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This update includes information on:
September 1st Family Meeting Follow Up
Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in tonight's family meeting!
Click here for a link to the video
Attached are the presentation slides
In addition, there were a few issues with some of the links shared from the Peirce Service Organization, you can find corrected links below:
Room Rep / Family Support Team interest form
Mentor Interest Form
Meet-up address: https://www.meetup.com/Peirce-Parent-Social-Meetup/
Family Orientation Meeting
All homeroom teachers will be hosting a family orientation meeting on Thursday, September 3rd at 2pm. You will receive information directly from your child's teacher on how to access the google meet. We recognize that many families have more than one child at Peirce, therefore, sessions will be recorded and posted in google classroom for families to access.
High School Selection Process
Revised criteria for high school admissions and academic centers
Because assessment and grading policies were impacted last year due to COVID-19, we are updating our criteria for admission to high schools and academic centers.
Seventh grade spring NWEA scores are used in the application and selection processes to determine students’ eligibility in the high school selective enrollment process, in addition to the enrollment process of over 100 academic programs, including International Baccalaureate (IB). For sixth graders applying to academic centers for seventh grade, fifth grade spring NWEA scores are used.
Typically, students must score a minimum percentile of 24 on both their spring reading and math NWEA exams in the year prior to applying (i.e., seventh grade spring scores for high school programs). Students with IEPs and English learners must have a combined percentile of 48, but do not need to achieve the 24th percentile on each exam.
To determine eligibility for students applying for high school admission for the fall of 2021, CPS will consider students’ highest NWEA scores from any of the following prior administrations:
Many programs consider students’ grades and GPA as a component of the selection process. During remote learning last spring, most students received final grades that accurately reflected their learning and work. However, we know some students were not able to participate in virtual remote learning. For the 2020–21 high school admission process , the district will use the highest scores of either their final grades or the average of their first and second quarter grades.
Selective Enrollment Exam
The selective enrollment exam is administered during the winter of eighth grade as a component of the selection process for selective enrollment high schools. CPS plans to administer this exam in person as scheduled during the winter of SY2020–21 with proper health and safety protocols in place. The dates of the selective enrollment exam will be announced in the fall.
Some high schools consider attendance during the application and selection process. Because attendance was not tracked during remote learning in the spring, attendance will not be used as an admissions criteria for the fall of 2021.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Information Sessions
IB programs required students to attend an information session; however, students’ abilities to attend these information sessions has varied leading to inequitable outcomes for applicants to IB programs. In light of the transition to remote learning, these information sessions will not be required for the SY2020–21 application process.
Auditions for students applying to fine and performing arts programs will be conducted remotely. Auditions vary depending upon the program; school staff will have additional information about auditions and how they will be conducted in the fall.
Selective Enrollment Elementary School Testing
Testing for selective enrollment elementary school programs including gifted and classical programs will also be administered in person during the winter of SY2020-21 with proper health and safety protocols in place. The dates of these exams will be announced in the fall.
Increased access for students with disabilities in high school cluster programs
Cluster programs are designed for students requiring a significantly modified curriculum with moderate to intensive supports in a separate classroom from general education peers for the majority of the day. Prior to the upcoming application cycle, cluster students could not participate in the GoCPS high school application process. This fall, eighth grade cluster students will be able to apply to cluster programs (and other high school programs, as appropriate) through GoCPS, similar to the application process for their general education peers.
Remote tours, information sessions, open houses and other events
Learning about school options by attending tours, open houses, and other events is an important part of choosing the right fit for your child. With students starting the school year learning at home and the continued need for social distancing, schools will conduct events and tours remotely. Event details will be posted on go.cps.edu as we receive information from schools, as well as individual school websites.
Although the school year will look different this year, families will still have ample time to research their options and apply to their preferred high schools. Key dates are as follows:
Care For Real School Supply Distribution
Care for Real has school supplies available to food pantry clients (while supplies last). Families in need can come to Care for Real at 5339 N Sheridan on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 am - 12 pm and Saturdays between 9 am - 1 pm. Families are encouraged to bring a shopping cart or sturdy bags to bring home food and please wear a mask.
