“On St. Patrick’s Day, my host family and I got out some of my Irish decorations! Their neighbor is named Patrick, and here it is very popular to celebrate a person’s saint/name day, so we helped turn Czech Patrick into an Irishman! We finished the evening at an Italian restaurant, where we made the servers wear the rest of the Irish decorations, so it was a very international day!” – Kathryn Moran (’17)
“One difference between Chicago and Prague is the cobblestone streets (I don’t think I’ve seen a single cement sidewalk here). The cobblestones make the city even more quaint and old-fashioned but they are taking a toll on my shoes and have caused me to trip several times. Today when I lost my balance an old man told me “pozor!” (Czech for “watch out!”). I had been aware of my surroundings but not the ground (because that’s just not something you pay attention to in Chicago).” – Claire Goldman (’17)
“One main difference I have noticed has been the conservation of water. At home, I generally take water for granted. For example, the act of flushing the toilet is almost automatic. However, here, staying in a household that tries to use as little water as possible, I realized how much water I had been wasting back in Chicago while showering, doing dishes, doing laundry, etc.” – Caroline Fairbank (’17)
Payton-Beijing No. 4 Exchange: 12 Payton Chinese students, led by their teacher, Mr. Wu, left for China at the end of March. They will participate in homestay exchanges with Beijing #4 students, visit class, climb the Great Wall of China, see pandas in real life, and much more!
Rome Trip: 24 Payton Latin students, led by their teacher, Ms. Gemskie, as well as Ms. Gallegos, leave for Rome late March for 10 unforgettable days of learning and exploration. In Rome, the group will visit sights including the Villa Borghese Museum, the Forum, the Coliseum, and much more, as well as visits to the scenic towns of Verona and Venice. Buon viaggio!
Romantic Landscapes Trip: 24 Payton literature lovers, led by faculty members Ms. Catlin, Ms. Gonzalez, Ms. Guizzetti, and Mr. Menacho, leave late March for the adventure of a lifetime. This trip will combine outdoor adventure, naturalism, and literature in the English Lake District, the Scottish Highlands, and the Irish countryside. Big thanks to Mr. Chau and Mr. Wasielewski for helping to craft this program.
Payton Australia Exchange: G’day, mate! 18 Payton Globetrotters, accompanied by their faculty leaders Ms. Figenshu, Ms. Robinson and Mr. Vinluan, leave for Australia early April. Students will visit the bustling, multicultural cities of Sydney and Melbourne. Students with stay with host families in Melbourne and attend classes at Payton’s sister school, Beaconhills College.