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Welcome to Hammond's Counselor Corner!
Our School Counseling Program Mission Statement:
The mission of the School Counseling Program at Charles G. Hammond
Elementary is to prepare all students to self-advocate and become
proactive leaders by teaching them the importance of respect, integrity,
self-discipline, and kindness for their classmates and community. We are
committed to providing a comprehensive school-counseling program in a
safe and positive environment; in order to better support our students in
acquiring the lifelong coping skills that will build their academic, emotional,
and social success. We aim to serve as advocates for our students, allies
with our teachers, and liaisons for our parents.



 Hammond Elementary's Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP)-Theory of Action Goal


If we do...create a school culture and climate that supports social emotional learning and rewards.


Then we see...

  • an increase in trusting relationships among staff and students with voice.
  • teachers serving as mentors.
  • teachers implementing the Second Step Curriculum . 
  • students better prepared for the successful transition to high school and post-secondary options.
  • students demonstrating they can prevent, manage and resolve interpersonal conflicts in constructive ways.
 Which leads to...
  • 80% of our students developing trusting relationships with staff.
  • 100% of our teachers implementing the Second Second Step Curriculum.
  • 80% of our 8th grade students having at least two high school options to select from. 
  • 80% of our students demonstrating the ability to communicate to resolve conflicts.  
Second Step Curriculum: 
Second Step provides instruction on social and emotional learning with units on skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, friendship skills, and problem solving. The program contains lessons for use in prekindergarten through eighth grade and is implemented once a week through out the school year. Second Step uses four key strategies to reinforce skill development: brain builder games (to build executive function), weekly theme activities, reinforcing activities, and home links. Teachers are encouraged to give children daily opportunities to practice. Second Step also connects new skills to other areas in the curriculum (e.g., literacy, arts, dramatic arts) and provides a structure for each day of the week. Second Step lessons and accompanying photographs incorporate a variety of cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds. 
At Hammond Elementary, prekindergarten-5th grade classroom teachers are teaching this curriculum once a week during a designated time. In middle school grades, our School Counselor teaches this curriculum weekly during Guidance Class.
If you would like to learn more about Second Step, please visit their website.

The high school application period for the 2017-2018 school year will start on October 3, 2016 at 9 a.m.


Here are some very important updates:

  • The high school website for the Office of Access and Enrollment is
  • Eligibility Letters for current eighth graders will be delivered to Hammond Elementary between September 23rd and September 30th. Please save them in a safe and protected place.
  • If you who lose your Eligibility Letter, the Office of Access and Enrollment cannot reprint your letter. But if you contact their office with the student's name, CPS ID number, the name of your school, and the student's CPS email address, they will email your student PIN, and you can view your scores/grades on your online account. Office of Access and Enrollment- (773)-553-2060 
  • There will be an informative Power Point presentation and Mini-Guide for 8th grade students and parents on the  website, under “Additional Resources”. 
  • The High School Guide will be accessible on the website, Click 'School Guides' for the guides.


For students who move to a new address after they submit their application: If students apply using the online application site, they can make changes to their address (and/or telephone number) via the online site. 


*For students who want to make changes to their school choices after they submit their application: If students apply using the online application site, they can make changes to their application via the online site. (They will be prompted to delete their application and submit a new one.) 


*CPS High School Notification (Acceptance) Letters: If students apply using the online application site, their notification letter(s) will be posted to their online portal no later than March 3, 2017; they will not be mailed to the home. 


*The Selective Enrollment High Schools exam will be offered at five high school sites this year:

 King, Lane, Lindblom, Westinghouse, and Whitney Young.


The Selective Enrollment Test dates are below:

December 17, 2016

January 21, 2017

January 28, 2017

February 4, 2017

Now is the time to begin to prepare for your high school career by strengthening your grades, test scores and personal skills. Additionally, researching high schools and visiting open houses early will help you begin to narrow future school choices and help you create an academic goal you can strive towards.  Here are some resources that can help!
Office of Access and Enrollment: 
Transitioning to High School Resources!!!
Office of Access and Enrollment: 
High School Powerpoint Presentation for 8th Grade Students and Parents:
High School Guide:
Open Houses for Selective Enrollment:
High School Open House Calendar: 
PBS KIDS: Preparing for High School:
9th Grade Preparation for College Preparation: