ITW David Speer Academy

Today's Announcements ( 02/21/2019 )

Today's Announcements


  • Track & Field Results

    Results from last weekend's boys and girls track meets are as follows:

    Bloom Township Invite: Girls

    4x800m Relay, 1st Place: Adriana Cortes, Joanna Dominguez, Janis Gomez, Cynthia Trejo
    4x800m Relay, 1st Place, Fr/So Division: Griselda Flores, Brittany Martinez, Paola Quizphi, Areli Ramos
    Shot Put, 3rd Place: Gianna Torres
    1600m Run 1st Place, Fr/So Division: Brittany Martinez
    1600m Run 2nd Place, Fr.So Division: Griselda Flores
    1600m Run 3rd Place, Fr/So Division: Paola Quizphi

    Plainfield South Invite: Boys

    2nd Place, 200m: Jayden McKay
    2nd Place, 55m Hurdles: Julian Perez
    2nd Place, Long Jump: Ibrahim Diop
    3rd Place, 4x200m Relay: Jayden McKay, Justin Prochowski, Ian smith, ReSean Jackson
    3rd Place, 4x800m Relay, Fr/So Division: Elias Maya, Emilio Dominguez, Armando Luz, Chris Cortez

    Up Next:
    Glenbard South Friday 2/22

    Joliet West Saturday 2/23

    Go Pride!


  • Creative Writing Club

    Do you enjoy coming up with stories? Poetry? Song lyrics? Comedy sketches? Then you might be the right fit for The Writers Guild, a new club moderated by Messrs. Goldberg and Muschal. Our first writing session will take place on Tuesday, February 26th from 4-5pm in Room 213. All grade levels are welcome, and know that students who remain with the club throughout this semester will earn enrichment credit. Hope to see you there.

  • Cursive Club

    Cursive Club--learn how to write in cursive, while gaining .25 enrichment credit hours, and develop a real signature!

    • Club will meet on Wednesdays in February and March

    • Club will meet on Thursdays in April, May, and first week of June.

    • In order to amount to 25 hours, the last eight Cursive Club will meet for 2 hours

    • First day of Club is Wednesday, February 6 in 214


  • NAEP participation

    ITW David Speer Academy has been selected to participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress(NAEP) exam on March 5th. This test is for a random sample of 12th grade students. All student that were selected will have a letter mailed home. If you have any question, please contact Ms. Hannah.

  • Senior Fees

    SENIORS: Reminder Senior Fees have been added to your account. Accounts must have a balance of ZERO in order to purchase Prom Tickets. All accounts must be paid by May 1st. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Hannah ASAP.

  • Senior Field Trip

    Seniors: All seniors will be going on a Field Trip to the Movie theater on Wednesday, February 27th. Seniors will be dismissed at Noon. Permission Forms are due to Ms. Hannah by Monday, Feb. 25th

  • Senior Reminder

    SENIORS: REMINDER, UP UNTIL April 26, 2019 Detentions can only be served during 2 for 1 days. If you have questions please see Mr. Jefferson.

  • Senior Reminder #2

    · SENIORS: Many of you have earned more than 6 detentions. If you go over 12 detentions you have to take a character class in the summer. This means no June Graduation for you. If you have any questions please see Mr. Jefferson.

School Wide

  • 2nd Dinner Meal after school

    Students taking second after-school dinner meals:
    -all students are allowed and encouraged to take a dinner meal at the end of the school day (located in the gym) that is FREE of cost regardless of their lunch status
    -any student who takes a second dinner meal will be charged $2.37 regardless of their lunch status

  • Accepting applications for next year!

    Speer is currently accepting applications for 8th grade students for next year. All students must apply through the GOCPS site. For more information, please contact Ms. Rivera.

  • Art Contest

    The 25th District CPD will be having an Art Contest & Conference in March here at Speer!

    Participants will receive 3 Community Service Hours, Pizza and Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!


  • CAC Annual Youth Design Competition.

