Community Consolidated School District 146
The Horizon
January 2019
Dr. Jeff Stawick, Superintendent
From the Superintendent

With the coming of a new year, it is a great time to both reflect on the past and plan for the future. We recognize our students for a great first half of the school year, and congratulate those who went above and beyond and have received awards and accolades.
We also prepare for the future. Not just for final half of the school year, but beyond. We have started updating the District’s strategic plan, which was launched in 2014. You can read more about the strategic planning process below.
Focus groups made up of students, staff, administration, Board Members, and community leaders have been held. In January, we will host a Town Hall Meeting for parents. The purpose of the town hall and the focus groups is to identify themes to include in our strategic plan surveys. You will soon be receiving more information on this event as the date gets closer.
The new Strategic Dashboard is linked to the goals set by the District's strategic plan. You can visit the Dashboard to see the exciting progress that has been made on our goals.
I look forward to sharing more information about the new strategic plan with you in the near future. 


Dr. Jeff Stawick
Student Awards and Accolades
A number of students have already been recognized or received awards during the first half of the school year. Congratulations to these students! We can't wait to see what successes the new year brings! 
Strategically Planning for the Future
District 146 has begun the process of updating its strategic plan which was launched in 2014. Focus groups with students, parents, staff, Board of Education members, and community leaders have already taken place to gather valuable input from all of the District’s stakeholders.
To cast a wider net, the District will also be hosting a Parent Town Hall Meeting on January 15. The goal of the focus groups and town hall is to identify themes to include in a survey that will go out to families and the District 146 community later this winter.
“Effective education requires a commitment from our entire community, and we are excited about this inclusive strategic planning process,” said Dr. Stawick. “The process we use is research-based, which means decisions are based on data rather than intuition. Most importantly, it helps us create the future of our schools in the image our stakeholders desire.”
The current strategic plan includes goals like addressing the whole child, providing targeted professional development for employees, and enhancing communication with stakeholders. The new District Dashboard displays the progress the District has made in achieving the goals set in 2014.
An image of the District 146 Dashboard.
The Board will author the updates to the strategic plan, including new goals, in the spring.
The District is partnering with ECRA Group to conduct the strategic planning process. ECRA Group is an established leader in educational assessment, research, analytics, and strategic planning. 
Ready for Kindergarten
Ready for Kindergarten Classes are available for parents of children from birth to five years old in District 146.
January Class Schedule
Birth to One- January 15, 2019
One to Two- January 16, 2019
Two to Three- January 17, 2019
Three to Four- January 23, 2019
Four to Five- January 24, 2019
All classes are 5:30–6:30 p.m. at Central Middle School, 18146 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park.
For more information or to register, contact Carmen Ford at (708) 614-4547. 
A Business Update
Mr. Jeff Charleston, Director of Business Services/CSBO
Jeff Charleston, Director of Business Services
The Business Office is responsible for managing the financial affairs of the District. This includes budget planning, payroll, purchasing, investing, debt management, financial reporting and insurance.

Our goal is to manage the District’s resources to provide the best education possible while maintaining fiscal responsibility to the taxpayers.

District 146 participates in a number of shared service cooperatives, in which a group of school districts band together in order to achieve purchasing power savings and/or greater levels of service than any individual district can do on its own. The District participates in cooperatives for employee benefits, liability insurance, workers’ compensation, special education, and supply purchasing.  

This year, the District was once again recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association and the Association of School Business Officials for our efforts in Financial Reporting. The District has been recognized by both organizations for more than 20 years.

The District 146 budget reflects a continuing commitment to “Learning for All” and the District’s priorities of small class sizes and full inclusion. The 2018-2019 Budget was approved by the Board of Education at its September meeting. A special public hearing was held prior to the meeting. 

2018-2019 Revenue
Funding the District’s educational programs is achieved with the support of the communities we serve. Property taxes and other local revenues are the primary source of income, amounting to 85% of this year’s budget. The State of Illinois is the source of 10% of District funding, and Federal funding is 5%.  
2018-2019 Expenditures
As with most school districts, salaries and benefits account for the largest categories of expenses. This year the District is using bond proceeds plus accumulated reserves to help pay for the full-day kindergarten building projects.
The full District budget can be found here , along with the budgets and audits for the last 10 years. 
Tag, You're Fit!
The Tag, You're Fit! newsletter, brought to you by the D146 Wellness Committee, is now included in
The Horizon!

Click below to read this quarter's edition!
Alumni Spotlight:
Joe Dela Pena (Kruse, CMS '96)
Joe Dela Pena of Warm Belly Bakery
Photo courtesy of
Upon graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Joe Dela Pena entered the classroom once more, this time as a teacher. While teaching high school English and coaching tennis, he felt something was missing from his life.

That is when Joe decided to seriously pursue his life-long love affair with food, and open Warm Belly Bakery in Chicago. The bakery is cookie-centric with unique flavors like Fluffernutter, Fruity Pebbles, and Peanut Butter and Jelly. Joe is the “Chief Cookie Officer” of the bakery’s two locations in Chicago.

