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"The Shield" Newsletter

To: EPIC Staff | August 14, 2022




Across two days, newly staffed Legends settled into their new EPIC community. Tons of knowledge was shared and the good vibes were a plenty. As you can see above, a sense of belonging is already brewing. When you see these New Legends, be sure to welcome them and ask, "how did you get to EPIC?" Everyone's story matters!

[New Legends (L to R): front row | Mr. Branch, Dr. Hawkins; second row | Ms. Reese, Ms. Waters; standing | Ms. Johnson, Dr. Mathews, Ms. Simpson, Ms. Hill;

back row | Ms. Cabrerra, Mr. Limonta. Also pictured: Ms. Paul, Mr. Bowens, Ms. Bennet, and Ms. Hayes] 

Preparing for Opening Week Adult Learning Sessions


We are Back to the Traditional School Day

  • 8AM Clock-in Time (See Mr. Taylor for your swipe card)

  • An EPIC Welcome: Catered Breakfast and Lunch on Monday (8/15) & Tuesday (8/16)

  • An Address from our Executive Director

  • All meetings will begin promptly at 8:30AM in the Large Cafeteria

  • Ms. Adams is hosting a CTU meeting, Wednesday at 2:30PM

Human Resource Mandate

Effective August 15, 2022


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Teacher Directed Time

Will Be Provided Next Week

August 15-18, 2022

One of the most exciting things to do at the beginning of the school year is to prepare a welcoming learning environment for students. Therefore, Administration has prioritized this essential component of school-readiness. By all means, use your professional creativity to bring life to the classrooms at 8255 S Houston. However, all classrooms must have specifics directly connected to "the EPIC way." At the least, each classroom must have the following "SY23 readiness" components:

  • Designated "All about your Teacher" space [Introduce yourself aesthetically. Again, be professionally creative.]
  • Board configuration outlining the date, daily standard, "Students will know...; Students will understand...' Students will be able to do..." statements
  • Post the following school wide artifacts as anchor charts to manifest "The EPIC Way":
    • Portrait of a Graduate
    • Universal Classroom Management Best Practices
    • Excellence Framework
  • Norming & Content anchor charts
  • Designated space to post students biweekly graded tasks

Does anyone remember the old school door decoration contests? Well on Thursday afternoon, we all will engage in a school-wide walk through with that same level of healthy competition. The Classroom Readiness checklist will be released prior to Thursday. But when in doubt, #beEPIC. 


Back 2 School "Refresh" | By Grade Level

August 22-26, 2022

During the week of August 22nd, our Legends will be on campus to "refresh" their school spirit! They will:

  • Get a chance to see and check-in with their school staff
  • Pick up fresh uniform swag and their Semester 1 schedule
  • Get their 2022-2023 school ID card and lanyard
  • Complete REGISTRATION FORMS & PAY SCHOOL FEES in order to enter in our 1st Day Pep Rally raffle.

Your support is needed. The standard participation is required:

  • 9th grade teachers: 8/22-26 | All things Freshman Strong Start [Ms. Paul is your "go to"]
  • 10th grade teachers:  8/24 12PM-3PM | One teacher per Station + Hallways to Support the process 
  • 11th grade teachers: 8/24 9AM-11AM | One teacher per Station + Hallways to Support the process
  • 12th grade teachers: 8/23 10AM-12PM & 1PM-3PM | One teacher per Station + Hallways to Support the process

Class of 2026 | Freshman Strong Start

Freshman Team

Are you all set for the Annual Freshman Strong Start camping trip?

On Monday and Tuesday, the Class of '26 will be on campus for a special orientation. But on Wednesday through Friday, You all and Ms. Paul will be hosting fun and games at the YMCA's Camp Eberhart in Three Rivers, Michigan. 

Remember to bring: 

  • Comfortable clothing & shoes
  • Personal hygiene products and
  • ...good vibes!

The overnight camping trip leaves EPIC on Wed, Aug 24 and returns on Friday, Aug 26.

Email Ms. Paul for more details. LPaul@epicacademy.org


EPIC Academy's 1st Day of School

Monday, August 29, 2022

We will follow a Special Schedule! Stay tuned...

2022-2023 Bell Schedule


To share, support and/or celebrate a fellow Legend, email your "shout out" to Ms. Gill (CGill@epicacademy.org) by the end of the day on Wednesdays.

We will add your entry to The Shield Newsletter.

EPIC Academy
8255 S. Houston  | Chicago, Illinois 60617
773-535-7930 | developmentteam@epicacademy.org

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