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 November 30, 2012
Hunting Ridge School's Veterans Day Ceremony
Members of Mount Prospect's American Legion Post 525 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1337 were honored guests for Hunting Ridge School's Veterans Day ceremony earlier this month.
District News 
D15 Board approves 2013-14 calendar 
The District 15 Board of Education approved the District's official 2013-14 calendar during its November 14 meeting.

The 2013-14 calendar includes the following key dates:

Beginning of the School Year: Staff Institute Days are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, August 22 and 23. Grades 1-8 begin classes on Monday, August 26. Kindergarten and early childhood classes begin on Tuesday, August 27.


Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving will be celebrated on Thursday, November 28. There will be no school that week, but parent-teacher conferences will be held on Monday and Tuesday, November 25 and 26.


Winter Break: There will be no school from Monday, December 23, through Friday, January 3, with schools reopening on Monday, January 6.


Spring Break:

There will be no school Monday, March 24, through Friday, March 28, with schools reopening Monday, March 31.


End of the School Year: The school year will end on Friday, June 6, should the District not use any snow days.


The complete calendar can be viewed at | About District 15 | Official School Calendars.
Sixth-grade cross country champs honored
During its November 14 meeting, the District 15 Board of Education recognized the following students who won their heats in the sixth-grade cross country meet, which was held October 4 at Salk Park in Rolling Meadows: 
  • Samantha DeJulio from Virginia Lake School 
  • Morgan Perkins from Hunting Ridge School 
  • Julia Zumski from Willow Bend School
  • Eduardo Gil from Virginia Lake School 
  • John Smyros from Hunting Ridge School 
  • Yoshi Otani from Marion Jordan School 

More than 400 students from each of the District's 15 elementary schools competed in the meet, which was divided into six heats--three for girls and three for boys. Medals were awarded to the top 10 finishers in each heat, and "top flight" ribbons were given to students who finished from 11th to 20th place. Every runner received a participation ribbon at the finish line. 

NWSC Coat Closet Northwest Suburban Council of PTA/PTSA donates clothing to Hurricane Sandy victims
On November 13, volunteers from the Northwest Suburban Council (NWSC) of PTA/PTSA selected warm clothing from the NWSC Coat Closet to be donated to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Ten large lawn leaf bags of overstock coats and cold weather accessories were selected by Susan Rogers, NWSC health and safety chair; Jen Towsey, Central Road PTA president; and Kelly Hill, also from Central Road. The items were then donated to RIM Logistics, a transportation company in Roselle that conducted a warm clothing drive at its warehouse. RIM Logistics delivered the collected items to victims of Hurricane Sandy over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The NWSC provides support and resources to the local PTA and PTSA units of all District 15 schools. It established the Coat Closet so that all District 15 children would have the opportunity to be properly clothed in the winter months. The Coat Closet is located at Gray M. Sanborn School, 101 N. Oak Street, Palatine. Coats, hats, gloves and mittens, snow pants, scarves, and boots, ranging in size from toddler to adult, are available.

Those needing clothing should contact any District 15 school office.

Winter weather is on the way
Time to review school closing procedures
District 15 takes the responsibility of deciding whether to close schools seriously, and, generally speaking, schools will remain open except for instances of extremely inclement weather.

It is important to note, though, that you, the parent or guardian, ultimately make the decision whether to send your child to school when weather conditions are extremely poor. If you do decide to keep your child home on a day in which the weather is extremely inclement but schools are not closed, your child will be marked absent, but the absence will not count against any attendance incentive programs and your child will be given every opportunity to make up missed work.

As a parent or guardian, you are also responsible for making alternative arrangements for your child's care in the event that schools are closed due to inclement weather. For this reason, you should be prepared to answer the following question:

If school should be closed tomorrow for inclement weather or an emergency, who would care for and supervise my child?

If a snow day is called, that decision will be made by 5 a.m. and, shortly afterward, announcements will be made via ...

  • Phone--District 15 uses the phone system School Messenger to call the phone number(s) listed in the District's database. That phone system is able to call every phone number in the District in about 15 minutes. Please contact your school office if your phone number has changed or you wish to add additional phone numbers to contact.
  • E-mail--D15 E-News will send parents an e-mail announcing any school closures to the e-mail address listed on their child's school registration form. Parents can add additional e-mail addresses by visiting and entering the e-mail addresses in the "Join Our D15 E-News List" box.
  • Web--If classes are cancelled due to inclement weather, an announcement will also be posted in the "District Announcements" box on the District and School hompages, as well as in its "Emergency School Closings" section.
  • Radio and TV--Should a snow day be called, District 15 will inform radio stations WGN-AM 720, WBBM-AM 780 and 105.9 FM, and TV stations CBS-2, NBC-5, ABC-7, WGN-9, FOX-32, and CLTV News. The announcement on the radio and TV describes our district as "District 15, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Cook County."
  • Recorded Message--News of a snow day will also be shared via a recorded message available at the District's main number, 847-963-3000.
Cold weather recess
Students generally go outside for recess every day. However, the following guidelines are used:
  • If the temperature outside, together with the wind chill, is below 0F, all students will remain inside for the entire lunch hour.
  • If the temperature outside, together with the wind chill, is between 0-10F, the preferred procedure is a rotation of 20 minutes for lunch, a 20-minute outdoor recess, and a 20-minute indoor recess. However, at the principal's discretion, students may be kept inside for the entire lunch hour.
  • If the temperature outside, together with the wind chill, is above 10F, students will have regular outdoor recess.
Other considerations in which indoor recess is allowed include poor conditions on the playground and the presence of precipitation.

