Lab E-News

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

All Schools

  • Lab and the Lab+ campaign make the cover of UChicago publication, Inspirit

    Inspirit is designed to share news with the University community about UChicago’s highest priorities and its philanthropic partners. Lab made the cover of the summer 2014 issue under the title “Exceeding Expectations.” Read the story.


    Inspirit is designed to share news with the University community about UChicago’s highest priorities and its philanthropic partners. Lab made the cover of the summer 2014 issue under the title “Exceeding Expectations.” Read the story.

  • Extended Day Fall Quarter registration through Monday, August 25, 5 p.m.


    Register for special classes and daily programs via PowerSchool. Details about all Extended Day programs can be found online.

  • Parent Enews, online calendars, and other ways Lab communicates


    Important “need-to-know” information will come to you via this bi-weekly Parent Enews, but here are other ways you may connect with Lab and access important information. You may want to bookmark some of these:

    Direct communication is always encouraged
    Families are welcome to contact teachers, counselors, or school administrators directly with comments, issues, or accolades. The Faculty/staff Directory is accessed under “Quicklinks” on Lab's homepage.

    Enews—the Schools’ primary parent communication vehicle
    Published almost every other Thursday, this online tool includes the most important, time-sensitive, division-specific information written by the principals, as well as information relevant to all schools.

    All-Schools online and Planning/No School Days calendars
    The All-Schools calendar is accessed under “Quicklinks” on Lab's homepage. Customize your view by checking which division’s activities you want to see. Also on the tight-hand side of that page there you will also find “Planning/No School Calendars” for both 2014–2015 and 2015–2016, which show days off.

    PowerSchool—for confidential, student-specific information and a family directory
    PowerSchool, accessed under “Quicklinks” on Lab's home page, is Lab’s password-protected, access point to highly confidential information like grades (progress reports) and schedules. There you will also find Lab’s online, searchable family directory.

    You should have received login information in the August Back to Lab process. If not, contact the registrar.

    Reporting an absence
    Phone numbers and online forms to report an absence are here and can be found on the landing page for every division under the “Schools” drop-down menu off Lab’s homepage.

    Middle and High School Daily Bulletins—specifically for teachers and students
    Some parents may be interested in these daily emails. Please note: they are specifically written for a student and faculty audience. Call the Middle or High School office for more information.

  • North Side Bus service available starting the first day of school. Register now


    Get your registration in if you want your child to ride on Lab’s first day of school! Lakefront and Bucktown, Wicker Park, West Lakeview rolling again, including South Loop afternoons.

  • Lab welcomes new faculty and staff, as well as employees in new roles


    New Teachers

    Thaddeus Andracki, Librarian, Middle School
    He served as a reviewer and outreach and communications coordinator at the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. While at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he worked as a graduate assistant in the library while earning his MS in library and information science.

    Allison Beaulieu, Art, Lower School
    Over the past nine years, she has taught at the elementary level at the Catherine Cook School, the Ancona School, and Dett Elementary School. She holds a BFA in art education from Adrian College and an MA in teacher leadership from Roosevelt University.

    Charles Campbell, French, High School
    He received his MA in French from Middlebury College where he studied abroad at the Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris, France. His BA from Georgetown University is in Japanese language and culture. He is fluent in both French and Japanese.

    Erica Cheung, ’95, Math, Middle School
    She will be working to cover a maternity leave for one year. She has more than ten years experience teaching with the Chicago Board of Education. She helped author the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project Transition Mathematics textbook. She holds an MS degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MA degree in teacher leadership from Roosevelt University.

    Christy Gerst, History, High School
    She holds a BA in history and political science from Washington University in St. Louis, a MSEd from Northwestern University, and a JD from the University of Illinois College of Law. Though she began her career as an attorney, she transitioned to teaching in 2007.

    Jessica Hanzlik, Math, Middle School
    She holds two Master’s degrees from University of Oxford in comparative social policy and particle physics as well as an MAT from Dominican University. She has been working at UNO Charter School network for the past three years and is a GMAT & GRE instructor at Manhattan Prep.

