The Payton Pulse

News and Updates from the Principal's Desk

A Note from Principal Shabazz

Questions asked by YOU and answered by Principal Shabazz

I seem to have dropped off the Payton Pulse e-mail list the last several weeks. I checked my spam/junk and nothing. The only way I am seeing this is via a parent FB post, where other parents mentioned the same issue.

Thank you for sharing this concern. I have received emails from two other parents with the same issue. I'm unsure why this is happening because the parent's emails are listed correctly in ASPEN. I have contacted CPS technical support and provided the parents who have reached out to me with the number for CPS Parent Technical Support. I will reach out to Tech Support again this week regarding the issue to see if they can get it resolved.


Greetings Grizzlies!

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year. This year, I will continue the process of soliciting questions for students and parents through the Payton Pulse. Questions will be selected and answered each week. Please note that your question will be shared with the entire school community so please keep this in mind when submitting your questions. If you have an immediate concern, please feel free to contact the school's main office at 773-534-0034. Submit your question or comment here.


Tuesday, October 25 - Report Card Distribution

Wednesday, October 26 - Seminar Day

Monday, October 31 - Costume Day

Tuesday, November 2 - FOP Community Meeting

Saturday, November 5 - Open House for Prospective Students

Tuesday, November 8 - No School (Election Day)

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Link to view all of Payton's bell schedules.


Payton Welcomes Jason Dunda from SAIC

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Students in the AP Art classes will have the opportunity to earn college credit through a partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago!

Jason Dunda is a Chicago-based Canadian painter who also creates sewn and carved objects. He has exhibited in Chicago, New York, Sweden, Iceland, Kuwait, France, and Canada. His work is represented in the collections of Todd Oldham, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, and the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto. He holds the position of Associate Professor, adj. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Mr. Dunda will partner with the current teacher, Mx. Simone Scigousky, to deliver high-quality, college-level instruction to students.

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Managing Student Absence with E-Absence

An exciting new feature is coming to the Aspen Parent Portal that will allow parents and guardians to submit and track student absences electronically. The new E-Absence feature will be available to the Aspen Parent Portal users at the beginning of the second quarter on October 24, 2022. If you need access to the Aspen Parent Portal contact the Main Office at 773-534-0034.

Steps to reporting E-Absences:

The E-Absence feature is designed for optimal experience on a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet.

  1. Log in to Aspen Parent Portal to see the student’s past absences. If using a mobile device sign-in to the Parent Portal Mobile View.
  2. Click the Menu Icon on the left side of the screen.
  3. Click on Forms.
  4. Click on (+) icon to access the student’s unexcused absences.
  5. Select the reason and provide an explanation.
  6. Submit the request.

After the request is submitted, Aspen sends parent/guardian an email notifying them their request was received and they will receive another email when their request is approved or denied.

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WPCP Halloween Guidelines

Halloween may be celebrated on Monday October 31, 2022. When celebrating keep these things in mind:

  1. No masks, face-coverings, hoods or items concealing your face may be worn.
  2. Faculty/staff/students must be able to be identified. Head coverings must be appropriate to the costume.
  3. No costumes that identify with race, gender, religious, or hate groups. Costumes that are considered culturally insensitive are not acceptable.
  4. Any make-up, face painting, beards, mustaches, teeth, eyeglasses that are worn cannot obscure your identity. Again, you must be easily identified.
  5. Costume accessories cannot include any item that could be viewed as a weapon. Some examples would include: guns, knives, baseball bats, bullet belts, chains, etc. These and other accessories of this kind are inappropriate and prohibited.
  6. Students must consult with each classroom teacher PRIOR to Halloween concerning that teacher’s policy about wearing costumes in his or her classroom. If costumes are not allowed by that teacher, the student must comply with that policy.
  7. Have fun and balance this with the concept that this is on a regular school day. The wearing of costumes is a privilege that can be revoked. Our hope is that we will not have to hold any disciplinary conferences regarding inappropriate costumes.

