5 Ways to Stay Connected

1. Payton Community Meetings

2. Friends of Payton Emails

3. FOP Monthly Newsletter

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 of Payton students 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

2018-2019 Meeting Dates

    • Wednesday, June 3, 2019

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 mailing list or to 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. Monthly Newsletter

Friends of Payton's newsletter is emailed on the first of the month to FOP's mailing list. If you're subscribed to Friends of Payton's emails (see item #2 above) then you are automatically subscribed to our newsletter. If you're having problems with your newsletter subscription, please email

Read past issues of our newsletter HERE.

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

The 2018-2019 school directory contains contact information for Payton families and is distributed as a free mobile app called DirectorySpot. The directory, designed for Android and Apple devices, is accessible ONLY to families of current Payton students and to Payton's faculty and staff. 

Instructions for how to download and access the directory can be found HERE. Setup takes two minutes and provides users with continually updated directory information for all of their students' years at Payton. Friends of Payton updates the directory frequently. 

Learn more about the DirectorySpot app in the user FAQs.

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? Contact 

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.