Gray is a Level 1+ School! Thank you parents, staff, students, and community members for supporting Gray School! For more information see: http://schoolinfo.cps.edu/schoolprofile/schooldetails.aspx?SchoolId=609949
Our Gray Community showed amazing generosity with our Food Drive this year! You are helping those in need! Thanks to Mrs. Gil and Mrs. Alikakos for leading the way with the Student Council!
Chicago Public Schools urges parents and community members to contact Springfield so that we can meet the school budget for this year. Teacher layoffs and larger classes are projected to occur unless something is done. Please Take Action at this special CPS website: http://www.cps.edu/Pages/TakeAction
Happy Fall to you and your families! I hope Halloween was a safe and fun night for all. October was National Anti-Bullying Month. The Gray community was very committed to enlightening our students and families on the warning signs and steps to guard against the negative effects of bullying. Weekly messages included Scare the Bullies Away, Turn Your Back on Bullies, and Be Part of a Bully-Free Team. Allowing students to dress in theme was a way to help remind everyone of the importance of being kind and supportive of each other.
Twins Day - Be Thankful for Friends, and No Bullies!
We continue to ensure our safety with monthly fire drills and lockdown drills. Our engineer regularly monitors the building to ensure all mechanical functions are running smoothly.
Please pay special attention to any notices and reminders to complete required paperwork from CPS including medical compliance notices and the Family Income Form. Our goal is for 100% compliance! School wide attendance is 96%, much higher than last year, and I thank every parent and student for their commitment to their education!
After school activities are in full swing. It is wonderful to walk the halls after school and hear the laughter, see the artwork, watch the practices, and listen to the excited voices of our students. Their engagement in their school is a great predictor of their future success. Finally, I would like to acknowledge our veterans and thank them for their service to our country. Veteran’s Day is Nov. 11, but our appreciation is every day of the year. I wish you and your family a very Happy
8th Grade Science Field Trip
Mrs. Feaman and Ms. Rodriguez's eighth grade Science classes enjoyed a FREE field trip thanks to Google! In October, the Google sponsored field trip included entry to the Museum of Science and Industry, bus transportation, lunch for students and chaperones, and entry to The Robot Revolution, where students explored and interacted with cutting-edge collection of robots from all over the world.
Our students enjoyed the Halloween Fun Fair! Thanks to all of the staff and students who made it great. Special thanks to Ms. Gil and Ms. Alikakos for organizing all of the fun!
On October 28th, 5th-8th grade participated in an anti-bullying campaign. Here are a few pictures from the event. Thanks to Mrs. Sandiford and Mr. Vazquez for taking pictures. Thanks to Ms. Gibbs for organizing the event and to Trish and "Frank"!
High School Open House Events
Wednesday, 11/4/15: Schurz IB Information Session, 6 PM - 7 PM
Saturday, 11/7/15: Von Stuben High School Open House, 8 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM
Sunday, 11/8/15: Northside College Prep Open House, 11 AM - 2 PM
Tuesday, 11/10/15: Schurz CTE Open House, 5 PM - 7 PM
Saturday, 11/14/15: Payton College Prep, 9 AM - 1 PM
Dear Gray Community,
I’d like to thank the 75 families that attended the 8th grade parent night. Ms. Gibbs and Ms. Cano shared very useful information to our families regarding the high school selection process. To further ensure our students are well-prepared for the secondary school transition, we will also be hosting a High School Preparation Seminar for our 6th and 7th grade families on October 20 at 6:00 in the primary building auditorium. It is never too late to start planning!
NWEA testing and WIDA testing for new students has been completed. Our staff is already studying the data and adjusting our instruction to meet our students’ needs. Gray staff is 100% committed to maximizing the instruction to each individual student. Please mark your calendar for October 9 for progress report distribution. Take the time to review your child’s progress together and contact teachers and staff for additional assistance. National Bullying Prevention Month is held during the month of October and unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. We will be hosting an assembly, “Don’t be a Monster, “on October 28 for grades 5-8. Our goal is to bring anti-bullying awareness to the Gray Community and to provide parents and students with resources to respond to bullying behavior and to begin the shift of societal acceptance of bullying to social change addressing the issue through education and support.
And finally, what is October without the Gray Halloween Fun Fair on Oct. 29! More information will be sent home to families next week in a special flier, so please pay special attention to all the details!
Eighth Grade Parent Night
September 23, 2015 - We were happy to see our eighth grade parents and students to learn about eighth grade expectations and high school application procedures. Please contact us if you have any questions about what you need to do!
Middle School Grades and Attendance Matter More than Test Scores for High School and College Success: