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February 2019 - In This Issue:
February 1
No School 
February 6

Friends of Payton Meeting, 6-7pm, Payton Library
February 12
Local School Council meeting, 6pm (focus topic: Diverse Learners)
February 18

President's Day, No School
February 19
Payton Boosters Meeting, 6pm, Payton Library
March 4
Sweetness Day
March 9
Parent/Guardians-Teen Conference (12-2:30pm):  "I'm not who I used to be and I'm not anyone else"
March 15
Sweetness Ball (6-10pm) at Moonlight Studios
March 20
We Are Payton Parents/Guardians gathering with Dr. Bauer (6:15-7:30pm):  "Do kids even date anymore?"

F or more information on calendar items, visit   FOP's Participate page  or email us .
Principal Tim Devine

Payton Parents,
Recently, Payton was named one of the top high schools in the nation for 2018.  This is a remarkable achievement and adds to the accolades that come with some frequency to our community.  It is important to recall that such remarkable achievements are certainly emblematic of the many and varied talents of our students, and also come at the hands of the vigilant skillfulness and care of our faculty.  To be sure, Payton's faculty is a stellar collection of talent.  Like our students, our faculty are intrigued and intriguing people who are selflessly passionate about the emergence of other people's children and talented with the art and science of educating tremendously-bright students.  A sampling:
  • Our Athletic Director, George Klupchak, is launching a strength and conditioning program for students who are either engaged with Payton's interscholastic sports programs or for any student who wants to focus on their strength and conditioning. 
  • Our wonderful Astronomy teacher, Jackie Barge, involved our students with the NASA AstroPhoto Challenge.  The students chose a picture taken by one of NASA's telescopes and used image processing software to manipulate the image. Of the sixteen images showcased from around the nation, eight were by students from Payton.
  • A number of our world language teachers-Abby Imrem, Christina Xu, Louis Wu, Marnie Lewis, and Alicia Gonzalez-received ACTFL's (The American Council for the Teachers of Foreign Language) Level 3 Agent of Change Certification!  The team worked on this certification throughout the 2017-2018 academic year through workshops where they created units and lesson plans.  Level 3 is the highest certification for ACTFL. 
  • Kate Johnston arranged for the Concert Choir to perform jointly with the Chicago Artists Chorale 5th Anniversary Concert at Old St. Pat's.  The collaboration was Kate's brainchild.   
  • Congratulations and thanks to Alicia Gonzalez, our Global Connections Director, who has been chosen to present at the National Association of Foreign Student Advisor's (NAFSA) Conference in May.  Alicia and a colleague from Washington, D.C. will be presenting: "Preparing K-12 Educators for Global Leadership in Student Travel."  
  • Sincere thanks to all of our wonderful Counselors and many, many faculty members who have written college and scholarship recommendations for our senior class. 
These educators are but a sampling of the collection of experts we have gracing our classrooms. 
We are so fortunate to have them in our midst and to be elemental parts of the teaching and learning that occur on campus. 
Go Grizzlies!

Tim Devine

Opportunities to get involved in February and March 

Click here for more information about Donating to support Payton.  

SWEETNESS DAY  3/4, 8:45am to 2pm
Payton's school-wide annual day of service is Monday, March 4, 2019. Please consider serving as a chaperone, working alongside Payton students, faculty and staff at dozens of service sites around the city. Volunteers may accompany any advisory group -- you're not obliged to accompany your student's class. Please  SIGN UP HERE  to serve. All prospective chaperones must be approved as a CPS Level 2 Volunteer.  For questions, please contact Tein Atkerson.

CPS Level 2 Volunteer Application
All volunteers MUST have a CPS Level 2 certification and approval from Payton.   If you have CPS Level 2 certification from another CPS school, Payton MUST be  added to your CPS profile and Payton needs a copy of your Photo ID on file.  Bring your ID to the main office or upload it using the link below.  Please go to the  CPS Level 2 Volunteer Application   for steps to register.  See   Payton Volunteer page  for more information and to  submit your Photo ID.   For questions, please contact .

