An update from 
Community Consolidated
School District 15

December 11, 2017


COMING SOON:
NEW WEBSITE, COMMUNICATION TOOLS

Coming this winter, District 15 will launch a new website, mobile app and mass notifications system.

The improved website and additional communications tools are currently in the development process, with an anticipated launch in late January. The new website has been carefully designed to provide improved accessibility, engagement and ease of use to District 15 stakeholders. Additional information on how to use the new communications tools will be shared with the community in the coming weeks. 

In order for families to receive important information from the district, we must have current contact information on file. Please log into the Parent Portal to ensure the contact information we have is accurate. This includes email address, home phone number, cell phone number and mailing address. The improved mass notifications system includes the ability to text message parents as needed. Please include your cell phone number in the parent portal system. 

SPECIAL OLYMPICS ATHLETE EARNS SECOND PLACE AT REGIONAL EVENT

Congratulations to District 15 Special Olympics athlete Max H. for earning second place in the individual basketball skills competition at the Illinois Regional event this weekend. 

Max is pictured to the right posing with his medal and with his coaches Katie Eckberg and Emily Draffkorn

D15 STAFF PRESENT AT STATE CONFERENCE 

Several District 15 educators were selected to present at the Illinois Conference for Teachers Serving Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Students in Oak Brook last week. 

Central Road bilingual teachers Cynthia Torres and Megan Schellinger's session was titled, "Using Dictation to Teach Biliteracy." During the session, they discussed how to use the strategy of dictation to improve reading, writing, and spelling in a biliterate classroom, how diction strengthens students' oral skills in two languages, and materials to start using dictation immediately in your classroom. 

Jane Addams English as a second language teacher Gabrielle Devlin and Jane Addams 4th grade teacher Shemka Muareni also presented at the conference. Their topic was titled, "It's All Connected! Social Emotional Needs and Language Development." 

Devlin and Muareni discussed how social emotional needs influence second language acquisition, a ddressing social emotional needs of language learners and s trategies to connect content and language. 

HONOR A STAFF MEMBER WITH A HOLIDAY TRIBUTE

Honor your child's teacher or valued school staff member this holiday season with a one-five Foundation Staff Tribute. A donation in his or her name to the one-five Foundation provides a meaningful way to tell staff members they are appreciated. The one-five Foundation funds projects that enhance learning in District 15 classrooms. Orders are due this week. 

Honorees will receive personalized seasonal cards to commemorate your donation. Cards will be delivered to all schools, and honorees will be recognized on the one-five Foundation's website.
Fill out the  Foundation's Staff Tribute form to purchase a holiday tribute. 


HOW ARE WE DOING? TAKE THE 5ESSENTIALS QUESTIONNAIRE

How does your school rank according to the Illinois 5Essentials questionnaire? This is your opportunity to evaluate your school according to five areas, including but not limited to instructional climate, homework policies and quality of facilities. Fill out your online survey through Jan. 18.

The results from this survey will become part of each school's public Illinois School Report Card. The data is also used periodically by media outlets as part of national and state school rankings. 

PLEASE NOTE: District 15 is located in Cook County, so please select "Cook" from the county drop-down list. 


TUNE IN FOR D15 LIVE FACEBOOKS CHATS 

Launched this fall, District 15 hosts bi-weekly live Facebook talk shows on a variety of topics of interest in the district. The Dec. 6 show featured music education and curriculum and showcased live performances from the Walter Sundling Jazz Band and Virginia Lake Chorus. Viewers are invited to ask questions during the 30-minute broadcast. The show guests will answer those questions live on Facebook. 

Like our Facebook page to receive notifications and updates regarding upcoming District 15 Live Chats, and to watch archived shows from your computer or phone. 
Morgan Delack
Chief Communication Officer
(847) 963-3204
Delackm@ccsd15.net