    Hsing-Huei Huang, Music, Lower School
    She has been working with Lab’s Music Department for several years as a piano accompanist and performer. Most recently, she has been working at Chicago High School for the Arts as a piano instructor. She holds a Master of Music in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin.

    Benjamin Jaffe, Photography, High School
    He holds a BFA in film and art history and has held several art-related educational positions within the Chicago Public Schools. He began a statewide high school art exhibit called Illinois High School Art Exhibition, which has successfully awarded more than $5 million in scholarships.

    Simon Jarcho, Math, High School
    He holds a BA in economics from Colgate University and comes to Lab from Vermont Academy where he has been teaching for the past three years.

    Joseph Kerney, Fourth Grade, Lower School
    His previous experience as a case manager and counselor led him to a career with the Chicago Public Schools where he has taught since 2008. He holds a Master in elementary education from Roosevelt University.

    Erica Lee, First Grade, Primary School
    She comes to us from the Dalton School in New York City. In her six years of teaching experience she has taught in Beijing and New York. She earned a BA in art history from Oberlin College and an MS in early childhood education from Bank Street College of Education.

    Jean-Franklin Magrou, French/Spanish, High School
    He has several years of high school French and Spanish teaching experience, most recently with the School Town of Munster and Purdue University Calumet. He earned his BA in French literature from Indiana University and an MA from Ball State University in secondary education.

    Sunny Neater-Dubow, Art, High School
    She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Master in education from the American College of Education. Additionally, she is the recipient of the Follet Fellowship from Columbia College Chicago. She has more than ten years of teaching experience most recently as a visual arts teacher at North Lawndale College Prep High School.

    Leslie Pesis, Academic Specialist, Lower School
    She comes to Lab from Hyde Park Day School and holds a MEd as a reading specialist from DePaul University. Previously she spent three years at Lake Forest School District as a special education teacher.

    Zakary Ruelas, Third Grade, Lower School
    He has seven years experience teaching third grade at St. Malachy School in Chicago. He holds a MEd from Northwestern University.

    Micyelia Sanders, Science, Lower School
    She holds a MA in education from Dominican University as well as a middle school science endorsement from the University of Chicago. Her previous experience is with the Chicago Public Schools and the Museum of Science and Industry teacher-training program. She is also involved in a mentorship program for youth and girls.

    Jeremy Schwartz, Computer Science, Middle School
    He has 17 years teaching experience, most recently as the technology integration coordinator with the American School of Madrid. He holds a Master of Science in teaching from the University of Florida.

    Melissa Steger, Counselor, Lower School
    A licensed clinical social worker, her most recent experience includes heading the social work department at Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School. She holds a BS in sociology from Michigan State University and a MSW from University of Michigan.

    Daniel Wheadon, Computer Science, High School
    Having worked for Intel as a senior software engineer, he made his transition to teaching in 2009 while he pursued his Master of Education from University of Illinois.

    Jin Yin, Chinese, High School
    She holds an MS in education from Northwestern University. Most recently, she served as a long-term substitute teacher at Lab with the World Languages Department. She has experience teaching Mandarin in the Chicago Public School system and teaching English in Shanghai, China at the Senior High School of East China Normal University.

    Luke Zavala, Physical Education, Lower/Middle School
    Relatively new to teaching, he comes to us from Oak Park and River Forest High School where he began his teaching career in 2012. He holds a BA in physical education from Concordia University Chicago.

    New Assistant Teachers

    Marlease Busnell, NK with Carrie Collin
    She earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Chicago. She has previous experience as a childcare and tutoring professional and as a community liaison with the Rebuild Foundation. She is fluent in French and Spanish.

    Karen DeMaio, NK with Maureen Movrich
    She served as an intern with Lab’s Extended Day program and as a site director for the YMCA. She earned her BA in education from Trinity International University.

