Recognition & Awards
We are proud of our students and staff at Ray Elementary School. We are honored to have received many awards and acknowledgements, in general and specifically, for the hard work and creativity put forth by our community members.
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Ingenuity, Inc. Creative Schools Fund Creative Schools Award:
Improv + Math = Active Learning
January 2017 - $15,000
Ray School partnered with The Revival theater in Hyde Park to apply for and receive funding to cultivate improv training in its birthplace on Chicago’s South Side. This innovative collaboration – Improv + Math = Active Learning – immersed 7th and 8th grade students in a series of improv games and exercises designed to strengthen the underlying tenets of Illinois’ Common Core Math standards including:
Oppenheimer Family Foundation and an Anonymous DonoR
September 2015 - $20,000
Ray School and the University of Chicago’s Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education (now UChicago STEM) applied for and received funding for a professional development initiative to strengthen mathematics instruction via a multifaceted professional development program that included classroom coaching, professional development workshops, leadership development, and university courses for teachers.
SECC Neighborhood Enhancement GranT
May 2015 - $5,000
The Ray School Gardening Committee applied for and received funding to plant 7 new trees, prune an existing mature tree and remove 3 dead and declining trees on school property. The work was completed by Ray School volunteers in cooperation with Openlands IL, a nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1963 to protect the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois.
Chicago Environmental Stewards
Through a partnership with the Lincoln Park Zoo, our fifth graders will engage in a program titled “Chicago Environmental Stewards”. Students are learning how to protect, restore, and observe their local environment. The program includes classroom visits, fully funded field trips to natural areas, and completion of a stewardship action project unique to Ray school.
Young Researchers Collaborative
Through a partnership with the Lincoln Park Zoo, our seventh and eighth graders are participating in a program titled “Young Researchers Collaborative”. The program focuses on animal behavior and ecology studies. It is conducted both at school and on zoo grounds in an effort to teach students research skills as they conduct authentic research projects aligned with the work of zoo researchers.