Teacher Wish List 
The Teacher Wish List provides an opportunity for parents and community members to give all or part of the cost of an item to enhance a faculty member's class, a department program or any item not covered in the budget. The teachers have provided a list of more than 91 items this year, from classroom ink, bus fares and novels to a new dance floor and stationary bike. Gifts of all sizes go a long way to enhance Payton classrooms and curricula. Be sure to check out the Teacher Wish List and donate online using the following link:

Payton Community Meetings
Principal Tim Devine kicks off each Payton Community Meeting with an informal talk about what's happening at school. All parents and guardians of Payton students are welcome and encouraged to attend our monthly meetings.
Where : Literacy Center (Payton's library on the first floor)
Time : 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
2018-2019 Upcoming Meeting Dates
    • Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019
    • Wednesday, March 6, 2019
    • Wednesday, April 10, 2019
    • Wednesday, May 8, 2019
    • Monday, June 3, 2019  
Need to update your email address? --  Be sure to include student(s) name and year  of graduating class  and send to Heather H. Bennett at Thank you!
Dr. Erica Bauer, Director of Student Engagement.
Grizzly Student Feedback Survey
Last year, Payton's Student Government Association requested that we create an opportunity for
students to provide feedback on their educational experience. We, the faculty, thought it was a great idea!  The Instructional Leadership Team created and piloted a survey at the end of last year in preparation for a schoolwide roll out this year. 

Just before the end of the semester, all students were provided a link to the survey, which allows them to provide anonymous feedback about their teachers and counselors. Faculty also have made the link available and provided time for students to complete the survey through the first week of the semester.

These data will be used to reflect and refine our educational practices to ensure that we are providing an educational experience that is equitable, wholistic, and student-centered. I will share key takeaways from
the results in the spring.

We are different. We are one. We are Payton.

Join us on Wednesday, Mar. 20th, in the library from 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM for the next 
We are Payton Parents gathering - "Do kids even date anymore?"

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Parent-Teen Conference on Mar. 9th, from 12 - 2:30 pm.
This is conference is created by Payton students to be attended by Parent parents. Registration
information will be sent out next month. This year's theme is "I'm not who I used to be and I'm not
anyone else".

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at
CLASS of 2019 NEWS
Dear Parents of Graduating Seniors,
Please look for an email in the upcoming week with news about the senior class, information about yearbook ads for seniors, and details about upcoming events. If you do not receive the email, please reach out to Mr. Jason Chau (Senior Steering Committee Advisor) to make sure you are on the Class of 2019 parent/guardian email list.
2018-19 Payton Family Directory Available
Mobile app with contacts
Friends of Payton (FOP) manages the Payton Family Directory, a mobile app providing contact info for current students' families. The app is free and automatically accessible to Payton teachers and staff. 

How to Get the Directory:  If you used the DirectorySpot app last year, then the school's new directory is already on your device and no further action is required.
For new teachers and others who haven't downloaded the mobile directory yet, please follow these instructions:
  1. Go to Apple's App Store or to Google Play and download an app called "DirectorySpot."
  2. At the log-in screen, enter your email address as the username. You must type in the same email address at which you received this email.
  3. Click the RESET PASSWORD link.
  4. Check your email for a message from DirectorySpot with a link to create your account password.
You can also access the directory from DirectorySpot's website.

About the Directory
  • To make changes to your directory listing -- faculty are in the directory, too -- please email FOP's directory volunteer, Tein Atkerson, at
  • Friends of Payton (FOP) updates the directory regularly. When changes are made, the new info is automatically delivered to all users within seconds.
  • The directory is made available ONLY to current faculty and family members of Payton students. FOP does not provide the directory to anyone not directly affiliated with our school.
  • Learn more about the DirectorySpot app in the user FAQs

Payton Choirs 
Congratulations to seniors Lizzy Fraser, Shaili Smith, and Zach Anderson for representing Payton in the All State Choirs at the Illinois Music Educator's Conference in Peoria January 24 - 26. Payton concert choir students audition for the Regional and All State Choirs in early October. 14 Payton students sang in the Regional Choir on November 17: Zach Anderson, Ava Berkwits, Julia Brandfonbrener, Krishna Davis, Raven Foster, Lizzy Fraser, Michael Gallo, Zach Gee, Emma Ginsberg, Shaili Smith, Emma Polt, Lily Simon, Kate Wehrenberg, and Morgan Ziegelski. After the Regional Choir sings, students learn who has scored high enough to sing at the state convention. Payton has had at least one or more singers in the All State Choir since we began attending the auditions 6 years ago. These fine singers learn new material and join voices with approximately 250 other outstanding singers from across the state under the direction of a nationally renowned conductor. They have two full days of rehearsal prior to the big concert on Saturday afternoon. And it all happens the weekend before finals! Congratulations to our wonderful musicians!

