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NCCHS Staff Hard at Work

North Chicago High School staff hard at work during a professional development workshop for Promethean Board student response devices.

Promethean’s suite of student response systems help educators ensure that each student’s voice is heard, mind is engaged and needs are met.



Warhawks take 1st place!

North Chicago High School Freshman A team took 1st place at the Waukegan Holiday Basketball Tournament.  Go Warhawks!


Warhawks Tumble into Victory!

Over winter break the North Chicago High School wrestling team had a victorious day at the Evanston Holiday Wrestling Tournament.

Congratulations Warhawks:

High School Choir Performs at Discover Consumer Banking’s Holiday Party!

Since the fall of 2014, Discover Consumer Banking has partnered closely with North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) and CUSD 187, and, in working closely with NCCP, has continued to expand the breadth and depth of their engagement over time. A few weeks ago, Discover reached out, asking the North Chicago Community High School Choir to perform at their annual company holiday party.  The choir worked hard to prepare an assortment of songs, and wowed the crowd yesterday afternoon.  Congratulations on a wonderful performance, and way to represent CUSD 187 well!


Parent Math Night

rsz_img_1056We had a success parent math night.  Parents, teachers and students came together to share information regarding our new Carnegie Math program.  It was a great community collaboration to support our students learning!


IMG_1055NCCHS staff working hard at completing our AdavcED survey.

AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of PreK-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential.

Click here to read more about AdvancED

Survey for High School Improvement Grant

As we move towards the end of an exciting and productive school year, I am pleased to inform you that we are applying for the School Improvement Grant (SIG) for North Chicago Community High School. The SIG will benefit us tremendously, to raise substantially, the achievement of students in our school. The following is a brief summary of each of the five viable models. The Transformation Model would give our school the most creative opportunities to continue our work with developing our Medical, Engineering, and Computer Science Career Pathways.

❖ Transformation Model (K-12)
• Develop teacher and leader effectiveness
• Comprehensive instructional programs using student achievement data
• Extend learning time and create community-oriented schools
• Providing flexibility and intensive support
• Develop and extend career pathway

❖ Turnaround Model (K-12)
• Replace the principal and at least 50% of the staff
• Adopt new governance and implement a new or revised instructional program
• Incorporate interventions that take into account the recruitment, placement and development of staff to       zzensure they meet student needs
• Develop schedules that increase time for both students and staff
• Provide appropriate social-emotional and community-oriented services/supports

❖ Whole-School Reform Model (K-12, as determined by the model developer)
• Conduct a rigorous review of federally approved Whole-School Reform Model Developers that are
ccwilling to enter into a contract with the school and district in order to implement their evidence-based zzmodel in the school.
• Strict adherence to developer mandates would be required.

❖ Closure
• Close a failing school and enroll the students who attended that school in other schools in the district that zzare higher achieving or to new schools for which achievement data are not year available.
• These other schools should be within reasonable proximity to the closed school and may include, but are zznot limited to, charter schools.

❖ Early Learning Model (PreK-1)
• Replace the principal
• Provide full-day kindergarten
• Provide a full-day, high quality preschool program for at least one year prior to kindergarten entry

We appreciate the time you will take to complete this survey. If you have any questions regarding
the survey or the models, please contact Suzy Peterson at 847-769-9507 or email

– Venesa Woods


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Medical career program helps revive North Chicago schools

On April 30th, 2015, North Chicago Community High School hosted the Health Professions Education Consortium annual meeting.

The meeting was a tremendous success, and brought many groups together to focus on the pathways programs for the region, as well as other future health professions careers emerging in the field. There were numerous individuals that came up to school leaders to share how exhilarated they were by the overall experience at the high school, and appreciated the work of the team and students. Many of guests were very moved by the stories and experiences that the students shared during the program, and expressed that it was one of the most uplifting mornings, and wished that they could experience that everyday. Read on for coverage of the event by the Chicago Tribune.

Read the full article here

Stefany Guzman Awarded Summer Institute Scholarship

Stefany Guzman participated in the Annual Illinois High Schools Art Exhibition that is organized by Illinois Art Educators Association of which Art Teacher, Dr. Grace Wangombe is a member. Stefany was awarded a summer institute scholarship by one of the Schools of the Art Institute. As a result, she will spend some of her summer vacation creating art with college instructors. Her winning piece is attached her for you to share as well, it is a self-portrait. Four other students took part in the exhibition: Marissa Irizarry (portrait in chalk pastels), Jonathan Coleman (Print of a man), Cynthia Reynoso (Beaded 3D piece of wood), and Noah Quigley (abstract painting).