Dear Friend of CCSD93,
Students Focus on Computer Science as #D93Codes
This week, students at all CCSD93 schools took on coding activities as part of Hour of Code, a worldwide movement this week, which is designed to teach students the basics of coding and expose them further to the field of computer science as a potential future career opportunity.

Our students are coding not only this week, but throughout the year, as our new Strategic Plan places a greater emphasis on computer science as part of Strategic Goal 1: A Relevant Education for All Students. Below are a few photos of coding throughout CCSD93.
Click the image below for a video about Western Trails students teaching each other how to program actions of small robots called Ozobots. You can also find a compilation of tweets from throughout CCSD93 about coding this week by visiting this webpage!

Western Trails Hour Of Code
Western Trails Hour Of Code

Middle School Students Learn About Careers... 
& More!
This week, 7th graders at Stratford got to learn about various career opportunities during Career Day! The event was put on in partnership with Junior Achievement and gave students exposure to a variety of fields to help spark further interest in what they'd like to do when they are older. Jay Stream students will have a similar opportunity next month. School Board President Keith Briggs served as keynote speaker, emphasizing the value of the day's opportunities.

Mr. Briggs and I also had the chance to celebrate this month's 7th grade Stallion Standouts, who earned recognition for being respectful and responsible students, and got to visit the school's technology-rich morning announcement production studio. Here are images the day at Stratford.
Please Take CCSD93's Satisfaction Survey
We ask parents to take our annual Satisfaction Survey between now by December 19. You were sent a phone call, email, and text message about it on Monday.

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!
Parents Invited to Free 3-Part Program
Interested in learning age appropriate methods for holding close conversations with, sharing experiences with, and setting boundaries for your child? We've collaborated with the Changing Children's Worlds Foundation on a program series that's free for our parents learn helpful tools and techniques. View this image for more information.
12/13 CCSD93 Board of Education Mtg. Preview
The next CCSD93 Board of Education meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 13 at CCSD93's District Office, 230 Covington Drive in Bloomingdale. The Board will immediately go into closed session, and then will have an open meeting for the public at 7 p.m. All community members are invited to attend at 7 p.m. The following are among the agenda items.
  • Principals from Stratford Middle School, Cloverdale, Elsie Johnson, and Roy DeShan will present their School Improvement Plans to the Board.
  • Representatives from Baker Tilly will review with the Board the results of the Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Audit.
  • There will be a report from the December 4, 2018 Finance Committee meeting.
  • The Board will review and vote on the approval of the 2018 Certificate of Tax Levy Resolution.
  • The Board will award 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 will discuss 2019-20 CCSD93 school calendar
  • The Board will vote on the approval of CCSD93 employee and Board member conference expense reports.
Flags Flown at Half Mast This Week to Honor President Bush
This week our flags were flown at half mast to honor George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, who passed last Friday.
Remembering Pearl Harbor
Today is the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the day that will live in infamy. Many of our students received lessons on the significance of this day, how it directly led to the U.S. entry into World War II, and how this solemn occasion changed the course of history for the entire world.

Have a terrific weekend!


Bill Shields, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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