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!