Hunting Ridge Hawk Happenings

April 23, 2021

Spring is in the Air

Dear Families:


Sectioning for the 2021--2022 School Year:

Our teachers work very hard to have input into the upcoming school year. They are mindful of students' learning styles and the personality combinations that are positive in the learning environment. Typically at this point each year we give parents the opportunity to share any details we need to consider with sectioning about a potential learning environment. This is an optional opportunity. Families interested in letting us know details about learning needs are welcome to email me directly with the Subject Line: 2021-2022 Sectioning, no later than April 30. Please do not use this as an opportunity to request a certain teacher or a grouping of friends.


Warmly,

Mrs. Ortlund


Important Dates:

  • May 5 - Bike to School Day

  • May 6, 7 - Non-Attendance Days for Students

  • May 12 - Bike to School Day Raindate

  • May 12 - Board of Education Meeting

  • May 26 - Last Day of School for Kindergarten

  • May 27 - Last Day of School for Grades 1-6

Worth Repeating - Return to Learn

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As we head into the final month of school, District 15 has begun to prepare how it will welcome students and staff back for the 2021-22 school year set to begin on Wednesday, August 18, for students in grades 1-8 and Thursday, August 19, for early childhood and kindergarten students. This year has presented both tremendous challenges, and has also taught us lessons in resilience, teamwork and the importance of our home/school partnership. Again, I thank you for your continued support, patience and understanding as we finish out this year and as we work to navigate the school year ahead.

While there are still unknowns around COVID-19, District 15 remains steadfast in its commitment to safely educate every student every day. Additionally, we are committed to continuing to provide a safe and supportive working environment for all 2,000 of our employees.

Members of my administrative team and I have spent the last few months collaborating on how to continue to mitigate risk and bring all interested students back to school safely this August. The steps we took this year, as well as our ongoing adherence to guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), have guided our decision making about how best to return to learn this Fall.

We again ask that you select an enrollment option for your child(ren) for the 2021-22 school year no later than Monday, May 3, 2021, as this information will be used at the school level for sectioning students into classrooms and at the District level for staff placement. Due to staffing constraints and capacity limitations in classrooms, once you have made your enrollment decision, we will not allow changes in placement due to the significant level of disruption it created to classrooms this year. Please know we will re-evaluate class placements if/when IDPH, ISBE and/or CDC guidance changes or when pediatric vaccines are widely available.

If we remain under the current guidance, the options for District 15 schools will be:

  1. In-person instruction

Health and safety mitigations efforts will remain in place such as mandatory face coverings and physical distancing of 3 feet between students.

  1. PreK-6 Virtual Learning Classrooms (VLC)

It is likely that students will be in a grade-level VLC with students from across the District. Attempts will be made to keep students from the same school together to the extent possible. Classroom composition will be determined by the number of students who elect to learn virtually.

  1. Junior High students will be given two options:

In-person instruction (5 days a week) with ongoing health and safety efforts still in place such as masking and physical distancing of 3 feet between students.

Virtual Learning (5 days a week)

You will make the selection between in-person or virtual learning directly within your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account. If you have not yet set up your parent portal account, please contact your child’s school office for assistance in setting up an account.

It is extremely important that parents/guardians complete this survey no later than Monday, May 3, 2021, so we are able to begin to create individual student schedules and staff appropriately for the upcoming school year. We thank you in advance for your prompt response to this important request.

Here’s How to Make Your Enrollment Selection within Your Infinite Campus Parent Portal

Should you have any questions, please reach out to our office staff for help. Thank you for your prompt attention to this selection request.


Sincerely,

Laurie Heinz, Superintendent

Worth Repeating - Beyond Just Boundaries Community Engagement

Since its founding in 1946, District 15 has become a destination district, known for our academic and social emotional initiatives and for leading the way in literacy and culturally responsive practices. While we are incredibly proud of the work we have done academically, little attention or funding has been given to the operational foundation of the district over those 75 years—our 20 school buildings, and how to most effectively use them to support the academic needs of our uniquely diverse population.


