Community Consolidated School District 21
Community Newsletter
October 2018

Dear CCSD21 community,

Each year on October 31, the Illinois State Board of Education issues report cards for every school in the state. School and district demographic data, achievement data, financial data, and more, are reported publicly through the report cards. This year’s report card is the first using the new Illinois School Quality Framework as required under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The report card captures a point in time for our school and shows how well we are progressing on a wide range of educational goals and student growth.

Successfully supporting all students in academic and social emotional growth and achievement begins with taking a comprehensive look at where we are, so we can chart the path to where we want to go. The strength of a school community does not lay in a test score nor is it defined by a designation on an annual report card. The strength of a school community is in the enthusiasm for learning we see in our students, it is in building upon the daily successes our students experience in our classrooms. It is in the support of parents, it is in the hard work and dedication of faculty and staff. We see these strengths in every CCSD21 school, every day, and know we must work together to continually improve.

To view the Illinois Report Cards, visit For additional information about CCSD21 that complements the state's report cards, please see our newly-launched Data Dashboard.  

Dr. Michael Connolly

Election Day: Tuesday, November 6

Election Day is right around the corner: Tuesday, November 6. For information on CCSD21's referendum question, please visit Please direct specific questions about voting, polling places, and day-of voter registration to the Cook County Clerk's Office

Board of Education Updates

At its October meeting, the Board of Education unanimously adopted a resolution that directs the administration to develop and present a comprehensive implementation proposal for a districtwide full-day kindergarten program. A guiding principle in developing the implementation proposal is to work within the existing budget framework. The proposal will be presented to the Board by May 2019 and will address the operational aspects of a full-day kindergarten program, whereas the building bond referendum on the November ballot would prepare physical spaces for full-day kindergarten.
To complement the Illinois Report Card released today, CCSD21 launched a Data Dashboard to share additional data and metrics with the community about our schools and students. Visit to view information related to student characteristics, student successes, learning environment, finance and operations, and information services.

State champion!

Congratulations to Mario Torres, a London Middle School eighth grader, who placed first at the state Cross Country meet! Runners from all three middle schools qualified to compete at the state meet. 

Family Learning Program

The fall session of Family Learning Program classes was a great success! Hosted at Whitman, families from across the District came together to enjoy fun activities. While students participate in art, gym, and computers/engineering classes, parents select the classes they would like to pursue, like English or Spanish, art, zumba, or computers. Save the following dates for the spring session: April 10, 17, 24, and May 1.

Orchestra Festival

Congratulations to our talented musicians who participated in the District 21 & 214 Orchestra Festival on October 30. Students showcased their impressive talent and their hard work and dedication was on full display.

Information Services Efficiencies and Statistics

The Information Services team has been and will continue to operate in a fiscally responsible manner, streamline services and operations when possible, and continue to seek avenues for potential cost savings and efficiencies. Recent performance and financial efficiencies include: 
  • Performance: Successfully closed over 12,000 help desk tickets in the last three years.
  • Access: Device counts have gone from roughly 2,000 devices in 2013 to roughly 10,000 devices in 2018. So, we have added roughly 8,000 devices over the past five years which are managed in-house. Staffing levels have remained approximately the same.
  • Finance: With the sharp increase in technology and devices mentioned, the team has gone from a $3.6M budget in 2014, to a $2.6M budget in 2018.
To celebrate National School Lunch Week, our food service team sampled beet and jicama sticks with our students. Providing fresh, healthy meals is a priority, and gauging student interest in new items is important. The new snacks were a hit!

Staff Technology Mini-Conferences

More than 100 district staff members volunteered their time in June and August to participate in the first annual Summer Technology Mini-Conferences. Attendees included teachers, coaches, principals, administrators, and even students! The mini-cons provided staff an opportunity to learn from their colleagues in a relaxed, hands-on, “luau-themed” environment on 21st century instructional technology tools and resources to integrate into their classrooms and student learning. Session topics included Formative Assessment with Technology, Genius Hour, Makerspaces, Connecting Globally with Video, Hyperdocs, and Seesaw.

CCSD21 In the News

Community Consolidated School District 21
999 West Dundee Road | Wheeling, IL | 60090

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