Counseling Corner

Welcome to the School Counselor's Webpage!

 
Welcome Hawthorne Families! My name is Amy Dominguez, and I am your school counselor.  I have been working in the Chicago Public Schools since 1995 in the role of both teacher and counselor.  I love being a part of the Hawthorne community and enjoy partnering with staff and families to help our students succeed academically, socially and emotionally throughout the year. My focus is building meaningful relationships with all stakeholders in order to provide the support and opportunities that all of our students deserve. 
 
I hope that you find the resources on this site helpful. Please check back periodically for updates on resources, notices and events. If there are further questions, you can always contact me at asodekirk@cps.edu or at (773) 534-5550.
 
Students- Click here for the Naviance login page.
 
6th Grade Tasks to Complete:
  • Complete the Career Cluster finder
  • Complete the GoCPS Introduction Survey
7th Grade Tasks to Complete:
  • Complete the Career Cluster Finder
  • Add at least 3 Career Clusters to your favorite Career Cluster List
  • Complete the High School Exploration Survey
8th Grade Tasks to Complete:
  • Complete the High School Success Survey
  • Practice using the College Search tool
    • Directions: on Naviance go to "College Home" - Under "Find Your Fit" click on "Advanced Search" - You can filter by Types, Locations, Students, Admissions, etc. (This might be a great tool to explore with your parents as well)
 

GROWCommunity

If you don't know what GROWCommunity is all about, here's an overview:
 
GROWCommunity is working to support a seamless K-12 system in our community anchored around Amundsen High School and Lake View High School, neighborhood schools that offer exceptional educational opportunities for students. 8th grade students from any GROW elementary schools (this includes Hawthorne) who apply to Amundsen or Lake View through GoCPS will be guaranteed admission, regardless of where they live.
 

Shadow Days​

  • Amundsen High School welcomes current 8th graders, and will be getting their calendar up shortly.  Click here to learn more about Shadow Days as a Viking. 
  • Lake View High School invites 7th or 8th graders to jump into the classroom with students.  Click here for a list of Shadow Day sign-ups. 
 
Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund
 
The Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund gives high school scholarship assistance and educational support to Chicago students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who will attend a private, college preparatory high school. There are currently over 460 DMSF Scholars attending 65 partner high schools, including many parochial, independent and boarding schools. Since 1990 more than 2,200 students have been awarded scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need, academic ability and leadership potential. Applications are accepted from students who reside in Chicago, Cicero or Berwyn and who will be in eighth grade during the 2019-2020 school year.
 
Students who are interested in applying can access the application online here. Families will complete the application online, and can create an account so that they do not need to complete the application in one sitting. Teacher and school counselor/principal recommendations will be emailed to the recommenders via a link once the student’s application has been submitted electronically. This year, applicants will also have the opportunity to submit an optional recommendation from a non-teacher/special interest educator.
Parents, please never hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns regarding your child's educational and social and emotional well-being.
 
Quick Links:
  • Aspen Parent Portal
    • Access your child's academic data.
  • ParenTeen Connect
    • Parent Teen Connect is a free resource from the Committee for Children.  It is designed by social-emotional learning experts as an at-home, family-engagement resource. This online experience is loaded with videos, resources, and useful advice to help teens and the adults in their lives address hot-button topics. The site complements the Second Step® Middle School Program both as a stand-alone parent resource and in connection with Middle School Program classroom activities.
  • Character Lab
    • Character Lab is a non profit organization that discovers and promotes conditions that promote children's social, emotional, academic and physical well being.
  • The Family Dinner Project
    • The Family Dinner Project, a nonprofit initiative started in 2010, champions family dinner as an opportunity for family members to connect with each other through food, fun and conversation about things that matter.  Read more about The Family Dinner Project here.
  • Center for Parent and Teen Communication
    • CPTC offers practical, science-based strategies for strengthening family connections and building youth prepared to thrive.
  • Child Mind
    • The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders.
  • Parent Support Centers
    • The Parent Support Center works in collaboration with the CPS staff members across the district, including network chiefs and leadership, to ensure all CPS families have equitable access to high-quality services and resources.
  • Centervention - Social Skills Resources for Parents
    • According to research funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, social and emotional competence is one of the most important predictors of success in life.  This site provides articles regarding social and emotional learning and resources to support your child's development of social skills.  
  • Kids for Peace - Uplifting Our World Through Love and Action
    • This site offers many different activities for children and families to take part in during our current quarantine and throughout the year.
  • Action for Happiness
    • Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society.  
Resources for Students:
Why Do We Lose Control of Our Emotions: For students Grades 4-8 
Mind Yeti: For all students
Storyline Online: Online SEL activities; ex: Empty Pot (Honesty), Someone Loves You Mr. Hatch (Kindness), Enemy Pie (Friendship), A Bad Case of the Stripes (Self-Confidence) for students Grades Pre-K to 3

Sesame Street: Online SEL activities for students Grades Prek-1

Howard B. Wigglebottom: Online pictures books read aloud, songs for students Grades K-2

Daniel Tiger (PBS Kids): Interactive picture books read aloud, songs, interactive games for students Prek-1.

Bedtime FM: Peace Out: Stories for calming down and relaxation

Cosmic Kids: Yoga and mindfulness (3+)

BrainPop Digital Etiquette: For students Grades 3-8, take the quiz after watching the video and related readings.
BrainPop Online Safety: For students Grade 3-8, take the quiz after watching the video and related readings.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1- 800-273-TALK (8255)

 

Text "HOME" from anywhere in the U.S. to 741741 for free, 24/7 crisis support from a trained Crisis Counselor.

 

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

 

**Please don't hesitate to reach out.  I am here to help support you.**