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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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515 East Merle Street
Wheeling, Illinois 60090

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Dr. Alyssa Shlensky

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Feb 17, 2023
All Day
School Improvement Day--AM Classes Only, no pre-K
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20
Feb 20, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Presidents' Day
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23
Feb 23, 2023
7:00p - 9:00p
Board of Education Meeting
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15
Mar 15, 2023
All Day
Preschool (Pre-K) Non-Attendance Day
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16
Mar 16, 2023
7:00p - 9:00p
Board of Education Meeting
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27
Mar 27, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Spring Break
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Mar 28, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Spring Break
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Mar 29, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Spring Break
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Mar 30, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Spring Break
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Mar 31, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Spring Break
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Apr 03, 2023
All Day
Classes Resume
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07
Apr 07, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Good Friday Non-Attendance Day
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10
Apr 10, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
Institute Day - No Classes
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27
Apr 27, 2023
7:00p - 9:00p
Board of Education Meeting
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May 18, 2023
7:00p - 9:00p
Board of Education Meeting
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Feb 6, 2023
February 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, February 17, 2023 - School Improvement Day  (No attendance for PK students; morning classes for others)…
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Feb 2, 2023
Various projects completed at schools over winter break, more to come
As students and staff across the district returned from winter break, they may have noticed a few changes across their schools.  Most notably was the installation of 30 bottle-filling stations, with five more to be completed over spring break, almost…
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Feb 1, 2023
CCSD21 hosts ribbon-cutting for new administrative building
Community Consolidated School District 21 on Saturday, Jan. 21, officially celebrated the opening of its new Community Service Center and Administrative Office at 959 W. Dundee Road in Wheeling.  Construction on the three-story, 39,700-square-foot facility began in December 2021 and…
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Feb 1, 2023
IPA’s North Cook Region Elects Dr. Alyssa Shlensky Shapiro of Twain as Elementary School Principal of the Year
Community Consolidated School District 21 is proud to announce that Dr. Alyssa Shlensky Shapiro, principal of Twain Elementary School, was elected as the North Cook Region of the Illinois Principals Association’s Elementary School Principal of the Year.  The Horace Mann/IPA…
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Jan 6, 2023
January 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 Monday, January 9, 2023 - Institute Day (No classes) Tuesday, January 10, 2023 - Classes resume (K-8th grades)…
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Dec 21, 2022
Winter Storm 12-22-2022  Early Dismissal Notification
For the last several days we have been working closely with the National Weather Service tracking Thursday’s predicted winter storm. Each day the timing of when the storm is likely to produce difficult travel conditions has trended earlier and is…
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Dec 2, 2022
December 2022 Family Newsletter
FAMILY NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2022   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 Mark your calendar with these important dates: Friday, December 23,…
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Nov 9, 2022
November 2022 Family Newsletter
NOVEMBER 2022 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 Tuesday, November 8 - No School (Election Day) Monday, November 21 - No School (Teacher Conference…
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Oct 27, 2022
Our Report Card
Each year in October the Illinois State Board of Education releases the Illinois School Report Card which provides school and district demographic information, finances, and student growth and achievement.  Each school in the state is given one of four Summative…
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Oct 7, 2022
OCTOBER 2022 FAMILY NEWSLETTER
FAMILY NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2022   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 Mark your calendar with these important dates: Monday, September 5…
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Oct 6, 2022
An important message from District 21
The following is an important message from District 21. For closed caption, view the video here. For Spanish translation, view the video here.   
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Oct 4, 2022
Holmes Middle School Evening Update
Dear Holmes Middle School Parents and Guardians, At approximately 12:00 PM today, Tuesday October 4, Holmes Middle School was placed into lockdown after a report was made of a possible gun in the school. The Wheeling Police Department immediately responded…
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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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Nov 30, 2022
My Why - Mallory Rossi, Physical Therapist
District 21’s physical therapist Mallory Rossi talks fast, walks fast and moves fast. She also has a “no excuses” attitude. So when she tore her ACL as a junior basketball player at St. Viator H.S. and spent nine months in…
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Nov 3, 2022
My Why - Steve Hamann, Middle School Art Teacher
 There’s a serene, Zen-like quality to Steve Hamann. When you meet him, he’s relaxed – his clothes, his hair, his manner. Even his classroom is calming. He plays soft music and sometimes dims the lights for a tranquil atmosphere. “I…
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Nov 2, 2022
My Why - Bari Bagby, 4th Grade Teacher
Friends and family members of Bari Bagby would say she is full of adventure. She has traveled the world, documenting her experiences with photos, itineraries, journals, lists of things to see and even better places to eat. She loves to…
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Oct 7, 2022
My Why - Sam Fabrikant, English Language Resource Teacher
As an alumnus of Longfellow and Cooper, it’s no surprise that Sam Fabrikant is back in the district, this time working as a teacher. “It’s home,” Sam says. “It’s where I had a fantastic experience on every level and I…
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Sep 6, 2022
My Why - Ania Figueroa, Director Language Services
  You might be surprised to learn that about 50% of Community Consolidated School District 21 (CCSD21) students are considered “ELs” or English Language Learners, meaning students’ main language spoken at home is something other than English. Ania Figueroa is…
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Aug 12, 2022
My Why - Colleen Connolly, Student Services Coordinator
As we start back up with the new school year, CCSD21 will be featuring a staff member each month, highlighting their background and their “Why.” We hope this feature will help you get to know our staff members better and…
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Jan 25, 2023
Meet - Arthur V.
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Jan 25, 2023
Meet - Jasmine R.
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Dec 16, 2022
Meet - Hanika O.
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Dec 16, 2022
Meet - Clara S.
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Nov 30, 2022
Meet - Dominik D.
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Nov 30, 2022
Meet - Eden M.
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Oct 30, 2022
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