Student Spotlight

At South Loop Elementary School we have the best, brightest and most creative students in the city of Chicago, but don't just take our word for it! Here are just a few our students and their accomplishments. Take a moment to see for yourself how awesome our students are.

South Loop School's Got Talent

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The Chicago Journal recently wrote a review for South Loop's Extended Day play "Rock of Ages." Congratulations to all cast and crew for doing an excellent job.  A special thanks also goes out to Mr. Neil and Ms. Jessica for the wonderful job they did organinzing such an undertaking. View the full article here. PSA

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SLES Spring Clean & Green 2012

Clean and GreenThis year's Spring Clean & Green event was a huge success as South Loop students, parents and area volunteers planted a new garden on the east side--complete with plant markers. South Loop's Beta Club also pitched in by painting the large planters at the entrance and planting sunflowers on the north side of the school. Special thanks to Alderman Fioretti as he joined us and brought pizza for the kids!

South Loop Brownie Scouts Troop Plants Trees for Earth Day

Fioretti and studentsFor an area service project and in coordination with Alderman Fiorettis office, the South Loop Brownie and Cadette Troop collected pennies to purchase trees to be planted throughout the Chicagoland Area. Out of the 100 total trees planted in Chicago, 5 were planted on the west side of South Loop Elementary on Earth Day (April 22nd). This service project also marks the 100th year anniversary of the Girl Scouts  from which the number of total trees planted (100) was derived.

Staying in the Loop - A Student Blog

Staying in the loop"Staying in the Loop: Chicago Pride the South Loop Way" is a student run blog for students to discuss what is happening in the South Loop community.  It is an opportunity for them to share their thoughts and understand one another.  Check out what's going on and look forward to open, honest and REAL discussions with between the students and the parents at South Loop Elementary.

Happy Birthday, Ella!

South Loop Happy Bday Ella!In true CJP fashion, performance and education go hand in hand. In preparing for this concert, we included Ella Fitzgerald in our spring Jazz Alive curriculum. Listening to Ella recordings, learning about her life, adding specific and relevant vocabulary words and history content, and yes, of course, doing a little scatting! Nearly a century after her birth, Ella has now touched the lives of over 300 students in our Jazz Alive program throughout Chicago Public Schools. A special thank you to the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation for their support of this program. Click "Read More" for the video of this wonderful performance feature several students from around CPS, including South Loop Elementary School.


Othello Comes Alive!

As part of Ms. Menoni's Othello unit, students in last year’s seventh grade (current 8th graders)  collaborated with artist, and South Loop School parent, Alberto Aguilar to create a video exploring their understanding of this Shakespearean masterpiece. The result of this collaboration can be seen in the video below.


5th Grade Chess Team Places 7th at the National K-12 Chess Championship

5th grade chess champions!The South Loop Elementary School 5th grade chess team of Akhil and Nikhil Kalghatgi competed in the 2011 National K-12 Chess Championship held in Dallas, TX on November 18-20, 2011 and placed 7th in the tournament. This tournament was conducted by United States Chess Federation.

In addition, in the Individual K-5 championship, Akhil and Nikhil were tied for 15th place (top 15 places were awarded trophies. It was a very competitive tournament and the kids performed admirably.


Common Threads

Common ThreadsIn partnership with Common Threads, South Loop Elementary Students are learning to connect with their bodies, their neighbors, and their world in bite-sized lessons. Common Threads is a hands-on cooking program that educates children about the importance of nutrition and physical well-being, and to foster an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking.