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Apr 16, 2024
6:30p - 7:00p
2nd 3rd Grade Music Show
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Apr 18, 2024
7:00p - 9:00p
Board of Education Meeting
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26
Apr 26, 2024
8:00a - 3:30p
Preschool Non Attendance Day
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May 16, 2024
7:00p - 9:00p
Board of Education Meeting
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May 17, 2024
All Day
School Improvement Day--AM Classes Only, no pre-K
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May 20, 2024
8:00a - 3:30p
Preschool Non Attendance Day
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27
May 27, 2024
8:00a - 3:30p
No School - Memorial Day
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31
May 31, 2024
All Day
* First Possible Last Day of Classes
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19
Jun 19, 2024
All Day
District Office Closed for Juneteenth
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Jun 20, 2024
7:00p - 9:00p
Board of Education Meeting
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26
Aug 26, 2024
8:00a - 3:30p
Institute Day - No Classes
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27
Aug 27, 2024
8:00a - 3:30p
Institute Day - No Classes
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News and Happenings View All News >

Apr 15, 2024
CCSD21 schedules preview nights for families of incoming kindergarten students
Community Consolidated School District 21 will host preview nights for new kindergarten students entering the 2024-2025 school year. Starting Thursday, May 2, families are invited to local elementary schools at 5 p.m. at the following locations across the district to…
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Apr 8, 2024
The April 2024 Family Newsletter is now available!
The April 2024 family newsletter is now live! Follow the links below to access your specific version: English Spanish Ukrainian Russian
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Apr 4, 2024
CCSD21 enters three-year partnership with EAB to tackle critical educational challenges
Community Consolidated School District 21 will enter a three-year partnership with EAB, a national educational research and school improvement organization, after receiving approval from its Board of Education on Thursday, March 21. EAB aims to support school systems with research-based…
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Mar 22, 2024
CCSD21 enters agreement with Village of Wheeling for stormwater management facility at Twain
  Community Consolidated School District 21 on March 21 entered into an intergovernmental agreement with the Village of Wheeling for a stormwater management facility at Twain Elementary School. The South Dunhurst neighborhood, in which Twain resides, has historically been prone…
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Mar 22, 2024
CCSD21 to continue purchasing all school supplies, waive registration fees for 2024-2025 school year
Community Consolidated School District 21 will continue to provide all enrolled students with school supplies required for the 2024-2025 school year, marking the fifth consecutive year the district has made this decision. It will also waive registration fees for each…
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Mar 22, 2024
CCSD21 approves contract for interior lighting replacement at Cooper
The Community Consolidated School District 21 Board of Education on March 21 approved an amended agreement with Performance Services to install LED lighting at Cooper Middle School. The district has an existing agreement with the company for installation of lighting…
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Mar 22, 2024
CCSD21 appoints new director of special education, new assistant principal for Poe
  The Community Consolidated School District 21 Board of Education on March 21 voted unanimously to appoint a new director of special education and a new assistant principal for Poe Elementary School. Luci Donnan will shift over to the director…
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Mar 4, 2024
The March 2024 Family Newsletter is now available!
The March 2024 family newsletter is now live! Follow the links below to access your specific version: English Spanish Ukrainian Russian
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Feb 28, 2024
CCSD21 to seek volunteers for student-based health center advisory board
As work on the student-based health center continues to progress, Community Consolidated School District 21 will soon start to seek volunteers to fill an advisory board that will be tasked with making recommendations and providing community support and feedback.  Dr.…
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Feb 27, 2024
Cooper's Jazz Band I takes home top honors at Jazz in the Meadows
  Cooper Middle School’s Jazz Band I took home top honors from the 39th Annual Jazz in the Meadows festival, which was held on Feb. 24 at Rolling Meadows High School. The band placed first in the middle school division,…
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Feb 27, 2024
Cooper eighth grader wins District 21 Spelling Bee
  After an I-N-T-E-N-S-E 20 rounds of competition, an eighth grader from Cooper Middle School emerged as the victor of the District 21 Spelling Bee, which was held on Feb. 7 in the Community Service Center and Administrative Office. This…
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Feb 26, 2024
CCSD21 approves contract with WANRack for private fiber wide area network solution, services
The Community Consolidated School District 21 Board of Education on Thursday, Feb. 22, formally approved a contract with WANRack for a private fiber wide area network solution and services. The district’s current WAN contract was coming up for renewal, and…
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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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Rising Stars View All >

Mar 12, 2024
Meet - Angie H.
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Mar 12, 2024
Meet - Elesvan R.
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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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Meet our Alumni View All >

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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