May 2017

May 2017
Posted on 05/12/2017

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Message Regarding Netflix Show, “13 Reasons Why”
I would like to share some information about the recently released Netflix show called “13 Reasons Why.” It has become a topic in social media and, therefore, also a topic of conversation among some of our older students. I would like to make you aware of the sensitive and mature topics covered in the show in case your children are watching it.

The show is about a teenager who commits suicide and details the reasons why she took her own life. While the show is based on a book of the same name written for young adults, it targets an older audience. The show is rated TV-MA/Mature Audiences Only, which means it is designed to be viewed by adults only and may be inappropriate for children under 17.

If you are interested in additional information, the following resources have been suggested. Click here for information from the JED Foundation and click here for information from the National Association of School Psychologists.

Our school social workers are always available to assist students at each of our schools. Please feel free to reach out if we can help support your child.


Tim Arnold, Ph.D.

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District News

The last day of school will be Friday, June 2, 2017.
Dismissal times:
Lakeview at 10:50 a.m.
Prairieview and Elizabeth Ide at 11:35 a.m.

New Elizabeth Ide Principal Named for 2017-18

Center Cass welcomes Sean Rhoads as Principal of Elizabeth Ide beginning July 1, 2017. Mr. Rhoads brings a tremendous amount of passion and energy to the students and staff of Ide School. As a current assistant principal of a large K-2 school in Frankfort School District 157-C, Mr. Rhoads is knowledgeable of the unique learning and social-emotional needs of our early childhood students. Mr. Rhoads' background experiences and engaging nature enabled him to rise to the top of a qualified field of 87 applicants, six of whom were interviewed by over 30 teachers, parents, and administrators.

As a former special education teacher, Mr. Rhoads earned the 2010 Outstanding Teacher Award by the Downers Grove Junior Women's Club and was a nominee for the 2008 Distinguished Service Award by the District 58 Education Foundation. Mr. Rhoads' current school earned the 2015 Schools to Watch designation by the National Forum of Schools to Watch.

After having nearly all of the teachers at Ide School participate in the final round of interviews, it is safe to say that the engaging and meaningful activities that Mr. Rhoads used with the staff left all involved with a high level of excitement and anticipation for the 2017-18 school year.

Mr. Rhoads is excited to become part of Elizabeth Ide's journey in providing a quality educational environment for all students in partnership with family and community. He is committed to the district's mission of “challenging, inspiring, and empowering each of our learners every day.”

Lakeview Presents The Lion King Jr.
Order your tickets now to attend Lakeview Junior High's production of The Lion King Jr. Performances will be held on Thursday, May 11th and Friday, May 12th, 2017. Each night's performance will begin at 7:00 pm in the Lakeview Junior High Gym. Send your ticket orders to Mrs. Rickert or Mr. Ohlsen at Lakeview Junior High School. Click here for ticket information.

Spotlight on Students

Illinois Principal Association Awards

Lucas Ciocan and Micah Olson from Prairieview and Alex Miranda and Katie Rabig from Lakeview Jr. High were selected to receive Illinois Principal Association awards for their outstanding work throughout the school year. They, along with their parents, were invited to attend a Student Recognition Breakfast on April 24th where area principals and parents came together to acknowledge these fine students. Congratulations Lucas, Micah, Alex, and Katie!

Lakeview Students Advance to the State History Fair
Congratulations and good luck to the following 7th graders who were selected to advance to the State History Fair in Springfield:

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

Spotlight on Teachers and Staff

Jan Heckman Recognized for 25 Years of Service
District Nurse, Jan Heckman, was recognized at the DuPage IASA Breakfast on April 12th. Thank you, Mrs. Heckman, for 25 years of caring and compassion for the students & staff of District 66!

Teacher Appreciation Week
May 1st – May 5th is Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you to all of our amazing District 66 teachers for your continued dedication to our students! Also, thank you to the PTO and all of the parents/families who donated food, money, and time making it possible to honor our teachers this past week!

Exceptional Instruction
If you haven't already checked out the great articles below from our website, you should! We are fortunate to have dedicated teachers here at District 66 focused on challenging, inspiring, and empowering each of our learners every day! Just click on the links below to learn more about what our teachers are doing in the classroom.

  • Save a Heart – Mr. Kukulski and Elizabeth Ide students raised $11,596 for the American Heart Association!
  • Making STEAM with the 1st Grade Team! – With support from the Team 66 Education Foundation, the first grade team was able to plan and implement an exciting day for their students.
  • Weekly Words in the Walkway – 5th grade teachers are getting creative to help their students develop vocabulary focused on character traits.
  • Something's a “Little Fishy” at Ide – Ms. Smeltzer and the 2nd grade students at Elizabeth Ide are doing something a “little fishy” during art class.

District PTO News

District Eat Out
Our last and final District Eat Out fundraiser for CCSD66 PTO will take place at Menchie's located at 7339 Lemont Rd. in the Downers Grove Plaza. As this is our final fundraiser for this school year, let's make it a 3-day event! Beginning Wednesday, 5/24 through Friday, 5/26, bring your friends and family in and 20% of all sales that day will be donated back to CCSD66 PTO. What a great way to end the school year! **Please remember to show/mention the attached flyer (no need to print).**

Community Connections

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.

Center Cass Community Band
If you are at least a senior in high school or older and are looking to participate in a fun musical group, consider joining the Center Cass Community Band. Bring music back into your life. For information on the group and how to sign up, go to If you know someone in the Center Cass community that would like to be a part of the group, please pass the information along.

Upcoming District 66 Events

May 1-5: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 5: Kindergarten Orientation
May 8: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 pm at Prairieview
May 11 & 12: Lakeview Play, 7:00 pm at Lakeview
May 12: Early Dismissal – School Improvement Day
May 22: Straight “A” Recognition for PV and LV, 6:30 pm in Prairieview Gym
May 24-26: District Eat Out PTO Fundraiser at Menchie's, Downers Grove
May 25: Early Childhood/Preschool Last Day
May 29: Memorial Day – No School
May 30: Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7:00 pm at PV (rescheduled from 5/22)
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 26: Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7:00 pm at Prairieview

District 66 Mission

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