Eagle News


Homecoming Week

Monday, June 18

Homecoming Week ended with a bang!

Activity Fair

Early in the week, Ms. Ostrum, Ms. Rodriguez, Mr. DiCianni, and Mr. Kamphuis organized the most engaging and well-attended Activity Fair we have had! During the fair we had 29 different clubs that were showcasing what they were all about, and hundreds of students were excited to get involved!


Pep Rally

Friday’s Pep Rally was sold out with over 500 tickets sold! The bleachers were absolutely packed and student master of ceremonies Vera Watson did an outstanding job announcing our various teams and showing school spirit. Thank you to all of the coaches who made Pep Rally an amazing experience for students that really continued to build a positive school culture!


Homecoming Dance

Friday night’s Homecoming Dance was the highest attended of any dance with just over 700 students dancing the night away. Student DJ Cesar Flores did a great job spinning up the tracks to get the crowd energized! A HUGE shout out to Mr. Palencia, aka DJ Persist, for his work with the Senior Council in organizing the entire week!

IT's Annual Tech Fair

Wednesday, June 14

Juarez IT Academy held it’s annual Tech Fair in the library recently. The judges were students from UIC’s Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the following former Juarez IT Academy web and game alumni: Jose Aguilar (‘15), Maria Angeles (‘14), Joshua Butler (‘16), Christopher Heaver(‘16), Karina Hernandez (‘15), Alondra Marillo (‘16), Christopher Napoles (‘14), Jesus Nunez (‘15), and Jasmine Roman (‘15). Many thanks to these alumni and to Jerry Smith and his group of UIC volunteers. Click here to see some pictures and the full list of awards. 

IB DP Students Celebrate Achievement

Thursday, June 1

On Tuesday, May 30, Juarez hosted the first ever Senior IB DP celebration to recognize the incredible achievement of more than 60 students in successfully completing the challenging IB Diploma Programme. Students received a certificate of achievement as well as special white stoles with the IB logo that they will wear at graduation. In addition, Juarez also recognized more than 10 students for completing one or more courses in the program. After the ceremony, students and teachers had a chance to continue celebrating with a pizza party. Check out pictures of the event here

Early College Senior Recognition Event

Thursday, May 18

On Tuesday, students Christopher Dominguez, Jose Ponce, and their parents were invited to to the inaugural Early College Senior Recognition event by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City Colleges Chancellor Juan Salgado, and Chicago Public Schools Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson. At the event, CPS honored over 200 Chicago Public School students who have earned 15 or more college credits before graduating from high school. Students received a commemorative graduation cord to acknowledge their accomplishment.​

TJX Youth Business Institute

Thursday, May 11

Today, 31 students graduated from the Youth Business Institute, an innovative 11-session professional development program taught by TJX Associates and Associates. Students walked away from these sessions with newly learned skills, jobs, and scholarships. This years scholarship recipients, Hector Rojas, Jackeline Leon, Lorena Leon and Josue Gonzalez were each awarded with $2,500 to help pursue their post secondary aspirations. 

Juarez is ranked 49th in Illinois!

Tuesday, May 9

Juarez is ranked 49th in the state of Illinois in the most recent US News and World Report, confirming Juarez is the premier neighborhood school in Chicago. See above letter from Mayor Emanuel congratulating our school community on this incredible achievement. Click here to access ranking.

Mayor Emanuel Visits Juarez

Saturday, April 3

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, among many other important public officials, attended the Resurrection Project Convention at Benito Juarez Community Academy. The Mayor thanked the organizations that support immigrant families of Chicago in the new challenges they face under recent legislation. Principal Ocon, of BJCA, expressed his gratitude and continual commitment to the organizations, families, and Mayor to build protection for this community.

Thank you Chance The Rapper!

March 15, 2017

Chance the Rapper has selected Juarez for a $10,000.00 donation to support Arts education in our Visual and Performing Arts Academy. 

We thank Chance and his foundation for his generosity!

Culinary Arts Competitions

March 6, 2017

This past weekend was a busy one for the culinary students! Juarez students participated in two competitions, ProStart and C-CAP. ProStart is a team based competition where the students had to create a three course menu, write the recipes, cost the menu, and show-off knife skills and cooking techniques in front of nearly 30 different judges. C-CAP is an individual competition featuring high level knife skills and classic cooking techniques.

