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Jun 29, 2016
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Open House to meet Interim Principal Karafiol – 5:30 PM, July 7th

June 28, 2016

Dear Lake View High School Parents, Students, and Community Members,

My name is Paul Karafiol, and I am excited and deeply honored to serve you as the Interim Principal of Lake View High School beginning on Friday, July 1. When I started teaching in CPS in the summer of 2000, I did my student teaching with math teacher Steve Starr at Lake View’s summer precalculus program. That program was to me a symbol of the best CPS has to offer: a creative, rigorous, and supportive way to increase access to AP Calculus, and therefore, to college and career pathways that might otherwise be closed. That commitment to ensuring that every student has access to challenging, meaningful work and quality instruction is what makes Lake View special—a “HOME” to so many young people.

I’m a lifelong Chicagoan and CPS graduate (Kenwood, 1988). An essential part of who I am was formed by going to a diverse, high-performing neighborhood high school. After college and a brief stint in graduate school, I entered math teaching in 1995. Although I’ve held a variety of administrative roles since then, as technology coordinator, department chair, curriculum coordinator, resident principal, and assistant principal, this past year was my first not teaching any classes (except when I got to step in for absent teachers—which I actually enjoyed). In or out of the classroom, my primary focus is ensuring that every student has access to challenging work in a safe, supportive environment: I’ve been the founding faculty sponsor of the math team, a peer leadership program, the Gay-Straight Alliance, and the Muslim Students’ Association, and taken students on trips everywhere from Beijing, China to Cape Town, South Africa. I live about a mile from where I grew up, with my wife, three children (two in CPS), and our dog.

In the coming weeks I will be getting to know you and the rest of the Lake View community: in meetings, conversations in the hallways, offices, sidewalks, and stairwells, and in the neighborhood in and around the school. As I shared during last week’s LSC Meet and Greet, I am committed to learning about Lake View with and from you, bringing people together to understand and assess the work being doing at Lake View, and engaging staff, students, LSC, families, and the community in developing strategies to improve every student’s experience. I know that this work has already been going on for some time under Principal Grens, so I want to reassure you that I share his commitment to transparency and collaboration. In fact, Mr. Grens and I have already started working together to make this transition as smooth as possible. My goal is not to disrupt the good work that is already being done at Lake View, but to continue and extend it. I want all of us at Lake View to be your partners in education.

The LSC and Lake View High School Partners will be hosting an “open house” opportunity for me to meet you—parents and students—at 5:30 PM on July 7, immediately before the LSC meeting, which starts at 6:30 PM. Please do join us if you can, even if for only a few minutes. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns—or you’d just like to introduce yourself—please send me an email at pjkarafiol@cps.edu. I’d very much appreciate hearing anything that you think I should know about Lake View High School. For students, I’d like to strengthen that offer into a short summer homework “assignment”: please, if you have a few minutes, send me an email telling me about yourself and how you see Lake View, both what you love about it and what you wish could be different.

I look forward to meeting and hearing from you this summer and fall; thank you for the warm welcome you’ve already given me, and again, for the trust you’re putting in me as Interim Principal. Go Wildcats!

Sincerely,

Paul J. Karafiol

http://lakeviewhs.com/about/documents/ParentCommunityIntroLetterhead062716.pdf

Jun 23, 2016
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LVHS selects PK Karafiol as Interim Principal

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160622/lakeview/lake-view-high-school-taps-ogdens-pj-karafiol-for-interim-principal

 

Jun 22, 2016
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Minutes for June 21st GWCA Meeting

GWCA – June 21st meeting minutes:

John Bjork chaired the June 21st meeting at Warner Park.  He made announcements including that the first GWCA Scholarship for $1,000 was awarded to 2016 LVHS student Joshua Arroyo.  Josh will be attending the University of Illinois at Chicago where he will be studying architecture.  Council Members Bruce Braun, Kathleen Dudley and Chris Williams whose terms ended, were thanked for their work on the council.  appreciated for their work.  Bruce Braun, who heads the Leaf Cleanup (which helps with stormwater runoff and flooding and pedestrian safety) and helps with zoning and Block Rep Bradford Pierce were elected to 18 month terms.  Alderman Pawar discussed k-12 education and GROWCommunity and neighborhood schools.  A handout from GROW Community detailing LVHS achievements was provided and neighbors were encouraged to get involved with GROW Community and Lake View High School Partners, the non-profit which supports Lake View and have home coffees to build awareness of Lake View education.  Education, taxes, government, neighborhood parking needs, police coverage, crime prevention, rat sightings (please contact Alderman Pawar’s office if your garbage can has a hole) and more were discussed.  At the meeting conclusion neighbors had a chance to meet and enjoy a Summer Solstice pot luck in the park. 

