Crystal Lake South Student Services

August, 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to the 2020 School Year!

Hello Students and Families!

We want to take a moment and welcome you to the 2020 school year! The student services team here at Crystal Lake South High School is missing our students and looking forward to the day that we are all back in the building together.

Even though students are remote, the student services team is still fully operational and here to support our students and families in a remote setting. Click HERE to see our full Crystal Lake South Student Services staff directory.

Students can book virtual appointments with our student services staff by clicking HERE.

Please take a moment to view all of our student and family resources below!

Student Services Canvas Page and Daily Supports

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All CLS Students were sent an invitation to access the CLS Student Services Canvas Page.

Through this Canvas page, students will be able to have access to the following:

  • Links to book virtual appointments with counselors, social workers, and our school psychologist

  • Social emotional and mindfulness resources - Including a virtual calm room!

  • Resources from our College and Career Center. This includes our calendar for virtual college rep visits throughout the year.

  • The ability to check into student services and talk to someone right away through Zoom if needed

If students find themselves during the day wanting to ask a question or talk to someone in student services (counselor, social worker) regarding a non emergency issue, students will be able to access someone live via the Canvas page.

Clicking the hyperlink on the Canvas home page will direct you to a zoom call with our student services front desk, where someone will be able to answer your question, help you book an appointment, or arrange for you to talk to someone. This feature of the Canvas page is only available during school hours (9:45am - 2:50pm on Mondays and 8:00am - 2:50pm on Tuesdays-Fridays). We will take these calls one at a time, so please know that students will be the only one on the zoom call once admitted. If students are not let into the zoom call right away, it is most likely because we are helping someone else and we will be with them shortly.

Know that our student services department is here and ready to support you through remote learning and beyond. Do not hesitate to reach out with questions.

College and Career Center

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Below are some excellent resources from our College and Career Center! This includes information about virtual rep visits and virtual College Fairs:

Virtual College Fairs - Click HERE to see upcoming virtual college fairs.

Virtual College Rep Visits - Crystal Lake South will be offering virtual college rep visits throughout the Fall. Virtual college rep visits begin on September 1st. Click HERE to see our college rep schedule and to get the corresponding Zoom links to join each session.

Illinois Virtual College Exploration - The six-week program consists of hundreds of opportunities for students to learn about the college search process and about many different colleges through panel presentations and information sessions.

Students will gain a wealth of college knowledge, get exposure to a variety of colleges, and have the opportunity to ask questions of admission counselors, all in a safe, flexible, online environment. All high school students, parents, and counselors throughout Illinois are all welcome to attend. Participation is free.

Students should participate live so they can ask questions and interact with the college admission counselors. If students are unable to attend live, we still encourage them to register for the sessions they are interested in and recordings will be available below later.

Click HERE to learn more about the Illinois Virtual College Exploration Program

Junior/Senior College Night

On Wednesday, August 26th, Crystal Lake South hosted Jr/Sr College Night. The CLS Counselors presented on the College Application Process, and then Julie Nelson, a College Admissions Rep from Xavier University discussed the admissions process from her perspective!

Missed the CLS Jr/Sr College Night Presentation? No worries! Click HERE to access the full recording. The passcode to view the recording is Z#&VKf.1

You can also access the presentations from that evening. Click HERE to view the CLS Counselor presentation and HERE to view Julie Nelson’s (College Admissions rep) presentation.

Social Emotional Resources

Free Virtual Parenting Series - Join Jacqueline Rhew, LCPC & Robin Choquette, PsyD in a free Zoom series to help parents with children of all ages provide critical social and emotional support during times of uncertainty. Seven expert guests will provide extensive insight along with helpful parenting strategies.

Click HERE to register and to learn more about the series.

Student Services Canvas Page - Just another reminder that our student services Canvas page is a great resource for our students. Click HERE to learn more about how students can use this Canvas page to access different resources and supports here at CLS!

Zoom Link to Student Services - Students can click the link below to be directed to student services if they would like to speak to someone regarding a non emergency issue:

PSAT/NMSQT For Juniors

Saturday, Oct. 17th, 7:30am

McHenry Avenue

Crystal Lake, IL

Crystal Lake South High School will be offering the PSAT/NMSQT to current juniors on Saturday, October 17th, 2020. This is not a required exam, but this exam does have benefits for our juniors, so we want to make sure that it is offered to our students.

The PSAT/NMSQT is an official test through the College Board. This exam serves two main purposes:

  1. It serves as a practice SAT and allows students the ability to practice taking a standardized exam. Students will receive a score breakdown from the College Board that will provide them with feedback on the different sections of the exam. This will allow students to prepare accordingly prior to taking the SAT in the spring.

  2. Students have the opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.

This year the PSAT/NMSQT cost is $25.00. Online exam registration begins on Monday, August 31st and ends on Monday, September 14th. Please visit the website below to register for the PSAT/NMSQT:

In order to register, you will need to create an account if this is your first time using Total Registration. If you have used Total Registration prior to this year for AP exams, you will be able to login to your existing account.

Please complete all the required fields and print off the confirmation page when completed. You will have the ability to pay online through Total Registration, so we encourage you to have a credit or debit card available during the time of registration. It is recommended that students and parents complete the registration process together.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Crystal Lake South Student Services Department at 815-455-3860 ext 3226.


Wednesday, Sep. 23rd, 7am

McHenry Avenue

Crystal Lake, IL

Click HERE to see district communication in English

Click HERE to see district communication in Spanish

More information coming soon!

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