AGC Mission and Vision

AGC develops mindful leaders who take action both now and in the future to positively impact their communities and the world beyond.

Vision :
AGC will ignite a movement to create a better world.
We will transform our educational systems by being an incubator of innovation.
Using a foundation of academic knowledge and global-mindedness each student will create a life of possibility and contribute to a more peaceful and just society.

Announcements and Reminders

Middle School Parents!
I look forward to a great year!  The middle school team has been working relentlessly on program development that is specifically designed for the needs of adolescents.  In the video link below, I describe my vision for how we can have a successful year.  I look forward to working together with you!

Video link: Click here

Remember to Stay in touch, make sure your student is On time everyday, gets Adequate sleep, and that you are Reading together at home!


 AGC Text Messaging Service

Receive urgent information by text to your device

Text: AGCINFO to 555-888

 AGC Servicio de mensajería de texto

Para Recibir información urgente por mensaje de texto

  Texto: AGCINFO a 555-888

Parent Workshop Survey!

We want to host workshops.  Please click on the link below to fill out a survey answering the question, "What do you want to know about?"

Based on the responses, we will start to schedule dates!

Link---->Parent Workshop Survey (updated link!)


New document added!

Please see the "AGC Community Council" folder to the left to view Principal Gillespie's presentation from the ACC open meeting on Aug 20, 2014. It is called: Principal presentation Aug 20, 2014

AGC/CPS's Lice Policy


The information below outlines the procedures CPS asks us to take and the information we need to share regarding head lice:


Though bothersome, head lice will not harm children and adults, nor cause illness.  Having head lice does not mean a person is unclean or the environment is dirty.  Head lice are almost always transmitted from one person to another by head-to-head contact.

 Head lice are tiny insects that live only on the human head.  Lice hatch from eggs, otherwise known as nits.  Nit color ranges between white to brown.  Nits are typically found around the ears and along the back of the neck.  Nits will hatch after seven days.  Once hatched, the nits are known as nymphs and within ten days, become adults.  Nymphs and adult lice can be found on the head and feed on human blood to live.  An adult female louse can live up to 30 days and lay 5 eggs a day. 

Examine your child’s head and everyone else in the household for lice and nits. Start examining the head by beginning around the ears and at the back of the neck and then the rest of the head.

If your child does have lice, begin treatment and inform the school.  Your student must stay home from school for 24 hours after being treated.

Treatment consists of over-the-counter products and combing.  Please check with your pharmacist for the product that will best suit you.  It is important to read and follow the treatment instructions carefully.  Combing the hair with a lice comb alone is an effective method.  Lice combs can be purchased at pharmacies.  The preferred lice combs have close, long metal teeth that pass through hair easily.  Using both treatment methods together is very helpful in removal of lice and eggs from the head.

Continue to check your child’s head and members in the household daily for one week after lice treatment. Comb out any eggs that may have been missed.  Wash dirty clothes, coats, hats, bedding and towels as you normally would.  There is no need to bag household items. 

When students return to school after 24 hours of treatment, parents must bring in the box or container the treatment was in.  We also recheck the student at this point. 

When we see a child has lice in school, they go to the office right away and stay there until a parent or guardian can pick them up.

Note that lice and nits do not live on fabrics or other surfaces.  Therefore, washing pillows, clothes, rugs, etc... does not impact lice at all. 

If your child has lice, it is extremely important to tell us immediately.  Lice in school is made worse when we are not informed.

We conduct regular checks for lice, especially when we have confirmed cases.  However, they best way to tackle the issue is if every family regularly checks, as well.


UPDATE, more docs posted:
CPS updated their data website.  I posted AGC’s 2013-2014 performance report and those from our neighboring schools (Hearst, Pasteur, Edwards, and Peck) and from three charters that are similar to us (Erie, Rowe, and Namaste) on the portal in the "Academic Data" folder.

We received the highest rating, level 1.  This school year, a more rigorous and well-rounded rating system will be implemented called SQRP.  I will update you on SQRP details in the next couple of months.

Reports link:

New AGC organization information has been added to the "AGC Organization" folder.  These include CPS rating and compliance requirements.  I also uploaded the CPS Assessment framework to the "AGC Academic Data" folder.

A message from Ms. Chaidez AGC's new After School Coordinator:

Hello AGC Parents!
I will be the new After School Program Coordinator at AGC this year.
The After-School Pre-Session (homework help) will be offered the first two weeks of school, August 11th- 22nd. The cost is $6/day and snack will be provided. Pre-Session registration forms can be found at the black box at both buildings. Please complete the form attach your payment in a clearly labled envelope with your name, your child’s name, grade and payment amount. Check or cash only!

**This year all after-school payments MUST be made up-front, BEFORE programming begins, so please plan accordingly!**
This means that if you need your child to stay after school on the first day of school, payments must be made before the end of the school day on Monday, August 11th!

If you have any outstanding after-school debts from last year, your child will not be able to participate until those are paid.

Session 1 will begin on Monday, August 25th. Look out for more information regarding program offerings and registration coming soon.

Please let me know if you have any questions & I will do my best to address them all. I ask for your patience as I transition into this new & exciting role.

Melissa Chaidez
After School Program Coordinator
Office: Room 309

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at school on Monday!

We ask students are on time and ready to learn by having adequate sleep!

