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Apr 30, 2016
gracelandwest
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GWCA Walks

Enjoy the Lake view High School Track.  The Campus and Community Park, including the track is open to the community whenever not in use by the school.  6:45 am is one of many great times to  find neighbors walking.  No dogs, please.

 

Apr 27, 2016
gracelandwest
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GWCA Annual Garage Sale – May 21

The GWCA Garage Sale is Saturday, May 21, 9 am to 4 pm (rain day on May 22). email mnehring4@yahoo.com and register by May 15. 23 days remain to clean out your closets, “junk” drawer and storage areas. Whether you live in an apartment, condo, townhome, row house or house, this is an opportunity to make some $ repurposing items useful to others. Sell items on your parkway, parking pad or in your garage. Mark will do group advertising and pull required permits at the Alderman’s office. You should still add a sign or two. Free to GWCA Members. $15.00 to non-members. Join GWCA and the garage sale is free. You can download a membership form from our website. Here’s a link to GWCA’s new Calendar Page on our new website. http://gracelandwest.org/calendar/gwca-a…

P.S. if you’re 65 or older and not yet a GWCA Member, if you register for the Garage Sale by May 15, we will give you a 1 year GWCA membership and the garage sale will be free. Just contact Mark.
Neighborhood and Garage Sale boundaries are Montrose, Clark, Irving Park & Ashland.

Apr 21, 2016
gracelandwest
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Crime near us

Hi GWCA Neighbors,

The 19th District warned of home break-ins near our neighborhood between 8 pm and 6 am.  Entry is mostly through rear and side doors and windows.

Spring Crime Prevention Check-List

  • Do not install a privacy fence.  They create hiding places and give burglars added time to enter.  If you’re adding a fence, an artistic or traditional metal fence your neighbors and police can see through is best. If you add a wood fence, leave spacing between the slats.
  • Keep house and garage doors shut and locked.  If you’re gardening, lock your door and keep your keys and cell phone in your pocket.
  • Lock first and second floor windows.  If any windows are open for ventilation, make sure you have and use the ventilation locks that let the window open for ventilation, but not enough for entry.
  • Keep a bright front porch light on from dusk to dawn all year
  • Light your front porch so it makes for safe sidewalk passage.
  • Light your rear entry AND install at least one motion light in the back.
  • Report street and alley lights out immediately to 311.
  • Trim your shrubs so your neighbors and police can see your doors and windows.
  • Lock up ladders
  • Put your address on your garage.  If you don’t have a garage, put numbers on your rear porch so they can easily be seen from the alley.  These numbers will help speed response time to a fire or other emergency.  And it’s a Chicago law that your address be posted on your garage or in the rear
  • Have multiple interior lights on timers
  • Use curtains, shades, shutters or other window treatments so it isn’t possible to see into your home and for someone to see your valuables.
  • Keep all valuables out of sight.  Make your home a tough target, not an easy target
  • Maintain a phone tree of your neighbors on all four sides.
  • Call 911 and report any suspicious activity.  Please don’t be afraid to use your name.  It makes a difference.  Try to identify one or two things about the suspect.  Then call your phone tree; your neighbors on all four sides.
  • Report all crime.  Patterns are noticed earlier if all crime is reported.
  • Photo and inventory your belongings.  You can also engrave “IL + your drivers license number” on electronics.
  • Don’t put folded boxes from purchases out until trash day
  • Look out your windows from time to time and if you’re up at night.
  • If you have a dog, on walks, be observant and report any suspicious activity
  • Register bikes and keep them locked and in a locked garage or basement
  • Check the GWCA website for information; www.gracelandwest.org
  • Graceland West neighbors work together and you can see how your efforts pay off.  See http://www.trulia.com/local/60613/tiles:1%7Cpoints:1_crime
  • Look out for your neighbor and get to know more neighbors on all four sides in 2016
  • Thanks for being the best neighbors in Chicago!

 

 

Apr 15, 2016
gracelandwest
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47th Ward Spring Clean and Green & E-Recycling

Apr 11, 2016
gracelandwest
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New GWCA Website!

 

The GWCA website is www.gracelandwest.org.  The website has been redone with a calendar, new tabs and new content posted.  Please check it out!

Apr 10, 2016
gracelandwest
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Correction: April 14 6:30 pm, Lake View High School Parnters Mtg

April 14 6:30 pm, Lake View High School Partners, the non-profit supporting Lake View is meeting in the library. Please enter via Ashland door #6. Please also look for others from Graceland West.

Also on April 14 from 6 am – 7 pm, LSC elections. Please enter via Ashland door #6.

Thanks for supporting Lake View High School. Here’s a link to their website. http://www.lakeviewhs.com/

Apr 7, 2016
gracelandwest
Comments Off on LSC election 4-14 6 am – 7 pm. Lake View Partners meet at 7 pm – in the library. Use door #6 – Ashland

LSC election 4-14 6 am – 7 pm. Lake View Partners meet at 7 pm – in the library. Use door #6 – Ashland

On April 14, we ask you to vote at the LSC election at Lake View (6 am – 7 pm) and to attend the Lake View High School Partners Meeting – the non-profit that supports Lake View (6:30 – 7:30 pm in the LVHS Library).  Enter via door #6 on Ashland, which is the main door.

