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CCSD21 is a northwest suburban Chicago school district comprised of 13 schools across 6 different communities, serving students in pre-k through 8th grade.

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ccsd21.org • 847.537.8270 • 959 W Dundee Road, Wheeling, IL 60090
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200 Glendale Street
Wheeling, Illinois 60090

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Lynne Duffy

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22
Jun 22, 2023
7:00p - 9:00p
Board of Education Meeting
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Jul 27, 2023
7:00p - 9:00p
Board of Education Meeting
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Aug 17, 2023
7:00p - 9:00p
Board of Education Meeting
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21
Aug 21, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
Institute Day - No Classes
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Aug 22, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
Institute Day - No Classes
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Aug 23, 2023
All Day
First Day of Classes, Grades 1-8
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Aug 24, 2023
All Day
First Day of Classes, Pre-K & Kindergarten
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Sep 04, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Labor Day
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Sep 21, 2023
7:00p - 9:00p
Board of Education Meeting
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Sep 22, 2023
All Day
School Improvement Day--AM Classes Only, no pre-K
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Sep 25, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Yom Kippur Non-Attendance Day
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Oct 09, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Indigenous Peoples Day
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Oct 16, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
Institute Day - No Classes
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19
Oct 19, 2023
7:00p - 9:00p
Board of Education Meeting
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Nov 09, 2023
7:00p - 9:00p
Board of Education Meeting
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Jun 6, 2023
June 2023 Newsletter
SUPERINTENDENT'S MESSAGE   UPCOMING EVENTS MARK YOUR CALENDAR WITH THESE IMPORTANT DATES Thursday, June 22 -- Board of Education meeting For all other school calendar dates, click here.   BUSINESS OFFICE UPDATES CCSD21 to offer free lunch throughout the summer Community Consolidated…
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Jun 2, 2023
CCSD21 to upgrade network infrastructure as part of regular refresh cycle
CCSD21 will, over the summer, upgrade major network infrastructure components as part of a regular refresh cycle. The current network infrastructure was installed in 2017 and is due for replacement, according to Chief Technology Officer Mike Frantini. The upgrade consists…
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May 31, 2023
Roughly 25% of Holmes' roof to be replaced as part of summer work
Approximately 25% of the roof at Holmes Middle School will be repaired and replaced during the summer following repeated damage from high-wind and inclement weather incidents, one of many projects scheduled to be completed across the district over these next…
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May 27, 2023
CCSD21 to install more security cameras in high-traffic areas
When students and staff return to CCSD21 in the fall, they will likely notice an increased presence of security cameras throughout each of the district’s 13 schools.  As part of the next phase of school safety that was made possible…
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May 19, 2023
CCSD21 Welcomes New Principal at Holmes 
The Community Consolidated School District 21 welcomes a new leader to the 2023-2024 school year.    After serving successfully as an assistant principal at Cooper Middle School, Jenny Lagunas will now use her skills and talents to lead Holmes Middle…
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May 8, 2023
May 2023 Family Newsletter
SUPERINTENDENT'S MESSAGE Dear CCSD21 Parents and Community Members, Respectfully, Dr. Michael Connolly Superintendent of Schools UPCOMING EVENTS MARK YOUR CALENDAR WITH THESE IMPORTANT DATES Friday, May 19, 2023 - School Improvement Day – AM Classes Only, No Pre-K Monday, May 29,…
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May 4, 2023
CCSD21 extends pupil transportation services agreement with First Student
CCSD21 and First Student extended their pupil transportation services agreement for the 2023-2024 school year at an increased rate of 10.5% over the 2022-2023 school term. While the new terms remain below similar increases for First Student clients throughout the…
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May 4, 2023
CCSD21 initiates $20 million fund transfer for capital project consideration
CCSD21 is planning to transfer $20 million from its education fund into the operations and maintenance fund. This money will then be transferred into the capital projects funds, as required by law, for use to complete projects as part of…
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May 3, 2023
Competitive boys volleyball program to be introduced at CCSD21 middle schools in 2023-2024
A competitive boys volleyball program will be introduced across CCSD21 middle schools beginning with the 2023-2024 school year. Dr. Michael Connolly, superintendent of CCSD21, notified the board of education during its monthly meeting on April 27 of the plan, after…
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May 3, 2023
CCSD21, Advocate Aurora Health enter contract negotiations to provide school-based health center in CSCAO
When the CCSD21 Community Service Center and Administrative Office officially opened to the public at the beginning of the year, a question that remained was what would occupy the empty office space on the north side of the first floor…
