News from CCSD15

October 8, 2021

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Dear District 15 Community,

Hello Fall! September came and went with many new and exciting things taking place in D15.

National Blue Ribbon School Distinction

We are so proud that Walter R. Sundling was named a National Blue Ribbon School and had the privilege of hosting three honored guests – the U.S. Department of Education Secretary Dr. Cardona, Governor JB Pritzker, and Illinois State Superintendent Ayala.

It was a very good day to be a Paladin and an even better day to show our pride in District 15. We will honor WRS at our October 13 Board meeting.

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Moving 15 Forward

Ongoing work continues with our Moving 15 Forward (formerly Beyond Just Boundaries) project. The Board has received regular updates on progress made over the summer and into the opening months of school as we work to continue to refine and enhance our plans.

As part of our commitment to ensuring the community is informed, able to ask questions, and provide feedback on our proposal, I will be scheduling presentations to be held at all of our schools as well as locations within the community. My goal is to conduct these sessions from January through March 2022. Watch for dates and locations to be shared shortly.

Please visit our website to learn more about our Moving 15 Forward efforts.

Financial Implications of Moving 15 Forward

At the Committee of the Whole Board of Education Meeting on September 22, CSBO Diana McCluskey and members of her team presented the Board with the cost and potential funding sources for our Moving 15 Forward (Beyond Just Boundaries) proposal. You can view the meeting here.

Citizen Task Force Underway

A Citizen Task Force has been formed to help vet our current Moving 15 Forward (Beyond Just Boundaries) plan. Members of this group represent different schools and areas within our community and will help us develop the final plan that will be presented to the Board of Education for consideration.

The first meeting took place on September 23 and the District shared a deeper understanding of the background of District 15 and the Moving 15 Forward plans and provided the CTF with the opportunity to share their thoughts and feedback. The next CTF meeting will be on October 14.

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What’s New in District 15

Did you know that there are three pilot curriculum projects occurring in our district this year? K-5 Math, 6-8 Science, and 7-8 English Language Arts are under review and re-development.

Pilot projects are important so our staff have the most cutting-edge resources and instructional approaches to use with students.

Staff volunteer to serve on curriculum committees to explore the differing features of programs and make recommendations on new resources to be used by all staff once the pilot process is complete.

In Our Classrooms

This year, we are proud to share that just over 50% of all eligible 5th and 6th graders signed up to participate in band or orchestra. We are extremely excited about the expanded interest in the program and want to celebrate the efforts of our instrumental music and comprehensive music teachers who helped encourage such strong student participation. District 15 has a long history of commitment to Instrumental Music.
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National Walk to School Day

This past Wednesday was National Walk to School Day -- a celebration highlighting the importance of safe, active travel.

Thank you to the Frank C. Whiteley PTA for sponsoring this event and thank you to the Hoffman Estates Police and Fire Departments who helped greet our students at FCW as they arrived at school!

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PTA Awards

As so many of you know, we have wonderfully dedicated and caring PTAs at our schools. On Tuesday evening, the following schools won awards granted by the Illinois PTA - Northwest Region:

  • Frank C. Whiteley PTA
  • Walter R. Sundling PTA
  • Virginia Lake PTA
  • Paddock PTA
  • Jane Addams PTA
  • Willow Bend PTA
  • Marion Jordan PTA
  • Hunting Ridge PTA
  • Pleasant Hill PTA

Please help me both thank and congratulate our PTA volunteers. Not yet a member? Please visit your school’s website to find out how you can join the PTA. Your small membership fee helps fund many important extra programs for students and families.

Enjoy the beautiful fall weather and the long holiday weekend. Please remember there is no school on Monday or Tuesday next week. We look forward to seeing our students back on Wednesday, October 13.

Your partner in education,

Laurie Heinz, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

COVID-19 Information


We received a few questions to the COVID FAQ form on our website and wanted to share the responses as others may have similar questions.

Will the District adopt Test-To-Stay?

As stated at our last Board meeting on September 8, 2021, the District is looking into, but has not yet implemented, the Test-to-Stay option. We are in discussion with SHIELD to offer this option for our students. We will share more information regarding Test-To-Stay as we move forward with the discussion with SHIELD.

How can I opt my child in/out of SHIELD testing?

If you are interested in your child opting IN to SHIELD testing, new students will be added to the system at the start of each month. Once we have the opt-ins, it may take SHIELD anywhere from 7-10 days to provide us with the QR code needed for testing to begin. We have included a schedule with deadline dates below.

If you have not yet opted in and are interested, please fill out this form and send it to
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If you are interested in opting out throughout the month, please email informing us of the opt out.

Do students who are vaccinated need to quarantine?

Students and staff who are fully vaccinated with no COVID-19-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be excluded from school, extracurricular events, or other events organized by the school if they were exposed to a confirmed or probable case. CDC recommends that fully vaccinated individuals test three to five days after a close contact exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Check out the District’s COVID FAQ page here. If you have a question you don’t see in the FAQ, please submit it here.


Menu Change Due to Supply Chain Issues

Please be aware that there is a supply chain issue and the menu is changing frequently. We ask that you please check the menu often if your child is signed up for lunch at school.


Junior High Mental Health Awareness

During the month of October and into early November, the Junior Highs are launching the Mental Health Awareness program. In partnership with Erika’s Lighthouse, students learn about maintaining good mental health and depression awareness. There is an informational virtual parent session on October 14th at 7:00 p.m. For further details, you may contact your child’s building. The elementary program will be provided in early 2022.

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Wellness and Mental Health Awareness Parent Nights

All parents and community members are invited to parent nights offered through the school year. These sessions focus on wellness, self-care, and mental health. See the attached flyer for details.

Reading Intervention

Reading intervention has started and we have purchased two new reading programs that focus on early reading and decoding. Wilson Fundations makes learning to read fun while laying the groundwork for life-long literacy. Students in grades K-2 receive a systematic program in critical foundational skills, emphasizing:

  • Phonemic awareness

  • Phonics/ word study

  • High-frequency word study

  • Reading fluency

  • Vocabulary

  • Comprehension strategies

  • Handwriting

  • Spelling

Just Words is a multisensory decoding and spelling program for students in grades 4–8.

Math Intervention

Math intervention will be starting the week of October 18th. The materials we are using for math intervention is from the intervention kit from enVision.

We are really proud we can offer a variety of support for our students!


Physicals & Immunizations Due on 10/15

For the purpose of safeguarding the health of children, District 15 enforces Illinois student health requirements. These requirements consist of health, dental, and eye exams, and immunizations specific to grade and age and can be found on our website. Students who did not meet the state health requirements last year because they did not enter the school buildings and were learning virtually, need to meet those requirements this year. School nurses have been connecting with families who still need to meet these requirements. If you are unsure or need assistance, please reach out to your school nurse.


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Upcoming Job Fairs!

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


  • Monday, November 1, 2021

  • Monday, December 13, 2021

  • Monday, January 24, 2022

  • Monday, March 7, 2022

Location: Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067

Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm

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

  • Nurses and substitute nurses

  • Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians

  • And more!

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


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Fire Department Open House - Station #23

Join the Fire Department for a fun Open House at Station #23! Everyone is welcome! The open house will take place tomorrow, 10/09/2021, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Fire Station #23 is located at 1300 Westbury Drive in Hoffman Estates.


  • October 11 - No School

  • October 12 - Student Non-attendance Day

  • October 13 - Board of Education Meeting