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Steinmetz hosts elementary schools in CPS SCORE

Steinmetz is playing host to a nine-week Saturday elementary school program called CPS SCORE!  (Sports Can Open Roads to Excellence), with sixth through eighth grade boys and girls basketball teams playing a tournament, coordinated through Sports Administration in conjunction with the Chicago Park District.

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Senior student volunteers work as hall guards, score book keepers, scoreboard/clock operators, concession stand vendors, balcony monitors, and general runners during the eight-hour day. The elementary schools in the tournaments are Chicago Academy Elementary School, CICS West Belden Prussing Elementary School, Sayre Elementary Language Academy, Locke Elementary School, Reinberg Elementary School and Smyser Elementary School.
Calling our program “impeccable,” Randy Ernst, the Executive Director of the CPS Office of Sports and Administration, praised Steinmetz in a letter he wrote to Network 3 Chief of Schools Randel Josserand:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Ernst, Randy <rernst2@cps.edu>
Date: Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 6:22 PM
Subject: Elementary Sports Program
To: “Josserand, Randel” <rbjosserand@cps.edu>
Cc: “Ngo, Stephen” <sjngo@cps.edu>, Robin Russo <rrrusso@cps.edu>
Chief Josserand,

I would have liked to get this note to you sooner as you and your teams have been on my mind all week.

I sincerely appreciate your support for the elementary school sports program. Early on, you understood the vision and saw the value in bringing schools and communities together around sports. From that leadership, you opened the door for what I witnessed this past Saturday. The programs at Prosser and Austin were great: the gyms were full, the staff was on board, and the schools were buzzing with students and adults alike.  

Even more, the Steinmetz program was impeccable and Principal Stephen Ngo and Site Manager Robin Russo should be commended for all their hard work. Everything was well organized and thought out far beyond any other school in the city. I was greeted at the door by a friendly “minion” with information for families about the schedule and the school. The environment was very welcoming and organized for games, concessions, practice space, and tours. There were tons of volunteers to ensure that each student’s experience was positive. The site manager shared some of her excellent ideas for how they can engage the students and families during downtime. Their embrace of this program is exactly where the vision is meant to go in an attempt to restore the neighborhood high school as a social center for the community. This can lead to great things for everyone involved and I am really excited to see how Steinmetz implements their ideas over the upcoming weeks—without question, they are the best practice for this program and I will be using their example with all current and future sites.

As an alumnus of Steinmetz I can’t tell you how proud I was to be a “Silver Streak.”

Thank you again,

Randy

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