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Sullivan High School Hosts “Ribbon Cutting” Ceremony For New Ellen Glasser Global Center

Congresswoman Jan Schakowski speaks at Ellen Glasser Center ribbon cuttingCongresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Alderwoman Maria Hadden (49th) were among dignitaries attending Sullivan High School’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony commemorating the opening of its Ellen Glasser Global Center, Monday, June 17th. (pictured: Congresswoman Schakowsky, speaking at event.)

Formerly the school’s library, the tired and worn room with mismatched and older furniture served a vital purpose - as a center for the school’s burgeoning and diverse group of refugee and immigrant students. With over 40 countries represented by the student body, and 50 different languages spoken, the library served a vital purpose: to offer English Learning students a ‘safe space’ for small group work, to study or in which to socialize.

Sullivan High School Principal Chad Adams addresses attendeesA year ago, Sullivan’s Principal Chad Adams asked the new non profit group* Friends of Sullivan to raise funds and convert the library into a special Global Center - a dignified, restored room with new carpeting and modern adaptable furniture that would maximize comfort and learning experiences for the students.

(Friends of Sullivan is a group formed by engaged community members to support Sullivan and name possible funding for much needed opportunities and equity for its students.)

The entire FOS Board worked energetically to complete the room on schedule. With a few weeks to go, and seeing that they would complete their goal, the Board voted unanimously to dedicate the room in honor of the mother of Friend of Sullivan’s President Michael Glasser, Ellen Glasser, herself a refugee. Thus, its name: “The Ellen Glasser Global Center at Sullivan High School.”

By coincidence, the date of the Ribbon Cutting, June 17th, commemorated 31 years to the day that Ellen had passed away.

Pam Weston and Mike Glasser (children of Ellen Glasser)“This is a tremendous way to honor a wonderful woman,” said Ellen’s daughter, Pamela Weston, who spoke eloquently about her mother, and she expressed her confidence that Ellen’s message - coming from a young refugee high school student who, over seventy years ago, experienced similar hardships as a child - would motivate today’s refugee students.

Pam proudly points to the plaque mounted adjacent to the Center’s front door, bearing a few of Ellen’s quotes written just prior to her death in 1988: “Look for the good in life, enjoy it. If you are down, go help someone. Make yourself useful. Enjoy people. Love your family."

Sullivan has a long history of welcoming refugees and immigrants to the school. More recently, in May 2016, Chicago Magazine published a well received article entitled “Welcome to Refugee High,” by journalist Elly Fishman.

Positioned in front of the podium from which the speakers addressed the crowd was a stunning eye catching new poster created by Sullivan’s dedicated teacher and students, bearing the timely message: “All are welcome here.”

Friends of Sullivan encourages supporters of the school and the new Global Center to consider supporting a range of needs benefiting all of Sullivan’s students. Check out Friends of Sullivan’s website to learn more or to make a gift (or write a tax deductible check to “RPBA/FOS” - mail to “Rogers Park Business Alliance, Attn: FOS, 1448 W. Morse Ave. Chicago. IL 60626.”)

* Friends of Sullivan's non profit status is pending, and donors can make tax deductible contributions through our fiscal agent, the Rogers Park Business Alliance. Some photos below by "In the Light Studios, LLC"

Mike Glasser and Chad Adams with memorial placque to Ellen Glasser

With Sullivan High Schools Saturday Book, Bake and Student Art Sale such a great success, Principal Chad Adams is pleased to announce that Sullivan will resume it for one more evening - Thursday April 11th, 4:00 - 8:00PM. With many amazing books remaining - geared for people of all ages (though no books for children) - we look forward to seeing as many as community members' hands as possible get their hands on great books.

On Saturday, neighborhood residents and Sullivan friends and alumni were thrilled to not only browse through great books, but also purchase baked goods (prepared in part by students in the Low Incidence Program) and wonderful art made by Sullivan students. With most books priced at only $1.00 each, and with many attendees generously making additional contributions, Sullivan made it nearly half way to its goal of raising $2500 for new books. Proceeds from bake sale and art went back to the Low Incidence program and art department for more supplies..

