News from CCSD15

April 8, 2022


From the Desk of Dr. Laurie Heinz

Dear District 15 Families,

We are as busy as ever as we head into the final few months of the school year. Please take a few moments to see what we have been up to. I know you will be as excited as we are about all that is happening across our wonderful District.

Thank you for your ongoing support and investment in all things District 15.

Your partner in education,

Laurie Heinz, Superintendent

Moving 15 Forward

We were truly excited to kick off our Moving 15 Forward Community Information Meetings this week with Plum Grove as well as a combined event for Conyers Learning Academy, Kimball Hill, and Willow Bend. Sessions were well received and will continue through the end of May.

We will continue sessions the week of April 18, 2022. Here’s the schedule of upcoming sessions:

  • April 19 - Carl Sandburg

  • April 20 - Central Road

  • April 26 - Thomas Jefferson

  • April 28 - Frank C. Whiteley and Marion Jordan

  • May 3 - Walter R. Sundling

  • May 10 - Jane Addams, Lake Louise, and Virginia Lake

  • May 17 - Winston Campus (Elementary and Junior High)

  • May 19 - Gray M. Sanborn and Lincoln

  • May 25 - Hunting Ridge, Pleasant Hill, and Stuart R. Paddock

We hope you are able to join us for one of these upcoming sessions. If not, the Google Slide presentations will be added to each school website once they are held.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Moving 15 Forward plan, I encourage you to visit the new dedicated website at

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Portrait of a Graduate

District 15 is in the final year of the three-year Strategic Plan that was developed as part of my entry plan. We are preparing to develop a renewed vision and long-term strategic plan to guide future work. This work will be directly connected to our dynamic Moving 15 Forward plan and will be the first step in preparing to write a five-year Strategic Plan during the 2022-23 school year.

The Portrait of a Graduate will serve as a collective vision that articulates our aspirations for every student in District 15. Many school systems across the country have engaged their larger community in developing a Portrait of a Graduate – every school system’s Portrait is unique, reflecting the shared vision of their community and sets its sights on identifying the most important skills and characteristics for our students to embody by the time they graduate from District 15.

The Portrait answers the following questions:

  • What are the hopes, aspirations, and dreams that our community has for its young people?

  • What are the skills and mindsets that our children need for success in this rapidly changing and complex world?

  • What are the implications for the learning experiences we provide in our school systems?

This work begins next week and will continue through the end of the school year.

Regional Spelling Bee Winner!

WAY TO GO! Avyay K., seventh-grader from Plum Grove Junior High, won the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee. Next, he will compete in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC in June.

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National Geography & International History Bee Winner!

CONGRATS! Eli M., eighth grader from Plum Grove, won 1st place in the National Geography Bee and 2nd place in the International History Bee Regional tournament! He will compete in the National tournament in Orlando, FL in June.

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District 15 loves our Assistant Principals, Librarians, Paraprofessionals, Occupational Therapists, and Admin Professionals!

There are a lot of people to celebrate in the month of April! All of these important groups in our District have recognition days/weeks in the month of April. More than ever, I want to thank all of these dedicated employees for their hard work and dedication to our District. We simply could not do what we do for our students without them! Thank you!

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Shoutout to a D15 Staff Member

If you’d like to send a note of appreciation to any one of our employees, you can do so via a digital postcard found on our website. All you need to send the digital postcard is the D15 employee’s email address.

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Summer Construction and Facility Enhancements

As we do every summer, we have a number of projects scheduled to help improve our schools. Here are just a few of our projects that will begin immediately after the school year ends.


Carl Sandburg, Lake Louise, Stuart R. Paddock, Virginia Lake, Willow Bend, Winston Campus, and Walter R. Sundling will receive enhancements to their libraries that will include new carpet, paint, flexible seating, and lighting upgrades.

The remaining schools will be completed over the next few years as part of our 5-year facility and maintenance plan.

Library Collections

All of our schools will receive an influx of new titles to ensure our collections are modern and of high interest to students.


Plum Grove and Walter R. Sundling will receive some new lockers to ensure students no longer have to share lockers. This decision was made to match their growing enrollment.


Parent University

Check out the latest Parent University which shares information about digital citizenship as well as resources for students and parents/guardians.


Upcoming Job Fairs

Come apply onsite! District 15 will be holding Job Fairs on the following dates:

  • May 10, 2022

  • June 13, 2022

  • July 19, 2022

  • August 8, 2022

  • September 12, 2022

  • October 18, 2022


Palatine Library at 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067


12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We are looking for the following positions:

  • Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; paid holidays

  • Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule

  • Full-time Program Assistants

  • Office and Library Clericals

  • Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians

  • And more!

Please contact Chanell Lopez at or Lori Thum at with any questions.


Teacher Tributes

Teachers inspire us all year long, but next month is a special time for you to show how you feel. Teacher Appreciation Day is May 3, 2022. The one-five Foundation offers a wonderful way to acknowledge someone who has made a lasting impact and supports innovative education. It is easy to participate in this much-appreciated TEACHER TRIBUTE PROGRAM.

Your contribution will be a welcome recognition for the teachers or staff you name, and it will help the Foundation continue its work on behalf of all District 15 students.

The Teacher Tribute Drive will run from April 4-28, 2022. For additional information please visit


  • April 11 - Free Developmental Training
  • April 12 - Jane Addams 5th and 6th Grade Band and Orchestra Concert
  • April 12 - Virtual Parent Night
  • April 13 - Board of Education Meeting
  • April 14 - Winston Campus Elementary 5th and 6th Grade Band and Orchestra Concert
  • April 15 - No Student/Staff Attendance Day
  • April 19 - Carl Sandburg Junior High Moving 15 Forward Community Information Session
  • April 20 - Central Road Moving 15 Forward Community Information Session
  • April 25 - SPARK Meeting
  • April 26 - Thomas Jefferson Moving 15 Forward Community Information Session
  • April 28 - Frank C. Whiteley and Marion Jordan Moving 15 Forward Community Information Session