America’s Promise Alliance and Juarez
Saturday, July 18
Earlier in the year, the Center for Promise and America’s Promise Alliance out of Boston University conducted research across the country on social, emotional, and cognitive learning. The Center for Promise reached out to Juarez because of our Competency-based education system. They visited our school and spent time speaking with our students about how learning happens at Juarez.
America’s Promise Alliance just released their report, All of Who I Am. We are excited to be featured in the new report, which documents the features of learning environments like ours that intentionally integrate social, emotional and cognitive development. The new research highlights our work with students and underscores the importance of:
Listening to young people
Creating cultures that support student belonging
Building adult capacity to share power with youth
Please see the full report and accompanying guide and check out the videos highlighting our students.
Access the full report and executive summary: All of Who I Am
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It is with great sadness and disbelief that we write this letter to address the needs of our Black/African American student population and their families. On Monday, May 25th, 2020, the life of George Floyd was senselessly taken by a member of the Minneapolis Police. In the last 24 hours, Minneapolis and cities across the United States have exploded in action seeking a dismantling of the system that time and time again demonstrates the inequities.
In the last couple weeks leading up to these events, we have seen a system that unjustly impacts and terrorizes communities of color, in particular the Black/AA family. When situations like this occur, one of the most tragic choices for us to make would be to stay silent. Silence means that we are complicit. Silence isn’t anti-racist. Silence equates to injustice.
The Juarez familia addresses you all to hereby condemn these acts of racism and violence. We proudly stand with the Black/AA community on this issue. Most importantly, we send our love and light to our Black/AA student population and to others feeling the impacts of the events unfolding. We express the importance of uniting and standing up for those that are no longer able to demand justice for themselves. We express the importance of brotherhood and sisterhood, as the situation continues to unfold. Your teachers, and staff members are here for you and offer solidarity. As Martin Luther King Jr. said “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” As the events unfold, we ask that you love those directly impacted by these events a little more. We ask that you use your light to drive out the darkness in the world. Our student body has always been quick to act in acts of injustice, and we hope that you use your most powerful tool: compassion, for others to drive out the evil we are seeing.
We stand with what is just and right, and we call on everyone to do the same. When we work together as a community, as one, we are unstoppable. Should you find yourself in need to discuss your emotions or your thoughts, please be aware that there are teachers and staff members on standby to listen. As the situation unfolds, continue to ask “What must be done?” While there is no quick solution or answer, we want to promote unity and safety to anyone who wants to make their voice heard. However, if you decide to raise awareness to this issue, make sure you are practicing social distancing, wearing a mask, and looking out for one another. We hope that our student body finds peace and comfort in these troubling times. Be sure that your feet are planted on the right side of history, and stand firm against any and all injustice.
With Love and Support,
Your Juarez Familia
Mental Health Awareness Week
Saturday, May 16
The Behavioral Health Team will be celebrating Mental Health Awareness week this upcoming week, May 18-22, 2020. As most of you are aware, May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which is celebrated to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues, and to help reduce the stigma so many experience. During this time, it is especially important for us to take care of ourselves and engage in activities that will support our emotional and physical health.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, your counselors and social workers will be sharing a variety of activities and resources for coping, self-care, and your overall wellness. Please make sure to check your email (daily) and be on the lookout for our mental health resources. We encourage you to participate in our activities and share any pictures or videos of what you've been doing for self-care. If you want to get creative, reach out to some friends and come up with your own mental health picture grid! (See image on main banner)
Tuesday, May 5
AP tests take place next week. This year the 45-minute test will be completely online and you all will be able to take the test through a laptop, desktop, or cell phone.
Below is the schedule for AP Testing:
May 13, 2020
English Literature and Composition (1:00 PM)
May 20, 2020
English Language and Composition (1:00 PM)
May 22, 2020
Spanish Language and Culture (3:00 PM)
AP STUDIO ART (Due by 6:00PM)
Remote Learning will Start on April 13
Friday, April 3
Starting on Monday, April 13, students and teachers are expected to engage remotely. To facilitate remote learning, the Juarez team has been working diligently to create a virtual online high school. Please click here to learn the details of our school's remote learning plan.