Kinder-Second Grade: doors open at 7:45
Third-Seventh Grade: doors open at 7:30

Recommended sleep times (from WebMD):
3-6 Years Old: 10 - 12 hours per day
7-12 Years Old: 10 - 11 hours per day
12-18 Years Old: 8 - 9 hours per day

How can you improve your child's performance at school with a good night's sleep?

Back to school sleep tips:

How can you help your student SOAR?
1. Stay in touch with school
2. On time and at school every day
3. Adequate sleep every day
4. Read with your child every day

Uniform Sale

Thursday, August 7


12:30 – 5:30 p.m.


Cash or Check Only

No Credit Card


Polo Uniform Price Sheet 1 page.pdf
Good to Know---->CPS Board Meeting Updates!
Attached is an overview of the July CPS Board Meeting written by the Illinois Network of Charter Schools. 

Keeping up-to-date on district-wide news is a great way to be engaged and understand how AGC is impacted by CPS Board decisions, viewpoints of those supporting and those opposing charter schools, and simply how we fit into the bigger picture. 

Interested in learning more about or discussing district-level policy and events??  This could be a great topic for a principal coffee session!  Let me know if this piques your interest.
July 2014 CPS board meeting recap.docx
2014-2015 assessment overview from CPS has been added to the "AGC Academic Data" folder on the Parent Portal.  This is an overview of CPS/ISBE mandated assessments that apply to charter schools.  Take note of the "students tested" column.  This provides guidance on who takes what.

AGC's New Office Clerk

AGC is happy to announce our new Office Clerk at the Annex, Mrs. Maria Correa! 

Maria Correa has extensive Administrative experience having worked for Merrill  Lynch  Business Financial Services. 
She is the mother of AGC students Angela and Jesse Correa. 
She has been a valued volunteer at AGC  since her oldest Angela was in Kindergarten 4 years ago. 
Maria enjoys gardening, nature, and spending time with her family in the country. 

We are happy to welcome her to our team.

AGC community,

We would like to extend our gratitude to the following individuals who have contributed countless remarkable hours: Mr. Manker, Ms. Jenni, Ms. Hernandez, Ms. Garza, Mr. Biedermann, and Mr. Bernier. We thank you for being an active part of our school community! We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors outside of AGC.

Comunidad de AGC,

Nos gustaría expresar nuestro agradecimiento a las siguientes personas que han contribuido horas extraordinarias en nuestra escuela: Mr. Manker, Ms. Jenni, Ms. Hernández, Ms. Garza, Mr. Biedermann, y Mr. Bernier. ¡Les damos las gracias por ser una parte fundamental de nuestra comunidad escolar! Les deseamos suerte en sus futuras experiencias fuera de AGC.

Important Dates to Remember


New Student Registration is Due Tuesday, July 1, 2014 

 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Please call ahead)


First Day of School: Monday, August 11, 2014

New Parent Orientation at 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at 47th St.


Please Save the Date for our Parent University, August 7, 2014 

(This event is mandatory at least 1 parent must attend.)


Student Fee Due September 19, 2014


Fechas Importantes

El registro es debido martes, 01 de julio de 2014 entre 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Primer Día de Clases: Lunes, 11 de agosto de 2014

Nueva orientación para padres de 8:00 – 10:00 en 47th St.


Universidad de padres, 07 de agosto de 2014

(Este evento es obligatorio por lo menos deben asistir 1 padre.)


Pago de la escuela debido 19 de Septiembre

Important note about AGC office phone number!  

Some parents have reported that when they call the AGC office, no one picks up and it keeps ringing.  

We have solved the mystery!!  

Caller ID shows the Annex number, for example, as 773-582-3954.  If you call this specific number back, it does not reach the office.  

You MUST call 773-582-1100 and then choose your extension in order to reach us!!

2014-2015 Calendar
AGC Calendar 14-15 FAMILIES.pdf

New Kindergarten Students for Fall 2014.

We recommend that all families begin scheduling appointments for the requested Exams. 

Physical Exams


Eye Exam

Dental Exam

Next Steps

Saturday April 26th at 10:30am - Informational Workshop about Dual Language 

At the 47th St. Campus

We strongly encourage all Families to Attend.

Attached are documents regarding the Dual Language Program. 

If you are interested in Dual Language: Families must schedule a meeting with Ms. Saskia Rombouts at

Dual Language Pack For Fall 14.pdf

Espanol aqui!

Seleccione 'Spanish' para traducir el sitio al español!

Espanol aqui!

Seleccione 'Spanish' para traducir el sitio al español!

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 1
Labor Day
No School
Tuesday, September 2
STEP testing begins
Friday, September 12
Step testing ends
Wednesday, September 17
AGC Community Council meeting- Annex
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday, September 19
Family Engagement Day
No school for students. Teachers will use this day to establish connections with families.
Student Fee is due
Friday, September 26
Back to Schol Dance
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Details to come.
Location TBD
Tuesday, October 7
C4 Clases de Fundamentos Para Padres- Espaņol (padres con hijos edad 11-16)
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Aprenda cómo ser un padre más eficaz. Las clases se imparten en el anexo y habrá cuidado de niños.
C4 Parental Fundamental Classes- English (parents with children ages 0-7)
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Learn how to be a more effective parent. Classes are held at the Annex and childcare is provided.