Juarez Sophomores go to Hamilton

February 23, 2017

On Wednesday, February 22, students from 30 Chicago schools had a chance to see the matinee performance of Hamilton, about America's Founding Fathers, thanks to a $1.46 million grant from The Rockefeller Foundation. Seventy Juarez sophomores taking U.S. History had this unique opportunity. Students researched different aspects of Hamilton's life and accomplishments in order to prepare for the show. Students and staff had a great time. 

Thank you Mr. Pascarella for taking the time to apply for the grant that allow our students to participate in such a unique learning experience. 

Model World Conference on Women's and Girl's Rights

February 22, 2017

Last Saturday, February 18th 39 Juarez Students (freshman- seniors) from the Global Citizens house participated in the Model World Conference on Women's and Girls' Rights. Students researched issues specifically affecting women and girls in their assigned countries and wrote resolutions to these problems. Eight Juarez students showed their leadership by moderating the committee sessions and helping UIC staff and students run the event.

Juarez students wrote 4 out of the five final resolutions and won all of the "Most Valuable Delegate" awards.

Please congratulate the following students for writing winning resolutions:

* Elizabeth Lopez, Raul Sandoval and Vianey Valentin wrote resolution "A Sex Working Epidemic has Proliferated across Greece since the Financial Crisis in 2008."
* Joaquin Ramirez wrote resolution "Women in Politics in Nigeria".
* Sandra Torres and Rodrigo Cortes wrote "Police Brutality against Black Women in the United States".

The best resolution of the conference was awarded to Heidi Sanchez and Jessica Gomez who wrote, "Water Sanitation in Brazil".

The Most Valuable Delegate Awards went to:
Ariella Gaitan
Rodrigo Cortes
Jason Tajimaroa
David Villanueva
Angel Cruz
Carlos Limón

We are all very proud of our students' hard work and ability to show empathy, creativity and global mindedness.


A special thank you to Ms. Drew for facilitating such a great learning experience for our students!

Fletcher Jones Day

February 9, 2017

Juarez hosted leading luxury automotive dealership Fletcher Jones on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Human resource and service managers from Audi, Mercedes, and Honda presented to CTE Auto Tech junior and senior classes on careers in the automotive industry. 11 qualified junior and senior interviewed for positions within Fletcher Jones. Students worked with counselors to build their resume and interview skills, and prepare questions for representatives. Students shared that preparing for the experience was a great opportunity for gaining a broader exposure to careers in the automotive industry, connecting with professionals in the field, as well as building their interview skills. 



Dinner with Mayor Rahm Emmanuel

February 6, 2017

Recently the Trump administration released a report that claimed that sanctuary cities were “cesspools for criminal activity”. In response to that report, Mayor Emmanuel was challenged to invite immigrants and refugees in to his home. On, Tuesday, students Daniela Chavez, Juan Franco and Lizbeth Villa, had dinner with Mayor Rham Emmanuel, first lady Amy Rule, their children and Archbishop Cupich. Daniela, Juan, and Lizbeth are student leaders who have organized assemblies for students and parents, in both English and Spanish, on DACA, immigrant rights, and LGBTQ support. 

Regional Science Fair

January 30, 2017

The Regional Science Fair took place on Thursday, December 26th at IIT. We had 11 students compete and 10 of them are moving to the City Science Fair, which will take place at the Museum of Science and Industry on March 15th-18th.


  • Cecilia Ruiz - Why Do People React to Drugs Differently?

  • Juan Franco - A study on the effect on different locations in a downwards stream on the quality and viability of water samples

  • Gladys Ramos - Does Microwave Radiation Affects Plant Growth?

  • Diana Landa - Supplement Dissolution in Various Drinks

  • Ana Cacho - Engineering Concrete

  • Joel Carranza - Energy Drink vs. Heart Rate in Daphnia magna

  • Alexis Roman - Can Plants Stop Soil Erosion?

  • Kayla Rubalcaba - Does a Reactants' Surface Area Affect the Rate of Reaction?

  • Dulce Bahena - Toxicity of Blackworms

  • Isaac Gonzalez - How Does Multitasking Affect Performance?


Go Eagles!

December Highlights

January 17, 2017

Café con El Director

In December, the school community donated coats, food, toys and turkeys for our families. These generous donations were distributed to our families on December 23 at Café con el Director. 180 parents were present at Café. Students from the Spanish Club helped with the distribution of tamales and cafecito. Our Mariachi ensemble entertained and serenaded the large crowd and student Ramon Mendoza sang and performed during the event. Thank you to all the teachers and staff for their generous donations. A special thanks to Ms. Sosa for the donation of 140 turkeys! 