Juarez eAdvising for Seniors
Tuesday, March 17
We understand that this is a hard time, but the Juarez counselors and coaches want to stay connected and support Seniors while we are out of the building. Our team is available during March 18th - 30th to assist with post-secondary plans. Check your CPS email for more information.
Culinary Team Takes Second Place
Thursday, February 23
Students Melanie Palumbo (12), Yesenia Jimenez (11), Angel Lamegos (10), and Genaro Salgado (10) took home second this weekend at the first culinary competition of the year, the Hospitality Scholarship Foundation's Innovation Competition. Our students were given root vegetables as a secret ingredient and made a Carrot-Goat Cheese Ravioli (from scratch), a Vegetarian Shepards Pie with turnips, parsnips, and sweet potatoes, and a Parsnip Cake with Carrot Ice Cream. Please congratulate them if you see them around!
STEM (Science) Fair
Monday, February 3
After months of preparation, three of our Juarez students competed in the regional STEM fair on January 23rd. Violeta Lanza, Francisco Pantoja, and Anayely Reyes-Trejo all received “outstanding” awards and will be moving on to the city-wide 2020 exhibition of student STEM research hosted by IIT in March! Please be sure to congratulate them on their hard work and dedication and feel free to ask them about their projects!
If you would like to attend the fair it will be open to the public on Saturday, March 21st in Herman Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Please reach to Ms. Sullivan for more information.
Chicagoland Drill Competition
Monday, February 3
On Saturday, February 1, 2020, Benito Juarez’s JROTC drill and color guard teams headed north to Wheeling, Illinois to compete against 19 teams in the Chicagoland Drill Competition hosted by Wheeling High School. Cadet Jose Ramirez commanded and led a squad of eight cadets in the First Year Cadet Squad event. Cadet Ramirez’s great poise and confidence resulted in his squad of first year cadets marching away with a fourth place finish. The entire drill and color guard teams executed very well and continue to make Juarez proud.
Monday, February 3
3758 IS GOING TO STATE! THE EIGHT YEAR DROUGHT IS OVER!
All five Juarez Robotics teams competed at the FIRST Tech Challenge Chicago South League Championship yesterday at Horizon Science Academy McKinley Park. While the high stakes of the event caused some teams to break, other teams rose to the challenge. Team 12905, one of our Senior-science class based teams, ended the qualification round ranked seventh in the city and was picked to compete in the playoffs. By the end of the day 12905 went home with the Highest Ranked Rookie award and was a member of the 2nd place alliance.
The big news of the day was that team 3758, our after-school team, went on to win the Connect Award as a recognition of their work to share robotics with the Pilsen community, and the 3rd place Inspire Award, which recognizes them as one of the best teams in the city. Their winning of the 3rd place Inspire Award qualified them for the State Championship! A Juarez team has not made it to the Illinois State Championship since 2012, so this is incredible news for the team! Stay tuned for more details on how you can help us make it to State on February 21-22!
Governor Pritzker and congressman Garcia visit Juarez
Monday, February 3
On Saturday, February 1, 2020, Juarez hosted the Annual Integration Summit of the The Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and its partner agencies. The Annual Summit drew over 500 residents from Pilsen and the surrounding neighborhoods. The annual summit is a call to action for the residents of Illinois in support of immigrant rights. Governor Pritzker and congressman Chuy Garcia were the keynote speakers along with elected officials Ortiz, Mah, Welsh, Villanueva, Villa, Aquino, Peters, Castro, Hernandez, Moehler, Guzzardi and Martinez and Tony Preckwinkle.
The summit included workshops on the Census 2020 and Citizenship. The summit is the official launch of the ICIRR 2020 platform: DACA protection and Immigrant Protection and Rights.
Kim Foxx Visits Juarez
Monday, December 16
On Monday, December 16 at 5:30 P.M., Juarez will host State's Attorney for Cook County Kim Foxx and Alderman Sigcho-Lopez. The visit is an opportunity to hear from State’s Attorney Foxx about issues impacting our community and how the State’s Attorney’s Office is working to make a safer, stronger Cook County. Students from our Student Voice Committee and our Civics classes will meet and greet our special guest and will assist with questions from the audience.
