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Amundsen
Fine Arts - Murals
The Art of School Pride
In this student initiated project, students from all grades and backgrounds will create visuals reflecting their lives that will become part of school murals.
Denise Barba - Camille Johnson
Amundsen
Science
Community Nature Center
Working cooperatively, Amundsen students of all ability levels and from all of our small learning communities will research, design and create a Community Nature Center to enhance our school gardens.
James Doyiakos - Dr. Andrew Demaio
Amundsen
Fine Arts - Murals
Our Voices, Our Visions
Students will create a second annual multimedia art exhibit. As creators, they will not only become artists, they will also develop leadership and communication skills.
Jessica Wilson - Eric Markowitz
Bowen - B.E.S.T.
Science
Ecological Gardening
B.E.S.T. Students will learn principles of conservation, natural resource management and community gardening through hands on field experiences and classroom training.
William Smith - Carmen Green, Sabrina Slater
Bowen - B.E.S.T.
Performing Arts - Music
Thumb Piano Audio
Students will have the chance to create instruments and contact microphones and upload their audio creations to the web. Students will be studying acoustics, electronics and music history.
Albert Stabler - Alfred Jaques
Brooks College Prep
Fine Arts - Crafts
Umbrellas for Peace
Our country is plagued by crime and violence. The students will create umbrellas for peace, inspired by the Lamb Umbrellas for Peace Project. They will hold a peace march and then put their umbrellas on display.
Cheryl Boone - Elizabeth Robbins
Brooks College Prep
Fine Arts - Film
Laugh, Cry and Learn Fest
Students will have the opportunity to validate their experiences through this film project, "Breaking Barriers." Students will create four short films providing a variety of interpretive themes.
Eugene Hazzard
Chicago - Agricultural
Fine Arts - Photography
Learning Through Pictures
Students with autism will create a pleasing learning environment and increase their vocabulary and communication skills through the medium of photography.
Molly e Condon - Amy Hughes
Chicago - Agricultural
Fine Arts - Crafts
CHSAS Fiber Artworks
Using the wool which students have sheared from the CHSAS sheep, they work together to not only learn felting techniques, but also to program an electric knitting machine and create marketable items.
Jane Klunk - Amy Hughes, Molly Condon, Susan Schlitz, Christopher Holz, Joan White, Mary Ann Piszczor
Collins
Performing Arts - Music
Creativity with Recorder
Students will learn to perform and improvise on the recorder. They will learn compositional techniques to create a song for four recorders, notating the song, rehearsing with others and performing it.
Jeremy Green
Corliss
Service Learning
NJROTC Blanket Club
Students will learn skills involving fabrics and crocheting. Service learning as an educational strategy will enhance social and academic learning while developing character and citizenship skills.
Erwin Johnson - William Mcguire
Curie Metro
Fine Arts - Crafts
Come, Sit and Be
This project is a student designed and constructed permanent functional bench series which consists of four pieces to surround the perimeter of the Curie High School campus.
Dawn Pavloski
Curie Metro
Fine Arts - Crafts
Sweet Home Chicago!
Students will use maps to discuss, create and inform artwork they create about their personal, school and neighborhood communities. There will be a formal gallery exhibition.
Jesse Wyss
Curie Metro
Fine Arts - Crafts
Postcards From The Edge
Students will select themes and create postcards as interactive art. These artworks will be sent to artists around the world who will respond with postcard artworks of their own.
Valerie Xanos
Curie Metro
Fine Arts - Crafts
Defying the Odds
Students will create relief print posters addressing the crisis in American public education and low graduation rates. The imagery will emphasize how they can defy the odds and achieve their goals.
Colin Ewald
Gallery 37
Fine Arts - Crafts
Illuminated Body Casters
Students will create printed photo imagery on canvas which will be applied to face and body plaster casts along with painting to form three dimensional figurative imagery.
Thomas Cinoman - Jiwon Chun
Gallery 37
Fine Arts - Photography
Unsung Heroes of the Ward
Students will produce a series of large photo portraits of unsung heroes. City of Chicago council members will be asked to name an unsung hero from their wards for portraiture.
Thomas Cinoman - Bill Guy
Gallery 37
Fine Arts - Crafts
The Chicagoan
In this bookmaking/assemblage project inspired by Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, students will explore the connections between images, texts and objects as related to the idea of storytelling.
Susan Dardar - Patrick Miceli
Gallery 37
Fine Arts - Crafts
Global Connections
Students from three CPS special education schools will explore global connections between Chicago and other cities through art-making. They will link their art to real life experiences.
Susan Dardar - Silvia Garcia, Roberto Espinosa, Vivian Dobrowolska, Mary Ann Dardugno, Barbara Keating
Hancock
Fine Arts - Crafts
Collaborative Folios
Studio drawing and painting students will work with creative writing students to make books and folios using their poems and linoleum print illustrations.
Elyn Koentopp-Vanek - Jason Safranek, Anna Montgomery
Hope Prep
Technology
Robotics Team
Students will learn about engineering through an after school Robotics team. Students will be introduced to technology, with the goal of improving our IT program and encouraging students to apply for scholarships.
