CCSD15 Staff Newsletter

February 20, 2019

Donalyn Miller to give free presentation to teachers

Staff are invited to join the Department of Instruction for a free and optional professional development opportunity with award-winning Texas teacher and author Donalyn Miller.

Miller will come to to the ESC on Wednesday, February 27 from 3:45 to 5 p.m. for a presentation on investing in children's reading year round. Extensive research proves that children with positive reading identities and the opportunity to read independently at school and home achieve at higher levels on reading tests. In this presentation, Donalyn describes the factors that engage children with reading both at school and home—ensuring both their academic success and their lifelong reading habits.

Teachers in attendance will receive one hour CPDU credit. Registration is required by visiting this link. Thank you to Scholastic Book Fairs for organizing her visit.

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Apply for a one-five Foundation mini-grant through March 22

The one-five Foundation/Kathy Buesching Memorial Mini-Grant Program is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year.

The mission of the one-five Foundation is to acquire resources to be used for programs and

projects to enhance and supplement the educational experience of District 15 students.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the Foundation has decided to consider grants in two areas:

  • The implementation of programs and/or projects
  • The acquisition and application of technology

Specific funds have been allocated for each of these sub-groups. Relative to technology, the grant application must state the specific use of the technology and how it will be utilized and applied in the classroom. The technology grants are not designed to simply acquire new resources, but should demonstrate how it will be applied toward instruction.

Recognizing that some programs include smaller technology components, the Foundation will

evaluate all applications having 50 percent or more of their budget representing purchases evaluated under the technology group.

If you have a program, project or new technology that qualifies as an educational extra (i.e, not normally financed with taxpayer dollars) this would be a wonderful opportunity for you to apply.

Can it be replicated or otherwise serve as an inspiration to others? If so, please submit your application for review.

One-five Foundation mini-grant applications are due March 22, 2019. Only District 15 staff members or teachers may apply. Please follow the guidelines that accompany the application available to view on Google Drive. Winners will be notified by the Foundation office in late April, early May. We look forward to receiving your application.

For more information, contact Pam Seick, Foundation Coordinator, at (847) 963-3160 or

Internal administrative changes

Congratulations to the following staff members who were assigned to new positions within District 15 at the Board of Education's February meeting! These appointments are effective July 1.

Martín DaCosta, Winston Campus Junior High Principal
Jason Klein, Director of Student Information System Implementation & Principal Support
Kristin Voigts, Director of Nutrition Services
Adam Palmer, Executive Director of Human Resources

Staff benefit highlight: Free heart health screenings Feb. 21 & 28

In support of the American Heart Association and in recognition of February being women’s heart health awareness month, CVS Minute Clinics are offering free heart health screenings each Thursday throughout the month of February.

Below, please find a Heart Health Screening voucher with details (it can also be downloaded via the link below) for a free heart health screening that will include Cholesterol, Blood sugar, Blood pressure and body mass index. This service is available for men and women over 18 years of age.

CVS Heart Health Screening Voucher

Staff Web: Home to Employee-Only Information

Log into the staff intranet housed on to get employee-only information from all administrative departments. Click Staff Sign-In at the top of the page to get started. Forgot your login? Contact Sandy Cramer (