SPV School News Archive

2010-2011 School Year

SPV Alum Greets China’s President

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Students from Ms. Sullivan’s 3rd grade and Ms. Morice’s 4th grade classes honored heroes of the Women’s Rights Movement during their Women’s Herstory presentation.

Congratulations, PRIDE JV Soccer!

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We are all thrilled that you were able to wrap up your season with a Championship Win! Congratulations to the entire team and to Coaches Jorge Trejo and Erika Torres. We are so proud of you!

SPV Alum Greets China’s President

SPV alum Jacqueline Rodriguez was chosen to greet Chinese President
Hu Jintao during his visit to Walter Payton High School last week.
Jaqueline is a senior at Payton and greeted the president in Cantonese. Congratulations! You truly are making a world of difference!

Click here to watch video clip!

SPV Students Celebrate El Dia de los Muertos


“Would you like to put your flower on the wall or next to your grandpa?” Ms. Sullivan asked one student.

“Next to my grandpa, please,” he replied. Together, the two laid a papercempasúchil flower next to a picture of the student’s grandfather. The picture was among an array of pictures of loved ones and pets that the students wanted to remember on this special day.

Each student made their own cempasúchil, an orange marigold used by the Aztecs to remember their beloved dead. Students also created a decorative banner and made colorful sugar skulls to create a more celebratory environment.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is the day that Mexicans around the world remember and celebrate the ancestors and friends who have died but have certainly not been forgotten. Third grade student Odette explained that we should not be sad that people are dead but rather “happy that they were alive and we knew them.”

“It is truly a unique celebration,” said Principal Nancy Nasko. “By the time students leave our school, many have suffered some serious losses. This is a time for students to recognize those losses as a natural part of life.”

Throughout the day, students are encouraged to share memories about those they have lost. “My dog died,” said one, “but she was a really good dog!”