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Lumity: Kara Kennedy; 312-372-4872 (x1); KKennedy@Lumity.org

CMSA: Irene Bermudez; 773-761-8960 (x306); bermudez@cmsaonline.net

RPBA: Carolina Juarez; 773-508-5885; cjuarez@rogers-park.com

Local Business Community Brings

Chicago Math and Science Academy STEM Program to the Real World

 Students Pitch Web Development Services to

Rogers Park Small Businesses and Nonprofits at Student Enterprise Event

Chicago, IL, February 10, 2016 – Lumity, The Rogers Park Business Alliance and the Chicago Math & Science Academy team up on February 22 to help increase STEM career achievement at the school’s first Student Enterprise Event.

The event provides a critical link from classroom to workplace by offering the student web development team, The Rogers Park Web Creators, an opportunity to unveil their new website and pitch web services to an audience of prospective clients: Rogers Park small businesses and nonprofits. Clients will be charged fees for the work performed by the student teams. Additional funders and partners in the initiative include CompTIA, Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance and Accenture.

The Student Enterprise Event is a component of Lumity’s ongoing initiative to prepare Chicago’s at risk high school students for STEM careers. The primary objective of Lumity’s program is to expose students to end-to-end experiences – from in classroom work, to site visits, and internships. Students are paired with corporate volunteers to learn STEM skills and receive coaching in teamwork, problem solving and social emotional intelligence concepts.

“Success in STEM requires opportunities to learn by doing … not just watching and relying on textbooks,” explains Lumity Executive Director, Kara Kennedy. “Hands-on learning experiences make classroom learning relevant and helps students see firsthand how and why their new skills are highly desirable in today’s business environment.”

“Many small businesses and nonprofits are often unable to hire local tech talent for projects like building a web presence,” states Irene Bermudez, Community Engagement Coordinator for Chicago Math and Science Academy. “We hope to see other Chicago business communities address this skills gap by getting involved with their local high school’s STEM program. If their local school does not have a STEM program, we encourage them to reach out to organizations like Lumity for support in developing one.”

The Monday, February 22 event takes place at The Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark Street, from 9 AM to 10:30 AM. To receive more information about the event or to attend:  email info@rpwebcreators.com or call Lumity at 312-372-4872.

About Lumity

For over three decades, Lumity has been dedicated to providing technological and financial assistance to charitable organizations and digital literacy and education programs to improve the socio-economic conditions of lower-income neighborhoods. Today, Lumity is focused on exposing Chicago’s youth to STEM careers to inspire students to stay in school, find a meaningful career path, and ultimately, a satisfying job. For more information, go to www.lumity.org.

About Chicago Math and Science Academy

Since 2004, CMSA’s mission has been to prepare students for college graduation by creating an effective learning community with high expectations and a rigorous STEM-focused curriculum. The US News and World Report rated CMSA as one of the top (Bronze Medal) high schools in the nation in 2014 and the school is currently rated 1+ by CPS. CMSA students have been consistently accepted to competitive colleges like University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Notre Dame University, and University of Illinois in Urbana. For more information about CMSA, please visit www.cmsaonline.net.

About the Rogers Park Business Alliance

The Rogers Park Business Alliance cultivates and sustains a thriving economic environment in Rogers Park, serving businesses and residents. Visit them at http://www.rogers-park.com/

 

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FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW, CHICAGO MATH AND SCIENCE ACADEMY (CMSA) RECEIVES “EXCELLENT” RATINGS BY CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Chicago– (October 30, 2014) – Chicago Math & Science Academy (CMSA) has achieved a Level 1+ “Excellent” status in the 2014-2015 School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) report released by Chicago Public Schools. The report establishes the indicators of school performance and growth and the benchmarks against which a school’s success is evaluated on an annual basis.

This marks CMSA’s 3rd year of having an “Excellent” rating (either a Level 1 or Level 1+). The SQRP report is based on school performance metrics such as PSAE /ACT scores, student growth in math and reading, drop-out rate, and attendance rate. This rating places CMSA amongst the highest performing public schools, both charter and district, in Chicago. CMSA’s School Quality Report by CPS is attached and can be found on www.cps.edu

“Every single day the community entrusts their children to us for a quality educational experience. Chicago Math & Science Academy is a school designed to not only send students to college but to have them graduate from college”, states Ali Kuran, principal. “This Level 1+ Excellent status is a testament to the hard work our teachers do every day and the commitment and persistence our students have to achieve”

According to the report, CMSA students made significant gains in key areas:
• Reading growth on NWEA MAP* (grades 6-8) = is in the top 15% of schools nationally
• Math growth on NWEA MAP* (grades 6-8) = is in the top 6% of schools nationally
• Growth of EPAS assessment series (grades 11 PLAN to ACT) = is in the top 4% nationally
• College Persistence Rate (class of 2013) = 84.6%
• Attendance Rate = 97.3%

**NWEA = Northwest Evaluation Association & (MAP) = Measures of Academic Progress are nationally recognized norm-referenced assessments used as one metric in the school quality equation.

