Friday, December 10, 2010

St. Angela students support Rep. Ford’s food drive

No More Hunger

No more hunger, No more pain,
We can help it, make a change.
A world without hunger,
How can it be?
Well, I can tell you, donate with me.
Some may not know or may not care,
No matter what reason, it is still there.
Just come and donate, give what you can.
Spread the word to others,
They’ll understand.
I think of that woman just
down the street,
Caring for three children who just want to eat.
Or maybe that man who is sick with hunger.
If he had just one meal, he would be starving no longer.
When you have no money,
you may not give,
But when you do have it,
think of how others live.
No need to go to Haiti or way out of town,
Hungry people are everywhere,
Just look around.
Now do your part and place it in
your heart,
Don’t look the other way,
Join the fight today.

By Cierra Robinson
8th Grade
St. Angela School
1st Place Winner in the Catholic Charities
World Hunger Poetry Contest
December 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


wn as the Oscar for Teachers. Nominations for the annual award are neither solicited nor accepted by the sponsoring Milken Family Foundation. The names of each year’s recipients are kept secret – even from the winners – until the announcements are made in each teacher’s school.
This year, only 55 teachers nationwide are being named Milken National Educators, and only one in the state of Illinois.
That outstanding instructor is Dexter Chaney, a 3rd grade teacher at Martin A. Ryerson Elementary School, 646 North Lawndale Avenue in West Garfield Park.
The announcement was made November 29 in the school auditorium to an assembly of students and his teaching colleagues. In recognition of the prestige of the award, Dr. Christopher A. Koch, Illinois State Superintendent of Education, was on hand, as were Chicago Board of Education President Mary Richardson-Lowry, and 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett.
After a dramatic build-up by Dr. Jane Foley, Senior Vice President of the Milken Family Foundation, the Ryerson auditorium erupted into a roar of approval when the name of Dexter Chaney, the quiet, mild-mannered transplanted Texan, was announced. Chaney came forward from his seat with his class and wiped tears from his eyes as he tried to compose himself to receive the award and speak to the assembly.
Chaney receives a cash award of $25,000 – about which he commented quietly, “Well, now I can buy some pencils.”
“Mr. Chaney’s wealth of knowledge on differentiated instruction and his expertise in using data to improve teaching and student learning has been invaluable to both students and his colleagues at Ryerson,” said Dr. Christopher A Koch, State Superintendent of Education. “The Milken Family Foundation’s ability to seek out and recognize teachers of Mr. Chaney’s high caliber is very much appreciated. This award is an excellent opportunity to showcase a talented teacher who is striving to make a difference in students’ lives.”
According to the Milken Foundation, Chaney uses the manners he was taught as a child in Texas to model respect and engage his colleagues, students’ families, and members of the community. He firmly believes that parental and community involvement is directly linked to successful learning.
Chaney is known for his pursuit of professional development activities and opportunities that help good teachers become better teachers, according to the Foundation. His dedication to continuously seeking methods that will best help students succeed has earned him the reputation of an outstanding mentor who has earned high levels of respect from colleagues, administrators, students, and families.
“He serves as a role model to not only the children in his classroom, but to every child in the school,” says Lorenzo Russell, his Principal. “Dexter is highly visible to every student because of his tireless efforts, his work in the community, and his participation in after-school and extracurricular activities. Our students know they can count on him.”
A teacher for six years, Chaney is known for his dedication to helping students succeed. Although school doesn’t officially begin until 9:00 AM, Chaney is always at Ryerson by 7:30 AM to let children in any grade come to his classroom. Chaney provides tutoring if needed but, more often, he provides an ear and a safe environment for the students of Ryerson.
Dexter Chaney superbly represents the rebirth of Martin A. Ryerson School under the creative leadership of Principal Lorenzo Russell. In his three years at the helm, Russell has actively recruited male teachers, introduced single-gender classes to promote student focus on academics, tied athletics directly to scholastic performance, raised test scores from 40% to over 76% of students performing at state norms, and brought Ryerson from one of Chicago’s worst schools for attendance to one of its best.


Monday, December 6, 2010


Jamiah On Fire & The Red Machine, winners of the 2010 Chicago Blues Challenge and a trip to Memphis, comprises Jamiah, 15, on guitar & lead vocals; Jalon, 11, on drums; and Kenyonte, 9, on bass.A blues trio called Jamiah On Fire & The Red Machine, comprising guitarist and lead vocalist Jamiah, 15; Jalon, 11, on drums; and Kenyonte, 9, on bass, won the 2010 Chicago Blues Challenge at Heartland Café on Chicago’s North Side. They opened a November 7 showcase of winning adult bands at Buddy Guy’s Legends.
    Jamiah On Fire & The Red Machine won a trip to Memphis, Tennessee, where they will perform in a Youth Showcase with bands from across the nation at the International Blues Challenge on February 3 & 4. The competition is sponsored by the Windy City Blues Society. All three band members of Jamiah On Fire & The Red Machine are residents of Calumet City and play numerous engagements throughout the year. For booking information, call 312/810-2657.


Glenn Grogan, Graphic Design intern from the Paul Simon Job Corps Center, works on ad creation & page layout at THE VOICE Newspapers with Senior Designer Jeff Potter. (Photo by Brad)
Glenn Grogan came to the Paul Simon Job Corps Center on Chicago’s West Side 14 months ago from his home in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was 17 years old and high school wasn’t working out for him. He was falling behind and cutting classes, so his mother encouraged him to enroll in the Job Corps for employment training.
    Glenn says he was very skeptical at first about going to the Job Corps because he thought it was going to be like a boot camp. But, he decided to pursue training in Graphic Design and was, therefore, sent to Chicago because the Paul Simon Center is the only Job Corps campus in the country offering training in that career field.
    “I earned my GED at the Paul Simon Center and received my Adobe Certified Associate credentials (ACA) by completing the course,” Glenn explains.
    As a requirement for completing his course, Glenn needed to serve an internship utilizing the skills he had learned. He chose THE VOICE Newspapers, where he is working under the supervision of Senior Graphic Designer Jeff Potter in ad trafficking, ad design, photo retouching & processing, and page layout.
    “I am being introduced to a lot of new programs in a real life work setting, helping publish a major weekly community newspaper,” says Glenn. “I see that it really takes a team to produce each issue of the newspaper and everyone’s job is important.”
    He says Jeff Potter is giving him good advice on potential career paths in Graphic Design. Glenn plans to attend college when he leaves the Job Corps and continue studying Graphic Design.