While showcasing art and writing from students in Chicago Public Schools, StudentsXpress promotes creativity and literacy, encourages alternative expressions, creates positive self esteem and opens discussions.
StudentsXpress is made up entirely of student work (preK-8th grade) and is published three times during the school year. In addition to posting our digital editions, this site allows students, teachers, parents and community members to stay connected and engaged between issues through student blogs, video blogs games, and additional writing and art by CPS students. Please browse around learn what you can do to keep this wonderful project available to students in CPS.
For our Summer 2020 issue, students wrote letters to themselves or someone else that began with “This is going to be a good day and here’s why…” Look inside to view these letters that were either based in reality or fantasy. Some students also chose to write about their experience with the quarantine that kept them all learning from home in the spring.
My unique ability is to draw and to run as fast as I could and do my best. To do what I could do and make it happen.
What makes me unique is my kind heart and helping others and being myself. Thatís what makes me unique.
Don’t give up on your dreams.
Believe in yourself.
Listen to your heart.
Jahkil is one very busy 10-year-old. When he isn’t hard at work distributing his Blessing Bags to those in need, he can be found doing one of several extra curricular activities. Jahkil is an avid basketball player, is a member of the Stick and Move breakdance team, and also tap dances with Madd Rhythms. The thespian-in-the-making has been featured in the short film Candles, has appeared in a Chuckie Cheese and K-mart commercial, was seen in an episode of Fox Television’s Empire, an episode of NBC’s Chicago PD and was a member of the Porgy and Bess opera at Chicago’s Lyric Opera House.”
“Hi Rachel, My kids at Wildwood brought home the issue of your StudentsXpress a couple of weeks ago and I really enjoyed it. What a wonderful opportunity you have...”
“I just took my first quick peek at the publication– wow! wow! and more wow! Great job!”
“Hello Rachel, Thank you so much for including us in this month’s issue. We got our copies yesterday. The teachers were excited, but the students were elated and proud...”
“We just wanted to let you know how thrilled our students were to see their published work. Thank you for all of your hard work! Looking forward to the...”
“Thank you for publishing this wonderful newspaper. My daughter’s piece was in there and she was so proud. I am a Chicago public school teacher and know that self...”
“Thank you so much, this is such a fun and wonderful way to get our children writing and drawing! Can’t wait to work on the next issue!”
“Hi Rachel, I just found a random note that I had written down comments students made as they received and read the last issue of Studentsxpress. Our students submitted...”
“The families and students are very motivated to actually see their work in print. It is a great selling point from our Literature and Writing Magnet Cluster perspective!”
“My students were artists and authors in StudentsXpress. It is such a wonderful project to be a part of. It also provides such a great incentive when students know...”
“My favorite aspect of the magazine is that it gives my students a chance to have their writing published. It is very important that students see that the adults...”
“My kids absolutely loved it! They were so excited to see that someone thought their writing had enough merit to publish it, and they got a kick out of...”
“When I saw the finished magazine with my work in it, I felt like I had accomplished something great. I have never seen my work published so I also...”