Comparison of Student Growth of CMSA with CPS and Nationwide

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These are the district-wide medians/averages in each category. These include all schools with data (charters, non-selective district schools, selective district schools). The averages are unweighted – meaning they do not take into account the size of the school. (National Growth Percentile = Average growth of the school compared to national average growth for schools with the same average pretest score. The school is assigned a percentile representing where it would fall on the national distribution. The national average is the 50th percentile.) *This college persistence rate is among charter schools in Chicago only.

Since 2004, CMSA’s mission has been to prepare students for college graduation by creating an effective learning community with high expectations and a rigorous STEM-focused curriculum. The US News and World Report rated CMSA as one of the top (Bronze Medal) high schools in the nation in 2014. CMSA students have been consistently accepted to competitive colleges like University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Notre Dame University, and University of Illinois in Urbana. For more information about CMSA, please visit www.cmsaonline.net.

CMSA is part of a larger network called Concept Schools. Concept manages four schools in Chicago and 26 others throughout the Midwest, serving a total of 13,000 students. www.conceptschools.org
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CHICAGO MATH AND SCIENCE ACADEMY (CMSA) WELCOMES NEW PRINCIPAL

Chicago, IL – (August 26, 2015) – Chicago Math and Science Academy (CMSA), Where Excellence Thrives, is pleased to announce Mr. Ali Kuran as its new principal. Mr. Kuran served as principal at Quest Charter Academy in Peoria for the last three years. He joined the CMSA team on August 1, 2015.

Mr. Kuran has a degree from the University of Dayton, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. The 2015-2016 school year marks his 13th year in education. He taught middle school and high school Math for several years and has been an administrator for 10 years. Mr. Kuran currently holds a professional principal’s license in both Illinois and Ohio.

“We had a wonderful start to the year. I appreciate the warm welcome by students, staff and community. I feel honored and privileged to be part of the CMSA family. This school has accomplished many great things and I look forward to helping us achieve even more. I am looking forward to great school year!”, states Mr. Kuran.

CMSA is proud to have received a 2015 Bronze rating from the U.S. News & World Report for being among the best high schools in the country. Since 2004 our mission has been to prepare students for college by providing an effective learning community with high expectations and a rigorous curriculum focused on math, science, engineering and technology.

CMSA is managed by Concept Schools, a Chicago-based, not-for-profit charter school management company with 30 charter schools in the Midwest region.
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CHICAGO CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION HONORS ROBOTICS TEAM

Chicago, IL – (May 20, 2015) – Chicago Math and Science Academy (CMSA)’s high school robotics team, the RoboTitans, were recognized by Mayor Emanuel and the City Council for their efforts with a resolution presented by Alderman Joe Moore. The resolution congratulated and “saluted them for their proud representation of our City’s youth on the world stage”. The RoboTitans were the only Chicago team to compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics World Championship in April 2015. 128 teams from around the world competed for the honor of being the world’s best.

“Our students are very proud of the work they’ve accomplished this season. Going to the World Championships expanded their horizons as they met students from other countries and saw amazing robot design. The chance to make it this far into the season was truly an experience they will never forget, “states Principal Aydin Kara.

In addition to their mechanical expertise in building an award-winning robot, the RoboTitans also participated in many community outreach events to demonstrate that science and technology can be fun. This community engagement allows others to learn about robotics and while the students learn valuable skills set in the process”, states Principal Aydin Kara. “The participation in our community is very important to the team’s success and to CMSA’s mission”.

Students involved in FTC learn to apply real-world math and science concepts, develop program-solving, organizational and team building-skills, and are eligible for millions of dollars of scholarship funding. CMSA has a consistent track record in robotics achievements and regularly hosts FTC and FLL qualifiers at its campus.