Mexican Consulate and Benito Juárez
During the month of December, Our Parent University has partnered with the Mexican Consulate, specifically with the Consul of Community, Ms. Sandra Patricia Mendoza Durán and Resurrection Project, in a series of financial workshops to bring awareness and resources to our community. Parents are learning about all the services offered by the consulate. One of the services offered is the dual citizenship. Parents are learning about the process to review documents so that parents can apply for dual citizenship process for them or their children born in this country.
Student Voice Committee and Aramark
On Wednesday, December 11, during Enrichment, students engaged in conversation with our food service provider, Aramark. For about a year and a half prior, student leaders and Civics classes have been working on ways to improve student lunch at Juarez. This Wednesday 12/11 several leaders from CPS and Aramark came to meet with 40 students from the Student Voice Committee. The student leaders shared feedback on meals and demanded a clear timeline for Aramark to deliver a larger variety of quality food options. Aramark leaders gave us a list of new items to be served this January and February. They clarified the steps students should take if they have dietary restrictions and openly apologized for the occasions that students have been fed problematic items. They informed us that all students should return problematic items to the kitchen staff so that problems can be reported and addressed. We will also work with Aramark staff in order to create a clear way for students to give feedback on meals so that students can more often see the items they like, and so that Aramark can phase out items that students do not like. Congratulations to the Student Voice Committee on such a successful meeting! We will continue to work in partnership with CPS and Aramark to hold them accountable for providing tasty and nutritious meals and participating in open communication with students. We appreciate the time district leaders took to come and hear our concerns.
JROTC City-wide Drill Competition:
On Saturday, December 14, 2019, CPS, Department of JROTC conducted its Masters Division Drill Competition at Carver Military Academy to determine the top five Platoon Drill Teams, top five Color Guards, the top five Platoon Inspection Teams, the top five Platoon Leaders and the top 5 Individual Rifle Drill Competitors in both the Junior Division and Senior Division. The Juarez Drill Team demonstrated extreme poise and confidence and executed very well in all categories of this annual competition but was unable to accumulate sufficient scoring to bring home a victory. Their hard work and dedication to the program should be recognized and celebrated.
WOW and Comptroller Susana Mendoza
On December 11, 2019, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza participated in a WOW circle at Juarez. The comptroller was able to experience being in circle with the girls to learn about the WOW group process. Her visit began with a check in, discussed WOW’s launch at Juarez since January 2019 and learned more about Ms. Mendoza’s role as comptroller and her work history with the Chicago City clerk and Pilsen/ Little Village neighborhoods. The conversation then shifted around values and completed an activity to help students better process which values we prioritize and why. The conversations served as a reminder that values help shape goals and what we can do to stay in integrity with our values. The circle concluded with a check out question, lunch and school tour.
JROTC at Juarez
Monday, September 23
CPS, Department of JROTC conducted its City Corps Staff Commissioning and Commander Recognition ceremony on Friday, September 20, 2019. Among those representing and making Juarez proud were Cadet Colonel Jonathan Rodriguez, Cadet First Sergeant Yotzin Tzintzun, and Cadet First Lieutenant Jarred Manjarez. Cadets Rodriguez and Tzintzun, along with 19 other cadets from around the city, officially became members of the City Corps Staff during the ceremony. The City Corps Staff serves as the cadet leadership for more than 10, 000 cadets enrolled in CPS JROTC programs. To be selected, cadets appeared before two interview boards and were required to demonstrate their leadership skills during two weeks of JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy.
Cadet Manjarez was also recognized as the Cadet Company Commander for Benito Juarez.
Juarez Student Voice Committee Participates in Panel Discussion with School Leaders
Friday, September 20
On September 18, seven students from our Student Voice Committee were invited by CPS to speak to a group of school district leaders from around the country. Adrian Sermeno, Don Brewer, Eula Ferrell, Anayely Rejes-Trejo, Fabiola Paredes, Nancy Flores, and Aysha Salameh did a wonderful job sharing their perspectives and the benefits and challenges involved on the journey toward student real student voice. We have so much to be proud of! The facilitator of the discussion closed by telling the students that sharing their perspectives will really lead to better practices around the country. Our students really did a great job!