George Skalsky - Ross Anzalone
Hyde Park
Fine Arts - Murals
ALL THAT WE SHARE
Students will create a mosaic mural in our school based on African and contemporary themes that combine wildlife/environmental issues, African folktales and personal values.
Iris Binor
Jefferson Alternative
Language Arts - English
Story Share
Incarcerated teen parents will build literacy skills and nurture positive connections with their children by creating and sharing audio recordings of picture books.
Megan Cusick
Jefferson Alternative
Publications
Free Write Anthology
Within the dehumanizing, impersonal conditions of prison, the personal narrative and shared story gain special power. Students will contribute to an anthology of student writing and art work.
Ryan Keesling - Ryan Keesling
Jones
Performing Arts - Music
Improvise Yourself!
Students will study the history of jazz improvisation, both vocalists and instrumentalists. They will study time honored techniques to learn scat vocables, poetry, vocal percussion and then perform them.
Gaye Klopack - Charles Mills, Ray Lesniewski
Jones
Performing Arts - Drama
All Shook Up
Performing arts students will present the musical, All Shook Up, based on Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. Students will study the source material and its adaptation for the musical.
Bradley Lyons - Gaye Klopack, Julie Achettu, Frank Menzies
Kelly
Fine Arts - Photography
Our Voices. Our Stories.
Students will give voice to "voiceless" communities by using Language Arts skills to write a book and develop a gallery exhibit to challenge stereotypes of their neighborhoods, communities and cultures.
Amy Schwartzbach
Kennedy
Performing Arts - Dance
Cross-Town Yoga Club
Students from two schools will join a yoga program that fosters healthy physical and mental attitudes and promotes awareness through community service outreach projects.
Jennifer Barron - Jim Hicks
King
Fine Arts - Photography
Heavenly Readers
Students will produce life sized translucent B&W photographs of students reading books in a variety of positions against a blank white backdrop, suspended below skylights at forty feet.
Thomas Cinoman
Lake View
Fine Arts - Film
Keeping it Reel
Students will participate in the movie making process to learn and appreciate the art of film-making. This year's focus will be on creating documentaries.
James Fusco - Jack Mondan
Lane Technical
Performing Arts - Music
Jazz Community Outreach
Students will increase musical, team and mentoring skills by participating in a Jazz Invitational Festival at Lane. Nine schools/groups with 4th graders through professionals will join in this community outreach program.
Omar Fong-Bances - Joe Sweet, Carol Swann
Lane Technical
Performing Arts - Drama
The Lane Play Festival
Students will write, design, direct and perform in a series of original one-act plays written by Lane students.
Kirsten Hanson - Brian Telles, Monico Yadao, Kate Laroche, Molly Meacham
Lane Technical
Fine Arts - Crafts
Fire! Art & Chemistry
Art and chemistry students will re-create the invention of various ways of firing clay work to create ceramic glass. From pit-firing to wood-firings, students will explore technology from fire.
Amy Moore - Brian Reid, Kristina Simanis
Lane Technical
Science
CSI: Lane Tech
Law Students and Forensic Science students work together to solve a crime. They are guided by police officers, scientists, lawyers and judges.
Susan Sebestyen - Sara Anderson
Lincoln Park
Publications
Lion's Pause Literary Mag
The works of our many talented young authors/artists are celebrated and honored in the The Lion's Pause Literary Magazine. Public readings will be held at a local bookstore and school assembly,"Ekphras Yourself."
Barton Hanson - Ahoo Kosari, Melinda Stinnett, Ross Frellick
Manley
Fine Arts - Crafts
Windows to Illuminate
Students will identify and apply the steps necessary to design, view and discuss stained glass windows; research stained glass windows; and, write a proposal and create windows.
Linda Comminos
Marine Military
Fine Arts - Murals
Harlem Renaissance
Art and ethnic studies students will study the Harlem Renaissance and create a triptych to beautify our new school.
Sara Zoldan - Dan Claahsen
Marshall Metro
Performing Arts - Music
Commando Cadence
Students will use percussion instruments to learn to play basic rhythms, improvise, compose and perform with peers. Students will work together to create a sense of collaborative community.
Kelly McCollom
Marshall Metro
Science
The Chicken Run
Students will study Poultry Science by observing egg production. They will observe hatching, raising and successful production of eggs from the hens, allowing students to learn skills from rural areas.
Carol Williams
Northside Learning Center
Technology
Once Upon A Bike
Students film “Once Upon a Bike,” a docu-drama depicting collaboration of Bike Shop & other school programs with our expanding community support network. Students will hone video technology skills.
Franklin Joseph Clark - Estella Woodson, Mary Mendoza, Elizabeth Floraday
Orr
Publications
Orr Out Loud!
Student poets will participate in the Louder Than A Bomb Teen Poetry Festival, create a video documenting their lives and performances and publish a literary journal of their work.
Margeaux Temeltas
Orr
Entrepreneurial
Issues to Art
Students will re-design furniture, clothing, and jewelry, sell it in a student-run gallery and divide profits between the artists and student-led initiatives in our “Issues to Art to Entrepreneurship” program.