    Michael Eldridge, NK with Jenny Araujo
    He earned his MSEd in early childhood education from Southern Illinois University where he was a graduate assistant. Later, he worked as assistant director of Bright Horizons at the University of Chicago.

    Atiya Hamilton, NK with Lisa Harrison
    She began her career at Lab as an intern with the Extended Day program and has been head teacher in both first and preschool classrooms. She earned her BA in early childhood education from Western Michigan University and is currently pursuing a Master in educational leadership from DePaul.

    Tina Jeon, PS with Amy Landry
    Coming from New York, where she has begun her teaching career in early childhood education, she holds a BA from Rutgers and is expected to receive a MS in Teaching from Fordham University later this summer.

    Casey Kennedy, PS with Eli Johnson
    She is coming to us from Belmont Day School where she was an associate teacher as part of a collaborative Master’s degree program in early childhood education through Lesley University. Prior to beginning her teaching career, she worked as an in-school program coordinator with the North Chicago Community Partners.

    Melissa Scott, NK with Meredith Dodp
    She earned her MEd from University of Cincinnati where she was also an adjunct professor of education. She participated in Reggio Study Groups and headed up a workshop called Making Learning Visible. This project work was displayed at the Cincinnati Children’s museum.

    Skyla Wright, NK with Kristin Plaut-Smith
    She worked as an assistant teacher in Lab’s Extended Day program this past year. Her background includes teaching at The Music Station and as assistant band director in the Chicago area. She holds a BS in clinical psychology from St. Xavier University.

    New Staff

    Brian Lipinski, Director, Finance
    Serving at the University since 2006, he has served as finance manager for Facilities Services where he was responsible for collaborative capital and operational budgeting processes as well as university-wide financial reporting and analysis for all capital projects, including Lab's renovation and expansion project.

    Kourtnee Palamore, Assistant Director, Extended Day
    She comes to us with several years of program management experience. Over the last four years, she has served as a program specialist with After School Matters. She holds a BA in accounting from Clark Atlanta University.

    Alexzandra Wallace, Manager, Special Projects and School Outreach
    She comes to Lab with a rich background in project management. Most recently, she worked for UChicago in the Office of the President as a planning coordinator. In that role, she played an integral part in helping new Lab Director Robin Appleby to transition into her role. She holds a BS in learning and organizational management from Northwestern University.

    Rachel Schullo, Library Assistant, Blaine Library
    She has been working with the University since 2008 at Regenstein Library. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree from Bellevue University.

    Joe Wachowski, Facilities Specialist, Campus Services
    He comes to us with more than two decades years of facilities management and operations coordination experience.

    Anthony Williams, Facilities Specialist, Campus Services
    Most recently, he has worked at UChicago as an event service worker, housekeeper, and material control coordinator. Prior to his University experience, he spent eight years providing warehouse management and maintenance support.

    Current employees moving to new roles

    Kellyn Gawel, Director, Human Resources
    Previously coordinator for human resources, in her new role she will be responsible for all of Lab's human resource functions including HR policies and procedures, employee relations, leave management, and compensation and recruitment planning.

    Scott Griffin, Associate Director Operations, Earl Shapiro Hall
    He will continue to manage all campus services operations at Earl Shapiro Hall and serve as a backup for services at Historic Campus.

    Arcelia Guerrero, Project Assistant III, Admissions
    Previously a project assistant I, she will take on some lead project assistant responsibilities in the Admissions Office.

    Andrea Martonffy, University Relations
    Though she retired from teaching in June, she will continue her work with the Summer Link program and coordinate programs for Lab students with the University and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

    Dawn Petrie, Payroll Supervisor
    Previously the Business Office cashier and secretary, she will take on payroll and other HR-related responsibilities in the Human Resources Office

    Fountain Walker, Director, Operations
    He will continue to oversee the Schools' safety and security functions and emergency planning and preparedness. In addition, his oversight will expand to include leadership of Lab’s Campus Services function.

