Community Consolidated School District 146
The Horizon
From the Superintendent

As the school year came to a close, we celebrated a year of learning, achievements, and fun. From academics and sports, to spelling bees and the math challenge, District 146 students have made us all very proud this year.

The end of the school year is also bittersweet as another fantastic class graduates from Central Middle School. This year, 249 students graduated from CMS. Many have held leadership positions, won awards, and taken part in numerous activities.

All of the graduates have made us proud and we congratulate them and wish them all the best in their futures. They have all done their part to make CMS an top-notch school.

We also said goodbye to nine staff members retiring this year. Their positive interactions with students will assuredly be remembered for years to come. The District and its students and families appreciate the years of learning and service provided by these outgoing staff members.

Although we are celebrating the achievements of one school year, the District is also gearing up for the new one. Registrations are underway and curriculum is being updated and planned. We look forward to the excitement that the 2017-2018 school year will bring and can’t wait to see our students again in August.

I wish you all a happy and relaxing summer break.

Dr. Jeff Stawick

CMS Class of 2017
Congratulations to the 2017 Central Middle School Graduates!

Your achievements and success have made us proud! Best of luck in all of your future endeavors!  

District Students Go for the Gold!
District 146 students became Olympians as the District introduced the D146 Olympics this spring. Similar to the Special Olympics, the program at District 146 aims to create an inclusive environment that promotes student engagement in physical activities.

“The participants of D146 Olympics are students with disabilities who may not have the ability to fully participate in games or events without assistance or modifications,” said Margi Stombeck, CMS learning behavior specialist. “We wanted to create an event that would allow all students to celebrate their talents.”

The events at the inaugural CMS Olympics included a walk/sprint, a soccer kick, bowling, an obstacle course, and baseball. Students from all grade levels across the District participated.

CMS student leaders partnered with the athletes to provide assistance and encouragement. District staff were also on hand to facilitate the activities.

“We really wanted students to walk away from this experience feeling awesome about themselves,” said Strombeck. “They were able to celebrate their uniqueness while interacting with their peers and having a great time!”

2017-2018  Registration

Registration for all students is now open. 

If you wish to register your returning student and received a snapcode in the mail,  click here. Snapcodes will be active until June 30. 

If you wish to register a student new to the District, you can complete the online registration forms available here.

For registration information, contact  Karen Jemilo at (708) 614-4500 or visit

New Learning Standards, New Resources, New Opportunities for Learning
Nancy Schwab, Director of Curriculum and Staff Development

Exciting things are happening in science classrooms across the District! To align with the new learning standards adopted by Illinois, District 146 has recently updated its science curriculum. 

The complexity of the new standards supports rigorous thinking, practice, and collaboration on the part of students. Our elementary teachers have selected Interactive Science as a resource to support student learning in our elementary schools. It provides guided instruction, practice, and experimentation to support our young scientists.

Whether a kindergarten student is exploring matter through classification and changes in matter, or a fifth grader is observing and noting the life cycle of a painted lady butterfly in the classroom, the Interactive Science resource is a great tool.

Middle school students are also experiencing the new science standards through many ideas that engage the mind. Our middle school is an active lab of inquiry learning, a focus on questioning why, how, and what. Students tackle the problem of the invasive Asian Carp in our Illinois waterways, or design a robotic solution to a problem using KNEX. Many units of study are designed from problems and questions encountered by students in their lives. 

STEAM is a piece of study that connects learning from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. STEAM is the combined study of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Our teachers focus on relevant topics, questions, and interests of our students to incorporate STEAM study. While incorporating STEAM learning, our science teachers have discovered it is of great interest to our students. 

Schools extend learning in STEAM by offering robotics, coding, design, experimentation, and discovery experiences through our media centers, art classrooms, and accessible STEAM resources in the classroom. It is not unusual to see groups of students working together on a GoBot creation, writing code, or digging deeper to find additional information about a topic they find fascinating. 

These new learning standards are modeled after the Next Generation Science Standards and fall under the disciplines of: physical sciences, life sciences and earth and space science.

The standards are focused upon three areas:

  • Disciplinary core ideas are the topics studied in a unit, including natural resources, force and motion, and energy.
  • Cross cutting concepts are applied across all disciplines such as patterns, and cause and effect.
  • Science and engineering practices guide a student to interact with science as a scientist would in the field, analyzing data, changing a variable to observe the impact, engaging in argument from evidence, and using mathematical thinking to illustrate results or problems.

It is easy to see why science is alive and engaging for students in District 146.

Student Achievements
Congratulations to the District 146 students and teams who have received awards and recognition during the last half of the school year!

Everyone at District 146 is proud of your hard work and accomplishments!

Alumni Spotlight
Sophia Jablonski

Although she is only a junior in high school, Sophia Jablonski (CMS '14) has already broken many barriers and has no plans to slow down. Sophia, who has cerebral palsy, pushes herself to accomplish everything she puts her mind to and has done a great job in achieving her goals.

