Zapata Academy in the News
Zapata Academy Excels Academically
Zapata Academy was featured in a Chicago Sun-Times article on test scores on October 31, 2016. Zapata topped the average for CPS and the State for PARCC averages.
Excerpt from the Chicago-Sun Times article:
Zapata Elementary Academy, 2728 S. Kostner Ave., focuses on reading and writing, longtime Principal Ruth Garcia said. Most of her staff can teach bilingual students in the top-rated school of about 800 until they’re ready for English instruction.
Staff stability also has paid off, she said, with some 35 percent of students proficient in English and 37.8 percent in math.
“The rules haven’t changed, the outlook hasn’t changed, the vision hasn’t changed,” Garcia said.
Zapata Warriors Take Action
Seventh and Eighth Grade students in Mrs. Undda's class wrote to Congressman Luis Gutierrez regarding gun violence. Mrs. Ayala and Mrs. Undda both wrote legislative letters. Mrs. Undda hand-delivered these letters to Congressman Gutierrez's Washington, D.C. office after participating in the MarchForOurLives event in D.C. On the right is the response students received from Congressman Gutierrez. To download a copy of the letter, click the file below.
Zapata Class of 2017: Published Authors
826CHI, Ms. Eliza Ramirez, and the students of the 2017 Young Authors Book Project present their new book, "P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust." Within this compilation of letters between 8th graders at Emiliano Zapata Academy and 10th graders at Amundsen high school, 62 teens reflect on their identities, share their hopes and anxieties about the future, open up about loved ones’ deaths, and swap K-Pop and Netflix recommendations.
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Purchase "P.S. You Sound Like Someone I Can Trust":
If you or someone you know is curious, you can buy the book at the Secret Agent Supply Store in Wicker Park or online at tinyurl.com/PSBOOK826. Funds go to support 826Chi in offering writing opportunities to more students.
Zapata Academy's 2016 Science Fair in the News
Penny Lundquist, the STEM Institute Director for the Golden Apple Foundation, wrote about her positive experience serving as a judge at the Zapata Science Fair.
Excerpt from The Care and Feeding of Science Fair Judges: It's in the details...:
"Zapata put on a well-organized Science Fair. Students had been working on projects since the first month of school, and that showed in the quality of their work. All students had papers, and judges had the opportunity to read the papers in advance of hearing the students present. And the breakfast and lunch definitely did not disappoint.
The adults at Zapata honored their students and supported their success by being thoughtful in their own planning and organization. They took the enterprise seriously enough to not make a last minute affair of it, an all too common occurrence. They took the time to reach out well in advance of the Science Fair to secure judges, and they set aside time and created a presentation expressly for the judges to make sure that we too approached the task in a thoughtful and prepared manner. No surprise, Zapata is designated a Level 1+ school by CPS. It’s in the details …
Kudos to teacher-organizers Carmen Reyes and Eliza Ramirez and to principal Ruth Garcia for organizing and hosting an exemplary Science Fair. And kudos to their students for doing a great job on their projects!"
Zapata Academy will be a Golden Apple STEM Institute Partner School for the 2017-2019 School Years