Dear Friend of CCSD93,
CCSD93 Gains International Attention for Personalized Learning & Innovative Teaching
On Wednesday, CCSD93 was honored to host 22 educator delegates from Guangzhou, China through the 21st Century Institute's Educational Ambassador Program! The group, who are mostly principals, knew of CCSD93's reputation for providing a personalized education for students and came to learn more. After speaking with district administrators and Board members, they visited Carol Stream School and Stratford Middle School. Students were thrilled to share what and how they learn with our guests, as the delegation observed Stratford's Creative Communicative & Innovative Arts class, Coding class, STEM Wing, Innovation Center, Mandarin Chinese class and more; as well as Carol Stream's grade level classes, Art class, Music class, and its Innovation Center.
The district was humbled to receive gifts of personalized scrolls, yue silk flowers from Guangzhou and handmade gifts from the guests' elementary students. We hope to continue a global collaborative relationship with the educators by connecting our students with theirs!

Check out this video of CCSD93 students explaining to our guests via interpreter how they've coded a drone.

CCSD93 Students Show Delegates from Guangzhou, China Coding Skills
CCSD93 Students Show Delegates from Guangzhou, China Their Coding Skills

For more photos from the visit, view our Facebook page!
See CCSD93's Personalized  
Teaching & Learning in Action
While we can describe what personalized learning is, a better way to understand it is to see it in action. Check out this video to learn more about the personalized educational experiences CCSD93 students receive every day!   
CCSD93: Personalizing Education for Students
CCSD93: Personalizing Education for Students
Congratulations to the Newest Recipients of CCSD93's Personalized Education Certificate!
I congratulate Heritage Lakes 4/5 Magnet Teacher Laura Gehrke, Cloverdale Music Teacher Lesley Klappauf, and Stratford 8th Grade Teacher Kathy Nikides for receiving CCSD93's Personalized Education Certificate!

Each earned the Certificate by completing 36 in-house/graduate semester hours, which in actuality took 540 hours apiece, in CCSD93's Personalized Learning professional development series. In their journeys, each has transformed her instruction and approach to instruction.

Mrs. Gehrke, Miss Klappauf, and Mrs. Nikides have exemplified the very best in personalized instruction. Their achievements are exactly why we developed the Personalized Education Certificate in the first place. Their students have and will continue to benefit greatly from their efforts.

Yesterday CCSD93 Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning & Innovation Dr. Marie Hoffmann and I presented each with a plaque for her achievement. Congratulations!
Congratulations Mrs. Nikides!
Congratulations Mrs. Gehrke!
Congratulations Miss Klappauf!
Jay Stream 8th Graders Experience Engaging Biology Lesson at Fermilab
8th grade students from Jay Stream Middle School visited Fermilab in Batavia yesterday. They learned about the history of the Illinois prairie, studied ponds and bison firsthand, and swept the lab's prairie area with hand nets on a quest for bugs to study. What a terrific hands-on opportunity for students to apply what they've been learning in the classroom and interact with the natural environment!
Elementary Parents Invited to Math Info Nights
CCSD93's elementary classrooms are in the process of implementing new resources to better teach mathematics. During the month of September, each CCSD93 elementary school will hold a 30-minute Math Info Night for parents to learn key information about the new resources. CCSD93 curriculum specialists will share details about the changes, tips on how parents can help students with math, and answer parent questions. Please attend! See the image above for details.
You're Invited to Taste of Bloomingdale:
50 Men Who Cook & Divas Who Dish Event on 9/15
Do you want to enjoy some delicious samples of meals cooked and served by community leaders? 50 Men Who Cook & Divas Who Dish is just the place for you. It's a wonderful community event hosted by the Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce where prominent men and women from our local communities put their cooking skills on display to raise money for schools, including Stratford Middle School and the CCSD93 Early Childhood Center.

I invite you to attend! If you do, you'll be able to enjoy:
  • Raffles
  • Musical entertainment
  • Delicious home-cooked entries by the likes of Stratford Principal Patrick Dawson and former CCSD93 Board Member Dick Boyer, as well as many more community leaders!

The event will be held 6-8 p.m. Saturday, September 15 at Stratford Square Mall in outdoor event tents! Check out this website for more info and to buy tickets.
9/13 Board of Education Meeting Recap
The most recent CCSD93 Board of Education meeting was held yesterday. The following occurred at the meeting. 
  • Coaches of the Run Like a Girl Club presented and spoke briefly about their club, extending an invitation to the Board to attend their celebratory race on October 25 at Jay Stream Middle School.
  • The Finance Committee provided a recap of the September 4 Finance Committee meeting.
  • There was a public hearing and adoption of the 2018-19 Budget.
  • There was a Tax Appeal Resolution to reconfirm authorization of the law firm of Canna & Canna to represent CCSD93 in tax appeals.
  • CCSD93 Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Cathy Brennan presented to the Board on safety drills that the district's schools implement throughout the school year to be prepared in the time of crisis.
  • CCSD93 Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Dr. Crysta Morrissey reviewed how CCSD93 develops 504 Plans for students with special needs under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • The Board reviewed bids and chose a contractor to replace the intercom system at Stratford Middle School.
  • There were three Revised Board Policies for 2nd Reading. They were:
    • Policy 710.07 - Student Appearance
    • Policy 715.11 - Unsafe School Choice Option
    • Policy 720.13 - Accidents & Injuries

Have a terrific weekend!


Bill Shields, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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