Call to Action Assembly

On December 21, student council president, Carmen Marquez and members of the student council, led a call to action assembly for DACA/Dreamers, LGBTQ, and any other student impacted by the results of the presidential election. The students were able to bring to Juarez a host of organizations willing to help our most vulnerable. Organizations present at the assembly were The Resurrection Project, Pilsen Neighbors, Alivio, Centro sin Fronteras. Also present at the assembly were alderman Solis, City clerk Ana Valencia, and first lady Amy Rule.

Juarez's JROTC Program Soars High

December 12, 2016

Benito Juarez captured first place overall at the citywide Challenge Level Drill Competition this past Saturday. The competition took place at Harlan Community Academy. Below are the results:

Platoon Drill-1st place

Platoon Commander Competition-2nd place (Christopher Dominguez)

Platoon Inspection-2nd place

Color Guard-4th place

Individual Rifle Drill Jr Div-2nd place

Individual Rifle Drill Sr Div-4th Place

Challenge Level Overall 2016-Benito Juarez


With this win, Benito Juarez will likely move to the Masters Level for 2017!

Juarez Guitar Club on the News

December 9, 2016

Through Morton Salt and our partnership with Music Unites, the Grammy award-winning rock band OK Go gave the Juarez Guitar Club a surprise guitar lesson on Wednesday. Student musicians, as well as some fans from our staff, were delighted by the band members' charisma and talent.


Take a look at a video of the jam session and accompanying article on the Chicago Tribune's website.


The event was also on CBS News (link here).

Cooking up Change Competition

December 5, 2016

Last month, our culinary arts students participated in the Cooking Up Change competition. The competition took place at the Bridgeport Art Center. The students made a lot of friends and ended up coordinating a mannequin challenge that included almost every single team. It was very impressive and nice to see them all working together. Students also had to prepare a speech that was delivered at the competition and each of the students took turns answering questions. The judges were very impressed with the zucchini dish and ingredient choices. They also really loved that our students prepared a vegetarian dish. While our team did not place, the judges congratulated the students and complimented them on their dish. Our students truly did a wonderful job staying on track for service and following the proper sanitation procedures. 


Please follow the link for the Chicago Sun Times coverage of the event.

First Annual Pilsen Elementary Schools High School Fair Hosted by Benito Juarez Community Academy

November 18, 2016

This year, for the first time, three Pilsen elementary schools, Perez, Walsh, and Whittier, join forces to organize a large high school fair. The event was hosted by Benito Juarez Community Academy. Almost two hundred students from 7th and 8th grade from these schools had an opportunity to learn about high school programs from about 16 different high schools. The event was a great success and representatives from these elementary schools and well as from Juarez are already discussing making this high school fair an annual event, including more Pilsen schools.

Annual Open House

November 17, 2016

Juarez hosted its annual Open House yesterday and more than 115 families came out to tour our school and learn about all the amazing things happening at Juarez. Families had a chance to walk the building in small tours led by a Juarez staff member. All families experienced the CTE Career Programs first hand, learned more about the Juarez IB program, and observed many of the after-school programs we offer. The excitement was palpable!

Guitar and Vocal Clubs Perform at Millenium Park

October 20, 2016

On Friday, October 14th, the Juarez Guitar and Vocal Clubs visited Millennium Park and participated in one of the largest guitar-centric kickoffs in human history! The event was put together by Little Kids Rock, an organization that has been collaborating with Juarez musicians for the last five years. We proudly represented our school, donning our axes and punk rock apparel. Students were treated to an electrifying performance by Jim Peterik, the renowned singer/songwriter/guitarist who penned such hits as "Eye of the Tiger" and "Vehicle." Juarez musicians jammed out to some more contemporary hits, danced on stage, and, as always, were stellar performers.​

Health Fair/Feria de la Salud

October 3, 2016

On Saturday, October 1, Juarez hosted the consul generals from Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, and Colombia, as well as commissioner Chuy Garcia. The dignitaries were present at Juarez to kick-off a two week long Latin American Health and Wellness initiative as part of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. The event made it possible for community members to receive free screenings in high blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, HIV, and vision. Community members were also able to receive free flu and meningitis vaccinations. 267 community residents took advantage of the comprehensive services. As part of the event, Juarez also hosted a soccer tournament of the Federaciones de Mexico. The state of Guerrero took first place, in penalty kicks, in a hard fought match. The event was made possible by our partners at Alivio Medical Center, UIC, Ventanilla de Salud, Oak Street Health, and Illinois Peruvian American Medical Society. 

