Let's Celebrate!

As we continue the journey of Hybrid & Remote Learning in 2021, we'd like to continue to share the innovation and collaboration between our outstanding staff and students. We will share stories of creativity, positivity and ingenuity in the classroom every week, and we hope you will share your successes with us along the way. Any idea, big or small, is welcome! Let's continue to INSPIRE, EMPOWER & NURTURE.

Happy Teacher & Staff Appreciation!

This week, we asked students and parents to help us celebrate Teacher & Staff Appreciation by sharing messages of gratitude for all that you have done for them over the course of the year. THANK YOU for ALL that you do!

Why are you thankful for your teachers this year?

"They have been so supportive and helpful this year and have truly gone above and beyond!"
"My daughter's teachers went above and beyond to engage their classes during remote learning!!"
"Going the extra mile in an effort to make online classes engaging!"

Which teachers made your year better?

"Mrs. Vetta! She is really nice and she shows that she really cares about her students. She is awesome."
"Shoutout to Mr. Walsh. He's been helping me out so much, he's just the best teacher."
"Mrs. Scherrer. She's so sweet and always helps students in need."
"Mrs. Taege!!"
"Mrs. Powe because she has always been so positive and supportive."
Thanks to our partnership with Conscious Cup owner, Mike Shipley, we're excited to offer these vouchers as a way to say thank you and simultaneously support a local business in Crystal Lake and Cary. We hope you'll enjoy a cup of coffee or a pastry as a small token of gratitude for all you've done this year. Despite the many challenges, please know that your role as educators this past year has made on impact on your students' lives - WE APPRECIATE YOU!

Cary-Grove Musical Debuts Tonight

Cary-Grove's spring musical, "A Chorus Line" begins streaming this weekend! The cast and crew is celebrating with an outdoor red carpet premiere at Cary-Grove tonight. Break a leg, Trojans!

Congratulations to the cast, crew and Cary-Grove Performing Arts team on another fantastic production! Go stream it this weekend!

CLC AVID® Students Awarded DREAM.US National Scholarship

Two senior AVID® students at Crystal Lake Central have been awarded a DREAM.US National Scholarship. The award is designed to help support DREAMers who demonstrate financial need and an even more significant commitment to community service and overcoming challenges. We are so proud of these students and can't wait to see what their future holds!

Congratulations to Josselin Gonzalez Diaz! Josselin will be attending attending National Louis University with a four-year full-ride tuition grant.

"I’ve always enjoyed school and have been dreaming of going to college. With this award, I will be attending National Louis University and I couldn't be more excited to join the family. I’m hoping to pursue law and criminal justice. I wish to become an immigration and criminal justice lawyer."

Congratulations to Litzy Lopez! She will also be attending National Louis University with a four-year full-ride tuition grant!

"My parents immediately called my grandparents from mexico. When my dad called his 85 year old father from Mexico, my grandpa's reaction was priceless. And that's when it hit my dad that I got a full ride scholarship. We all started crying."

Results of the ISU Red Bird Sales Competition Are In

Congratulations to these students at Cary-Grove and Prairie Ridge for their efforts in the ISU Red Bird Sales Competition over the past few weeks. The first place team will take home a plaque and $200! The remaining teams will receive certificates, a cash prize and quite the resume builder! Thanks to Mrs. Miller and Mr. Peckhart for making this happen for their students!

Celebrate With The Tiger Pride Choir!

CG's Michael Arrigoni Promotes Exceptional Children's Week

Michael Arrigoni, a special education teacher at Cary-Grove and an Illinois Council for Exceptional Children board member, spent the week working with his colleagues in D155 and Illinois to promote Exceptional Children's Week to recognize the potential of exceptional students, even in a challenging year. Thank you to Michael for his efforts and leadership!

Each year, awards are also given out at Illinois Exceptional Children’s Conference in November. If you have any students with exceptionalities that are deserving of the following awards: Academics, Art, School & Community, Self-Advocacy, Technology, and/or Transition, please consider submitting your recommendations for these awards.

Congratulations to Our 2020-21 Retirees!

Congratulations to all our retirees! Phil Albamonte, Becky Withers and Therese Youel from Cary-Grove; Lorrie Brandwein, Linda Haman, Tom Mueller and Bill Walkner from Crystal Lake Central; Laura Harrison and Mike Marchewka from Prairie Ridge. Not pictured: Diana Geudtner and Billy Inman from Cary-Grove; Lori Harold from Crystal Lake Central; Mary Hanson, Sue Hennelly, Donna Keahl, Mary Sherman and Ruth White from Crystal Lake South; Richard Jacobson, Paula Steiner and Karen Treadwell from Prairie Ridge.

This year, D155 honored 20 retirees and 21 staff members with 25 years of service at the annual Retirement Luncheon. Thank you to all these members of the D155 family for their service and contributions over the years. You will be missed! Enjoy a well-deserved retirement!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at this year's luncheon!

Success at the SPARK Art Show

Congratulations to all our art departments on a great turn out this week at the Dole Mansion! We loved seeing these creations in person!

Save the Date for More D155 Art Shows...

Don't miss Crystal Lake Central's Fine Arts Festival this Sunday!

Bring your mask and visit the cafeteria, field house and auditorium at CLC to see student work from art, band and choir!

Crystal Lake South's Visual Art Exhibition will take place all next week! Be sure to stop by!

Student work will be showcased 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. every day in the CLS cafe. It's open to the public, so spread the word and bring some family and friends to support our students!

Cary-Grove Performing Arts Presents: "A Chorus Line"

Grab your tickets to stream this fantastic show! Congratulations to the Cary-Grove cast and crew on another outstanding performance!

Crystal Lake Central Theater Presents: "The Laramie Project"

Catch these talented students LIVE at Crystal Lake Central! Limited, socially distanced seating available; masks required. Tickets must be purchased before the shows online. Good luck to Craig Kingston and cast!

Top 5 Teams Selected in ISU Red Bird Sales Challenge

The top five teams in the ISU Red Bird Sales Competition are set! Next up, the final round of marketing presentations on Wednesday, May 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Be sure to wish these students good luck!

Riley Jeschke and Alex Ekheart from Cary-Grove are working with their mentor and current ISU student, Reagan.

CLC's Special Olympics Hosts Track Meet

Congrats to these awesome students on their successful track meet! Special thanks to Dan Badgley for sharing photos of the event!

