Dear Parents,

As we embark on the fourth and final quarter of the school year, we want to take a moment to express our immense pride in our students for their resilience and hard work thus far. We've navigated through the testing season, and your children have surpassed expectations with flying colors.

As we approach the home stretch, we encourage you to continue to support and motivate your children to finish the year off strong. Every assignment, every project, every effort counts as we aim to end the year on a high note.

We're thrilled to announce the upcoming milestones in our school community, including kindergarten, 8th grade, and Senior graduations. These moments mark significant achievements in your child's academic journey, and we can't wait to celebrate them together.

In addition to graduations, we have a lineup of exciting events planned, including the Horizon Hustle 5k, International Dinner, CYSP activities, Music & Art Festival, and Sports banquets. Stay tuned for more information on these events, as they promise to be memorable experiences for our students and families alike.

We want to express our deepest gratitude for your unwavering support and partnership throughout the year. Together, we've created a nurturing and enriching environment for our students to thrive, and for that, we are truly thankful.

Let's finish the year strong and make these final months memorable for our students. Here's to a successful end to the school year!

Warm regards,

Serving You, 

Mr. Vedziovski

Principal, Horizon Science Academy McKinley Park

2245 W. Pershing Rd. Chicago, IL 60609

(O) 773.247.8400 | (F) 773.247.8401

Operated by Concept Schools

Ivy League Acceptance!!!

We are absolutely thrilled to share some fantastic news with all of you! Our very own senior, Havilyn Aitken, has received an acceptance letter from Princeton University, one of the prestigious Ivy League institutions. Please join us in congratulating Havilyn on this incredible achievement!

Celebrating Women's History Month

In honor of Women's History Month, we wanted to highlight our amazing staff! We are proud to have a total of 75 AMAZING Women Staff members on our team!

On Women's International Day, March 8th we hosted a coffee cart and our leadership team stopped by classrooms to deliver a tasty coffee beverage and pastry!

We appreciate our amazing female staff and wanted to make sure they felt the appreciation as we celebrated them on this very special day and honor them this month!

Special Visitor

We were thrilled to host Joyanna Smith, Chief Program and Operations Officer for INCS (Illinois Network of Charter Schools) this month. Our school ambassadors welcomed her with a school tour and we had the chance to sit down and learn more about our how we can strengthen our partnership with INCS. It was a great visit!

WHM Assemblies

March was a month filled with empowerment and inspiration as we celebrated Women's History Month at HSA McKinley! We are excited to share some highlights of the enriching activities and events we organized for our middle and high school girls.

One of the highlights of the month was welcoming Symone Holmes from the Chicago Women in Trades. Symone shared her journey and insights into the world of trades, igniting a spark of possibility and potential in our girls. Her presence was truly inspiring and opened doors to new opportunities for our students.

Additionally, our girls had the privilege of participating in a self-defense class led by Master Daniel and his team from Lions Paw Karate Academy. Learning essential self-defense techniques not only fosters physical strength but also empowers our girls with confidence and resilience.

We are thrilled to have provided our students with such invaluable experiences that not only celebrate the achievements of women throughout history but also equip our girls with the tools and knowledge to succeed in their own endeavors.

We will continue to uplift and empower the young women in our school community, nurturing their dreams and aspirations every step of the way!

5th Grade Authors

Kicking off National Reading Month with our fifth graders! They read the books they wrote and illustrated to our kindergarten and 1st grade students. Thank you to Ms. Manzella for inspiring to complete this special project. Our K-1 grade students enjoyed listening to their creative books!

Spring Book Fair

Our spring book fair of the year took place from March 4th to March 8th.

Ms. Manzella, our school librarian, was happy to open our doors to our students and parents for in-person shopping this month as we celebrated National Reading Month.

Thank you to our students and families who came to shop at our fair. We hope you all enjoy the books you have purchased, and we can't wait until our BOGO fair in May! 

Read Across America Day

On March 2nd: Read Across America Day, we were so proud of the HS students who helped us celebrate by reading to the K-2 students. Our High school volunteers picked out a couple of good books and a quiet spot to read to our elementary students. It was a treat to see the older kids share the love of Literacy.

Family Literacy Night

In celebration of National Reading Month, we were excited to host our annual Family Literacy Night for our K-5 students. This year the theme was "Outer Space" and our Literacy Night team TRANSFORMED our school to be just that! As soon as you walked in the door you felt as if you were in outer space as our hallways were draped with decorations! The night was full of games, crafts, reading, and family fun.

A HUGE shout out to Ms. Johnson, Ms. Roberts, and Ms. Garcia for hosting this amazing night for our families! We are so happy to host this night for our families, and we can't wait for next year's celebration!

Family STEM Night

We are delighted to share the incredible success of our recent Family STEM Night! It was a truly magical evening filled with excitement, learning, and unforgettable experiences for our families, and we extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed to making it such a resounding success.

