On Thursday, September 13, students participated in the release of several monarch butterflies. These butterflies were each tagged with an identifying number and in January, students will be able to find out if their butterflies made it to Mexico, their winter destination.
In addition to the release, students talked about the importance of taking care of our communities (including butterflies) and worked in small groups to write their thoughts into poems, such as this one, written by Community Links freshmen:
I Am Another You
We're creative and give each other ideas.
We're successful together, we're equally born,
we are the future.
We may have our differences, but our friendship will last.
We stand up together for what is right.
We accomplish our dreams together.
Together we triumph,
We are Links!
Congratulations to the class of 2018! The teachers (mostly Mr. Ruby) have collected a set of favorite memories of this excellent group of students. We wish you the best of fortune and luck in whatever comes next!
Congratulations to the 207-2018 CLHS Students of the Month! And a special thanks to Mr. Borras, who treated these superstars to a special lunch.
Congratulations to Estanislao Blas and Jaqueline Avila, two CLHS alumni who were Inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Daley College! Special thanks to Joe Halli and CPS for assisting the students with the cost of the membership fee and for being an amazing partner in ensuring our students are successful.
Links juniors are working hard in their OneGoal classes on getting a jump start on their personal statements for their college applications. This week they worked with various community partners, who took time out of their day to give students feedback on their essays.
CLHS was featured in a recent newsletter from Latinos Progresando. Check it out here.
For several years, seniors at Spry Community Links have benefited from a generous partnership with The Goodman Theater. Each year, students see several plays and those plays become a part of their curriculum. For instance, students in a senior writing class viewed Wonderful Town as part of a unit on the American Dream, in which students wrote essays on what they thought the American Dream was after synthesizing a variety of sources. These same students explored the relation between pitch and frequency using songs from the play and wrote trigonometric equations to model the notes in the melody of “Ohio,” one of the feature songs from the musical.
Most recently, students viewed the Ibsen play, Enemy of the People. While this play was written in the late 1800's, the issues and themes that the characters grappled with are very much relevant to today. In fact, in addition to seeing this play, students participated in a special "Stage Chemistry" workshop during which they learned about how water sources can be contaminated and how water filtration systems work. This workshop was documented by CBS News.
Spry Community Links HS Student Council leaders coordinated a protest, rally and march to protest gun violence across the nation as well as in the City of Chicago. Our students asked for common sense reforms so they can put an end to the school and neighborhood shootings that requires schools in this City to go on lockdown. These student leaders are tomorrow's Senators and we are proud of their leadership and courage.