Upcoming Ways to Participate

Jan. 9th        Payton Parents/Guardian Meeting, 6PM, school library (note this meeting is on a Monday)

Jan. 10th      Local School Council Meeting, 6-8PM, Library

Jan. 19th      Sophomore Parent Night, 6:30-8PM, TBA

Jan. 23rd      Booster Association Meeting, 6-7PM, Library

Friday, March 31st   Payton Gala! SPiN Chicago at 344 N. State St. More details soon!

Stay Connected with the Payton Community

1. Payton Parent Meetings

2. Monthly Newsletter: Parents Pass the Word

3. School News Sources

4. Payton Family Directory

1. Payton Parent Meetings

Principal Tim Devine kicks off each Payton Parent Meeting with an informal talk about what's happening at school and gives you the opportunity to ask questions. 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

Dates: First Tuesday of each month, except as noted

    • Tuesday, September 6, 2016
    • Tuesday, October 4, 2016
    • Tuesday, November 1, 2016
    • Tuesday, December 6, 2016
    • Monday, January 9, 2017 (not a Tuesday)
    • Tuesday, February 7, 2017
    • Tuesday, March 7, 2017
    • Tuesday, April 4, 2017
    • Tuesday, May 2, 2017
    • Tuesday, June 6, 2017

2. Parents Pass the Word Newsletter

Subscribe to FOP's monthly newsletter, Parents Pass The Word. To receive our newsletter, send an email to requesting to be added to our mailing list. 

Past issues are available to read here.

3. 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

4. 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.