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Media Advisory, Calumet High School 1965 Alums Visit Their School, Which Is Now Home to Perspectives Charter Schools

Calumet Alumni Contacts: (due to traveling cell phones may be best contact)
Jackie Brett 702-460-1836 cell jackiebrett@cox.net
Penny Bonnar 608-780-0395 cell pennybonnar@mac.com

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

Subject: Calumet 1965 Alums Visit High School, Now Home to Two Charter Schools, After Closing, Calumet Reopened As Perspectives High School of Technology and Perspectives Leadership Academy

For Immediate Release

CHICAGO – Sept. 16, 2015 – The Calumet High School graduating class of 1965 will be holding a 50th class reunion Sept. 18 and 19, 2015, on the south side of Chicago. Part of the itinerary includes a tour on Friday, Sept.18 of former Calumet High School, which is now home to two charter schools: Perspectives High School of Technology and Perspectives Leadership Academy.

“As the current occupants of Perspectives Auburn Gresham Campus located at 8131 S. May Street, we are delighted to welcome the Calumet Class of 1965 back to their old stomping grounds,” said Perspectives Charter Schools CEO Rhonda Hopps. “The building might look and feel the same; however, today we are infusing new life into the historic school building with the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life, our education model that combines academic rigor and social emotional learning.”

Calumet alum will gather from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at fellow classmate Rosemary Barraco George’s restaurant, Vito & Nick’s at 8433 S. Pulaski, for lunch before going as a group to the school for the tour from 2 to 3 p.m.

Calumet High School was a public four-year high school operated by Chicago Public Schools until closing after the 2005-2006 academic year. As a part of the Chicago Public Schools Renaissance 2010 program, the Calumet High School building now is home to the two charter schools.

Other reunion activities include a Friday gathering and dinner on Saturday from 6-11 p.m. each night at Niko’s at 7600 S. Harlem, Bridgeview, Ill., and a visit to the Original Rainbow Cone at 9233 S. Western on Saturday from 1-1:30 p.m.

About Perspectives Charter Schools
Founded in 1997 by two public school teachers, Perspectives Charter Schools is a network of open enrollment public schools across the South Side of Chicago, serving nearly 2,200 students. Perspectives educates students for college and prepares them for life. At Perspectives, the A Disciplined Life education model combines academic rigor with a focus on character development. Despite coming from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago, Perspectives students graduate from high school, enroll in college, and persist towards graduation at rates above the national average for all students, regardless of background. Learn more at pcsedu.org.

Perspectives High School of Technology (TECH) is one of three schools that Perspectives Charter Schools opened in 2007. TECH seeks to integrate the use and understanding of technology throughout our college preparatory curriculum, providing students with a competitive advantage in college and beyond. Students take advanced technology courses in a modern computing environment that supports server-based computing as well as web-based applications. Our tools include tablet computing, traditional desktops, and both wired/fixed and wireless/mobile thin clients.

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