Sandburg Pride

Student Services Edition - November 25, 2020


Michelle Augustyniak, Guidance Director

Andrew DeCraene, Head Dean


College Application Deadlines

Seniors, have you met all your college application deadlines? Don’t forget to request your official transcript through Parchment. You can find the link on the Sandburg homepage under “Popular Links” entitled “Order Transcripts.” If your college or university requests that score reports from testing agencies be sent directly to them, you will need to visit or to order your score reports.

Scholarship Information

Seniors and their parents are reminded to check the scholarship file in the Guidance Office. The list can also be viewed on the Guidance website under “Financial Aid - Scholarships.” Students should also consider entering Carl Sandburg’s Local Scholarship Competition. Last year over 90 scholarships were awarded by school and community organizations. Applications will be available in mid-February.

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 - 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

  • 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

Plans are being made for current Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors to complete the 2021-2022 Course Selection Process after Winter Break and will be communicated out when they are finalized. We strongly encourage all students and their parents to have conversations about the courses in which they wish to request for the upcoming school year. Please refer to the Course Catalog and Planning Guide, found on the Guidance website, for specific information about Graduation Requirements and Course Descriptions.

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.