St. James students will enjoy their second Project Week of the 2015-2016 school year during the week of February 22-26. After focusing on the probable causes of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 this past fall, our attention will take a more futuristic turn as we consider the possibility of Chicago hosting a Summer Olympics in 2024.

Once again our teachers will create opportunities for collaborative learning that lean heavily on the inquiry-based approach. This will help equip our children to be creative thinkers, cooperative learners and problem solvers. We anticipate a high level of enthusiasm as students directly influence how and what they are learning. We expect to see continued development in their abilities to research, organize, discuss and present.

As this week unfolds, our students will learn about the history behind the Olympics, the difficulties being faced in Rio with this summer’s upcoming games, and the challenges of winning a bid to bring the Olympics to our city in the future.  In the process our kids will build their understanding of Chicago’s geography, its transportation network, and its unique strengths and weaknesses in appealing to the world to spend a summer here enjoying world-class competition and all Chicago has to offer.

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