Boys Soccer Reaches New Milestone
Monday, September 9
The Juarez boys soccer team reached a new milestone. Last week the team took second place in the Windy City Classic Soccer Tournament. This was the first time ever that the Juarez team had participated in this tournament, an tournament that is by invitation only. Juarez became the only CPS school to have ever made it this far.
City Colleges of Chicago Recognizes Juarez Students for Earning 15 or More College Credits
Thursday, May 16
On May 14, City Colleges of Chicago recognized seniors from across the district who earned 15 or more college credits from CCC before graduation. One of our very own Eagles Gladys Ramos was the key note speaker. She not only earned college credit through taking dual credit and dual enrollment classes, but she also earned her BNA certificate. The Juarez family is very impressed with the work ethic of the 28 Juarez students, who have finished an entire semester worth of college work before finishing their high school diploma! We are all very proud of their accomplishments, and we wish them all much success in their future endeavors.
Juarez Culinary Students at James Beard Awards
Tuesday, May 7
This past Sunday, our Juarez Culinary students were asked to represent the ProStart program at the prestigious James Beard awards. Our team was asked to bring 700 samples of food and decided on elotes and horchata. We were told by many that they had the best bite of the night!
Juarez Seniors Receive Scholarships at Chicago Día de los Niños
Monday, April 29
On Saturday, April 27, the Chicago Día de los Niños celebration took place in Pilsen on 18th St. This day honors and celebrates children of all ages. Chicago Día de los Niños also awards 5 scholarships to seniors. This year, the 5 scholarships were awarded to Juarez students. Seniors Imelda Vega, Beatriz Munoz, Derian Maldonado, Susana Perez, and Brenda Gutierrez all were awarded a scholarship to their selected university. On hand to announce the scholarship winners were Governor Pritzker, Mayor elect Lightfoot, Alderman elect Sigcho-Lopez, Congressman Garcia, City Clerk Ana Valencia, and State rep Teresa Mah.
Congratulations to all and GO EAGLES!
Juarez Students Receive Multiple Awards at CPS Solo/Ensemble Festival
Friday, March 1
We would like to congratulate the following students who received award medals for their performance in the CPS Solo/Ensemble Festival which took place last Saturday at Westinghouse College Prep.
Honors Superior Rating and Decorated Gold Medal
Uriel Zavala, Charlize Castillo, Elijah Valdes, and Erik Bustamante (Flute Quartet)
Eduardo Rufino and Kate Jasso--received a perfect score (Alto Sax Duet)
Superior Rating and Gold Medal
Jesse Atilano, Araceli Guerra, and Andres Gonzalez (Mixed Trio)
Sebastian Ortiz, Rubi Chavez, and Brenda Ortiz (Mixed Trio)
Brenda Rodriguez and Madeleine Gonzalez (Flute Duet)
Gloria Vargas and Xitlatith Cerda (Flute Duet)
Julissa Villegas and Antonio Rios (Clarinet Duet)
Maria Samano and Juliana Martinez-Morales (Trumpet Duet)
Derian Maldonado and Yajaira Gonzalez-Zamora (Trumpet Duet)
Sebastian Ortiz (Trumpet Solo)
Jesse Atilano (Baritone Sax Solo)
Kate Jasso (Alto Sax Solo)
Marian Samano (Trumpet Solo)
Excellent Rating and Silver Medal
Susana Perez, Jazlyn Duenas-Lopez, Diana Landa (Percussion Trio)
Allison Urincho (Marimba Solo)
Culinary Students Interviewed by Univision
Monday, February 11
Last Friday, three of our Culinary students who participated in the ProStart Invitational where interviewed on Univision Live!
Juarez Robotics Takes Home 2nd Place
Monday, February 4
All five Juarez Robotics teams competed this past Saturday at the South Chicago FIRST Tech Challenge Championship. This event was the culmination of a long season and would decide which teams would be advancing to the State Championship. Juarez did extremely well at the event; team 12902, one of our senior class-based teams, ended up making the championship playoffs where they beat robotics teams from Whitney Young and Jones Prep to take home 2nd place on the South Side! Team 3758, our after-school based team, was awarded the Motivate awards by a panel of judges to recognize their strong commitment to team building and community outreach.
