Lab News

A long-held hope for Lab educators will be realized when the planned outdoor classroom is completed this Fall.

What used to be "Pebbles," the kindergarten playground adjacent to Kovler Gym, will now serve as a natural space for instruction at all grade levels. The classroom will feature a pond and a stream and be surrounded by "living walls" to create a sense of immersion in the natural world.

Recognizing the multidisciplinary nature of the project, teachers from across subject areas have been involved in the planning. Art classes might use the space to gather inspiration for drawing and photography, while science courses might take the opportunity to get a hands-on look at different life cycles.

"We live in a big city, so giving kids as many opportunities as possible to be up close and deeply connected with the natural world is really important," notes Lower School Principal Sylvie Anglin.

In addition to connecting students with nature, Ms. Anglin hopes the outdoor classroom will connect students with each other. "The more we look for ways to connect our kids, the smaller the feel of the community."

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Safety First! Summer Lab 2017 Nursery School students lining up and holding hands to take a walk across to Jackson Park and on to the Museum of Science and Industry. Or maybe just for some recess in the park. These kids are in the morning program, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm, whereas their classmates may have chosen the "full day" program, 8:30-3:00 pm. Whichever, some are Lab kids and others are not Lab kids - Summer Lab is open to all, from around the corner and around the world.

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Summer Lab 2017 welcomes students from Big Bridge Academy in China to session 2. Thirteen students will be enjoying their Summer School classes ranging from Robotics to Electronics, Cooking, Photography along with English as a Second Language (ESL). This is our sixth year partnering with Big Bridge; students stay in college dorms at the University, and tour greater Chicagoland on evenings and weekends, along with their ESL instructor who doubles as tour-guide.

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Reverend Howard-John Wesley, '90, is the pastor of the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia-where the Obamas can be found in the pews. Pastor Wesley won the NAACP Chairman's Image Award in 2016 for his commitment to social justice and several of his sermons are housed in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture faith-based collection. Last fall he spoke to U-Highers with the empathy of someone who understood the experience of our students, and he described how his own life was rooted in what he learned at Lab. Students were so impressed they invited him back to speak at this year's commitment.

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On Saturday, June 10 at 11 a.m., Lab's Flianello Trio will air on WFMT's Introductions. The trio consists of three U-High juniors: Giacomo Glotzer (cello), Jenny Wang (flute), and Teresa Xie (piano). They will be playing the first movement of the Weber Piano Trio op. 63 and the first movement of the Kapustin Piano Trio op. 86. The trio works with teacher Hsing-Huei Huang.

Learn more online. (link After WFMT airs the program, the sound file will be uploaded to this link as well.
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The doubles team of junior Sam Fleming and freshman Arjun Asokumar won the 1A State Doubles Championship on Saturday defeating Dunlap 6-1 6-4. Sam and Arjun won all 6 of their matches over three days at the State Championship tournament.

This is the fourth IHSA State Doubles Championship in Laboratory Schools history. The last occurred 90 years ago when Paul Stagg and Don Goodwillie won the championship in 1927. Joe Hitt and George Lott won in 1924 and Loeb and Taylor won in 1914. George Lott won three singles championships from 1922–1924.
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Opportunities abound with ways to keep your wits sharp and your spirits and friendships kindled for six weeks (or three) in our very own summer program. Open to all, so bring friends, neighbors, cousins, and other non-Labbies to Adventure Kids Day Camp, Summer Lab on Stage, Summer School, Sports Camps, and Fun in the Sun.

Register online or call with questions, 773-834-7766.
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An ad hoc committee, consisting of Lab parents, students, faculty, and staff, met several times over the winter and spring to review Lab's security policies. Based upon the committee's recommendations, Lab will institute the following security policy changes next academic year:

  • Middle School students will be allowed to carry their Lab IDs on their person after displaying them upon entering the building. This policy matches the one in place for U-High students this year.
  • In addition to the Judd Hall and Earl Shapiro Hall entrances, the Blaine Hall entrance will be open to visitors.
  • For parents, students, and employees that forget their Lab IDs, constituency-specific IDs will be available instead of visitor lanyards.
  • A representative committee from across the Schools will meet quarterly on security-related matters next year.

Christopher Jones, associate director finance and operations, will discuss these changes and other services related to our educational program at the Parents' Association end-of-year meeting on June 5 at 7 p.m. in Judd C116.

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On Tuesday, August 1, you will receive an email prompting you to start the "Back to Lab" process through PowerSchool. Before you access your documents, you will be asked to update/verify your family and emergency contact information.

Once you do that, you'll have access to information you need to start the school year with ease: class schedules, arrival/dismissal times, drop-off/pick-up procedures, ordering textbooks and PE uniforms, and more.

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 5, 2017. The 2017–18 Planning Calendar is online here and at the bottom of every Lab webpage.
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