If there are any questions or concerns about costume attire, please do not hesitate to see Ms. Kat, Director of Culture & Climate. Also, read about the City of Chicago guidelines here.



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HOSA — Future Health Professionals

Meetings: Meets weekly on Tuesday (first meeting on October 24th)

Olympiad-style competition similar to Science Olympiad with only medicine-related events. No tryouts. See events here. If you might be interested (no commitment), please fill in this form to sign up.


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NHS Tutoring

Payton’s National Honors Society has begun rolling out it’s 1:1 Tutoring! To be matched with a free student tutor and receive help in a subject, email or fill out the google form below

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Check out the NEW Counselor Newsletter!

Want more information about scholarships, college visits, and updates from the WPCP Counseling Department? CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW.

The WPCP Student Incident Form

The Payton Student Incident Form can be used by Payton students. Please use this form to submit any concerns or incidents that may occur. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Kat at
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COVID-19 Protocols for the New School Year

Following the most recent guidance from the CDC, our District will continue strongly recommending the use of masks in school, and will continue making COVID-19 vaccinations easily accessible to all CPS students and their families. We will also continue offering free, weekly in-school COVID-19 testing to students and staff who complete the new consent form for the 2022-23 school year. This form is available here, and once completed, consent will remain in place until students leave CPS.

Any student or staff member who is exposed to COVID-19 in school — regardless of vaccination status — will no longer be required to learn or work from home for five days, but will be required to wear a mask in school for 10 days following exposure, and will be strongly encouraged to test three and five days after exposure. CPS will provide families and staff members with rapid take-home tests if they are exposed, and we will strongly encourage families to use them in order to prevent spread and ensure safe in-person learning for all students and staff.


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New CPS Athletics Website

CPS families and staff can now visit for the latest information about sports registration, program announcements, schedules, and scores. The new website, created in partnership with rSchoolToday, will also include feature stories and photo galleries throughout the year to showcase the accomplishments of our student-athletes, coaches, and programs.



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Winter Sports Season is Here!

Winter sports started as early as October 24th! Per CPS and IHSA Policies, necessary paperwork, with a valid physical, must be completed before an athlete may try out or begin practice.

Necessary Paperwork

Students with CPS Email, complete SY 22-23 Payton Athletic Player Record Packet

Documents Required to be Uploaded in Each Player Record Packet (Section 3):

· IHSA Pre-Participation Physical

· Must be signed and dated by the Physician

· Physical is valid for 395 after the examination date

· CVS and other Minute-Clinics offer walk-in appointments for physicals

· WPCP Student-Athlete Policy Acknowledgement Form SY 22-23

· Must be signed by Parent/ Guardian and Student-Athlete

· Media Consent Form & Release

· This form allows the school to livestream athletics and post pictures of athletes on social media. Please express to your coach if you do not approve of this.

Please contact the coach of the sport you would like to participate in for details on tryouts/ practice:


Girls Basketball

Mia Mastrangeli

Boys Basketball

Ross Burt

Competitive Cheer

Eda Davidman

Competitive Dance

Megan Fuechsl

Boys Bowling

Contact Coach Nunnery

Girls Bowling

Jacquiline Sulisz

Girls Indoor Track

Jeff Bryant

Boys Indoor Track

Daniel Dziubski

Boys Swim

Garret Smith


Kunal Jerath

Payton Sports this Week

Girls Volleyball:

IHSA Girls Volleyball Regionals at Payton

Tuesday, October 25

Game 1- 6:00pm (4) Chicago (St. Ignatius) vs. (13) Chicago (Noble/ UIC)

Game 2- 7:00pm (7) Chicago (Payton) vs. (12) Chicago (Little Village)

Thursday, October 27

Game 3- 6:00 pm Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 (Higher Seeded team will be home)

Boys Soccer:

Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 4:30 pm

Sectional Semifinals vs. Burbank (St. Laurence)

Tackle Football

State playoff schedule is to be determined.

Principal Shabazz

Dr. Fareeda Shabazz Anderson is the principal OF Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago, Illinois. She's a wife, mom, and lifelong educator.
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