Juarez Culinary Takes 2nd Place at 2019 ProStart Invitational
Monday, February 4
Congratulations to Dafne Lira, Cesar Ramírez, Erica Polzin, Eduardo Rufino and Alejandro Maldonado, as well as Chef Kramer and Assistant Chef Fernandez for placing 2nd in the 2019 ProStart Invitational. They were the only CPS High School in the competition. This isn’t the first time they place but it is the first time they get 2nd place!
And a special congratulations to Chef Kramer for being recognized at the 2019 ProStart Educator of the year!!
For more pictures, click here.
Juarez buildOn Fall Program Review
Tuesday, January 15
This fall Juarez students participated in a variety of service projects including on-going projects at St. Pius, Book Buddies at Lozano Library, the Boys and Girls Club, various Saturday service projects, an Immersions event with Salesforce, and so much more. Special thanks to all staff that have supported buildOn and student participants.
By the Numbers
From September through December 2018:
Juarez students contributed 6,800 total service learning hours to their community
601 unique Juarez students participated in buildOn programming
11 students were Richards ambassadors for a corporate group from Salesforce
6 students have been accepted to go on Trek to Haiti this Spring Break
Architecture and Culinary Students Join Forces to Build Gingerbread Houses
Friday, December 21
Students from culinary and architecture collaborated on a two week project to design and produce seven gingerbread houses. The culinary students practiced their baking method and then produced all the gingerbread dough that was needed for the project. Architecture students were tasked with designing different building styles and the creation of mock drawings. Together, the two classes met and negotiated over designs and methods and walked away with templates prepared. Culinary students rolled, cut, and baked each of the separate pieces and then architecture came up to join us for the final two days of building and decorating. Cookies cracked, candy was felled, but creative solutions were found! Congratulations to our hard working students.
Alderman Solis Gives Juárez a Shout Out
Monday, December 3
On Thursday, 11/29, Alderman Danny Solis gave Juárez a shout out on Facebook. He wrote:
“There are so many great educational take-aways from Benito Juarez's academic achievements throughout the years. In 2013 Benito Juarez switched to a skill-based curriculum, and has witnessed significant gains in graduation rates and college acceptances --a far cry from the school's probationary status dating back to 1996. Today, Juarez is 1 of 6 Chicago high schools selected to develop a school wide competency-based learning curriculum as part of an Illinois pilot program. While parental and community involvement are certainly key, I must tip my hat off to Principal Juan Carlos Ocon and the entire Juarez teaching staff. None of this happened over night, nor was any part of this an easy transition. All the more reason I applaud your remarkable efforts to initiate and see through this different teaching model. Happy the state can learn a thing or two from your example. Signed, A proud Alderman.”
High School Nation Performs at Juarez
Thursday, October 18
High School Nation, a traveling music & arts festival that visits public school campuses throughout the US, selected Juarez to perform on Wednesday, October 17. The entire student body participated in a two-hour, hands-on, collaborative, and interactive music festival. The event featured educational activities, interactive booths, live music, and free merchandise for everyone. As a result of our selection, Juarez will receive a music and recording studio to support the immense talent on campus. Check out their site here.
J.B. Pritzker Fields Questions from Juarez Students
Tuesday, October 9
Four Juarez students, Nancy Sandoval, Leonardo Lagunas, Anayeli Reyes, and Marina Garduza-Ortega, were invited to participate in the Gubernatorial forum on October 8, 2018. Our students participated with more than 70 students from a variety of schools in the city and the suburbs. They participated in a candidate simulation, identified issues and values they care about, and gained perspective from a variety of their peers. Governor Rauner cancelled a few days before the event, but the students still had the opportunity to question candidate Pritzker.
For more on this story you can visit this link.