CMSA is managed by Concept Schools, a Chicago-based, not-for-profit charter school management company with 30 charter schools in the Midwest region.
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DENZEL AKOSA RECEIVES GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARSHIP

Chicago, IL – (May 13, 2015) – Chicago Math and Science Academy (CMSA)’s senior Denzel Akosa becomes the first student at CMSA to receive the Gates Millennium Scholarship (GMS) before he begins his college career at Northwestern University in the fall. He will attend Northwestern on a full-ride scholarship. CMSA is one of 3 charter schools in Chicago whose students have received the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

“This is a significant achievement for Denzel as well as for CMSA. Our goal is to have as many scholarships for our students as possible and the Gates Millennium program is a prestigious program, “ states Principal Aydin Kara. “I am very grateful to our teaching staff and counselors for helping Denzel get to this point his academic career. And, I congratulate his parents on a job very well done. ”

“I feel blessed to be given this scholarship. It’s a relief for my parents as well because of the high cost of college education” states Denzel.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose. Continuing Gates Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science. The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence by providing thousands of outstanding students, who have significant financial need, the opportunity to reach their full potential.

CMSA’s mission is to prepare students for college by offering a rigorous curriculum based on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). CMSA is managed by Concept Schools, a Chicago-based, not-for-profit charter school management company with 30 charter schools in the Midwest region.
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CHICAGO MATH AND SCIENCE ACADEMY (CMSA)

STUDENTS WIN 7 AWARDS IN ROBOTICS COMPETITIONS

 

Chicago (February 4, 2015) – Chicago Math and Science Academy‘s robotics teams have won 7 awards in three consecutive competitions since the year began. These wins have earned them the right to proceed on to State Finals in Ohio and Illinois.  The RoboTitans, are set to compete at the Illinois State Championship and  the RoboWarriors, will compete in the Ohio State Championship.

 

On the weekend of January 18-19th,  the CMSA teams earned two trophies in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Qualifier Tournament in Ohio. CMSA’s RoboWarriors won a First Place trophy in the semi-finals round. In addition, the RoboWariors also won First Place Winning Alliance at this event. The RoboWarriors will compete in Ohio for the FTC State Championship at ISPACE on February 13-14, 2015.

 

On January 24, 2015 the teams attended the League Championship in Crystal Lake, IL. Our teams received two more trophies. RoboWarriors received a trophy for the First Place Winning Alliance Team and the RoboTitans received the Judges Award for impressing the judges with their Gracious Professionalism.

 

On January 31, 2015, the teams traveled to the Batavia Qualifier tournament at Batavia, IL. The RoboTitans gained first place position out of 30 teams placing them in the finals. Both the RoboTitans and the RoboWarriors each received trophies for the Finalist Alliance Captain and Team. In addition, the RoboTitans received the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award for their innovative solution to the Game Challenge that most others teams overlooked.

 

“We are very proud of our student’s consecutive achievements over the past weekends.  It is unusual to bring back so many trophies in a month which I believe speaks  to the commitment of our teachers and students and their continuous strive for the best education possible”, states Principal Aydin Kara.

 

CMSA is managed by Concept Schools, a Chicago-based, not-for-profit charter school Management Company with 30 charter schools in 32 campuses throughout the Midwest.

 

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CHICAGO MATH AND SCIENCE ACADEMY (CMSA)

STUDENTS WIN TOP AWARDS IN VARIOUS DISCIPLINES

 

Chicago (January 23, 2015) – Chicago Math and Science Academy students won awards for poetry, robotics and science over the Dr. Martin Luther King memorial weekend. Their hard work and efforts culminated in recognition as top performing Chicago Public School students.

 

Sidney Hunt and Ololade Taiwo were among the hundreds of students who submitted their work for the Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre’s “Too Hot to Handel” student poetry competition. Sidney and Ololade wrote poems reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of “beloved community”. Both poems won the top two prizes taking 1st place and runner-up. This marked the first year that both the first place and runner-up winners came from the same school. Sidney and Ololade had the honor of performing their poems at the Saturday and Sunday “Too Hot to Handel: Jazz Gospel Messiah” performances at the Auditorium theatre for audiences of over 2,400 people. Their poems are currently on display in the theatre.

 

On the robotics front, CMSA Teams earned two trophies in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Qualifier Tournament in Ohio on Jan. 17-19. The Ohio teams are among the best in the Midwest and have won the FIRST FTC World Championships. CMSA’s RoboWarriors stayed focused, won every match and ended winning a trophy for first place in the semi-finals. This allowed the RoboWarriors the ability to pair up with another top team for the Alliance part of the competition. With dedicated strategy and focus, the RoboWariors took First Place Winning Alliance! As the First Place Winning Alliance Captain the RoboWarriors Team #7009 will be going to the Ohio State Championships in February.