There was more! Attendees were thrilled to hear students and faculty read poetry and perform music. Even Principal Adams and Digital Media Teacher Samantha Spencer offered impressive performances. (Pictured above - ESL Social Worker Josh Zepeda.)

The non profit "Friends of Sullivan," which Principal Adams charged with the task of transitioning Sullivan's former library into a "Student Learning Lounge and Newcomer Center," is thrilled to see major progress reached, as we near completion of this project and perhaps a May ribbon cutting!

Check out Friends of Sullivan website for more information.

CMSA Continues as the #1 Public Charter School in Illinois according to U.S. News & World Report

Chicago Math and Science AcademyUS News 2019 Best High Schools report is out! https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/search?charter=true&state-urlname=illinois CMSA continues to be the #1 Charter High School in the state. CMSA has held the #1 public charter high schools ranking for the past three years. Additionally, CMSA has been recognized made this national ranking list for high schools for five consecutive years.

U.S. News and World Report collects information entirely from the following third party sources: the U.S. Department of Education’s website, the Common Core of Data, updated annually; Statewide math and reading level assessment tests and high school graduation rates from the 2016-2017 school year; the College Board, International Baccalaureate IB exam.

Graduates“This significant achievement is made possible by the passion and dedications of our teachers who go beyond the call of the duty to ensure our students succeed,” states Ali Kuran, principal. “I could not be prouder of our teachers, students and staff. This honor is icing on the cake after receiving a 7-year public charter renewal from Chicago Public Schools.”

Since 2004, it has been the mission of CMSA, located in the Rogers Park community, to prepare students for college and the world beyond by offering high-quality, college-prep, STEM-focused education that changes the trajectory of students’ lives.
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Chicago Math & Science Academy is managed by Concept Schools. Concept Schools is a charter school management organization that manages or operates 31 public charter schools throughout the United States. Our college-prep curriculum is STEM-based, and like any other public school, each school in the Concept network is highly regulated and overseen by their respective school districts and charter authorizers. Schools within the Concept Network are continuously recognized for their excellence in education.

BOOK, BAKE & ART SALE SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 10:00AM–2:00PM

Dear Community Residents, Alumni and others interested in the growing success of Sullivan High School;

The library at Sullivan High School has many wonderful books in its stacks - but with the passage of time and a changing level of interest by today’s students, Principal Chad Adams, in consultation with his staff, is requesting we replace these books with others that will be of greater interest to today’s diverse learners.

As many of you know, in recent years, with no librarian, the former library - which was a tired outdated room - changed its function, and has emerged as a center for Sullivan’s growing international body of students - a place for them to feel safe, engage in mentoring and other small group work. In short, despite its outdated appearance, the room emerged as a student learning center of sorts.

Yet exciting and great changes are about to happen in this space.

The event at Sullivan on Saturday April 6th (6631 N. Bosworth) is more than just a book, bake and student art sale - as its a celebration of the changes about to occur.

We will be showcasing the progress we are making in transitioning the former library into a Friends of Sullivan funded “Student Learning Lounge and Newcomers Center.” With state of the art furniture paid for and donated by Friends of Sullivan on order, the room will take on an exciting new feel, benefitting all students.

On Saturday, Principal Adams will announce some other exciting developments regarding the school, and we will hear from student poets - twice - at around 11:00 and at around 1:00.

And more!!!!

Saturday’s event is great for community residents interested in learning more about Sullivan HS - and while there, find a few good books, support an artist, or purchase baked goods, many of them made by students in the Low Incidence Program…

And learn more about Friends of Sullivan, and learn about volunteer opportunities and help us with our mission to support extracurricular activities and other capital improvements at Sullivan and neighboring schools. Friends of Sullivan website.

Please spread the word, encouraging folks to show up and support our local high school. Funds raised will go back into the school, helping purchase new books that will be of interest to our diverse group of motivated learners.

It is now a tradition: Chicago Math and Science Academy (CMSA) again earns a Level 1+ ranking as one of the best schools in Chicago. The ranking comes from the Chicago Public Schools School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP). This marks the fourth consecutive year that CMSA has earned the highest level ranking among Chicago schools.

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