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CCSD93 strives to maximize the academic, social & emotional potential of each student.
Dear Friend of CCSD93,
Families Connect & Engage with Literacy Night
On Wednesday, I was honored to be invited to participate as a guest reader at Cloverdale's Family Literacy Night. The evening featured a festive winter wonderland theme with teachers and other guests, including community leaders and Carol Stream Police Officers, reading to families; space for students to read with therapy dogs; themed green screen activities; coding opportunities; crafts; a book fair; and children's author Allan Woodrow presenting to families about how he became a writer and the value of reading and revision to the writing process.  
It was truly a thrilling atmosphere with an infectious enthusiasm for reading, writing and learning. I was so pleased to witness Cloverdale's amazing staff members making genuine connections with students and families. 

Goal 2 of CCSD93's Strategic Plan calls for CCSD93 to work to enhance its relationships with families, who are active partners in their child's learning. Family evenings like these, which take place in a variety of throughout all of our schools, help to establish and reinforce those relationships and connections, which ultimately benefits each student's educational experience. 

I thank Cloverdale's dedicated educators for making the night a success, and I am grateful to the families who were able to attend to partner with us in their child's education. Here are a few highlights of the night!
Please be sure to read the following articles to keep up with the latest from CCSD93. Have a terrific weekend!


David H. Hill, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Middle School Students Explore Vision for 2020 
For nearly three months, Jay Stream 8th grade humanities students in Mr. Ridley and Mrs. Long's classes have been thoroughly researching and preparing projects that called upon them to explore an issue that they most want presidential candidates to address during the 2020 campaign. 

The project, called "What's Your Vision in 2020?", is part of a C-Span national competition. Students chose a topic that interested them and were required to thoroughly research it by referencing and citing a wide variety of reputable sources. They delved into all potential viewpoints, thought critically about the subject, and eventually came to a clear understanding of all its complexities and took a personal stance on it. Many students even connected directly with experts in their area of study, creating a truly authentic learning experience. With this in hand, each student wrote a research paper, developed a brochure handout, and created a corresponding multimedia project like a website, podcast or poster.

Today, the students proudly shared the results of their hard work with peers, teachers, parents, and community members. Find out more about this engaging, relevant project by viewing the video linked above.
8th Graders Look Beyond High School  
with College Day
Today, Jay Stream Middle School 8th graders participated in College Day, which was an opportunity for them to learn about post-high school options of all kinds, not just traditional universities. Students got to listen to, ask questions of, and engage with representatives from University of Illinois, the National Personal Training Institute, Lewis University, College of DuPage, Pivot Point Academy for Cosmetology, Northern Illinois University, and United States Marshal Training. 

This terrific event enabled students to better understand what enrollment in different types of post-secondary options looks like and where each can lead them as they start to think about their own futures. Stratford Middle School held a similar College Day event in December.
Be Ready to Be Counted During 2020 Census 
All residents will be asked to participate in the U.S. Census starting in March. It's essential that every person who resides in our community is officially counted as the population size can affect political representation on the federal level, grants, and federal funding for schools, transportation, and more.

Please look for more information here and in the community about the value of the Census, and be sure to participate starting in March! If you are interested in a job with the Census, click here.
Have a Young Child? Join Us for Let's Play on 2/1!
Every family in the area with children age 5 and younger is invited to bring their kids and attend the CCSD93 Birth to 5 Community Coalition's Let's Play! free indoor play and resource fair Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Stratford Middle School (251 Butterfield Drive in Bloomingdale, IL 60108).

Let's Play! is designed for families with children ages birth through 5 and will feature multiple indoor play stations with activities especially for young children as well as helpful resources from a variety of local organizations that provide care and services for young children and their families. 

Attendees will be able to:
  • Participate in fun events at Let's Play! including an obstacle course, giant block building, sensory walks, and dozens more
  • Speak directly with representatives from Birth to 5 Community Coalition member organizations like local park districts, libraries, health and wellness experts, preschool and childcare options, behavior specialists, and organizations specifically for young parents
  • Pick up giveaways and raffle prizes
  • Obtain helpful literature from the Coalition members.
CCSD93's Birth to 5 Community Coalition is a partnership between many local organizations that specialize in providing care and services for the community's children ages birth to 5. Its goal is to ensure all children arrive at kindergarten ready to access the high quality education that CCSD93 is prepared to provide them. Let's Play! is made possible by funding through the DuPage Foundation's Bright and Early DuPage Grant. For more on the Coalition, visit www.ccsd93.com/Birthto5 !
2/6 Board of Education Meeting Preview 
The next CCSD93 Board of Education meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 6 at CCSD93's District Office, 230 Covington Drive in Bloomingdale. All community members are invited to attend. The following are among the agenda items.
  • There will be a Board Salute to Sportsmanship Award winners from the boys basketball, cheerleading, and wrestling seasons at both middle schools.
  • The Board will review preliminary student class size and staffing need projections for 2020-21.
  • A representative from Arcon Associates will review renderings, preliminary plans, and cost estimates of the Western Trails Innovation Center and front entrance projects scheduled for the summer of 2021.
  • There will be the following four revised Board Policies for first reading:
    • 500.12 - Compliance with State Officials and Employee Ethics Act
    • 500.85 - Ethics, Conduct & Conflict of Interest
    • 500.20 - Workplace Harassment Prohibited
    • 701 - Harassment of Students Prohibited
  • There will be the following two revised Board Policies for second reading:
    • 720.14 - Administering Medicine to Students
    • 270.07 - School Board Meeting Procedure
  • CCSD93 Director of English Language Services Mireya Sanchez and Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning & Innovation Jonathan Zimmermann will give a presentation regarding the Dual Language program.
  • The Board will vote on the approval of the 2020-21 school calendar.
  • The Board will review a new job description for an inclusion facilitator.
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