CCSD15 Staff Newsletter

March 21, 2019

Tentative last day of school

Spring has finally arrived!

This year, District 15 utilized four emergency closure days for inclement winter weather. Because of these closures, the last day of school has been pushed back to Monday, June 3.


As it does every year, the Board of Education must vote to approve the official last day of school, which will occur at its meeting on April 10. Once approved, official notice will be shared in the Board of Education e-newsletter and will be posted on the school district calendar.

Internal administrative changes

Congratulations to the following staff members who were assigned to new positions at the Board of Education's March meeting! These appointments are effective July 1.


  • Elizabeth Ashmann, Special Education Coordinator
  • Dustin Berman, Special Education Coordinator
  • Angelica Brifcani, Two Way Dual Language Coordinator
  • Ann Cygnar, Assistant Director of Special Education
  • Tom Edgar, Assistant Superintendent for District Improvement and Data
  • Mike Scaletta, Assistant Director of Special Education

No enrollment fee for BCBS Fitness Program in March

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Fitness Program is waiving the enrollment fee, a value of $25 – for eligible new members who sign up between March 1 and March 31, 2019*. Members will be asked to enter a coupon code, SPRINGSAVE25, at checkout to qualify for the waived fee*.


Fitness Program advantages:


The Fitness Program offers flexibility, convenience and ease for just one low monthly fee. Members have access to a nationwide network of more than 10,000 participating facilities so they can work out whether traveling, at home or at work.


Other features of the Fitness Program include:


  • Online enrollment and tracking
  • Automatic monthly payment withdrawal
  • No long-term contract required; pay only $25 per member per month
  • Access to discounts through a nationwide Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) network of 40,000 health and well-being providers such as massage therapists, personal trainers and nutrition counselors


To enroll, members can log in to Blue Access for Members SM and click "Fitness Program" in the Quick Links section. They can also enroll by calling 888-762-BLUE (2583) Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT.


*After March 31, 2019, the regular enrollment fee of $25 will apply to all new memberships. Members must be 18 or older to join the Fitness Program.

Scenes from Virginia Lake's Living Museum!

Last chance to apply for a one-five Foundation mini-grant!

The one-five Foundation/Kathy Buesching Memorial Mini-Grant Program is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year.

The mission of the one-five Foundation is to acquire resources to be used for programs and

projects to enhance and supplement the educational experience of District 15 students.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the Foundation has decided to consider grants in two areas:

  • The implementation of programs and/or projects
  • The acquisition and application of technology

Specific funds have been allocated for each of these sub-groups. Relative to technology, the grant application must state the specific use of the technology and how it will be utilized and applied in the classroom. The technology grants are not designed to simply acquire new resources, but should demonstrate how it will be applied toward instruction.

Recognizing that some programs include smaller technology components, the Foundation will

evaluate all applications having 50 percent or more of their budget representing purchases evaluated under the technology group.

If you have a program, project or new technology that qualifies as an educational extra (i.e, not normally financed with taxpayer dollars) this would be a wonderful opportunity for you to apply.

Can it be replicated or otherwise serve as an inspiration to others? If so, please submit your application for review.


One-five Foundation mini-grant applications are due March 22, 2019. Only District 15 staff members or teachers may apply. Please follow the guidelines that accompany the application available to view on Google Drive. Winners will be notified by the Foundation office in late April, early May. We look forward to receiving your application.


For more information, contact Pam Seick, Foundation Coordinator, at (847) 963-3160 or

seickp@ccsd15.net.

Have a wonderful Spring Break!

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