    About the competition:
    Students are to solve one of seven challenges─ including graphic design, model making, photography, fine arts, industrial design, and more. It inspires teens to understand why design matters by researching, representing and redesigning the built environment to solve challenges that are personal and place-based. All Newhouse Division winners receive trophies, certificates and cash prizes from architecture and design firms. For more information, visit:

    How our team can support you:
    · Visit a class to talk about the competition, answer questions, help with registration
    · Lead a mini-workshop to start a project
    o We will bring supplies
    o Can be adapted to suit class length
    o Can host multiple classes in one day (ideal, actually!)
    · Help to make connections to existing curriculum
    · Provide feedback for student’s projects
    · Send an info packet directly to your classroom

    Competition Timeline

    February 4 Competition registration opens
    April 18 Registration closes
    May 13 Deadline for Entry Drop-Off
    May 16 Jury day
    May 18 Award Ceremony



    1ST PLACE PRIZE: $50 Amazon Gift Card & more!

    Whether you're a singer, comedian, magician, acrobat or dancer, come show off your skills in the 2nd Annual Speer's Got Talent Show!

  • Summer Community Service Opportunity

    Get ahead in Community Service by volunteering at the Tour de Cure for the American Diabetes Association on June 2nd, 2019 in Aurora, IL.

    Contact the individuals below for more information on how you can volunteer!

    Name: Amanda Mener, Kayla Carter, and Rachel Hesse
    Phone: 312-346-1805 x6564, x6562, and x6568

STEM Enrichment

  • Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program

    The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program (SIP) is a FREE, 7-week summer program for 10th–11th grade girls (rising juniors and seniors) to learn computer science, gain exposure to tech jobs, and join a supportive sisterhood of thousands of girls across the US.

    Early acceptance deadline is February 15, 2019.
    Application closes March 15, 2019.

    In the Summer Immersion Program, girls will learn about:
    CAREERS — They’ll meet inspiring female role models in the field and get an inside look at the tech world through guest speakers, workshops, fun field trips and more!
    SKILLS AND IMPACT — They’ll learn to code through hands on real-world projects in art and storytelling, robotics, video games, websites, apps, and more.
    SISTERHOOD — As an essential member of our Girls Who Code sisterhood, they’ll be able to learn in a supportive, girls-only environment and make lifelong friendships.
    This year we are offering stipends of up to $1,400 to those who qualify! The summer stipend is open to all eligible students, regardless of immigration status. Please view our Summer Stipend flyer to learn more.

    If you have any questions please review our FAQs or email To learn more, please join a free upcoming webinar.

    Apply here:

  • Lurie's Discovering Healthcare Careers

    To introduce Chicago's fastest growing population to promising healthcare positions, we offer a six-week summer internship to local high school students. It is a highly competitive program. Students, ages 17 to 19, are chosen from 14 underserved Chicago public high schools and must be bilingual.

    Once selected, students can observe surgeries, help medical imaging staff examine x-rays and observe a day in the life of our emergency department. Students hear presentations from the hospital's nationally renowned pediatric care specialists from a broad range of medical disciplines.

    Thanks to funding by JPMorgan Chase, Lurie Children's has been able to expand the program and provide each student with a $1000 stipend to participate. The program now has 3,600 alumni who work in hospitals around the country.

    The application deadline is MARCH 1, 2019. Applications will not be accepted after this date. We will be working with your school liaison to schedule interviews during the month of March for all students that meet the criteria.

    Things to keep in mind when applying. You must:

    * attend a partner high school or are a LINK Scholar (schools are listed on application)

    * have a minimum grade point average of 2.75/4.0 scale

    * be at least 17 years of age by June 21, 2019

    * have a Social Security number (DACA accepted)

    * be Latino and bilingual in Spanish & English or African-American

    * take a drug test and TB test if accepted

    * participate in the entire six-week program June 21st - August 1st

    * To be considered for an interview you must submit the online application (including all requested attachments)

    NOTE: Please have your resume, essay, letter of recommendation, and copy of transcript in digital format ready to upload before you start this application.


  • Summer Internship Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center

    Center of Excellence on Disparities in HIV and Aging (CEDHA) internship program:

    CEDHA encompasses research, training, and community outreach arms to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities among older adults. Interns are exposed to not only to experiences in health care, but community research and health equity. At the same time, the internship will work on independent research projects using data collected by CEDHA under the supervision of our faculty members. By the end, interns are prepared to develop future research projects in health fields with a focus on health disparities.

    The internship is from June 24 to August 16, 2019. Candidates need to apply on the link provided in the flyer (attached). Applications are open until March 3, 2019. A selection committee will then review applications and select individuals for interviews in April. Final selection decision will be made in early May. Each intern will receive a stipend at the end of the program completion and CTA/Metra expenses will be covered during the program.

    CEDHA Internship Website:

    See Ms. Holland with questions!