CCSD15 Staff Newsletter

March 6, 2019

Take steps to protect yourself from the flu virus

As flu cases continue to creep up in District 15, the D15 Health Department is recommending that staff members take additional steps to decrease the spread of the virus in our schools.

Our keyboards, phones and computer screens are some of the most frequently touched objects in school buildings. Take steps to disinfect these items daily to decrease the spread of the virus around your building.

Sani-cloth disinfectant wipes are available at each building in District 15. It is recommended that staff members take a cloth, squeeze out excess liquid, and gently wipe down electronic devices daily.

Thank you for your assistance in reducing the spread of the flu virus in District 15.

Speech Festival Mentors Needed!

Our second annual Speech Festival is in the works, and again, District 15 students are showing an overwhelming interest in participating. There are more than 200 students who have signed up this year!

This will be a valuable experience for our students and the Department of Instruction wants to make it fun, enjoyable event for them.

DOI is in need of additional staff members who are willing to work with a student or two approximately once per week leading up to the event on April 13. The time commitment is less than an hour per week. Students need an adult to listen to their selected materials and provide feedback on how to present more confidently and effectively. Mentor attendance at the April 13 Speech Festival at Palatine High School is recommended, but not required.

Please speak with your school principal or department chair if you are able to mentor a student or two!

Stories from #D15Learns on Twitter!

Apply for a one-five Foundation mini-grant through March 22

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

A letter from one-five Foundation chairperson Mary Zarr

Dear Staff,

The one-five Foundation is excited to begin the final push to sell as many 529 Raffle Tickets as possible. Our drawing will be held live on Facebook on March 17, 2019 at 5:29 p.m. Sales to date have already guaranteed that the sole winner will walk away with more than $11,000 - and that total goes up with each ticket we high as $26,500 if we sell them all! This is a cash prize!

Please consider purchasing a ticket if you have not already done so. Some of our schools have had multiple people go in together and purchase a ticket - and we think that is a great idea, too! The Foundation is looking forward to investing our portion of ticket sales in our staff and students. We have seen the remarkable things you have done and can't wait to review this year's mini-grant requests. I continue to be so impressed with our quality staff and would LOVE to see one of our own walk away with the grand prize!

Thank you all so much,

Mary Zarr

one-five Foundation Chairman

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