Class of 2023

School Counseling Newsletter

Volume 1 - Issue 1 - April 3, 2020

Greetings Wolverine Students & Parents.......Welcome to Remote Learning!!

As you may know, Chicago Public School District announced a Pre-K - 12 remote learning plan as part of our response to the COVID - 19 public health emergency that begins on April 13, 2020. While this plan cannot replace the classroom learning experience and is not a one-size-fits-all approach, it is a full effort to provide you - the students and your family - with the resources needed to engage in learning opportunities while schools are closed.


I hope you and your families are happy, healthy and safe during this school closure. We miss you all dearly and await the day that we can see your smiling faces, hear your laughter and enjoy your vibrant personalities. The Simeon Career Academy Counseling Department is still committed to support students with school counseling services in the areas of academic, social and emotional, and college & career development. This will be done through virtual channels such as email, Google Classroom and Google Meet.


One way to keep engaged and connected is through the use of weekly newsletters. You will receive this bulletin every Friday electronically to keep you and your parent up to date on ninth grade information as it relates to social & emotional needs, upcoming activities, summer opportunities, positive images and video, and other useful information. If you have any positive and appropriate images, videos or contributions that you would like to share with the rest of the Freshman Class, please send them to me directly via email and I would be happy to include them in the next issue.


If you have any questions or concerns that arise, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to working with and for you during this new phase of your remote looking. Have a safe, fun and restful Spring Break!


Sincerely,


Ms. Platt

Meal Distribution Plan for Spring Break & Beyond

The health and well being of our students and staff is always our top priority. Chicago Public Schools is committed to continue providing these meals during spring break and until CPS schools reopen. Beginning Monday, April 6, food distribution sites will be changing. Families may pick up grab-and-go meals at 136 school sites across the city from Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. A detailed list of spring break meal sites can be found here: www.cps.edu/mealsites or by calling The CPS Command Center at (773) 553-KIDS.


Beginning the following week (Monday, April 13), the district has launched a consolidated meal plan under which 276 schools that were most frequented by families will continue to provide free meals, and schools that were less utilized by families will no longer serve as distribution sites. A list of those Post Spring Break Meal Sites can be found on the same website linked above.


Meal sites will not be open on Friday, April 10 to give staff members off for Good Friday, and we ask families to plan accordingly.


If families do not have the means of transportation to get to any school site, they can request food delivery (for example, if a parent/guardian has a disability). Food delivery must be requested each day by calling the CPS Command Center at (773) 553 - KIDS or by email at familyservices@cps.edu.

Aspen and Student Email Access

Students: Please make sure that you have access to check your email and grades in Aspen. If you are having an issue with this, please email me for assistance.


Parents: If you need access to Aspen, please send me an email and I can help you with creating an account. My email address is mplatt@cps.edu


Students & Parents: If you need to reach out to your teacher/s for any reasons, please email them using your CPS email address. A list of teachers and their email address can be found on the school website or by clicking the following link: https://simeonca.org/apps/staff/departmental.jsp

Technology Survey Reminder

Please complete the survey that was sent to gather information about your technology needs. This information will be vital in the coming weeks to make sure that virtual learning is sufficient for all students.


If you did not complete the survey or cannot find it, please access the survey using the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeJIdB_rLQgRUUh-_N-HipqAjshumk2Th-nUYGi7noZLVuvWQ/viewform

Sample Schedule & Routine

There are a lot of different ways to learn at home, and you don't have to lock in on one style right away; you may end up blending ideas for the perfect fit. Give yourself some time to figure out what works best for you and your family. View the sample schedule/routine below.


NOTE: The class subjects & time blocks will NOT change. This is what you will follow beginning April 13, 2020.

Ninth Grade Happenings

CTE Major Selection: The time has come to select your CTE Major for sophomore year!!! Please use the link below to make your selection. It is mandatory you choose your top seven (7) pathways in the order you prefer. However, we would like for you to select all eleven (11) pathways just in case your 1st to 7th choice is not available. Deadline to complete your selection is Friday, April 24, 2020.


CTE Major Selection Form: https://forms.gle/J41ZGrXkHhaPyTwd8


Helpful Reminders:

  • Some pathways are GPA based and none are guaranteed.
  • If you do not know your current GPA, you may skip that question.
  • USE YOUR CPS EMAIL ADDRESS


If you have any questions on CTE majors or certifications, please email myself or Mr. Lee (CTE Coordinator) at qelee@cps.edu



One Summer Chicago 2020: Applications are now open for One Summer Chicago (OSC) 2020!!! OSC brings together government institutions, community-based organizations and companies that offer over 30,000 employment and internship opportunities to youth and young adults ages 14 to 24 during the summer months. Most programs are between 20 and 25 hours per week. You must apply by Wednesday, May 20, 2020.


For more informatin and/or to apply for an employment or internship opportunity, please visit their website at http://www.onesummerchicago.org/.

In case you experience an crisis/emergency, here are some helpful resources:

CARES/SASS Crisis Line

Screening, Assessment and Support Services (SASS) program is for children and adolescents experiencing a mental health crisis. They will come to your home for an evaluation if your child is experiencing high levels of stress that lead to self-harm or other significantly disruptive behaviors including thoughts of suicide.

SASS Crisis Line: Call 1-800 - 349-9049. If you child is in immediate danger, please call 911 immediately.


National Suicide Prevention hotline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Crisis Text line: Text HOME to 741741


Concern for Abuse:

If you hear something, say something. To report suspected abuse in Illinois, call 1-800-25-ABUSE (1-800-252-2873). If a child is in immediate danger also call 911.


Other Useful Phone Numbers:

  • National Runaway Hotline: 1-800-RUNAWAY
  • Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Hotline: 888-293-2080
  • IL Domestic Violence Hotline: 877-863-6338 (877-TO END DV)