Diversity Examined at Payton as New Teachers are Hired and School Expands

As the school becomes larger and more teachers are hired, how does the diversity at Payton compare to CPS and Chicago?Infograph by TJ Boland and Julia Moore Payton Expands to 1,077 and Hires New Teachers BY NYARAI KHEPRA Mr. Kevin Lee, Math Paw Print: What is your favorite part of being a teacher? Mr. Lee: “Getting to share this discipline that I love. Math is … Continue reading Diversity Examined at Payton as New Teachers are Hired and School Expands

Fixing Illinois’ Inequitable Schools

By Coleman McJessy Recently, the Illinois General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1947, a first attempt to restructure the inequitable education funding that has defined Illinois for years. Here’s the Breakdown: PROS Illinois’ school funding system has historically disadvantaged struggling school districts by allocating state money based upon performance and local property taxes. The new bill shifts Illinois state school funding to become allocated based upon … Continue reading Fixing Illinois’ Inequitable Schools

Revised Tardy Policy Limits Off-Campus Lunch

70% of Payton seniors lost at least one week of their senior year off-campus lunch privileges, according to a poll of over 100 members of the class of 2018 conducted at the end of the 2016-2017 school year by the Paw Print. These lost privileges are a result of an attendance policy that went into effect on October 11, 2016. The change was made, according … Continue reading Revised Tardy Policy Limits Off-Campus Lunch

Pressing Pause on the School Day

By Hope Rogers In recent years, mental health has emerged at the forefront of issues facing Payton students, so Payton has recently introduced several initiatives to integrate social emotional learning into the school environment. Quiet hours are now enforced in the library, both in the morning and during student lunch periods. Fiona O’Brien ‘18, a leader of Youth Wellness Team, said that the team had … Continue reading Pressing Pause on the School Day

PNN WINS IJEA AWARDS

The following students have won prestigious Illinois Journalism Education Association awards in many print and multimedia categories. This is our first time in this contest, which only awards a single 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each category across the state according to school size. PNN is honored to have been recognized: Best News Story 2nd: Allison Cho, Camille Grandjean, & Grace McDermott – Chromebooks Best … Continue reading PNN WINS IJEA AWARDS

Students feel drawn to express themselves with bathroom graffiti  

By Allison Cho and Claire Luning Editor and J-Club Writer As Payton is one of the brightest high schools in Chicago, some may even expect its bathrooms to be filled with thought-provoking essays and eloquent prose. However, high school has proven to be more than just a place of higher education: in the bathrooms, it is a place of free expression. A recent controversy at … Continue reading Students feel drawn to express themselves with bathroom graffiti  

PNN wins at SPAC awards, Journalist of the Year and Principal of the Year

Congrats to all the PNN journalists and Tim Devine for their awards at the Scholastic Press Association/McCormick Foundation Media Awards today. Principal of the Year – Tim Devine Journalist of the Year – Grace McDermott Sports Photo – Annel Lopez Non-Sports Photo – Annel Lopez News Story – Allison Cho, Camille Grandjean, Grace McDermott General Feature Story – Julianna Ritzu Broadcast Feature Story – Devaughntee … Continue reading PNN wins at SPAC awards, Journalist of the Year and Principal of the Year