CHARGER PRIDE NEWSLETTER - PPS

JANUARY NEWS

PPS NEWS

Dear Stagg Families,

As the student services staff members at Stagg High School, we wanted to share the following information with you. Our department consists of the counselors, social workers, psychologist, and student assistance coordinator at Stagg. This month's newsletter will highlight the following topics:

  • Course Registration for 2022-2023

  • FAFSA Graduation Requirement

  • The Crisis Text Line Offers Support

  • Ongoing and Upcoming Events



COURSE REGISTRATION FOR 2022-2023

Course registration for the 2022-2023 school year is underway! We know that there is lots of information related to selecting courses for current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, so we've set up a part of our department's website to provide resources and address these questions. Here's the timeline for each class's registration:

  • Class of 2023 (Juniors) - January 13th-21st

  • Class of 2024 (Sophomores) - January 24th-28th

  • Class of 2025 (Freshmen) - January 31st-February 4th

On the site below, you will find a variety of resources, including the course selection and planning guide, how-to instructions for students to enter their desired classes in Skyward, our course registration videos, and a listing of the courses available by grade level. Parents and students will also find information about dual credit opportunities and applications to our special programs for seniors. Click here to access the Stagg Guidance website.

Parents of incoming freshmen, please note that registration information for the Class of 2026 can be found here and will be updated as their registration time nears.


FAFSA GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

Completing the FAFSA is now a graduation requirement through the state of Illinois that begins with current seniors, the Class of 2022. If you have not completed your FAFSA yet, we wanted to share a couple of resources with you:

  • Students and families can set up a meeting with our representative from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), Thomas Semanic. He can provide a great deal of assistance with the FAFSA itself and federal financial aid questions in general. He can be reached at thomas.semanic@illinois.gov or (708) 710-0920.

  • During the month of January, ISAC is also hosting financial aid workshops during the month of January. Sign up for one of these events here.

  • Families may also choose to opt out of the FAFSA with this form, which can be completed and returned to the guidance office.

If you have any other questions, you can contact counselor Mr. O'Neill at (708) 974-7446 or mboneill@d230.org.




THE CRISIS TEXT LINE OFFERS SUPPORT

Have you heard about the Crisis Text Line? The Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 crisis support by text message for anyone living in the United States. When someone is in crisis, they can text HELLO to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor who will help them move from a hot moment to cool and calm. Crisis counselors are trained volunteers who use active listening, collaborative problem solving, and safety planning to help texters in their moment of crisis.

What can you expect when you text the Crisis Line?

  1. First, you’re in a crisis. Crisis doesn’t just mean thinking about ending your own life. It’s any painful emotion and anytime you need support. So, you text 741741. Your opening message can say anything. Keywords like “HOME,” “START” and “HELLO.”

  2. The first two responses are automated. They tell you that you’re being connected with a Crisis Counselor and invite you to share a bit more. The Crisis Counselor is a trained volunteer, not a professional. They can provide support, but not medical advice.

  3. It usually takes less than five minutes to connect you with a Crisis Counselor. (It may take longer during high-traffic times). When you’ve reached a Crisis Counselor, they’ll introduce themselves, reflect on what you’ve said, and invite you to share at your own pace.

  4. You’ll then text back and forth with the Crisis Counselor. You never have to share anything you don’t want to. The Crisis Counselor will help you sort through your feelings by asking questions, empathizing, and actively listening.

  5. The conversation typically ends when you and the Crisis Counselor both feel comfortable deciding that you’re in a “cool,” safe place. After the conversation, you’ll receive an optional survey about your experience.

  6. The goal of any conversation is to get you to a calm, safe place. Sometimes that means providing you with a referral to further help, and sometimes it just means being there and listening. A conversation usually lasts anywhere from 15-45 minutes.

Visit https://www.crisistextline.org/ for more information.


ONGOING AND UPCOMING EVENTS

  • The Coping Center: Maintained by our social workers, The Coping Center website is a great resource for students and families who might be looking for a range of supports. If you know of a family in need, this page includes links to potential mortgage and rental assistance, as well as resources from Comcast and ComEd.

  • The ASVAB, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is scheduled at Stagg High School on February 24th at 9:00. The ASVAB is a multiple-choice test that helps you identify which jobs (Military Occupational Specialties) would be best for you. It is a required test for all those who are interested in joining any branch of the military after high school. Recruiters will be present to help administer the test. If you are interested in joining the military or would like to be part of this test, please let your counselor know. There is no fee or no commitment to the military to take it. The test will be taken electronically so chromebooks are required and please make sure to register with your counselor. Any questions, see Mrs. Ellis (lellis@d230.org) in the guidance office

  • Test Preparation for Juniors: Members of the Class of 2023 took the PSAT/NMSQT in October and will take the SAT in mid-April. Students and families are encouraged to consider taking a test preparation course - two local options that we like are offered through Excel Edge and Jeanius Prep.