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Principal Mendoza Widely Praised at McPherson Retention Forum

By Sam Charles

In compliance with the Local School Council’s mandates, McPherson Elementary’s LSC held the first Principal Retention Forum in recent memory last night in the school’s auditorium, 4728 N. Wolcott Ave. The approximately four dozen attendees, made up of faculty, staff, parents and community members, had near-universal praise for Principal Carmen Mendoza and the work she Read the Rest…

Study: Local Schools Overcrowded By State, City Standards

By Sam Charles

The 2012 Chicago Teachers’ Union strike left many questions unanswered. Though contract disputes between the union and CPS were resolved, questions of school closures lingered even after teachers left the picket line and returned to the classroom. CPS and the union both acknowledged that some schools would be closed. Those schools on the chopping block, Read the Rest…

Science Fair Judges Elevate Competition

By Sam Charles

Science fairs are serious business at McPherson School, 4728 N. Wolcott Ave. But this year, an extra dose of real-world influence was added to the formula. A panel of distinguished and diversely qualified judges lent their time to this year’s 5th-8th grade science fair. Their presence took the competition up a notch, said Kimberly Silver, president Read the Rest…

Ravenswood Terrace Residential Project Dead?

By Mike Fourcher

Real estate news site GlobeSt.com is reporting this morning that the Ravenswood Terrace project, a $50 million project first reported by Center Square Journal, is dead. The residential project would be sited immediately north of the Ravenswood Station commercial project on Lawrence Ave. and the Ravenswood Metra North station. The publication says that developer Magellan Read the Rest…

McPherson Elementary Will Add Tuition-Based Preschool

By Mike Fourcher

McPherson Elementary School, 4728 N. Wolcott Ave., has scheduled an open house for a new tuition-based preschool for the 2011-2012 school year. The open house is at the school on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 5 – 7 p.m. The program requires a minimum of 18 children born before Sept. 1, 2007, but no more than 20. Already, Read the Rest…

Chicago Bulls Open EnergizaBulls Fitness Center at McPherson Elementary

By Brad Bretz

The student, parents, faculty and staff  of McPherson Elementary (4728 N. Wolcott) welcomed Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen, Ald. Gene Schulter, Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson and Chicago Bulls staff to celebrate the opening of the EnergizaBulls fitness center Tuesday.  The state-of-the-art fitness center is part of an ongoing program by the Chicago Bulls to help teach Read the Rest…

Ravenswood Station Wins Approval from Residents

By Hunter Clauss

Lincoln Square residents overwhelmingly approved the proposed Ravenswood Station development by a vote of 100 to four. The nearly $50-million development calls for a three-story commercial building that will include a Mariano’s Fresh Market grocery store and a health club that has yet to be determined. The project will also include a four-level parking garage Read the Rest…

Controversial Ravenswood Station Development Axes Condo Tower

By Hunter Clauss

The new developers working on the controversial Ravenswood Station project have tabled previously announced plans to include an 11-story condominium tower. During last night’s community meeting at McPherson Elementary School, Lincoln Square Ald. Eugene Schulter (47th) said he asked the site’s new developer, Magellan Development Group LLC, to hold off on plans for the residential Read the Rest…

Elementary LSC Election Results

By Hunter Clauss

After much hounding, here are the results of the local school council elections for Lincoln Square’s eight public elementary schools. Bell Elementary School was the the only school that posted its election results on its website, a method that’s used by the Illinois State Board of Elections, the Cook County Clerk’s office, and the Chicago Read the Rest…

Polls Open for Elementary School LSC Elections

By Hunter Clauss

Lincoln Square residents will get to choose who sits on the local school councils for the neighborhood’s eight public elementary schools today. Local school councils have the power to select principals and keep tabs on how school funds and other resources are used–a responsibility that has become even more important as Chicago Public Schools tackle Read the Rest…

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