The Mather Memo

August Edition

Principal's Message

Summer Greetings, Mather Families! Whew, this summer is flying by - I hope you have had some fun in the sun and everyone under your roof is healthy, happy, and rested. Thanks to all who participated in our summer programming - over 600 students took advantage of one or more of our offerings, including Freshmen and Sophomore Connections, Credit Recovery and ESL Attainment classes, IT and Digital Media Camps. We have had students and staff working in the building even through this week!

Whether you have visited us this summer or not, we will have a new look when you return, inside the building at least. Construction is nearing completion on 3 new classrooms and updated locker rooms to include additional privacy changing stalls for students - a frequent request from students over the years. But pardon our dust, final touches will still be finishing through August.

School begins August 30th for all students to return in person. Mather staff has been preparing all summer for updated protocols to ensure a smooth transition back to school with proper safety precautions in place. For more information, please attend our student orientation dates scheduled for next week (see the info below).

I wish you a wonderful and relaxing close to your summer, and students - I look forward to seeing you on Monday, August 30th!

Go Rangers!

Principal Auffant

5 ways to be SUCCESSFUL at Mather in August

  1. Arrive on time (before 7:45 am) for school Monday, August 30th. The earlier the better during the first week! (School doors open at 7:30 am)
  2. Strongly consider vaccinating your student (and yourself!) and discuss the importance of wearing a mask every day while at school - it helps to keep everyone safe!
  3. Attend the in-person orientation at your scheduled time next week.
  4. Complete your registration paperwork online ASAP, if you have not already done so.
  5. Remember that Mather is here to support you - you and your child BELONG at Mather!

Vaccination Site Information

Vaccination Clinic: Roosevelt High School every Wednesday from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Student access to COVID-19 Vaccine

The best place for students to get their COVID-19 vaccine is with their healthcare provider, who can also provide the childhood immunizations required for school attendance. COVID-19 vaccines may now be given with other vaccines on the same day. In Illinois, the vaccines required for school attendance are still required upon enrollment or no later than October 15th for most students. The COVID-19 vaccination is not required to attend school in the State of Illinois.

  • Currently, anyone aged 12+ can get vaccinated against COVID-19, regardless of insurance and immigration status.

  • Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for people between ages of 12 and 17. It is an mRNA vaccine that requires 2 shots, scheduled at least 21 days apart.

  • To find COVID-19 vaccine appointments in the community visit:

What's been happening this summer at Mather?

Back to school! Orientation & Grade Level Meetings

As we get closer to the start of school there are a few things we need to do to be successful!

Orientation, August 17 - 20 - see attached letter for specific times

  • August 17 - Class of 2022 (Homeroom 200's)
  • August 18 - Class of 2025 (Alphabetically)
  • August 19 - Class of 2024 (Homeroom 400's)
  • August 20 - Class of 2023 (Homeroom 300's)

FEES: $100 school fee. $22 for a gym uniform. $6 for a school lock

(Fees can be paid by Cash, Debit, Credit, and Money Orders - No Personal Checks)

Forms that are needed at orientation - all forms are available via this link

*Emergency Contact Form
*Media Consent Form
*Messaging Consent Form
*CPS Family Income Form 2019-2020 **EVERY STUDENT needs to fill one out
*Certificate of Child Health Examination (9th grade)

If you have any questions or need support please join our open office hours

1st Day of School - Monday, Aug 30 @ 8:00 am

School is back in session on Monday, August 30, @ 8:00 am!

Students should arrive at school NO LATER than 7:45 am to make sure they get to their 1st class on time!

School starts EVERY DAY at 8:00 am. Students need to arrive early so they can go to their locker, get breakfast, prepare to start their day, and arrive on time for their first class.

Students need to wear a mask every day while at school.

Students need to fill out the health screener every day before they come to school.

We can't wait to kick off school year 2020-2021!

Go Blue! Go White! Go Rangers!

Parents - We need you! Please mark your calendars for the following dates!

Parents play a key role in their child's education and a school being successful! We need your support! Please mark your calendars for the following dates:

Local School Council (LSC) - 1 Parent Position Vacancy

  • Meetings take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month @ 6:00 pm
  • Meetings are virtual until further notice. Google meet codes on

Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

  • Meetings take place on the last Wednesday of the month @ 6:00 pm
  • Title 1 meeting on Wednesday, September 29th @ 6:00 pm
  • Meetings are virtual until further notice. Google meet codes on

Grade Level Parent Meetings:

  • 9th & 10th grades on August 17 @ 5:30 pm
  • 11th & 12th grades on August 19 @ 5:30 pm
  • Check for more information

School Supplies

In high school, necessary school supplies vary by course. Teachers will provide a list of unique items during the first week of class.

Students should come prepared on the first day ready to write in every class. Students need materials to write with, paper/notebooks to write on, and folders/binders to keep classwork organized.

Note: Mather High School will provide a student datebook/planner for each student.

Fall sports start this week!

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