Review inclement weather school closing procedures
An update from 
Community Consolidated
School District 15

February 7, 2018


District 15 takes the responsibility of deciding whether to close schools seriously. Generally speaking, schools will remain open except for instances of extremely inclement weather.

If a snow day is called, that decision will be made by 5 a.m. You will be notified of the closure in a variety of ways: 
  • Phone, Text and Email: District 15 will send a message to all parents through a voice call, text message and email. Please ensure your contact information listed in the Parent Portal is accurate. If you have changes you'd like to make to your personal contact information, please contact your child'd school office. 
  • Website: If classes are canceled due to inclement weather, an announcement will also be posted on and all of our school websites. 
  • Social Media: School closures will be posted on the district Facebook and Twitter pages. 
  • 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."

If schools remain open in the event of inclement weather, it is your decision as a parent or guardian to send your child to school or not. If you decide to keep your child home in these situations, your child's absence will be excused and they will have the opportunity to make up missed work. 

Deanna Nemchock

February 5-9 marks marks
National School Counseling Week. In District 15, we have four school counselors: One at each junior high school. Take a moment to learn more about the profession and a valued CCSD15 staff member by reading the story below: 

Even on the coldest of winter days, Carl Sandburg Junior High School Counselor Deanna Nemchock has a way of brightening the hallways and classrooms of the building. Her positivity and love for the profession is apparent.

"Seeing students reach their potential and utilize the things that you say is what I love the most about being a school counselor," she said.

The profession of school counseling has changed dramatically over the years. What was once a position to guide students in academics and career pathways, the role has shifted to also assist with social emotional development.

"We have similar training to a social worker. We are here to advocate for everyone on a universal level," she said. "A lot of times when a student has an issue they think the only person they can go to is the social worker, but that's not the case anymore," she said.

Nemchock's goal is to build a comprehensive school counseling curriculum at Carl Sandburg to better serve the students' needs each year. She's starting small by putting interventions in place for 7th graders who are struggling academically.

"It's the first time they are going from class to class. A lot of them don't know how to study, don't know how to take a test. We're assuming kids are coming in with those skills already," she said.

Looking forward, Nemchock has set high goals both for herself and for the school.

"In the near future, I would like to become a licensed professional counselor (LPC)," she said. "My goal is to get Carl Sandburg a recognized school counseling program." 

Nemchock and her colleagues at Plum Grove, Winston Campus and Walter R. Sundling Junior High Schools do a great deal to support our students both academically and emotionally. Please take a moment to recognize their efforts in District 15 during 
National School Counseling Week. 

Rosie C.

Thanks to her extensive volunteer efforts, Plum Grove student Rosie C. has been selected as Illinois' State Honoree in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program. As the state honoree, Rosie will receive a $1,000 scholarship, a silver medallion, and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for a series of national recognition events this spring. 

Rosie was selected for this honor out of 30,000 entries. For the past decade, she has dedicated her free time to raising awareness and funds for cancer research. Despite facing Neurofibromatosis (NF1), multiple brain tumors, brain cancer and Acquired Obstructive Hydrocephalus herself, Rosie's commitment to finding a cure for cancer has never wavered. 

In addition to being named the State Honoree, Rosie has also qualified for President's Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes students who have volunteered a significant amount of time to serve their community and country. Rosie is being considered for the National Honoree award, which will be announced this spring. 

Calvin F.

Congratulations to the District 15 Spelling Bee Champion Calvin F. for earning another prestigious Spelling Bee title. 

On Feb. 6, the Plum Grove 7th-grade student took first place in the 8th Annual North Cook Scripps Spelling Bee. The winning word was "politician" and Calvin clinched the first place spot after 20 rounds.

He will now advance to the regional championship competition at McClure Junior High School in Western Springs on Feb 20. Congratulations, Calvin! 

2Ball Winners

Congratulations to the students and staff who participated in the annual District 15 6th grade 2-ball tournament. 

2-Ball is a unique basketball skills game played by two-player teams. Each team has one minute to score as many baskets as possible from any of the designated shooting spots identified on a half court. Each shooting spot is worth a different point value based on the difficulty of the basket. At the end of the competition, the team with the highest score wins. 

This year, 160 sixth-grade boys from each District 15 elementary school competed in the tournament on Feb. 6 and 156 sixth-grade girls participated on Feb. 7. The athletes were divided into large and small school divisions. Large schools include Hunting Ridge, Lake Louise, Lincoln, Stuart R. Paddock, Virginia Lake, Pleasant Hill, Jane Addams and Central Road. Small schools include Kimball Hill, Thomas Jefferson, Marion Jordan, Winston Elementary, Willow Bend, Gray M. Sanborn and Frank C. Whiteley. 

Girls Competition First Place Winners: 

Marion Jordan: Brynn and Hailey (small school)
Lake Louise: Lindsey and Carley (large school)

Boys Competition First Place Winners:

Frank C. Whiteley: Arman and John (small school)
Hunting Ridge: Kosta and Varun (large school) 

Full results from the competition will be posted on the district website Feb. 8. 
Morgan Delack
Chief Communication Officer
(847) 963-3204
Community Consolidated School District 15, 580 N. 1st Bank Drive, Palatine, IL 60067
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