Our decades-old boundary lines no longer meet our communities’ needs. Solving these challenges brings opportunity. By improving our boundary lines and modernizing our facilities, we can achieve many of the enhancements our community has requested for decades, which will support our students’ academic and social emotional needs.


Realigning school boundaries is never easy. But the outcome of this process will result in widespread improvements for everyone in District 15—not just for today’s students, but for generations to come.


That’s why our community has collaborated - for the past three years - in order to develop a solution. Thousands of community members have provided insight to our district leaders and elected Board of Education Members, and together we have identified nine high value priorities for our school district while maintaining our commitment to fiscal responsibility:


  • Focus on Near-Neighborhood Schools

  • Establish a Cohesive Educational Path for Students

  • Balance Enrollment

  • Offer Full-Day Kindergarten for All

  • Upgrade to a Middle School Model

  • Eliminate the Bilingual Overlay

  • Ensure Equitable Access to Programs and Services

  • Utilize Our Facilities More Efficiently

  • Repair and Restore Our School Buildings


This multi-year effort requires continuous planning, even in the midst of the pandemic. We are ready to take the next steps forward by inviting the community to learn more about where we are in the planning process and invite them to share feedback to help further inform our thinking.


Our goal throughout this process is to gather feedback from the community with opportunities for two-way communication. In an effort to keep a two-way dialogue, we will have a cap on the number of participants for our virtual sessions. We will follow state and local guidelines for the number of in-person participants we will host. If you are not able to attend or are not selected for one of the sessions, we will be recording and sharing a session to ensure the whole District 15 community will stay informed.


All of the sessions will cover the same information. To register for a session, please visit the website.

CCSD 15 Residency and Registration Details


Online student registration for the 2021-22 school year is now open. If you have not already started this process for your student(s), please visit our registration page to start this process.


Registration is the first step in getting ready for the up-coming school year. After you register your child online you need to:

  1. Pay student fees. Our student fee webpage outlines the District’s student fee structure and the three ways fees can be paid.

  2. If you have a student that is starting Kindergarten, entering fourth grade, or entering 7th grade, you are required to prove residency in District 15. Our residency webpage outlines the documents you will need to provide to prove residency. All D15 schools’ front offices will be open until 7pm on June 8 and 10 for anyone needing assistance to register their child online or prove residency.


All three steps of the enrollment process must be completed prior to the start of the school year. Families that do not register and, when required, prove residency will not receive information about their school’s school open house event, teacher assignment, class schedule, or bus route until registration is complete.

LOOKING FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION?

View the recorded CCSD15 Parent University sponsored: 2021-22 Registration Webinar. For written registration instructions, please watch our Campus Parent - An Introduction.

In the event that a family is unable to provide any needed documentation because of a temporary living situation, please contact Julie O'Hara, 847-963-3210, oharaj@ccsd15.net; or Min Goodwin, 847-963-3209, goodwinm@ccsd15.net, in the Superintendent's Office.


Think you may be eligible for a student fee waiver? Visit our student fee webpage to learn about the requirements and how to apply.


Think you may be eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act? Please contact the Director of Student Services, 847-963-3152.




BrightBytes Modern Learning Survey

Ensure equitable learning support for all students.


Recently, you received a communication regarding the BrightBytes Modern Learning Survey for parents. This survey will provide our school with insights into our new and changing learning environments with the goal of ensuring equitable learning support for all students. The goal is to empower students to live up to their potential, enjoy their learning experiences, and emerge ready to take on the world.


We are requesting that you help us by completing this survey prior to May 7th. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete and your responses will remain anonymous. If you have not already completed the BrightBytes Modern Learning Survey for parents, please check your email for a message from Hunting Ridge sent on Friday, April 23. Thank you for taking part in this important initiative!

From our Nurse

Substitute School Nurses Needed

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