Welcome to West Campus
At Ogden we strive for excellence in our high school. This is not your "typical" public high school. Here you are a person, not a number. We are not a Selective Enrollment school. If you graduate from our 8th grade, you have the honor of moving up through our high school - continuing to be surrounded by our dedicated faculty and staff in a nurturing environment. This intimate environment allows for an individual approach to education.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) programme sets us apart as well with its trans disciplinary, inquiry-based learning allowing for a more student-led experience. We focus on our communities here in Chicago through outreach projects and walking field trips. Chicago is an extension of our classroom.
We celebrate our cultural differences through theater performances, dining out, art exhibits and exchange programs that span the globe. Our goal is to develop strong thinkers that are globally minded. The students that graduate from Ogden International have a keen sense of how to understand differences in people and are working toward a more peaceful world.
Please note that in 2018-2019, Ogden International High School adopted a block schedule with enrichment and seminar days with early dismissal.
West Campus Book Drive
Ogden Owls are caring! Ogden HS junior Mackenzie organized a book drive by herself to donate books to under resourced communities within Chicago. The future is bright for this young leader! #IBLearnerProfileInAction
West Campus Semester Finals Schedule
Perfect Attendance Pizza Party!
These HS students were the lucky winners of the Q4 perfect attendance pizza party! Let’s finish the year strong Ogden Owls and be here everyday until June 20th
Louder Than A Bomb Poetry Slam
Ogden's Louder Than a Bomb poetry crew organized a slam where students performed original pieces to a packed crowd.
Ogden Celebrates LatinX Culture
Yesterday West Campus celebrated LatinX culture at our first LatinX Fest organized entirely by students from our SOL and Dreamers Clubs.
Black Student Union Dance!
Ogden HS Black Student Union hosted a 90s House Party Dance Saturday Night at Ogden West Campus. Thanks to all those who came out, it was a huge success. Stay tuned for what else Ogden BSU has in store!
Senior Graduation: 2019!
There’s a lot going on as we get ready for graduation and we want to make sure you are informed of the dates and deadlines. Please open the .pdf file below.
In Defense of their Art
Our IB Visual Arts juniors are displaying and defending their installation work today. Very impressive artwork centered around themes like race, assimilation, gender and materialism.
Ogden at the Model UN
Ogden's award winning Model UN club won Best Delegate award at the annual CPS Model UN conference on Friday, May 17 at Loyola University. Best Delegate winners were John Ivy and Diego Ficke-Morales representing India. Congratulations to Victoria Maldonado and Marko Kocjancic for representing Myanmar.
Ogden at the CSO!
Mr. Elfers brought some of his orchestra members to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra!
Ogden’s Special Olympic’s Team
Larke, Rafik, Luis, and Tim recently participated in the annual Special Olympics held here in Chicago. Ogden’s Special Olympic’s Team earned gold, silver, bronze medals, and lots of ribbons!
Holi Festival of Color
Thank you to everyone who helped and supported the Spring Festival this past Friday, May 3rd during enrichment.
This event was completely student led by the four current members of the National Art Honor Society who met with Mr. Baker, wrote a proposal and asked both Friends of Ogden and Student Council for assistance to piece together all of the logistics for the HOLI inspired event. So, if you see any of these lovely ladies please thank them for all of their hard work:
College Decision Day
May 1st was Decision Day for HS Seniors across the country. We are proud to announce that 100% of Ogden HS seniors have been accepted into college and will be enrolling in the fall. Congrats Class of 2019, we are proud of you!
Ogden Students Visit Baker and McKenzie
One of Ogden's many partnerships is the international law firm of Baker and McKenzie. Recently, a group of juniors and seniors we invited to their Chicago office for a "Career Inspiration Day." The students participated in a mock trial and then broke out into mini-workshops exploring the variety of careers a large corporation like theirs can offer. Thank you Baker and McKenzie for a great experience for our students.
Off to State History Fair Finals
Nicole Alcalde Hester has officially advanced to the Illinois State History Fair with her blockbuster documentary, "The Negative Effects of Desegregation in Black Chicago." Nicole works tirelessly over the course of two months to create this amazing piece of history that includes testimonies from individuals that lived in the Black Belt and experienced the effects first hand, including a testimony from her grandmother. She has progressed through the City and Regional History Fair and will be representing Ogden International High School at the State History Fair Competition this Thursday in Springfield. Congratulations, Nicole, on your tremendous accomplishment!
Spring Break Track and Field
Some pictures from Spring Break Track and Field meet at Marshall.
