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Urban Farming at Patchwork Farms

The Freshmen in the Food class have been pursuing the guiding question, what does a balanced ecosystem look like?. In the first External investigation of this STEAM course, students are investigating the types of organisms and the interactions between those organisms that are necessary in order to sustain a healthy ecosystem. As a part of this investigation, students are studying the importance of companion plants especially when sustaining a farm in a limited amount of space. To gain more insight into how farmers make the most of their space, the students visited Chicago Patchwork Farms, an urban farm in Humboldt Park. At the farm, the students learned more about the make-up of soil, worked with their hands, and even met a couple of cute farm dogs.

Why?

The purpose of this Field Experience is for the students to see an urban farm and to learn about what it takes to sustain one.

How?

The students will tour the space, ask questions, and do some actual work to learn firsthand about farming.
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Truss In It!

During the first Unit of the Urban Planning course, Juniors investigated the elements necessary to build a strong bridge. The engineers studied examples of bridges in order to understand the concepts of weight and force, tension and compression, and trusses. Equipped with their newfound knowledge, lots of glue, and 60 popsicle sticks, they set out to build a strong, functioning bridge. After days of hard work, the bridges were put to the test with a set of weights. We were blown away by the results.
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Urban Foraging with Odd Produce

Freshmen in the Food For Thought class have been investigating the guiding question, How are food systems shaped and how do they shape the world?. As a part of this investigation, the students have been studying the Agricultural Revolution which led the class to the question, What would it be like to return to humanity’s roots as foragers?. The students went on a foraging walking tour of the neighborhood surrounding GCE with Dave Gold from Odd Produce. The experience showed the students that there is food all around us, we just have to know what to look for.
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We Say Enough!

291 schools across the country have suffered horrific gun violence since 2012, the year of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre. 7,000 kids have been gunned down. More than 187,000 students have been traumatized. Enough is enough. In March, GCE students held a Soapbox Speakout in Washington Square Park, aka Bughouse Square, ground zero to Chicago’s radical free-speech movement. Students returned to tie 7,000 pieces of orange fabric on the fence, representing all the kids who have lost their lives to gun violence since Newtown. As a part this project, the students stenciled bullets and wrote the names of the 291 schools affected by gun violence. The art installation spans the block-long sidewalk in front of Washington Square Park. Best of all, the students inspired community members to participate. This is proof that this generation’s voice will impact change.
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From Bean to Cup @ Metropolis Coffee Company

Freshmen in the Food For Thought class went to Metropolis Coffee Company’s roastery to learn about the life of the Coffee plant. Students were welcomed into the state-of-the art roastery where they got a behind-the-scenes look at each step of the process. Metropolis is dedicated to serving a stellar cup of coffee, but what’s even more important to them is respect. Respect is at the core of the company’s philosophy; from farmers to consumers. It was an eye-opening lesson on the impact of coffee and the effort it takes to be a responsible part of the production chain.
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Home Run! 3rd Annual GCE Fun’raiser was a Great Success

An incredible night, last Friday’s 3rd Annual GCE Fun’raiser had it all; pizza, hot dogs, an auction, raffle, poetry, live music, Cracker Jack, and a brilliant community raising money for GCE’s food program.

We were able to raise over $10,000 for the food program — that’s 5 months of food service for the entire school!

Field Experience

The Walls As Canvas

This Spring term, the students in Art are planning and installing an orginal mural inside the school. Before the muralists begin work on the walls, they must understand why and how murals are created. As a part of this investigation, students vistied muralist, Jeff Zimmermann at his studio in Humboldt Park. Jeff talked about the use of sybolism in his work, and the importance of the images representing the neighborhoods they occupy. His advice to our muralists: “create a plan and stick to it”. Jeff’s work is iconic in Chicago and it was such an honor to learn from him.

Spring Into Community

There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to build community. We started off Spring term with a Community Day that focused on teamwork, problem-solving, a bit of athleticism, and a whole lot of laughter. The teams battled it out in karaoke, trivia, Boggle, and an intense 8-round relay race. At the end of the afternoon, one team earned the most points, but we were all winners!
April
23

Meet Head of School Candidate

Please join us in meeting a candidate for the Head of School position. Light refreshments will be provided. Please come prepared with questions for the candidate. We value your insight and hope you can join us.

This is just the beginning of the process and so if you are unable to attend this meeting, there will be others when the committee finally closes the submissions part of the search and makes a decision on the finalists. Each time we interview a candidate, we will invite you to participate and we will give you a questionnaire that will remain confidential but will give you the opportunity to give the committee your opinion.

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April
17

Meet Head of School Candidate

Please join us in meeting a candidate for the Head of School position. Light refreshments will be provided. Please come prepared with questions for the candidate. We value your insight and hope you can join us.

This is just the beginning of the process and so if you are unable to attend this meeting, there will be others when the committee finally closes the submissions part of the search and makes a decision on the finalists. Each time we interview a candidate, we will invite you to participate and we will give you a questionnaire that will remain confidential but will give you the opportunity to give the committee your opinion.

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We Call BS!

On March 14th, high school students across the nation walked out in solidarity to protest Congress’ inaction to do more in response to the violence that plagues our schools and neighborhoods. The members of GCE’s Student Council organized a walkout in which they read off the names of the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting and reflected on the tragic loss of life.
High school students at community day
April
15

April Open House

Please join us at our beautiful new facility in Lincoln Park on Sunday, April 15 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Visitors will learn about how our school prepares students for college and for life as global citizens from our teachers, current students, and alumni. RSVP below.

 


GCE Lab School is a Chicago high school that cultivates global citizens in a collaborative and caring learning environment. Our model delivers hands-on educational experiences designed to connect academic coursework with real world context. 50% of our students receive scholarships, ensuring a diverse school that unites students and communities across Chicago.

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March
21

Meet Head of School Candidate

Please join us in meeting a candidate for the Head of School position. Light refreshments will be provided. Please come prepared with questions for the candidate. We value your insight and hope you can join us. This is just the beginning of the process and so if you are unable to attend this meeting, there will be others when the committee finally closes the submissions part of the search and makes a decision on the finalists. Each time we interview a candidate, we will invite you to participate and we will give you a questionnaire that will remain confidential but will give you the opportunity to give the committee your opinion.