News from CCSD15

April 2, 2019

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April is Occupational Therapy Awareness Month

April is Occupational Therapy Awareness Month, so please join me in recognizing the efforts of the OTs in our schools!

Occupational therapists help students do things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities or occupation. Every day, they help so many of our special needs students learn and succeed in what is their current occupation—children and students of District 15.

The assistance they provide their students helps to build the motor and sensory processing skills they need to participate in everything from academic activities to social/leisure pursuits and self-care. Their work enhances their students' self-esteem and self-satisfaction and helps them find personal fulfillment and meaning in life.

Please take a moment to recognize our occupational therapists and to thank them for their vital contributions to the District 15 team.


Dr. Scott Thompson

Superintendent of Schools

Sundling Band Director receives Outstanding Music Educator Award

Walter R. Sundling Band Director Jeff Zilke has been chosen as a winner of this year's Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Awards, held by Quinlan & Fabish Music Company.

Recognizing excellence in the music education profession since 1989, this prestigious award has recognized over 150 music teachers for their outstanding contributions to music education.

Mr. Zilke will officially receive the award during a ceremony in June.

Join us for the one-five Foundation's Spring Barn Dance!

Dust off your cowboy boots and wear your best denim to the one-five Foundation's Spring Barn Dance! The fundraiser will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, with proceeds benefiting the Foundation's work enhancing the educational experience for D15 students.

Tickets are now on sale for the event filled with raffles, entertainment, dancing and more. Appetizers and one drink ticket are included in the $35 ticket price.

Winners of this year's teacher mini-grants will be announced at the event. We hope to see you there!

Boundaries Task Force Update

The Boundaries Task Force continues to meet diligently to create multiple options for potential new school boundaries. The group's last meeting was held March 18, where two preliminary boundary proposals were shared.

The group is made up of more than 30 community members representing all schools in the district. They have been tasked with developing proposed adjustments to school boundaries in order to alleviate overcrowding at several schools and better meet the needs of the community.

The group is working with the community's priorities in mind (data from fall 2018 community survey):

  1. Neighborhood schools
  2. Alignment of elementary & junior high schools with feeder high schools
  3. Smaller class sizes
  4. Full-day kindergarten
  5. Alleviate overcrowding
  6. Reduce bus travel times
  7. Fiscal responsibility
  8. Minimal disruption to families
  9. Subdivisions not split up
  10. Efficient use of school buildings
  11. Diversifying schools

So far, the committee has worked through three preliminary proposals that would satisfy many of the community priorities. The proposals are now being refined before they are shared with the community for feedback. Community feedback will drive any final adjustments to the proposals which will then be shared with the Board of Education for its consideration.

The group initially planned on sharing proposals with the public this spring, but the timeline has slowed down to allow more work to continue. Continue to follow the work of the task force by "liking" its Facebook page.

Ensure receipt of D15 text messages

District 15 utilizes text messaging to communicate with parents and staff for emergency notifications and reminders. Our mass notifications system provider (Blackboard) has notified us of a known issue regarding D15 text messages and T-Mobile customers.

In some cases, T-Mobile is blocking the short codes used by D15, resulting in parents and staff members not receiving text message notifications. Short codes are used by organizations that utilize mass texting systems. A short code appears in place of a phone number when a text message is sent.

If you are a T-Mobile customer (only applicable to parents and/or staff members) and have not been receiving district text messages, please contact T-Mobile and ask them to "unblock" the following short codes:

  • 60680
  • 54968

T-Mobile is aware of the issue and will know how to unblock the short codes from individual accounts when asked. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.