2250 N Clifton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

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8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Main Office

(773) 534-5535


2250 N. Clifton Ave.

Chicago, IL 60614

School Hours

Monday - Friday

8:30 AM - 3:45 PM

Principal’s Message

August 5, 2020

Dear Mayer Community,

As you know, the district shared their plan to move to the learn at home model for the fall. I echo Chief Jackson’s words, that this is not a decision made lightly as we want our staff and students to return to in person instruction. However, based on the public health experts and the feedback from families and staff, this is the best decision to make at this time. Prior to the start of the 2nd quarter, they will reassess and if we are able we will move to the hybrid model proposed in the preliminary reopening plan. 

I recognize that this news is hard to accept as it poses many challenges for everyone. I understand that you are grappling with this news just like us. I am sure you have lots of questions and concerns about the learn at home model and how it will be implemented at Mayer. When the final guidance is shared with school leaders, I will have the needed information to continue collaborating with our amazing staff to create robust learning plans that prioritize social and emotional skills, academic rigor, live instruction, and small group instruction using a variety of instructional resources and best practices for virtual engagement. It is our desire to create plans that give our students as much as possible the experience they have in the classroom in a virtual setting. 

There are many lessons that we have learned from the spring as a district and as a school. I wanted to highlight some key feedback we received from our Family Check-In survey sent to families in July. 

● 325 responses were received. If you have not provided feedback, I encourage you to complete the survey found here

● 59.7% of families surveyed shared that there was too little facetime with our teachers. 

● 56.9% of families surveyed shared that the communication from the school was just right. However, we need to improve on setting and communicating clear expectations about assignments and grading practices. 

● 87% of the families surveyed shared that many of you are working from home while supporting your child. 

Based on this feedback, we are working to make sure that all of these key points are addressed. In addition, as previously mentioned, when our plans have been created we will engage in parent focus groups to get more feedback prior to finalizing them. Also, we will move forward with our listening sessions next week as previously planned. 

Listening Session for EC & EL 1 Families: Monday, August 10th at 6 pm
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 1NzLEY 

Listening Session for Intermediate & MYP Families: Tuesday, August 11th at 6 pm
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 2xB5zJ 

I recognize that the road ahead of us will not be easy but I am confident in the staff at Mayer and our collective ability to help our children achieve success. We have a talented and dedicated team of educators as well as a strong and caring community. Together, we can come together to hold one another in grace and courtesy. 

In the words of Nelson Mandela, “It always seems impossible, until it is done.” We are a community. All of our voices matter. All of us have gifts, and everyone is needed for what they bring. We are Bulldog Strong! (one more plug, family check-in survey

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me at dndrayton@cps.edu

Danielle Drayton


July 31, 2020

Dear Mayer Community,

I hope this letter finds you well and enjoying your summer in a safe manner. I recognize that there are many questions you may have regarding the preliminary reopening framework and how those plans will be implemented at Mayer. I want to hear from you. I will be hosting a series of listening tours by grade band where you can state your concerns and or ask any questions. Please understand that while I am preparing this space for us as a community, there are many questions that I may not be able to answer at this time. While we have been provided with some information, additional school level guidance is forthcoming. Next week, I will send the dates and times of the listening tours.

Below please find a letter from the district highlighting next steps as we prepare for the upcoming school year.

Dear Parents/Guardians:
We look forward to having your child back in our school learning in September. As you know, the district has proposed a hybrid learning plan for all schools which will involve two days of in-person learning, one day of remote instruction, and two days of at home independent learning. Students will be assigned to pods of 15 students or fewer to maintain proper social distancing during the school day. More information on the hybrid learning plan can be found here.

We know that some of our families would prefer not to have their child attend school in-person in the fall, and the district is preparing an option for students to learn at home. In order to prepare and plan for the start of school, we need to hear from you by August 7 about whether or not you plan to have your child participate in the hybrid learning model or the learn-at-home model.

The parent/guardian of record should have received a text and an email from the district asking about your learning preferences for your child. Please complete the short form that came with that text or email to let us know how your child will be learning in the fall. Please be aware of the following information when making this choice:
● To ensure schools can plan effectively, please complete this form by Friday, August 7.
● If you choose for your child to learn at home, you will receive more information in the
coming weeks about what to expect. If you change your mind and want to participate in
hybrid learning, you will be given the opportunity to change your preference at the
beginning of the second quarter.
● If you choose to start the year with the hybrid learning model, you have the option to switch to the learn-at-home model at any time.


This form also asks if you would like to receive ongoing texts from the district. If texting is a preferred method of communication for you, please say yes to this question. If you opt to receive texts from the district, we will be able to text you about scheduling updates, daily symptom screener reminders, and other important updates.

If you did not receive the form or are having difficulty completing it, please use the summer office hours information below to contact the school so that we can assist you.

During the summer, we will be available at the school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 – 2:00pm.

On Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, we will be working remotely. On those days you may contact us in the following ways:
1. By the school email mayerinfo@cps.edu
2. By phone call or virtually via google meets.
The information is below:
Meeting ID
Phone Number
(US)+1 662-398-2324
PIN: 946 799 801#

You can expect a response within 72 hours.

While the upcoming school year will look different, we are very excited to have our students, whether in-person or at home, learning with us.

Danielle Drayton