When Principal Tim Devine announced on February 11 that he would be leaving Payton at the end of this school year, citing a desire to return to teaching, few could have expected that the coronavirus pandemic would upend nearly every facet of daily life in the coming months.
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.
Payton students participated in a variety of service projects throughout Chicagoland on Monday as part of the school’s annual “Sweetness Day.”
More than 50 Payton students joined hundreds of their high school peers from around Chicago on November 6 as they served as election judges during the highly-anticipated midterm elections.
Payton hosted its annual Model United Nations conference on Saturday, December 2, bringing in dozens of students from around the Chicago area for a day of debate and problem-solving.
Payton’s Beginning Choirs held their Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 12, serenading the audience in the recital hall with a diverse set of pieces, from Christmas classics to a Brazilian folk song.
Payton Players premiered its performance of the play “Red Noses” on Friday night, in front of a large crowd in the school auditorium. The play, written by Peter Barnes in 1978, is a zany comedy set in France during the Black Death of the 1300s.
Pouring rain outside did nothing to dampen enthusiasm for Payton’s Homecoming dance on Saturday night.
Payton’s Model UN team received an Outstanding Delegation award at a conference at the University of Chicago Lab School on Saturday.
Last week, four prestigious guest speakers attended Payton as part of Global Action Club’s Guest Speaker Series for International Week.