June 2017

June 2017
Posted on 06/02/2017

Superintendent Message

As we bring the 2016-17 school year to a close, I find myself reflecting on the successes of our students. Again this year our students have volunteered in the community, competed in international competitions for the performing arts, presented in science and history at both the state and national levels, and excelled as musicians, athletes, and leaders. We truly have amazing students in District 66 who are supported by amazing parents and teachers!

This year's graduating class is yet another example of the collective efforts over 9 years, of what a District 66 education does to enable students to put their best foot forward each day. At this year's graduation ceremony I encouraged our 8th graders to embrace the concept of failing forward. Failing forward is something we have talked about as a staff quite a bit this year. It means that you put forth your best effort, learn from what didn't work, make adjustments based on what you learned, and then try again. Click here if you would like to view the graduation ceremony.

Finally, this summer will be a particularly busy time as we continue planning for construction, remodeling, safety & security and repair work as a result of the successful referendum. We are currently on track to finalize plans in the fall and then go out to bid in time for construction to begin in April 2018. If you are interested in following the process, I encourage you to attend a Board of Education meeting this summer. Click here for dates and agendas.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful, relaxing, and safe summer. If I don't see you at our inaugural Community Band Concert on June 25, then I hope to see you sometime before next year…in just 81 short days!


Tim Arnold, Ph.D.

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Congratulations Class of 2017

Class of 2017



2017-18 Registration is Open

Register your student(s) online now!
Registration instructions for returning and new students can be found on our website by clicking here.

Registration fees and all necessary documents per grade level are due by August 9th.
A registration drop box will be located in the entrance way of Prairieview School throughout the summer. Or if you prefer, payments and paperwork may be mailed to:
Center Cass School District #66, 699 Plainfield Rd., Downers Grove, IL 60516.

Please note, all necessary forms per grade level and student supply lists for 2017-18 can be found at http://www.ccsd66.org/general/registration.

District News

New District 66 Board Members
In April, two new members, Janeise Schultz and Maureen Gibbons, joined the District 66 Board of Education. Take some time to get to know them…

Maureen Gibbons
Why did you run for the Board of Education?
I ran for the Board to give back to the school community. My four kids had fantastic experiences in this school district and it set them up for future success. I want to ensure the future of the District stays strong and we continue to educate and shape the lives of the children of our community.

Tell us a little about your professional background.
I just started a new job at Grant Thornton in March 2017. Before that, I worked at PwC for 22 years. I design, develop and deliver training and education for adult learners in the professional services space.

What do you hope to accomplish during your time on the Board of Education?
I want to make sure the District continues to provide excellent education and social activities to the students of our community. I want to ensure we have a progressive mind set to adopt best practices in K-8 education and develop children who are ready to take on high school with deep knowledge, creative thinking and emotional intelligence. Fostering an environment for happy, energetic and best in class staff is also a top priority for me.

What are you most excited about for District 66?
The future of our schools and where we can take them working as a Board, as a District and as a community.

Janeise Schultz
Ms Schultz
You might remember me as a fourth grade teacher, a fifth grade teacher, the Principal of Elizabeth Ide, the Principal of Prairieview, the Assistant Superintendent, or simply as a community member of District 66. I have worked for Center Cass School District 66 for 27 years and have developed a unique perspective. I have so much more to give back to one of the best school districts in DuPage County!

Our school district will be experiencing many structural as well as academic changes. I will be an objective and reasonable voice to the many tough issues the school board will face over the next four years. My extensive experience in education will be invaluable as a newly elected school board member. Our district will maintain the highest standards of academic excellence for all students. I hope to make our district one in which other communities will model and look to for future inspiration. I promise to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars by managing the financial resources of the district. I believe in transparency and accountability.

Our students must be prepared for college and/or careers of their choice. They need to master many skills and acquire knowledge to compete in the ever changing work force. I will make decisions based on what is best for our children. I will listen to the needs of our teachers and to the needs of our community members. Educating our children is critical to the success of our community.

This is an exciting time to be in education with so many changes on the horizon. As a school board member I hope to make an effective contribution to the future of our district. I will be an advocate for the educational vision and values of the community.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve Center Cass School District 66.

Student News

Spartan Historians Earn National History Day Illinois School of the Year
By: Jake Little, 7th Grade History Teacher

I talk a LOT about how awesome my kids are. About how hard they work for a school project and about how many hoops they jump through in the name of excellence and doing it right. Their collective hard work was recognized on a state level when Illinois History Day recognized us as the NHD School of the Year. Not all students can earn the honors they deserve, but this award is meaningful as it captures the excellence of ALL of our students, including students who have helped develop this program and build the excitement which now surrounds it.

In addition to this school honor, 8 students (EIGHT!) earned a Superior rating at State. This is the highest number Lakeview has had. They are:
history fair

  • Brenna Humprhis & Ryan Rosignal (Exhibit)
  • Bella Chlada, Anna Bastuga, & Katie Bastuga (Exhibit)
  • Cassie Repole (Performance)
  • Hajira Choudry, Emily Reyes & Adriana Loconti (Website)
  • Michael Joseph (Website)
  • Ysabel Pakowski & Nathan Nowak (Website)
  • Allison Ford (Research Paper)

Lakeview was also invited to visit our State Senator from the 41st District, Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno. She and her Legislative Assistant Mary Lou Frank secured a tour of the Capitol as well. An already special day was enhanced by the generosity of our Senator.

Visit with State SenatorLast but CERTAINLY not least are Lakeview's very own 2017 NATIONAL HISTORY DAY QUALIFIERS: Brenna Humprhis & Ryan Rosignal! Ryan and Brenna will take their show on the road to College Park, Maryland June 11-15 to take part in an INTERNATIONAL celebration of student historians. This is an unbelievable honor and accomplishment. I couldn't be prouder of these kids!

