Month: June 2021

EDITORIAL — Keep the first draft of history alive: Reinstate Payton’s acclaimed newspaper and broadcast classes

In February 2020, WBEZ reporter Adriana Cardona-Maguidad produced a story about the decline of Chicago public high school newspaper programs, titled “Keeping First Draft of History Alive in Chicago Public High Schools.” She visited Payton’s newspaper class to record a student pitch meeting, and in her story she said Payton was one of the few Chicago public high schools with a “thriving newspaper.” That fall, Payton’s newspaper and broadcast classes disappeared.

BREAKING NEWS: Melissa Resh resigns as principal following controversy, introduces new Administrator-In-Charge, Michael Durr

By Alexis Park, Copy Editor and Kate Lavin, Editor-in-Chief
Melissa Resh, principal of Walter Payton College Prep, announced her resignation Thursday, after the Director of Transformative Justice, Kristin McKay announced in May that she will not return to Payton in the fall. Principal Resh’s resignation comes amid weeks of controversy surrounding […]

Payton Students Reflect On the Online Year

By Vivian Kaleta, Copy Editor
In March 2020, COVID-19 forced Payton students to stay at home. Without preparation, teachers had to resort to sending assignments and students completing them by the end of the day. The 2020-2021 school year started fully online, with teachers holding live classes over video calls with their classes. Later in the school year, hybrid learning […]