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  • Taft Athletics - NEW WEBSITE!

    Taft has a new athletics website where you will find the most current information regarding schedules, scores, rosters and results for your team and athlete. Click on the Athletics Button (above, at right) to access this great new tool for Taft athletes, parents and fans. Be sure to sign-up for the Email alert to receive up to the minute information!
    Service Learning Opportunity

    The Norwood Park Historical Society is looking for student volunteers for their Stem & Steins event on Saturday, September 6th. They need help with Saturday morning setup and Sunday (the 7th) morning breakdown for approximately 3-4 hours each day. The work includes tables, chairs, tents and decorating outdoors and indoors. The students would be supervised by the NPHS and will not be present during the serving of alcohol. Please contact the NPHS at 773-631-4633 or via email at if you are interested.
    Fall Driver Education Registration for Non-CPS High School Students

    Registration for Fall Driver Education classes will take place on Thursday, August 28th from 4:30 to 5:30pm in Taft's Forum. Registering students must be at least 15 years old and have completed their Freshmen year in high school. Parents should plan to attend registration with their child as personal authorization is necessary. Click for complete information...
    Fall Musical Auditions

    The hit musical Grease, co-written by THS alumnus Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, is returning to Taft this fall, and YOU can be a part of it! We are looking for students who can sing and/or dance or maybe just want to be a part of something special. Auditions are Sept. 3 & 4, immediately after school in the Choir Room (Rm. 172). Callbacks will be held Sept. 5. Click for details...
    A Dress Code Update From the Principal

    I have been the principal at Taft just 44 days and not a day goes by when at least 50 people question me about our 2014-1015 dress code. On an average day I receive over 30 emails asking me to please consider changing it. I have been stopped at Marianno’s, Jewel as well as Dino’s pizza and repeatedly asked to please reconsider, not the dress code, but the mandatory uniform code currently in place at Taft. (Click to read more...)
    Service Learning Opportunity

    The Norwood Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Grease Lightning Carnival August 21st through 24th in Norwood Park and needs volunteers to help out on any or all days of the event. Students can earn Service Learning Hours and signing up is easy! Click for a direct link to the volunteer sign-up...
    Hot Fun in the Summer Time!

    Come and enjoy the best carnival of the Summer! Free Admission! Live Music! Classic Cars! Food, games, rides..the works! August 21st through 24th in Norwood Park. Proceeds will benefit the Taft High School Foundation. Parking will be available in the Taft lots on Bryn Mawr and Northcott. Click for complete details...
    Freshmen & Academic Center Parent Night

    Parents, want to find out more about what's going on at Taft? Want to meet your child's teachers? Want to find out what sports or clubs are your child can participate in? Come to the New Parent Night on Thursday, September 11th. The proceedings will begin at 5:00pm in the Auditorium. This event is directed towards parents of Freshmen and Academic Center Students, but all Taft parents and students are welcome to attend. See you there!
    Attention Juniors & Seniors

    Are you interested in taking college level courses at a City College campus this semester…. for Free? Motivated juniors and seniors can get a head start by earning college credit through the City Colleges of Chicago Dual Enrollment Program. Click to find out more...
    August Orientation Information for New and Returning Students - New Info!

    Student orientation will take place during the week of August 18th through 22nd. Registered students will receive a packet with additional information and necessary forms in the mail. Please bring the packet (including the outer envelope and completed forms) with you when you attend your orientation session. Click for the complete schedule...
    New Student Registration

    Attention Incoming 9th grade or transfer students: If you have not yet registered for the 2014-15 school year please attend registration during the week of Orientation, August 18-22, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Please click on the green, New Student Admissions button on the lower right side of our home page to print out the required forms and to see a list of required documents.
    Construction Progress - MORE PICTURES!

    We're getting new windows, lockers, paint and much more! Check out our new photo album to see what's going on at Taft - inside & out! Just click on the Friends of Howie link on our home page to visit our photo album. New pictures will be added as construction progresses, so check back from time to time for an update..
    Confused by What You See on the Parent/Student Connection to the GradeBook?

    Please be aware that student schedules are in flux throughout the summer months as new students register and new classes are created and/or moved about. Information posted automatically to the GradeBook system can change dramatically on a daily basis and the class schedules you see on GradeBook are not valid or even static until classes resume. On the first day of school students will be given their official course program and it is not until that time that student schedule information in GradeBook will be finalized.
    Taft High School is Throwing a Birthday Bash!!!

    That's right. Taft is 75 years old and to celebrate we have scheduled a 75th Anniversary Dinner Dance. There will be music, dancing, fund raisers, and other activities. Join us at the Ridgemoor Country Club on Saturday, September 27th at 5:30 p.m. All Friends of Taft are invited to attend this Diamond Jubilee Celebration. Click for more info and to purchase tickets...

    Summer's not over yet, but it will be sooner than you think. The first day of school for the 2014-2015 school year is Tuesday, September 2nd. You can click to download the school calendar & bell schedules. As always, classes begin at 7:45am. Get your school supplies ready and click to see a dress code flyer below to make sure that your new wardrobe is dress code compliant. See you on the 2nd!
    Summer Assignments & Reading Lists

    Summer reading lists for Taft students are now for the link. Students should be aware that many English teachers will be offering extra credit for students who complete books on the list. Please also be aware that many courses, including AP, IB and Academic Center programs have books and other materials which are required reading before the school year begins.
    Taft Calendar

    The Taft-specific calendar for the 2014-15 school year is now available. All the holidays and school days, breaks and bell schedules are now on a single page, perfect for display on your fridge or bulletin board. Want to know which day you (or your child) will get out of school early? This is what you need. Click to view and/or download the calendar...
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    Date: Aug. 25
    Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Date: Aug. 26
    Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Date: Aug. 27
    Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Date: Aug. 27
    Time: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    Location: TAFT
    Date: Aug. 28
    Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Click to Download School-Year Calendar and Bell Schedules
  • Taft Hockey

    For any students wishing to play on the Taft/Gordon/Lane Combine Hockey Team, registration is now open and the details have been set. Click for complete information.
    Boys and Girls Cross Country

    All Taft students interested in Cross Country, practice begins Wednesday! We will meet every weekday, behind Taft, at Norwood Park at 7:15am until further notice. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Bleicher at

    Attention all boys interested in playing soccer. Our soccer season starts on Wednesday August 13th We will start practice at Taft’s soccer field at 11:00a.m sharp. Please bring shoes, shin guards and water. All students interested in playing soccer must complete the physical, concussion, and steroid form that can be found on Taft’s website. Feel free to email any of the coaches with your questions. Click for contact info.
    Girls Swim Tryouts

    August 13
    At the pool
    Taft Hockey

    Registration information and fees for the 2014-2015 fall hockey season will be available within the next few weeks. This is an advance notice for the team's tentative August ice time. These slots will be for both teams and take place at Mcfetridge Sport Complex. Separate practice for both teams will begin in September. Click for complete information.
    Boys Soccer Update

    "World Cup Week" has been canceled. There will be no camp from July 28th - August 1st. Tryouts will be held starting August 13th at 11 am.
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