CG Business Student Wins First Place at Global Innovation Challenge

Cary-Grove senior, Kade Boehm

Out of 1,500 worldwide participants at the VE International Global Innovation Challenge, Kade Boehm of Cary-Grove was on a team of 6 students from New York, Brazil, and Indonesia that won 1st place. The team was partnered with corporate business mentors to create a product that addresses the issue of climate change. Advancing through three elimination rounds, ultimately presenting their innovative solution to a panel of corporate CEOs who head their corporate sustainability divisions. Each member of Kade's team earned a $500 prize. Congratulations to Kade on this outstanding feat! And a special thanks to Dave Cook and Mike Manning for sharing!

Prairie Ridge Pep Band Performs at Outdoor Concert

Though last Friday's varsity football game at PR was cancelled, the show still went on! Marykate Kuhn gathered her marching band students in the circle drive at Prairie Ridge and put on an outdoor concert for parents and families. Thanks for finding ways to spread the PR spirit!

Ellen Hopkins Returns to Haber Oaks

NY Times bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins, came back to Haber Oaks this week for another Zoom visit! Kristen Gioe's English students got to speak with Ellen about her novel, Rumble, ask questions about her writing one-on-one, and quiz her about upcoming stories. It's clear these students love her writing! Thanks to Mrs. Gioe and to Ellen Hopkins for continuing to inspire a love of reading in our students!

CG and PR Students Face Off in ISU Marketing Challenge

The Illinois State University Red Bird High School Sales Competition is officially underway. Marketing students at Cary-Grove and Prairie Ridge will be working with current ISU students to create a comprehensive marketing plan and present their work to be judged by ISU students and faculty. The winning teams will be eligible to receive up to $300! D155 is also engaging in a friendly wager of their own - place your bets as to which principal will be dressing up in their opposition's mascot uniform! Good luck, students!

Theresa Miller's marketing students at Cary-Grove are ready for the challenge!


Bryan Peckhart and his team at Prairie Ridge are getting prepped for the competition.

Central's Student Services Team Earns RAMP Designation

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) named Crystal Lake Central High School as a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP). The RAMP designation, awarded for aligning with the criteria in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment.
"This is an extremely high honor following a rigorous application and analysis process. CLC has worked tirelessly the past several years to be recognized for this honor. We are so proud of their entire team and hats off to Steve Greiner for his unwavering support of the work."

Kimberly Dahlem, Director of Student Services

D155 Presents 7th Annual SPARK Art Show

Don't miss out!

Visit the Dole Mansion during regular business hours until May 4 to see some incredible artwork from D155 students. A special thanks to all our art teachers for setting up the show and honoring our artists on April 28 and April 29. We're so happy it's SPARK season!

CLC Volleyball Finishes Undefeated Season as Conference Champions

Crystal Lake Central took home the victory on Thursday night in the conference championship game against Crystal Lake South. They finished the season with an undefeated record. Congratulations to these girls on an incredible run this season!

Prairie Ridge Hosts Career Matchmaking Event

On Wednesday, April 21, representatives from 30 area businesses and approximately 100 Prairie Ridge students participated in our first-ever Career Matchmaking Event. The business representatives shared information about their personal journeys in their industries, aspects of their businesses, and connections to our career pathways. One goal of this event was to assist in connecting students with local businesses for opportunities to job shadow, acquire part-time jobs, and future internships. Everything was done virtually this year with the hope that we will be able to conduct it in person in the future. It was a great collaboration between our Prairie Ridge staff, Pam Cumpata, and local businesses.

Thank you to Kathy Gilbert, Bryan Peckhart, Steve Karlblom and Kristin Gill for putting on this event for students and sharing their efforts!

An ACES State Champion at Cary-Grove!

Congratulations to Jared, his fellow medalists, and the entire ACES team on their success this season!

CLC Debuts Spring Musical, "Working" Tonight!

Congratulations to the cast and crew on this year's performance! Check out the trailer above and head to the CLC website to grab your tickets if you haven't already!

CLS and CLC Host SpringComing Car Parades

It's "Springcoming" season! Crystal Lake South and Crystal Lake Central students and families participated in car parades through their campus and community to celebrate this year's SpringComing court members, deck out their cars and show off their school pride. Special thanks to Lori Ratliff and Kim Bromley for documenting the events!

Jon McLaughlin Named "Coach of the Week" by the Chicago Bears and Athletico

Crystal Lake Central High School’s head varsity football coach, Jon McLaughlin was named the Chicago Bears high school “Coach of the Week”. He was announced as “Coach of the Week” on Friday, April 9 after Crystal Lake Central’s overtime win against Prairie Ridge High School on April 1.

The 14-13 victory marked the Tiger football team’s first win over Prairie Ridge since 2012. In honor of the award, the Chicago Bears will make a $2,000 donation to the Crystal Lake Central High School football program.

“I was honored to be selected for this award. It is really more of a statement for our program and all of the hard work that the players and coaches have put into this season. Nonetheless, we still have more work to do.”

Jon McLaughlin, CLC

Varsity Volleyball: Cary-Grove Overtakes Prairie Ridge

Cary-Grove pulled away from Prairie Ridge to win their varsity volleyball match 2-1 on Thursday night at PR. Congrats to all these girls on a great season so far!

Chemistry Students Experiment with Tie-Dye

Students in Dan Aloisio's chemistry classes experimented with the chemistry behind tie-dye this week in lab. As part of their study of solutions, students soaked their shirts in a mixture of sodium carbonate and got to work! Thanks to Dan for sharing his students' creativity!

CLC Soccer Team Makes Donation to CASA

The CLC Girls Varsity Soccer donated a new bike to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) of McHenry Co. in honor of AJ Freund and all of the abused or neglected kids in McHenry Co. The donation was accepted on behalf of CASA at the Ground Coffee Bar in downtown Crystal Lake. Thanks to these girls for enriching our community and to Doug Wilbrandt and Coach Fack for sharing!

Three D155 Students Nominated for IHSMTA Awards

Three District 155 students have been nominated to participate in this year’s Virtual Broadway In Chicago Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards! The Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards recognize students from all across the state and will take place on Monday, May 3 over Zoom. Be sure to wish these talented students good luck!

Congratulations to Prairie Ridge's MATT SAVAS!

Congratulations to Cary-Grove's KAILEY KRIGAS!

Congratulations to Crystal Lake Central's QUINN WELDER!

PR Student Council Organizes Staff Appreciation Event

Students at Prairie Ridge gathered the week before spring break to show their appreciation to teachers and staff. Thanks to these students for spreading some positivity and to Steve Karlblom for sharing their efforts!

CLC's Kim Scherrer Named Outstanding Activity Sponsor

Congratulations to Mrs. Scherrer on her Outstanding Activity Sponsor Award from the Illinois Directors of Student Activities (IDSA)! Kim is an exemplary educator that always works so hard with her students in the forefront of her mind. She regularly goes above and beyond to ensure her students have an exceptional experience in our extracurricular choral groups such as Madrigal Singers and the annual spring musical. Her leadership and personality continue to develop a program that kids flock to. This has never been more evident than in our current pandemic. Kim has worked tirelessly to adapt her programs so that students can still have the opportunities and experiences they deserve. From moving pianos and speakers outside for safer rehearsals, collaborating on recordings in place of live performances, and holding auditions and rehearsals on Zoom during remote learning, Kim is a role model for all of our activity sponsors at CLC. Her thoughtful planning always ensures that our students will be led to success. Recently, she even reconfigured our "Vocal Valentine" program to work in our hybrid setting so that ALL students, staff, and even our COMMUNITY could have the opportunity to share in a little holiday celebration. We are so fortunate to have someone so diligent, innovative, and caring as Kim on our staff!

CLS Gator Kids Program Comes Full Circle

These CLS students have been Gators since preschool! These two seniors were once members of the Gator Kids Program and are now set to graduate in May. CLS teacher, Michelle Dobler, has had them both in culinary class, as well as child development and preschool lab. She was able to surprise both girls with the delivery of their senior signs this week. It really is good to be a Gator!
"I picked to surprise them with their Senior sign yesterday and it was so awesome to catch up with mom and reminisce about their time in Gator Kids!"

Michelle Dobler, CLS

Schoolhouse Rock Live! Available to Stream This Weekend

Crystal Lake South's production of SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! is available to stream now! Congratulations to the cast and crew on their performance!

D155 Art Students Earn Over $2.1 Million in Scholarships

Seniors from Cary-Grove, Crystal Lake Central and Prairie Ridge earned over $2.1 million in scholarships through the IHSAE Senior Scholarship Exhibition. Several students also have their artwork displayed in the prestigious IHSAE General Exhibition. This work is selected from the best student artists at over 100 high schools in Illinois.

Congratulations to: Nicki Carpatiuc, Andrea Holden, Jay Miller, Sophia Rosene, Kelsey Seibert, Charlie Wojdyla (Cary-Grove) and Liam Prendergast, Erin Ruddy and Sam Schauer (Crystal Lake Central)
Prairie Ridge students Natalie Eubanks, Morgan Johnson, Katherine Godfrey-Mikkelson, Kaitlin Martin and Morgan Quinn were also awarded scholarships. Congrats to all of these outstanding students and thank you to our art departments for sharing the news!!

D155 Teams Place Top 3 at MCC Marketing Challenge

Congratulations to these students on their performance at today's McHenry County College Marketing Challenge! Students were tasked with creating a marketing plan and presentation for Read Between the Lynes, a Woodstock-based book store. D155 teams made up the top three finishers! Thanks to Theresa Miller and Shane Finley for sharing!

1st Place:

Crystal Lake South Team #1: William Wickersty, Anna Change, Elise Gorman, and Gabriella Polus

2nd Place:

Crystal Lake South Team #2: Victoria Bishop

3rd Place:

Cary-Grove: Julia Howdeshell, Katie Zurzolo, Blake Stawarz, and Lukas Etter

CLS Student Earns Full-Ride Scholarship to Central Michigan University

Frida Ferrusquia, a junior at Crystal Lake South High School was awarded the Multicultural Advancement Award of Distinction at Central Michigan University. She will receive a full tuition scholarship to Central Michigan University and will attend as an undergraduate student after graduating from Crystal Lake South in 2022. The Multicultural Advancement Award of Distinction is a competitive scholarship that recognizes a select few high school graduates for their dedication to promoting underrepresented groups in America while seeking inspiring and academically successful individuals. The scholarship application requires multiple essays and letters of recommendation.

During her time as a Crystal Lake South student, Frida has felt supported and at home. Due to her passion for other cultures, she participates as a leader in both the Spanish and German clubs. Congratulations to Frida and thanks to South principal, Josh Nobilio, for sharing this story of success!

“I dedicated a lot of time and effort to it, but in the end I realized that thanks to all the fundamentals that my educational institution has given me, this process was very efficient, since in reality what the scholarship was looking for were qualities that I have already acquired little by little throughout my life.”

Frida Ferrusquia, Junior, CLS

Activist Mary Beth Tinker Visits Prairie Ridge Students

This afternoon, students in Alia Bluemlein's AP U.S. Government and Politics class were visited by the first amendment activist Mary Beth Tinker, who was a part of the groundbreaking 1968 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Tinker v. Des Moines, which set the standard for free expression among students. Her case began when, at just 13 years old, she decided to protest the Vietnam War with other students by wearing black armbands to school. Mary Beth was suspended by her school at the time, until the Supreme Court reversed the ruling and deemed her suspension unconstitutional. Mary Beth discussed how students can use their first amendment rights to make a positive impact on the world, talked about the spirit of young people and offered book recommendations. Students even discussed the organization of a new Diversity and Culture Club at Prairie Ridge to promote inclusivity. Thanks to Alia for setting up this wonderful opportunity!

"As students of AP U.S. Government and Politics, we have studied the landmark case Tinker v. Des Moines, so I was thrilled when (after reaching out) Mary Beth was gracious enough to accept our invitation."

Alia Bluemlein, Social Science, PR

CLC's Unlikely Collaboration Between Biology & Culinary Class

Biology students at CLC have begun the process of incubating chicken eggs as part of their annual lab. A webcam allows students to watch the chicks hatch in the incubator. Once hatched, the chicks will stay in class and be monitored by students for about 3 weeks. When their time at CLC is done, these chickens go into the care of Doug Wilbrandt, where they can roam on his property and have access to their own coop. After 6 months, they begin to lay up to 275 eggs a year. Then, those eggs are brought back to Central for use in Kelli Claps' culinary class! This year, new eggs are going to arrive after spring break and this process and unique partnership will begin anew!

