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Apr 26, 2015
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Tuesday Evenings at Warner Park

 

Starting June 2 at Warner Park Stop By: “Tuesday Evenings in the Park”

This is a time when neighbors can get together any or every Tuesday evening.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

 

Apr 25, 2015
gracelandwest
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Lake View High School Volunteer Opportunities

 

Lake View High School is excited to announce they are partnering with Comcast to renovate LVHS classrooms and athletic spaces. This is an exciting and substantial milestone, and your participation is welcome and necessary. If you are interested in the adopt-a-room program, consider this to be several orders of magnitude more significant. No renovation/construction experience is necessary – and much of your participation in this event can be done through email and in found time (evenings, etc). If you’re interested in making a huge difference in LVHS in the next 60 days, please email ted@spinforce.com.

 

Apr 25, 2015
gracelandwest
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GWCA PUBLIC MEETING MAY 14 6 PM FEATURING LAKE VIEW HIGH PRINCIPAL SCOTT GRENS

 

We have posted several notices in different posts today so please be sure to take a look at all of them that may be of interest to you:

May 14, 6pm. GWCA MEETING & Elections.  Lake View High School Social Room (enter via track and “canopy” entrance).  TOPIC: Lake View High School Year 1: Progress and Next Steps”, Principal Scott Grens”

 

Apr 25, 2015
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LAKE VIEW HIGH SCHOOL – HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY, SCIENCE FAIR REPRESENTATIVE AT WHITE HOUSE AND 30 SENIORS ATTENDING U OF I

 

We have posted several notices in different posts today so please be sure to take a look at all of them that may be of interest to you:

BELOW ARE A FEW NEWSWORTHY UPDATES REGARDING LAKE VIEW HIGH SCHOOL:

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY ASSEMBLY:

On April 16, Lake View High School students presented our Holocaust Remembrance Day Assembly to over 350 students, staff and community members. This was a culmination of over 6 weeks of planning and preparation involving 200 students from Global Studies, English, Photography and Choir. With inspiration from the opera, The Passenger, students from Global Studies worked on a variety of creative projects including short videos, interviews, researching the stories of victims, survivors and resistance groups and creating the program to honor and remember the victims of the Holocaust. Students from English collaborated to write original poetry on defiance and resistance in the Holocaust. Students from Choir performed two songs during our assembly, “When I am Silent,” by Joan C. Varner and students from Advanced Mixed Chorus composed and wrote a song dedicated to Zofia Posmysz, the inspiration behind the opera. They used her number, 7566, to compose the song with the 7th note on the musical scale, followed by the 5th, and 6th note to create the melody. The notes spell out Zofia’s number, 7566, which she used to identify herself for some time after her liberation in Auschwitz. Finally, the photography class took inspiration from Zofia’s story to create images of surviving and struggle using the photographic lens. As a result, the students’ collaboration resulted in a beautiful tribute to the victims of the Holocaust, challenging all to Never Forget. 

Graceland West Council Member Brad Zerman attended as a guest along with ADL representative Amy Schwartz. According to Zerman, “the Program was so impressive, utilizing so many media forms, it should be used as a template in other middle and high schools throughout the city and beyond.”

LVHS Senior Represents Chicago at White House Science Fair, Sets Sights on Congress

Moving from City Science Fair to the White House as the sole representative of Chicago might suggest a future in science, but Lucy has other plans – becoming a Congresswoman.

A two-time honoree at the City Science Fair, Lucy recently chose from a number of university offers – including U of I at Urbana, Michigan State, Iowa, and others – and selected The University of Mississippi, due to the strength of the political science program.

“My incentive to model an electronic pancreas is personal,” says Lucy, “as I come from a long line of diabetics and wanted to contribute to a cure. I love the experience and environment of Science Fair, but apart from science I spent all the sleepless nights of getting it right because I knew it could help people.”

Lucy’s long-term goal of becoming a Congresswoman is built around the same desire to bring positive change to the world, and she notes that beyond meeting with the President, Vice President, the Administrator of NASA, and even Bill Nye, it was the other projects at the White House that inspired her most.

“There were five kindergarten students who created a Lego-based device that turns pages for people who are paralyzed,” says Lucy. “Across the board, the students I met made me so hopeful for the future.”