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May 1, 2023
CCSD21 board swears in new member, decides on new structure
  The CCSD21 board of education, during its monthly meeting on April 27, recognized a departing board member, welcomed a new one, and decided on its new structure for its next legislative session. Stacy Hipsak Goetz, who joined the board…
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May 1, 2023
CCSD21 hires new director of teaching and learning for science and social studies, new assistant principal at Field
  The CCSD21 board of education on April 27 voted to appoint a new director of teaching and learning for science and social studies, along with a new assistant principal for Field Elementary School. Dr. Astrid Rodrigues will join the…
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Jun 1, 2023
My Why - Patricia Zelasko, Fifth Grade Teacher at Kilmer
For as long as Patricia Zelasko can remember, she wanted to be a teacher. As an alumna of Whitman Elementary and Holmes Middle Schools, Patricia – like many others –  dreamed of coming back to the district that raised her…
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May 1, 2023
My Why - Olivia Aguado, Public Health Liaison
When the AIDS epidemic was in full force, Olivia Aguado was a student at Wheeling High School and asked her counselor if she could do something to educate her peers on this deadly virus. The counselor consented and Olivia put…
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May 1, 2023
My Why - Nora Molina, Family Liaison for Pre-K
Nora Molina, the family liaison for pre-kindergarten students in CCSD21, has a passion for helping people, education and traveling. She is enthusiastic and free-spirited; but her life started out in a very conservative way. She attended a strict Catholic all-girls…
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Apr 3, 2023
My Why - Madeline Bennett, School Nurse
It’s no surprise that Madeline Bennett turned out to be a nurse. She is the oldest of five  daughters and was the caretaker to her younger sisters. She spent a lot of her youth looking after her siblings, playing the…
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Apr 3, 2023
My Why - Dawn Oda, Building Secretary
Dawn Oda is the first face you see when entering Riley Elementary School. She is smiley and bubbly. As the baby of a large family, Dawn had to learn to get along with others. In fact, this extrovert is the…
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Feb 15, 2023
My Why - Sarah Mendoza, ELSP Teacher
Sarah Mendoza gets to experience a glimpse into the life of her students that most teachers don’t see. She delights in being part of the connections that her students make at school. Sarah is a special education teacher in the…
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Feb 15, 2023
My Why - Kassidy Lindholm, Social Worker
Kassidy Lindholm loves to travel. In fact, she lived in Ecuador for two years after college. “I love to go to places that are very different from mine to see beyond my own life. It helps me understand others better,”…
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Jan 25, 2023
My Why - Gladys Erdmannsdorfer, Family Liaison
As a young girl living in Peru, Gladys Erdmannsdorfer’s mother took godchildren into her home who were in need, helping them with groceries, babysitting, transporting their children to school, or whatever else she could do to assist. Gladys never forgot…
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Jan 25, 2023
My Why - Katie Gore, Kindergarten Teacher
Kilmer teacher Katie Gore learned a lot from her parents. “My dad worked in sales but didn’t really care for his job. It was a way to make a living and support the family,” Katie says. “My mom was a…
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Dec 16, 2022
My Why - Emily Ford, Instructional Coach
A challenging math class in 6th grade and a teacher who spent the time working with Emily Ford sent her on a path to become a teacher. As with many who go into education as a profession, it takes a…
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Dec 16, 2022
My Why - Octavio Alvarado, Head Custodian Tarkington Elementary School
You’d be surprised to know that Octavio Alvarado, head custodian at Tarkington Elementary School, is afraid of heights… as he has to climb ladders, paint classrooms and ascend to the roof of the school to fix, clean and maintain the…
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Nov 30, 2022
My Why - Meagan Novara, Restorative Practice Coach
 As an Italian woman who loves to cook, one of Meagan Novara’s favorite things to do is have a big, crowded house with lots of people eating good food. Large gatherings are not a problem for Meagan as she is…
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Jun 6, 2023
Meet - Niki T.
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May 27, 2023
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May 27, 2023
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Apr 20, 2023
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Mar 15, 2023
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Mar 15, 2023
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Feb 15, 2023
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Feb 15, 2023
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Jan 25, 2023
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Jan 25, 2023
Meet - Jasmine R.
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Meet our Alumni View All >

Apr 30, 2023
Henry Allan - '14
Since he was 2 years old, CCSD21 alumnus Henry Allan has been performing. His first depiction, Jon Bon Jovi – and he nailed it!  Since then, his life has been filled with creative endeavors: writing, directing, singing, composing, arranging and…
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Mar 27, 2023
Noah Festenstein - '11
CCSD21 alumnus Noah Festenstein embraces life. Always has. “I like to take in new experiences, explore and embrace moments,” said Festenstein. As a child at Riley Elementary School, he participated in the homework club, which helped him do well in…
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