October 2018 - In This Issue:
October 4

College Financial Planning Night, 6:30-7:45PM
October 9
Local School Council Meeting, 6-8PM, Payton Library
October 9
French Honor Society Induction, 5;30-8PM, Room 228A
October 11
Fall Blood Drive, 6:30AM-3PM, Second Floor Atrium
October 17
Payton Community Meeting, 6-8PM, Payton Library
October 24

We Are Payton Parents, 6:15-8PM
October 29

High School Planning for Freshmen Parents, 6:30-8PM
Nov. 3
Open House, 9AM-1PM

For more info on calendar items, visit FOP's Participate page or email us .
Principal Tim Devine
Help your student strike the right balance

Payton Parents and Guardians:

Classes and extracurriculars are now well underway, with students steeped in varied activities. Freshmen are calibrating themselves to Payton and making new friends (with much assistance from Molly Spooner and PALs) and, on the other end of the high school spectrum, seniors are amidst the college application season. (The Counseling Team has been providing guidance on the range of college application matters). The Student Government-sponsored Homecoming Week was filled with athletic competitions, the pep rally and of course, homecoming. (Many thanks to the parents who chaperoned the homecoming dance). Seminars have begun.  Clubs have been meeting during enrichments.  To be sure, the school is a beehive of activity. 
As such, it is important to remind students to certainly participate in school activities, but to not over-indulge, as the laws of diminishing returns will come to roost. As you aide your child in selecting a schedule of activities, please encourage quality over quantity. A balanced and fresh mindset is preferable (and more productive) to an over-invested, tired mindset. Our students are compelled and compelling and sometimes get so inspired by the opportunities that are presented to them on campus that they become over-invested. As adults in their lives, we should encourage them to certainly listen to muses and to develop themselves in new ways, but simultaneously we need to remind them to find time to rejuvenate, relax with family and friends, and to partake in leisure. On this note, a reminder that our faculty have a no homework policy over Thanksgiving, winter, spring, and summer breaks. These actions do not compromise our curricular goals and the anticipated benefit is to have rested and relaxed students who are afforded time to focus energies on matters of their own choosing that have little or nothing to do with the buffet table that is Payton. There is a palpable vibrancy about the students and we want to keep that vibrancy sustained throughout the academic year and, perhaps even as a result, help students learn how to lead dynamically-balanced lives.   


Tim Devine

Opportunities to get involved in October and November


CPS Volunteer Application
Everyone volunteering at or for Payton is required by CPS to complete a Level 2 volunteer application. All volunteers must have a CPS Level 2 certification.  Please go to  Information Page on  Volunteering Level 2 Certification
 for steps to register.  See  Payton Volunteer page  for more information and to  submit your Photo ID

Thank you
The beginning of the school year started smoothly thanks to the efforts of a group of dedicated Payton parents and guardians.  
Tein Atkerson  a nd Carrie Kuberski led  Payton's volunteers in registering waves of students in August. Kristen Pottinger took the lead in welcoming our new families at Freshman Welcome Pizza Night.  Beth Beyer and Felicia Winiecki coordinated the Parent Pals to ensure our Freshman families have a welcome and smooth transition to Payton. Curriculum Night came off flawlessly thanks to Helene Greenwald's leadership. Many thanks to the ongoing efforts of Nadine Cohen in coordinating the sales of spirit wear and Ann Zwick for spearheading the Teacher Wish List.   

Teacher Wish List
Now that you've had a chance to hear about your student's classes and meet their teachers, please consider donating an item on the 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:

PSAT Proctors
7:30AM-Noon, Wednesday, Oct. 10:  Serve as a proctor when Payton administers the PSAT/NMSQT to juniors and some sophomores. Duties entail walking the aisles, passing out papers, collecting papers and assisting the lead proctor.   Proctors are not permitted to read or use electronic devices during testing. Parents/guardians of students taking the test may not proctor the test.  CPS Level 2 volunteer certification is required. Please sign up at PSAT Proctor Sign Up.  Email Christine Cui with any questions.

Open House
9AM-1PM, Saturday, Nov. 3: Volunteer shifts begin at 7:30AM and conclude at 1:30PM. Help out at Payton's Open House for prospective middle school students and their families. Responsibilities include directing visitors through the school, answering questions and ensuring people feel welcomed. CPS Level 2 volunteer certification is required. Please sign up for a specific job and time at Open House Volunteer Sign Up. Email FOPVolunteering@gmail.com with questions.  

