Dear Friend of CCSD93,
Thank You, Principals! 
October is Principal Appreciation Month, and on October 26, the State of Illinois officially recognizes school principals for their contributions to teaching and learning with Principal Appreciation Day. I was a building administrator for more than 20 years, and in my experience, it's the most rewarding and the most difficult position in a school district. Principals work long hours, often must run from meeting to meeting with little time for lunch or even breaks, are seldom home for dinner on time, and frequently commit time on weekends to ensure the following week will run smoothly for their staff and students.
They are the instructional leader in the school, challenging students and staff members to continuously improve. They must be an expert in curriculum, instruction, school law, and social-emotional learning. They spend hundreds of hours each year interviewing and evaluating staff. Besides being instructional leaders, they need to manage building safety, security, and cleanliness. In short, they ensure that students and educators have the necessary resources to excel.
In CCSD93, our terrific principals and assistant principals are dedicated to high standards of excellence. Despite the long hours and complications that arise from time to time, to a person, they love their positions. Their passion for public education is remarkable. I have seen a lot of great administrators over the past 40 years but no better collective than the current CCSD93 school administrators. If you have an opportunity next week or beyond, please take a moment to join me in recognizing these amazing and talented individuals for all that they do for your children and our community.
International Guests Learn from CCSD93's Innovative Teaching & Learning!
CCSD93 was honored once again this week to host international visitors interested in finding out about our innovative teaching and learning methods. On Tuesday, we hosted a delegation of 17 teachers, principals, and other administrators from Shanghai, China, who visited with our central administrators and then toured Elsie Johnson, Western Trails, and Stratford to learn from our students and teachers. Among the terrific educational experiences they encountered were:
  • Stop motion animation projects
  • Immersive breakout lessons that incorporated math, geography, and science skills
  • Coding and computer sciences
  • Foreign language projects
  • And much, much more
They also toured CCSD93's redesigned Innovation Centers and Stratford's STEM Wing, and they even were played string pieces by CCSD93's 7th grade Orchestra students!

It was a pleasure hosting such gracious guests, who shared unique gifts to commemorate their visit. I'm so proud of our students and staff members for how readily and eagerly they shared what and how they learn.

For more photos of the visit, stop by our Facebook page, and for videos and more, see our Instagram Story about the visit.
Learn About Roy DeShane's Mrs. McCall
with CCSD93 in 93 Seconds!
Sandy McCall is the Innovation Media Specialist at Roy DeShane School, and with more than three decades at CCSD93, one of our longest-tenured employees. She helps her students pick out books that fit their interests, leads them in unique learning experiences involving relevant technology, and... spends a lot of her personal time riding motorcycles.

Find out even more about Mrs. McCall by clicking the image above to watch our new edition of CCSD93 in 93 Seconds! She's one of more than 700 CCSD93 staff members who positively impact student learning every day.
Nominate a CCSD93 Principal for a Golden Apple Leadership Award!
CCSD93 is proud of our effective, passionate educators who provide a relevant education to each CCSD93 student and challenge them to grow, learn, and succeed to the best of their abilities each day.

Though their daily efforts often go unheralded, the Golden Apple Awards are a terrific way to publicly recognize great teachers. Unfortunately for CCSD93, this year Golden Apple is only accepting nominations for high school teachers. However, they are accepting nominations of principals for the Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award from every level of education. If you feel strongly about one of CCSD93's outstanding principals and would like to celebrate their dedication to their school, students, and staff, I invite you to nominate them for the for the Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award here!

Winners will be recognized on PBS, win a scholarship for professional development, and receive funds to use on a school project.
CCSD93 Student/Parent/Teacher Conference  
Sign-Up Now Through 11/16
This year across CCSD93, Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences will incorporate the student voice to become Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences, which students are expected to attend with their parents. In the coming weeks, more info will be sent from your child's school on exactly what the new conference format will look like.

CCSD93 Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Monday and Tuesday, November 19 and 20. This is a great opportunity for parents to connect with their child and their child's teacher about their child's education!

CCSD93's schools will once again offer online scheduling of Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences through PTC Wizard. All parents will need to register a new account this year, even if you had one for last school year. You can sign up for conferences anytime between now and Friday, November 16 at noon.

Visit for more details.

10/25 Board of Education Meeting Preview
The next CCSD93 Board of Education meeting will be held Thursday, October 11 at 7 p.m. at CCSD93's District Office, 230 Covington Drive in Bloomingdale. The following are among the agenda items. 
  • There will be a Board Salute for all volunteers from several community organizations who donated their time this summer to the Carol Stream Summer Lunch & Library Program at Western Trails School, which provided more than 2,000 lunches to students in need this summer.
  • Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning & Innovation Dr. Marie Hoffmann and Director of Curriculum Jonathan Zimmermann will present Annual Assessment Report to the Board.
  • There will be two revised Board Policies for 2nd reading:
    • Policy 296 - Uniform Grievance Procedure
    • Policy 500.20 - Workplace Harassment Prohibited
  • There will be a resolution for revising Board Policy 500.20.
  • The Board will perform an annual review their ethical policies.
  • Dr. Hoffmann will provide a short presentation on service learning in CCSD93's schools.
  • There will be a discussion on a possible solution for the newest requirements for the Preschool for All grant, to which CCSD93 typically applies.
  • The Board will vote on the approval of two employee conference expense reports.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Bill Shields, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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