Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Special HPKCAC meeting on July 30 to discuss revisions to CPS Promotion Policy: PLEASE REVIEW the proposals linked below

The HPKCAC will hold a community meeting on Thursday, July 30 to hear a presentation on proposed revisions to the CPS Student Promotion and Retention Policy. 
The two proposals can be found here
CPS is seeking feedback on these proposed changes before they are presented to the Board of Education on August 26. 

When: Thursday, July 30, at 6pm
Where: 5225 S. Cottage Grove in the University of Chicago Facilities building; parking is available

All are welcome! An rsvp is not necessary, but if you are planning to attend, we'd appreciate knowing so that we can be sure the space we are planning to use will be suitable. You could let us know at hydeparkcac@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Workshop on Organizing and Stewarding your School Garden: July 23

Are you having a difficult time creating and sustaining your school Garden Team? Is your school garden a challenge to maintain during the summer? This workshop is aimed at K-12 teachers and members of school gardening committees and covers how to organize and build a Garden Team, stewardship schedules, and how to harvest and weed gardens. Through activities and discussion, there is ample time to network and for participants to learn from their peers at other schools. Come and learn from other school gardens!

Where and When: Thursday, July 23, 2015 9am-3pm at Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School,
1330 East 50th Street Chicago, IL 60615

Cost: Free for schools that have participated in the Building School Gardens Program

Support for this workshop is provided by the Polk Bros Foundation, The Albert Pick, Jr. Fund, and Peoples Gas. For registration information please contact John Cawood at jcawood@openlands.org.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

HPKCAC bylaws amended at the June 24 meeting

The bylaws of the HPKCAC were amended at the June meeting at University Church so that the body has the flexibility of not meeting as a group every month. The new bylaws state that we will meet at least six times per year. This may mean that the group as a whole will meet bimonthly; in the other months, this may free up a night for committee meetings and/or committee work.

The amended bylaws can be found here.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

June 24 CAC meeting to be held at University Church

Elections for leadership positions for the coming year will take place at our June 24 meeting, which will be held at University Church (5655 S. University Avenue). Doors open at 5:30; the meeting will start at 6pm. In addition to holding elections, we will spend time setting the topics/agendas for future meetings. We will also vote on a proposal to meet every other month instead of monthly.

If you are a member of the CAC and are interested in running for one of the co-chair or one of the co-secretary positions, please email Carl Hurdlik (cchurdlik@cps.edu) or CAC leaders (hydeparkcac@gmail.com).

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Update on Kenwood's use of the Canter Building on June 23

A presentation on the use of the Canter Facility will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m at Kenwood Academy High School. The purpose of the presentation is to communicate project updates. In addition, Harrison Staley, CPS Project Director, will offer insight on the current work and timeline for completion.
Please complete the survey below if you plan to attend this meeting:
Canter Informational Session Survey:

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Free Kids' Fair on Saturday, June 27 from 11am-1pm

Come to the Courtyard Shops at the Hyde Park Shopping Center on Saturday, June 27 from 11am-1pm for a free fair for kids. There will be music, arts & crafts, and treats!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Dyett RFP Proposals and Information about a Community Meeting on June 17

Chicago Public Schools will host a Community Meeting for the Dyett High School RFP. The purpose of this meeting is to allow community members and other stakeholders the opportunity to learn more about the three proposals (see below) which were submitted in response to this RFP. 

Click here for the proposal for Walter H. Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology High School
Click here for the proposal for Little Black Pearl School of the Arts
Click here for the proposal for Washington Park Athletic Career Academy
(Thank you to Catalyst for these links.)

June 17, 2015

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

King College Prep High School
4445 S. Drexel Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60653

Community members will have an opportunity to share their thoughts regarding the three proposals presented during the public comment portion of the agenda. Upon arrival community members will be asked to sign up to speak (2 minutes per person) should they wish to do so.

Tentative Agenda:
6:00 - 6:10 p.m.        Welcome & Introductions 
6:10 - 7:10 p.m.        Presentations (3 groups, 20 minutes each)
7:10 - 7:55 p.m.        Public Comment (2 minutes per person)
7:55 - 8:00 p.m.        Closing Remarks 

For community members wanting more information related to the proposals presented, they are encouraged to contact the groups directly. Please see below for direct contact information to each of the proposal groups.

Point Person Contact Information:

Proposal Received From: Coalition to Revitalize Walter H. Dyett High School
Proposed School Name: Walter H. Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology High School
Proposal Point Person: Duane Turner

Proposal Received From: WPACA Design TeamProposed School Name: Washington Park Athletic Career Academy
Proposal Point Person: Charles Campbell

Proposal Received From: Little Black Pearl Workshop
Proposed School Name: Little Black Pearl School of the Arts
Proposal Point Person: Zakeya N. Cartman