Counseling Corner

Vol 7

The mission of Simeon Career Academy Counseling Department is to form strong connections with Simeon students and families. In collaboration with faculty, staff, families and community partners, our department works to provide equity and access to all students with appropriate support through comprehensive, student-centered practices as designed by the ASCA National Model. These supports will grant students with the attitudes, skills and knowledge necessary to achieve long-range academic, personal/social and career development competencies which will prepare them for college/career readiness and civic life.

Staying Informed?

Our school's website remains updated on a consistent basis to keep you informed. Most of the questions you may have are normally posted on the site. Check us out https://simeonca.org

BIRTHDAY Shout Outs

Shanks, Shania 5/22

Russell, Zakiya 5/23

Porter, Zacarria 5/24

Riddick, Oceanne 5/24

Sturdivant, Carneisha 5/24

Whittenburg, Garrett 5/25

Garrett, Lakiel 5/28

Glover, Jeremiah 5/28

As A Soldier, I serve the people of the United States

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I Honor those who have served before me and lost their lives on behalf of this country

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SATURDAY SCHOOL

The district has approved the continuation of Saturday/Evening School. The session has been extended to May 30, 2020 in order to make up for the initial days we were out of school. This applies only to students that were already enrolled. No new students will be enrolled.

Check-in Meeting

During this unexpected time away from each other, I do not have the opportunity to pop up in the classrooms and check on you to see your academic and personal/social progress. In lieu of that, IT IS REQUIRED that each of you schedule a time to chat with me for a few minutes. You can schedule your check-in meeting by clicking the link below.


https://calendly.com/maclayton/check-in-meeting

4th Quarter Update!

Please make sure you are staying in contact with your teachers and completing assignments they are providing you with. My office hours are below. If you are having difficulty contacting teachers, please let me know as soon as possible. This is the opportunity for you to catch up on assignments that you may be missing and/or have not completed during this quarter. USE THIS TIME WISELY!!!


  • Remember your final grade in June is where you earn credit for your classes. Therefore, you have 4 weeks to improve your grades.



ASPEN Grade Reporting:

  • If a student's semester grade is the same letter or higher than their third quarter grade, their final semester grade will be their earned letter grade.

  • If a student’s semester grade drops below their third quarter term grade, but they demonstrate regular engagement in remote learning and reasonable mastery of assigned work, as evidenced by earning a D or higher, teachers should override the student’s term grade and enter a Pass (P). The student will earn course credit, but the grade will not impact their GPA.

  • If a student does not demonstrate regular engagement in remote learning or mastery of assigned work, as evidenced by earning an F, teachers should override the student’s term grade and enter an Incomplete (/). The grade will not impact their GPA, but they will not earn credit, and they will need to engage in credit recovery.

Course Selections

Course selection for junior year will begin Tuesday, May 26. Make sure you are keeping up with emails so that you don't miss the survey.

Managing Your Time

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ASPEN: Student & Parent Portal

Please make sure your information is up-to-date including address, phone number and email. If you have not already established your account, please contact me if you need assistance.
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Learn.Plan.Succeed. supports the district’s mission of providing a high quality education to every child by ensuring every student has equitable access to resources and supports to successfully realize and fulfill a concrete postsecondary plan.


In a continued effort to ensure that CPS students are receiving the supports and services they need to be successful in college, career, and life, we are expanding the definition of post-secondary plans that will be part of a student’s graduation requirement and a school’s rating.


STUDENTS MUST HAVE AN EVIDENCE BASED CONCRETE PLAN IN ORDER TO GRADUATE!

Students will work with their School Counselor to define their concrete postsecondary plan, and provide them with evidence for this plan. All evidence will be uploaded on the student's Naviance account through a "Journal Entry" during senior year.

Naviance Tasks: Learn Plan Succeed

You must complete the tasks assigned in Naviance as part of the Learn Plan Succeed graduation requirement. As a sophomore, you must have all of 9th grade activities already completed in addition to the 10th grade activities.


  1. Complete Career Interest Profiler
  2. Resume Builder
  3. Brag Sheet Survey


I will email resources to help you develop a resume. I understand many of you may not have work experience as of yet however, please do not worry. I will help guide you through the process.

The Chicago Board of Education seeking an Honorary Student Board Member for the 2020–2021 School Year

An Honorary Student Board Member is selected annually to represent the CPS student body by attending the Chicago Board of Education’s monthly meetings. This individual will also be an appointed member of the CPS Student Advisory Council. Interested rising Juniors and Seniors (current 10th and 11th graders) must submit an application to the Board Office before 5:00 pm on May 29, 2020.


Submission requirements are detailed in the application. To be eligible, the student must be or have been a student council officer or an LSC student representative, or proven leadership. The student must also hold a 3.0 G.P.A. or above.


A $1,000 scholarship will be presented to the Honorary Student Board Member after graduating high school and upon attending a two or four year college or university.


For the application, please click here

Families Facing Hardships

Counseling Resources

  • CARES Line/SASS-for children and adolescents experiencing a mental health crisis. Call: 1-800-345-9049
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
  • National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-RUNAWAY
  • Sexual Assult/Rape Crisis Hotline: 888-293-2080
  • IL Domestic Violence Hotline: 877-863-6338 (877-TO END DV)
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