Middle School principal. Her term will end in June. In her resignation letter to David Magill, director of the Lab Schools, 1362 E. 59th St., Swainson, who has been the middle school principal since 2012,(…)

CPS briefly opens sale of Canter

CPS briefly opens sale of Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) cancelled its requests for proposals (RFP) for real estate brokerage services just two days after it was released. Several of the schools on the list, including Canter Middle School, were not yet closed. On Wednesday, Feb. 26, CPS released the invitation, which included the property(…)

Akiba-Schechter, Murray, Preschool-for-All in latest school news

Akiba-Schechter, Murray, Preschool-for-All in latest school news

Annual Benefit at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, 5235 S. Cornell Ave. The Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School is hosting its annual benefit to raise money for the school. The benefit will take place at 5 p.m., Sunday, March 23, at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Drive. A special tribute will be given to(…)

Hyde Parker Brunell Donald says she and Tio Hardiman will win against Quinn in next week’s primary

Hyde Parker Brunell Donald says she and Tio Hardiman will win against Quinn in next week’s primary

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park resident and attorney Brunell Donald is running for lieutenant governor in this year’s Democratic primary, joining the ticket of gubernatorial challenger Tio Hardiman, former director of violence prevention non-profit CeaseFire. Donald formerly served as a prosecutor and public defender for Cook County. The Northern Illinois University and John Marshall Law(…)

Hairston finds budget solutions

Hairston finds budget solutions

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) discussed last week how the ward’s discretionary funds would be spent in the aftermath of its short-lived participatory budgeting (PB) program. In 2012, the ward became the fourth in the city to implement PB, a process by which constituents vote on how to spend the area’s(…)

Science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor visiting Blackstone Library tonight

Science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor visiting Blackstone Library tonight

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor will present the next Despres Memorial Family Lecture at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Blackstone Ave. Okarafor will read from her latest novel “Who Fears Death,” and short story collection, “Kabu Kabu,” at the event, which is being hosted by Friends of(…)

Congresswoman Robin Kelly to accept high school artwork for display at U.S. Capitol

Congresswoman Robin Kelly to accept high school artwork for display at U.S. Capitol

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-2) will be participating in this year’s annual Congressional Art Competition. Her two district offices will be accepting original artwork from district high schoolers between April 14 and 19. On April 26, Kelly will announce a winner whose piece will be exhibited at the U.S. Capitol.(…)

University of Chicago alumni demand sexual assault policy reform in open letter

University of Chicago alumni demand sexual assault policy reform in open letter

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago alumni have submitted an open letter to their alma mater demanding sexual assault policy reform that they called for in the 1990s. In a letter to U. of C. President Robert Zimmer dated Feb. 13, a group called Alumni for a Student Assault Policy said “We are(…)

Chicago Innovation Exchange awarded $275K

Chicago Innovation Exchange awarded $275K

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Innovation Exchange, a business incubator housed inside Harper Court, awarded $275,000 to its inaugural class of students. The CIE is the University of Chicago’s space for business and technological development. It currently occupies space on the 11th floor of Harper Court, but when fully operational will also occupy(…)

Kenwood Broncos defeat rivals U-High Maroons with 60-foot buzzer-beater

Kenwood Broncos defeat rivals U-High Maroons with 60-foot buzzer-beater

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Hyde Park Herald On Thursday night at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., 6-foot-2 shooting guard Xavier Edwards would drain one of the most remarkable shots of his career and maybe school history. Edwards would haul a 60-foot, half-court buzzer-beater shot to defeat neighborhood basketball rivals the U-High Maroons in a 60-58(…)

Murray Elementary local school council statement on testing

Murray Elementary local school council statement on testing

Note from the local school council: The following resolution was approved at the Murray Language Academy LSC meeting on Feb. 19, 2014 by a 9-0 vote with one absence and the principal abstaining. For further information about the Murray LSC resolution please contact Secretary Michael J. Scott at mjscottuic@gmail.com or 773-957-6953. Further information about the(…)

Hyde Park School of Dance preparing for “The Nightengale”

Hyde Park School of Dance preparing for “The Nightengale”

By JENNET POSEY Herald Intern The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) will present an original production of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Nightingale” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 16 at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. The ballet performance by HPSD, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave.,(…)

Hyde Park School of Dance names new executive director

Hyde Park School of Dance names new executive director

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Terra Schultz has been named executive director of the Hyde Park School of Dance. She replaced Mariam Thiam, who served as executive director from 2011 to 2013. Schultz is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, with degrees in theater and communications. Prior to returning to the Hyde(…)

Deadline to run for CPS local school council approaching

Deadline to run for CPS local school council approaching

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The deadline to apply to run in the Chicago Public Schools local school council (LSC) election is 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26. Parent and community members who are interested in running for the LSC must complete an original Candidate Nomination Form, a Criminal Conviction Disclosure Form, and a Telephone(…)