Upcoming Ways to Participate

9/13    Friends of Payton Community Meeting, 6pm to 7:30pm, School Library

Join us at our first Payton Community Meeting of the 2017-2018 school year! Principal Tim Devine will kick things off with an update of what's happening at our school. All parents/guardians of enrolled Payton students are welcome.

Stay Connected with the Payton Community

1. Payton Parent Meetings

2. Friends of Payton Emails

3. Monthly Newsletter: Parents Pass the Word

4. School News Sources

5. Payton Family Directory

1. Payton Community Meetings

Principal Tim Devine kicks off each Payton Community Meeting with an informal talk about what's happening at school. All parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend our monthly meetings.

Where: Literacy Center (Payton’s library on the first floor)

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

2017-2018 Meeting Dates

    • Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    • Wednesday, October 11, 2017
    • Wednesday, November 15, 2017
    • Wednesday, December 6, 2017
    • Wednesday, January 17, 2018
    • Wednesday, February 14, 2018
    • Monday, March 12, 2018
    • Wednesday, April 11, 2018
    • Wednesday, May 9, 2018
    • Wednesday, June 13, 2018

2. Friends of Payton Emails

We email all Payton parents/guardians 2-4 times per month to keep them up to date on school news, events and other happenings. All parents/guardians are given the option to sign up for Friends of Payton emails during Payton's Student Registration process before the start of each school year. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings are welcome to subscribe to Friends of Payton emails, as well. 

To join our email list or to check or update your email address, please contact In your message, provide your student's name and expected graduation year so we can verify your connection to Payton.

3. Parents Pass the Word Newsletter

Friends of Payton's newsletter, "Parents Pass The Word," is emailed at the start of the month to parents/guardians of current Payton students. If you're subscribed to Friends of Payton's email list (see item #2 above) then you are automatically subscribed to our newsletter. If you're having problems with your newsletter subscription, please email

4. School News Sources

  • Watch videos and clips on the Payton News Network. From sports highlights to last year's commencement address, you'll find a little of everything on PNN.

  • Read Paw Print, Payton's student-published newspaper.

  • Check Advisory Announcements for daily tidbits and alerts about upcoming student events

5. Payton Family Directory

Get our school's student directory on your computer or as a free smartphone app! If you're a Payton parent/guardian already receiving emails from our school, then you have already been granted access to the electronic directory and should follow the instructions below. Please note that only Payton parents/guardians, Payton faculty and staff have access privileges to our directory.

Smartphone/Tablet Users

1. Download the DirectorySpot app by going to your app store and searching "DirectorySpot" or by clicking on the appropriate link here: 

Android -  

2. Launch the DirectorySpot app. On the log-in screen, enter your email address as your Username, and click on "Reset Password." (You will need to sign in with the same email address you use to receive messages from the school.)

3. Click on the link in your email to set your password, relaunch the DirectorySpot app, and login with your username and password.

Computer Users

1. Go to and click on "Login" in the upper right hand corner.

2. Enter your email address as your Username, and click on "Reset Password." (You will need to sign in with the same email address you use to receive messages from the school.)

3. An email will be sent to you with a link to set your password. Click on the link in your email to set your password and login.

We recommend you download the app on your smartphone or tablet so you can use enhanced directory features, such as auto dial when you click on a phone number, or auto launching of maps when you click on an address. If you press and hold down the cell phone number, you will get an option to send a text or call the number (iPhone only). DirectorySpot will even create an email if you click on someone's email address.     

If you have difficulties accessing the directory or would like to make changes to your family's contact information, please contact Tein Atkerson at

Questions? Please contact us at

Friends of Payton (FOP) is a parent-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (tax ID #36-4409659) that raises funds and provides volunteer assistance to support Walter Payton College Prep. Our mission is to enrich educational and extracurricular activities with outside resources to supplement the limited funding allotted to Payton through the public school system.