 

The CPS Northwest Regional Science Fair was also a great success for CMSA students. All of the students who competed in this fair won awards. First Place prize went to sophomores Bizi Obedi, Jocelyn Perez, Haris Qazi and senior Sana Slote. These top prize winners make up four out of the 100 students moving on to compete in the CPS City Science Fair at the Museum of Science and Industry from March 19 – 22nd. Second place at the Regional went to senior Denzel Akosa, third place went to seniors Tayyaba Hanif, Hernan Razo, and junior Ying Yu.

 

“We are very proud of our student’s achievements this past weekend. It is rare for a school to have such multiple recognitions in various academic disciplines all within the same weekend. It demonstrates the commitment of our teachers and students and their continuous strive for the best education possible”, states Principal Aydin Kara.

 

CMSA is managed by Concept Schools, a Chicago-based, not-for-profit charter school Management Company with 30 charter schools in 32 campuses throughout the Midwest.

 

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CHICAGO MATH AND SCIENCE ACADEMY (CMSA)
GRADUATES EARNED THE HIGHEST COLLEGE PERSISTENCE RATE

Chicago (January 6, 2015) – Based on the latest data released by Chicago Public Schools (CPS), CMSA graduates earned the highest college persistence rate (86%) among students who graduated in 2012 from non-selective public schools in the city of Chicago.PERSISTENCE RATE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: https://www.incschools.org/tableau/?post=34&type=college_success&index=0-0

The College Persistence Rate refers to the percentage of students who return to college for their second year. This accountability metric has recently been included in the School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) developed by CPS to evaluate high school performance in Chicago Public Schools. It also serves as a marker for postsecondary education continuation behavior that leads to college graduation.

As a college prep school, CMSA employs two full-time college counselors to assist students with their college applications and one full-time alumni coordinator to help CMSA graduates remain enrolled in college. Among other factors, rising cost of higher education is the top reason why students drop out of college. That is why financial aid and scholarships play an important role in college persistence. At CMSA, the class of 2014 received over $8million merit-based scholarships. Parents also receive periodic information on financial aid during FAFSA nights.

CMSA graduates are currently enrolled in many colleges and universities including University of Chicago, Cornell University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US Naval Academy, Northeastern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Madison and as well as city colleges.

“This high rating demonstrates our staff’s commitment to preparing students for college. I am grateful to all our staff members for creating such a school environment,” states Mr. Aydin Kara, principal. “At CMSA we realize that our mission is not only to ensure our students get into college but also support their efforts towards college completion. This high persistence rate is tangible proof that we are on the right track.”

The high college persistence rating is just another of the many accolades received by CMSA. Now in its 10th year of service to the Rogers Park community, CMSA has achieved a level 1 ranking from CPS for the past two consecutive years.

CMSA is managed by Concept Schools, a Chicago-based, not-for-profit charter school Management Company with 30 charter schools in 32 campuses throughout the Midwest.
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Chicago Math and Science Academy COncert Band Students Bring home the Gold

March 8, 2012– On February 25, 2012 Chicago Math and Science Academy Concert Band students represented CMSA at the Annual Chicago All-City Solo and Ensemble Festival Competition. Students competed against hundreds of Chicago Public School students from various schools around the city. Their dedication and hard work are evident, as they all received medals.

Gold Medalists: Anthony Lazcano, Hernan Razo, Alexandra Alvarez, Saleem Khan, Damilola Oyedokun, Matilda Patterson, Marisol Palma, Winifred Obanor, Jessica Clarke, Lishan Rahman, Matthew McCray, Kimberly Medina, Kevin Carrillo, and Ursula Enem

Silver Medalists: Cesar Ayala, Michael Victoria, Teliane Bakala, and Christopher Davis

 

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Students excel outside the classroom at concept schools’ science and engineering fair

March 8, 2012– Around 500 students from seven Midwest states showcased their impressive, independently created projects at Concept Schools’ 9th Annual Science and Engineering Fair on March 3, 2012 at Cleveland State University.  Concept Schools, a not-for-profit charter school management company, manages 27 tuition-free, high performing, college preparatory schools in the Midwest with a math, science and technology emphasis.