Asked about her experience at LVHS, Lucy is quick to point out that as an Ambassador for the school, she works to correct misperceptions and hearsay about the school.

“It seems like people believe the first thing they hear, whether it’s true or not,” says Lucy. “People should learn for themselves, like I did, and as more parents and students are doing.”

“Coming from Audubon, LVHS is the perfect size for me. There are so many opportunities – I was able to play varsity softball, participate in the French Club and Alliance Francaise, participate in the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, compete in Mock Trial… every year, there is more to experience here. That’s not talk. That’s the truth.”

Asked about academics, Lucy recounts her experiences as a freshman. “I was a high-performer at Audubon, so I was recommended into Honors classes, and I’ve stayed mostly an Honors and AP student. I like the faster pace of the classes, and all of my teachers have made themselves available outside of the school day to help me where I needed it.”

But Lucy says that the school’s overall culture and spirit has been particularly supercharged over the last year, and that you can feel it in the hallways.

“I feel it more every month – knowing this school from the inside, I’m glad to see that the old stories about Lake View are finally giving way to the truth.”

Watch Lucy’s recent appearance on ABC TV here.

30 Lake View High School Students Headed to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

LVHS Principal Celebrates Students for Choosing his Alma Mater

Like many high schools this time of year, the hallways at LVHS are full of students “Repping,” — that is, representing their university choices through their sweatshirts, water bottles, and other college-bound gear.

“Repping is cool,” says Atil M, one of 30 LVHS seniors who will soon make U of I at Urbana-Champaign his home, majoring in Industrial Engineering. “I like repping.”

Seeing U of I so well-represented at LVHS (even before the second round of acceptance letters has arrived) has special meaning to principal Scott Grens, a proud U of I alum. “Our students head off to a lot of different colleges after graduation, and I’m really excited for these thirty students. I know firsthand what they’re about to experience academically. I’m proud of them.”

Many of the LVHS grads will major in STEM fields, joining a program that boasts recent graduates such as Martin Eberhard (Tesla co-Founder), Max Levchin (PayPal founder), Steve Cand Jawed Karim (YouTube founders), as well as other notables.

Jadid H, who will study Civil Engineering, says that U of I’s top-five ranking in the field made it a clear choice. “I like the concept of applying mathematics and sciences, so that’s one reason I’ve chosen engineering.” Jadid also notes with a smile that U of I is “Far enough away from Chicago that you can get away, but close enough that I can drop off my laundry on weekends.”

Estelle F says that an LVHS teacher was a strong influence in her choice to major in Biology. “My interest started because of my Biology teacher, Ms. Marcus. After I did well in that subject, I chose to extend my studies to AP Chemistry as well.”

Influences in college choice at LVHS come from family members, too. “My sister-in-law went there, and says it’s a great program, “ comments Maria A. “She also told me that U of I is a well-rounded school across departments.”

Kevin B, who is planning to study Architecture, was swayed by his sister, a U of I student. She sold him on the ‘wide open’ spaces on campus, which provide a soothing counterpoint to life in Chicago, according to Kevin.

When asked about dealing with the new demands of a heavier workload and greater freedom, students were confident. “I’m in AP classes, and sports and clubs at LVHS, and that has taught me to manage my life,” says Kevin. “I’m taking a lot of AP classes, and they can be self-guided…without independent learning, I wouldn’t have gotten where I want to go.”

Gustavo B, who will study Biology before entering a Med program, embraces the independence facing him. “I’m good at being independent, but now I’ll finally be able to observe the decisions I make on my own. All these years of high school and working on my studies will now pay off.”

Atil sums up what he’ll carry forward from LVHS this way: “Between the experiences of AP, sports, afterschool clubs, and everything else at Lake View, we may find that as we change as people, and our interests change, we’re more open with our resources and opportunities because of our high school experience.”