Juarez Students Visit MCA

September 19, 2016

On Saturday, September 10, Mr. Vidal and five AP Studio Drawing & Painting students traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art to view artist Kerry James Marshall's Mastry exhibit. Students were captivated by James' work and were encouraged to sketch their favorite pieces on display. On our way to the museum, we stopped at the Dick Blick art supply store where students picked up a sketchbook, and participated in a free stippling workshop. Stippling is the creation of a pattern simulating varying degrees of solidity or shading by using small dots.  Afterwards, Mr. Vidal treated students to lunch at the Do-Rite Donuts & Coffee shop.

Activity Fair

September 13, 2016

School is off to a great start! Students are getting to know their teachers and today they participated in our annual Activity Fair to select the sports and/or clubs they want to join. You could feel the excitment in the air!

Juarez as a Center of Community

August 1, 2016

Our school continues to serve as a center of community here in Pilsen. In addition to offering a great summer program, Juarez continues hosting meaninful events for our community. See below the list of events that took place this past weekend. 


On Friday, we held a College Fair in the lobby of our auditorium. 25 college reps were present. Many of our students took time from their summer activities to get a head start on the college application process.


On Saturday, in collaboration with Dorothy Brown's office, Juarez hosted "A Civil Rights of Immigrants Expungement" event for residents.


On both Saturday and Sunday, we hosted the ABC Pilsen basketball league.


Also on Saturday, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Mexico, Juarez hosted a soccer tournament in which the different soccer Mexican federations competed in friendly matches.

Finally, our Drumline and Dance Team performed on stage at the Fiesta Del Sol and they energized the crowds.


buildOn Leadership Team students' EcoFest was a huge success! EcoFest was created and led by Juarez students. They invited students from Orozco elementary over to Juarez for a community trash pick-up and Environmental Festival. Orozco students, led by 25 Juarez buildOn student leaders, picked up over 60 pounds of trash in Pilsen! After the trash pick-up, buildOn students led activities like dying daisies, planting flowers, painting sun catchers, flying kites, and more! Benito Juarez students planned EcoFest as an opportunity to mentor elementary students to be good stewards of their community. Congratulations, buildOn Leadership Team: Alejandro Espinoza, Sheyla Ocampo, Abigail Torres, Adriana Antunez, Luis Herrera, Marilyn Flores, Zenon Montoya, Diana Lopez, Yoalix Melendez. 

Soccer at Juarez

This past week was a spectacular showcase week for the Juarez Soccer programs!


On Wed the programs decided have one "final match" that saw a coed team of Seniors take one a talented coed team of Juniors. Based upon the intensity of this match, the future looks very bright for strong city and state showings from both Juarez soccer programs!

Then, on Thursday, the Juarez Soccer programs were delighted to welcome Nike Soccer for a very special event. Juarez was chosen by Nike for a "ball drop" ceremony in conjunction with the Copa America games being played at Soldier Field. During this event, students were given a first look at a new Nike Soccer App and opportunity to download it. At the end, Nike donated 100 new balls to the students who signed up to attend. We look forward to future partnerships that provide our student athletes with more opportunities and access to the sport so many of them love! 

Drama Program: The Skin of Our Teeth

The 2016 Juarez Drama Ensemble closed The Skin of Our Teeth on Friday night. This was the second of two productions, with Prospero's Magic Cape, that the ensemble of 25 crew and actors presented.

The Skin of Our Teeth involved the most difficult material and staging so far attempted at Juarez and the ensemble stepped up to the challenge. There were freshmen through seniors in lead as well as in supporting roles. This bodes well for the future growth of the drama ensemble.

On Wednesday night after the porduction 11 new members were induced into the International Thespian society: Erika Cordova, Suleima Crisantos, Hailey Hernandez, Sofia Lopez, Vito McCord, America Ortiz, Ebonie Thomas, Jose Uriostegui, Jose Villalpando, Alexis Villanueva, Vanessa Villarreal.

CTE Sophomore Launch

​On Tuesday, May 17th over 140 CTE sophomores participated in the 2nd Annual CTE Sophomore Launch.  Students rotated through workshops to support work preparedness.  A huge thanks to our over 50 community volunteers who tirelessly conducted 1-on-1 mock interviews and resume reviews.  TJMaxx returned to lead our Dress for Success session and One Million Degrees helped students build their elevator pitch.  One Goal kicked of both sessions and also coached our students around how to wisely use social media.  It was a great day.  As with last year, students found it to be a powerful day and a positive wake-up call as to what they need to do to be successful as they head into their final two years of high school.  And again, our volunteers could not say enough glowing kind things about our students, how they present themselves and their promise for a bright future.  

