Chapter 1

  • WELCOME TO SCHOOL DISTRICT 15

    District 15—the second largest elementary system in Illinois with more than 12,000 students—has fifteen K-6 schools, four junior high schools, and one alternative school. Serving students from all or parts of seven municipalities, the District’s boundaries encompass a diverse population of approximately 35 square miles, with a population of 119,054 (2010) residents who speak more than 70 languages or dialects.

    District 15 is committed to providing educational opportunities that will prepare children for the challenges of a rapidly changing world—a solid foundation in the basics and the development of independent learners and problem solvers. The District also recognizes the essential role technology plays in helping children reach their potential and giving them the necessary tools to be successful.

    The mission of Community Consolidated School District 15 is: To produce world-class learners by building a connected learning community. The Mission, Core Values, and Key Goals are established by the Board of Education to provide a framework for providing the children of our community with the highest possible quality of education.

    District 15 has been recognized by awards at the local, regional, and national levels. Nine of the District’s schools have been individually recognized as U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence or No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools.

    In 2003, District 15 became only the third school district in the nation to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the nation’s highest honor for quality and performance excellence.

    A number of District 15 schools have been designated No Excuses University (NEU) schools, part of a network of K-8 schools across the nation dedicated to aggressively promoting college readiness for all students and universal academic achievement.

    Parents are encouraged to become active and involved by visiting our schools, talking with administrators and teachers, volunteering in the schools, and attending Board of Education meetings. Informed parents play an important role in ensuring a sound educational program for their children. Your involvement is essential to building the “connected learning community” that is our District mission.

    This Parent Handbook provides general information about policies and procedures established by the Board of Education. You will receive additional information from the individual schools your children attend. If you need additional information, please feel free to speak to the principal of your local school or contact the Joseph M. Kiszka Educational Service Center at 847-963-3000.

    THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

    Members of the Board of Education are:

    • Lisa Szczupaj, President
    • Michael Smolka, Vice President
    • Anthony Wang, Secretary
    • Frank J. Annerino
    • David Border
    • Barbara A. Kain
    • Zubair Khan

    Board of Education members serve four-year terms. Board elections are held the first Tuesday in April of odd-numbered years.

    ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

    • Scott B. Thompson, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
    • Matthew J. Barbini, Ed.D., Deputy Superintendent of Schools
    • Michael Adamczyk, SFO, Chief School Business Official
    • Susan Gehring, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services
    • Lisa Nuss, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
    • Meg Schnoor, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning
    • Morgan Delack, Chief Communication Officer

    2018-19 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING SCHEDULE

    All meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are held at:

    • Walter R. Sundling Junior High School, 1100 N. Smith Street, Palatine
    • Meetings are open to the public.
    • See the District website under Board of Education for agendas, minutes, Board Briefs, meeting videos, and other information.

    2018

    • August 15, 2018
    • September 12, 2018
    • October 3, 2018
    • November 14, 2018
    • December 12, 2018

    2019

    • January 9, 2019
    • February 13, 2019
    • March 13, 2019
    • April 10, 2019
    • May 8, 2019
    • May 22, 2019 (Retirement reception)
    • June 12, 2019

    ADDRESSING THE BOARD

    At each meeting, members of the public and District employees may comment on or ask questions of the Board on agenda and non-agenda items, subject to reasonable constraints. A form requesting a brief outline of the topic to be discussed is available at the registration table. Comments are limited to five minutes. The Board welcomes written comments.

    The Board rarely acts immediately on issues brought before it for the first time. Even with more familiar issues, the Board takes action only after its members thoroughly examine all aspects of the matter.

    FOIA (FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT)

    In compliance with State Law (5 ILCS 140/4), each school district is required to post specific information regarding the school district as part of FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requirements on its website. If the information you are seeking is not found on the District website (www.ccsd15.net), you may request copies of existing documents using the Request for Examination and/or Copies of Public Records Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act form. This form is provided for your convenience to help expedite the search process—its use is not required, however, all requests must be made in writing. The form is available at the School District 15 Joseph M. Kiszka Educational Service Center, 580 N. 1st Bank Dr., Palatine, or it can be downloaded from the website, www.ccsd15.net/FOIA.

    When a written request for information is received, the District must comply within five working days. Under certain circumstances, the response time may be extended for up to five additional working days. If this happens, you will be notified by letter at the end of the first five days specifying the reason for the delay.

    The fundamental right guaranteed by the Act is the right of inspection. While you may obtain copies of records requests, you are not required to purchase copies of records in order to gain access to them. When copies are requested, a public body may charge fees reasonably calculated to reimburse it for the actual cost of reproducing and certifying public records. FOIA requests can be sent to FOIA@ccsd15.net. Questions concerning requests may be directed to June Becker, Board of Education Recording Secretary, at beckerj@ccsd15.net, or Min Goodwin, Senior Executive Assistant, at goodwinm@ccsd15.net. Additional information about Freedom of Information Act Requests can be found on the District’s website, www.ccsd15.net/FOIA.

    DISTRICT 15 CIVIC BELIEFS

    Our democracy is based upon a common set of civic beliefs that must be passed from generation to generation. Our democratic society cannot succeed unless we are guided by those beliefs inherent in our Constitution. Therefore, these civic beliefs are incorporated into the curriculum, practiced through extracurricular activities, and made an integral part of instruction.

    We believe in the basic rights provided in the U.S. Constitution.

    • Freedoms of speech, press, religion
    • Right of assembly
    • Right of due process
    • Right to equality

    We believe in civic responsibility.

    • Patriotism
    • Democratic process
    • Respect for the flag
    • Community involvement
    • Right and responsibility to vote
    • Respect for property

    We believe in self-worth and responsibility.

    • Self-respect
    • Self-discipline
    • Honesty
    • Integrity
    • Responsibility for choices and consequences for actions

    We believe in human worth and dignity.

    • Compassion, courtesy, and tolerance
    • Respect for differences in race and religion; physical, intellectual, or economic conditions
    • Respect for opinions, cultures, and minorities

    Within a decision-making or problem-solving framework, students will develop:

    • An understanding of the basic rights provided in the U.S. Constitution
    • Civic responsibility
    • An appreciation for self-worth
    • An appreciation for human worth and dignity

    Opportunities for students to experience these civic beliefs are provided through the following activities:

    • Learning across the curriculum
    • Celebration of various holidays commemorating famous American events and people
    • Participation in traditional American rituals, customs, and music
    • Involvement in local community events and school government
    • Development of social interaction skills
    • Use of decision making in the classroom
    • Discussion of current events