Juarez Soccer advances to the City Playoff Semifinals
Monday, October 1
Juarez Soccer is one of the best 4 teams in the city after moving to the Final Four in the City Playoffs. On a very rainy Friday night they took on a tough team from Sullivan. Juarez scored the first two goals. Then Sullivan fought back to tie the game just before the end of regulation. This forced a golden goal overtime. Junior Midfielder, Manny Santiago scored the game winning goal 3 minutes into the over time with a solid left foot shot from 21 yards out into the upper 90 on the opposite side. (Photo below is after the goal)
That set up a Saturday showdown of Juarez vs. Northside College Prep on the blue turf at Brooks College Prep. Juarez jumped out to a early 2 goal lead. Northside found the back of the net about halfway through the first. In the second half, Juarez found its rhythm and continued to score 5 more goals (and allowed 2) for a final score of 7-3. This defeat handed previously undefeated Northside their first loss of the season, and propelled Juarez into the city semifinals where they will take on defending city champion Washington at Winnemac Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 4 pm.
"Juarez Launching Nothing Short of a Transformation"
Wednesday, September 12
Once again, Juarez is being recognized for taking such a transformative approach. Follow this link to read the whole post that appeared on September 5th on Chicago Unheard.
Music Unites Program at Benito Juarez Community Academy
Wednesday, September 5
In September 2014, Music Unites officially kicked off its first program in Chicago. Over the past 4 years, the Guitar and Vocal programs at Benito Juarez Community Academy, through the support of Music Unites, have expanded and now will be part of enrichment activities during the school day, ensuring that more students will have access to music instruction. The programs also meet two days per week after school. For the 2018-2019 school year, all students in the program will either participate in singing, guitar, keyboards, and/or percussion/beat-making. Many of the participating students will also have opportunities to perform at Juarez and other community events.
ABC 7 and Chicago Tribune Highlight Juarez Senior Elizabeth Lopez Achievements
Tuesday, June 12
Elizabeth Lopez, class of 2018, was featured in Channel 7's Chicago Proud segment. Channel 7 was present at the graduation ceremony and interviewed Elizabeth and her parents.
The Chicago Tribune also highlighted Elizabeth's story in the following article.
The Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra at Juarez
Friday, May 25
The Juarez Performing Arts is privileged to come into partnership with the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra. Their musicians/mentors were at Juarez last week and this week to work with the Advanced band students. They will also be performinghttps://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/MTUzMDA1MjIyNlpa side-by-side with the Advanced band at the Spring concert next week, Thursday May 31 at 7 PM. You are invited!
Culinary Arts Program
Thursday, May 24
Among the achievements of our senior culinary students are the scholarships won by Brisa Gonzalez and Alex Salgado. They won a $4,000 scholarship each. They might also win a second scholarship for up to $10,000.
Also, seniors finished half of their final project. Their goal was to design a restaurant concept, produce a tasting menu, and pitch their restaurants to a group of "investors."
Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Macbeth
Monday, May 14
English 3 students attended Chicago Shakespeare Theater's production of Macbeth. Students had a great time; student comments about the production included:
They made the play come to life. I would love to see another!
The performance was amazing, the music was good, and the fight scenes were realistic.
I love how the witches sang in unison, and I liked their detailed makeup and costumes. They lingered in every scene.
Juarez Students in the News
Monday, March 19
Last week Wednesday, 3/14, a group of students coordinated a powerful and moving walkout for their #ENOUGH anti-violence protest. Hundreds of students gathered on the soccer field in unity where they took a knee if they knew someone affected by gun violence and took a moment of silence in honor of the 17 people killed in the Parkland school shooting and their families. Then, students who would be 18 by November 6th, 2018 heard the importance of voting from politicians such as Pat Quinn, Sol Flores, Alma Anaya, Lt. Gov. candidate Juliana Stratton, Theresa Mah, and Alderman Solis. After they heard the empowering messages, students of this group boarded buses and exercised their right to an early vote at local polling places. That same morning, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Danny Solis joined a BAM Group led by Juarez’s very own BAM Counselors Felipe Alaniz and Darius Thomas to support the program and support the #ENOUGH Student-Led National Walkout. Our school was highlighted in this article of the Chicago Tribune (video included). We were also highlighted in this article of Channel 7 ABC News (third video down.)
