Wildkit Futures Day: October 13, 2021
ETHS is committed to empowering all students with the tools to make informed decisions about their post-high school options, and helping them feel confident about what they will do after graduating. October 13 is Wildkit Futures Day, a school-wide opportunity for students at all grade levels to contribute to their Individualized Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) and explore options for college and/or workforce readiness and independence after high school.
The Wildkit Futures Day schedule is available online. Please review the schedule for complete information on the Wildkit Future’s Day activities, arrival and dismissal times, what to bring, and designated entrances/exits. While activities are organized using a grade-level framework, students should attend the activity that aligns with their "class of" designation.
Please note that attendance is expected and will be taken for all ETHS students. The Wildkit Futures Day schedule outlines which “class of” students should bring charged Chromebooks to school on October 16 for their Wildkit Futures Day activities.
- Class of 2025 students will participate in the Freshman Assembly activity and in a program with Calvin Terrell that focuses on their social/emotional growth with an emphasis on building an anti-bullying, anti-racist, inclusive, and caring community. Some of the content of the assembly may evoke difficult feelings or memories for students. Students who need support during the assembly may speak with a social worker, counselor or psychologist, and may go to the Social Work Office in E123 in the future. If you have questions or concerns in advance about participation, please contact Taya Kinzie at email@example.com. Students should not bring their Chromebook or backpack for this activity.
- Class of 2024 students will complete an asynchronous activity at home to explore interests and careers. Students will receive links to their eths202.org email to view videos and receive resources focused on career research, developing social emotional skills that will support academic and career goals, specific post-high school planning, and goal-setting. Students should have their fully charged Chromebooks at home for this activity; the attendance form will be provided during the activity. ETHS has district-issued WiFi hotspots available for student checkout from the ChromeZone (H220).
- Class of 2023 students will take the PSAT/NMSQT test. The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is designed to be taken early in the junior year and is both a practice SAT and a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Official Student Guides to the PSAT and full-length PSAT practice tests were made available to Class of 2023 students in September. Students will be able to access their test results through their College Board accounts. Students should not bring their Chromebook or backpack. No cellphones or other wearable technology (such as FitBit or Applewatch) are permitted in the testing rooms. Students should bring: Three (3) No. 2 pencils with erasers and a 4-function graphing calculator.
- Classes of 2022 and 2021-2017 students will attend informational sessions related to post-high school options. Topics include: financial literacy, college admissions, college essays and applications, gap year, Oakton Community College, job/career readiness, financial aid/scholarships, and more. Students will select three sessions to attend. Students should bring their charged Chromebook for this activity.
Counseling, College & Career Services staff at ETHS work with teachers and parents/guardians as students progress in their ICAP, moving from exploration and aspirations to having a viable post-high school plan. More information is available on the ETHS website: https://www.eths.k12.il.us/Page/1165.
ETHS families are also invited to an extension of Wildkit Futures Day at 7:00pm on October 13, featuring Calvin Terrell. He is a speaker who inspires students and adults to develop our emotional well-being, particularly as we work together to support each whole student to enhance academic, social-emotional, and post-high school functioning. More information about Calvin Terrell’s presentation will be emailed to ETHS families.