Thank you to Doug Wilbrandt, Laurie Koeppen and Kelli Claps for sharing these photos and this example full circle curriculum at CLC!

Congratulations PR Math Team

The results of the Regional & State 2020-21 Math Team competition are in! Congrats to the wolves on a 4th place finish at regionals! They finished the season 33rd in the state. Thanks to Jean Boddy for sharing these results!

Thank you to the CG Interact Club

They're back at it again! The CG Interact Club completed another food drive to the Cary-Grove Food Pantry. Seniors Jenna Stayart (left) and Grace Touhy (right) helped drop off donations of food yesterday. Special thanks to Jim Kelly for sharing the news!

NHS Students Lend a Hand at District 47

Thank you to these awesome Crystal Lake Central and Prairie Ridge NHS students for stopping by the D47 CORE Center to assemble STEM kits and other distribution day materials for students! And make sure you're following our friends @CrystalLakeSD47!

CLC Senior Named National Dell Scholar

Congratulations to CLC senior and AVID® student Lesly Ortiz on being selected as one of the nation's Dell Scholars! Lesly is one of just 500 students selected nationwide. She will receive $20,000 and additional support through the Dell Scholars program to pursue her college education. She was one of approximately 10,000 applicants across the nation. A special thanks to Kim Bromley for sharing this impressive accomplishment!

“Winning the Dell Scholarship has helped me become more confident in my path to transitioning to and paying for college. I have always wanted to become a teacher, so I plan on going into secondary education as well as starting or working with a non-profit organization for children one day.”

Lesly Ortiz, Senior, CLC

PRHS Band Hosts Trombone Masterclass

The PRHS Band hosted a virtual trombone masterclass with Master Sgt. Tim Dugan of the United States Marine Band "The President's Own." The 25 member meeting was composed of instrumentalists from Prairie Ridge, Crystal Lake Central, Hannah Beardsley and Prairie Grove. Students discussed a healthy routine for personal practice, trombone section performance, Marine Band experiences, and our favorite marches. Thanks to Marykate Kuhne for sharing this exciting experience for her students!

CG NHS Celebrates St. Patrick's Day with NISRA

CG NHS students partnered with the Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA) to have a Virtual St. Patrick's Day Party! Our NHS students prepared a St. Patrick's Day project, Bingo game, and dance party to celebrate virtually with members of NISRA. Tessa Chen was the student organizer for the event, and party leaders included: Alex Litgen, Chloe Sorensen, Samantha Christensen, Ashton O'Rourke, Lauren Wiseman, Gwenn Moran, Maddie Dolezal, and Lizzy Fournier. Thanks to these Trojans and Karah Veldhoff for organizing such a great event!

Crystal Lake South Staff Recognizes Students on Tour of Community

This week, 18 CLS staff members recognized 21 students at their homes through a student recognition tour. Staff contacted families ahead of time, arranged for a time to come to their homes to surprise the students, and then took groups of teachers out into the community during their free periods. Students received balloons, a sign, and t-shirts hand delivered by the teacher who nominated them for their work. Thanks to Lori Ratliff for sharing this community effort at CLS!

"It was awesome to hear the emotion in the teachers' voices and see the pride in their eyes as they recognized the students for their hard work this year, and it was also awesome to see the surprise and the joy on the students' faces."

Lori Ratliff, CLS Vice Principal

CLC and PR Team Up for Another D155 Board Art Show

Students from Crystal Lake Central and Prairie Ridge had their artwork displayed at the district office at Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting. Their artwork was also broadcast over the board meeting's livestream for those attending virtually. Thank you to our many talented artists and to Kerry Parrish and Aaron Cummins for organizing the second installment of our D155 Board Art Show!

Central's Varsity Science Olympiad Team Qualifies for State Tournament

CLC's Varsity Science Olympiad team placed 4th overall at Regionals this past weekend, earning them a bid to the state tournament on April 10! The Tigers placed in 14 out of the 19 events and brought home a total of 31 medals as a team. Congrats to all and thank you to Jess Galla for sharing her students' success!
"Mike Gattone and I are super proud of the students given the challenges this year has brought. Their continued commitment to the Science Olympiad program and their adaptability definitely showed at regionals this year!"

Jessica Galla, CLC

D155 Boys Swimming Wins FVC Tournament

A big congratulations to the D155 Co-op boys swimming team on their win at the Fox Valley Conference tournament! Way to go, boys!

Congratulations to CG and CLC Cheer

The CG Cheer squad finished their season as IHSA State qualifiers! Go Trojans!

CLC's Varsity Cheer team also finished their season as state qaulifiers! The girls earned 3rd place in the FVC conference meet, placed 2nd at Sectionals, and finished 8th Place at State. Way to go!

Congratulations to the CLS ACES Team

The CLS ACES team earned a qualifying score to compete in the academic challenge state finals on Wednesday, April 7. Good luck, Gators!

One Year Later: The COVID-19 Pandemic in D155

On March 13, 2020 District 155 closed its buildings and transitioned to remote learning in response to the onset of the pandemic. As of March 12, 2021, 80% of our staff has been vaccinated against COVID-19. Today, we look back at the challenges, change and creativity that defined this past year during the COVID-19 pandemic. THANK YOU to our teachers and staff for their compassion and endurance over the course of this year. Though the pandemic is not over, we remain hopeful for the future.

We are resilient.

D155 Musicals Are in Full Swing!

The cast of CLC's "Working" had their first dress rehearsal this week! Tickets to stream the show will go on sale March 22.

Rehearsals are underway and streaming dates have been set! Visit our district website for an opportunity to order your tickets and streaming passes for each of these awesome shows. Thank you to all our directors across the district for helping us promote this year's performances!

Don't miss this sneak peek of CG's "A Chorus Line"...

CLC's Audrey Mazzuca Named Outstanding Activity Sponsor

Congratulations to CLC’s Audrey Mazzuca for her award as a 2020 Outstanding Activity Sponsor from the Illinois Directors of Student Activities. She was nominated by Principal Eric Ernd and Activities Director Keith Levin for her excellence as our National Honor Society and JV Scholastic Bowl sponsor. We are so lucky to have such a talented and hardworking person on our team who continually motivates students to give their best. Congrats Audrey!