Posse Scholarship Recipients
Monday, January 8
Juarez is proud to announce that this year four seniors received the Posse Scholarship! The following four students will receive a full tuition scholarship and support throughout their undergraduate careers.
Gisselle Hernandez: Trinity College - Hartford, Connecticut
Elizabeth Lopez: Connecticut College - New London, Connecticut
Lexus Resendiz: DePauw University - Greencastle, Indiana
Jose Villalpando: St. Olaf College - Northfield, Minnesota
Architecture Academy: BP competition
Monday, January 8
The 2017 BP Student Design Competition invites young Chicagoans to solve a design challenge. Students can choose to create a bus shelter advertisement promoting a Chicago neighborhood, or design a public library that will serve as a vibrant community space. The competition was sponsored by BP America and organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The 2017 Biennial theme, “Make New History,” serves as the inspiration for this year's competition. Strong entries will explore how the past informs the future and how our daily lives can be transformed by the built environment. A professional jury reviews all entries and determined the winners. Juarez students Roberto Duarte, Brenda Gutierrez and Emmanuel Gomez participated in this year’s competition.
Roberto Duarte won first prize including $500.00, 1-year subscription to design software, 4 CAF walking tour passes, 1 night stay in a Chicago Hotel, and a dinner voucher in downtown Chicago.
Brenda Gutierrez and Emmanual Gomez were both finalists, winning $125.00 and 4 CAF walking tour passes each.
The finalists' work is now featured on www.bpcompetition.org and will be on display at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Monday, January 8
Benito Juarez MCJROTC Drill Team competed against 12 other JROTC schools and won trophies in the following categories:
3rd place: 1st Year Squad - cadets who are competing for the first year in Drill
2nd place: Color Guard - cadets who are skilled in presenting the American and Marine Corps flags
1st place: Armed Squad- team of 9 cadets who march with Drill Rifles
On Saturday, December the 2nd, Benito Juarez MCJROTC Drill Team competed against 13 other JROTC schools and won trophies in the following categories:
3rd place: Unarmed Platoon - team of 13 cadets marching without Drill Rifles
2nd place: Color Guard - cadets who are skilled in presenting the American and Marine Corps flags
1st place: Unarmed squad - team of 9 cadets marching without Drill Rifles
Senator Durbin Visits Juarez
Monday, December 4
On Saturday, Senator Dick Durbin and State Representative Mah, stopped by Juarez to chat with our student Navigators and Dreamers. As a call to action, our students will travel to Washington this week to stand with the senator in the hopes of getting the Dream Act passed. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
The event was also covered by the press. Follow the link below to see the full story:
Gift Wrapping Celebration
Monday, December 4
On Friday, 102 Juarez student volunteers spread some holiday cheer while converting the stage in to Santa's workshop. They wrapped over 500 toy donations. The toys will be distributed at the December 8th Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Juarez Continues to Receive Positive Press Coverage
As our school continues to engage in transformative and powerful work, Juarez continues to receive positive press coverage. Please read the story on Juarez that was published on Novemeber 21 on The Christian Science Monitor and will appear in their print edition in early January. The full-length story appears also on the The Hechinger Report.
Posse Scholarship Finalists
Please congratulate the followingamazing students. They need our support and encouragement. They have been through a very rigorous interview process and have been selected as Posse finalists. They will be participating in the final round of interviews in the next couple of weeks.
Angeles Rangel : UW Madison
Elizabeth Lopez: Connecticut College
Raul Sandoval: DePauw
Jose Villalpando: St. Olaf
Lexus Resendiz: DePauw
Gisselle Hernandez: Trinity College
Kevin Sanchez-Aleman: St. Olaf
Juarez Contributes to the Community: Past and Future Events
Monday, October 30
Taller de Ciudadanía/Citizenship Workshop
On Saturday, October 28, Juarez, in collaboration with our partners at The Resurrection Project, hosted a citizenship workshop for the Pilsen community and the community at large. 120 individuals were able to receive legal advice, complete or continue their application for citizenship. Immigration and legal experts were at hand to assist residents with all aspects of the application, including questions about international travel and expungement procedures.
