Dear Friend of CCSD93,
CCSD93 Bands Display Skills at Winter Concerts 
This week, Jay Stream and Stratford's Bands hosted winter concerts, and last week, 5th grade Band students from all CCSD93 schools played a show together at Stratford.

The 5th grade concert was originally planned as two separate shows the week prior but needed to be rescheduled to a single concert because of the weather. The unique circumstances made it the biggest combined 5th grade band in CCSD93 history!

At all three shows, the level of student skill on display was truly impressive. CCSD93's School Board has long prioritized providing well rounded educational opportunities for  
students, including a strong commitment to the arts, and the students' abilities really speak to the value of such offerings. I thank Band Directors Mrs. Amy Dandeles, Mrs. Sherri Steinke, and Mrs. Cathrine Savino for giving our students a terrific musical foundation upon which to build and grow.
Elementary Student Overall Satisfaction High, Targeted Opportunities for Improvement Identified
Each year, we give a Satisfaction Survey to CCSD93's parents, students, and staff members. The resulting data is examined by district leaders to help us understand what is working well within the district and better target where to focus efforts for improvement. On a school level, Building Leadership Teams and principals examine the data, and it's used as an integral component within School Improvement Plans.

This year, our elementary students registered a strong score for Overall Satisfaction with the School Year, on a similar level to scores in this overarching category in recent years. We also saw consistently high scores in how they rated their Main Teacher and their Principal. We did, however, observe dips in elementary student ratings for School Atmosphere and Equipment & Facilities. While this year's ratings in these categories are by no means low, as you can see by the ratings and the scale in the Elementary Student Satisfaction Survey Quick Glance image above, we are seeking to determine a root cause of these downward trends and implement action plans to reverse them.

Identifying key areas and opportunities for improvement is exactly why we perform the the Satisfaction Survey each year, and why we are grateful for each parent, student, and staff member for taking the time to give us feedback.  

Find out more about the Satisfaction Survey by visiting
Learn About Heritage Lakes Paraprofessional  
Lisa Sopiarz in CCSD93 in 93 Seconds!
Lisa Sopiarz works as a paraprofessional in the Heritage Lakes School Innovation Center. She's one of 700 employees who make   CCSD93  a terrific place for our community's preschool through 8th grade students to learn and grow.

Get to know Lisa, including what upcoming project at Heritage Lakes she's excited for, by clicking the above image to view the latest CCSD93 in 93 Seconds!
Save the Date for  
CCSD93 Innovation Summer Camp! 
This summer, CCSD93 will offer Innovation Summer Camp for incoming 2nd-8th graders the week of June 17-21, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

The camp, formerly known as STEM Summer Camp, will offer students terrific hands-on opportunities to create, innovate, invent, code, and work with robotics and within the field of visual arts.
Save the date and look for more info soon!
Register Your Child for Kindergarten 2/19 
Do you have a child who will be entering kindergarten next school year or know anyone who does? CCSD93 will hold Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-20 school year this Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Registration will take place at all CCSD93 elementary schools. To enter kindergarten in the fall of 2019, children must be five years old on or before September 1, 2019.

For more information on Kindergarten Registration, visit !

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2nd Trimester Ended Today, Report Cards Coming Next Week 
It's hard to believe we're 2/3 of the way through the school year, but the second trimester concluded today. Report cards will be sent home on February 22 with elementary students in their backpacks and mailed home to middle school parents.
2/21 Board of Education Meeting Preview
CCSD93's next Board of Education meeting will be held Thursday, February 21 at 7 p.m. 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 for Sportsmanship Award winners at Jay Stream and Stratford from the boys basketball, cheerleading, and wrestling seasons.
  • There will be an update on CCSD93's Dual Language program from Director of English Language Services Tom Doyle and Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning & Innovation Dr. Marie Hoffmann.
  • There will be two revised Board Policies for first reading:
    • 105 - Mission Statement
    • 625 - Curriculum Content
  • There will be a report from the February 19 Finance Committee meeting.
  • The Board will vote on the approval of the 2019-20 Budget Preparation Calendar.
No School Monday, 2/18 
As a reminder, there will be no school this Monday, February 18, as we celebrate Presidents' Day.

Have a wonderful weekend! 


Bill Shields, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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