 

Apr 25, 2015
gracelandwest
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THERE MAY BE MORE NOISE RESULTING FROM AIRLINES IN GRACELAND WEST

 

We have posted several notices in different posts today so please be sure to take a look at all of them that may be of interest to you:

FAiR has a new website for reporting airplane noise easily with the click of a mouse. Lot’s of people are bothered by the noise but the city’s complaint website is cumbersome. This site connects complaints to the city’s site so that the numbers more accurately convey life on the ground under the new flight paths. www.chicagonoisecomplaint.com

Also, hearings are scheduled for an additional east / west runway that will open in October 2015 and be the southernmost one of O’Hare, roughly running parallel to an atea bewtween Montrose and Berteau avenues in Chicago.     

“4/14/15, Rosiland Rossi, Sun Times: Citizens Group says 2 public meetinngs on new O’Hare runway totally inadequate.  The leader of a citizens group Tuesday blasted as “totally inadequate” a plan to hold two public meetings on how the October opening of a new O’Hare International Airport runway will affect air traffic over homes.

Even members of the Technical Committee of the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission were “kind of gobsmacked” and “in shock” after a representative of the Federal Aviation Administration told them about the plan Tuesday, 41st Ward commission representative Catherine Dunlap said.

Dunlap noted that the scope of work for a $2.8 million Chicago Department of Aviation contract to evaluate the impact of the new parallel runway called for “four large-scale public meetings” this July or August.

If only two meetings are held, “I don’t think people will be happy,” Dunlap told the FAA Tuesday during the Technical Committee meeting.

Jac Charlier, of the Fair Allocation in Runways citizen coalition, known as FAIR, later called the two public meetings “totally inadequate” given the record complaints about jet noise since O’Hare started its transition from using mostly crisscrossing, diagonal runways to relying on mostly parallel ones.

FAIR has repeatedly complained that Northwest Side community groups were never informed about three public hearings held 10 years ago on the O’Hare overhaul proposal.

If only two public meetings are held now, “You’d have to hold them in the United Center” to fit all the people who will want to attend, Charlier said.

Every town east and west of O’Hare and every Chicago ward affected by the big switch in flight paths should host a meeting, Charlier said.

FAA officials revealed Tuesday the agency plans two public meetings sometime this summer, each from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., on the jet noise and air-quality impacts of opening the new parallel runway out of the original order envisioned by the $8 billion O’Hare Modernization Program.

The FAA decided that two 12-hour meetings would be more accessible to citizens than four evening-only ones, an FAA spokesman said.

One meeting will be east of O’Hare and another will be west of O’Hare, an FAA representative told the Technical Committee.

Those are the general areas most affected by the switch in O’Hare flight paths that began in 2013. The move has triggered skyrocketing jet noise complaints, peaking in the most recent city records in Chicago and Norridge to the east of O’Hare, and Bensenville and Wood Dale to the west.

The new runway will be the southernmost one at O’Hare, roughly running parallel to an area between Montrose and Berteau avenues in Chicago.

It is expected to open Oct. 15, the Chicago Department of Aviation’s Aaron Frame told the Technical Committee. Meanwhile, a diagonal runway will close first, on Aug. 20, but will not be torn up until spring 2016, Frame said.

The FAA drew heat from FAIR members and even some members of Congress after the Chicago Sun-Times reported last year that not one of the original legally required public meetings on the O’Hare air traffic shift was held in an area due to be hit with the worst jet noise.

At that time, back in 2005, two meetings were held in areas expecting less noise and one occurred in an area essentially unaffected by the flight path changes, the Sun-Times found. None was held in Chicago.

Even the FAA later called the turnout “very light,” but reported that public comment ran as much as 4-1 in favor of the runway overhaul, which brought more than 80 percent of all arrivals into O’Hare by flying over Chicago this past January. Previously, suburbs bore the brunt of arrivals.

 

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The biggest gripe about the previous process was that there was not enough public participation, Art Woods, the Technical Committee’s Wood Dale representative, said during Tuesday’s meeting.

“I don’t think [two public meetings about the new runway] will be effective to accomplish what we thought it would accomplish,’’ Woods said.

Although four meetings were mentioned in the scope of work for the re-evaluation of the impact of the latest runway, that number was only used to establish a budget for the work, FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said after Tuesday’s meeting. Ultimately, two longer meetings were considered better than four shorter ones, he said.

The hearings are expected to feature an “open house” format in which information will be listed for citizen viewing on poster boards, with an expert available at each to answer questions, Molinaro said. In addition, visitors will be able to walk into a separate room and make comments to a court reporter or write them down privately, he said.