At Ogden High School, a new Robotics Team is achieving a “first”: heading to a world championship robotics meet in Detroit, Michigan. The Owlenators will be the only team representing Chicago Public Schools while competing before an audience of over 70,000 people against teams from over 70 countries. To get to this point, students competed with teams from 5 states and 4 countries.
A second team from the school also won area competitions. "Both of Ogden's teams exceeded all expectations," said Clifton Muhammad, a team leader.
The team, which is coached by a group of volunteers, benefited from a partnership with mHUB, a -based innovation center for physical product development and manufacturing. Students met in the prototyping lab with an entrepreneurial community of product designers, developers, entrepreneurs, engineers and manufacturers. And it was a win-win, said the coach: Kids advise startup entrepreneurs on new products.
Don't forget to support our team!
Our GoFundMe page is:
The Ogden Robotics Team Fund
Team T-Shirts can be ordered here:
They even got a "shout-out" from the mayor
DUAL ENROLLMENT THROUGH CITY COLLEGES
We want to let you know that dual enrollment for summer and fall is now open for our current sophomores and juniors! This is an excellent opportunity for students with a 2.5 GPA and 90% attendance to begin their college careers and gain credits before graduating high school.
Attached at the bottom of this article, you will find the dual enrollment packets and the dates for information sessions at Daley and Kennedy King. Please encourage your Ogden student(s) to attend these information sessions as they are required for the enrollment process.
The deadline for enrolling for summer courses is Friday, May 24th and the priority deadline to ensure students get the course they want for fall is Friday, June 14th. A schedule for courses for dual enrollment can be found here
Please feel free to reach out to Mr. Joseph Halli at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
Senior Art Exhibit 2019
Our IB Art seniors, led by the fabulous Ms. Cabrera, showed off their work at INTUIT Gallery last week. Their exhibition gave them an opportunity to showcase 2 years worth of art in a museum space, We are all very proud of them. Congratulations!
Ogden Students Return from France
This March, students from Ogden International High School participated in a cross-cultural exchange trip with students from Angers, France. It was an incredible trip, rich with experiential learning in countless ways. Students improved their French conversation skills through living with host families and were able to see and understand French culture through the eyes of their French peers. From exploring museums to understanding cultural and historical sites, students grew in countless ways as global citizens. They even learned how to make croissants at a local boulangerie!
Ogden Visits The Shakespeare Theater!
Recently, 120 of our freshmen students were able to take in a performance of Macbeth at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier. All freshmen have been studying the Shakespeare play in their Language & Literature classes. Students will now be able to talk with one another about directorial choices, use of lighting and sound along with the representation of important plot elements like the witches, Banquo's ghost, and the fate of Macbeth!
Ogden HS City History Fair Finalists
We want to take a moment to congratulate two of our high school students who have won the city-wide Chicago History Fair. Nicole Alcade Hester, Freshman, with a documentary "The Negative Effects of Desegregation in Black Chicago" and Denise Sanchez, Sophomore, with a website "The Black Hawk War: The Beginning of the End." These two scholars will meet with other students in Illinois
Advanced Painting and Drawing Class
Students in tMs. Nordmark's advanced painting and drawing classes work on drawing from observation using mixed media.
Call for Parent Involvement!
Attention all parents of students in Ms. Levinstein's English III and IV classes! Please click on the link below to see opportunities to get involved in class. Email Ms. Levinstein at email@example.com if you have any additional questions!
Ogden HS Teachers Teach Teachers To Be!!!
Recently, two of our Ogden HS teachers lead a graduate Northwestern class around Criterion-Based Grading (CBG). Amelia Plunk and Sara Levinstein were guests at a recent Northwestern class showing their future teachers some of the intricacies of CBG.
Career Speaker Series Continues
This week's career was theater set designer and the presenter was Ms. Cabral, who has worked on a multitude of live theater shows, including at the Goodman Theater and Ogden. Ms. Cabral spoke about the types of stages, including the proscenium stage, found in places like the Lyric Opera House (picture) and Ogden West's auditorium.
Young Men of Color Conference
Mr. Henderson and Mr. Campillo chaperoned many of our Ogden students to the annual Young Men of Color conference at Northeastern Illinois University. Here are a couple of photos of our group with Gloria J. Gibson, NEIU's first female African-American president.
π Day Celebrations!
Ogden HS celebrated #PIDay by hosting an assembly where students could purchase a pie to throw at their favorite teacher or admin. All proceeds went to prom.
