CCSD15 Staff Newsletter

Jan. 25, 2019

Weather-related closures

Very cold and sometimes snowy weather will be present in our area through next week. Superintendent Dr. Thompson will be closely monitoring the weather to determine if it is safe to open schools each day.

The decision to close is not made lightly. Many of our students rely on schools being open to receive meals, supervision and shelter. Schools will only close due to winter weather when road conditions are extremely adverse or when temperatures reach dangerous levels. Please review District 15's severe cold response plan to gain a better understanding of when schools may close due to cold conditions.

In the event that school does close due to severe weather, we will notify you in a number of ways including email, phone, text (for those who have entered their cell phone number in the "phone 2" category in Skyward), the district website, local news stations, the district's mobile app, and social media sites.

District protocols indicate that in the event of a weather-related closure, 12-month employees should still report to work as soon as they are safely able to do so. If that is not a possibility, staff may elect to use a personal or vacation day. Custodial staff should consult with their manager(s) regarding scheduling.


Amarilis Vargas is the extremely dedicated and well-loved Building Secretary at Lake Louise Elementary School. Get to know Amarilis through this brief staff profile!

How long have you worked in CCSD15?

I have been working at CCSD15 since July 2017. I have been at Lake Louise as the secretary since I began employment for CCSD15.

What do you like about your job?

I love every aspect of my job. I love that I always learn something new. I specially like the fact that I can use Spanish and therefore teach my girls how important to be bilingual.

What makes Lake Louise special?

Lake Louise is filled with staff members, parents and students that take care of each other and take pride in being part of Lake Louise. We are like a big family and work great as a team.

What would you like D15 staff to know about you?

I am honored to work in the same school district that I attended as a child and where my children go to school.

Do you want to be featured in an upcoming staff profile? Fill out this Google Form to share your story with us.

Culturally-Responsive Teaching & Learning

Many staff members are receiving valuable training from The Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching & Learning this school year. The goal of the training is to increase student engagement, deal with inequities and show outrageous love to our students.

The Center's founder, Dr. Sharroky Hollie, spoke to a large group of staff from several schools during Institute Day this week. His message on the "lightbulb moment" was inspiring to many in the room. Take a look at the video clip to hear from Dr. Hollie.

Intent to Retire deadline approaching

Any staff members part of ESPA or CTC should be aware of the Intent to Retire (incentive program) approaching deadlines.

ESPA - February 1

CTC - February 1

Additionally, any CTC members interested in a job share must submit the application by February 1 as well.

Questions? Contact Human Resources at X3011.

Staff benefit highlight: Prescription Mailer service

Are you interested in receiving prescriptions mailed directly to your home at no cost? If so, use the CCSDCRX program. Through this program, eligible members and retirees enrolled in the HMO or PPO plans can purchase brand name medications at no cost. The prescriptions are shipped directly to your home with no shipping and handling costs!

For information on which medications are eligible and instructions on how to use the program, please go to If you have any questions, contact Francine Mueller in Benefits at #3012.

Staff Web: Home to Employee-Only Information

Log into the staff intranet housed on to get employee-only information from all administrative departments. Click Staff Sign-In at the top of the page to get started. Forgot your login? Contact Sandy Cramer (