Tech Fair

On Friday, May 13th, IT Academy students held their annual Tech Fair in the library to showcase their capstone website and video game projects. We were fortunate to have several judges from the community offer their time and thoughtful feedback. Many thanks to A.J. Mortega  and Iron Galaxy Studios, who also donated game codes for members of the two first-place video game teams; several UIC SHPE students organized by Gerry Smith; and several Juarez alum, all former IT Academy students (Jose Aguilar, Carlos Aguilera, Rigoberto Arteaga, Erika Baeza, Edgar Barron, Jesus Castillo, and Brian Vazquez). 


Congratulations to the following teams:


Web Design Winners

Juniors 1st Place - Michael Martinez for his shoe website Hype.


Juniors 2nd Place - Giovanni Briones and Jose Hernandez for their shoe website Sneak Geeks.


Seniors 1st Place - Vianney Guillen, Emanuel Benitez, and Ivan Ramirez for their bakery website Little Bakery.


Seniors 2nd Place - Lizbeth Rendon, Isaac Gonzalez, Ivan Hernandez, and Jesus Diaz for their dance studio website Vibe.


Video Game Design Winners

Juniors' 2D Games

1st Place - Annabell Bahena (project manager), Raul Palacios, Lizbeth Perez, and Andrea Valenzuela for Happy Orphanage, which incorporates educational elements about the Dirty Wars in Argentina while the protagonist Alisson, stolen from her parents, attempts to escape from the orphanage to begin her search for her family.


2nd Place  - Oscar Pardina (project manager), Sean Carillo, Francisco Rodriguez, and Julissa Sandoval for their game Buff Boiz, an action-packed retro game ala Contra from the 1980's.


3rd Place  - Zalma Ruiz (project manager), Luis Chavez, Jordan Lowery, and Daniel Valencia for their game Stranded, a basketball-inspired adventure game.


Seniors' 3D Games

1st Place - Christopher Heaver (project manager), Arthur Arreguin, Joshua Butler, Alondra Marillo, and Alberto Rosado for Lucifer's Revenge, which is based on the Greek myth. They received almost a perfect score from the professional video game designer and also won 2nd place at the CPS capstone.


2nd Place - Jennifer Rodriguez-Andrade (project manager), Alejandro Andrade, Andrew Figueroa, and Daniel Rodriguez for The Revelation, a climate-change-related disaster game.


3rd Place - Cristobal Gutierrez (project manager), Matthew Gutierrez, Manuel Martinez, Eduardo Ramirez, and Jesus Valverde for Beyond Bewilderment, a wilderness survival game.



Juarez Students in Action:

Day of Service at Walsh and Jugman Elementary Schools

Juarez students participated in a meaningful day of service. Click here to learn more about it. 



History In Our Students Hands

The History In Your Hands Foundation gave a presentation to all the IB sophomores in their US History class on Monday May 16. This foundation cooperates with collectors and museums to promote a deeper understanding of the world by putting remarkable pieces of history in the hands of students.  Literally. 


Our students examined coins, maps and other artifacts from as many as 2600 years old in order to promote critical thinking and inquiry. Click here for some picture of this remarkable experience. 



Baile para padres / Parents Dance

On Friday, May 13 Juarez hosted it first Parent Dance. The parents enjoyed a great meal, great company and great entertainment. The parents literally danced until midnight. Mr. Palencia was the DJ for the event. The parents were also entertained by a Tamborazo band. The event was kicked off by Pilsen and Juarez Chicago Mariachi Project. There was also a silent auction. Winning parents took home baseball tickets, dinner with the principal and much much more.


Our culinary students, led by Francisco Aguilar, did a great job of preparing and serving the food. A special thanks to all of our partner restaurants and stores for their generous donations. All proceeds will go to support our Soaring Dreamers. Thanks to Ms. Ramos, Ms. Carbajal, Ms, Chavez and Ms. Gutierrez for an amazing job of planning this event.



Juarez at the Model United Nations

On Friday, 5/6, 37 of our Juarez students from grades 9-12 participated in the Model United Nations. Juarez students represented a wide variety of countries from all over the world and discussed and debated important issues such as the eradication of poverty, organ trafficking, the situation in Syria, sustainable energy for all, humanitarian intervention and internet freedom of speech. Nine of our students walked away with special recognition:  


- Netasha Lopez, Angeles Rangel and Brenda Estrella representing Singapore 


- Adriana Guevara and Lizbeth Villa from Syria 


- Jennifer Villanueva from Haiti


- Juan Franco from Ukraine 


- Brenda Ramiriez and Denise Brito from Senegal 


Congratulations to al students who participated and thank you Ms. Drew and Mr. Michmerhuisen for sponsoring Juarez involvement in this great event.



