A CPS budget shortfall of $480 million means bigger classes and fewer teachers, disrupting classrooms as early as February. CPS has launched an initiative asking parents and community members to contact their elected officials to ask Springfield for support. Remember there are many other ways to also support our public schools and teachers, at the neighborhood, city, state, and national levels, too! The Raise Your Hand Coalition site is a good place to find news and resources.
CPS’ 2014-15 School Progress Reports are out, with a new rating system (1+, 1, 2+, 2, and 3 replace 1-2-3). Sayre retained their Level 1 rating. Congratulations to the students, teachers, staff, and families for all the hard work, let’s shoot for the 1+!
This Sun-Times story explains the changes fairly clearly.
CPS’ annual “My School, My Voice” Parent Survey is now available online. The anonymous survey just takes a few minutes and is available in several languages. A paper copy of the survey is available at all CPS schools. The survey ends April 30.
Note Sayre is listed under “H” as “Harriet E Sayre Elementary Language Academy” in the pull-down menu.
Sayre Language Academy will hold a Local School Council candidate forum this Thursday, March 20, at 6pm in the auditorium. Parents, staff, and the community are all encouraged to attend, and also to vote in the LSC election on Monday April 7th (also Parent/Teacher Conference Day). More info from CPS.
(Also remember, Sayre Family and Friends Organization elections will take place at the FFO meeting the Tuesday night following the LSC elections)
CPS announced Tuesday that Sayre Language Academy will be one of 25 Chicago public elementary schools to implement CPS’ new technology curriculum next fall.
The new curriculum promises to “elevate computer science to a core subject”, incorporate computer science lessons into elementary math and science courses, and “partner with Code.org, Google, and other technology leaders,” to “increase the quality of and access to computer science and coding classes.”
This is old news to some, but good news worth mentioning here: Based on standardized test results and other criteria used to rank schools, Sayre Language Academy has earned Chicago Public Schools’ “Level 1″ designation.
Sayre was awarded 30 of 42 possible points in the assessment, a score of 71.4%, putting it in 141st place (within the top third) of the city’s 481 CPS and charter elementary schools. 58.7% of Sayre’s students met or exceeded goals on the 2013 ISAT test (171st of 481 elementary schools) Both these rankings place Sayre the highest of all CPS and charter elementary schools in the Galewood/Montclare area. Congratulations to Sayre students, teachers, staff, and administration for their hard work to improve the school!