Reporters Wanted
Payton Community News is in need of parent-guardian reporters. It's a fun way to contribute at Payton while staying well-informed. Beats in need of reporters are:
Local School Council - Attend and report on m onthly meetings
Clubs - Report about interesting things being done by various student clubs and share how interested students can take part 
Music - Report on choir, band and all things musical
Sports - Let us know if you can provide content - particularly photos - on a sport not currently being covered

If interested, write to Marc Harper at fopnewslettereditor@gmail.com.

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, Oct. 17, 2018
    • Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018
    • Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018
    • Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019
    • Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019
    • Wednesday, March 6, 2019
    • Wednesday, April 10, 2019
    • Wednesday, May 8, 2019
    • Monday, June 3, 2019
Need to update email address?  --  Be sure to include student(s) name and year  of graduating class  and send to Heather Bennett at  FOPCommunications@gmail.com. Thank you!

Dr. Erica Bauer, Director of Student Engagement.
Supporting student success

We have a robust system of supports for our Grizzlies to ensure they have access to academic, physical, social-emotional, and cultural supports. As a caregiver, you will not always know what is going on with your student, but you can always reach out to our faculty if you believe your student is in need.
Advisors - All teaching faculty who have advisories are expected to implement the Payton Advisory Program. Advisors are expected to check-in with students regularly about their social-emotional and academic well-being.
Nurse - Ms. Mary Soeding, RE, CSN, manages all aspects of student health at Payton including health records and medical compliance. She works closely with the Diverse Learning Department and provides first aid whenever needed. She is at Payton Wednesdays and Thursdays, and on call on Fridays. She is located in room 109.
School and College Counselors - Our counselors work closely with our students to address their personal/social, academic, and career preparation/college planning needs. Every student is assigned to a counselor through advisory period and will remain with that counselor for all four years. Parents and students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the counselor to assist with navigating any challenges a student is facing. Click  here to learn more and for contact information. They are located around the perimeter of the library.
Faculty - At Payton, we define faculty as anyone who causes the learning of a student, which includes everyone who is employed on our campus. Students can reach out to any adult, at any time, to serve as a bridge to obtaining the support your student needs.
Remember those photos I asked you to submit for the 4C's video? Click here to watch the video which was created by Veronica Gibson (Class of 2019). https://drive.google.com/open?id=1oL6SCbHeOX8Upc2lB41KVncTkyb0P-e6

Mark your calendars! The We are Payton Speaker Series is a time for parents to learn, share, and grow in community with other parents to navigate adolescent parenthood. They occur 6:15-7:30 PM on Wednesdays in the library. This year's dates are Oct. 24, Jan. 23, March 20 and May 8. The annual Parent-Teen Conference will be at Payton from Noon-2:30 PM on Saturday, March 9.
Join us for our first gathering called "Navigating Parenting; Navigating Payton" from 6:15-7:30 PM on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the library.

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

2018-19 Payton Family Directory Available
Mobile app with contacts

Friends of Payton (FOP) has just released 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 tein.atkerson@gmail.com.
  • 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.


Number of students enrolled for 2018-19 school year


Dancing Days

From the Dance Studio

The Fourth Annual Winter Dance Concert, Dance Break , will be held 6:30PM on Friday, Nov. 30 in Recital Hall. Dance I & II classes, student-led dance organizations, Payton Dance Company, and some dance seminars, will be performing. We hope to see you there!   

Fall teams dominating thus far

Cross Country

Payton Girls Cross Country got off to a fantastic start in its first four meets. At the Mather Invitational on Sept. 18, the team took first out of 13 teams with an almost perfect score of 19 points. (Lowest score wins in Cross Country.) Payton's top-five runners placed. Maddie Clerkin (SR) came in first, Ella Marden (SR) second, Catalina MacLaughlin (soph) third, Julia Brandfonbrener (soph) seventh and Stella Dziedzic (soph) eighth. Additionally, our freshman girls also delivered noteworthy performances with Caitlyn Fardy, Hannah Bartels, Isabella Chittaro, and Katie Gillespie all finishing in the top 15. At the Whitney Young Fleet Feet Invitational on Sept. 22, with more than 50 schools participating, the varsity girls were 10th and the freshman/sophomore team took third

The boys team is off and running, as well. T he results of their first meet were outstanding. Matt Sullivan (JR) came in first and Zach Rose (SR) came in 10th as Payton's varsity came in second overall out of 31 teams at DePaul Prep's Annual Cross Country Invitational. The freshman/sophomore team finished seventh out of 24. The open runner's placed third out of the 23 teams


It has been an amazing couple of weeks for the Payton/Jones Girls Golf Team. Thus far the varsity squad has taken the championship in each tournament it has played in while Payton's Raquel Simpson (JR) has been the individual medalist in most of these contests. 

Girls golf jumps for joy after triumphing at Rocket Invite.


