This week we held our vaccine clinic in partnership with InstaVaxx and administered 100 shots! We were so excited to be able to help in the effort to increase our vaccination rates and ensure everyone stays safe and healthy!
We are excited to share that LaSalle II has been selected as one of 21 semi finalists out of 500 applications for the Chicago Works Grant. Winners are awarded up to 1.5 million dollars to renovate public spaces.
As we are all well aware, the school outdoor space is in poor condition and subject to frequent flooding, making the playfield unusable and closed off during recess and Physical Education classes. Further, the playground is popular with the local community. The playfield also experiences damage when used during muddy or wet conditions which causes continued degradation. In addition to the school population, the LaSalle II grounds are open to the public and is popular with the local community for outdoor play and exercise.
The purpose of this project is to improve the usability of the space and better organize the remaining space to allow for safe play and exploration by the students and community. When fully funded, the project will replace the grass playfield with synthetic turf, create a 1/8 mile running track encircling the playground, better organize the basketball courts to get a full court size and half court size, add seating, and add lighting. The synthetic turf will be striped for U-8 regulation soccer and a kick ball/soft ball diamond with a backstop. These playfield improvements will allow the students and community to enjoy a mud free area for active play including soccer, kick ball, softball, and exercise. The LaSalle II playfield will continue to be open to the community.
In order to help make this plan a reality, there are a few things we need from our school community.
- Sign the petition here and share with others! The more signatures the better.
- Save the date for the virtual community meeting on 10/21 at 6pm. You can sign-up here.
Winners will be announced in December to stay tuned for more updates!
Congrats to our students that earn the pathway towards the seal of biliteracy! Please see below to learn more about the program and for a short video about this years’ winners.
What is the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy?
The State Seal of Biliteracy is a recognition given to high school seniors who have studied and can exhibit the ability to communicate in two or more languages (including English) by their senior year of high school. The Seal is highlighted on the high school diploma and serves as a statement of accomplishment for college admission and future employment. To build on the success of the District’s State Seal of Biliteracy program, the Chicago Public Schools Office of Language and Cultural Education (OLCE) introduced in the 2017-2018 school year the CPS Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award, a program for elementary middle school students to be recognized for being on their way towards earning the State Seal of Biliteracy through their enrollment in a bilingual, dual, and/or world language program.
What is the CPS Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award?
The CPS Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award recognizes 5th and 8th grade students enrolled in a language education program that provides a pathway to the State Seal of Biliteracy in 12th grade. This recognition is not solely based on a students’ current language proficiency, but also in the continuing development of that language throughout the course of their elementary and middle school years in preparation for high school. Current enrollment in a Bilingual, Dual Language or World Language program is a requirement to participate
in this program.
The CPS Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award is intended for current 5th and 8th graders who are on a pathway to earn the State Seal of Biliteracy by being enrolled in either a bilingual, dual, and/or world language program, including both students who are native English speakers as well as current or former English Learners (ELs). Current languages offered through the assessment include: Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin Simplified and Traditional), French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. As you know, LaSalle II students took the Avant STAMP 4s (8th graders) and 4e (5th graders) to assess where they are in their language learning journey.
How does a student earn the CPS Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award?
At the Elementary Middle School level, the CPS Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award is given to:
- 5th graders who score “Novice Mid” (2 or higher in each language mode) in the STAMP 4Se for all of our languages
- 8th graders who score “Intermediate Low” (4 or higher) in the STAMP 4S for French and Spanish and Novice High for Arabic and Chinese
Our long-time security guard Mr. Santiago is retiring on May 28th. We are very thankful for his many years of service at LaSalle II. Ray started working at LaSalle II when his grandson Jacob was a student here! Since that time, Ray has enjoyed forming relationships with so many students, especially those of whom he had the chance to coach in basketball, football, softball, and more. Ray is often referred to as the father of the LS2 sports program, was the first recipient of the Clinton Ross award for excellence in coaching, and has led his teams to win many championships. In his retirement, Ray and his wife Lucy plan to travel as often as they can and spend more time with their grandchildren. Congratulations, Ray, and thanks for all you’ve done for LaSalle II!
Be sure to wish him well if you see him on the playground in the mornings next week!