Hello and welcome to Ryder School Year 2020-2021. My name is Aredia Wilson, and this is my 6th year serving as the Professional School Counselor. This year I will be working on Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 Academic and Social Emotional Supports for the students and staff at Ryder. I will be pushing in 15 minutes at least daily with all classes. I will be working collaboratively with the classroom teacher to provide SEL Instruction via books/video/ audio and relaxation techniques.
I will be focusing on College and Career pathways with Middle School students utilizing Naviance and Success bound. I am one of three STLS Coordinators at Ryder Mrs. Veronica Anthony and Ms. Kathleen King will also be filling the role as STLS Coordinator. (Students in Temporary Living Situations).
I will also be working remotely with students using GOCPS. I will need parents requiring assistance to fill out a proxy form. I will drop off the forms in the main office at 3pm and pick them up the following afternoon at 3pm. I will be able to talk with parents during google meets just send me an email and I will send you an invitation to join me virtually or via google phone.
Parent Support-One Stop Shop-All Things CPS
- Remote Learning Assistance
- Remote Learning Packets (Updated Weekly)
- Tech Resources
- Meal Sites
- Health and Wellness
- Community Updates
If you have specific questions please email
GOCPS- High School Applications.----Greetings, by now all of you are probably wondering how will we apply to high schools? You will have your activation code emailed to your student account as well as to the address that is listed in ASPEN. If you have changed your address please contact Ryder School at 773 535 3843. If you have specific questions about your account please feel free to the contact Office of Access and Enrollment directly at (773) 553- 2060
Monday October 12, 2020 the GOCPS process begins. The window closes on Friday December 11, 2020.
****NEW THIS YEAR****
Students enrolled in the cluster program will be allowed to select schools of choice using GOCPS.
NWEA MAP Overview
As you know, NWEA MAP scores are used to determine students' eligibility to apply to many ninth grade schools/programs. NWEA MAP scores are also used in the selection process for many schools and programs. Typically, we use spring NWEA MAP scores from students' seventh grade year. Since this exam was not administered this year due to the shut-down orders, we will look at NWEA MAP scores that were administered during the following test windows:
Spring 2019 (2018-2019 school year) -- administered in April/May 2019
Fall 2019 (2019-2020 school year) -- administered in September/October 2019
Winter (2019-2020 school year) -- administered in December 2019/January 2020
If a student has NWEA MAP scores from a test administered in spring 2019, fall 2019, or winter 2019:
- We will use the highest of the math and reading scores from these exams for the eligibility process.
- This student will not take the NWEA MAP in fall 2020 for the purposes of the 2021-2022 application process.
- This student can take the NWEA MAP in winter 2020, and the highest of the reading score and the highest math scores from all of the exams will be used for the selection process.
If a student does NOT have NWEA MAP scores from spring, fall or winter 2019:
- This student will take the NWEA MAP in October 2020. These scores will be used for the eligibility process.
- To register for the exam, the student should visit go.cps.edu/nweamap to submit the registration form by September 11th.
- The student will take the exam at one of the designated testing sites: Curie, Lane, Lindblom, or Westinghouse High School.
- This student can take the NWEA MAP again in winter 2020, and the highest reading score and the highest math score from these exams will be used for the selection process.
Note: We will take the highest scores, even if they are from different testing windows. For example, if a student's highest reading score is from spring 2019 and the highest math score is from winter 2019, those are the scores that will be used.
Grades and Attendance
Some schools and programs typically use students' GPA and attendance for eligibility and/or selections. The process for the 2021-2022 school year will be revised as indicated below:
- Grades: We will use students' final (cumulative) grades for the entire seventh grade year, or the average of their first and second quarter grades -- whichever is higher.
- Attendance: Because attendance was not tracked during the remote learning session in the spring, attendance will not be used for eligibility or selections for any programs.
As you may know, a proxy form allows parents to authorize you to act on their behalf in the areas indicated on the form. We are currently working on creating an electronic form for this year's process; I will follow up with you as soon as possible regarding the electronic form. Meanwhile, you can click here
to access the hard copy form in English and Spanish.
Eligibility Data Letters
Eligibility Data Letters will be sent to eighth grade families in early October. The letters will contain students' Activation Code; their NWEA MAP scores from spring 2019, fall 2019, and winter 2019; and their grades from seventh grade.
The application period for the 2021-2022 school year starts on October 12th and ends on December 11th.
STLS- We are providing technology in the form of Chromebooks and cell phones if you do not currently have access to the internet please call Ryder school at (773) 535-3843 or email me directly at email@example.com. We are also providing free WiFi hot spots. If you are a participant in the program I have attached some very helpful websites. These sites will assist with rental assistance funds as well as food and basic essentials. Please reach out it there is are additional resources that you would like for me to provide.
If you need meals delivered please call 312 561-3562. If you are able to pick up meals in person please call 773 924-1354.
COORDINATED ENTRY SYSTEM 1888 432 4823, 773 786 9916 CES provides immediate housing.
Shelters for Minors Phoenix Hall 773 475 8026 Night Ministry 877 286 2523 24hr hot line 1 877 870 2663
Social Emotional Learning
We all are currently going though a collective traumatic experience. Trauma is often thought of as "too much, too fast" which is exactly what is happening. Of course you're afraid and feeling overwhelmed. We are all clinging to certainty in the midst of so much unknown. You are exhausted, feeling foggy, or wondering how you can possibly go through so many waves of emotions all in the same day. This all makes so much sense in the context of our circumstances. Be gentle with yourself. Have compassion for your process. Give yourself grace. You are good, no matter how you are managing this completely new experience.
With this being said I am including the following websites and phone numbers for you to reach out for support. If you are a experiencing a psychiatric emergency please call.
Screening, Assessments and Support Services, SASS- IDHS 1-800-345-9049 (Crisis Line) voice
September Suicide Prevention Month
I want to let you all know that September is Suicide Prevention Month. The goal of the month is to provide information around how to help support each other to prevent suicide from occurring. Currently, suicide is the second leading cause of death from people ages 10 to 34 in the USA. Throughout the month, I will send out information that I hope will be helpful and relevant for you all to think and talk about within the community.
Suicide and self-harm are preventable mental health crises. We can be proactive by recognizing expressions of someone who is in distress. A few types of warning signs are: someone expressing feelings of being trapped--like there is no way out, someone expressing hopelessness or stating there is no reason to live, someone withdrawing from family, friends, or activities that are normally enjoyed, or someone talking or threatening to hurt or kill themselves. Remember, these are just a few signs that people may need support.
If you notice someone is showing signs that they need help or are in pain, realize that you do not have to solve the issue, but you can be supportive. Things you can to to help others: Listen and let someone express their concerns, be non-judgmental and don't criticize or minimize their feelings, avoid "why" questions and strive for "what" questions (What can I do to help instead of why are you feeling that way), do not attempt to diagnosis someone, work to connect them to resources in the community, and realize that you are a support person but you are not trying to fix them.
If you are worried about someone, say something. Talk with your parents; talk with a counselor or trusted adult. Remember, you could save someone's life.