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Sep 29, 2023
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Tarkington Colors Spirit Day
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Oct 04, 2023
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Walk and Roll to School Day
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05
Oct 05, 2023
7:00p - 8:00p
PTO Meeting
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Oct 09, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Indigenous Peoples Day
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12
Oct 12, 2023
Noon - 12:30p
Helping Paws Meeting
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Oct 16, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
Institute Day - No Classes
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Oct 19, 2023
7:00p - 9:00p
Board of Education Meeting
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Oct 20, 2023
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Twin Day
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Nov 02, 2023
7:00p - 8:00p
PTO eeting
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Nov 07, 2023
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Picture Retake Day
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09
Nov 09, 2023
7:00p - 9:00p
Board of Education Meeting
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Nov 17, 2023
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Comfy Clothes Day
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Nov 20, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Conference Non-Attendance Day
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Nov 21, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Conference Non-Attendance Day
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Nov 22, 2023
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Non-Attendance Day
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News and Happenings View All News >

Sep 11, 2023
Riley celebrates new playground with ribbon-cutting ceremony
The playground outside Riley Elementary School was abuzz on Monday, Aug. 28, as the Rams community celebrated the new structure with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  “Free play outside benefits students in a variety of ways,” said Dr. Michael Connolly, superintendent of…
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Sep 6, 2023
September 2023 Family Newsletter now available!
The September 2023 family newsletter is now live! Follow these links to access your specific version: English Spanish Polish Russian
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Aug 24, 2023
London Middle School Closed Thursday, August 24, 2023
Jack London Middle School will be closed today. The main chiller that serves our classrooms is non-operational. We are working to rectify this issue as soon as possible, however we do need to close school for the day. Buses will…
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Aug 11, 2023
August 2023 Family Newsletter now available!
The August 2023 family newsletter is now live! Follow these links to access your specific version: English Spanish Polish Russian
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Aug 3, 2023
CCSD21's Chromebook refresh cycle to target kindergarteners, third and sixth graders
As part of a routine refresh cycle, incoming kindergarten, third and sixth grade students, and all new students will receive new Dell Chromebooks shortly after school begins. Returning third and sixth graders will return their existing device and receive their…
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Aug 3, 2023
CCSD21 boosts number of security cameras by 20% as part of summer work
Among the projects at Community Consolidated School District 21 during the summer break was the installation of additional security cameras across the district’s 13 schools. The total number equates to a 20% increase.  These new cameras were installed in stairwells…
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Aug 2, 2023
Field, Frost, Tarkington, Whitman parking lots to be reconfigured amid student arrival, dismissal improvements
The parking lots at Field, Whitman, Tarkington and Frost Elementary Schools are set to be reconfigured in time for the 2023-24 school year as Community Consolidated School District 21 looks to improve student arrivals and dismissals, according to Micheal DeBartolo,…
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Aug 2, 2023
CCSD21 in ‘good position’ with student-based health center in CSCAO
The contract between Community Consolidated School District 21 and Advocate Aurora Health for a student-based health center in the Community Service Center and Administrative Office is “being reviewed” by lawyers for the district and the non-profit health care system, according…
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Jul 15, 2023
CCSD21 hires two for assistant principal roles at Holmes, London
  Community Consolidated School District 21’s board of education on July 18 voted in favor of appointing two new assistant principals between Holmes and London Middle Schools. Dr. Ali Zimmerman will head to Holmes to become the assistant principal of…
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Jul 10, 2023
CCSD21 to convene district-wide transportation committee to examine hazardous bus routes, congestion issues
With plans to keep in place for the new school year all bus routes that were in operation during the 2022-2023 school year, Community Consolidated School District 21 intends to engage in a comprehensive review of its transportation routing and…
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Jul 10, 2023
CCSD21 approves $165K sealcoating, striping bid for parking lots, playgrounds
The Community Consolidated School District 21 board of education during its June meeting approved a $165,038 contract with Patriot Pavement Maintenance, based in Wheeling, to sealcoat and restripe the parking lots and playground areas at each of the district’s 13…
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Jul 10, 2023
CCSD21, OrganicLife renew food service contract
Community Consolidated School District 21 renewed its contract with food service partner OrganicLife, entering the third year of its four-year renewal cycle with the provider.  The contract is next up for bid again for the 2025-2026 school year.  “OrganicLife has…
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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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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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Sep 27, 2023
Meet - Benjamin D.
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Aug 3, 2023
Meet - Carlos T.
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Jun 14, 2023
Meet - Joey D.
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Jun 6, 2023
Meet - Niki T.
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Jun 6, 2023
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May 27, 2023
Meet - Charlotte A.
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May 27, 2023
Meet - Jayden A.
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Apr 20, 2023
Meet - Anastasiia D.
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Apr 20, 2023
Meet - Alyson A.
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Mar 15, 2023
Meet - Jonathan G.
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Mar 15, 2023
Meet - Emma D.
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Feb 15, 2023
Meet - Gabriel S.
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Meet our Alumni View All >

Sep 27, 2023
Meet Our Alumni - Joe Eckert
  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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