An update from 
Community Consolidated
School District 15

September 27, 2017


TOUCHSCREEN CHROMEBOOK PILOT LAUNCHED FOR GRADES K-5

After a successful launch of 1:1 Chromebooks for students in grades 6-8, the District 15 Department of Instruction is now working on a technology initiative for our younger learners.
 
Beginning this fall, a touchscreen Chromebook pilot will be launched at six elementary schools for students in grades K-5. Each of the pilot schools will receive 30 touchscreen Chromebooks to use this year. Through the pilot, the district will be comparing this device's ability to enhance teaching and learning to the Apple iPad, which is the device currently used in our elementary school buildings. The intention of the pilot is to evaluate the devices in a shared environment, as this is how they will be used moving forward.
 
At the conclusion of the pilot period, a voluntary survey will be given to students, teachers and administrators to evaluate the devices in several key areas, including ease of use, instructional compatibility and overall maintenance. In the spring of 2018, a recommendation will be made to the Board of Education as to which device to purchase for students in grades K-5 for the 2018-19 school year.
 
Schools participating in the pilot include Frank C. Whiteley, Jane Addams, Lincoln, Marion Jordan, Willow Bend and Winston Campus Elementary. More information will be shared with the community as the pilot progresses and surveys are collected.

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NEW SCHOOL BUS TRACKING APP FOR PARENTS

We are pleased to launch a new bus tracking system for parents that allows them to see an estimated time of arrival for their child's school bus.
 
Versatrans My Stop GPS Parent Portal system is now available to CCSD15 parents at no cost. Parents can also download the app for free through the Apple or Android marketplaces.
 
To access My Stop, click here. Your user name is your student's ID number, and password is your student's eight-digit birthdate (Example birthdate: 02102004). If you have multiple children in the district, you can login using any of your children's information to access bus tracking for your entire family. To find your child's student ID number, log into Tyler SIS and click on the "family data" tab.

SOS: SIGNS OF SUICIDE PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT

District 15 is offering a free parent education night on understanding the signs of suicide in teenagers. This event will be held Thursday, Oct. 5 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Walter R. Sundling Junior High Theater. Intended for parents of students in 7th and 8th grades, those in attendance will hear from District 15 Social Work Coordinator Paul Budin, L.C.S.W., and staff members from area mental health agencies. Spanish translation will be available. Free transportation is provided from Partners for Our Communities, Edgebrook and PNRC from 6:30 to 6:45 p.m. Buses will return to these locations at 8:30 p.m.

YOU'RE INVITED: TOWN HALL MEETING OCT. 2

The public is invited to attend a town hall meeting Monday, Oct. 2 at Carl Sandburg Junior High School. Organized by OurD15Voice in partnership with District 15, the meeting will focus on the Village of Schaumburg Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District at E. Algonquin and Meacham Roads on the former Motorola property. The event begins at 7 p.m.
 
Tax increment financing is a public financing method used as a subsidy for redevelopment of blighted properties. A TIF district reallocates funds from property taxes to encourage investment within the district. TIFs significantly reduce allocations to taxing bodies like school districts for up to 23 years. 
 
Representatives from District 15 will be present at the forum to discuss what is known about the proposed property and to discuss specifics regarding school district financing and TIF districts in general. The public is invited to attend the meeting and ask questions related to the subject.
 
OurD15Voice is an independent group formed in 2017 to enhance engagement between the District 15 stakeholders, Board of Education and administration. To follow them on Facebook, click here.

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ANNUAL FOUNDATION VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT SET FOR NOV. 4

Get ready to serve, set, spike! The fifth-annual District 15 staff volleyball tournament hosted by the one-five Foundation  is quickly approaching on Saturday, Nov. 4.

The popular event is a fundraising effort for the foundation,  which supports educational initiatives for District 15 schools and classrooms. Each year, staff members from across the district come together to form teams and participate in the exciting tournament, held in the Winston Campus Junior High and Elementary School gymnasiums.

The spirit of a sports tournament brings the community together to celebrate sport, healthy competition and fun. Money generated from the event will continue to support foundation mini-grants and other educational initiatives throughout the district. Awards will be granted for various categories, to be used at the discretion of their school administration  and staff.

Entry fee to watch the competition is $1 per person. The tournament will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

KEEP UP WITH DAILY HAPPENINGS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Keep up with the daily happenings across the district by following us on Facebook and Twitter

Photos, videos and stories are posted frequently each week to showcase what is happening in our schools and inform the community of important information. Beginning next week, District 15 will introduce weekly live Facebook video broadcasts on a variety of topics. 

The first live show will be Monday, Oct. 2 at 12 noon on the topic of instructional technology. Feel free to ask questions during the broadcast and some will be answered live on the air. We hope to see you online! 
Morgan Delack
Chief Communication Officer
(847) 963-3204
Delackm@ccsd15.net