PR Students Earn Automotive Service Excellence Certification

This semester, Autos students at Prairie Ridge have the opportunity to complete their Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification, a program for professionals in the automotive industry. The autos curriculum prepares students for the ASE tests, and thanks to Stiljan Agolli, PR is now a certified testing center for the ASE Entry Level Program. Seven students in Agolli's Autos Seminar recently passed their Maintenance and Light Repair test and are on their way to becoming industry ready. Way to go!

Austin Reimer, Rylie Halpert, Donald Dalton, Brennan Backe, Christian Elliott, Patrick Weiler, and John Martino now hold their G-1 ASE Entry Level Certification.
"ASE is the highest and most respected certification in this field. Shops and Individuals that are ASE certified show that they are up to date on industry standard training and qualified for service and repair. These Certifications require a lot of study time and dedication to the industry."

Stiljan Agolli, PR

Cary-Grove Dance Team Qualifies for State

Congratulations to the CG Dance team on their success this season! The Trojans celebrated last weekend and wrapped up their season as state qualifiers for the third consecutive year. Congrats, ladies!

CLS Students Qualify for ACES State Finals

Thanks to Cody Halberstadt and Brian Adcock for sharing!

Prairie Ridge Dance Team Films for State Series

This week, Prairie Ridge dancers filmed their routine to compete in the 2021 Dance State Series. Cheer on all our D155 dancers who are getting ready to compete this weekend!
Band students interact with Colonel Fettig over Zoom.

This week, band students at CLS had the opportunity to meet Colonel Jason Fettig, the conductor and commander of "The President's Own" United States Band. Fettig discussed his journey serving in "The President's Own", what is involved in performing for the president, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped their mission of musical support and outreach. He discussed his favorite piece of music with students and offered advice for those playing an instrument beyond high school. Thanks to the CLS team for sharing this enriching experience!

"This was an incredible experience for our students to get to meet a conductor at the highest level of professional wind bands in the world!"

Cody Halberstadt, CLS

D155 Math & Scholastic Bowl Teams Participate in FVC Competitions

Congratulations to all these students and coaches for their hard work all year long! Browse the photos of CLS students competing virtually at the FVC Math Competition and join us in congratulating all D155 students who placed individually below. Special thanks to Cody Halberstadt for sharing the good news!

Individual Algebra:

1st - Avnish Khandeshi (CLC)

3rd - Sarah Lanza (PR)

4th - Brady Seaburg (CG)

5th - Laney Borg (PR)

Individual Geometry:

1st - Caden Alexander (CLC)

2nd - Daniel Vega (CLC)

3rd - Trini Feng (CLS)

4th - Philip Schmidt (CLC)

6th - Kevin Koch (PR)

Individual Algebra 2:

2nd - Michael Kreiger (CG)

5th - Jackson Schuetzle (CLS)

Individual Pre Calculus:

2nd - Steve Schmidt (CLC)

4th - Paul Lim (PR)

5th - Alex Godsell (CLS)

6th - Katie Lanza (PR)

Students Graduate from Leadership of Greater McHenry County Youth Program

Four student leaders from District 155 recently graduated from the Leadership of Greater McHenry County (LGMC) Youth Leadership Program. The program aims to build community awareness and knowledge, develop leadership skills, and empower individuals to become committed and engaged in our community. Kudos to these students for representing D155!

Pictured L-R: Allison Klauser (PR), Josh Puma (CLC), Amy Kobeluch (CLS), and Julia Howdeshell (CG)

Welcome to D155!

Help us welcome CG's new College & Career Center Supervisor, Lali Gasparov!

Chicks on the Way at CLS

UPDATE: They Have Arrived!

Thanks to Kelly Wolpaw and Laura Schaffer for sharing some pictures!

Students in Bio 304 at Crystal Lake South are preparing to hatch chicks! Laura Schaffer and Kelly Wolpaw shared some photos of the process and have been tracking the stages of development with students by candling the eggs. The chicks are a part of daily biology lessons, and the class has even created a blog devoted to tracking their progress. Stay tuned for some cute photos!

Staff Delivers Meals to Families in Need at Prairie Ridge

This week, Sarah Schwartz and Mark Gilbert, in collaboration with our Sodexo partners, delivered meals to eight Prairie Ridge families during these difficult times. They will continue to make deliveries weekly on Wednesdays to those families who have demonstrated need. A special thanks to the PR staff for always going the extra mile to meet the needs of our D155 families and students.

Musical Rehearsals Ramp Up at PR

Tickets to stream the premiere of Prairie Ridge's spring musical, "Curtains", go on sale today! Purchase your pass to watch a recording of their performance below. Streaming will be held March 19, 20 and 21 at 7:00 p.m. Break a leg, Wolves!

Thank You to Our Maintenance Crews!

Thank you to all our building operations staff who have been working tirelessly to remove snow and maintain our fields so that practices are possible for our students. We couldn't do it without you!

A Return to Athletics

This week, we documented the return of athletics across the district. From some CG boys basketball in the Fitz, to the Central dance team preparing for virtual competitions, take a look below to see sports from all our buildings back in action.

The Crystal Lake Central and Prairie Ridge girls varsity team faced off on Tuesday night at CLC. The Tigers came back from 15 down to secure a 43-33 victory. Don't miss any basketball games this season and be sure to tune in to the district's livestreams to cheer on our athletes from home!

The D155 boys swimming team is back! The Cary-Grove co-op team practiced at the Sage YMCA this week. They are preparing for their fourth meet of the season against Woodstock North High School on February 22. Thanks to coach Scott Lattyak for giving us an inside look at practice!

The Gator ladies are back on the court! The girls basketball team plays McHenry High School at home tonight at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. Links to stream are posted on the CLS website. Tune in to cheer them on!
Coach Adam McCloud goes over the game plan with his players.
On Wednesday night, CG's boys Varsity basketball went against Marian Central at Cary-Grove. They pulled away with a 68-54 win and are now 3-1 on the season. Be sure to tune in tonight to watch the boys compete against Prairie Ridge at 7:00 p.m.! Catch the JV team at 5:00 p.m.

The Prairie Ridge cheerleading squad was back in practice this week. Thanks to Coach Weil for letting us come document her girls back on the mat!

The CLC Dance team are ready for competition season! Last week, they recorded performances for their next virtual competition. Looking good, ladies!

Virtual Preschool Under Way at Cary-Grove and Crystal Lake South

Twenty-two high school students who have been remote and hybrid learning are now planning their own lessons for virtual preschool for kids in our communities. At Crystal Lake South High School, 22 students plan art, math, music, reading and gross motor activities weekly. Each week has a theme and lessons are published to a website by 8 a.m. every Monday. Twenty-eight preschool students are participating in virtual preschool this year.

"My students are working so hard on lessons in preschool lab to provide our community with a free virtual preschool program and the feedback from our families has been amazing!"

Michelle Dobler, CLS

CG senior, Victoria Nakian, records a virtual "circle time" lesson for her preschool students.

Twenty-two Cary-Grove students are also offering virtual preschool to 33 students. High school students have recorded voice over stories, created fun crafts and digital worksheets for students to learn numbers and letters.

"I am so proud of all of the hard work that the high school students are doing. It's been difficult for me to teach virtually and these high school students are knocking it out of the park."

Laura Jacobson, CG

CG NHS Delivers Valentines to First Responders

This year, the Cary-Grove National Honor Society decided to celebrate Valentine's Day with a visit to the community's first responders. Students delivered hand-made cards and treats to the Cary Fire Department, Cary Police Department, Fox River Grove Fire Department and Fox River Grove Police Department. Thanks to these students for showing their gratitude to the community and a special thanks to the first responders for all they do to keep us safe!

Thank you to NHS sponsor Karah Veldhoff for sharing these photos and her students' awesome work!

Dr. David Constantine Visits CLC Percussion

This week, the CLC Percussion class had Dr. David Constantine, a percussionist with the US Marine Band “The President’s Own,” present a live virtual masterclass. He shared his career experiences with the class, including insight on his recent performance at the presidential inauguration! He also offered students many playing tips. Thanks to Keith Levin for sharing this visit with us!

Dr. David Constantine addresses students in CLC's band room.
"It was an invigorating and refreshing day for our students!"

Keith Levin, CLC

A Reason to Celebrate: Staff Receives First Round of Vaccinations

We'd like to extend a huge thank you to our D155 nursing staff and the administrative team that made the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations today at Huntley High School possible. We could not have taken this first step towards a safer learning environment without the tireless efforts of so many behind the scenes. Join us in this exciting celebration!

"I just feel like this is a legendary experience for everyone and I'm grateful to be part of it. I hope this wonderful feeling carries through to our schools, students and community."

Martha Manno, CG

"It was amazing how efficient this whole thing was. I don’t feel like I stopped once till I sat down for the vaccine. Very simple, easy, pleasant experience."

Craig Kingston, CLC

"The exuberance of all the people here is great. Everyone's happy to be here. Good vibes all around."

Linnae Babick, CLS

"It’s a huge relief for me to get the vaccine and not worry."

Lisa Abraham, HOC

"It went smooth, very well organized. One of the highlights was getting to see people from other buildings. It was actually refreshing and fun to see everyone."

Kevin Koeppen, PR

"It’s the beginning of the end. It’s a new start and we’re making progress. It’s the ability to have our lives back again and science matters."

Laura Jacobson, CG

CLS Student Wins $25,000 Through Horatio Alger Scholarship

Sophia Manera, a senior at Crystal Lake South High School, was selected as a National Horatio Alger Scholar and will receive $25,000 towards college tuition. The award is part of one of the largest college financial aid programs in the country and focuses on character, perseverance, and applicants’ experience with overcoming adversity. Only 106 high school students were selected nationwide.

"I feel so seen and supported as a part of the CLS community and am surrounded by adults that I know genuinely care about me as a person. I want to give a shoutout to my school counselor Mr. McCaugh for being absolutely amazing and going above and beyond for me."

Sophia Manera, Senior, CLS

CLC's Jamie Carlson Earns Meritorious Service Award Through ISBE

A heartfelt congratulations to Mrs. Jamie Carlson for earning a Meritorious Service Award in the Illinois State Board of Education Illinois Teacher of the Year program, which recognizes the best of the teaching profession in Illinois. Now everybody knows what WE already knew! Jamie makes a positive difference each day and we are so lucky to have such a positive and influential teacher as part of the D155 community.

Jamie Carlson, a special education teacher at CLC, and principal Eric Ernd.

Haber Mart Accepting Donations

Anne Tubridy and her Adult Living students would like to say thank you for the positive responses and support of the Haber Mart! If you would like to donate to help replenish their supplies, please see the list above and drop donations off at the Haber Oaks entrance (Door 22) at Crystal Lake South High School. Thank you!

More #AVIDAchievements from CLC

Our next and final round of #AVIDAchievements features Huyen Nguyen, a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago who is currently earning his master's degree in Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience. Huyen's goal is to work as a neurosurgeon in a hospital's trauma center with a focus on making mental healthcare accessible to all. Way to go, Huyen! And another special thank you to Shannon Levitt for helping to showcase these graduates through our campaign. If you know of any AVID® graduates doing great things, let us know!

Sneak Peek: Hybrid & Remote Learning in D155

Come along with us as we offer a sneak peek of this year in review. Thank you for helping us document the innovation and safety measures that has defined the 2020-21 school year in District 155.

Grand Opening: Haber Mart

Students at Haber Oaks Campus in Anne Tubridy's adult living course held the grand opening for the new Haber Mart today. The in-school store is packed with essentials such as pantry items, clothes to wear on an interview, hygiene products, winter gear and more. Students are able to purchase items with their school currency, 'Academy Bucks', which are handed out for achievements both in and outside of the classroom. In light of the hardship brought on by COVID-19, these students saw a need amongst their classmates for more necessary items at an affordable cost and set about creating the store for all those who attend Haber. A special thanks to Anne Tubridy, Julie Duncan and Stacey Ricchiuto for promoting their students' efforts!

"I am so grateful to our Adult Living students for their hard work to develop and implement this part of our vision. Both our holiday store and our school store are anchors to the culture at Haber Oaks Campus. Having essentials that students can now purchase with their token economy is a dream of ours they have made a reality."

Julie Duncan, Haber Oaks Campus

CLS Staff Delivers Handwritten Letters to Juniors

For the past four years, Crystal Lake South High School has established a tradition of sending handwritten notes of inspiration from staff members to students in their junior year. This year, teachers and staff at South wrote and delivered over 340 individualized cards. Students enrolled in hybrid learning received their messages at school, while administrators hand delivered notes to students in full-time remote learning. Kudos to the entire CLS staff for continuing to spread encouragement and positivity when students need it most!

