The Mather Memo

February Edition

Message from the Principal

Congratulations to all of our hard-working Mather Ranger students, families, and staff. I was so pleased to see many students that did not let it phase them and maintained their As and Bs. I know this pandemic impacts everyone differently, and many of you were able to earn passing grades in the final weeks of the semester. While we always expect Bs or better, your passing grades will pay off when it comes to graduating on time!

Here are three suggestions from students who passed all of their classes:

  1. Attendance Matters - do whatever you need to do to be in every class, every day!
  2. Assignments Matter - turn in your best work, give your teachers a heads up if you
  3. You Matter! Communicate frequently with your teachers, let them know if you are struggling. Ask for help when you need it and use your support days wisely!

If you did, unfortunately, fail a class, be sure to sign up for Saturday school to make it up as soon as possible.

Whether you consider your first semester a success or not, everyone is starting fresh in semester 2 - you are back at straight A's! Continue to do your best to be successful, you can do it!

Go Rangers!

Principal Auffant

National School Counselor Week - February 1st - 5th

A huge shout out to the Mather Counseling Department! Last week we have the opportunity to highlight how amazing they are and how they are ALL IN FOR MATHER STUDENTS! Take a minute to thank a counselor this month!

Thank you: (from left to right) Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Wong, Mrs. Rojek, Ms. Stenzel, and Mrs. Rodriguez

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Dates to Remember - February

*Friday, February 12 - Winter Athletics Begin

*Monday, February 15 - President's Day - No School

*Wednesday, February 17 - Scholarship Information Session @ 3:15 pm

*Saturday, February 20 - Saturday School begins virtually

*Friday, February 26 - Ranger Day - Special Schedule

CPS Meal Site

The health and wellbeing of our students and staff is always our top priority. Since the temporary closure of our schools due to COVID-19, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has served millions of grab-and-go meals to families. We are committed to providing meals throughout the closure, during the remote learning schedule. Parents/Guardians/Students can pick up meals at more than 450 schools, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 1pm.

Please go to Door 4 at Mather High School to pick-up food

Awesome Opportunities for 9th and 10th graders!

Credit Recovery

Students who are in need of recovering classes need to reach out to their counselors to sign-up.

Mather Saturday School begins on Saturday, February 20. All Saturday school and evening schools are virtual. At this time there is also no cost to make up a credit.

If you have questions please reach out to our counseling clerk: Ms. Khan - or by phone: 773/534-2490

What does a student need to graduate from Mather?

Mather students will begin course selection for School Year 2021-2022 this spring. We will provide information in the newsletter to keep families updated on what students need in order to graduate! This month we will highlight the non-credit bearing requirements!

All students need the following courses to graduate: (1 credit = 1 year)

English - 4 credits

Math - 3 credits

Social Studies - 3 credits

Science - 3 credits

World Language - 2 credits

Physical Education - 2 credits

Fine Arts - 2 credit

Exploring Computer Science - 1 credit

Electives - 3 credit

Career Education - 1 credit

Total credits = 24

But, beyond these credits students need to complete the following in order to graduate:

Service Learning Projects - 2

Drivers Education - Sophmore year

Constitution (Pl 195) - Sophomore year

Consumer/Financial Education - Junior or Senior year

Health Education - Freshman year

SAT & PSAT - Freshman - Junior year

Learn.Plan.Succeed - Senior year

Financial Aid Application - Senior year

Students will begin meeting with their counselors in March to go over the course selection process.

Check your email - twice a day!

Is email taking over your life? So many reminders! So many advertisements! It is an unnecessary evil in today's society - but it does not have to take over your life. A quick tip is to schedule 30 minutes in the morning and afternoon to check and respond to email. It is important for students to stay on top of their email each day and respond to their teachers and counselors!

Here is a link to a great email that will help you navigate a flood of email:

Attendance Guidance for 2nd semester

As we begin our second semester of this school year, students must continue to follow the virtual attendance expectations given by the district. Even under the circumstances, student attendance is very important and necessary for them to be successful.

  • Students must be signed on and participate in each classroom Google Meeting, on time, in order to get credit for attendance for that period. Teachers will then report student attendance as normal.

  • If students arrive at the Google Meeting late, they will be marked as tardy

  • If students do not participate in one or multiple of their daily Google Meets, their attendance will be marked as Absent/Half Day Absent for the school day. Parents will be notified.

The following are procedures for reporting your child's absence during remote learning. Emails or notes cannot be accepted to report your child’s absence.

Please call the attendance hotline at 773-534-2350 Option 3. Know that only a parent or guardian can call in to report an absence. You can save this number in your phone for easy access.

Parents and Guardians must provide the following information:

  • The date of the absence

  • The student's full name

  • Your name, and your relationship with the student

  • Your call back number

  • Reason for the absence - below are the acceptable reason for student absence according to the CPS and State of Illinois guidelines

Student Illness

Observance of a religious holiday

Death in the immediate family

Family emergency with an explanation

Circumstances that cause a reasonable concern for your child's safety

Other situation beyond the control of the student

Technical Questions

Are you experiencing technical difficulties? Call the CPS Hotline for support: 773/417-1060. They are available from 7:30 am - 4:30 pm to provide support to CPS students.

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!