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November 3, 2017

Support Student Fieldwork to Birmingham, Alabama

As part of their Learning Expedition that explores the Civil Rights Movement and how one can effect change, Polaris 5/6 graders go on fieldwork to Birmingham, Alabama, to experience history from the people who lived it. Students meet and interview Foot Soldiers from the 1963 Children’s March at Kelly Ingram Park, and they explore history with experts at the 16th Street Baptist Church. This fieldwork in Birmingham is life-changing as Polaris students find their voice and realize the power children have to be active citizens and effect change. Polaris students learn that children can make a difference, and they return to Polaris ready to make their world better.

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Light Leader Recommitment Ceremony

September 10, 2017

At Polaris, we honor and recognize the leadership of others in many different ways, but the Light Leader is the HIGHEST honor bestowed on less than 10% of Polaris students. Light Leaders are those among the Polaris community who are recognized for their incredible growth and leadership in one or more Points of Polaris (Integrity, Compassion, Explorer, Critical Thinker and Active Citizen).
A very special ceremony took place in Community Crew last Friday. Polaris middle school Light Leaders publicly pledged their choice to recommit their Light Leader leadership in our community. 
We look forward to framing and launching 2017-2018 Light Leader Nominations.


September 2017 Newsletter

September 5, 2017

Greetings Polaris Families! As we head into our fourth week of school we want to officially welcome all new and returning Polaris students and their families. This year we are very excited and energized to be refocusing on the Points of Polaris. You may have noticed that our uniforms are helping us “Get to the Point”. Our shirts make public the Point of Polaris we are working on. More than words on a wall (or a shirt) the five Points of Polaris are what unite our school and move our Crew forward on the path to success. Throughout the year we will keep you informed and involved in all of the ways we are working on the POINTS!

Please click the URL below to read September’s Newsletter. (more…)

Back-To-School Night

August 31, 2017

Polaris students, parents, and families gathered for our annual Back-to-School Open House. Head of School Michelle Navarre welcomed all and spoke to families and parents about the mission of Polaris and how we achieve our mission through our nationally recognized model of EL education, Learning Expeditions, Culture of Crew and Points of Polaris. Parents and families visited classrooms with their children who introduced their teachers and showed off their classrooms. The evening ended outdoors with students, families, teachers and staff enjoying food and festivities together, playing games and face painting.


Thank you to all who attended Polaris’ Back-to-School night.

We explored academic excellence, character development, and CREW.


5/6 crews partner with Shedd Aquarium

August 24, 2017

This past October, to join them on amphibian-focused Great Lakes Action Days (GLADs).  We are restoring healthy habitat and increasing biodiversity around amphibian breeding ponds. Invasive species such as European buckthorn crowd out most other plant species, leaving nothing but bare ground underneath. GLAD volunteers remove buckthorn and other invasive plants, and then we spread the seeds of nearly 100 native plant species on the ground to increase biodiversity.

These wildflowers, grasses and sedges will in turn attract hundreds of caterpillars, leafhoppers, grasshoppers, snails, ants and many other invertebrates that are the foundation of the food web, not to mention herbivores such as mice, voles and deer. Our work is restoring a rich tapestry of biodiversity to support amphibians and all of the life that makes up our healthy, resilient woodlands and prairies. (more…)

Solar Eclipse 2017

August 21, 2017

A Solar Eclipse is one of the most exciting celestial events we can observe. The moon will completely cover the sun allowing you to see the corona, the sun’s atmosphere. Polaris science crews went to Kells Park to do fieldwork on the Solar Eclipse. Crews used eye protection to view the eclipse, took notes on what they were experiencing, and some crews built a pinhole camera device using a cereal box for safe viewing of the Solar Eclipse.



Polaris Welcomes Students Back to School!

August 11, 2017

Monday, August 14, Polaris Charter Academy opens its doors for the 2017-2018 school year.

Our teachers and staff are excited to welcome returning and new students for an incredible school year. We look forward to a transformative year where learning has no boundaries. We are ready to explore and learn new things, to be critical thinkers as we learn, to live and work with integrity, to show compassion for each other, and to be active citizens in our classrooms and community. We are ready to Rise Up and succeed and to achieve more than we think possible. We are Crew!!!










Exhibition Night 2017

June 15, 2017

Polaris Charter Academy hosted  Exhibition Night on June 13th, 2017.  Parents, visitors and students celebrated the learning that took place during the year.


WBEZ When Playing Outside Is Considered A Protest

May 26, 2017

When Playing Outside Is Considered A Protest

Students at a West Side grammar school did something this week they rarely do because of Chicago’s gun violence: they played outside.

Mary Kay Kleist, meteorologist visits Polaris

March 3, 2017

If you are going to study weather best to work with an expert. Mary Kay Kleist, a meteorologist for CBS 2 Chicago, was a visiting expert for crews 106 & 107. Ms Kleist discussed with the students how the weather is important because it has a considerable impact on our daily lives.