GWCA also announced earlier on June 21st to leadership that membership increased 50% since 2014 because of Council and Block Rep efforts.        

Jun 18, 2016
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COMMUNITY MEETING TUESDAY JUNE 21- 6:45 pm Warner Park

Please come to our next meeting to voice your opinion on converting your residential street to Permit Parking based on the increase over the years in Cubs patrons parking on your block daily as well as anticipate huge increases in Cubs patrons parking on our blocks and for longer periods of times into the evening based on the proposed beer garden by Wrigley Field

 

Additionally, Alderman Pawar will discuss GROW Community and k-12 education. June 21, 6:45 pm at Warner Park. Elections for three 18-month Council seats will happen that night. GWCA is an all volunteer organization. Please consider serving on our council. Contact Janice,jhorwich@sbcglobal.net for information. June 21st is also Summer Solstice, so we’ll celebrate together. Please bring a “home made finger food appetizer, main dish or dessert” dish for the potluck. GWCA will supply papergoods and bottled water. Please join us and meet Alderman Pawar on June 21st

Jun 17, 2016
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Pop Up Hammock Party at LVHS Campus & Community Park

What a great celebration of almost summer, great weather and breezes.  Stringing hammocks from trees and relaxing was a way some neighbors enjoyed the LVHS Campus and Community Park  recently.

Don’t want to walk alone?  GWCAWalks many weekday mornings all year at 6:45.  Walk independently or join some of us for a few laps.  You’re likely to find neighbors walking, running, prepping for marathons, or doing yoga or Thai Chi whenever the track or field isn’t in use by Lake View.

And there’s plenty of shade to read a book.

We want all to continue to remember to enjoy this neighborhood treasure.  No dogs please as students use the field for athletics and infants and toddlers crawl and roll around and families picnic on the grass.

Jun 14, 2016
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Message from GROWCommunity about Lake View High School’s Principal Transition

GWCA Meeting, June 21, 2016. Alderman Ameya Pawar will discuss GROWCommunity at 6:45 pm at Warner Park.                                                     Please contact  jhorwich@sbcglobal.net for information.

 

A Message from GROWCommunity About Lake View High School’s Principal Transition
As you may know by now, Lake View High School principal Scott Grens will be transitioning from his post as principal after this year. Principal Grens has been a tremendous leader at Lake View and a strong working partner for GROWCommunity. We thank Principal Grens for his support of GROWCommunity and the lasting contribution he has made to Lake View and its students. We wish him equal success in his new endeavor.

 

Following is an impressive list of improvements experienced at the school under Principal Grens’ tenure. This list was provided in a statement from Lake View High School Partners, the Lake View High School Parent Advisory Council and the Lake View High School Local School Council:

  • Tremendous LVHS enrollment growth from our neighborhood middle schools, including a 20% projected increase for the 2016-2017 school year
  • Increased visibility and support from parents, alumni, local aldermen, state representatives and the entire Lakeview community, who have recognized the talent, dedication, and abilities of the LVHS student body and faculty and helped to create a dramatically stronger sense of school spirit (“Wildcat Pride”)
  • Continued improvements to the curriculum including successful implementation/expansion of STEM program and diverse offerings with Arts and Humanities tracks
  • Formation and growth of Lake View High School Partners 501c3, Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and reactivation of the Booster Club
  • Strong business and academic partnerships, including Microsoft, DePaul, Northwestern University, and the Chicago Cubs
  • Earned a rating of “Level 1” on the 2015 CPS School Quality Rating Report
  • Obtained the Top Rating of “Well Organized” on the 2015 5Essentials Survey
  • Celebrated $14,269,337 total in scholarship earnings
  • Involved 65% of students in school spirit with 26 sports, 32 extracurricular clubs, and multiple STEM and arts partnerships
  • Placed 2nd in the CPS City Championship for Baseball
  • Celebrated Wrestling and Cross-Country Qualifiers for State
  • Became STEM Tech Fest Champions for the fourth year in a row
  • Provided 27 courses offering college credit
  • Created paid student internship opportunities sponsored by Microsoft

GROWCommunity is confident that Lake View’s momentum will continue thanks to the steadfast commitment of Lake View faculty and staff, parents, students and community members to make it the top educational choice for its neighborhood families. GROWCommunity is proud to be a Lake View partner and looks forward to working with the next principal as we develop a seamless neighborhood K-12 system on Chicago’s North Side.