    Emma Wellman, ’02, Assistant Director, Extended Day
    She began her career with Lab as an intern in the Extended Day program and joined the Schools last year as an assistant teacher in Kindergarten. She also has served as director of Banana Mashers Daycare. She holds a MS degree in child development from Erickson Institute.

    Tony Wilson, Senior Associate Director Operations, Historic Campus
    He will be responsible for the Campus Service operations at the Historic Campus and take a more significant role in helping manage the Historic Campus renovation.

  • Midway Aquatics tryouts, ages five to high school: September 2–5, 5:45 p.m., Sunny Gym


    No reservations required and more information is online. Midway Aquatics is the premier competitive youth swim training program in the greater Hyde Park neighborhood. Open to children from age five through high school.

  • Family Flu Vaccine Clinic at Lab: September 25, October 2 and 16, 2–6 p.m.


    The University of Chicago Comer Health4Chicago’s team of nurses will come to Lab to deliver flu vaccinations for students and their families, saving everyone a trip to the doctor’s office. Tdap and adolescent vaccinations are also available.

    All clinics run from 2–6 p.m.

    • Thursday, September 25, Historic Campus, Cafe Lab
    • Thursday, October 2, Earl Shapiro Hall, Little Lobby
    • Thursday, October 16, Historic Campus, Cafe Lab

    To register your family, complete a consent form for each child and adult. Completed forms can be turned into your child’s school nurse or bring a completed a consent form for each child and adult with you to clinic.

    Health4Chicago accepts UCHP. For all other private insurance, please review their Insurance Guide for tips on verifying your coverage.

  • Café Lab offers beverage and/or lunch programs for all grades


    Café Lab is proud to offer convenient programs, with new and exciting changes this school year.

    • Students in grades N–5 are eligible for both our milk program and brown bag lunch program.
    • Students in grades 6–12 are eligible for our meal plan and “ala carte” plan programs.

    Information and sign-up are online and can be found on each division’s landing page on the Lab website. For additional information or questions please email or call Rachel Brown, 773-702-0403.

High School

  • Sophomore Retreat, September 17–19. Forms due by September 9


    On Wednesday, September 17, sophomores will attend morning classes, eat a quick lunch, and be on the Blaine front steps by 12:45 p.m. Buses depart from Blaine Hall at 1 p.m. Students will travel to Perlstein Resort in Lake Delton, Wisconsin and return to U-High on Friday, September 19 by 3 p.m. (traffic dependent).

    Sophomores will spend these days kicking off their year of service learning by doing community service together, bonding as a class, and having fun.

    A reminder that required forms are due on Tuesday, September 9, to Ms. Campos' office. Sophomores and their families were sent the link to the required forms in early August. They can also be found on the High School landing page on the Lab website.

  • Annual parent night and dinner, September 10, 2014, 5:30 p.m.


    The High School Parents’ Council will host a dinner for parents followed by the opportunity for parents to attend their child’s classes. Dinner service will be available between 5–6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria, and classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. for ten-minute intervals. Please print out your personal Parent Night schedule located in PowerSchool on the left hand side under “Parent Night.” Contact the High School office at 773-702-9446 with questions. Please note that, in response to feedback that the evening ends too late, the start time for classes is 30 minutes earlier than in past years.

  • Freshman Parent Orientation, September 4 , 8–9:30 a.m., (new-to-Lab parents: 8–10 a.m.) Cafe Lab


    All freshmen and their parents/guardians are asked to attend. A continental breakfast will be provided. Freshmen will be meeting with student leaders during this timeframe.

    New-to-Lab families are invited to an additional meeting, from 9:30-10 a.m. with the High School Parents’ Association, to talk about what it means to be a new Lab family and to answer questions.

  • “First Day” schedule online and a word about school supplies


    First Day schedule

    On the first day of school all classes and advisory will meet for 30 minutes. Students will also have an extended lunch period and assembly at the end of the day. View the complete schedule.

    School supplies

    Please know that the High School does not provide supply lists for classes prior to the start of the school year because of the wide variety of teachers students may have. Each teacher will share information with their students in the first week of class.