"Students are always surprised when they receive a handwritten card. They truly appreciate that there is an adult in the building that cares about them"

Patrick Frett, Crystal Lake South

CG Student Awarded Next Gen Personal Finance Scholarship

A senior at Cary-Grove High School, Abigail Williams, was awarded $1,000 in the annual Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) PAYBACK Challenge Scholarship contest. Williams was one of 45 students across the country who received Honorable Mention and one of just two selected in Illinois.

Scholarship recipients were asked to respond with a video or essay to discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the college selection process. Over 210,000 students engaged with the PAYBACK Challenge and nearly 1,000 teachers selected outstanding student responses to be submitted.

Cary-Grove's math and literacy coach, Maggie Wilhelmi, sponsored Williams’ video entry. Thanks to Theresa Miller for sharing the good news!

CLS Theatre Presents: A Virtual Whodunnit

Crystal Lake South High School theatre presents A Virtual Whodunnit by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus. From Friday, February 12 to Monday, February 15, tune in to this murder mystery that was rehearsed and produced via Zoom to discover "whodunnit!" Special thanks to Stephanie Hatfield and Cody Halberstadt for pulling off this awesome virtual performance with their students!

#AVIDAchievements Continue!

Be sure to visit the #AVIDAchievements campaign on Crystal Lake Central's Facebook page and engage with Araceli's journey after graduation from the AVID® program!

A Visit to Little Board Woodworking

Steve Karlblom's Career Internship course at Prairie Ridge has had to get creative with student placements this year. Devin Lessner, a junior at PR, was able to secure a spot as an apprentice at Little Board Woodworking in Lake in the Hills, a local company founded and run by Crystal Lake Central graduate, Matt Kebr. Kebr started his business in the area over 3 years ago and now makes a wide range of custom pieces of furniture. After getting connected with staff at Prairie Ridge, he has now offered internship opportunities to current D155 students like Devin, who are interested in the trades. Thanks to Steve for helping us promote this valuable connection between our alumni and students!

Steve Karlblom visits PR student Devin Lessner at his internship with CLC graduate Matt Kebr at Little Board Woodworking in Lake in the Hills.

Eight Gators Receive TestOut Office Pro Certificates

This certification shows employers that these students have mastered the necessary computer skills needed in the workplace. Congratulations to the CLS students below and thanks to Shane Finley for sharing the great things going on in the business department at Crystal Lake South!

Griffin Baker

Nathan Dalzell

Brennan Dittrich

Kailey Dittrich

Abby Machesky

Maggie Mueller

Isaac Norten

Miana Sieczko

Another Round of #AVIDAchievements!

Meet Crystal Lake Central and AVID® graduate, Stephanie Garcia. She is a Central College graduate and on her way to becoming a registered nurse. Thanks for sharing your AVID® journey with us, Stephanie!

A Return to Hybrid Learning

Thank you to our entire staff for a smooth return to Hybrid Learning this week. We are always grateful for your time spent in the classroom, but especially so when students are able to join you in-person. Thank you for your continued dedication and flexibility!

Approximately 75 percent of our students returned to the buildings this week for in-person learning.

CLC Senior Selected in IHSTF All-State 'Cabaret'

Quinn Welder, a senior at Crystal Lake Central, was selected in this year's Illinois High School Theater Festival virtual All-State performance of 'Cabaret'. Quinn was one of 23 high school students from across the state chosen to perform. After submitting his audition video over the summer, Quinn began attending Zoom rehearsals in August 2021. The cast performed from their homes on Saturday, January 4, 2021. Congratulations to Quinn on this tremendous honor and thank you to Craig Kingston for sharing this celebration with us!
"Even though it was a totally virtual experience, the whole process was still extremely fun and educational! Because we were on Zoom, we were able to learn from college professors, college students, and industry professionals we wouldn't have been able to meet otherwise. My favorite part of the experience was making friends with students from all around the state who have similar interests and lifestyles to me."

Quinn Welder, Senior, Crystal Lake Central

CLS Students Offer Zoom Tours to Incoming Freshmen

Karina Bueno, a senior at Crystal Lake South, reached out to her administrators in order to better mentor incoming CLS freshmen at 8th Grade Night. Though the event was virtual this year, Karina and a friend came up with a way to offer Zoom tours of the building. While masked and distanced, they walked students (with the help of Mr. Scotty) through the building and offered valuable advice. Kudos to these students for supporting the Gator family in a creative and safe way!

Karina (left) and a friend wheeled a Chromebook through CLS as freshmen Zoomed in.

Prairie Ridge Marketing Class Networks Over Zoom

This Friday, Bryan Peckhart's marketing classes at Prairie Ridge engaged in a networking event over Gatherly, a tool that allows several students to participate in different, smaller conversations with multiple guest speakers: Chris Lindauer and Emily Housey. Students were able to navigate from one presentation to the next via the platform as two entrepreneurs shared their business models and experience, the lessons they learned along the way, and took time to answer questions from students. What a great way to create virtual networking opportunities!

Thanks to Chris Lindauer, founder and CEO of Sports Career Consulting, and Emily Housey, CEO of Housey Designs, for sharing their expertise!

Meet the First Class of AVID® College Graduates!


First up: CLC and AVID® graduate, Samantha Lesser. Read about her AVID® journey below!

Stay tuned as we continue to celebrate an AVID® graduate from Crystal Lake Central every Friday. We're excited to feature the first class of college graduates from the AVID® program at CLC and all they have achieved, including college experiences, career aspirations, and their current places in the world. Visit CLC's Facebook page to see the #AVID®ACHIEVEMENTS campaign and don't forget to drop a like! A special thanks to Shannon Levitt for sharing her students' stories!

CLC Graduate to Appear on American Idol

Grace Kinstler, a 2018 Crystal Lake Central graduate, is set to compete in the upcoming season of American Idol. Grace has made it into the live rounds of the show and her audition with Idol judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie is even featured in this season's first promotional video above (she appears at 29 seconds). The first episode will air on February 14, so be sure to tune in! American Idol contestants progress with live audience voting, so let's all to our part to support this amazing D155 grad! Congratulations to Grace and thank you to CLC's Kim Scherrer for sharing this exciting news.

