Lincoln Lions Update

April 8, 2021

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Our Mission:

"We are committed to creating a school that knows no limits to the academic success of each student." -No Excuses University Pledge

SEL April Character Trait is Relationship Skills

Grade 6 Lincoln PTA Fundraiser!

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Brytebytes Parent Survey Request

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In order to help us continue to improve the ways in which we use technology to engage students and improve learning outcomes, we will be completing the Brightbytes "Modern Learning Survey." We need your feedback! The survey is open through May 7.


Here is the link to the Parent Survey. Students in grades 3-6 in CCSD15 and staff will be taking a survey, too.

20-21 Student Placement Process

The staff considers and balances many factors in the sectioning process:

  • Individual learning
  • Gender balance
  • Student combinations
  • Special education needs
  • Support services needs
  • Class size
  • Academic strengths
  • Academic weaknesses

Our placement process is a team effort that is completed with great care and consideration. Teachers review initial lists with specialists to ensure that we have not overlooked any aspect of appropriate placement based on the factors listed above. Occasionally, parents wish to share information or specific needs that may help in the sectioning process. Parental requests should be submitted via to knoeppem@ccsd15.net no later than Monday, April 26, 2021. No emails will be accepted after this date. Emails should cite reasons for wanting a specific learning environment, not a specific teacher. We ask that you do not make requests for placement into a specific classroom for your child. Such requests cannot be considered, as this opportunity cannot be available to all children. We trust you will rely on our professional judgment as we group the children with the idea of creating the best learning environment for them. Emails or letters requesting a specific teacher will not be accepted.


A letter will also be shared next week with this same information, along with current sectioning projections as of April 2021. (Please be aware that enrollment may change as students register or move and this could change our section numbers.)


My sincere thanks to each of you for your continued cooperation, support, and understanding.


Regards,

Mary Knoeppel

An Update from CCSD15: 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.


Participación comunitaria más allá de los límites


Desde su fundación en 1946, el Distrito 15 se ha convertido en un distrito de destino, conocido por nuestras iniciativas académicas y sociales emocionales y por liderar el camino en la alfabetización y las prácticas culturalmente sensibles. Aunque estamos increíblemente orgullosos del trabajo que hemos hecho académicamente, se ha prestado poca atención o financiación a la base operativa del distrito durante estos 75 años: nuestros 20 edificios escolares, y cómo utilizarlos más eficazmente para apoyar las necesidades académicas de nuestra población singularmente diversa.


Nuestras líneas de límites de hace décadas ya no satisfacen las necesidades de nuestras comunidades. La resolución de estos retos supone una oportunidad. Si mejoramos nuestros límites y modernizamos nuestras instalaciones, podemos lograr muchas de las mejoras que nuestra comunidad ha solicitado durante décadas, lo que apoyará las necesidades académicas y socioemocionales de nuestros estudiantes.


Reajustar los límites de las escuelas nunca es fácil. Pero el resultado de este proceso dará lugar a mejoras generalizadas para todos en el Distrito 15, no sólo para los estudiantes de hoy, sino para las generaciones futuras.


Es por eso que nuestra comunidad ha colaborado - durante los últimos tres años - para desarrollar una solución. Miles de miembros de la comunidad han proporcionado información a nuestros líderes del distrito y a los miembros elegidos de la Junta de Educación, y juntos hemos identificado nueve prioridades de alto valor para nuestro distrito escolar, manteniendo nuestro compromiso con la responsabilidad fiscal:


  • Centrarse en las escuelas cercanas al vecindario

  • Establecer un camino educativo cohesivo para los estudiantes

  • Equilibrar la inscripción

  • Ofrecer un kindergarten de jornada completa para todos

  • Actualizar a un modelo de escuela media

  • Eliminar la superposición bilingüe

  • Garantizar un acceso equitativo a los programas y servicios

  • Utilizar nuestras instalaciones de forma más eficiente

  • Reparar y restaurar nuestros edificios escolares


Este esfuerzo de varios años requiere una planificación continua, incluso en medio de la pandemia. Estamos listos para dar los siguientes pasos invitando a la comunidad a conocer más sobre el punto en que nos encontramos en el proceso de planificación e invitarlos a compartir sus comentarios para ayudar a informar aún más nuestro pensamiento.


Nuestro objetivo a lo largo de este proceso es recoger los comentarios de la comunidad con oportunidades de comunicación bidireccional. En un esfuerzo por mantener un diálogo bidireccional, tendremos un límite en el número de participantes en nuestras sesiones virtuales. Seguiremos las directrices estatales y locales para el número de participantes en persona que recibiremos. Si no puede asistir o no es seleccionado para una de las sesiones, grabaremos y compartiremos una sesión para garantizar que toda la comunidad del Distrito 15 se mantenga informada.


Todas las sesiones cubrirán la misma información. Para inscribirse en una sesión, visite el sitio web.


Reminders Following First Notice:


Beyond Just Boundaries Community Engagement - All of the sessions will cover the same information. To register for a session, please visit the website.


Participación comunitaria más allá de los límites - Todas las sesiones cubrirán la misma información. Para inscribirse en una sesión, visite el sitio web.

Registration for Existing Students

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.


Thank you.


Open House 2021

Just like many other aspects of a typical school year that have had to be modified or cancelled as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately, we have decided that hosting our much anticipated Open Houses in our schools this spring will not take place in its typical format.


While we know our students and families very much look forward to Open House so children can showcase a year's worth of learning to their families, our teachers will be working hard to create video presentations to share with parents that highlight and celebrate what our students have learned during this unprecedented year.


Schools will communicate more information as the event gets closer, but we ask that you mark your calendar for the revised Open House events:


  • Junior High Teachers will send out the video/presentation on April 29th.

  • Elementary Schools will send out the video/presentation on May 14th.


Although different than in the past, we promise to make the evening one where our students will shine.

Have a Chromebook Issue?

If your child's Chromebook is not working properly, please call the office to set up a time to bring it in so we can assist you with the issue. Thank you.

Dress Like Your Favorite Musical Artist on Friday, April 9!

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Mrs. Wise ROCKS!

Calendar

  • April 8: Grade 6 Fundraiser - Food Truck Chocolate and Churros 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

  • April 8 at 6 pm: Beyond Just Boundaries Community Engagement In-Person Session - Register Here
  • April 8 at 7:30 pm: Beyond Just Boundaries Community Engagement In-Person Session - IN SPANISH - Register Here
  • April 9: Mrs. Wise asks that students dress like their favorite musical artist today!
  • April 10 at 10 am & 11:30 am: Beyond Just Boundaries Community Engagement In-Person Sessions - Register Here
  • April 12: Return to Learn In Person for some students (See link if you missed newsletter that was shared this week.)
  • April 12: In Person MAP testing this week
  • April 14: Board of Education meeting

  • April 19: SPARK Meeting 7:00 pm

  • May 5: Bike to School Day (Rain Date May 12)

  • May 5: PBIS Celebration k-6 is Extra Recess time - Choice Board for Virtual

  • Week of May 10: Teacher Appreciation Week

Virtual Learning Website

Click on the link above for Parent Universities, tech support, instructional information and more.

CCSD15 Newsletters can be found here.

CCSD15 news can be accessed through this link.

E-Flyers can be found here.

The link to community flyers can be found her.