19 Eagles Soring High

Please join us in congratulating 19 juniors in the IB Diploma Programme, as they have been accepted into the Chicago Scholars program. The program will assist students in the college process during the next 6 years as they will receive key support to ensure that they enroll and persist in college. A great accomplishment for these students!​


Students Accepted:

Juan Alanis, Rene Ambriz, Esteban Arriaga, Roberto Avalos, Jennifer Batres, Elizabeth Cardona, Enid DeLaRosa, Juan Franco, Ariella Gaitan, Daisy Garnica, Jessica Gomez, Adriana Guevara, Simei Ramirez, Jason Tajimaroa, Raul Trejo, Christian Valdez-Alcazar, Lizbeth Villa, Jennifer Villanueva, Ariana Zambrano


Students worked hard during the application process, writing essays and preparing for the interview process. A special thank you to Ms. Kogan, as she worked tirelessly, reading essays, writting letters of recommendation, and coachng these students through the entire application process.



International Night

Last night, April 6, the Juarez family participated in a night of celebration. Everyone seemed to have a great time.


Our sophomore IB students proudly showcased their personal projects, and live performances entertained the crowd.


A special thank you goes out to Mr. Pascarella and Ms. Castro for their hard work and dedication with the personal projects, and to all the teachers that contributed to making this night a great success.  


International Night

Last night, April 6, the Juarez family participated in a night of celebration. Everyone seemed to have a great time.


Our sophomore IB students proudly showcased their personal projects, and live performances entertained the crowd.


A special thank you goes out to Mr. Pascarella and Ms. Castro for their hard work and dedication with the personal projects, and to all the teachers that contributed to making this night a great success.  



Science Fair

Congratulations to senior, Abigail Torres.

Abigail will be representing Juarez and competing at the State Science Fair competition in Decatur this May.



Pilarte at Juarez

Despite the cold and gloomy weather, we had a good turnout last Thursday afternoon for our 2016 Pilarte Winter Arts show. Six Pilsen feeder schools participated in our show that drew parents, students and teachers into the lobby of the Juarez auditorium. Juarez art teachers were very impressed with the work produced by the children at the elementary school level, and we look forward to having them as students in September.  We would like to thank the following teachers for making this show a success: Kathryn Jochaniewic (Salazar), Anne Koss (Perez), Edward Pino (Orozco), Michael Winn (Pilsen Academy), Jenne Rivera (Jungman), Stacy MacGowan (Walsh), Paulina Camacho, Stacy Ciccone, Margaret Unger, and Liz Winfield from Juarez.



Chicago's Mayor Visits Juarez

Mayor Rahm Emmanuel visited Juarez to announce that a record number of CPS seniors are earning scholarships to attend college.


The mayor chose Juarez as our school has several seniors receiving significant scholarships to attend selctive colleges. 


For the official INSIDE CPS story click here


To read and watch a clip of WGN's coverage, please follow this link.


To watch a clip of Univision Chicago's coverage, please follow this link.



Science Fair: Success at Regional

Juarez did great at the Regional Science Fair! We have 9 students moving on to city:


Abigail Torres - Treatment of Medical Garments for Enhanced Liquid Repellency

Annyta Malagon - Does Sunscreen Have Any Impact on Yeast?

Judith Dominguez - The Effects of Music on the Brain

Aurora Priego - Texting vs. Eating on Reaction Time

Erendira Martinez - Uncovering Hidden Sugar

Llecenia Mendoza - What Chemical is the Best for a Cold Pack?

Ashonti Moffett - The Effect of Light on Yeast Colony Growth

Itandegui Espino - Does Radiation Affect Plant Growth?

Isaac Gonzalez - Which Method is the Fastest for Solving the Rubik’s Cube?


The City Fair will take place at the Museum of Science of Industry from March 17 to March 20.



Success at Model UN Conference

On Saturday, 1/9, 57 Juarez students in the IB program spent the entire day at UIC participating in the Model World Conference on Women's and Girls' Rights.  Students represented the countries like Samoa, Ukraine, South Korea, Ecuador, Syria and Nigeria.  All students were well-prepared with United Nations style resolutions addressing and proposing solutions to various issues affecting women and girls in their assigned countries. Seven of the 15 resolutions that made it to the final round were written by Juarez students. 


