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  JHCP sends parents and students a bi-monthly newsletter that contains articles from school administrators, staff members, and  student groups.




    JHCP Parent Newsletter 
Message from Administration

Hello Hancock Families,  
We are very excited to restart our Hancock Newsletter!  Every other month we will share with you some of the amazing work that our students and staff engage in every day.  We are proud of the way our students and staff have started the year and are eager to share their success with you all.
A few highlights for the new school year include Curriculum Night, where parents came in and met staff, learned about our courses, and became more acclimated to our school community.  We are also very excited that we have 559 students taking an Advanced Placement course this year;  that is 150 more students than last year!  

Before we have you move on to read about some of the work our different  departments are engaged in, we do want to provide you with a few reminders about parking and safety. Please do not stop to drop off students on West 65th Street; this is a no stopping/no standing zone. Instead, we ask that you turn into Wintrust parking so students can exit safely, and cross at the red light. You are also welcome to drop students off in the front of the building. We also ask that you encourage your child to fill out the transportation survey that was shared in Google Classroom so that we can advocate for better resources for students.
Amplifying the ARTS!
Our Arts students are doing amazing things here at Hancock, and we want to share some of their experiences with you throughout the year! As our year begins, here's what we are working on in the JHCP Fine Arts Department:

* Our Music students in Mrs. Farr and Mr. Catomer's classes are getting started on new instruments, getting reacquainted with their instruments, or working on finding their "original voice."  Time will surely fly, and soon we will perform our Winter Shows for our families and friends!

* Our Visual Arts students in Ms. Rosenbaum's classes are exploring drawing materials, building with cardboard, and investigating the ceramics process.

* Our Performing Arts students in Drama II/III with Ms. Baranoff have just auditioned for the fall show, The In-Between and begin rehearsals this week.

Hispanic Heritage Month

The World Language Department is sponsoring several activities during Hispanic Heritage month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15). All staff members were invited to a breakfast to start this festivity. From now until the end of Hispanic Heritage month, the WL Department will sponsor several cultural workshops during the second Academic Lab of the week.
On September 15th, we taught students how to create papel picado, or “punched paper.” The tradition of using papel picado originates from the practices of the Aztecs. 
  The amate painting workshop will take place on September 21st. From the Mexican states of Puebla and Guerrero, amate   painting is traditionally done on bark paper. In this workshop, we will explore the significance of this specific art process, and  students will use crumpled paper lunch bags and acrylic paint to     depict brightly colored scenes of daily life, history, or nature. 

On September 28th, students will create Mexican tissue flowers, which are used throughout Mexico to decorate for holiday celebrations and festivities.


Students will also have the chance to create an ojo de Dios at the workshop scheduled for October 6th. The first recorded mention of the ojo de Dios were those created by the Huichol, an indigenous group from Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains.

On October 14th, a Flex Friday day, which marks the end of Hispanic Heritage month, we will offer dance lessons to students and staff. Together we will learn how to dance typical latin music: bachata, merengue, and salsa. What a fun way to celebrate our Hispanic culture!Additionally, all Spanish classes will spend the month researching and learning about the various histories, cultures, and contributions of all Latin American countries.

Fall Athletic Update


Hancock’s Fall Athletics is well underway. Each team has seen a lot of success so far this season, with much more to come. Please come support the Eagles at our upcoming games, on the road to the City and State playoffs.

Girls Volleyball- Tuesday October 4th, Home vs Juarez- 5 pm

Cross Country- Saturday 10/1- Solorio Invite @ Marquette Park- 9 am


                             Post-Secondary Highlights


On September 26, Hancock hosted a College and Career Fair with 38 representatives including University of Chicago, DePaul University, Loyola University, Richard J. Daley College, and Vanderbilt University.  There were also representatives from Chicago Women in Trades, Operating Engineers Local 150, Douglas J Aveda Salon and Youth Job Center.  All students were welcome to attend and we had many of our students take advantage of this opportunity. Many thanks to Ms. Serna for organizing this event!


We will be heading to the McCormick Place on Saturday, October 1, to visit the Chicago National College Fair! You can click on the link to learn more about this exciting opportunity!


                                 Homecoming 2022

Hancock’s Homecoming 2022 will be held in the gymnatorium on Friday, October 7th from 6:30-9:30 pm. We are so excited to host this year’s dance in our new space! The theme is the Enchanted Forest. Students can purchase tickets from the main office during Academic Lab. Tickets are $15 for 1 or two for $25 (must be purchased together).



Friends of Hancock

Friends of Hancock is our parent booster club that engages in event planning, volunteering and fundraising for our students! Click here to join their mailing list! 
The next fundraising opportunity is for parents (or adults) only! Details are listed on the flyer below: