Dear Friend of CCSD93,
Stratford Student-Penned Novels Enter Circulation at School's Innovation Center
Twenty novels and novellas written, published, and designed by Stratford student authors are entering circulation in the school's Innovation Center for classmates and future students to enjoy for years to come!

The books are the result of student participation in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an annual event in November where thousands of teens and adults throughout the U.S. set out to write novels in 30 days.
Under the guidance of 8th grade science and English language arts teacher Ms. Katie Burrows, and with resources from the Young Writers Program nonprofit group, several ELA students and 6th-8th graders in the school's NaNoWriMo Club developed story ideas, set word count goals for novels, and began writing. They took part in writing exercises, including a "Night of Writing Dangerously" at the school where club members hung out into the evening working on their pieces.
By the time November ended, the students had collectively written a total of 308,615 words, with individual student output ranging from 5,000 to 95,000 words. Each of the 20 students who produced a tangible, published book not only created his or her story and content, but they also designed their book's cover art. Along their journeys, participating students developed their writing voices, learned lessons in perseverance, and improved their abilities.
What a terrific, real world opportunity for these students! It aligns directly to our first Strategic Plan Goal: Provide a Relevant Education for All Students.

Find out more about the school's NaNoWriMo project by clicking the image below to watch a video about it! You can also find profiles on the students' novels on the Stratford's NaNoWriMo Club Twitter feed here!
Attend Jay Stream's Production of Lion King Jr. on 4/26 & 4/27
Next week, Jay Stream Middle School students will put on the musical Lion King Jr.!  You're invited to attend any of the following free showtimes to see our young actors tell the tale of Simba, Nala, Timon, Pumbaa and more.
  • Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m.
Consider Donating to  
Community-Wide Food Drive by 4/26 
Next week, all CCSD93 schools and our District Office will continue to collect food for the 10th annual Community-Wide Food Drive, sponsored Rotary Club of Carol Stream. If you're able, please consider donating any of the items listed in the image above. They'll be donated to local food banks that serve families within all of CCSD93's communities. For even more donation ideas, you can view this flyer. We'll be collecting through April 26!
4/25 Board of Education Meeting Preview 
The next CCSD93 Board of Education meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at CCSD93's District Office, 230 Covington Drive in Bloomingdale. All community members are invited to attend. The following are among the agenda items.
  • The Board will accept the results of the canvass of the April 2, 2019 election.
  • The Board will seat incumbent Board members Sonal Amin and Keith Briggs, along with returning Board member Rogelio Orozco who was elected as a write in candidate.
  • There will be a recognition for retiring Board member Sean McQuade for his eight years of dedicated service. I will include more about my appreciation for Mr. McQuade's commitment to the district in next week's Enews.
  • The Board will elect their permanent officers.
  • There will be a performance by CCSD93's Orchestra.
  • The Superintendent's Student Advisory Council will present on their work on time capsule projects.
  • There will be a Finance Committee meeting report from the April 16, 2019 Finance Committee meeting.
  • The Board will vote on proceeding to seek bids on interior cameras at Jay Stream Middle School.
  • There will be a review CCSD93's job descriptions.
  • The Board will vote on the approval of employee and Board member conference expenditures.
  • The final day of the 2018-19 school year will officially be set.

Have a terrific weekend!


Bill Shields, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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