Student Services Edition - November 25, 2020
College Application Deadlines
SAT Test Prep Opportunities
All Sandburg juniors will be taking the SAT in April 2021. This exam can be used for college admission to all colleges and universities and is designed to measure a student’s achievement in Reading, Writing and Language, and Math. We want to share the following resources with our students as test preparation opportunities:
Khan Academy - https://www.khanacademy.org/sat. Khan Academy offers 6 official full-length practice tests, will tailor a student’s practice plan based on previous test scores, offers thousands of practice questions, and provides constant, instant feedback on progress. All juniors are encouraged to create a Khan Academy account and access this great resource.
Excel Edge - We continue to work with this outside company to offer an 8-week online test prep course for our students. Information on schedule, cost and how to register can be found at https://www.exceledgeinc.com/.
SAT Math Prep Canvas Course - All junior students have also been invited to join the SAT Math Prep Fall 2020 Canvas Course. Students will need to log in to their Canvas account and accept the invitation. This course houses help videos and practice problems that students can review over the next several months leading up to the PSAT/NMSQT and Spring SAT.
2021-2022 Course Selection Process
Suggestions for Winter Break Fun
As the holidays are approaching and families begin planning their winter celebrations and traditions, we realize that all of this is going to look quite a bit different this year. Different is not necessarily bad though, and there are a variety of ways you can still celebrate with friends and family while following national and local guidance to help keep everyone safe and healthy. Keeping this in mind, the Social Workers and Psychologist have created some good alternatives and fun activities to do with immediate as well as extended family members. This list is by no means exhaustive but offers some possible suggestions. As with any internet or social media sites, it’s always best to proceed with caution and adult supervision.
Socially Distant Activities to do with Extended Family and Friends
Netflix party App to watch movies with friends and family at other locations
Bingo! My free Bingo cards
Heads up app over Zoom (Free version available for Apple and Android)
Snapchat has games that allow up to 9 people in the same group chat
Among Us video game for up to 10 people that can be played on phones or PC. Connect with family near and far, you just need an internet connection. Use Discord (chat app) to talk with them while you play.
Mario Kart Tour on your phone (up to 7 people)
Virtual Field Trip - Google’s arts and cultural section can take you to places of interest
Houseparty (group video chat)
Amazon Explore section (some charges may apply)
Use the chat feature on Zoom to play traditional games in a new way such as the Tribond Game
Socially distant cookie swap by leaving cookies at participants’ doors
Coordinate a friendly holiday decorating competition with extended family or neighbors: gingerbread houses, inside house decorations, outside lighting competition
Activities to do within your Household
Volunteer as a family - local resale stores, Feed My Starving Children, adopt a family in need to provide a meal or holiday gifts
Family board or card games
Fill your cup with hot chocolate and take a car ride to check out holiday lights
Secret Santa in the neighborhood
Rent out a movie theatre for a private screening
Winter outdoor activities like building a snowman or cross country skiing
Start a family genealogy project
Check out Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo and don’t forget their animal cams
Please remember to report all absences to the CSHS Attendance office at (708)671-3195. All absence calls should be on the day of absence and should include the student's name, ID number, parent contact number and a reason for the absence. When calling in an absence, please report any symptoms related to COVID-19 or any COVID-19 diagnoses of students or family members.
All students are reminded that a current CSHS ID must be worn at all times in the building. Replacement IDs can be purchased before school, during Advisory, or during lunches in the Commons Bookstore. Replacement IDs and lanyards cost $2 each and will be added to the student account.