GWCA residents have met LSC member Arnold Davis at meetings and events at GWCA and LVHS meetings, school clean-ups and events including the LVHS Architectural Tour led by Principal Scott Grens.  Arnold Davis is running for a second term.  Here is his candidate email:  “I am asking for your vote to re-elect me as a Community Representative to the Lake View High School Local School Council.

Two years ago, I said we were going to make Lake View a viable option for neighborhood high school students.  From installing one of the top administrations in CPS, to huge satisfaction gains in surveys of teachers and students, to creating a culture of respect and accomplishment, Lake View High School has gone from success to success in the last two years.  Please take a moment to browse a list of Lake View’s many successes at the bottom of this e-mail.

I am proud of the work I have done, along with many talented members of the Lake View High School community, to make it happen.  My colleagues on the Council elected me Vice Chair, an honor rarely given to the Community Representative.

Now I ask for your help.  There are two community positions open on the Council, the organization that hires the Principal and sets the strategic direction for the school.  There are four people running.  Lake View is your school, and I need your vote so I can continue to help drive the incredibly positive momentum at Lake View.

Please come out and vote for me on Thursday, April 14th at Lake View High School, 4015 N. Ashland.  Polls are open from 6am – 7 pm.  The entrance is on Ashland, just north of Irving Park (door #6). Anyone who lives in the area outlined in the map below is eligible to vote.  Voting will only take a few minutes of your time.

About Arnold Davis

  • Former Chair, Nettelhorst Local School Council.  Led the school to record enrollment.
  • Former President, Belmont Harbor Neighbors.  Successfully led push for zoning laws to encourage smart development in the area.
  • MBA from Northwestern.  Executive at leading professional services firms and financial institutions.

Lake View High School Accomplishments Since 2014

  • Awarded the top rating in the University of Chicago Illinois 5Essentials Survey.
  • Earned a rating of ‘Level 1’ on the 2015 CPS School Quality Rating Report, up from a ‘Level 2’ two years ago.
  • One of the highest graduation rates in CPS.
  • Over $14 million in college scholarships awarded to the class of 2015.  Valedictorian now a freshman in Astrophysics at Princeton.
  • Class of 2016 success:
  • 92% of seniors have applied to 3 or more colleges/universities
  • 79 students admitted to attend DePaul University
  • 32 students admitted to attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 5 students earned full-tuition scholarships to Illinois Institute of Technology
  • 1 Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship Recipient (full tuition and housing to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) 1 Gates Millennium Scholarship Finalist (full tuition from undergrad to doctorate)
  • A Lake View High School student was the sole representative from CPS invited to the White House Science Fair.
  • 65% of students involved with 26 sports, 32 extracurricular activities and multiple STEM and arts partnerships. Baseball team finished 2nd in city championship.
  • Wrestling and Cross-Country teams qualified for State.
  • STEM Tech Fest Champions third year in a row.
  • Coalesced members into a Local School Council governed by consensus and collaboration, setting the tone and culture for the school.
  • Hired one of the top administrative teams in CPS.
  • Brought in parent leaders from our top performing local elementary schools to take Lake View High School to the next level.
  • Established a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to support the school.
  • Won the support of elected officials, who pushed for greater funding for Lake View High School.
  • Created a widely distributed e-mail newsletter to educate the community of Lake View’s successes.
  • Re-invigorated partnerships with MSFT and DePaul, including paid student internship opportunities sponsored by Microsoft.  Started partnership with the University of Chicago.
  • Started alumni driven campaign to build a Maker Space.
  • Shut down efforts to open a Charter School nearby that would have reduced enrollment and funding for Lake View.
  • Northwestern University moved their annual Brain Fair to Lake View, educating 850 community members/families a year about Neuroscience.  Sold out two years in a row.
  • Started the Winter Showcase event, showing local elementary school students and their families the benefits of Lake View.   Sold out two years in a row.
  • Started shadow days for 8th grade students.
  • Sent top Lake View High School students to the local elementary schools to share an inside view of Lake View High School”.

 

 

Apr 6, 2016
gracelandwest
Comments Off on It’s College Application Season at Lake View High School

It’s College Application Season at Lake View High School

 

 

  • 265 (92% of seniors) students have applied to 3 or more colleges/universities
  • 47 juniors applied to the DePaul College Connect enrichment program
  • 31 juniors advanced to the next round for Chicago Scholars
  • 12 freshmen advanced to interview for the Northwestern Academy
  • 79 students admitted to attend DePaul University
  • 32 students admitted to attend UIUC (Go Illini!)
  • 6 students earned full-tuition scholarships to IIT (10 students admitted to IIT)
  • 2 students selected as 2016 Chicago Cubs Scholars
  • 1 Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship Recipient (full tuition and housing to UIUC)
  • 1 Gates Millennium Scholarship Finalist (full tuition from undergrad to doctorate)
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  • Visit www.lakeviewhs.com to learn more.
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  • Scott Grens*
  • Principal
Apr 2, 2016
gracelandwest
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Monarch Butterfly

Be a “Butterfly Hero”.  GWCA’s ECO Committee is proving this link to the National Wildlife Foundation “Butterfly Heros” Program http://www.nwf.org/Butterfly-Heroes.aspx

Upload a photo of you making the international sign of the butterfly.  Butterfly Garden starter kits are available while supplies last.

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