Local School Council Application Period ExtendedDear LSC Candidates, Judge Applicants, LSC Members, School Leaders, and Community Partners,
As you are aware, the district was unable to hold the Local School Council (LSC) elections in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor JB Pritzker signed a law in June that will allow Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to move the LSC election to November and extend current LSC terms until the new election takes place. We are writing today to update you on the following changes to this year’s LSC elections.
We are adjusting our LSC election timeline.
The deadline for judge applications has been extended to 3 p.m. on October 6, 2020. Applicants must submit their completed Form 18-20 to the school where they would like to serve and submit their completed Form W-9 and CPS Internal Accounts Vendor Request Form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Judges will be selected in October and trained in late October and early November.
Current LSC terms will be extended from 24 to 30 months to ensure LSCs are able to continue supporting schools prior to the next election.Current members’ terms will expire on January 10, 2021 provided they continue to meet eligibility requirements.
New LSC members will serve for 18 months to allow the district to return to its usual spring LSC election cycle in 2022. Thus, LSC member terms for 2020–22 will conclude on July 1, 2022.
Thank you to the dedicated, passionate members of our CPS community who are running for election to create positive, well-rounded learning environments for our students..We are confident these changes will allow our LSCs to adapt to our present circumstances and meet the challenges we are currently facing. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Willy Montes de Oca at email@example.com or Myra Winding at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Willy Montes de Oca
Director of LSC Relations
Chicago Public Schools
Assistant Director of LSC Relations
Chicago Public Schools
Chromebook Pick Up InformationFamilies still in need of Chromebooks for students are able to pick one up from the main entrance. Pre-registration is not required. We want all Peirce students to have access to a working device in order to access remote learning.
When: Any Monday-Friday
Location: Main entrance.
School SchedulesDuring the classroom orientation meeting on September 3rd, teachers will review individual classroom schedules, on a high level, please note the following:
Meal DistributionPeirce will continue to be a meal distribution site during remote learning. We are waiting to receive final details, but it will likely be similar to the spring where families were able to pick up meals Monday-Friday from 9am-1pm. Stay tuned for more information.
External Programming Opportunitiespdf
lv Remote Learning Support Flyer (1).pdf
pdf2020 Camp Participant Emergency Information Packet_Fillable.pdf
pdfChildcare Registration Form (REMOTE LEARNING).pdf
YMCA Remote Learning SupportThe Lake View YMCA will be offering remote learning support services out of our Y facility located at 3333 N. Marshfield. The service would run from 7am to 6pm and offer support to students in their remote learning as well as facilitating enrichment activities to enhance participants continued development.
Registration is officially open. To register parents would need to call our membership team at (773)248-3333. Once registered with our team, parents will need to complete a registration packet and emergency contact form (attached)- the supporting documents can be dropped off to us at the Lake View Y or submitted via email to; email@example.com.
PearchutePearachute is helping families form in-home, in-provider, and virtual e-learning pods for our school community. Many of our families have already signed up. The Learning Pods will be led by early childhood education college students who would have been spending this year as student teachers. You can learn more here, including information about financial aid. (https://blog.pearachutekids.com/resources/pearachute-learning-pods)
Solidarity Fund UpdateAn update on the Peirce Solidarity Fund from Mr. Lerner:
Thanks to everyone for their support of the fund that we started over the summer. To date, we have raised close to $8,000. So far we have provided payments of $500 to 15 Peirce families. Families have reported using this cash assistance for things like rent payments, paying overdue bills, buying groceries, and getting much needed medical care for their children when they could not find a doctor who would take their insurance. All payments have remained anonymous except to the school staff members who have been helping out with the effort.
Thank you to the staff who helped out with the Solidarity Fund in various ways. Sheila Miller, Bessie Reyes, Vickie Delgado, Berenice Heinlein, Tiffany Brugman, Tracy Fisher, Luis Carbajal, Marissa Moritz, Rebecca Zisook, James Callerstrom, Hannah Canale, and Stacy Gibson have all played some part. Thanks also to all of those who contributed. Various parents and community members have also helped with organizational roles. This continues to be a great team effort!
We are continuing to accept contributions as more families are awaiting assistance. You can find us on Venmo @PeirceSolidarityFund and on PayPal, at PeirceSolidarityFund@gmail.com.
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