The Grizzlies are off to a perfect start, 6-0 overall and 3-0 in conference, having outscored the opposition by an impressive margin of 265-57 following a 49-6 victory Sept. 29 over Lindblom. Payton was even more dominant in front of a packed house for Homecoming, as the Grizzlies routed Steinmetz 62-7, setting a new school scoring record. Senior Zach Anderson returned the opening kick for a touchdown and the team never looked back. Anderson is the leading WR so far, with 23 catches for 229 yards and 2 TDs and has added several rushing touchdowns. Junior Damian Goodman has rushed for nearly 600 yards and 8 touchdowns to lead the rushing attack, while quarterback Sage Shindler (JR) has been outstanding, completing nearly 70% of his passes for over 700 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Payton next takes the field at 4:15PM Friday, Oct. 4 in a Senior Night contest vs.Schurz at Lane Stadium. Check the  website  for details and come out to cheer them on!


One amazing Homecoming!  

 Fearless linemen

Record-breaking score in front of a record-breaking crowd

Senior Class of 2019 rushes the field

Ethan Doe pauses to give thanks after his touchdown


Boys softball continues their determined march to regain the City Championship. The senior-led squad is 9-1 with some big rivalry games coming up before playoffs the first week of October. 

Senior Bryce Smith is one of players hoping to help Payton regain city championship.

Girls Tennis

The team started 6-0 in conference, beating Lincoln Park, Taft, Jones, Northside College Prep, Lane and Lakeview. They also scored a decisive victory over Francis Parker, winning all five varsity matches.
The team is led by Head Coach Jean Casserly and Assistant Coach Marco Berroya with the help of team captains Sophie Ishiwari (SR) and Maddie Marland (SR). The team was invited to its first suburban invitational on Sept. 15. Payton was the only 1A team competing against seven large suburban 2A schools. Payton had quite the showing, placing second overall as a team. In addition, in the Flight A draw, the varsity first doubles team of Sophie Ishiwari and Isabel Kapustka (soph) placed third and the varsity second doubles team of Emilia Wilke (JR) and Nyah Brown (soph) placed fourth. Freshman Raluca Giurgiu placed fifth in flight-A singles. In the flight-B draw, the varsity third doubles team of Maddie Marland and Andra Giurgiu (JR) placed first. Mina Cicekoglu (soph), Gina Davis (JR), Helen Wei (JR), Nina Mondero (JR) and Anagha Aneesh (JR) also competed in the Lockport Invitational and contributed to the team's second-place finish.
The JV and freshman teams have also had successful seasons with JV starting undefeated in conference play.
The team will finish the season with matches against Whitney Young and Latin before preparing for the City Championships. Next they defend their 2017 first-place finish at Sectionals .

Girls tennis celebrates second-place finish at Lockport Invitational.


Payton's sailing team has gotten off to a great start, with both JV and varsity teams competing in multiple inter-high school sailing competitions known as "regattas," on the Great Lakes. The varsity girls team held its own at the MISSA Girls Championship at Belmont Harbor while the JV team then traveled to Pewaukee, WI for the Pewaukee Fall Scramble. The success continued at the MISSA Cressy Qualifier in Holand, MI, where Owen Patterson (SR) placed second and qualified for the Nationals to be held in late October. Congratulations Owen and Go Grizzlies!

Payton Booster Association
Payton Booster Association is a 501©3 organization with a mission to support Payton's interscholastic teams via fundraising, awareness, and school spirit. Join us every 3rd Monday of the month at 6pm in the library. Our next meeting is 6PM Monday, Oct. 15 in the school library.  All are welcome, if you are a team parent, or interested in being a team parent, especially for a fall sport, please make every effort to attend.   Follow us on Twitter @PaytonBoosters for all the team updates!

Save the Date: Support the Boys and Girls Basketball teams Thursday, Nov. 8 and launch the season right at March Madness! 

Season Passes and FREE T-Shirts
Payton Boosters Association is offering FREE GRIZZLY NATION T-Shirts with the purchase of Season Passes, while supplies last. Season Passes get purchasers into all regular season home football, basketball and volleyball games and are sold two ways:
1. Family Pass ($200): Includes a FREE t-shirt for each of your Payton Students, season passes for the whole family and 2/3 of the money goes directly to your team of choice.  
2. Student Pass ($15): Includes a FREE T-Shirt and season pass for your student.

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Photos from the past month shared by the Payton community

Gus and Payton flexed their muscles before record homecoming crowd.
Matt Sullivan, Zach Rose celebrate Payton's second-place finish at DePaul Prep CC invitational.

Girls Cross Country had perfect weather at Whitney Young Invitational.

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