Jeanne Walker
Payton
Fine Arts - Crafts
Miniature Golf Course
Students will design, build and learn to market a miniature golf course. The course will be on display in the field south of Payton and be used by students and staff.
Walter Kinderman - Patricia Guizzetti
Payton
Technology
Beyond Borders: DREAM Act
Students will research the Dream Act and create "Beyond Borders: Where Do We Draw the Line on Immigration?", a documentary on immigration with a focus on Chicago students.
Michelle Mowery
Payton
Math/Tech
Build a School Windmill
Students will build blades, the body assembly and a hub to prop up the DC motor and propellers. They will test different designs and select the most efficient one. The windmill will reduce the school's energy costs.
Maggie Kendall
Peace & Education
Gardening
Peace Garden
The Peace Garden diverts rain and other natural resources from wasteful to productive use, serving as a metaphor for the students' own ability to harness available resources to create healthy lives.
Anne Maclaren - Brian Wittenwyler
Peace & Education
Fine Arts - Murals
Struggle in Unity
Students will design and create a Unity mural, update existing planters with new designs and plants/bushes while working to improve student/community relations.
Lora Abraham
Perspectives - IIT
Performing Arts - Music
Guitar Physics Synergy
Students will learn about the physics responsible for producing music with electronic stringed instruments. They will design, build, tune and play their own electrical guitars through inquiry labs.
William Yadron - Joshua Burke, Kevin McKittrick
Perspectives - Technology
Social Studies - History
African Basket Weaving
Students will participate in a basket-weaving workshop as a way to deepen their historical, cultural and economic understanding of Darfurian basket-weavers in refugee camps.
Shannon League - Stacy Fox
Phoenix Military
Fine Arts - Film
Revealing Generation Text
Students will research cell phone usage, investigating how texting is affecting teenagers. They will create a documentary film disclosing their findings.
Robert Edwards
Roosevelt
Gardening
It's Not Easy Bein' Green
Students in our newly formed gardening club will grow vegetables and flowers in our school's greenhouse, as well as help beautify our school by planting gardens around the property.
Lesley Pinto
Roosevelt
Fine Arts - Crafts
International Flag Day
Students will learn business skills such as researching a product, marketing, organization planning and pricing. They will produce pillows and quilts with flags and cultural themes represented at Roosevelt.
Lisa Reed
Schurz
Life Skills
We're Cookin' Without Gas
Students with severe disabilities will learn fundamental life skills through a series of cooking activities throughout the course of the year.
Allison Cirone - Adrianna Bienias
Schurz
Fine Arts - Photography
Converging in Pictures
Students will study French art, specifically paintings and sculptures. They will then use cameras to document examples of each artwork in their daily lives. We will display the originals and photos.
Samantha Godden
Solorio
Fine Arts - Crafts
Habitat for Success
Students have been selected to be part of a learning community where they will learn basic skills such as carpentry as they design and build seating for a school outdoor area and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
Matthew D'agostino
South Shore - Tech
Fine Arts - Crafts
Critical Figure Drawing
Students will create and display a series of figure drawings based on their deconstruction of advertising and media images that have an effect on them.
Daniel McElgunn
Taft
Performing Arts - Drama
Taft Drama Production
Sixty students will increase their reading and analytical skills, sing, dance and act as they learn to work in an ensemble to present "Spoon River Anthology" and "Once Upon a Mattress" for school and community.
William Skar
Taft
Fine Arts - Murals
Art from Art
Students will participate in a painting project where they transform ordinary furniture pieces into extraordinary works of art.
Jennifer Trejo
Taft
Fine Arts - Murals
Bridging the Waters
Art students join others in a club to complete a symbolic mosaic begun in 2009. Students developed the theme of ethnic and international solidarity for this mosaic which will enhance life at Taft.
Joanne Conroy
Vaughn Occupational
Service Learning
Assisting Senior Citizens
Teachers and students will assist seniors with all season landscaping chores. Students and seniors will work together to plant annuals and perennials in the new school garden space behind the school.
Gerard Slania - Patricia Bonness
Vaughn Occupational
Service Learning
Sharing Warm Fuzzies
Students with special needs will create fleece blankets to donate to Project Linus which distributes them to children in trauma.
Patricia Bonness
Von Steuben
Fine Arts - Film
Von Steuben Film Festival
The Von Film Festival is a year-long project where students work together in teams to write, direct, act, film and edit short films. The films are screened at our annual film festival.
David Bradburn - Ellen O'Keefe, Ben Weisgram, Jessica King, Brad Rossi
Westinghouse
Math/Tech
Bridges: Applied Geometry
Each Geometry student will build a bridge according to minimum specifications. Bridges will then be judged on aesthetics and weight bearing ability.
Donna Ivanisevic
York
Publications
Project Atlas
Incarcerated students' writings on their life lessons and their dreams will be showcased in a book that will be shared with CPS students and the community.
Karl Schenk - Jennifer Johnson, Renee Wisniewski, Chelsea Armstrong
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