A raft of past programs have failed to substantially improve the reading skills of middle grade and high school students. CPS is trying once again, as part of a federal project that aims to help teens learn how to analyze complex non-fiction.
New principal for arts high school, pennies for charity
ARTS HIGH PRINCIPAL Terri Milsap, the former co-pincipal at ACT Charter School who left that post to become director of student services for the new Chicago High School for the Arts, has been selected as the school’s principal. The new contract school, slated to open this fall, will be the first public fine arts high school in Chicago and will offer a college prep curriculum, a longer school day and 15 hours of arts instruction each week. The school held a series of workshops across the city in December to help prospective students prepare for auditions that will be held through February.
PENNIES FOR CHARITY Three CPS elementary schools have raised over $4,700 through the Penny Harvest, a nationwide campaign that aims to teach students about community service by having them collect pennies and give grants to local charities. Budlong in Lincoln Square raised $1,489, Belding in Irving Park raised $1,720, and Stone in West Ridge collected just over $1,500. Students will meet at their schools to select a charity or organization to receive the donations.