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Chase is a World Language Magnet Cluster Salmon P. Chase Elementary SchoolSchool that provides a comprehensive academic program for students in grades K-8th grade.  Our teaching staff provides students with opportunities to be successful as students using a variety of researched-based instructional practices as well as individuals.  We encourage students to do their best and encourage them to continue to strive for excellence. Spanish is offered as a foreign language to students in K-8th grade.

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Chase Elementary CH+A Excellence Academy students have scored another box-office smash! “Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon”, their 90-second adaptation of the Newbery Honor book of the same name, was accepted into the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival.

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is a fun, kid-oriented fest that showcases brief video renditions of Newbery Medal and Honor books. Students worked together to study the book, create a shot list, and cast parts for their film. The final product was met with huge success- including a shoutout from the book’s author! “This is possibly the greatest response to my book Bomb I’ve ever seen!” tweeted Bomb’s author Steve Sheinkin.

“Your students are amazing! They made the story of Bomb come to life in such an original way,” the 90-Second Newbery Festival panel tweeted in agreement. James Kennedy, young adult author and festival founder, will be screening the film in upcoming festival locations of San Francisco, Portland, and New York City.

“Bomb” is the second film effort put forth by the Excellence Academy students at Chase. Their gleefully gross-out adaptation of “An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793” is listed as one of the fest’s 25 Best Entries. You can view “Bomb,” “An American Plague,” below and other 90-second Newbery films at www.90secondnewbery.com. We can’t wait to go to the movies again next year!

published: Feb 10, 2014


iPad video grant by Kathy Lynch

Chase Elementary: iPads in the Library from CPS Tech on Vimeo.