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    959 W Dundee Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090, USA
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May 20, 2024
CCSD21 names new director of MTSS, coordinator of language services, student services coordinator
  The Community Consolidated School District 21 Board of Education on May 16 voted unanimously to appoint a new director of multi-tiered systems of support, a new coordinator of language services and a new student services coordinator. Dr. Alyssa Shapiro…
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May 17, 2024
CCSD21 names new principals for Field and Twain, new assistant principal for Riley
  The Community Consolidated School District 21 Board of Education on May 16 voted unanimously to appoint new principals for Field and Twain Elementary Schools, along with a new assistant principal for Riley Elementary School. Julie Shaver will join Field…
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May 3, 2024
The May 2024 Family Newsletter is now available
The May 2024 family newsletter is now live! Follow the links below to access your specific version: English Spanish Ukrainian Russian
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May 3, 2024
CCSD21 to revamp intercom, clock systems at all buildings over two years
Community Consolidated School District 21 will undertake a two-year project to replace its simplex intercom and clock systems at all buildings, after receiving approval from the Board of Education during its April 18 meeting. The current systems are not efficient…
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May 3, 2024
Kilmer to add modular classrooms, implement enrollment management plan as student numbers spike
As a result of the ongoing increases in enrollment, varied programming needs and the resulting shortage of available instructional space, a four-classroom modular structure will be added to the grounds of Kilmer Elementary School for use during the 2024-2025 and…
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May 3, 2024
CCSD21 receives highest financial profile designation for fiscal 2023
Community Consolidated School District 21 ended its fiscal year 2023 with the highest designation from the Illinois State Board of Education for its financial management, according to an audit prepared by consulting firm Baker Tilly. “District 21 has continued to…
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May 3, 2024
CCSD21 appoints inaugural members of health center advisory board
Community Consolidated School District 21 on April 18 named the inaugural members of its school-based health center advisory board, which will be tasked with making recommendations and providing community support and feedback. “Over the past several weeks, I’ve had the…
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May 3, 2024
CCSD21 to complete finishing kitchens over summer break
After previously putting the project on hold as it reviewed “its processes and priorities,” Community Consolidated School District 21 will resume its work on installing “finishing kitchens” at the remaining 12 schools that serve breakfast and lunch but do not…
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May 1, 2024
Returning student registration is now available!
Community Consolidated School District 21 is thrilled to announce that registration for returning students is now open for the 2024-2025 academic year! This is your opportunity to secure your spot for the next school year and streamline the process for…
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Apr 30, 2024
PHOTOS: Arbor Day celebrations around the district
  Community Consolidated School District 21 held three celebrations for Arbor Day last week across three schools: London Middle School, Field Elementary School and Whitman Elementary School. At London, the sixth-grade class took turns planting a sugar maple they named…
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Apr 19, 2024
CCSD21 promotes three to student services coordinators
  The Community Consolidated School District 21 Board of Education on April 18 voted unanimously to name Alanna Lambert, Melissa Mariconda and Jennifer Foraker as student services coordinators for the 2024-2025 academic year. All three come from within the district:…
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Apr 19, 2024
CCSD21 names new principal for Kilmer, new assistant principals for Field and Longfellow
  The Community Consolidated School District 21 Board of Education on April 18 voted unanimously to appoint a new principal for Kilmer Elementary School, as well as assistant principals for Field and Longfellow Elementary Schools. Colleen Goodrich will assume the…
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Apr 15, 2024
My Why - Alvarado Brothers, Custodians for CCSD21
There is a famous quote about leadership that goes something like this: Where one goes, others will follow. This couldn’t be more accurate for the Alvarado brothers, all of whom work at CCSD21. Born in Mexico, four Alvarado brothers (and…
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Apr 4, 2024
My Why - Abigail Lopez, Teacher's Assistant
Sometimes fate has a way of guiding you towards the next steps of your life. After being employed in a variety of jobs, including supporting autistic children at Clearbrook home-based services, working at Starbucks, and teaching kids how to swim,…
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Feb 20, 2024
My Why - Kasia Gold, LMC Assistant
It’s so inspiring when you hear that someone has found their purpose. They radiate light. They are happy. They are energetic. They connect with others. They contribute to a greater community. Kasia Gold, library and media center assistant at Field…
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Feb 14, 2024
My Why - Maria Elena Martinez, Teacher's Assistant