Jun 13, 2016
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GWCA invites you to meet Alderman Pawar

GWCA’s next event is June 21st. Alderman Pawar is our speaker and will discuss GROW Community and k-12 education. June 21, 6:45 pm at Warner Park.  Elections for three 18-month Council seats will happen that night.  GWCA is an all volunteer organization.  Please consider serving on our council.  Contact Janice, jhorwich@sbcglobal.net for information.  June 21st is also Summer Solstice, so we’ll celebrate together.  Please bring a “home made finger food appetizer, main dish or dessert” dish for the potluck.  GWCA will supply papergoods and bottled water.  Please join us and meet Alderman Pawar on June 21st!  All Graceland West residents are encouraged to attend.

For the latest, always see www.gracelandwest.org

 

 

 

Jun 12, 2016
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GWCA – “Mr. Dave” pre-summer Kids Concert hit all the right notes

GWCA launched summer early with the “Mr. Dave” Kids Concert June 11th at Warner Park. Weather was in the 80’s with a gentle breeze for the 10 am concert.  40 adults and about 30 children, mostly two months to three years participated.  Families sat in shade on blankets or on the garden wall and the kids hopped, sang, danced and listened through the concert.   The concert was fantastic and was followed by babysitter networking.  Two entrepreneurial and experienced babysitters participated and will enjoy solid work the balance of the year.  If there is a babysitter in your household, they can still participate.  Just contact Chenin, chenin.kienzler@gmail.com  or Laurie, l.gillman@sbcglobal.net.  We expect some new play groups will also seed from the event.

 

Special thanks to Council Members Laurie Gillman, Chenin Kienzler and John Bjork for their vision and grunt work for this event. Thanks also to all on the GWCA Council and the Block Reps who publicized, helped with and participated in this event.  Participants were asked what date they prefer for GWCAFest 2016 and a short meeting was held to make announcements and discuss, vote and approve the 2016 GWCA budget.

Jun 8, 2016
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GWCA – “Mr Dave” Kids Concert this Saturday

GWCA invites all Graceland West families to a free kids concert on Saturday, June 11, 10 am at Warner Park.  Please bring a blanket to sit on.

If you’re a babysitter, please come too and meet parents interested in hiring you.  Just bring your contact information to share.

After the concert, GWCA will have a short meeting to discuss and vote on the annual budget and announce upcoming events.

Jun 7, 2016
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Comments Off on GWCA Thanks LVHS Principal Scott Grens for exceptional job

GWCA Thanks LVHS Principal Scott Grens for exceptional job

Memorandum

To:                   Graceland West Community Association

From:              Scott Grens, Principal

Date:              June 6th, 2016

Re:                  Principal Transition from LVHS

 

 

Graceland West Community Association,

 

Over the past two years, Lake View High School has grown tremendously. From improvements in student achievement and school facilities to shared values, students and staff know Lake View High School is HOME.

 

Honor for self, school, and society;

Ownership of learning and leading;

Mastery of skills and growth; and,

Education for the future.

 

HOME is about people, not a place. And, through collective efforts, the LVHS staff accomplished many improvements for students, including but not limited to, increases in College Enrollment, Early College Credit Attainment, Freshmen On Track, and the 5Essentials. It has been an honor to participate in this success serving as principal and growing together as lifelong learners to foster honor, ownership, mastery, and education.

 

These are significant achievements and great gains for you as students and families realized through hard work and collective responsibility. With teamwork, I am confident such gains will continue for LVHS. Therefore, I have decided this will be my last year as principal of Lake View High School. Effective June 30th, 2016, I will pursue a new learning opportunity as principal of an Elementary School.

 

As a teacher, coach, and principal, I put my heart and soul into Lake View High School and have many to thank for ongoing support, such as our students, staff, parents, family, aldermen, community members, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago leadership, and community partners. In the coming days, I will engage the Local School Council and CPS Network 2 in planning next steps in this transition.

 

I commend our hardworking students and staff, as well as the support of the community, for exhibiting prideful school spirit and perseverance in solidifying Lake View High School as Chicago’s Premier Neighborhood High School. I look forward to the continued accomplishments of LVHS and each of our students in preparing for college, career, and community commitment. LVHS is HOME.

 

Respectfully,

 

Scott Grens

Principal

www.lakeviewhs.com

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