Dear Friend of CCSD93,
Jazz Bands Put on a Show for Local Retirees! 
Yesterday, members of the Stratford and Jay Stream middle school jazz bands played a 30-minute concert for residents at Windsor Park Retirement Community. For students it was a terrific opportunity to gain a relevant educational experience of playing for an authentic audience within the community. For residents it was a delightful chance to hear the talented younger generation in a convenient setting.

I was able to attend, and the musicians, audience, and setting were tremendous! Click the image below for a quick video on it.
Targeted Opportunities for Improvement Identified from CCSD93 Middle School Satisfaction Surveys
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 middle school students registered consistently high scores for many of their teachers. We did, however, observe dips in middle school student ratings across several categories, including School Atmosphere, Environmentalism, and Overall Satisfaction. While most of this year's ratings in these categories are by no means low, as you can see by the ratings and the scale in the Middle School 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 .
8th Graders Invited to Purchase MacBook Laptop!
CCSD93's Board of Education has once again approved the sale of District-owned MacBook Air laptop computers to graduating 8th grade students for $200. An order form will be sent to all parents of 8th graders on Monday.

If you have an 8th grade student and would like to purchase one, please complete the order form and return them with payment to your child's middle school or the CCSD93 District Office. If needed, you can obtain a new copy of the form at your child's school. Please pay close attention to the order form for due date(s)!

This offer is only available to graduating 8th grade students.
CCSD93 Innovation Summer Camp (Formerly STEM Camp) Registration Coming Soon! 
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. Save the date!

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. It'll be just $45 and includes a t-shirt. We're putting the finishing touches on our registration, so look for more info in the next couple of weeks! In the meantime, find out more about the courses here
Spring Assessment Info Sent to Parents Today
Today, CCSD93 Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning & Innovation Dr. Marie Hoffmann emailed a letter to all parents of 2nd through 8th grade students informing them about various spring assessments, including the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) for grades 2, 4, and 6; the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) for grades 5 and 8; and the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) for grades 3-8. You can find the information here.
3/14 Board of Education Meeting Preview 
The next CCSD93 Board of Education meeting will be held at Roy DeShane School (475 Chippewa Trail, Carol Stream, IL 60188) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. Before the meeting, at 6:45 p.m., we'll hold a Board Listening Post, which is a time when community members are welcome to stop in and speak face-to-face with a Board member. All community members are invited to attend the meeting. The following are among the agenda items.
  • There will be a Board Salute for Buildings and Grounds workers who came in during the extreme weather conditions that shut down our schools earlier this winter.
  • Roy DeShane students will present to the Board.
  • Architects from ARCON Associates will be there to discuss the Jay Stream STEM Wing project. They'll review plans and answer question, and the Board will take action on whether or not to proceed with the project.
  • The Board will review the number of registrants at each elementary school from Kindergarten Registration.
  • The Board will vote on the approval of the 2019 Apple lease agreement.
  • The Board will vote on the approval of a contract extension for First Student, the district's bus provider, for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years.
  • The Board will vote on the approval of two employee conference expense reports.
No School Friday, 3/15 
As a reminder, there will be no school next Friday, March 15.
Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday - Set Clocks Ahead!
Don't forget, Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 10 at 2 a.m. Set your clocks forward one hour!

Enjoy your weekend!


Bill Shields, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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