Payton Singers celebrate their performance at Regionals

Payton Night at the Theater
Please join us for a night at the theater with the Payton community to celebrate the arts at Payton while attending the World Premiere Production of ACT(S) of GOD.

Written by Ensemble Member, Kareem Bandealy
Directed by Artistic Director & Ensemble Member, Heidi Stillman

Three siblings, two parents, and one very unexpected dinner guest.
As a family gathers for an overdue dinner, a mysterious envelope arrives with astonishing news. They soon find themselves scrambling to welcome a visitor of cosmic proportion. Absurdity reigns as ancient fissures open wide, long-held certainties crumble, and things get real.
Act One: God is coming. Act Two: God is here. Act Three: goodbye, God.
Act(s) of God is appropriate for adults and children aged thirteen and older.

Please consider DONATING TICKETS for faculty or students to attend.   Contact  Ms. Kerry Caitlin  with questions!

From the Dance Studio
Dance 1 & 2 students researched, learned, and taught each other various social dances throughout time.  Dances ranged from the Waltz, to the Charleston, to the Hustle and we had a great time learning about how dance has changed over time.

The Dance classes will be attending the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's matinee performance at the Auditorium Theater on Friday, March 8th.  Chaperones are needed, so please contact  Ms. Lewis  if interested in seeing the show with us.

AP Photography presents 

A Payton Photography Exhibit
EFP Optical, 1205 N Dearborn 
Dec 7- Feb 19

Photo submissions were juried, printed, matted and hung by four AP Photo students (with a little help from their friends)

Thanks to EFP who generously allowed Payton AP Photo students to not only take over their eyeglass shop, but also provided a beautiful spread for the opening of the exhibit. Please try to stop by to show your support and see some spectacular art. EFP is near Payton on Dearborn and Division, across the street from Walgreens just east of the Jewel. The exhibit will be up until February 19.

Exhibit committee:  Quaid Childers,  Anabelle Gannon,  Veronica Gibson,  Nick McGowan

With special thanks to:  Mia Matziaris,  Cameron Catayong,  Brianna Lee,  Maisie Lothian,  Allegra Minor

Student artists included in the exhibition:

Antonio Aranda
Alice Cao  
Cameron Catayong
Quaid Childers
Anabelle Gannon
Veronica Gibson
Maisie Lothian
Nick McGowan
Mia Matziaris
Allegra Minor
Emmanuel Mireles
Daniel Nino
Esbeidy Ordonez
Magda Saliba
Lucy Weaver
Alexandra Zaragoza

Payton AP Photo students and friends enjoying the gallery exhibit.

Boys Basketball
Varsity beat Alcott 74-30 this week to claim first place in the White North Conference - Congrats to our Conference Champs!

Boys Basketball Celebrates as Conference Champs

JV went undefeated to win the White North Conference. This is the 2nd time in 4 years that both varsity and JV boys have won conference together.   Go Grizzlies!

Girls Basketball
The girls have finished up conference play as well as the public league tournament.  The JV team lost a hard fought game in the opening round to Whitney Young. 

The Varsity team having finished 5th in the competitive Red North-West division, won their opening round game, but lost in the second round to Phillips. The varsity awaits the IHSA 3A championship bracket release. LET THE MADNESS BEGIN!

Senior Lucy Weaver

Tradition week is February 4 - 7. These are three annual games played each season:
  • Monday February 4th @ Payton is the Annual Breast Cancer Awareness game. The Varsity game begins at 5:00 pm and the JV follows at 6:30 pm. The players will be collecting donations for the Susan G Komen foundation. Please come out and join the team in supporting this worthy cause.
  • Tuesday February 5th the "Principals Cup" @ Northside Prep. The Grizzlies have held the cup for two years. Lets travel north with the team as they play to keep the cup for third straight year! Tip-off is at 5:00.
  • Thursday February 7th @ Payton is Senior Night. The final home game for our lone senior Lucy Weaver (#21) begins at 5:00pm. Please come out and be loud!
Congratulations to Junior Jonathan Howell  who won regional, came in 2nd in Sectional with a 242 average, and finished 21st at State! 

Junior Jonathan Howell lines up at the IHSA State Finals

Payton Chess finished 2nd at the Chicago City Championships and is seeded 2nd at Sectionals. They will be competing at the Illinois State tournament in February and at Nationals in March.

