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PCS Basketball Showcase Results


The fourth annual PCS Network Basketball Showcase was a huge success this past weekend.  The Auburn Gresham Campus gymnasium was filled with fans who received a great show of what PCS basketball is all about.  A special thank you goes out to all the PCS student-athletes and coaches who took part in Saturday’s event. Saturday’s results are listed below: 

MS Girls

PMA 14 – Joslin 4

MSA 23 – Joslin 8

MSA 25 – PMA 16

MS Boys

Joslin 31 – PMA 13

Joslin 24 – MSA 8

PMA 31 – MSA 8

HS Girls

Varsity:  PLA/Tech 48 – MSA/Joslin 14

Sophomore:  PLA/Tech 28 – MSA/Joslin 18

HS Boys

Varsity:  PLA/Tech 43 – MSA/Joslin 23 

Sophomore:  MSA/Joslin 34 – PLA/Tech 33

Freshman: PLA/Tech 26 – Christ the King 19

NBC5 Chicago Features PCS at New Schools Expo


Perspectives' student Robert Simpson was featured on NBC 5 Chicago Saturday, January 28th, 2012. The New Schools for Chicago Expo was a great opportunity for potential students to learn more about Charter Schools and complete applications to attend. See the video below, compliments of NBC 5 Chicago.

Internet Safety Policy Review at Board Meeting Feb 8th


Perspectives upcoming Board of Directors meeting on February 8th, 2012 will discuss Perspectives’ Internet Safety Policy. If you are interested in attending to learn more about this new policy, please RSVP to boardmeetingrsvp@pcsedu.org.

Visit MSA student blog The Howlin' Wolf


Students in Mr. McNeil's Media Writing class at Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy have started a blog to test out their newly polished writing skills. Covering a range of topics from ACT test preparation to the addition of an after-school ping-pong club, MSA students are sharing the news and their opinions on what's happening at Perspectives. Visit the blog: http://thehowlinwolf.blogspot.com/

PCS Annual Basketball Showcase Sat Feb 4


Join us to support your favorite Perspectives basketball teams at our annual PCS Basketball Showcase!
Saturday, February 4th, 2012, our 14 basketball teams from across our 5 campuses will be representing their schools. This year, we have some great rivalries between teams and very intense matchups. Don't miss this chance to show your school spirit.

Games will be played at our Auburn Gresham Campus, 8131 S. May Street.

Court 1 - Large Gym
Time              Away Team                                   Home Team
  9:30 AM        Joslin MS Girls                         vs    PMA MS Girls
10:30 AM        Joslin MS Boys                         vs    MSA MS Boys
11:30 AM        MSA MS Boys                          vs    PMA MS Boys
12:30 PM        MSA/Joslin Sophomore Boys     vs    PLA/Tech Sophomore Boys
  2:00 PM        MSA/Joslin Varsity Girls            vs    PLA/Tech Varsity Girls    
  3:30 PM        MSA/Joslin Varsity Boys           vs    PLA/Tech Varsity Boys

Court 2 - Small Gym
Time               Away Team                                  Home Team
  9:30 AM         Joslin MS Boys                        vs   PMA MS Boys
10:30 AM         MSA MS Girls                          vs   Joslin MS Girls
11:30 AM         MSA MS Girls                          vs   PMA MS Girls
12:30 PM         MSA/Joslin Sophomore Girls     vs   PLA/Tech Sophomore Girls
  1:30 PM        Christ the King Freshman Boys  vs   PLA/Tech Freshman Boys

Go Perspectives Basketball!

Chicago Cubs & Perspectives Have Something in Common


Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy honor roll students were rewarded last week with a visit from members of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. We were honored to have the Cubs’ new President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein, and board member Laura Ricketts in attendance along with players Matt Szczur (CF),  Tony Campana (OF), David DeJesus (RF), Chris Carpenter (RHP), Josh Vitters (3B), and James Russell (LHP). Broadcaster Keith Moreland emceed the celebration and fielded questions with the help of Rudy Jaramillo (Hitting Coach), Randy Bush (Assistant General Manager), Lester Strode (Bullpen coach), and Shiraz Rehman (Assistant to the General Manager).

Students asked hard-hitting questions about challenges faced during the Cubs’ careers, where each Cub attended college and what they studied. Cheers erupted among students as several players admitted their favorite subject in school was math, followed closely by science and English. A Disciplined Life principles were discussed throughout the event as players demonstrated perseverance by successfully defeating cancer, demonstrated a strong work ethic to get to the major leagues, and told stories of generosity and compassion as they volunteered their time to help others with one player even donating bone marrow to save someone’s life. The celebration ended with a hearty supply of peanuts and Cracker Jacks as students were rewarded for a semester of hard work.

Our special thanks go out to Cubs players and management for their support of our students. Go Cubs Go!

Perspectives on Athletics Volume 2 Now Available


Just released! Our second issue of the Perspectives on Athletics newsletter, a seasonal roundup of the Perspectives Charter Schools sports program. 

Thank you to all the coaches for the content they submitted, and a special thank you to Barry Temkin for offering his sports-writing talents to the newsletter, and Lauren Camplin for her design skills. Both work as volunteers in the PCS Athletic Department.


Students and parents show support at charter rally


September 24 was a big day for charter schools in Chicago.  More than 4,000 supporters turned up to advocate for the charter movement at the Charter Schools Day of Action rally.  The rally was organized by New Schools for Chicago and the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, two groups demanding more charter school options for students.

More than 200 Perspectives students, parents, teachers and staff came out in force to represent PCS and call on city leaders to break down the barriers that jeopardize the future of our children's education.

Yellow Tractor Program brings healthy lifestyles to Auburn Gresham


With the generous guidance of Wendy Irwin and the Yellow Tractor Program, Perspectives Leadership Academy on the Auburn Gresham campus received and installed several new urban garden boxes as part of a larger program to promote healthy lifestyles. Kellogg Business School of Management students teamed with Perspectives Leadership Academy students to build the garden boxes and plant the first seedlings.  Edelman public relations firm President Rick Murray was on hand to be a part of this exciting learning experience.

Visionary teacher leader Steve Millard, responsible for making this project a reality, reported, "Perspectives' vision with the Yellow Tractor Program is to grow and develop our scholars as leaders in the school and community, giving them the leadership capabilities to thrive in the college environment.  The new gardens provided by Yellow Tractor will achieve this by allowing students to confront the devastating lack of fresh produce within the community by learning valuable horticulture skills and educating the community.  In the Environmental Activism class, Perspectives Leadership Academy seniors will tend the gardens and craft action plans for selling the produce and promoting healthy living within Auburn Gresham."

The Yellow Tractor Program advocates for sustainable growth by building vegetable and fruit gardens; clearing a path for food security, providing opportunities for healthier life skills, and creating a safe place for children to grow not only food, but themselves.

Perspectives students planting with Kellogg Business School of Management students.

Photo courtesy of Edelman.

Lundbeck Science Lab Dedication