Dear Friend of CCSD93,
Season's Greetings 
from CCSD93 
Each year, CCSD93's elementary and middle school art teachers invite students to submit artwork for CCSD93's Seasonal Card Contest. We pick one winning design from each school, have them printed onto seasonal cards, and mail them to leaders of local community organizations, local and national dignitaries, and partners of CCSD93.

I'm pleased to share with you the winning artwork from this year! The talent that these students have is amazing!
Congrats to Grace C., Jay Stream Middle School 7th Grader!
Congrats to Grisel C., Stratford Middle School 6th Grader!
Congrats to Keira F., Carol Stream School 5th Grader!
Congrats to Nikolina P., Cloverdale School 5th Grader!
Congrats to Saira S., Elsie Johnson School 1st Grader!
Congrats to Jordan D., Heritage Lakes School 2nd Grader!
Congrats to Sophia N., Roy DeShane School 4th Grader!
Congrats to Leana L., Western Trails School 5th Grader!
3rd Grade Students Make Pitch 
to CCSD93 School Board
After students in Mrs. Erin Baumann's 3rd grade class at Roy DeShane School noticed litter consistently on and near their playground, they decided to do something about it. They ultimately presented their ideas for a solution to the CCSD93 Board of Education at last night's meeting.

With school and district efforts focused on sustainability, Mrs. Baumann's students would regularly pick up bits of trash unprompted during recess to help the cause. When a concerned citizen sent a note to Principal Pete La Chance about the presence of litter, he knew the class would be able to find a solution to address it. They brainstormed and determined that a trash receptacle was needed, but they realized it wouldn't be that simple. They'd need to determine who would empty it, how to ensure it wouldn't be knocked over, where it should be placed, where they would acquire it, and who would pay for it.

The class met with Mr. Tom Wadman, Roy DeShane Head Custodian, and asked if he would have time to empty it along with all of his other duties. He obliged, and then the class determined that they could anchor the receptacle to keep it upright, and created a map of where to place it based on existing structures and where the waste was often found. Ultimately, this led them to the School Board last night, where students from the class presented their work while tying it to CCSD93's new Strategic Plan and requested the Board to provide the trash receptacle. The Board voted unanimously to provide one, and CCSD93 Director of Buildings and Grounds Sean Gordon will arrange the students to choose from several models to ensure it will meet their needs.

I'm incredibly proud of the work these students did, thinking thoroughly through the issue, being persistent, and finding solutions each step of the way. This was a terrific problem-based learning opportunity for the class, and just the kind of real world problem solving we need to ensure CCSD93 students are exposed to so that they'll be prepared as they eventually seek to enter colleges and the workforce.

Click on the images below for a brief video of the conclusion of the student's presentation. Click here for the students' presentation from last night.
Student map for trash receptacle placement
Jay Stream & Stratford Boys Basketball Highlights
Last Friday, the Jay Stream and Stratford boys basketball 7th grade and 8th grade squads squared off at Glenbard North. The teams split the games and shared a great opportunity to play on the courts they'll share as Panthers in coming years. Here are highlights of the action, and next week we'll highlight the girls cheerleading squads. 
Please Take CCSD93's Satisfaction Survey
We ask parents to take our annual Satisfaction Survey between now by December 19. 
Please take 15-or-so minutes required to complete the survey. Your responses help your child's school and CCSD93 as a whole improve programs and services. 

You can take the survey here!
Interested in Being a Substitute Teacher?
We're always looking for qualified substitute teachers. If you've got a passion for educating students, I invite you to attend a substitute teacher license training session with the DuPage County Regional Office of Education on January 11, 2019, which will help you to become a substitute.

View this flyer for more information, and requirements. Please forward this information to those you feel may be interested.
Way to Go Justin Jackson! 
Former Cloverdale Coyote, Jay Stream Jayhawk, Glenbard North Panther, and Northwestern Wildcat Justin Jackson has gotten an opportunity to play running back for the San Diego Chargers as an NFL rookie this season, and last night he totaled 85 yards with a touchdown in helping his team to a come from behind victory! It's always terrific to see former CCSD93 students excel, and I couldn't be happier for Justin. After the Bears, you can consider me a Chargers fan!
12/13 CCSD93 Board of Education Meeting Recap
The most recent CCSD93 Board of Education meeting was held on December 13. The following occurred at the meeting.
  • Mrs. Gina Lamorte was introduced as Carol Stream School's new Assistant Principal. Here's a photo of her with her husband Alex and her son Gianluca.
  • Mrs. Baumann's class at Roy DeShane appealed to the Board for a new trash receptacle to be installed near the school's playground and the Board approved!
  • Principals from Stratford Middle School, Cloverdale, Elsie Johnson, and Roy DeShane presented their School Improvement Plans to the Board.
  • An auditor from Baker Tilly reviewed with the Board a draft of the Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Audit.
  • There was a report from the 12/4/18 Finance Committee meeting.
  • The Board approved the 2018 Certificate of Tax Levy Resolution.
  • The Board awarded bids for summer 2019 renovations and capital improvement projects, including parking lot replacement at Stratford and roof repairs at Heritage Lakes, Roy DeShane, and Jay Stream Middle School.
  • The Board discussed the 2019-20 CCSD93 school calendar.
  • The Board approved CCSD93 employee and Board member conference expense reports.

Enjoy your weekend!


Bill Shields, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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