Payton’s faculty will feature 11 new teachers this school year, two of whom are Payton alumni.
Paw Print Editor Will Foster is 17 years old and a member of the Walter Payton College Prep Class of 2020. In addition to his newspaper work, he writes about legal matters for the High School SCOTUS blog. In 2015-16 he was a Kid Reporter for Sports Illustrated Kids magazine and website. Additionally, he was the editor-in-chief of his middle school newspaper for two years. You can find his work for Sports Illustrated Kids at http://bit.ly/2mcsRDJ (the page may take a little bit to load as it is an archived page). When clicking on individual articles from that page, it is advised that you right click and click "open link in new tab" for faster loading times.
Each spring, Payton students submit their course requests for the following school year. On a website called Sound Programming, they rank their choices and select alternates as required. Yet this is only the beginning of an arduous process that will last all summer: Creating daily schedules for Payton’s more than 1,100 students.
Principal Timothy Devine on May 29 announced that Payton would reprint its 2018-19 yearbooks at a cost of more than $22,000 after the revelation that several students had been pictured making the “OK” hand gesture — a once-innocuous symbol that has been usurped by hate groups in recent months.
Nearly two-dozen Payton students joined hundreds of Chicago teens in skipping school on March 15 to attend a downtown rally calling for action against global warming, as part of a worldwide youth “climate strike.”
Payton students participated in a variety of service projects throughout Chicagoland on Monday as part of the school’s annual “Sweetness Day.”
A number of Payton teachers have led a push this school year to achieve greater equity in their students’ learning experiences.
Payton teachers held a brief “walk-in” demonstration in front of school on Thursday morning in a show of solidarity with striking Los Angeles public school teachers.