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Dec 12, 2023
8:30a - 9:00a
1st Grade Book Club
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Dec 13, 2023
6:30p - 7:30p
2nd/3rd Grade Music Show
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Dec 14, 2023
8:00a - 9:00a
Puzzle Club
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Dec 14, 2023
7:00p - 9:00p
Board of Education Meeting
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Dec 21, 2023
8:00a - 8:45a
Board Game Club
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Dec 25, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Winter Break
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Dec 26, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Winter Break
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Dec 27, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Winter Break
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Dec 28, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Winter Break
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Dec 29, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Winter Break
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Jan 01, 2024
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Winter Break
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Jan 02, 2024
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Winter Break
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Jan 03, 2024
8:00a - 3:30p
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Jan 04, 2024
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Jan 05, 2024
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News and Happenings View All News >

Dec 1, 2023
The December 2023 Family Newsletter is now available!
The December 2023 family newsletter is now live! Follow the links below to access your specific version: English Spanish Ukrainian Russian
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Nov 21, 2023
2023 Season’s Greeting Card Design Challenge
Thank you to all the students who submitted designs for the  2023 Season’s Greeting Card Design Challenge. There were over 160 entries and the decision was not an easy one to make. We appreciate the efforts all students took to…
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Nov 9, 2023
CCSD21 approves contract with Advocate Medical Group, awards construction contracts for school-based health center
The Community Consolidated School District 21 Board of Education on Thursday officially approved a contract with Advocate Medical Group for the operation of its school-based health clinic within the Community Service Center and Administrative Office. The board also approved four…
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Nov 9, 2023
CCSD21 initiates $1.12 million transfer from educational to debt service fund for financing of CSCAO
The Community Consolidated School District 21 Board of Education on Thursday officially approved the process by which approximately $1.12 million will be transferred from the district’s educational fund to its debt service fund. The board previously authorized issuance of debt…
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Nov 8, 2023
Family voices were heard by district teachers and administrators
Community Consolidated School District 21 staff and administrators hosted a Family Voices event on Nov. 6, inviting parents in the district for an opportunity to increase student and family enrichment and provide thoughts on potential family learning programs. By sharing…
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Nov 6, 2023
The November 2023 Family Newsletter is now available!
The November 2023 family newsletter is now live! Follow the links below to access your specific version: English Spanish Ukrainian Russian
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Nov 2, 2023
CCSD21 announces administrative members of transportation committee
Community Consolidated School District 21 offered an update on the formation of its transportation committee during the October meeting of its board of education, announcing the administrators who will serve as part of the committee. These include Dr. Joe Arduino,…
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Nov 2, 2023
CCSD21 to form advisory board to oversee new student-based health center
At least eight individuals will be tapped for an advisory board for Community Consolidated School District 21’s student-based health center, according to a discussion that took place during the October meeting of the board of education. That number could trend…
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Oct 31, 2023
State Senator Julie Morrison visits Twain Elementary School
The students at Twain Elementary School got a special treat on October 30 when State Senator Julie Morrison participated in the Illinois Principals Association’s “Principal for a Day.” Twain Principal Alyssa Shapiro and school board members Arlen S. Gould and…
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Oct 24, 2023
Superintendent Student Advisory Council meets to discuss variety of topics
As the first trimester of middle school wound down, approximately 40 students were treated to a pizza lunch at CCSD21’s Administrative Building in exchange for their opinions on a variety of student-related topics. The Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council plays a…
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Oct 23, 2023
Mobile medical care comes to Twain and Whitman Elementary Schools
Twain and Whitman Elementary School students who hold Medicaid or have no health insurance were given free medical care in October, compliments of Advocate Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile unit. Medical providers were on hand to provide…
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Oct 12, 2023
Police activity near London Middle School
London Middle School administration conducted a brief lockdown tonight after learning of police activity in the neighborhood. After investigating the situation, the Wheeling Police Department determined there was no active threat or safety concern for the broader school community and…
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Dec 1, 2023
MY WHY - Cindy Gonzalez, part-time library assistant at Kilmer Elementary School
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 at Longfellow Elementary School
  “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 at Kilmer Elementary School
“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 at Riley Elementary School
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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Oct 24, 2023
My Why - Joyce Masciopinto, Resource Teacher at Twain Elementary School
It’s no surprise that Joyce Masciopinto only takes in rescue dogs. “I have a tendency to care for animals I find that have been abandoned by their mothers,” she states. “I have also sheltered birds, bunnies and even a baby…
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Sep 29, 2023
My Why - Melanie Serevo - Preschool “Specials” Teacher at Tarkington and Hawthorne
Melanie Serevo became a teacher after she experienced first-hand the impact that teachers had on her and she wanted to give that same sense of success to other students who were struggling. “I felt like no one wanted to help…
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Sep 1, 2023
My Why - Officer Devin Ladesic, School Resource Officer for Holmes, Frost, Twain and Whitman
For someone who describes himself as a closet nerd, Wheeling Police Officer Devin Ladesic is far from it. Raised by a single mother, Ladesic attended Whitman Elementary and Holmes Middle Schools. He exudes a youthful, fun spirit that will serve…
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Sep 1, 2023
My Why - Officer Lukasz Czapla, School Resource Officer for London, Field, Riley and Tarkington
A move from Poland to the U.S. when Lukasz Czapla was 14 years old was the impetus for helping other students navigate the school environment. He and his family landed in LaSalle-Peru, Illinois where he didn’t know a word of…
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Sep 1, 2023
My Why - Officer Michael Essig, School Resource Officer for Cooper, Kilmer, Longfellow and Poe
Michael Essig does not have a New Jersey accent, despite originally hailing from the Garden State, as he and his family moved to Illinois when he was quite young. “I still have many relatives who have an accent and it’s…
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Jul 11, 2023
My Why- Gabe Gyorgy, Custodian at Frost
Gabe Gyorgy is a custodian at Frost Elementary School whose booming and positive personality lights up the halls. His job keeps him going as he loves working with kids. He is also a part of the neighborhood, making him truly…
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Jun 29, 2023
My Why - Sofia Horwitz, Communications Intern
  Hi, my name is Sofia Horwitz and I’m a senior at Buffalo Grove High School. I just started as an intern this summer with Community Consolidated School District 21. I've always had a passion for reading and writing all…
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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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Oct 24, 2023
Meet - Morgan S.
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Oct 19, 2023
Meet - Pranshu G.
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Oct 12, 2023
Meet - Edie W.
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Oct 6, 2023
Meet - Nico G.
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Meet our Alumni View All >

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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