An “open house” allows more questions to be answered than a public hearing, where all in attendance are able to hear each citizen question and each expert answer, Molinaro said.

The FAA’s evaluation also will be posted online, where citizens will be able to make comments, Molinaro said.

FAIR’s Charlier called the “open house” format the equivalent of “talking into a black box.”

“That’s an attempt to say you held a meeting without any accountability for anything you [city and FAA experts] said,” Charlier said.

“That’s the kind of stuff they do in North Korea. It’s a fake meeting,” Charlier said.

Ald. John Arena, the commission’s 45th Ward representative, said he, too, favored more than two public hearings.

“We heard up to four meetings” so two meetings “is not what we expected,’’ Arena said after Tuesday’s meeting. “They need to be geographically spread out. More hearings is better, because it’s more opportunity for the community to hear the results of the study.”

Dunlap noted that many areas will want to host the meetings, including her 41st Ward, and only two locations will limit the number of hosts.

“I don’t think this will be well-received,’’ Dunlap said during the meeting.

The O’Hare Noise Commission’s new chair, Arlene Juracek, said if someone living west of O’Hare can’t make the west meeting, they can still travel to the meeting that will be east of O’Hare.

In addition, Juracek said during Tuesday’s meeting, the reception to the FAA’s plan may have been different if the agency had announced it would hold a morning and evening hearing on each of two days.

Juracek said her top concern was publicizing the meetings, but “if they can add a third or fourth meeting, that would be terrific.”

 

Apr 8, 2015
gracelandwest
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May GWCA Neighborhood Meeting and Board Elections

May 14, 6pm. GWCA MEETING & Elections. Lake View High School Social Room (enter via track and “canopy” entrance). Speaker Topic: Lake View High School Year 1: Progress and Next Steps”, Principal Scott Grens plus General Neighborhood Business and Concerns

Apr 1, 2015
gracelandwest
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LVHS Senior Represents Chicago at White House Science Fair, Sets Sights on Congress

 

Moving from City Science Fair to the White House as the sole representative of Chicago might suggest a future in science, but Lucy has other plans – becoming a Congresswoman.

A two-time honoree at the City Science Fair, Lucy recently chose from a number of university offers – including U of I at Urbana, Michigan State, Iowa, and others – and selected The University of Mississippi, due to the strength of the political science program.

“My incentive to model an electronic pancreas is personal,” says Lucy, “as I come from a long line of diabetics and wanted to contribute to a cure. I love the experience and environment of Science Fair, but apart from science I spent all the sleepless nights of getting it right because I knew it could help people.”

Lucy’s long-term goal of becoming a Congresswoman is built around the same desire to bring positive change to the world, and she notes that beyond meeting with the President, Vice President, the Administrator of NASA, and even Bill Nye, it was the other projects at the White House that inspired her most.

“There were five kindergarten students who created a Lego-based device that turns pages for people who are paralyzed,” says Lucy. “Across the board, the students I met made me so hopeful for the future.”

Asked about her experience at LVHS, Lucy is quick to point out that as an Ambassador for the school, she works to correct misperceptions and hearsay about the school.

“It seems like people believe the first thing they hear, whether it’s true or not,” says Lucy. “People should learn for themselves, like I did, and as more parents and students are doing.”

“Coming from Audubon, LVHS is the perfect size for me. There are so many opportunities – I was able to play varsity softball, participate in the French Club and Alliance Francaise, participate in the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, compete in Mock Trial… every year, there is more to experience here. That’s not talk. That’s the truth.”

Asked about academics, Lucy recounts her experiences as a freshman. “I was a high-performer at Audubon, so I was recommended into Honors classes, and I’ve stayed mostly an Honors and AP student. I like the faster pace of the classes, and all of my teachers have made themselves available outside of the school day to help me where I needed it.”

But Lucy says that the school’s overall culture and spirit has been particularly supercharged over the last year, and that you can feel it in the hallways.

“I feel it more every month – knowing this school from the inside, I’m glad to see that the old stories about Lake View are finally giving way to the truth.”

Watch Lucy’s recent appearance on ABC TV here: http://windycitylive.com/video?id=9546615

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