SCHOOL CLOSURE WEEKLY UPDATE from Principal Shelton (June 4th)

Today’s email will be our usual weekly update of information. We hope that you have found the resources we have been sending out this week useful. Please continue to reach out if you need additional support. 

Have you heard the great news of Crayola releasing new packs of crayons to represent the world’s skin tones? The 135-year-old arts and crafts company developed 24 new “Colors of the World” crayons designed to represent the 40 skin tones across the world. Crayola announced the new crayons in conjunction with UN World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This is exciting for our students who now can draw a picture that truly represents their family and friends!

https://www.crayola.com/worldcolors

Phase 3 Opening:

On June 3rd, the following industries opened with specific safety guidelines: 

  • Childcare centers and family childcare 
  • Office-based jobs, professional services, and real estate services 
  • Hotels / lodging 
  • Outdoor attractions (e.g., boating – not including the Playpen, non-Lakefront golf courses) 
  • Non-essential retail 
  • Personal services (e.g., hair/nail salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors) 
  • Restaurants and coffee shops (outdoor dining only) 
  • Manufacturing, construction, and warehousing 
  • Hospitals, dentists, community mental health centers, and Federally Qualified Health Centers 
  • Public transit, regional transit, taxis and rideshare 
  • Gyms (outdoor and 1:1 personal training only) 
  • Libraries, non-lakefront parks, and other city services will open on June 8. 

Read specific guidelines and details for each industry. 

Family Resources:

Please click the link for a variety or resources through  “Where To Find Help” flyer. It provides links and toll-free phone numbers to get assistance with food, childcare, housing, unemployment, education, healthcare, and immigration.

Algebra Exit Exam for homerooms:  8th grade 415 &  416 (partial of the students) and 7th grade 313

The district recognizes the challenges our students and families are facing due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and is recommending the Board of Education approve a temporary amendment that will provide competency or credit for students enrolled in an approved middle grade Algebra course based on specific criteria. 

The following is a high-level summary of the criteria. Detailed criteria can be found here.

Students enrolled in Algebra in an Elementary School:

  • Students with a final grade of B or better will automatically earn the Algebra competency and be placed into the next mathematics course at their receiving high school.
  • Students with a final grade of C, with no quarter grades being a D or F, must meet Summer of Algebra programming requirements and a passing score on a modified Algebra Exit Exam to earn the Algebra competency and be placed into the next mathematics course at their receiving high school.
  • Any student receiving a D and/or F in any quarter will need to retake Algebra at their receiving high school. This is consistent with current policy.

Students enrolled in Algebra in an Academic Center:

  • Students with any of the grade combinations below will automatically earn credit and be placed into the next mathematics course at the receiving high school. 
Semester 1Semester 2
AA, B, C, or Pass
BA, B, or Pass
CA
  • Students with any of the letter grade combinations below will be eligible to earn credit and be placed into the next mathematics course if they meet Summer of Algebra programming requirements, including a passing score on a modified Algebra Exit Exam.
Semester 1Semester 2
BC or Incomplete
CB, C, Pass, or Incomplete
  • Any student receiving a D and/or F in either semester will need to retake Algebra at their receiving high school. This is consistent with current policy.

Summer of Algebra Programming Requirements

Students who did not meet the Algebra grading criteria but are eligible for Summer of Algebra programming must satisfy the following criteria in order to earn credit and be placed into the next mathematics course:

  • At least 90% attendance in the Summer of Algebra class 
  • Completion of all assignments
  • Passing score on the modified Algebra Exit Exam, representative of prioritized Algebra standards.

If eligible students choose not to participate in Summer of Algebra or do not meet the criteria, they will retake Algebra in high school.

If your child is eligible for the Summer of Algebra program, his or her receiving high school will contact you with registration information by Friday, June 19. If your child met grading criteria but would like to participate in Summer of Algebra for additional support before starting high school, please contact his or her Algebra teacher. 

If you have additional questions, please email MGAlgebra@cps.edu. 

One Last Smile…Just a short, sweet video of a dad and his baby. Be sure to watch until the end!

Sincerely,

Principal Shelton

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