  • Schedule changes can be made August 26–27 or first week of school


    If you would like to make a schedule change, please contact the High School office, 773-702-9446, to set up an appointment to meet with a counselor. Schedule changes can be made on Tuesday, August 26 or Wednesday, August 27 or during the first week of school.

  • Class schedules now in PowerSchool. Locker info available September 2


    You will be required to type in your unique login and password. If you have misplaced this information or would like to receive the schedule in the mail, please contact the High School office at 773-702-9446. Locker information will be available in PowerSchool after September 2.

  • Freshman Retreat, September 4–5


    Freshman are to bring their overnight bags for the retreat when they arrive for the 8 a.m. Freshman Parent Orientation meeting, on Thursday, September 4. We will depart for their retreat immediately following the meeting at approximately 9:30 a.m. We will return to Lab on Friday, September 5 at about 2:30 p.m.

  • Green Team attends summer national congress; U-Higher named national student coordinator


    Three members of U-High's Green Team, Jax Ingrassia, Ariel Gans, and Angela White, returned to the National Student and Climate Conservation Congress this summer. The conference is hosted by the Green Schools Alliance (GSA) and the National Fish and Wildlife Service in Shepherdstown, VA. All three represented Lab as part of GSA's selective Student Internship program.

    Senior Jax, was named one of four GSA’s 2014-2015 National Student Coordinators. Of the thousands of GSA national and international student members, four national coordinators are selected. Jax’s job is to organize GSA’s internship program by communicating with interns from across the United States as they generate projects to green their communities and represent the organization through social media. Noteworthy as well, juniors Ariel and Angela, along with Jax, represented Lab and U-High’s Green Team at the 2014 Student Climate and Conservation Congress (Sc3) this summer as student interns.

  • Handbook online


    The 2014–2015 student handbook has been updated and the newest version has been posted on the High School webpage. Once again students will be provided a copy of the handbook and student planner during the opening days of school.

Middle School

  • New Student Orientation, September 4, 9:30 a.m.–noon., Rowley Library; Also, tour guides needed


    All new-to-Lab Middle School students should attend this special orientation. If there are any returning students who are interested in serving as tour guides, please contact the Middle School office. The first day of school for all students is Monday, September 8.

  • MS Fall Fest, September 7, 4-6 p.m, Cafe Lab and Blaine Courtyard. RSVP needed


    With the new school year fast approaching, we want to remind you to sign up for this year's Fall Fest. It’s a great opportunity for families and middle-schoolers to reconnect after the summer and get excited for the upcoming year. If you're feeling creative, bring your homemade decorated cakes or cupcakes for our cake decorating contest. Cost is $20. Dinner will be served. Please RSVP by Friday, August 29.

  • Parent Night, Thursday, September 11; Dinner, 5 p.m., class visits, 6–8:15 p.m.


    Meet with Middle School Interim Principal Sandra Bixby and hear from teachers as you track your child's schedule. The Parents' Association will provide dinner beginning at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria. Student schedules will be distributed and classroom visits start at 6 p.m.

Lower School

  • Lower School New Family Orientation, September 4, 9 a.m., Blaine Hall


    Learn all about the Lower School at this orientation for new families. Principal Sylvie Anglin, Lower School council chairs, and members of the Parents’ Association board will be on hand to share their insights and answer any questions you might have. Please bring your new Lower School student as there are separate activities planned for them. Childcare will be provided for younger siblings. Please be sure to RSVP.

  • Third grade family welcome, September 4, 10:30–11:30 a.m., Cafe Lab


    Please join us as we welcome all third grade families to Blaine Hall. During this introduction to Lower School, you will learn about life in the Lower School and what to expect for your Lower School student.

  • All-Lower School Family Picnic and Blaine “sneak peek”, September 4, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Blaine Courtyard and classrooms


    Take this opportunity to visit the newly-renovated Blaine Hall a few days before school opens. Enjoy a scavenger hunt with your child as he or she explores their new school. Bag lunch provided by the LS Council and the Development office. RSVP for lunch.