Maria Elena Martinez frequently gets mistaken for a student. “It’s probably because I’m small in stature and have youthful energy,” Martinez quips. But this teacher’s assistant at Twain Elementary School has over 30  years of teaching experience both in the…
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Feb 13, 2024
My Why - Dennis Depcik, CCSD21 Parent
If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet Buffalo Grove resident Dennis Depcik yet, you’re missing out on knowing a local renaissance man – a cultured, compassionate and open-minded person who has worn many hats during his long, rich life.…
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Feb 12, 2024
My Why - Josue Velazquez, P.E. Teacher
While Josue Velazquez’s main role as a physical education teacher at Twain Elementary School is to teach the students how to be fit and keep active, he’s much more than that. If you look up the word “mentor” in the…
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Jan 30, 2024
My Why - Donna McDonagh, LMC Assistant
Donna McDonagh “makes this place what it is,” says Amy McCall, literacy equity teacher at London Middle School, as she’s heading out of the library and media center for the day. “She makes it all look easy and is incredibly…
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Dec 1, 2023
MY WHY - Cindy Gonzalez, Part-Time Library Assistant
Cindy Gonzalez is a huge fan of the TV show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. As a child, she watched the show regularly and shares much of the same philosophy as the famous host, including the knowledge that children are easily influenced…
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Nov 7, 2023
My Why - Heather Popilek, Fifth Grade General Education Teacher
  “Learning is all around us. It’s everywhere,” says Heather Popilek, fifth grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary School. “It’s not just within the four walls of my classroom. What we learn in school can be used outside the classroom and…
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Oct 24, 2023
My Why - Colleen Conley, Kindergarten Teacher
“I love that every class is unique and special in their own way. Each class feels like a family to me that has private moments that only we share,” said Colleen Conley, kindergarten teacher at Kilmer Elementary School.  Conley has…
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Oct 24, 2023
My Why - Gustavo Atempa, Spanish Interpreter/Translator
  Since Gustavo Atempa was in the second grade, he’s been interpreting. English to Spanish and Spanish to English. Starting with his parents who immigrated from Mexico, Gustavo helped them fill out government and medical forms. He didn’t want them…
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Oct 24, 2023
My Why - Jaimie Kalinowski, Second Grade General Education Teacher
You might think it strange that Jaimie Kalinowski keeps nuts and seeds in her car. But this nature lover feeds the squirrels, birds, chipmunks and whatever wildlife comes her way each day. She even greets squirrels in the Riley Elementary…
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Mar 12, 2024
Meet - Angie H.
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Mar 12, 2024
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Dec 14, 2023
Meet - Keely H.
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Dec 14, 2023
Meet - Isaiah D.
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Dec 6, 2023
Meet - Nell S.
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Nov 21, 2023
Meet - Ethan A.
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Nov 13, 2023
Meet - Jonathan J.
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Nov 10, 2023
Meet - Cristal A.
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Nov 9, 2023
Meet - Alianna N.
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Nov 7, 2023
Meet - Katherine S.
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Nov 7, 2023
Meet - Jayce U.
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Nov 3, 2023
Meet - Jovan P.
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Apr 10, 2024
Allyson Bremer - '98
Allyson (“Ally”) Bremer didn’t have the best time in middle school. “I was really unhappy and never pictured an opening for myself,” said Bremer. That is, until, London Middle School teacher Miss Brand (now Mrs. Thomas) came into the picture.…
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Jan 9, 2024
Matt Pomilia - '98
  Matt Pomilia is earning his second master’s degree. This comes after earning two other degrees from other higher education institutions. Education is important to Pomilia. “It’s the process of self discovery,” says Pomilia. “It’s a way to accentuate yourself…
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Oct 30, 2023
Maggie Khayyata - '20
Maggie Khayyata “Lights Up” (a song from Harry Styles' Fine Line album)  when talking about being able to see her favorite artist in concert. Besides her love for Harry there is so much more to know about her. Maggie attended…
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Sep 27, 2023
Joseph Eckert - '93
  Joseph Eckert is one of four physical education teachers at Cooper Middle School and believes middle school P.E. is one of the most important classes students take. “Students learn social, cognitive and physical skills when they are doing athletic…
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Jul 6, 2023
Jasmine Rene - '22
Meet Jasmine Rene, a current sophomore at Wheeling High School. She is the youngest of five older brothers and graduated from Mark Twain Elementary and Holmes Middle School. During her time at Twain a very memorable experience was her gym…
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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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