The Mather Memo

January Edition

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Finals Exams - January 28 & 29

First-semester final exams will take place on January 28 & 29. Students will follow the schedule below. Students are expected to arrive at school on time and be in their classes to take their exams.


The grades that students receive after their exams will be their final grade for the semester and post to their transcript. Students should be making every effort to continue to do work for their classes and meet with their teachers for support and guidance.


Please check the parent portal to remain updated on your student's progress!

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Parent Portal - Do you have an account?


The New Aspen Parent Portal

Chicago Public Schools is excited to announce that starting April 22nd, 2019, Parent Portal will be replaced with a new system called Aspen. Aspen will provide the same capabilities of the old Parent Portal while adding new features including Graduation Requirements, Student Fees and a new, easy-to-use mobile interface.


IMPORTANT NOTE: To access the new Aspen Parent Portal, all current portal users and parents who are interested in creating an account for the first time must set up a new account. Existing Parent Portal accounts will not automatically be transferred to Aspen. Follow the steps below to set up a new Aspen Parent Portal Account.



If you do not have an account please follow these directions:


Please contact Mather High School to provide your up-to-date email address and request a Parent Portal account in Aspen. Once parent contact information has been verified by Mather, parents will receive a signup email from Aspen. If you don’t receive the signup email, we recommend checking your spam folder. If you are unable to locate the email, please contact Mather for assistance (see Mr. Urbina's email address below).


Mather HS Contact: Oscar Urbina: ourbina1@cps.edu


If you have more questions, start here!

Local School Council Elections (2020 - 2022)

Serving on a Local School Council (LSC) provides a unique opportunity to become engaged in your school community and play an active role in making policy decisions affecting your school. LSCs are critical to ensuring positive student outcomes and a dynamic school environment.


LSCs are responsible for:

  • Monitoring the school improvement plan— also known as their school’s CIWP.
  • Monitoring the school's budget and expenditures.
  • Evaluating their school’s principal annually, as well as selecting a new contract principal for their school or renewing the contract of their current principal.


Each LSCs set their own regular meeting schedules, which can be obtained directly from the school.


LSC members are elected every two years by parents, community members, and school staff. Members serve two-year terms, with the exception of high school student representatives, who serve one-year terms. The 2020 LSC elections will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2020, for high schools.


How to Apply


If you are a parent, community member, student, or teacher looking to get more involved with your school, we encourage you to consider running in your school’s LSC election. The application window for the 2020 LSC elections opens on December 2, 2019. To apply, candidates must download and fill out the application forms (or pick them up from Mather Counseling office) and return them with two forms of identification to Mather High School by March 5, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.


Parents and community members have the option to file a Form 4-20 Candidate Statement, school staff candidates must file a Form 5-20 School Staff Candidate Information Form and high school student candidates must file a Form 6-20 Student Candidate Information Form

Winter Showcase (dance & music)

Friday, Jan. 24th, 6pm

5835 North Lincoln Avenue

Chicago, IL

Music Showcase: Orchestra, Dance, Guitar, Band, and Chorus! Come on out and see your student perform!

9th grade Report Card Pick Up Night

Wednesday, Feb. 5th, 5-7pm

5835 North Lincoln Avenue

Chicago, IL

9th-grade parents/guardians and students are welcome to join us on February 5th to pick up their 1st-semester report card and meet with teachers and staff members.


The event will take place in the cafeteria. Everyone should enter through door 4 off of California Ave.


Please reach out to 9th-grade counselor Adriana Johnson: aantunez1@cps.edu with questions.