1. Ariella Gaitan representing Ukraine wrote and presented "Women in the Labor Force"

2. Netasha Lopez and Gisselle Hernandez representing Nigeria wrote and presented "Educating Future Generations" 

3. Beatriz Munoz and Lizbeth Espinoza representing Samoa wrote and presented "Women's Rights"

4. Jacqueline Brambila, Karen Espinoza and Rubi Chavez representing Syria wrote and presented "Increase of rape in Syria" 

5. Irvin Ibarra, Imelda Ruby Vega and Daisy Triano representing Syria wrote and presented "Human Trafficking within Syria" 

6. Michele Sepulveda, and Andrea Lopez representing Nigeria wrote and presented "Sexual and gender based violence" 

7. Zenon Montoya representing Nigeria wrote "Access to Health Care"


Of the 15 final resolutions, the resolution "Human Trafficking within Syria" written by Imelda Ruby Vega, Daisy Triano and Irvin Ibarra won an award for being the best in its committee AND the Most Outstanding resolution and presentation. 


This year for the first time Juarez Sophomores and Juniors who had participated before also mentored freshmen after school to help them research their country, write and present their resolutions.


Also, Alexis Guerrero, Brenda Ramirez, Denise Brito and Yamilex Alonso helped organize, set up and facilitate this year's Model World Conference, a job usually reserved for UIC graduate students and professors.   


A special thanks goes out to Ms. Drew for leading this impressive team.


Go Eagles!



Statewide Juarez CCR Student Success

On Tuesday, December 8,  Mr. Rau attended the  IAMME ( Illinois Association of Multilingual Multicultural Education)  conference as one of only 15 statewide educator recipients of the Digital Leaders Now (DLN) Digital Leader Award for best pedagogical practice in the use of technology in the classroom. The Digital Now / Digital Leader Award is sponsored by NABE (National Association of Bilingual Educators), Advance Illinois, and the Illinois Resource Center.  The award underscores Mr. Rau's CCR students' success using both the Reading Plus and the Everfi TCF Financial Scholar computer programs.


On behalf of his students, Mr. Rau accepted the award from Illinois State Representative Lisa Hernandez and Digital Now Director Caroline Crozier.  In addition, Mr.Rau and his CCR students were commended by Governor Rauner via Illinois Secretary of Education Beth Purvis, who attended the reception. 


Mr. Rau would like to congratulate all of his CCR students: "This award is a reflection of your hard work and effort. You should feel very proud that YOU earned this statewide award for Juarez!  Keep up the good work!"



Science Fair 

The Juarez Science Fair took place on Friday, Dec. 4. Students presented amazing work. The winners will compete at IIT Reginal Science Fair on January 14, 2016.

Here are the results:

1st place: Abigail Torres - Treatment of Medical Garments for Enhanced Liquid Repellency

2nd place: Annyta Malagon - Does Sunscreen Have Any Impact on Yeast?

3rd place: Aurora Priego - Texting vs. Eating vs. Reaction Time


Other significant projects:

Judith Dominguez - The effects of music on the brain

Brisa Gonzalez - Chemistry of Hair Highlights

Erendira Martinez - Uncovering Hidden Sugar

Llecenia Mendoza - What Chemical is the Best for a Cold Pack?

Ashonti Moffett - The Effect of Light on Yeast Colony Growth

Giselle Ramirez - Do Different Diets Affect Worms and Soil?

Itandegui Espino - Does Radiation Affect Plant Growth?



DP Students at MCA

On Friday a group of IB DP students visited the Museum of Contemporary Art to see the Freedom Principle exhibition. The exhibition displays work from the AfriCOBRA and AACM collectives and other contemporary artists and musicians. Both the AACM and AfriCOBRA formed in the late 1960's on the South Side of Chicago and were deeply engaged in the black culture nationalism movement during and after the civil rights era. The exhibit explores the ways in which the themes and beliefs of both groups continue to inspire contemporary art and music. 



Juarez Drill Team Achieves 2nd Place

On Saturday, October 30, the Juarez Eagles Drill Team competed against six schools in the 2nd annual "Be Noble" Drill Meet held at UIC. Juarez marched away with a second place trophy for the color guard competition and third place in the Armed Squad event.  Senior Juan Salenas competed against 60 other cadets in the Unarmed Knock-out competition and earned a ninth place finish. Mission success for the Juarez Drill Team.