Sophia takes piano and ballet lessons and has performed with the Joffrey Ballet. She was also the only cheerleader at CMS who was in a wheelchair. While attending Kruse, she became interested in bowling and later joined the Bowling Team at CMS.

She has continued her bowling career at Sandburg High School where she recently made history by becoming the first female Wheelchair Division State Champion. Although the Division has been offered since 2014, no other students had entered it until this year.

On the heels of her most recent accomplishment, District 146 reconnected with Sophia to chat about all of her achievements and her time at Kruse and CMS.

Can you recap the championship game?
I was so excited to be bowling in a State Championship game. It didn't seem real. I was so excited when I won the first game, then I lost the second game and I got worried, but I was still very excited with everyone cheering me on. I came back and won the final game that got me the championship win. I was so happy I almost flew out of my chair. It was unbelievable!

What was your first reaction upon winning the State Bowling Championship?
I was very shocked and couldn't believe what I had accomplished. All I wanted to do was have fun and bowl, and here I won First Place in the State Bowling Wheelchair Division. WOW it was amazing!

What is your highest score?
I rolled a 459 in four games in the Andrew Sectional and qualified to bowl in the State Championship game. That is where I became the first female Wheelchair Division State Champion in history. I hope this shows other wheelchair kids that bowling is something they can do.

What is your favorite memory from Kruse or CMS?
A favorite memory of mine from Kruse was my fourth grade teacher, Ms. Smola. She was very kind and patient. One time I was very frustrated and she took the time to put me on her lap and comfort me with encouraging words. I thought that was very sweet of her to do. At Central, I remember being in cheerleading. I learned different cheers, made friends, and watched the cheerleaders do stunts around my chair. I got to really use my loud voice and my arms. It made me feel included and proud to cheer on my school.

How did you get involved in cheerleading?
Everyone at Central as so supportive with having kids get involved in clubs and activities. The cheerleading coach told me if I could memorize the cheers and use the pompoms, I could be on cheerleading. I was the only special needs girl in a wheelchair on the cheerleading squad for the CMS basketball games. All of the other girls who were in cheerleading where so good to me and didn't treat me any different. It was great to be given the opportunity to do what the other girls were doing and Central gave me that opportunity.I loved all the three years at CMS. It was like a family. All of the teachers where so good and I learned so much.

Aside from bowling, what are some of your hobbies?
Even though I really like bowling and wouldn't mind doing it every day, I do like all kinds of other sports. I feel nothing can stop me from at least trying.  I really like hockey and I love the Blackhawks. I play goalie outside in my driveway with my friends; I even hold the stick and block. It's the best feeling to challenge myself. I also play baseball with the Miracle League of Joliet. My other enjoyment is music. I can play the piano and sing. I memorize lyrics and try my best to make it my own. I also helped start a ballet class for kids with disabilities. I even performed with the Joffery Ballet. I really believe you can do anything if you put your mind to it, even with a disability.

Who do you most look up to and why?
My Mom is a person not only that I rely on, but she is also a great woman who loves to help others. She has taught me good social skills, ethics, and how to keep going on in spite of obstacles and things that happen in life that we have no control over. My mom looks at every day as a gift from God and we pray and hope each day is a learning experience. She always puts my sister, Stephanie, and I ahead of herself and she always attends all of our activities. She has always helped us achieve whatever we put our minds to. She is my biggest fan and the best mom I could ever ask for. She is the person I look up to the most.

What are your plans for the future?
My plan is to use the transition program from Sandburg High School and transfer to Moraine Valley College. There, I would take my general requirement classes, but also participate in social and athletic clubs. My goal is to minor in social work and my major would be working with children with cerebral palsy. I want to help kids who are like me and encourage them to never give up. I hope to get independent enough to attend and graduate from the University of Illinois in Champaign.

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Congratulations to our District Retirees
2017 Wall of Fame Honorees

Congratulations to the following District staff members on their retirements!

We will miss you!

Chris DavisSafety Clerk, Fulton

Mike Donovan Principal, Memorial

David LewisCustodian, Fulton

Jan Lindeman -   1st Grade, Fulton

Roberta MorrisHealth Clerk, Fulton

Catherine PotterParaprofessional, Fulton

Char RainesEarly Learning Parent Coordinator

Evelyn StenzelMusic, Fulton

Fred RobinsonCustodian, CMS

Denise Venegas- Custodian, CMS

Bernie Wachel- Reading Specialist, Fulton
Sue Dailey, retired CMS paraprofessional
Geraldine "Geri" Scanlon, retired Fierke teacher and reading specialist.  
Scott Slager, Director of Buildings and Grounds
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Our Schools

Central Middle School
18146 S. Oak Park Avenue

Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 614-4510 

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

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

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

Memorial School
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. Scott Slager
Director of Buildings and Grounds
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