Parent Support Organization

PSO Executive Committee
President, Michele Doyle (Caelan, Music, ’21)
VP & Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Joiner (Andrin, Dance, Class of 2022)
Social Chair, Cynthia Echendu (Sophia, Visual Arts ’19)
Communications Chair, Lori Simi (Christopher, Theatre, ’22)
Treasurer, Janette Cortés-Duewel (Adela, VA, ’19)
New Family Connection Chair, Julie Kee (Kiden, Dance ’19)
Parent Representatives to the Board of Directors 
Stephanie Cox-Batson (Noa, Dance, ’19)
Peter Doyle (Caelan, Music, ’21)

PSO meetings are open to parents/guardians of currently enrolled students, parents/guardians of alumni students, community members, and staff. Meetings are held from 6:30-8:30PM. Locations are announced prior to each meeting date.

The 2018-2019 PSO Meeting Dates:
– Tuesday, October 2, 2018 (Mount Greenwood Library, 11010 S Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60655)
– Thursday, January 17, 2019 (ChiArts Library: Room 221)
– Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (Location TBD)
– Thursday, May 23, 2019 PSO BBQ (ChiArts Courtyard)

Families Creating a Stronger ChiArts The Parent Support Organization (PSO) is a community of parents and guardians who work together to support the academic, artistic, social, and financial goals of ChiArts. The PSO seeks to strengthen the school by building ties among ChiArts faculty and staff, families, administration, and students, as well as by establishing a forum for increased communication. ALL parents and guardians of existing ChiArts students are automatic members of the PSO. Though participation is not mandatory, family members are encouraged to be an active part of PSO efforts.

New Families Welcome, New Families! “As a new family, entering the “high school” phase in your student’s life can be overwhelming. New environment, new teachers, new formats – how does it all work? As the New Family Connection Chair, I am here to let you know that it is OK. Your zillions of questions and concerns are valid. You are not alone in maneuvering through this. We are here to assist you and to help make this a welcome experience. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have.” – Julie Kee, New Family Connection Chair,

The ChiArts Parent Support Organization (PSO) supports ChiArts by:
– Hosting and supporting school functions and promotes fellowship among families, students, and teachers;
– Volunteering for a variety of school activities;
– Planning and managing the execution of ChiArts’ Silent Auction; and
– Serving as advocates for The Chicago High School for the Arts throughout the community.

PSO Events & Socials

February 9: ChiArti Gras Silent Auction; All PSO members are encouraged to join the Silent Auction planning committee by attending meetings that start in Fall 2018.

Planning Meeting Dates:
October 16, 2018 | November 13, 2018 | November 27, 2018 | December 18, 2018 | January 15, 2019 | January 22, 2019 | January 29, 2019 | February 5, 2019

Meetings will be held from 6-7:30PM at The Chicago Teachers’ Lounge & Eatery (2525 West Division Street, Chicago, IL, 60622). Learn more about ChiArti Gras here.

For any questions or comments regarding the ChiArts PSO, please contact the ChiArts Development Team at or 773-534-9729.

2018-19 Academic Year PSO Minutes:
October 4, 2017 | January 10, 2018 | March 20, 2018 | May 9, 2018 | October 2, 2018