Big cheers for our Poms team for winning the 2A Dance Division CITY CHAMPIONSHIP!

Payton Poms show off their City Championship Award
The Final 2018 Midwest Sailing Rankings were recently tallied and Payton is ranked 5th in the Midwest out of 110+ schools!
Varsity Sailing Team from left to right:
Wyatt Harley (soph), Aviva Kaplan (JR), Asha Baddi (JR), Alessandra Torres (JR), Liliana Taub (SR), TJ Boland (SR); Not pictured: Owen Patterson (SR), Cecily Marden (soph), Frances Depke (soph), Kate Robbins (soph)

Boys Swim
The boys swim team is having an outstanding season with its first ever wins in program history against the tough Northside and Whitney Young teams. We are undefeated in the conference!

Payton Booster Association
Our next meeting is
Tuesday, February 19th in the school library at 6pm.
For more information or to receive Payton Booster Association emails, please email and follow us on twitter via @PaytonBoosters or on ourbooster page.
Did you know that Selenium, the enrichment program at Payton, is named after Selenium, the 34th element on the Periodic Table?

If you have a Payton Fun Fact to feature in the Payton Community News,  please send it to   Thank you!  
News & Photos from the past month shared by the Payton community
Chicago Public Schools Regional STEM EXHIBITION
Payton Students achieve outstanding awards in the CPS Student Science Fair at Northeastern Illinois University, January 18, 2019 
Junior Steven Li presented his project entitled Combating the Plastic Epidemic with FacebookJunior Anagha Aneesh presented her project entitled  Endocytosis of Exosomes .Both students will advance to the 2019 City of Chicago State level STEM Exhibition at IIT, Illinois Institute of Technology. Congratulations!

Juniors Steven Li and Anagha Aneesh with Payton Science Teacher, Priyank Srivastava at the STEM Fair
Students interested in participating in STEM Fair for 2019-2020 should contact either Walt Kinderman   or Priyank Srivastava as well as visit the  Chicago Public Schools Science Fair Website at

Oxbridge Trip Benefit Dinner:  Smoque BBQ at Theater on the Lake
March 20 at 7pm, includes Dinner & Live entertainment from Payton's Sounds of Sweetness & the School of Rock

Payton students that will be attending the Oxbridge Seminar in London,
 Theater on the Lake

The Oxbridge Trip and Smoque BBQ would like to invite you to enjoy a night of barbecue, beer, wine, and live music at Theater on the Lake. If you like barbecue, please join us to raise funds for the WPCP Oxbridge Trip. Twenty students will be traveling to England to experience the art and culture of London before taking residence at Oxford University for a seminar on Darwin's influence on the Victorian novel. Food will be provided by Smoque, libations will be donated by generous Payton parents, and live music will be provided by Payton's own SOS and rockers from The School of Rock.
Please click here to reserve your tickets for this extravaganza at the gorgeous Theater on the Lake. Dinner starts at 7pm on Wed., March 20, and tickets are $50 for adults (includes beer and wine) and $25 for students and children. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Jason Chau.
Save the Date for the
Sweetness Ball 
When: March 15, 2019, 6-10 pm
Where: Moonlight Studios
1446 W. Kinzie St. (West Loop)
Theme: Chicago Music Festivals
"The Sweet Sounds of Chi-Town"
Donation Items Needed for Payton Gala/Sweetness Ball
Do you own a business that could donate items for the auction at the Sweetness Ball?  

Join Orangetheory and other local businesses that have already committed to supporting the 2019  Sweetness Ball through a  donation of a product or service.  Thank you to all the businesses that help support Payton!

Payton Student Government collecting Items to help families in need
Student Government is working with Humble Design, an organization that helps families transitioning out of homelessness by furnishing their new homes. If you are able to, please donate home goods such as pillows, bed skirts, comforters, crafting supplies, lamps, desk supplies, decorative throw pillows, art work, towels, etc.. There is a box outside the library where these materials can be dropped off.
Share Your News with the Payton Community

To share your news with Payton families, please contact FOP's newsletter editor

Heather H. Bennett, FOP VP Communications & 
Newsletter Editor at 

Include your article as a Word attachment or type the text into the body of your email. Please keep articles shorter than 200 words and send photos as separate attachments. Submissions are due the 25th of each month.
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