February 2017

February 2017
Posted on 02/12/2017

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Referendum Resolution
The Center Cass School District 66 Board of Education has approved a Referendum Resolution to be placed on the ballot for the upcoming April 4, 2017 consolidated general election. The total amount being sought for this referendum is $12,910,000. All funds being sought would be used for repairs, maintenance, alterations, additions, site improvements, equipping, and increasing safety and security for our schools.

A referendum webpage has been created to provide access to factual information for all residents prior to voting on the referendum question. Click here to view the informational referendum webpage. In addition to the District website, factual information will also be mailed to all residents and multiple community information events will be held prior to April 4, 2017

Upcoming Community Informational Presentations for Referendum
The following community informational presentations for the referendum will be held at Elizabeth Ide School, 2000 Manning Road, Darien:

Monday, February 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

We are committed to keeping all of our community members informed about the upcoming referendum and I look forward to answering questions you may have at the above mentioned presentations.


Tim Arnold, Ph.D.

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District 66 News

Prairieview Opens New “Fab Lab”
The exciting new Prairieview Fab Labis a creative and collaborative space that opened to students and staff on January 17th. Makerspace activities, flexible furniture, a green screen, an Epic Lego Wall, a 55″ Chromecast television display, whiteboard space, and more make this room a future-ready space for our Panthers! Thank you to Mrs. Csorba, Mr. Hummel, Bradley Padavic, Maggie Stanley, Alice Shen, Timmy Malatia, Alberto Mena, and to our Prairieview PTO. Their collective efforts have created an incredible place for current and future Panthers to visit to grow and learn together!

Preschool Screening

Center Cass School District 66 will hold an Early Childhood Screening for children ages 3 - 5 who reside in District 66, on Friday, February 10, 2017 at Prairieview School, 699 Plainfield Road, Downers Grove, IL 60516. The purpose of the screening is to identify students who may need special services prior to entering Kindergarten. Areas to be screened are speech, language, vision, hearing and coordination. To schedule an appointment, please call the Department of Student Services at 630-783-5168 by Friday, February 3, 2017.

3 and 4 Year Old Preschool Enrolling Now for 2017-18
The Center Cass School District 66 Preschool Program is now enrolling for the 2017-2018 school year. Registration is open through February 3, 2017. Contact Cheryl Novotny at (630)783-5162 or cnovotny@ccsd66.org to enroll. Click here for more information.

Summer Enrichment
Our District 66 Enrichment Summer School will operate June 5 - June 23 (pending any snow days). Watch for more information on class offerings to come out in April.

District 66 Students

Lakeview Students' Artwork Recognized
The artwork of three Lakeview students was selected to be publicly recognized at the January 9th Board of Education meeting. Emma Erickson, Eva Neupauerova, and Danny Despotovic were recognized with a certicficate for their achievements in art. Their artwork will be displayed in the District Office. Congratulations!

Lakeview Musician Selected for All Illinois Junior Band
Congratulations to Chase Moy on being selected to the All Illinois Junior Band (AIJB). Chase was one of 74 students selected from over 200 students by highly competitive blind auditions from across the state. This group represents the best of Illinois Middle School band students. Chase participated in a two day event on January 13 and 14 culminating with a fantastic performance on Saturday Jan. 14. The performance took place at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois, Champaign. He had the opportunity to work with Mr. Doug Akey who is an accomplished middle school band director, composer and arranger. We are so proud of Chase for his hard work and for representing the Lakeview Band program and our community at its highest level!

District 66 Teachers and Staff

We are doing some amazing things!
If you haven't already checked out the great articles below on our website, you should! We are fortunate to have hard-working and dedicated teachers and staff here at District 66 focused on challenging, empowering, and inspiring each of our students every day! Just click on the links to learn more.

  • Shout Out to Our Custodians
  • Ramping Up Health Education
  • The Code Word Is…
  • Wiggle While You Work
  • Encouraging Student Risk-Taking by Grading the Process Not the Product
  • Portfolios at Prairieview Going Digital

District 66 PTO

Manna Scrip Gift Cards
District PTO will be having another Manna Scrip Gift Card sale in the month of February. Orders will be due Wednesday, February 15th. Order pick up will be Friday, February 24 from 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm outside the Prairieview front office for all those who choose not to have their order sent home with their child. Please use the attached order form when submitting your order. Feel free to contact Jessica Kavanaugh at Jessica.kavanaugh@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you for your continued support! Click here: Manna Scrip Gift Card Order form.pdf to view order form.

District Eat Out Fundraiser at Zoup
Our next District Eat Out fundraiser for CCSD66 PTO will take place at Zoup located at 1001 75th Street #189c, Woodridge on Tuesday, Feb. 21st from 5 pm - 8 pm. You can dine-in or take-out! Up to 25% of all sales that day will be donated back to CCSD66 PTO. Don't forget to print out the flyer and bring it with you on Feb. 21st. Click here for the Zoup Flyer.

District 66 Community

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 District 66 Events

February 2: Early Dismissal - School Improvement Day
February 13: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 pm at Prairieview
February 17: Parent/Teacher Conferences - No School
February 20: Presidents' Day - No School
February 21: District PTO Eat Out Fundraiser, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Zoup in Woodridge
February 27: Committee of the Whole Meeting
February 27: 1st Community Information Presentation for Referendum, 7:00 pm at Elizabeth Ide
February 28: 2nd Community Information Presentation for Referendum, 7:00 pm at Elizabeth Ide
March 3: Early Dismissal - School Improvement Day
March 8: 3rd Community Information Presentation for Referendum, 7:00 pm at Elizabeth Ide
March 9: 4th Community Information Presentation for Referendum, 7:00 pm at Elizabeth Ide
March 9: Spartan Showcase, 5:30 - 8:30 pm at Lakeview
March 11: 5th Community Information Presentation for Referendum, 10:00 am at Elizabeth Ide
March 13: Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 pm at Prairieview
March 20: Committee of the Whole Meeting
March 20: 6th Community Information Presentation for Referendum, 7:00 pm at Elizabeth Ide
March 27-31: Spring Break - No School

District 66 Mission

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