Per CPS Policy, we need to inform all parents/guardians of our Ogden students that their child will engage in sex education curriculum. Chicago Public Schools acknowledges that parents/guardians are the primary sexuality educators for their child/children. Ogden International is committed to partnering with you to provide supplementary instruction to students via the sexual health education lessons. Please refer to these two documents below for the full scope and sequence curriculum as well as the introductory letter.
The Museum of Contemporary Art
The Ogden West Campus is so close to so many museums and other downtown attractions. On Wednesday, March 13th, some of our West campus students spent their seminar day exploring the Museum of Contemporary Art! Did you know that any CPS student can get into this and other museums for free? Just show the ticket seller your school ID and explore for FREE!
Ogden Food Drive
The National Honor Society (NHS) at Ogden has finished their canned food drive. Thank you so much for the support! They collected 158 cans and 14 miscellaneous food items! We will be donating the items to the Chicago Greater Food Depository. The NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
Senior Seminar Legacy Projects
There are many quotes often used to suggest that we leave the world a little better than we found it. Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said, “To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - that is to have succeeded." In this spirit, our Senior Seminar class has decided to create legacy projects, which have been created to improve the Ogden International community and to leave it a little bit better for future generations. Our group projects take many forms, but are all designed to connect with new and current Ogden Students. We hope that through our helpful websites, media campaigns, community research and art, the Ogden International School of Chicago community will forever remember us fondly and with pride. These photos are from Ms. Worley's senior seminar course.
Ogden International HS Shadow Days
Ogden International HS is proud to host two Shadow Days in April. Are you curious about Ogden? Well, here's your opportunity to see it in action from as if you were a student! On Tuesday, April 23rd and Thursday, April 25th, we will host students from around the city who have an interest in attending our school to a Shadow Day. We will introduce you to some of our current students and you will follow one and their schedule for some time to get a feel of the school. Please contact Mr. William Campillo at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Robotics Team is going to FIRST World Championship in Detroit!!
Our new varsity-level high school Robotics Team is going to FIRST World Championship in Detroit!! Ogden's FRC team won the “2019 Rookie All Star Award - Midwest Regional” which celebrates the rookie team exemplifying a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implementing the mission of FIRST to inspire students to learn more about science and technology. Our team competed this weekend with 53 teams from 5 states and 4 countries.
Yep - That's 2 championships for 2 separate Ogden Robotics teams (#7608, Owlenators - FRC & #10387, Red Hot - FTC) in 1 season.
FIRST Championship Event Details:
If you would like to help us with this trip, we need a few things:
Illinois Institute of Technology
Illinois Institute of Technology invites high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to attend NxtGenTech Program in Summer 2019. Students will learn next generation technologies and tools and get a glimpse of the future of the Internet, computing, and the next wave of emerging technologies. Check out their website and register, today!
Presenting: The Owlenators!
Ogden HS Robotics Team, The Owlenators, are in action this morning, Friday March 8th, at the First Robotics Midwest Regional. Their first qualification match of the morning is already complete. Go Owls!
Criterion-Based Grading Seminar
Parents and guardians were guests recently as some of Ogden's staff lead an informative seminar on our assessment policy of Criterion-Based Grading (CBG). For more information about CBG at Ogden, please contact Sara Levinstein at email@example.com.
Northwestern Law School's Street Law
Students in Mr. Torres's Civics class have been meeting with law students from Northwestern Law School's Street Law program over the course of the school year. They have been learning about Miranda rights, employment law and immigration. The information is timely and useful. Students from both schools get along well and have learned a lot from each other.
Jahmal Cole Visits Ogden HS
Recently, Jahmal Cole (@mbmhmc), a motivational speaker and the “keeper” of the Twitter account “My Block, My Hood, My City” and the website by the same name, came to Ogden and spoke to our 9th, 10th and 11th graders. Take a look at this clip off of his Twitter “feed.”
Gender Bias in Media
Mr. Shibata's class is working on gender bias in media in English 2 and students created memes to show their understanding of the concepts and later created websites as a summative assessment to educate other young people on the dangers of gender stereotypes.
Here are links to a few of the student websites:
Black History Month Decorative Door Contest
Through the month of February, many of our teachers and students decorated their classroom doors with the theme of Black History Month as their guide. Throughout our school, there were many wonderful displays of artistic designs. Congratulations go out to Ms. Gonzalez's classroom as her door won the prize!
Senior Graduation Information
Seniors and their parent/guardians are encouraged to thoroughly review the graduation requirements posted on our Senior page. There is a lot going on and in order to graduate, seniors must meet all of the requirements ask of them.
