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Chicago Harris Study: Kindergarten too easy

Chicago Harris Study: Kindergarten too easy

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Offering more advanced content to kindergarteners regardless of their economic background can save school systems money, according to a new study from the Harris School of Public Policy Studies. Past policies such as smaller classroom sizes and extended school days, which can be expensive for cash strapped districts such(…)

57th Street Art Fair helping art students this year

57th Street Art Fair helping art students this year

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Art students Seth Carlson, Sofia Hardy, Antonia-McMan McCline and Hannah Murray-King won the 57th Street Art Fair’s 2014 student competition. The art work of jewelry designer Carlson, a student from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, sketch artist Murray-King and photographers Hardy and McMan McCline, students from(…)

Sephardic music at Congregation Rodfei Zedek this weekend

Sephardic music at Congregation Rodfei Zedek this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Rodfei Zedek Congregation, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., will host a weekend of programming focusing on Sephardic music. This Friday evening and Saturday morning, guitarist and singer Gerard Edery will incorporate Sephardic melodies into the congregation’s Shabbat services, according to cantor Rachel Rosenberg. On Saturday, the synagogue will host a(…)

Hyde Park Community Players take on Shakespeare

Hyde Park Community Players take on Shakespeare

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will mark their fifth anniversary with a production of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” This is among the players’ biggest casts, with more than 30 cast members, staging a production of “Romeo and Juliet” over three weekends in April. The players are once again collaborating(…)

Harper Avenue greystones coming down

Harper Avenue greystones coming down

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The three greystone buildings on the 5100 block of South Harper Avenue have begun to come down. Antheus Capital purchased the three greystone buildings in 2008 with the intention to renovate and rent them as apartments. Peter Cassel, Antheus spokesman, told the 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing Advisory Council last(…)

Fundraising effort pays for Canter Middle School’s D.C. trip

Fundraising effort pays for Canter Middle School’s D.C. trip

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Friends of Miriam G. Canter donated more than $5,200 toward Canter Middle School’s class trip to Washington, D.C. The donation will allow two more students to participate and lowered the cost for those going, according to the school’s principal. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of The Friends of(…)

U. of C. launches local small business initiative

U. of C. launches local small business initiative

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago announced last week an initiative that would put businesses based on the Mid-South Side through a training program that would lead to contracts with the school and medical center. The first class of 10 businesses began training last week: it includes Rome’s Joy Catering, 4455 S.(…)

Kenwood Academy basketball regular season ends positively

Kenwood Academy basketball regular season ends positively

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Reporter In their final home game of the 2013-2014 Illinois High School Association basketball regular season, the Kenwood Broncos defeated the Lincoln Park Lions 63-61 in front of a packed house of crazed fans on “Senior Night” in Kenwood’s gymnasium at the school, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. “This is our last(…)

U. of C. Lab teachers show support for CPS test opt-outs

U. of C. Lab teachers show support for CPS test opt-outs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Faculty Association of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools issued a statement to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) in support of educators for families and teachers who opted out of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) in Chicago Public Schools. CPS students take more standardized tests in one(…)

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(…)

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(…)

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(…)

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,(…)