 

Students competed in 14 categories ranging from health science, physics and zoology to engineering, biochemistry and computer science in a junior division (grades 5-8) and senior division (grades 9-12).  230 judges from colleges, universities and schools assessed the student projects based on a comprehensive rubric.  The results from Chicago Math and Science Academy are as follows: CMSA won best school in senior category, Winifred Obanor won best category in Electronics and Engineering, Damilola Oyedokun won best category in Biochemistry, and Raolat Odeyale won best category in Physics. Overall, CMSA won 3 best medals, 5 gold medals, and 3 silver medals. Congratulations to the following students for winning medals: Damilola Oyedokun, Winifred Obanor, Raolat Odeyale, Rahila Qureshi, Milosz Tomaszewski, Safa Slote, Hernan Razo, Muhammad Aftab, Jerry Zhu, Teliane Bakala, and Estrellita Correa.

 

The awards ceremony began with the Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School Color Guard and Drill Team presentation followed by the band playing the National Anthem.  CONSEF was pleased to welcome Ohio State Representative Bill Patmon as the keynote speaker.  Representative Patmon, an influential member of the House Education Committee, inspired students, parents and community members, passed out student medals and took photos with students.

 

 

All students received recognition for their high-quality projects in various ways, including medals, certificates, trophies and monetary awards.  The ‘Best of Fair’ winner received an HP Touchpad. CONSEF integrated art into science by organizing a design contest for the fair and recognized the winner, Kashi Johnson, by $250 monetary award.

 

CONSEF is open to all students, including public, charter, private and home schooled students in grades 5 through 12. Concept aims to promote STEM education in early grades by giving students the chance gain recognition for their hard work.

 

Additional information may be found on the CONSEF website: www.consef.org.

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CHICAGO MATH AND SCIENCE ACADEMY (CMSA) HOLDS ADMISSION LOTTERY FOR 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR  

 

Chicago (January 22, 2014) – Chicago Math and Science Academy, rated a Level 1 Excellent school by CPS, will hold its yearly admissions lottery for new students on January 31, 2014 at 5:30pm. CMSA has about 125 spots available (75 spots for 6th grade and 50 spots for 9th grade) for the 2014-2015 school year. Currently there are 500 applications for the available spots. The lottery will take place at the school and is open to the public.

 

“CMSA seniors have consistently achieved 90% college acceptance rate. Last year our college counselors were able to raise over $6 million in scholarship funding. I think these facts are why parents want their children to attend our school,” states Principal Aydin Kara. Those students whose names are not drawn will be placed on a wait list in case spots open up before the school year begins.

 

Since opening in 2004, CMSA’s mission has been to prepare students for college by creating an effective learning community with high expectations and a rigorous curriculum focused on math, science and technology. The focus on STEM includes Project Lead The Way for pre-engineering classes, award-winning robotics teams, and longer 90-minute Math and English classes. Students at CMSA live mostly in Rogers Park. 94% of students are eligible for free and/or reduced lunches. CMSA offers students the rigorous education and discipline necessary to change the trajectory of their lives.

 

CMSA is managed by Concept Schools, a Chicago-based, not-for-profit charter school management company with 30 charter schools in the Midwest region. Chicago Math and Science Academy: Where Excellence Thrives.

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CHICAGO MATH AND SCIENCE ACADEMY (CMSA) PRESENTS THE FIRST ANNUAL “CMSA GOOD NEIGHBOR” AWARD

 

Chicago (February 21, 2014) –   Chicago Math and Science Academy, Where Excellence Thrives, rated a Level 1 “Excellent”  school by CPS, inaugurates a new community service award, the “CMSA Good Neighbor Award” to recognize positive figures in the Rogers Park community.  CMSA has chosen Mr. Hashmi Syed, Owner for 7-Eleven, as the first recipient of its award. The award will be presented to Mr. Syed at a community breakfast on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at 9:00am at the school at 7212 N. Clark Street.

 

Mr. Syed came to Chicago in 1969 and worked as a graphic artist. In 1991, he became the owner for the 7- Eleven store at 1441 West Pratt in Rogers Park.  His store has been a staple of the Rogers Park area for the past 23 years. Mr. Syed has served as treasurer, vice president and president of this successful franchise operation.

 

“Mr. Syed has supported the efforts of CMSA to provide our students with a college prep, STEM-focused education since we opened our school in 2004,” states Aydin Kara, principal of the school. “He also has a solid reputation for caring deeply about Rogers Park and making sure our community here is well served. We are very pleased to recognize him with our award as we celebrate our 10th anniversary,” states Kara.

 

CMSA’s mission is to prepare students for college by offering a rigorous curriculum based on math, science, engineering and technology. CMSA is managed by Concept Schools, a Chicago-based, not-for-profit charter school management company with 30 charter schools in the Midwest region. Concept Schools will open two more schools in Chicago in the fall of 2014.