Congrats to Mr. Baker!
Congrats to Mr. Baker on the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. This past week Mr. Baker attended the Fulbright Symposium in Washington DC to learn more about global education and cultural diplomacy. This summer he will be representing Ogden and the US State Dept as an educational ambassador in Indonesia. Stay tuned for more updates on how this partnership will impact Ogden classroom and students. For more information, click on the link to the official statement from the State Department.
How Four Chicago Educations Teach With Elections
Our own Mr. Shibata is one of four Chicago educators highlighted in this article from Chalkbeat.com. Congratulations, Mr. Shibata!
Mr. Torres' Civics Course
As part of Mr. Torres' Civics course, students organized a mock mayoral election at Ogden West. Students created issue posters that are in Ogden's hallways and researched candidates to create an online voting guide. You're welcome to use it too to help you decide in the upcoming mayoral election. Go to our Ogden Voter Guide to get informed and do your civic duty on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.
Richard Strauss' Elektra
As part of Mr. Torres' IB History unit on pre-war Germany, students attended an evening performance of Richard Strauss' Elektra, premiered in 1908. It was an exhilarating and bloody tale that exhibited the Expressionist mood of Europe at the turn of the 20th century. It was the first opera for most students and they really had a good time.
Boys Varsity Basketball and Girls Varsity Cheer
Boys Varsity Basketball and Girls Varsity Cheer had a successful Senior night as Ogden beat Soto HS 72-50. The gym was packed with fans and families to celebrate our 8 college-bound athletes in their final home game.
Ogden HS Robotics Team Wins the City Championship
Ogden HS Robotics team wins the city championship of the First Tech Challenge Robotics Competition! They advance to state playoffs this weekend. Congratulations to our engineers and mechanics, best of luck in state playoffs!
West Campus Media Literacy
Mr. Shibata's English 2 students are sharing strategies on how to combat biases to become informed media consumers. They are working through a media literacy unit.
Mayor Emanuel Visits the West Campus
Mr. Baker, Ogden's West Campus Head of School, welcomes Chicago's mayor, Rahm Emanuel, for a short visit on Tuesday, February 5th. He visited some classrooms and was very impressed with our IB programs and college-ready culture.
Second Quarter Instructional Newsletter
Four times a year, once after each 10 week quarter, a small team of instructors publish an Instructional Newsletter to help our parent/guardians and community members to better understand our IB grading philosophy and other aspects of our instructional programming. Please click here for this quarter's edition.
IB Diploma Classes
Is your 10th grade student interested in taking IB Diploma classes next year? Ogden's Diploma Programme will begin its recruitment of 10th grade students in early February. Diploma Programme classes are college level classes that are taught over the course of the 11th and 12th grades. If students complete all class requirements and pass the IB exam, they will receive college credit, while still in high school! If you would like to learn more, you may attend an information session. All students interested in applying MUST attend course specific information sessions, which will take place during the school day. To learn more see the recruitment timeline or contact the Diploma Programme Coordinator, John McGinnis, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations Once Again
Congratulations once again to our selected seniors who participated in the All City Senior Exhibition at the Neiman Center through School of the Art Institute last week. One student even had her art in the main window!
Please come see more of the IB Visual Arts artwork on Thursday, April 4th at INTUIT; 756 N. Milwaukee Avenue. They will be showcasing over 100 pieces. More info to come.
Congratulations to Karla Hinojosa on receiving the Posse Scholarship! The Posse Foundation identifies individuals with extraordinary leadership potential and receive scholarships from partnered top-tier colleges and universities across the country. She will be attending Oberlin college this fall on a full tuition scholarship (valued at $210,000)!
In November, AAP student Chloe Cabrales was honored at Chicago's Google Headquarters by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation for excelling in the community, and in her focus category, “Media and Entertainment.” Honorees competed with more than 13,000 applicants for 18 coveted awards in the Chicago region. Chloe has been a dedicated dancer at AAP for two years and is a role model for her talent, dedication, persistence, and kindness. Chloe received a bronze medal and scholarship funds to continue her education in college where she hopes to dual major in Dance and Psychology. Congratulations, Chloe!
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Student Spotlight: Me'lia Jackson
Here is an awesome video that was produced by The Chicago Lighthouse and CPS' Office of Diverse Learner Supports + Services highlighting one of Ogden's finest! Me'lia Jackson had her first paid job this summer and she SHINED! Click here to see the video of her experience working at Walgreens!