Dear Friend of CCSD93,
Jay Stream 8th Graders Explore What it Means to be American
For more than two months, 8th grade students in Mrs. Long and Mr. Ridley's humanities classes as Jay Stream Middle School have sought to answer the essential question: What does it mean to be an American?
They each devised a topic, researched it, completed a written analysis of it, and created an additional project through which they conveyed their topic. Some even interviewed local experts to supplement their research. Yesterday, they presented their work and showcased their learning to parents and staff member guests in the school's Innovation Center.
The students did an outstanding job of sharing their findings on topics including freedom of speech, diversity, resiliency, innovation and civil rights through mediums such as student-created websites, podcasts, infographics, posters, artwork, slideshows, and videos.
I was impressed with how confidently they answered questions from the guests about what they learned, their process for creating their projects, their methods of research and more. It was a truly authentic and relevant learning experience not only for the students, but also for the guests, many of whom walked away with new insights into what it means to be an American. View the video linked here to find out more!
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!
Staff Satisfaction Results Register All Time High
Each year, we give a Satisfaction Survey to CCSD93's parents, students, and staff members. The resulting data is examined by school and district leaders to help us understand what is working well within the district and better target where to focus efforts for improvement.  

This year, our staff registered their highest ever score for Overall Satisfaction with the School Year and came in similarly strong across many of the major categories we track. While I'm thrilled that the work of our dedicated educators has resulted in consistently high satisfaction with CCSD93, this year's data also points towards opportunities for improvement. We're working to address those opportunities to ensure we provide the best education to the children of our community.

See the Quick Glance view of our district-wide Parent Satisfaction Survey scores above!

Find out more about the survey by visiting

Stratford & Jay Stream Girls Basketball Teams Compete at GBN
Yesterday, Stratford and Jay Stream's 7th and 8th grade girls basketball teams faced off at Glenbard North. The 7th graders played in the field house while the 8th graders competed in the gym. It was a terrific opportunity for the students to play under the bright lights of the courts many of them will share as Panthers in the next couple years!
Congrats, Mrs. P., on Earning CCSD93's Personalized Education Certificate 
Congratulations to Carol Stream School 2nd Grade Teacher Shelly Pietrantonio for recently being awarded CCSD93's Personalized Education Certificate!

She's just the ninth CCSD93 to earn the Certificate, which requires participation in 540 hours of CCSD93's Personalized Learning professional development series. Thanks to her tremendous dedication, she's able to provide her students with an even more relevant and personalized education than ever before.

Congratulations, Mrs. P!
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 on 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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Sign Up for Student/Parent/Teacher Spring Conferences Today! 
Spring Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for evenings in early- to mid-March, with specific dates varying by school. All parents are invited to sign up for conferences online between now and noon the day before the conference by visiting this page.

To log in, you can use the credentials you created when scheduling your November Parent-Teacher Conferences from earlier in the school year. In some cases, teachers will contact parents directly to schedule conferences. If you're unsure whether a conference is needed, simply contact your child's teacher.

Children will attend school on conference days. To check for your child's conference dates, please visit your child's school website.

Mark Your Calendar! 
Here are a few important upcoming dates:
  • February 15 - Second trimester ends
  • February 18 - Presidents' Day - no school
  • February 21 - Board of Education meeting at District Office, 7 p.m.
  • February 22 - Report cards sent home:
    • In backpacks with elementary students
    • Mailed to parents of middle school students
2/7 Board of Education Meeting Recap
The most recent CCSD93 Board of Education meeting was held Thursday, February 7. The following occurred at the meeting.
  • The Board reviewed preliminary student assignment and staffing plans for 2019-20.
  • I gave a presentation on multi-age learning in CCSD93.
  • The Board reviewed their revised Board Goals.
  • There was a discussion on polling places in CCSD93.
  • The Board reviewed two revised Board Policies for second reading:
    • 270.01 - Organizational Board Meetings
    • 435 - Transportation
  • The Board approved the 2019-20 CCSD93 school calendar. You can find it linked here!
  • The Board approved a conference expense report.

Enjoy your weekend, and stay warm! 


Bill Shields, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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