August District Newsletter

August District Newsletter
Posted on 08/15/2019

Superintendent Message

District 66 Parents,

Interim SuperintendentsWe are delighted to be part of this amazing learning community. We welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and we look forward to working with you and your children. The Center Cass School District Board of Education appointed us as interim superintendents for the coming year while they conduct a thorough search for a permanent superintendent who will be taking over on July 1, 2020.

All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted staff is already planning and preparing for your children. Our enthusiastic office staff is registering new families, ordering needed materials and updating student files. Our hard-working and conscientious custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facilities. In addition, our much appreciated PTO is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs. This is indeed a joyful and caring community with common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and prompting high level learning.

Each year brings exciting change. As of the first week of August, additions to our staff include:
                Jennifer Halper – Teacher, Kindergarten
                Leeann Harper – Teacher, Grade 2
                Karen Roach – Social Worker, PV
                Keith Roberts – Director of Technology
                Brittany Stoney – Intervention Specialist, Ide
                Julie Vergo – Speech Language Pathologist, District-wide

As you are surely aware, Elizabeth Ide as well as Lakeview Jr. High have been under considerable construction this summer. We are confident that all district schools will be ready for students on Wednesday, August 28.

Thank you to all who are helping prepare for the new school year. Your commitment to ensuring that Center Cass 66 remains a celebrated and successful school district is awe-inspiring. We eagerly look forward to greeting students and families again. It is an honor and privilege to serve you as interim superintendents. Please stop by and say hello. Together, we know we will make this school year a smooth transition for all.

Warmest regards,

Raymond Lechner, Ph.D. and Griff Powell, Ed.D.

District News

Superintendent Search
Superintendent Search Open Forum - September 9, 2019

The Center Cass School District 66 Board of Education, in conjunction with School Exec Connect, has begun the search process for a new superintendent for the 2020-2021 school year. We will be hosting a Superintendent Search Open Forum for parents and community members on Monday, September 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview School. The Open Forum is an opportunity for the public to provide valuable input and to hear more about the search process. Community members are encouraged to attend. 

2019-2020 District Calendar
Due to state changes, the last day of school was moved up by two days. Click here to view the updated 2019-2020 District Calendar

Important Back-to-School Info:

2019-2020 Student Registration
If you have not completed online registration and/or submitted fee payments and other required paperwork, please do so as soon as possible. Click here for registration information.

First Day of School - August 28, 2019
The first day of classes will be Wednesday, August 28. School hours are as follows:
Elizabeth Ide & Prairieview: 8:00 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.
Lakeview Jr. High: 8:20 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Supply Lists and Registration Forms
School supply lists and registration forms required per grade level are listed toward the bottom of the registration page on our website. Current students click here. Students who are new to District 66 click here.

Bus Routes

Information on bus routes will be emailed to families via AlertNow within the next week. Please watch for this important email.

Ide and Prairieview Open House/Supply Drop-Off Day - August 26, 2019

Elizabeth Ide and Prairieview students are invited to drop-off school supplies and visit their classrooms on Monday, August 26 at the following times:
Elizabeth Ide (Grades K-2):  3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Prairieview (Grades 3-5):  4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Lakeview Locker Move-In Day - August 22, 2019
Lakeview Jr. High students are invited to drop-off school supplies, practice opening their lockers, and walk through their schedules on Thursday, August 22 at the following times:
New Students and 6th Graders:  12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
7th and 8th Graders:  2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Curriculum Nights
More information regarding Curriculum Nights will be sent to families by building principals in the upcoming weeks. Curriculum Nights will take place on the following dates:
Elizabeth Ide (Kindergarten):  Tuesday, September 17
Elizabeth Ide (1st & 2nd Grade):  Wednesday, September 18
Prairieview:  Wednesday, September 4
Lakeview Jr. High:  Thursday, September 12 

Save the Date
Parent University - Save the Date for March 14, 2020

Center Cass School District 66 is proud to announce our Third Annual Parent University! Please save the date for Saturday, March 14, 2020. Our keynote speaker will be retired Det. Rich Wistocki (BeSureConsulting). Rich was our keynote speaker back in 2018. He is coming back to teach us about cyber-safety. You will not want to miss this presentation! More details will be coming soon.

New staff
District 66 welcomes new staff: (l-r) Brittany Stoney (Ide Intervention Specialist), Jennifer Halper (Kindergarten Teacher), Heather Montana (Kindergarten Long-Term Sub), Julie Vergo (District Speech Language Pathologist), Karen Roach (PV Social Worker), Leeann Harper (2nd Grade Teacher)

District PTO News

PTO Help wanted

Amazon Smile Program

District 66 PTO would like you to consider supporting the schools while you shop on Amazon. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Just choose "Center Cass District 66 PTO" to designate your charity. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know - same products, same prices, same service. Support Center Cass District 66 PTO by starting your shopping at Please use the link below to begin your shopping and make a donation without spending anything extra!

TEAM 66 News


About TEAM 66
The TEAM 66 Education Foundation benefits Center Cass School District 66 by providing funds for educational programs and activities, which are not funded by the normal operating budget. These funds are used to facilitate student achievement and skill development, to recognize and encourage staff excellence, and to expand community involvement from individuals, businesses, and civic organizations. Money raised through various fundraising efforts will help fund innovative teaching grants that will provide resources directly to the classroom for teachers to implement exciting new educational programs. Are you interested in serving on the TEAM 66 Board or just want to know more about it? Please email Indrani Hausner for more information at

Community News

Want to Become a Substitute Teacher?
If you are a qualified substitute teacher and are ready to begin working in District 66, please contact Diana Goldstein at or (630) 783-5155. For more information on becoming a substitute teacher in DuPage County, contact the DuPage Regional Office of Education at (630) 407-5800 or click here.

Center Cass Community Connections

District 66 strives to keep all of our community members informed about the outstanding education we provide our students, as well as partnership opportunities with our residents. If you are not currently a student, family, or staff member of District 66, but would like to receive district newsletters, Board of Education updates, or occasional public service announcements, please click here to subscribe to our District 66 Community List.

Upcoming Events

August 22: Lakeview Locker Move-In Day
August 26: Elizabeth Ide and Prairieview Open House/Supply Drop-Off Day
August 28: First Day of School

September 2: No School - Labor Day
September 4: Prairieview Curriculum Night, 6:30 p.m. 
September 9: Superintendent Search Open Forum, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
September 10: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 pm. at Prairieview
September 12: Lakeview Curriculum Night
September 17: Kindergarten Curriculum Night, 6:30 p.m. 
September 18: 1st and 2nd Grade Curriculum Night, 6:30 p.m.