 

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CHICAGO MATH AND SCIENCE ACADEMY (CMSA) STUDENT NAMED

GOLDEN APPLE SCHOLAR OF ILLINOIS

 

Chicago (March 3, 2014, 2013) – CMSA senior Ayesha Yousuf has been recently named as a 2014 Golden Apple Illinois Scholar. Over 1,600 nominations were received for this prestigious and notable achievement. Ms. Yousuf is among 175 Illinois students to receive this honor.

 

CMSA College Counselor Mrs. Turkay nominated Ayesha for the award.  “She is a very responsible student who volunteers for various community projects. Ayesha is very patient, understanding and kind. She does not give up or become easily discouraged when she is faced by challenges. On the contrary, she works harder to achieve her goal. I think these are assets all teachers should have and that is why I nominated her,” state Mrs. Turkay. Ayesha has been a student at CMSA since the 9th grade. By choosing teaching as her career Ayesha is following in her mother’s footsteps.

 

The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois is a highly competitive program which seeks the best and brightest of Illinois youth interested in a teaching career. Those selected receive advanced teacher preparation through Summer Institutes that give them early practice and exposure to the art of teaching as well as financial assistance for college. In return for the extensive professional, personal and financial support they receive, Scholars agree to teach for five years in an Illinois school of need.

 

Since 2004, CMSA’s mission has been to prepare students for college by creating an effective learning community with high expectations and a rigorous curriculum focused on math, science and technology. CMSA is managed by Concept Schools, a Chicago-based, not-for-profit charter school Management Company with 30 charter schools in the Midwest region.

 

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CHICAGO MATH AND SCIENCE ACADEMY (CMSA) HONORS 24TH DIDSTRICT POLICE DEPARTMENT WITH “PUBLIC SERVICE” AWARD

 

Chicago (March 27, 2014) –   Chicago Math and Science Academy, Where Excellence Thrives,  rated a Level 1 “Excellent” school by CPS, honored the 24th District Police Department with is inaugural “Public Service Award” , to recognize the men and women who model public service in the Rogers Park community. CMSA presented this award to Commader Waldera and Sargent Robert Kane during a community breakfast on March 26, 2014 at 9:00am at the school at 7212 N. Clark Street.
“We wanted to recognize the men and women of the 24th District Police Department as the heroes of our community,” states Aydin Kara, principal. “The brave people put their lives at risk every day to keep us safe. We are deeply grateful to each of these officers who answer the call to maintain democracy and decency in our society.” The students paid tribute by creating art work, writing thank you letters as well as performing three musical numbers for the guests.

 

CMSA has worked closely with the 24th District Police Department to ensure the safety of its students. CAPS meetings are held at the school monthly, and we …

 

CMSA’s mission is to prepare students for college by offering a rigorous curriculum based on math, science, engineering and technology. CMSA is managed by Concept Schools, a Chicago-based, not-for-profit charter school management company with 30 charter schools in the Midwest region. Concept Schools will open two more schools in Chicago in the fall of 2014.

 

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CHICAGO MATH AND SCIENCE ACADEMY & CENTRO ROMERO

PARTNER TO OFFER FREE ESL CLASSES

 

Chicago (September 8, 2014) – CMSA , rated  Excellent High School by Chicago Public Schools, is offering free ESL classes for adults beginning  Monday, September 15, 2014, from 6:30-8:30pm. These classes are made possible through a partnership with Centro Romero. The classes are open to anyone in the Rogers Park community who has an interest in learning to speak English. They are scheduled to run until December 17, 2014 and will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays.

“There is a very strong need among our parents, as well as the Rogers Park community in general, for ESL classes. Our desire is to be able to offer our community as many programs as possible that can prepare them for a better future,” states CMSA Principal Aydin Kara. “We are very happy to be working with the excellent staff at Centro Romero to provide this much-needed service in our community.”

 

Dena Giacometti, Program Director for Adult Education at Centro Romero, states: “Centro Romero is an organization rooted in the community and based on the premise that education is for everyone.  We are excited to partner with the Chicago Math and Science Academy to bring another English language class to Rogers Park and further the participants’ pursuit of upward mobility.”

Since 2004, CMSA’s mission has been to prepare students for college by creating an effective learning community with high expectations and a rigorous curriculum focused on math, science and technology.

CMSA is managed by Concept Schools, a Chicago-based, not-for-profit charter school management company with 32 schools in the Midwest region.