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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.

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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.

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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).

Making History…

Making HistoryCongratulations to Alexis West for being the first NCCHS LadyHawk to advance down state in the 3-Point Showdown!  She will compete at Redbird Arena in Normal, IL on March 5 (Prelims).  Let’s all congratulate her and wish her luck as she represents North Chicago Community High School down state!  Way to Go Alexis!!!!

Spirited Musical, Dance Tribute Honors Robert Presley

Robert PresleyWe are very proud to honor Robert Presley for 35 years of service to the children of North Chicago School District.

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Give ‘Til it Hurts

North Chicago Community High School hosted a blood drive on January 15th and over 40 participants.  The donation of one person can save up to 3 lives.  Potentially, we were able to help 120 patients.  Blood donations help many people from blood transfusions to traumatic injuries.  Blood donation is one of the most important unselfish acts a person can do in life to help others.  The next blood drive is March 12th.  Come out and help save lives!

NJ – Operation Christmas


Clockwise Back Row: Christian Torres, Jean-Paul Anyansi, Genesis Navarro, Nancy Mendoza, Arianda Zondio and Joshua Quiroz Clockwise Front Row: Jeremias Figueroa, and Bianca Echavarria

On December 6, NJROTC volunteered their time to the Federal Health Care Center located in North Chicago, also known as the VA hospital. The highly enthusiastic cadets decorated Xmas trees throughout the VA facilities.  NJ calls this yearly community service project “Operation Xmas”, this is one of the community service projects that most cadets truly enjoy doing because they are giving back to our nation’s veterans in a special way.  Many of the disabled veterans and staff members sincerely appreciated the cadets for volunteering their time and effort. They made sure that the cadets felt at home and wholeheartedly welcomed them to their facilities.



Smile Big!

SmileSMILE MOBILE visited NCCHS and provided services to 68 students on January 21st.  THANK YOU SMILE MOBILE!

SMILE MOBILE is an in-school dental program designed to provide early preventive care and oral hygiene education to all children from Pre-School to 12th grade in the comfort and familiarity of their school environment.  Their services include dental exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, oral hygiene instruction and referral for any future treatment that is needed.  There was NO CHARGE to the school or the children!