  • Back-to-School Bagels, September 8, 8–9 a.m., Blaine Lobby


    Stop by Blaine Lobby on the first day of school for bagels, coffee and juice to meet other parents and welcome in the new school year.

  • Info for fifth grade families: books, PE uniforms, and musical instruments


    Just a reminder that fifth graders should order textbooks and PE uniforms through our online bookstore.

    • Go to our website and click on "Online Bookstore" under Quicklinks to buy the books you need.
    • To purchase PE uniforms, use the link on the Bookstore page to Direct Gear.
    • To order your musical instruments and supplies, please contact our music vendor, Quinlan & Fabish Music Company, by e-mail or telephone 630-654-4111.
  • Room Parent info meeting, September 12, 9–10 a.m., ESH Lobby


    Room Parents are a vital link between parents, teachers, and the Parents’ Association. Come learn more about volunteering as a Room Parent in your child's classroom. Contact Tara Marsh with any questions.

  • Parent Night, September 17; light dinner, 5:45 p.m., classrooms open 6:15 p.m.


    Parent Night is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your child’s school experience. Homeroom and Special Area teachers will share their curriculum with parents. The Lower School council provides light dinner fare and refreshments beginning at 5:45 p.m. Classrooms open at 6:15 p.m. and formal programs begin at 6:30 p.m.

  • 2014-2015 Lower School Handbook online


    Review the Handbook here or access it via the Lower School pages of Lab’s website.

N/K & Primary Schools

  • New Parent Orientations, September 3 & 4, 8:30–11 a.m.


    Please join the ESH Council of the Parents’ Association for one of two informative sessions to help new parents prepare for the start of the school year. This is a wonderful opportunity to get many "first week" details as well as meet other new families. Sitter service will be provided for incoming ESH students. Please RSVP for one session.

  • Back-to-School Bagels, September 8, 8–11 a.m., ESH Lobby


    Stop by for bagels, coffee, and juice, and to meet other parents after the first drop-off of the new school year.

  • Room Parent info meeting, September 12, 9–10 a.m., ESH Lobby


    Room Parents are a vital link between parents, teachers, and the Parents’ Association. Come learn more about volunteering as a Room Parent in your child's classroom. Contact Brittany Chang with any questions.


Issue: Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Upcoming Events

Mon. 08/25

Extended Day Fall Quarter Registration Closes

Wed. 09/03

ESH New Parent Orientation

ESH Main Lobby 8:30am - 10:00am
Thu. 09/04

Freshman/New Student/Parent Orientation

Cafe Lab 8:00am - 9:30am

ESH New Parent Orientation

ESH Main Lobby 8:30am - 10:00am

LS New Family Orientaion

Blaine Hall 9:00am - 10:30am

MS New Student Orientation

MS Library 9:30am - 12:30pm

Freshman Retreat

Cedar Lake, IN 9:30am - 3:30pm Thru 9/5/2014

Grade 3 Family Welcome to Blaine

Cafe Lab 10:30am - 11:30am

LS Family Picnic and Blaine "sneak peek"

Blaine Hall 11:30am - 2:00pm
Sun. 09/07

MS Fall Fest

Cafe Lab/Blaine Courtyard 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Mon. 09/08

First Day of School for Students

LS Back to School Bagels

Blaine Lobby 8:00am - 9:00am
Wed. 09/10

HS Parent Night

Classrooms 6:00pm - 8:03pm
Thu. 09/11

MS Parent Night

5:00pm - 8:00pm
Wed. 09/17

Sophomore Retreat

Perlstein Resort, Lake Delton, Wisconsin 12:15pm - 4:00pm Thru 9/19/2014

LS Parent Night

Blaine classrooms 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Thu. 09/25

Family Flu Vaccine Clinic at Lab

2:00pm - 6:00pm
Thu. 10/02

Family Flu Vaccine Clinic at Lab

2:00pm - 6:00pm