• Hello Parents and Students!!
    Welcome to CCMS Counselor Connect!!!
    Name: Mrs Craig Edwards, School Counselor
    Grade: CCMS 5-8
    Email: kelly.craig@psd150.org
    Room #: 206
    From the Counselor
    Attention 8th Graders:
    I have sent via mail the following applications and information:
    Manual JROTC, Richwoods MJROTC, and Peoria High's PSA Flyer.
    ***Manual JROTC and Richwoods MJROTC applications are DUE NOVEMBER 6th!! 
    Please contact the school if you did not receive the applications I sent in the mail or if you are unable to access them through this website or the High School's websites.
    Also, Remember: 
    Richwoods IB Program:  Parent Information, Time Line, and Application
    **Applications are being mailed to every 8th grade student.
    You can also access the application on this webpage, scroll down to the Application link.

    Dear Peoria Public Schools Parent or Guardian:                                                       

    You may be interested in having your child apply for entrance into the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at Richwoods High School for the 2021-22 school year. Entry into the IB at Richwoods is open to students who are currently in 8th, 9th, or 10th grade. Students residing anywhere within the Peoria Public Schools attendance boundaries are eligible for admittance.


    The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous course of study taken by juniors and seniors in six subject areas. It is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepare students for success in college and life beyond. The Diploma Programme is taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from leading universities in the United States and across the globe. IB Diploma students can earn a large number of academic credits before entering college, and IB Diploma graduates have been consistently found to be far better prepared for the challenges of college than graduates of any other advanced high school curriculum.


    Students entering as freshmen or sophomores are classified as “pre-IB Diploma” students and must take a challenging set of enriched-level preparatory courses. Students entering as juniors will enter directly into the Diploma Programme.


    In order to be eligible, students must have maintained at least a B average over the past school year, and have demonstrated a high level of aptitude on standardized NWEA MAP, or other reading and math assessments. Most importantly, they need also to be motivated students who genuinely enjoy learning. If a student is admitted but fails to maintain at least a 3.0 (B) unweighted grade point average for the year, or later wishes to voluntarily drop from the Diploma Programme, and that student resides outside of the Richwoods attendance boundaries, they will return to enrollment at their home school at the end of the school year.


    There will be an IB Diploma Programme informational meeting for all interested parents and students at 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 8th, 2020. The meeting will be held virtually. Information on accessing the meeting will be communicated soon.


    Applications are currently available online at http://www.psd150.org/Page/3088. Applications are due by 4:00 pm on Friday, November 13th, 2020.


    If you have any further questions regarding the IB Diploma Programme or about the application process, please contact Richwoods IB Coordinator Travis Bowlby at travis.bowlby@psd150.org.



    IB Application Process Timeline for the 2020-21 School Year (freshman class of 2025)


    October 8, 2020 - IB Informational meeting for parents: Virtual 6:00 pm


    November 13, 2020- Application deadline


    December 4, 2020 - Letters of acceptance/denial sent to parents


    December 2020 - Accepted students have freshman pre-IB schedules constructed by middle school counselors and Richwoods IB Coordinator.


    APPLICATION:  Application


    Please visit the programs section of my website to participate in the SEL Challenges:
    Week 1:  Spreading Kindess
    Dear students and families,
    I pray to see us all back in school someday soon!  In the meantime, we have to make it work for the best possible opportunities for our students and families.  As we continue to navigate through some uncertain times, please feel free to reach out to me through the school website, email at kelly.craig@psd150.org or by calling Calvin Coolidge Middle School at 309-372-6506.  I look forward to meeting each of you virtually by joining some classroom times the week of August 31st, and then look for some invites to "lunch buddy" times for grade levels.  Lunch Buddy times will be as follows:
    5th Mondays @ 11:15-11:30
    6th Tuesdays @ 11:15-11:30
    7th Wednesdays @ 11:15-11:30
    8th Thursdays @ 11:15-11:30
    I will also post SEL Activities via 5th Grade Math and Social Studies Classes, via 6th Grade Math and ELA classes, 7th Grade ELA classes, and 8th Grade ELA classes, so look for some information through those venues in regards to SEL, and thank you to the Awesome 7th and 8th graders who answered the first SEL Question Right, Social Emotional Learning is what SEL stands for and they received a nice sweet treat in the mail from me this week!  Congrats to Tylea Kirkwood, Halen Goossens, and Deshawn Fields!!!
    Mrs. Craig, CCMS School Counselor.
    Mental Health Resources:
      Tik Tok Therapist Dr. Norton:
    Crisis Text Line
    Text “HELLO” to 741741
    The Crisis Text hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the U.S. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, connecting them with a crisis counselor who can provide support and information.
    Disaster Distress Helpline
    Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
    The disaster distress helpline provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The helpline is free, multilingual, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    SEL (Social Emotional Learning)
    Resources for at home and community:
    CCMS GOAL = 96%
    In order for your child to learn he/she must be at school, prepared and on time every day.  Every Day Counts!!!
    Help us by reminding your students the importance of attending school and classes every day!
    Education is the key to Unlock the Golden Door of Freedom. . . 
                         George Washington Carver 
     WRAP Around Center - Referrals may be obtained through Counselor.  Services for individual and family therapy, substance abuse counseling, legal services, health services, probation services, and much more!  Please see district website for more informatioN!
    Resource Link: Children's Hospital
    If you or your child are experiencing emotional trauma or just need extended help through the summer and school year please click on the following link for all the local resources for Peoria County:
    Or Contact @ 309-674-9781
    Resource Link:  Children's Home
    Crisis Intervention, Run-a-way Hotline, Behavioral Health Services, Homelessness
    Or Contact @ 309-687-7502