News from CCSD15

December 6, 2021

From the Desk of Dr. Laurie Heinz

Dear Parents/Guardians and Community,

I hope you all had a relaxing Thanksgiving break. I know the time spent with my family was much needed after a hectic fall in D15. Amidst turkey prep, I spent time away from the office reflecting on what I am thankful for. Fortunately, the list was lengthy. During the holidays and every day, I hope you know that I appreciate the opportunity to lead District 15 and work so closely with so many within this wonderfully supportive community. The work is not easy, but it is certainly important and quite rewarding. Thank you for your support, willingness to share your thoughts and for helping to make D15 a wonderful place for staff to work and students to learn.

While COVID still impacts our daily school experience – we remain focused on putting the health, safety and education of our students first. As you may have seen, we were featured in a recent article by the Chicago Tribune that highlighted not only test scores from across the state, but our new Parent Mentor Program launched at Jane Addams and Virgina Lake last month. If you haven’t already done so, please take a few minutes to read the article here.

Winter Break Reminder

It’s hard to believe we only have a few short weeks before winter break! Winter break will begin on Thursday, December 23 with school resuming on Monday, January 10, 2022.

Families in Need

I enjoy reading the newsletters principals send to their families. I was struck by how many families at all of our schools are in need of help this holiday season. If you aren’t able to ensure a child receives a gift this holiday, please connect with your child’s principal and see how they can help.

Board Briefs

While this will be our final community newsletter of 2020 -- you will receive December’s Board Briefs following the regular Board Meeting on Wednesday, December 8. Not receiving Board Briefs? Click here to join our email list.

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Moving 15 Forward Hits the Road

In an effort to keep our parent/guardian and larger community apprised of proposed plans as part of our largest initiative, Moving 15 Forward, we will be conducting information sessions at all of our schools from late January until the end of April.

Moving 15 Forward Community Meetings

As part of the Moving 15 Forward initiative, the District has scheduled community meetings at each of our schools. During these meetings, an overview of the proposal will be presented, and specifics on proposed changes to each school will be shared. We have included the dates for the upcoming meetings below. Additional information will be shared as we finalize plans, but we wanted to send a Save the Date in hopes all interested families can add the date to their calendar. Dates and school locations are as follows:

  • Monday, January 24 - Willow Bend & CLA

  • Wednesday, January 26 - Central Road

  • Tuesday, February 8 - Carl Sandburg Junior High

  • Thursday, February 10 - Kimball Hill

  • Monday, February 14 - Plum Grove Junior High

  • Tuesday, February 15 - Thomas Jefferson

  • Monday, February 28 - Frank C. Whiteley

  • Wednesday, March 2 - Winston Campus (Elementary & Junior High)

  • Monday, March 14 - Lake Louise

  • Wednesday, March 16 - Jane Addams

  • Monday, March 28 - Virginia Lake

  • Wednesday, March 30 - Lincoln

  • Monday, April 4 - Walter R. Sundling Junior High

  • Wednesday, April 6 - Gray M. Sanborn

  • Monday, April 18 - Stuart R. Paddock

  • Wednesday, April 20 - Pleasant Hill

  • Monday, April 25 - Marion Jordan

  • Tuesday, Apr 26 - Hunting Ridge

Principals will send individual school reminders as the event at their school draws near.

Get to Know D15 in 1 minute and 15 seconds

I hope you have enjoyed our newest communication tool designed to briefly highlight one aspect of D15 each month. Please watch for our December feature on the 15th. You can view archived segments here.

There are so many reasons to celebrate the season with many different cultural celebrations taking place across our district boundaries. I hope that whatever holiday you and your family celebrate, you are able to spend quality time with loved ones in the coming weeks.

I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season as well as a restful, book-filled and fun winter break.

Your partner in education,

Laurie Heinz

Superintendent of Schools

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Vaccination Information

District 15 has shared various OPTIONAL vaccination opportunities on our website. We do so only as a resource for interested families.

Submitting Your Child’s Completed Vaccination Card

If your child has received both doses of the vaccine, we ask that you please submit a copy of it to your school nurse. Fully vaccinated individuals are not identified as close contacts, and therefore, not excluded from school if there is a positive COVID case (as long as they remain asymptomatic). This documentation is very important during our contact tracing efforts. Families will continue to be notified if a student is identified as a close contact so they are aware to monitor for potential symptoms.


Parent Night: Supporting your Child Through Stressful Times

District 15 will be hosting a virtual parent workshop on tonight (December 6) at 7pm, for parents/guardians who are interested in learning about how to support their child during stressful times. View this flyer for details and to click here to pre-register.


CCSD15 Code Along

Celebrate the 2021 Computer Science Education Week with a coding event for your family on December 7! Join us on Facebook live for this fun, hands-on event sponsored by the Department of Innovation and Instructional Technology.

Have your Chromebook or another device ready to participate in a coding activity along with our hosts!

We will have a portion of the event in Spanish and will share how families can access different languages in the coding platform!

To join, just head to the District’s Facebook page at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, December 7, to view the live video stream.

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Robotics Fun!

A Plum Grove STEM class is practicing how to use a controller to navigate a robot through a field of items, programming the robots to autonomously navigate the maze, as well as other actions. Check out this fun video from their lesson!

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2022 ACCESS Testing

All multilingual students will participate in ACCESS testing during the window of January 12-February 15. The ACCESS assessment results allow us to make decisions about students’ academic language and to facilitate their language development in Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Math. This assessment is required by law and is a key component of effective programming anchored in WIDA’s Guiding Principles linked here.

Dual Language Curriculum Night

More than ever, we are proud of our Dual Language families, educators, and students for collaborating to work towards our program goals to become bilingual, biliterate, and globally competent. Last week, 57 dual language community members met at Jane Addams to participate in Spanish language lessons taught by our classroom teachers and to gain a deeper understanding of dual language teaching methodologies. We celebrate and honor our dual language community for its tremendous dedication to this program.


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Upcoming Job Fairs

District 15 will be holding Job Fairs on the following dates. Come apply onsite and Be a Part of Our Team!


  • Monday, December 13, 2021

  • Monday, January 24, 2022

  • Monday, March 7, 2022

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

Time: 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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 in the Human Resources department with any questions.


Test Communications Systems

On Friday, November 26, District 15 ran a test of its communication systems. If you are interested in learning how you can opt in or out of various communication channels (email, phone call, text message, mobile app), please visit our website.


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The one-five Foundation has once again offered its annual mini-grant program for staff members of Community Consolidated School District 15. These proposed projects support a wide range of opportunities for the students of the District with a focus on programs or technology.

This year, 13 grant applications have been preliminarily approved by the Foundation for funding. While the one-five Foundation Teacher Mini-Grant Committee has tentatively approved these projects, additional funds are needed to make them a reality. These amazing projects could have an impact on thousands of students across all grade levels in 12 different school locations throughout the district.

You can help! Please consider making a donation to the one-five Foundation Teacher Mini-Grant program to help our teachers help our children. Project details can be found on the one-five website along with options for online donations.

Thank you in advance for your support of our teachers and staff members and their proposed projects!

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  • December 6: Virtual Parent Night - Topic: Trauma Awareness, 7:00 p.m.
  • December 7: Hour of Code, 6:30 p.m.
  • December 8: Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. (Walter R. Sundling Junior High School)
  • December 10: D15 Artist Showcase Deadline for art submissions. Please see the flyer for more information (English & Spanish).
  • December 13: D15 Job Fair, 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine
  • December 23 - January 7: No School for Winter Break