Warm Belly Bakery quickly made its mark in Chicago having been recognized as Chicago Dessert Fest Champion, Top 12 Cookie Bakeries in the Country by Food Network, and Chicago’s Best Cookies by Chicago’s Best TV on WGN. Joe has also been named the March of Dimes Chicago Signature Chef.

We recently spoke with Joe to ask him about his life during and after his time in District 146 schools.

What are some of the highlights of your career?
I have been a Featured Chef at the Taste of Chicago and the James Beard Foundation, in Chicago Gourmet and Forbes Magazine, and on Food Network. I have had the opportunity to cook for some amazing chefs, but what keeps me going is making people happy with my food.

Aside from baking, what brings you joy?
I love trying new restaurants, playing tennis and basketball, rooting for my teams (the White Sox, Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks and Fighting Illini), and spending time with my family and friends. 

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at District 146?
I made the majority of my best friends in life in Mrs. Haverty’s kindergarten class at Kruse.

Where there any staff members who left a lasting impression on you?
The staff at both Kruse and Central always made it completely obvious that they cared deeply for their students. There was definitely a sense of community that made me proud to be a Bear and a Twister! Mrs. Sheehan, Mrs. Hollenbeck, Mrs. Menter, Mr. Beckmann, and Mrs. Zaban really helped me become the person I am today.

Do you have any advice for current students?
Take advantage of all the extracurriculars that District 146 offers. So many friendships are forged and so much more learning occurs outside of the classroom.
Do you know someone to feature in an upcoming Alumni Spotlight? Contact Keegan at .
English Language Classes
Free to the community!
Registration/Pretest Dates:
January 9 and 10
9–11 a.m. and 6–8 p.m.
Administration Center
6611 W. 171st Street, Tinley Park

Contact Joanne Clyde at or (708) 614-4500 for more information.
Softball Superstars
History was once again made at Central Middle School this year, as both the boys and girls softball teams placed first in the Southwest Interscholastic Conference (SWIC) Championship Tournament. 

This is the first tournament championship for the boys team since it was formed. The boys softball team was 3–0 in the tournament and 9–2 in the regular season. The girls softball team, who last took first place in the tournament in 2016, was 11–3 in the tournament and 8–3 in the regular season.
Cami Sinal, the girls softball MVP, had a rally cry for her teammates. “C’mon ladies, one last ride. Let’s give this last game our all and sprint to every ball. Let’s give every at bat, and every play of the game 110%. We aren’t going down with a loss!”
Boys softball team: Nicolas Altobelli, Johnny Berry, Aidan Brennan, Charles Chaffee, Tyler Ciolkosz, Daniel Coughlin, Anthony Czerwiec, Alex Day, Brandon Dirks, Nicholas Gagen, Ryan Le, Cody Lutchen, Carter Mosel, Tyler Ortiz, Logan Randle, Cole Van Assen, Michael Vesely, John Wendling, Luke Zbonski, and Coach Eric Jacobs.
Girls Softball team: Melanie Andrysiak, Madison Cox, Brenna Dunlap, Jenna Hughes, Maggie Kinsella, Megan Kirnbauer, Madison Kisel, Emily Korduplewski, Maddie Lapinski, Caidence Meadors, Megan Piotrowski, Lindsey Reilly, Cameron Sinal, Madison Vrastil, and Coach Jennifer Murdock-Barriball.
Construction is ongoing at all of our elementary schools! Please be cautious while in work areas.

Click below to follow the process of District construction projects.
Upcoming Events

10: District Spelling Bee
14: Board of Education Meeting
15: Ready for Kindergarten
15: Strategic Plan Parent Town Hall
16: Ready for Kindergarten
17: Ready for Kindergarten
17: Robert Crown Parent Meetings
17: Beginning Band Demonstration
21: NO SCHOOL- Martin Luther King, Jr.
24: Ready for Kindergarten

8: Early Learning Screening
9: IGSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest
11: Board of Education Meeting
12: District Math Challenge
13: Coffee with the Superintendent
15: NO SCHOOL- Institute Day
18: NO SCHOOL- Presidents Day
21: Early Learning Family Education Night
21: Math Challenge Awards
22: End of Trimester 2
23: Music-a-Thon

4: NO SCHOOL- Pulaski Day
9: IGSMA Organization Contest
11: Board of Education Meeting
18: District Choral and Fine Arts Festival
25: Spring Break Begins
Our Schools

18146 S. Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 614-4510

6535 W. Victoria Drive
Oak Forest, IL 60452
(708) 614-4520

6601 W. 171st Street
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 614-4525

7617 W. Hemlock Drive
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 614-4530 

6701 W. 179th Street
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 614-4535
Board of Education

John Malloy

Dean Casper
Vice President

Darcy Nendza

Vince Aiello

Julie Berry

Julie Jackson

Rick Lloyd

Dr. Jeff Stawick

Mrs. Nancy Schwab
Director of Curriculum

Dr. Princy Abraham
Director of Student Services

Mr. Vern Bettis
Director of Technology

Mr. Jeff Charleston
Director of Business Services/CSBO

Mrs. Joanne Clyde
Director of Bilingual Education

Mr. Matt Shanahan
Director of Buildings and Grounds
Community Consolidated School District 146
Phone 708-614-4500 | Fax 708-614-8992