Juarez Opened the Doors!

Almost 100 families came out on a rainy Saturday morning to our Open House. Students and parents had a chance to experience short routines from our cheerleading and dance teams, as well as an amazing performance from the students in the Chicago Mariachi project. After a brief presentation, families toured the entire building, learning about all the programs we have to offer. Everyone seem to have a great time.



DIY Club Creates Beautiful Butterfly


In honor of the Latino Heritage Month assembly, the DIY Club has created a painting of a butterfly. The painting has been installed in the library.


We were inspired by the contemporary artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez. If you want to know more about Favianna and the Migration Is Beautiful campaign please check out this three part series by Voice of Art on youtube: 

Voice of Art: Migration is Beautiful, Pt. 1

Voice of Art: Migration is Beautiful, Pt. 2

Voice of Art: Migration is Beautiful, Pt. 3


For a short one minute video about the project, click here.


Also, click here for a Huffington Post article about the movement. 


We invite all staff and students to take a picture in front of the painting. We want to share our support for undocumented migrants and support for humane immigration policy.


Please share your pictures on your Instagram and Facebook accounts. 


Please use the following hashtags: #MigrationIsBeautiful #juarezartdept #juarezdreamsbig #soaringtonewheights #juarezdiyclub #faviannarodriguez


And don't forget to check out the

Art Department Instagram page.



CPS Shakespeare! Macbeth

Three Juarez students, Jose Uriostegui, America Ortiz, and Jessi Ramirez are part of an ensemble of 17 CPS students involved in a production of Shakespeare's Macbeth. They rehearsed for one week in August and since the middle of September they have rehearsed every Saturday, days off, and 2 times after school each week on the main stage of the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. This professionally directed 60 minute production of Macbeth will be presented on Friday November 6 at 4:30 and Saturday morning November 7 at 10:30. To learn more about this event, please click here



Green Apple Day of Service

The 3rd Annual Green Apple Day of Service was quite a success! With our partners NELSON Architecture Firm and buildOn, we added another layer of sustainability to our Learning Garden by digging 3ft-diameter holes around each tree, removing the old gravel, and replacing it with new mulch. We also spent a significant amount of time cleaning up the path through the Garden, and removing weeds. 


In addition to the work in the Garden, Ms. Guerrero led a team of students to clean the tables in the cafeteria, clean the glass doors in our building, and update a few of our bulletin boards. A big thanks to all of those who showed up to help.



IB Info Session

Juarez hosted its first IB information session this past Saturday. A good number of families attended and had an opportunity to learn about IB and our school. We could feel the excitement building, as parents and students learned about IB at Juarez!



Spirit Week

Spirit week was a success! Both students and staff participated throughout the week especially during Cubs/Sox Gear Day and Juarez Pride Day. Most memorable was twin day where the entire staff honored Dr. Gelb.


Homecoming Dance was one of the most attended dances at Juarez history! Over 600 students danced the night away where DJ Persist, better known as Mr. Palencia, provided the music.



Juarez is now an IB World School

After more than two years of hard work implementing IB's standards and practices, Juarez has been recognized by the International Baccalaureate as an IB World School authorized to offer the Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programe. 



Students Pursuing Posse Scholarship

A special recognition to the following students advancing to the next round of Posse interviews:

- Ilse Cruz

- Judith Dominguez-Ramirez

- Sherelin Garduno

- Luis Herrera

- Jennifer Isidoro

- Ruby Jimenez

- Diana Rodriguez



Recycled Barre 

Recycled Barre is a not-for-profit community-based dance studio that seeks to create accessible classes for its community members by recycling underutilized spaces into functioning dance studios. Juarez is the only school in the city with a full-service dance studio, in-house.


Classes just started this past Monday, September 21. All community members are invited to participate. Classes are $5 for students, parents, and teachers with a valid ID and $10 for other community members. Check our schedule for classes at www.recycledbarre.org. 


Recycled Barre was recently featured in the Chicago Reader!



Café con el director (Cofee with the Principal)

95 parents were in attendance at the first Café con el Director of the year. At the Café, parents signed up to be field trip chaperones, volunteers for the homecoming dance, and parent patrol volunteers.




Today 300+ buildOn students from all over Chicago gathered downtown for a Service Scavenger Hunt!  Juarez dominated by having the most students in attendance - 83! They spread service across the city and showed people how much positive change teenagers can bring to the world.

Next weekend buildOn is heading to the Forest Preserve to cut down invasive species and clean up our parks!


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