Día de los Muertos/Festival para Niños
On Sunday, October 29, Juarez, in collaboration with Chicago Latina Moms, hosted a Día De los Muertos Festival para Niños. The event was a fun filled event for the whole family. Over 400 families enjoyed a traditional Mexican Día de los Muertos celebration that centered around our traditions and culture. At the festival, children of all ages participated in activities such as coloring for traditions, Calaveras touch boards, calavera masks, flowers crown making, face painting and more. buildOn students were on hand to help with all the festivities. A special thanks to Ms. Gonzalez for making this event possible.
Baile en Celebración del Día de los Muertos para estudiantes de Séptimo y Octavo Grado/Middle School Dance
Juarez is taking the lead on making Halloween safe for the students in Pilsen. On Friday, November 3rd, Juarez will host the first annual Pilsen Middle School Dance. Students from public and private schools will be at our school celebrating Día de los Muertos/Halloween in the lower patio. A total of 400 students from St. Pius, St. Procopius, St. Ann, Walsh, Whittier, Pilsen Academy, Jungman, Orozco, Ruiz, Perez, Pickard will spend their Friday dancing the night away on our campus. For questions on the Middle school dance, please see Ms. Juarez.
ASM Día de los Muertos Celebration
On Friday, November 3rd, Juarez will also be hosting the After School Matters Día de los Muertos celebration. This celebration brings together all of the ASM programs in CPS to showcase the talent in all ASM schools. The celebration will take place in the lobby of the new building.
Día de los Muertos Procession through Pilsen
On Thursday, Nov. 2nd, the Artime Club, along with visual art and Bilingual students, will be walking from Juarez to Dvorak Park to participate in this year’s annual Día de los muertos procession. This event is organized by Elevarte-an awesome community arts organization located in Pilsen. There will be face painting in room 277 and leave for the procession at 4:30 pm.
The procession will begin at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate. For more information, please see Mr. Vidal.
Christmas at Juarez: Tree Lighting Ceremony
This year, the Christmas tree and the celebration will be moved to our campus. The Pilsen Christmas Tree will now be at Juarez in the middle of the Plaza de Héroes where the sun is located.
As part of the Tree Lighting Ceremony, Pilsen schools will be holding Toy Drives. These toys will be distributed at the Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 8 in the Plaza de Héroes. In preparation for the ceremony, we will have a Christmas gift wrapping party on December 1 from 3 to 6 in the upper patio. At this event, student council will take the lead in wrapping all of the toys collected during the toy drive.
Ingenuity and Department of Arts
On Friday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 4th, Juarez will be hosting Ingenuity and the CPS Department of Arts. Teachers from across the city will converge at Juarez for their annual professional development. For more information, please see Ms. Hernandez in the main office.
Juarez Students Volunteering at 40th Chicago Marathon
Tuesday, October 10
On Saturday morning, Ms. Guerrero and Ms. Drew traveled downtown with 25 Juarez juniors and seniors to help set up for the Chicago Marathon. They set up medals and gear check. Students did an excellent job!
Congratulations to all of our students and staff members that run this Sunday!
Helping at the Forest Preserve
Tuesday, October 10
Over the weekend, buildOn coordinated a Saturday service project with the Forest Preserve of Cook County at Bemis Woods South. 39 students joined to learn about invasive species affecting the ecosystem. Together as a team, students worked to remove invasive plants and tree species that were later burned in a large bon fire. The students worked extremely hard to clear out a large area of the forest to make room for native plant species.
Juarez Students Visit McKinley Park
Tuesday, October 3
This past weekend buildOn along with 40 Juarez students visited McKinley park. Students participated in several stations throughout the park like chalk for change, park clean up, and created positive messages on the fence for people to see. These activities were based around changing the narrative of our parks by taking it over and writing positive affirmations in the side walks. In addition, students created positive signs on the fence like "Stay Strong", "Hope", "Unidos", and many more. All students were very proud to be part of this service event and really wanted to share something positive for the community.
A special thank you to Ms. Drew for all her support on the day of the event.
Monday, September 18
Homecoming Week ended with a bang!
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!
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!
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!