Hello Jahn Families! My name is Kellie Soendergaard, and this is my first year at Jahn as School Counselor. I'm so excited to be part of the Jahn community and work together to support all of our students this year. Below you will find regular updates as I receive them, my bio, and contact information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out! 

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¡Hola, familias de Jahn! Mi nombre es Kellie Soendergaard, y este es mi primer año en Jahn como Consejera Escolar. Estoy muy emocionada de ser parte de la comunidad de Jahn y trabajar juntos para apoyar a todos nuestros estudiantes este año. A continuación encontrará las últimas noticias regulares conforme yo las reciba, mi biografía y la información de contacto. Si tiene alguna pregunta, ¡no dude en comunicarse!

 

IMPORTANT HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION

Last Week to Apply to High School 

It is officially the last week to submit your high school applications for the 2019-2020 school year! Here’s a quick checklist of important tasks to make sure you have done before the Dec. 14 deadline.

  • Activate your account and create your application profile.
  • Review the high school programs to which you are eligible to apply.
  • Research these programs to find the ones that are the best fit for you.
  • Talk to your elementary school counselor to better understand these programs.
  • Attend open house or other events at these schools.
  • Select and rank the Choice and Selective Enrollment programs to which you want to apply.
  • Schedule (RSVP) for any required admissions screenings. *
  • Submit your application.

* If you are interested in applying to a Selective Enrollment High School, and there are no test sessions available, don’t worry. Additional test capacity will be posted within the coming week; you can schedule your exam AFTER the December 14th application deadline.

Application Submission Times

Families applying online can make changes and submit applications up until 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, December 14, 2018. All paper applications must be received by 6:00 p.m. CST on Friday, December 14, 2018.

Live Webinars for Families

In order to provide additional support, the Office of Access and Enrollment is hosting two live webinar sessions this week in English and Spanish that are open to parents and students. Below is the schedule; participants will need to register in advance with the link provided below:

Wed, Dec. 12, 2018

5:00 p.m. – Spanish: Register

6:00 p.m. – English: Register

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Need Help?

If you have any questions about the application process, contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email gocps@cps.edu. You can also contact Kellie Soendergaard, School Counselor at Jahn at ksoendergaard@cps.edu or 773-534-5502.

Estamos cooperando con la oficina del distrito para proveer una traducción de esta información en Español lo mas pronto posible. Gracias por su paciencia. Aquí están los Consejos de Solicitud GoCPS en Español. También puede comunicarse con Kellie Soendergaard, la consejera escolar de Jahn en ksoendergaard@cps.edu o 773-534-5502.

GROWCommunity Enrollment Policy

It has come to our attention that there is confusion among some families about the GROWCommunity Enrollment Policy. We want to be sure students and families understand that admittance through the GROWCommunity Enrollment Policy is not the same as admittance to their designated neighborhood high school. Students seeking admission to Amundsen or Lake View through the GROW Enrollment Policy must apply in GoCPS Round 1 and must include the Grow Community program in their Choice School programs ranking. If Amundsen or Lake View is their top choice, they should rank it first. If Amundsen or Lake View is not their top choice, they should rank the other program(s) higher. If they get matched to a higher-ranked program, they will get an offer to that program and not to Amundsen or Lake View.

GROWCommunity provided the following clarifying documents. Key policy points are summarized here. We encourage you to carefully review the complete policy guidelines and instructions and a new FAQ. All of these resources are also here: www.growcommunitychicago.org/enrollment. We want to make sure everyone fully understands the policy before submitting their GoCPS applications.

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Nos hemos enterado de que existe confusión entre algunas familias acerca de la Póliza de Inscripción de GROWCommunity. Queremos asegurarnos de que los estudiantes y las familias entiendan que la admisión a través de la Póliza de Inscripción Comunitaria de GROW no es lo mismo que la admisión a la escuela secundaria de su vecindario designado. Los estudiantes que buscan ser admitidos en Amundsen o Lake View a través de la Póliza de Inscripción GROW deben presentar su solicitud en la Ronda 1 de GoCPS y deben incluir el programa Grow Community en su clasificación de programas de Choice School. Si Amundsen o Lake View son su mejor opción, deben clasificarlo primero. Si Amundsen o Lake View no son su mejor opción, deben clasificar el (los) programa (s) más alto. Si coinciden con un programa de mayor rango, recibirán una oferta para ese programa y no para Amundsen o Lake View.

GROWCommunity proporcionó los siguientes documentos de aclaración. Los puntos clave de política se resumen aquí. Los animamos a que revise cuidadosamente las directrices e instrucciones completas de la política y una nueva sección de preguntas frecuentes. Todos estos recursos también se encuentran aquí: www.growcommunitychicago.org/enrollment. Queremos asegurarnos de que todos comprendan completamente la política antes de enviar sus aplicaciones GoCPS.

 

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M.A. Counselor Education
Northeastern Illinois University
773-534-5502
ksoendergaard@cps.edu

Kellie Soendergaard
School Counselor

Although originally from Wisconsin, I lived abroad for seven years in countries such as the Netherlands, Honduras, Thailand, and Germany due to a passion and innate curiosity for all human beings, culture, and language. Empowering students of diverse backgrounds has been integral to each professional opportunity in my international career thus far. At Jahn, I hope to continue to build meaningful relationships capable of inspiring intercultural leaders in all areas of life by providing the support and opportunities every student deserves.

Consejera de la escuela

Originalmente soy de Wisconsin pero viví en el extranjero durante siete años en países como Holanda, Honduras, Tailandia y Alemania debido a la pasión y la curiosidad innata por todos los seres humanos, la cultura, y el idioma. Empoderar a estudiantes de diversos orígenes ha sido integral para cada oportunidad profesional en mi carrera internacional hasta el momento. En Jahn, espero continuar construyendo relaciones significativas que son capaces de inspirar a líderes interculturales en todas las áreas de la vida por ofreciendo y brindando el apoyo y oportunidades que todos los estudiantes merecen.