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CCSD93 strives to maximize the academic, social & emotional potential of each student.
Dear Friend of CCSD93,
Listen to Talk D93 Podcast 
Episode 2:  
Dual Language Program!
CCSD93's Dual Language program teaches students to become fluent in both English and Spanish. I invite you to learn more about the Dual Language program by listening to the latest episode of Talk D93, CCSD93's official podcast. In it, I sit down with CCSD93 Director of English Language Services Mireya Sanchez to talk about the program, its history, how students can enroll in the program, methods for instruction, what students can expect, and more!

I especially encourage parents of incoming kindergarteners to give it a listen to find out more and consider enrolling their child in the invaluable program for next school year. 

You can listen to it online at www.ccsd93.com/TalkD93 or by searching "Talk D93" on your favorite podcast platform. Here are direct links to Talk D93 on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Google Podcasts. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss a thing!
Please be sure to read the following articles to keep up with the latest from CCSD93, and stay safe this weekend!


David H. Hill, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
New Unified Sports Program Brings Students Together Under Common Goals
For the first time ever, CCSD93 is bringing together students with disabilities and students without to form a Unified Sports basketball team at each middle school that will eventually compete against other area schools!

The coed teams have begun weekly practices and are working towards a culminating tournament at Jay Stream on February 22 that will feature 11 middle schools, official referees and scorekeeping. The goal is for students to grow their basketball skills and abilities, camaraderie with one another, and leadership skills.

The basketball season is just the beginning, as CCSD93 hopes to expand offerings to additional sport seasons, with eyes on track, soccer, and more. Find out more by watching the video linked above.
Have a Young Child? Join Us for Let's Play on 2/1!
If you have a child age birth to five, you will not want to miss the CCSD93 Birth to 5 Community Coalition's Let's Play event on Saturday, February 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stratford Middle School (251 Butterfield Drive in Bloomingdale).

Join us for this free event and you and your child will enjoy multiple indoor play stations featuring materials and activities especially for families with young children. Many members of the Birth to 5 Community Coalition will be there, and you'll have a great one-stop-shop opportunity to see what services and resources are available for your young one in our community. Hundreds of community members stopped by at last year's event, and we're hoping for even more this year!

Find out more at www.ccsd93.com/birthto5, and please FORWARD this email to anyone you know with young children!
Board Retreat Focuses on  
Achievement/Opportunity Gap
Last Saturday, January 11, CCSD93 Superintendent Dr. David Hill, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Dr. Crysta Morrissey, and Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning & Innovation Jonathan Zimmermann joined CCSD93's Board of Education members for a "Board Retreat" that focused on providing the Board members with more information on the achievement/opportunity gap.

Board members were provided with academic, social/emotional, and attendance data from a national, state, and local perspective. The event also offered Board members an opportunity to come to a deeper understanding of the strategies CCSD93's educators use to provide an excellent educational experience for all students in accordance with CCSD93's Mission of maximizing the academic, social and emotional potential of each student.
1/23 Board of Education Meeting Preview
CCSD93's next Board of Education meeting will be held at Elsie Johnson Elementary School (1380 Nautilus Lane in Hanover Park) Thursday, January 23 at 7 p.m. Before the meeting, at 6:45 p.m., there will be a School Board Listening Post. This is an opportunity for community members who are interested in speaking with a CCSD93 Board member to do so informally in a more conversational setting. All community members are invited to the Board meeting and to the Listening Post! The following are among the meeting's agenda items.
  • There will be a Board Salute to the winners from each elementary and middle school of the CCSD93 Seasonal Card Contest. 
  • Elsie Johnson 2nd graders will present projects that they've created after studying their own identities and their impact on the world. 
  • There will be seven revised Board Policies for first reading:
    • 235 - Board Member Ethics
    • 275 - Board Policy Development
    • 240 - Board Member Conflict of Interest
    • 280.04 - Visitation to the Schools
    • 285 - School Board Memberships
    • 292 - Board Member Protection
    • 295 - District/Board Communications
  • The Board will vote on the approval of schedules for Board of Education and Finance Committee meetings for the 2020-21 school year.
  • Dr. Hill will review CCSD93's progress towards achieving the Board of Education's goals.
  • CCSD93's Middle School Scheduling Committee will update the Board on its progress this year.
  • Assistant Superintendent for Business Services John Benedetti will review the tax levy process.
  • The Board will vote on the approval of CCSD93's Budget Preparation Calendar for 2020-21. 
  • The Board will vote on the approval of employee conference expense reports.
No School 1/20 for MLK Day
There will be no school on Monday, January 20 as we recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and acknowledge his tremendous contributions towards the civil rights movement and greater equality throughout the country.
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