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  • Congratulations IB Graduates!

    We are happy to announce that 18 Diploma Candidates from the class of 2014 were awarded the coveted IB Diploma! Congratulations to Nicole Bosiak, Megen Byrne, Megan Day, Tessa Flaga, Amanda Goecke, Brian Griffith, Courtney Grusbeck, Daisy Hernandez, Estephania Hernandez, Hanan Ishak, Magdelena Kowalkowska, Megan Limanni, Monika Liszka, Caroline Poplawski, Kathy Smolecki, Michal Walewender, Agnieszka Wisniewska, and Sarah Zumba. The remaining 33 IB Diploma Candidates were awarded as many as 4 IB course certificates.
    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...
    August Orientation Information for New and Returning Students

    Student orientation will take place during the week of August 18th through 22nd. The exact schedule will be posted here when finalized. 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.
    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..
    Meet Taft's New Principal!

    I would like to take this opportunity to say hello, William Howard Taft High School, students, potential students, teachers, staff, alumni, and community members. As you can see I purposely put students first. I have and always will put our students first when it comes to making decisions that affect our school. Click to continue reading...
    Taft's New Men's Golf Team

    All boys interested in joining the Golf team please contact Mr. Glowacz ( via email by July 31.
    Main Office Hours for Summer

    Taft High School's Main Office will be open for business Tuesday through Thursday, 9:00am to 11:00am. Please be aware Taft is undergoing a major construction project this summer and that access to the building will be limited and may change without notice. Visitors should plan to enter via Entrance 3 on Northcott, but be prepared to use a a different entrance if directed to do so. The parking lot on Northcott is open and street parking is available on Hurlbut as well.
    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!
    Report Cards

    Students and/or parents of students who did not get their report cards on the last day of school may pick up official, second semester report cards in the main office beginning on Wednesday, June 18th. Main office summer hours are 9:00 to 11:00am, Tuesday through Thursday.
    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...
    Rahm Emanuel's Summer of Learning in Chicago

    This summer, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is challenging all Chicago youth to participate in the Summer of Learning, a citywide effort to engage youth in hands-on learning opportunities—particularly in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. School stops for the summer, but learning never should. Click to learn more about the plethora of activities available to Chicago teens this summer...
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  • Student Orientation
    Date: Aug. 18 - Aug. 22
    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
    Click to Download School-Year Calendar and Bell Schedules
  • 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.
    Taft's New Men's Golf Team

    All boys interested in joining the Golf team please contact Mr. Glowacz ( via email by July 31.
    All Students Interested in Cross Country this Fall

    Summer Running begins Monday, June 9, at 1pm! We will meet in Norwood Park, by the dirt track. Please check the Cross Country website (click for a direct link) or contact Coach Bleicher for more information. See you there!
    Summer Basketball Camp

    Taft will once again be hosting basketball camps for both boys and girls. The girls camp runs July 14th through the 19th and the boys camp runs July 21st through the 25th. Both camps are 9am to noon. The cost is $60. Click for complete information including registration details...
    2014 Lacrosse Highlights Video

    Coach Harte has put together a highlights video of all the best moments from 2014 Lacrosse season. Click to check them outline!
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