Elizabeth Ide Lends a Helping Hand at FMSC
Elizabeth Ide students, families, and staff volunteered to pack meals at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora. Way to “make a difference” and demonstrate that Ide Pride!


Lakeview Bands Shine in Gatlinburg, TN

Band - Smoky Mountain Musc FestivalThe Lakeview Jr. High School Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, and Marching Band traveled to Gatlinburg, TN to participate in the Smoky Mountain Music Festival on April 27-30. Under the direction of Mr. Tom Tedeschi and Mr. Brian Ohlsen, the 75 members of the Lakeview Bands took part in this national festival that hosted groups from Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, Florida, Wisconsin, and Georgia.

vanderbilt bandThe first stop on the trip was to Vanderbilt University to do a clinic with Dr. Dwayne Sagen, retired director of bands from Vanderbilt. The students had the opportunity to interact with Dr. Sagen about music and how to be a better musician. They also had a tour of the campus and did some shopping at the Vanderbilt store.

band with instruments

On April 28th and 29th the bands participated in the Smoky Mountain Music Festival in downtown Gatlinburg. All of the bands received 1st place awards in their respective categories with the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble receiving Superior Ratings. The Wind Ensemble was the best overall middle school including class 1A high school. The Marching Band participated on a beautiful Saturday morning in a parade through downtown Gatlinburg. The band students were also treated to some sightseeing in the Smoky Mountains, a day at Dollywood Amusement Park, and a dinner and show at the Dixie Stampede.

Band MarchingCongratulations to our band students on their hard work and success this year. To find out more about the band program in District 66 go to www.ccsd66band.weebly.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lakeviewjhsband and on Twitter @ccsd66music.

Lakeview Softball Team Finishes 2nd in SDEAA Tournament

The Lakeview Spartans Softball Team finished the regular seasonsoftball with a 5-2 record earning 3rd place in the SDEAA Conference. The Spartans won two post-season tournament games making it all the way to the championship game. The team ended their season with a 2nd place SDEAA Tournament trophy. Congratulations to the following Lakeview Softball Team members: Katie Arnold, Abby Cigrand, Emma Erickson, Ashley Lang, Renee Nicholson, Jordyn Spencer, Abby Tannhauser, Lily Vacek, Izzy Brown, Delaney Madiar, Hannah Martin, Juliana Rossi, Paige Filips, Reghan Staehely, Bakhita Cunningham, Grace Barry, and Coach Nyhlen.

Lakeview Swim Team

Congratulations to the Lakeview Swim Team on their outstanding SDEAA Swim meet! swimThe boys placed 2nd overall and the girls were the Conference Champs! Swim Team members include: Scotty Conley, Hannah Martin, Hannah Workman, Noah Radcliff, Jacob Selig, Nathan Nowak, Michael Joseph, Maya Homberg, Andrew Yates, Elizabeth Rous, Kai Kim, Jadon Radcliff, Amanda Maylath, Maggie Stanley, Brenna Humphris, Erkan Ozgen, Azra Ozgen, Thomas Noller, Anna Marten, Madeline Padavic, Emma McGlynn, Delaney Madiar, Paige Lupie, Sarah Sostak, Katie Steffgan, and Coach Conley.

Lakeview Jr. High Presents: The Lion King Jr.

Hakuna Matata! Lakeview students presented The Lion King Jr. on May 11 and 12. Over 50 students were involved in the cast, stage crew, sound, lighting, and makeup crews. Although Mrs. Rickert and Mr. Ohlsen prepare the cast and crew for the production, we take pride in the fact that the show is completely student-run by opening night. Congratulations to all on a successful show!

 The Lion King
 Lion King  

 The Lion King    


End of Year Fun with Friends
Elizabeth Ide and Prairieview students and staff enjoyed beautiful weather for their end of the year Field Days! Also, Prairieview students were entertained by their fellow Panther classmates during the Prairieview Talent Show 2017.

End of Year - Fun with FriendsEnd of Year Fun with Friends

Community News

CCCB PremierSave the Date: Center Cass Community Band's Premier Concert
Musical Notes
Bring the whole family out for an enjoyable evening of music for the premier performance of the Center Cass Community Band on June 25th from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Enjoy songs from Disney, The Music Man, Leroy Anderson, patriotic selections, and more! The concert will take place on the Lakeview Campus at 701 Plainfield Rd., Downers Grove. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. There will be concessions and face painting for the kids. In case of bad weather, the concert will be held in the Lakeview gym. If you need more information, please contact Tom Tedeschi at communityband66@gmail.com.

Children's Safety Expo at Lakeview Jr. High
State Senator Christine Radogno, and State Representatives Jim Durkin and David S. Olsen will sponsor a Children's Safety Expo at Lakeview Jr. High School on Saturday, June 3rd from 9:00 a.m. - noon. This community event includes free admission, refreshments, giveaways, touch-a-truck, demonstrations, face painting, a reptiles show, and much more! Click here for more information.

Upcoming District 66 Events

June 1: 8th Grade Graduation, 7:30 pm at Lakeview June 2: Last Day of School - Early Dismissal June 5-23: District 66 Enrichment Summer School June 12: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 pm at Prairieview June 25: Center Cass Community Band Performance, 4:00 p.m. at Lakeview June 26: Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7:00 pm at Prairieview July 11: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 pm at Prairieview July 25: Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7:00 pm at Prairieview August 8: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 pm at Prairieview August 9: Student Registration Fees and Forms Due August 22: Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7:00 pm at Prairieview August 22: Open House August 23: First Full Day of School

District 66 Mission

Challenge, inspire, and empower each learner to
thrive academically, socially, and emotionally ~
today, tomorrow, and always.