News from CCSD15

February 4, 2022


From the Desk of Dr. Laurie Heinz

Dear D15 Community,

February has certainly made an appearance with the snowy weather. Thank you for sending your children to school dressed warmly and for your patience as we worked to keep our lots cleared and safe for arrival and dismissal. Like most things, when we work together, we get it done right.

Moving 15 Forward (M15F)

Our Board meeting this month will provide an important overview of our Moving 15 Forward initiative. Tune in if you can, as our plan has taken shape since it was initially presented to the Board back in April. If you can’t tune it on February 9, we will share the video segment in our Board Briefs.

A dedicated website will be launched after our February Board meeting. Watch for a link to the website coming soon.

Administrative Updates

Two New Principals

I am thrilled to share that two of our very own Assistant Principals have been promoted to principal roles! Their hard work, child-centered focus, and dedication to D15 have paid off. Please help me welcome Ms. Ellen Pape as Lincoln’s new principal and Ms. Jen Riehman as Lake Louise’s new leader. They will begin their new roles on July 1.

Administrative Moves

A number of other Assistant Principals have been moved to new buildings in order to ensure we have strong combinations of veteran and newer leaders across our schools. Schools have been communicated with if they have an administrative change.

Community Partnerships

The POC provides a wide variety of support services for families within our community. They host an annual celebration of culture that raises much-needed funds to keep programs and services running. Please consider joining us on March 31, 2022, for a Carnivale-themed celebration.

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In Our District

As you can see in the photos below, students and staff are having a wonderful time learning and with various activities this week. We love seeing how engaged our students are when they are at school.

Schools celebrated 2/2/22 with a Twin Day! Students were invited to match a friend or be twins with staff by wearing their school’s spirit wear!

Students and staff had a great time celebrating the 100th day of school!

IASPA New Member of the Year Award

Our Director of Human Resources, Phil Georgia, received the Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators (IASPA)’s New Member Award. The award is given to a member of fewer than three years who has provided significant contributions to the organization and membership. Congratulations Phil! You make us #ProudToBe15

Share the Love Campaign

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we are excited to kick off a “Share the Love” campaign. We all know how challenging this year has been, and we are hoping to encourage everyone to share the love with a D15 staff member this month!

We created a simple and fun way for you to send support and appreciation to a District 15 staff member using a digital postcard. All you need is their email address!

How to send the postcard:

  1. Click this link

  2. Have your recipient’s District 15 email address ready

  3. Write a personalized message to the recipient

  4. Click submit

We hope you take advantage of this simple way to send some love to our dedicated staff! I know they would love to hear from you!

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Registration for 2022-23 School Year

Online student registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open. If you have not already started this process for your student(s), please visit our registration page to begin.

Registration is the first step in getting ready for the upcoming school year. After you register your child online you need to:

  1. Pay student fees. Our student fee webpage outlines the District’s student fee structure and the three ways fees can be paid.

  2. If you have a student that is starting Kindergarten, entering fourth grade, or entering 7th grade, you are required to prove residency in District 15. Our residency webpage outlines the documents you will need to provide to prove residency.

All three steps of the enrollment process must be completed prior to the start of the school year. Students of families that, when required, do not prove residency, will not be able to attend class in District 15 until the family’s residency is verified.


View the recorded CCSD15 Parent University sponsored registration webinar. For written registration instructions, please watch our Campus Parent - An Introduction.

In the event that a family is unable to provide any needed documentation because of a temporary living situation, please contact Julie O'Hara, 847-963-3210,; or Min Goodwin, 847-963-3209,, in the Superintendent's Office.

Think you may be eligible for a student fee waiver? Visit our student fee webpage to learn about the requirements and how to apply.

Think you may be eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act? Please contact Tiffanie Jeffrey, Ed.D., Director of Student Services, 847-963-3152.

Community Closet

Every year, many children in the Palatine area lack proper clothing for the Illinois winter weather. District 15 has a long-standing partnership with the PATH Community Closet. The Community Closet serves the Palatine area by providing donated clothing to children and families in need.

The impact of COVID has left the Community Closet with less donated clothing than in past years. We are hoping you can help by donating any unwanted clothing items at your school’s yellow clothing donation bin. The bin is located in your school’s lobby. Parents or children can place clothing items into their school’s yellow bin during regular school hours. This is a great way to put your children’s gently used and outgrown clothing to good use! All clothing, especially winter wear, is much appreciated and will be put to good use!


Reminder: Change to School Time Beginning 2/23/22

Beginning Wednesday, February 23, 2022, District 15 will move to a 3-tiered bus system in order to continue to be able to transport all 10,000 students during a nationwide bus driver shortage.

As you know, the change to a 3-tiered system will allow us to run our buses with current drivers, stop doubled routes, and go back to all students arriving and departing school on time.

Please see the adjusted start/end times here.


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Dual Language Informational Night for Incoming Kindergarten Parents

We are pleased to host meetings to share information about our Dual Language Program in D15. If you would like to learn more about applying for our Dual Language Program that starts in kindergarten, please join us on February 17th at Jane Adams. Please click here for more information. More than ever, we are proud of our Dual Language program that is growing our bilingual, biliterate, and globally competent community!
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Multilingual Parent Advisory Committee

The Multilingual Parent Advisory Committee (MPAC) will be hosting a virtual information session on Monday, February 7, from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. The topic for the event will be “Understanding and Supporting Academic Language.” All multilingual parents are invited to attend. Click here to learn more.


Substitutes Needed

Do you know adults who would be great working with students? Perhaps you have a college graduate who has yet to land a job. With the Short Term Substitute (STS) license anyone who holds an Associate’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or shows completion of 60 semester hours of college coursework is eligible to sub. All they need to do is attend the D15 sub training on Feb. 8th and we will get them signed up! See the Flier for more info!

Job Fair

District 15 will be holding another Job Fair on Monday, March 7, 2022 at the Palatine Library from 12 pm-3 pm.

We are looking for the following positions:

  • Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; and paid holidays

  • Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule!

  • Full-time Program Assistants

  • Office and Library Clericals

  • Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians

  • Nutrition Services

  • Nurses

  • And more!

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


Reminder: Communications Survey

If you did not previously have a chance to fill out the communications survey and would like to do so, you can fill it out here!