For indoor recess, students are supervised in their classrooms. Students are permitted to socialize and play appropriate games--cards or board games--during indoor recess.
Mark Your Calendar
Fifth- and sixth-grade girls invited
to District 211's 'GEMS Extravaganza'  
Township High School District 211 will host its third annual GEMS Conference for fifth- and sixth-grade girls and their parents on Saturday, February 9, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Conant High School, 700 E. Cougar Trail, in Hoffman Estates.

GEMS stands for Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science, and the purpose of this conference is to educate girls about careers in those fields, and to introduce them to female role models from these industries. Girls will learn about careers in engineering, math, and science by participating in hands-on sessions taught by women who are actively working in these fields.

Parents are also invited to attend the conference, as well. They can participate in seminars and discussions on how to prepare girls for success in engineering, math, and science courses at both the high school and college level.

Registration for the third annual Township High School District 211 GEMS Extravaganza begins Monday, December 3, and closes Friday, January 11, or when sessions are filled.

For more information, or to register, visit
District Fifteen Educational Foundation
Pay tribute to your favorite educator
with a Foundation donation
If you are looking for a unique gift for a teacher or staff member, please consider making a donation to the District Fifteen Educational Foundation through its Teacher/Staff Tribute program.

District Fifteen Educational FoundationThe Foundation will send a letter to the staff member to notify him/her of the gift that you have made in his/her honor, and will send you a letter of thanks for your tax-deductible donation.

For more information, visit the Foundation's website at | About District 15 | District Fifteen Educational Foundation, or contact Donna Kennedy, Foundation coordinator, at 847-963-3160 or
About District 15
Community Consolidated School District 15
The mission of Community Consolidated School District 15 is:CCSD15 logo
"To produce world-class learners by building a connected learning community." Producing world-class learners in today's complex and fast-paced world is the single most important responsibility of the district. Schools, teachers, administrators, and support staff work together to ensure that all students enrolled in district schools receive the highest quality of educational opportunities that will not only enable them to meet or exceed state standards, but also will position them for success in future educational and career endeavors.

Community Consolidated School District 15 is the third largest elementary district in Illinois, serving a diverse population in all or part of seven northwest suburban communities: Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, South Barrington, Arlington Heights, and Schaumburg. District 15 has fifteen elementary schools, four junior high schools, and one preschool early childhood center and alternative public day school. For more information, please visit the District's website,

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In This Issue
D15 Board approves 2013-14 calendar
Sixth-grade cross country champs crowned
Northwest Suburban Council of PTA/PTSA donates clothing to Hurricane Sandy victims
Winter weather is on the way: Time to review school closing procedures
Fifth- and sixth-grade girls invited to District 211's 'GEMS Extravaganza'
Pay tribute to your favorite educator with a Foundation donation
Be sure to check out the flyers from
nonprofit groups, intergovernmental agencies, and other business partners online at | Links | D15 E-Flyers.
Looking Ahead
December 3-21
Winter MAP testing window for Grade 2 in reading and math, other grade levels/subjects site-based as needed

December 9
First day of Hanukkah

December 11-12
Junior High Algebra Benchmark Test 1

December 12
Board of Education regular meeting, 7 p.m. at Walter R. Sundling Junior High

December 17
First day that Board of Education candidates may file nominating petitions with the Board of Education secretary for the April 19, 2013, school board election.

December24-January 4
Winter break, no school

December 24
Last day that Board of Education candidates may file nominating petitions with the Board of Education secretary for the April 19, 2013, school board election.

December 25

Christmas Day

January 1
New Year's Day

January 7
Schools Reopen

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Parent/Student Handbook 2012-13  
An online version of District 15's 2012-13 Parent/Student Handbook can be viewed at | For Parents/Students | Parent/Student Handbook.

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Community Consolidated
School District 15

580 N. 1st Bank Dr.
Palatine, IL 60067

Board of Education
Timothy Millar
Scott Herr
Vice President
Peggy Babcock
Richard L. Bokor
Gerard Iannuzzelli
David W. Seiffert
Manjula Sriram

Superintendent of Schools

Scott B. Thompson