A special thank you goes out to our esteemed community partners, including the Museum of Science and Industry, Friends of the Chicago River, Urban Canopy, Mad Science, and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. Their participation added an extra layer of excitement and engagement to the event, showcasing the wonders of science and innovation in a fun and interactive way.

We would also like to extend our deepest appreciation to Ms. Langton for her outstanding leadership and dedication in spearheading this event. Her hard work and commitment were instrumental in bringing this night to life, and we are immensely grateful for her efforts.

Thanks to the overwhelming positive feedback and enthusiasm from our school community, we are thrilled to announce that Family STEM Night will now become an annual event at HSA! We look forward to continuing this tradition and providing our families with more opportunities to explore the fascinating world of STEM together.

IAR Testing

We extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the success of this year's IAR testing! It truly takes a village, and we are immensely grateful for the dedication and support of each and every individual involved.

We commend all classroom teachers for their unwavering commitment to keeping students focused and prepared throughout the testing period. Your dedication to our students' success is truly commendable.

We would like to especially THANK:

Mr. Cann, Mr. Khan, and Ms. Koson for their tireless efforts in administering and meticulously preparing for these two weeks of testing. Your hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed.

Thank you once again to everyone involved for your outstanding teamwork and commitment to our students' success. Together, we made this year's IAR testing a resounding success!

2nd Grade Incentive Party

This month, Ms. Young treated some of our outstanding 2B girls to a delightful lunch nail party, celebrating their exceptional behavior and positive contributions to the classroom.

The event was not just about pampering; it was a precious opportunity for Ms. Young to connect with her students in a special way, fostering a sense of appreciation and recognition for their hard work and good behavior.

Congratulations to all the girls who participated, and a huge thank you to Ms. Young for going above and beyond to make this experience memorable and meaningful.

IJAS State Finalists

This year, we are immensely proud to announce that 12 of our students have been selected to represent our school at the IJAS (Illinois Junior Academy of Science) Science Fair, scheduled to take place in April.

Their dedication, hard work, and passion for science have shone through as they've prepared tirelessly behind the scenes for this remarkable opportunity.

Congratulations Hawks!

Happy Birthday Chicago!

What a wonderful time we had celebrating the 187th birthday of our beloved city, Chicago! We were thrilled to be an active part of our neighborhood's birthday festivities, and it was truly a night to remember on March 4th.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to Brenson Brown and Jonathan Vazquez for their incredible musical talents that added so much joy and energy to the celebration. Their performance was truly special and brought smiles to all who attended.

We also extend our gratitude to Maya Carmona for leading us in a heartfelt rendition of "Happy Birthday" to Chicago. It was a moment filled with unity and pride as we joined together to honor our city.

It truly was a great celebration to celebrate with our amazing community partners and neighbors the city we all love: CHICAGO!

Math Success

We are thrilled to share some exciting news! Two of our remarkable middle school students, Maximiliano Ceja and Rohaan Khan, have achieved an outstanding accomplishment by qualifying for the Nationals in the Math League contest.

Math League is renowned as the largest network of local and state math competitions in the United States and beyond. With over 400 contests held globally each year, Math League reaches over 30,000 students, providing them with opportunities to showcase their mathematical prowess and passion.

Please join us in celebrating this remarkable success and wishing Maximiliano and Rohaan the best of luck as they represent our school at the Nationals in the Math League contest.

Solo and Ensemble Winners!

We are proud to announce a resounding success for our School Band! Our talented musicians recently participated in the State Solo & Ensemble Competition, showcasing their exceptional skills and dedication to musical excellence.

Year after year, our band students demonstrate their commitment to excellence, and this year was no exception. Their outstanding performance is a testament to their hard work and dedication, as well as the guidance and leadership of our esteemed band director, Mr. Phillips.

We are immensely proud of our School Band for their remarkable achievement! Their dedication to their craft and tireless efforts have truly paid off.

Congratulations to each and every member of our School Band!

Way to go, HAWKS!

PTO Easter Egg Hunt

We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the families who joined us for our PTO Annual Easter Egg Hunt!

It was an incredible gathering, filled with joy and laughter, and we are immensely grateful to our PTO for orchestrating such a delightful event for our school community.

Everyone had a fantastic time with their families, and it was truly egg-citing to witness the sheer joy on the faces of our students as they participated in the hunt.

This event is just one example of the amazing experiences that our PTO provides for our school community. We are fortunate to have such dedicated individuals working tirelessly to create memorable moments for all of us.

Thank you PTO and we look forward to many more wonderful events in the future!

We Are The Champions

Congratulations to the HSA McKinley Park Middle School Boys Basketball Team for winning their Championship in their League and also going 9-0 in that league & 10-1 overall on their Season!

We are so proud of our HAWKS!

Save the Dates

Any questions? concerns?

At HSA McKinley Park our top priority is the health and safety of students and staff. Should you have any questions or concerns please email us at:

Mr. Seat Vedziovski, School Principal:

Mrs. Marisa Vega, Community Outreach Coordinator: