The Mather Memo
Be well, keep the faith, and wear your mask.
November/December Dates To Remember
Thanksgiving Break - Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 27
Winter Break - Monday, December 21 - Friday, January 1, 2021
How to do School When Motivation Has Gone Missing
Here’s what teenagers can do to equip themselves to move forward during this difficult and frustrating time.
The school year is still young, yet parents and students alike may have noticed that academic motivation is already low. No surprise there. Whether school is remote, in-person or hybrid, many students have come to feel that, if this year were a meal, it would be all vegetables and no dessert. Gone, or hamstrung by screens, masks and plexiglass, are the encouraging company of classmates and teachers, the camaraderie of tackling tedious work alongside friends and the school day boost of exchanging a few words with one’s crush. Still here is the steady stream of assignments, assessments and lectures.
With the bulk of the academic year yet to come, here’s what teenagers can do to equip themselves to continue to move forward during this difficult and frustrating time.
Social Emotional Supports available to you and your child at Mather!
Looking for a way to connect with the Mather Community? We offer an array of Social-Emotional Supports to students and families. If interested in having your student participate, please reach out to their counselor!
October 30 Day Self-Care Challenge
Calm Classroom/SEL 3Ts (breathing, mindfulness) during classes
SEL check-ins and incorporating SEL skills into academics sessions
Advisory, including mindfulness lesson, check-ins, and games
Counseling Office Services
Club-a-Palooza, Culture Team Movie Night
Spooky Study Spaces, Student PRIDE Awards
November Walking Challenge
Monthly Culture Events
Upcoming Ranger Day - 11.20.20)
Ranger Day - Friday, November 20
From 8-10:45 AM, each staff member is offering office hours. Students who are struggling with a class or need help with a concept or assignment should take advantage of these office hours.
From 10:45-11:45, there will be a whole-school lunch break.
At 11:45, all students should meet in their weekly advisory class. Here, teachers will take attendance and explain the session options being offered in the afternoon.
From 12-2:15, there will be 3 session times offering different options for students. These will include club meetings, assemblies, and other opportunities for students to de-stress, connect with their peers/staff, and have fun. Some sessions that will be offered include yoga, a cooking demonstration, kickboxing, and community-building games.
We hope that this day will allow our school community to take a break from our normal technology-heavy routine, receive extra support if needed, submit any missing/late work, and most importantly, connect with others at Mather that they may not "see" on a regular basis.
Attention ALL JUNIORS: Spaces Available in College Possible
We are spreading the word about College Possible to the current JUNIORS at Mather!! This program is a wonderful opportunity for students aspiring to attend college and graduate with a degree. Our program is completely free, and we offer support with: SAT preparation, scholarship opportunities, financial aid applications, college applications, finding the right college for each student, and continued support through college graduation!
Here is the application link for students who are interested: https://collegepossible.org/programs/student-resources/join/
Because spots are limited, I would encourage students to apply as soon as possible! We are more than happy to answer any questions about the program and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter Sports - Starting Soon
Boys Swimming - Coach Winberg: email@example.com
Girls Bowling - Coach Abrams: firstname.lastname@example.org
Boys Bowling - Coach Mendoza: email@example.com
Cheerleading - Coach Abrams: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you having a password issue? Did your Chromebook break? Check out the links on your Google Classroom "Class of" page and we will help you out!
Do you still need a Chromebook for your student to log into their classes? There is a link on the "Class of" page as well! Students can access this page and add parents!
CPS Meal Site
Please go to Door 4 at Mather High School to pick-up food