District 109 Community Update

December 18, 2020

Staying Safe During Break

We know this will be a holiday season unlike any previous. It will be tough to not carry on traditions of the past. Please continue to follow safe practices and guidance from health experts so that we can minimize community spread. For those who are traveling, we kindly ask for you to be home by the time 109 Online instruction resumes on Monday, January 4, so that there is a two-week gap to further reduce risk prior to our students returning.

Meet The Incoming Superintendent

The Board of Education has hired Mr. Mike Simeck to be the Superintendent of Schools for DPS 109 starting July 1, 2021. Mr. Simeck has been the superintendent for Districts 67 & 115 in Lake Forest since 2012. You can read more about him here.

If You Missed It... A Board Meeting Recap

We sent out a summary on Wednesday of Monday's Board of Education meeting. You can re-read that summary email here.


A reminder as well that you can watch Monday's meeting (and every meeting since July) on the DPS 109 website at the bottom of this page.

Next Year's Calendar

The 2021 - 2022 Calendar was approved by the Board of Education and is now available for you here, or via the website here, under the link for 2021 - 2022 in the Official Calendars section.

Friday COVID Metrics Update

DPS 109 COVID Metrics Update: Friday, December 18

Meal Assistance Support

Just as a reminder, here is pickup information about meals that District 109 provides for students in partnership with Deerfield High School.

Keeping Your Kids Safe On Their Devices

Our middle school families were sent this on Wednesday, but this may interest parents who have kids of all ages. Watch below a very good discussion on how to keep your kids safe when using devices:


*A DISCLAIMER: SOME OF THE TOPICS COVERED IN THE BELOW PRESENTATION MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN. THIS PRESENTATION IS INTENDED FOR PARENTS.*



Panelists

Lauren Maldonado - DPD and DPS109 SRO

Chris Cybulski - Shepard Principal

Megan Russell - Caruso Principal

Marie Zlotnikov - Shepard Associate Principal

Caitlin Lucci - Caruso Associate Principal

Allyson Baisden - Shepard Student Services Coordinator

Casey Moravek - Caruso Student Services Coordinator

Supporting Student Safety in a Virtual Setting
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All of us at District 109 wish you and your loved ones HAPPY HOLIDAYS over Winter Break!


*Reminder: District 109 schools & facilities are closed December 19th - January 3rd for Winter Break.*