Tag: Illinois

Operation Graduation Essay: “Earning a diploma means a means a milestone in life for me.” (Chicago)

Earning a diploma means a milestone in life for me. This is really the end of my childhood life and the beginning of adulthood and my career. This diploma means success, I went to three different high schools and I ...

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Operation Graduation Essay: I Didn’t Know if I Wanted to Finish School at All (Dundee, Ill.)

Ombudsman has honestly saved my life as far as where I stand in my future. Before Ombudsman I was in and out of hospitals, attended a rehab facility, and was contemplating whether I even wanted to finish school at all. ...

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West Side alternative school means a second chance (Chicago)

05/08/2014 There is no shortage of news accounts about young Black students, particularly in urban areas dropping out of school. One West Side school is registering stories about students dropping in. The CPS Ombudsman Program, 2411 W. Congress Pkwy., is ...

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Operation Graduation Essay: “If it wasn’t for this program, I would not have graduated from high school.” (Chicago Northwest)

During my time at Ombudsman, I have learned a lot. Especially with my problem doing some of my math equations, if it wasn’t for this program I would not have graduated from high school. Earning my diploma means getting on ...

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Student Profile: Victor Alvarez (Downers Grove, Ill.)

Victor is a senior from District 88. OES: Now that you have been with us for a few weeks, is the program what you expected? VA: My sister was enrolled at Ombudsman, so I had some idea what to expect. ...

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Students create warm gifts for sick children (Waukegan, Ill.)

Lake County News-Sun December 10, 2013 By Frank Abderholden Alternative high school students in Waukegan reached out to make things better for sick children when they agreed to make fleece blankets for Project Linus, which distributes the handmade items for ...

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Student Profile: Kylin Lowe (Downers Grove, Ill.)

Kylin is a junior from District 87. OES: Think back to when you first joined us. What was your initial reaction to the program? KL: I was surprised at how different it was from my old school. I learn better ...

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Student Profile: Bryan Cavazos (Downers Grove, Ill.)

Bryan is a senior from District 88. OES: This is your first full year with us. How are you feeling about this semester so far? BC: I’m feeling very confident. I feel like I’m going to earn my credits and ...

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Operation Graduation 2013 Winners Announced!

A guest post from Ombudsman’s Chief Operating Officer Allison O’Neill. I am excited to announce the winners of Operation Graduation 2013, and before I do, I would like to recognize the operations managers, center directors, center staff, instructional leadership and support ...

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Operation Graduation 2013: Meet the Finalists!

Operation Graduation 2013 was a great success! We received more than 50 essays and videos from Ombudsman students around the country, and now it’s time to meet your Top 12 High School Finalists. They are (in alphabetical order): Molly Bates, ...

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