CLS Students Selected to Perform in Chicago Shakespeare Slam

This week, 10 Crystal Lake South students and 2 staff members, Ben Stoner and Stephanie Hatfield, were chosen to participate in the Chicago Shakespeare Slam. CLS was among 39 Chicagoland high schools and 250 students who were cast in two 90-minute productions of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Crystal Lake South took part in the performance made up of pre-recorded Zoom calls and student videos, which was aired virtually on Wednesday, January 13. Their portion of the performance can be found at 1:25:55. Kudos to our creative students on their performance and this recognition from Chicago Shakespeare Theater!

Custodial Crew Continues Daily Deep Cleaning

Deep cleaning and sanitization continues at all D155 buildings.

As we prepare to welcome students back to the building on Tuesday, January 19, the district's custodial crew is continuing deep cleaning and sanitization procedures throughout all of our buildings. Second shift custodians use EPA approved sanitizers and battery powered sanitizing sprayers to clean classrooms, restrooms and shared spaces. In addition, based on the recommendation from the district's engineers, ventilation systems in all of our buildings have been transitioned to "occupied" mode. This means our ventilation units are running 24 hours a day to bring outside air into each building. Thank you to the tireless work of our operations crew who continue to ensure our buildings are clean and safe for our staff and students.

D155 Nurses Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations

Vaccinations continued for our nursing staff this week as they shared photos of the experience and a few words about what the vaccine rollout means for the future of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Andrea Miculinich (Crystal Lake South) received the first dose of her COVID-19 vaccination.
"I feel so hopeful for the future! The distribution of this vaccine is a positive step for our community, and I am optimistic about what's to come!"

Andrea Miculinich, Crystal Lake South

What a reason to celebrate! This week, District 155's nurses received their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations. D155's physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech and language pathologists are also eligible to receive their vaccines. We have added two additional nurses since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, a substitute nurse and a contracted nurse. Though we still have many obstacles to face in our classrooms and community, we're excited to celebrate this first step towards the promise of a safe learning environment for our students, staff and families. A special thanks to our nursing staff for their continuous and tireless efforts to keep us all safe, and for their willingness to bring us along on this memorable experience!

Some of our outstanding nurses, from top to bottom: Martha Manno (Cary-Grove), Colleen Wing (Crystal Lake South), Karen Seegert (Crystal Lake South - FLS)
"I believe that vaccines are a positive path to achieve protection against COVID-19 as opposed to the disease itself. I feel blessed, amazed, and relieved to receive my first vaccination against COVID-19. I have high hopes for the swift, safe, and effective distribution of vaccines within our community."

Martha Manno, Cary-Grove

"At this moment I feel so grateful for all of our researchers who developed this vaccine! Remain hopeful, stay strong, be humble and kind."

Colleen Wing, Crystal Lake South

From top to bottom: Gretchen Levin (District), Sarah Folkening (Prairie Ridge) and Linda Haman (Crystal Lake Central), and Kimberly Morris (STRIVE program)
"We are in this together! Let's do it!"

Linda Haman, Crystal Lake Central

"It was a great experience. The process was easy. The room was filled with hope and optimism. Can’t wait to get my next one. I feel great!"

Kimberly Morris, STRIVE Program

The Haber Oaks Christmas Store Returns

The Christmas Store is back! Haber Oaks staff donated a variety of gifts to the annual store for students to shop for and gift to their loved ones. Students paid for their gifts with 'academy bucks,' the HOC school currency handed out for acts of service and academic accomplishments throughout the year. This year, they were also able to enter a raffle for some fantastic prizes. Thank you to the HOC family for making this amazing tradition happen this year!

Happy Holidays from the Cary-Grove Swing Choir

Check out this festive and impressive holiday greeting from the 2020-2021 CG Swing Choir! Thanks to Rob Boncosky and the choir department for sharing!

PR Business Incubator Students Pitch to Local Entrepreneurs

This week, students in Ryan O'Neill's Business Incubator class at Prairie Ridge concluded their semester with some Zoom pitches to local and nationally-based entrepreneurs. Groups of students presented their unique business models, like the college recruitment app, Snap Sports, above. Judges Pam Cumpata, Martin Dimitrov and Joe Rittenhouse, all successful business owners from the community and beyond, shared feedback and real world advice with the students. Thank you to Mr. O'Neill and Mr. Peckhart for giving us a front row seat, and a special thanks to some outstanding judges for giving students this opportunity!

D155 Board Art Show Displays CG Students' Artwork

The district's first ever "Board Art Show" went off without a hitch! Thank you to Wendy Guss, Lindsey DiLeo and Taylor Smith for setting up some amazing artwork from CG students at the district office and thanks to all those who tuned in virtually ahead of Tuesday's Board of Education meeting to see their creations!

D155 Students Give Back

Lisa Abraham's Civics class at Haber Oaks Campus gathered donations from staff and families for the Bickford Senior Center in Crystal Lake. In total, they delivered 68 cards, 16 puzzles, 10 packs of coloring utensils, and 55 coloring/puzzle books to 61 residents, including a goodie bag for each resident containing one candy cane, a bag of tea, a mini-puzzle, a cookie, and an ornament-- each packed by Civics students. Way to go, Haber!

"This holiday season is one that is sure to be different from years past, and we feel beyond proud to be a part of a community so ready to brighten the days of others."

Lisa Abraham, Haber Oaks

Despite the circumstances of this year, the Crystal Lake South German Club was able to sell Advent calendars as part of their charity efforts. They raised over $300! Students decided to donate this year's dollar amount to CLS families in need for the holidays. Thanks to Maria Besten for sharing this cause with us and to the entire CLS team for their generosity!

In addition to their yearly bell ringing, these outstanding National Honor Society students from CLC put together and delivered care packages for first responders at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington and Northwestern Medicine Hospital in Huntley.

Special thanks to Audrey Mazzuca for sharing their efforts!

Santa, is that you?! Cary-Grove Student Council members greeted teachers on Friday morning with some holiday music, inspirational quotes and notebooks to send them off into the new year. We'd like to commend these students for their thoughtful gesture and extend a thank you to the entire CG staff! We loved the festive cameo from a familiar face, as well...

Happy Holidays!

Happy Retirement!

Bill Walkner will be retiring at semester this year after a memorable career in D155. Over the years, he has the served the district in multiple buildings as an English teacher, a Dean of Students, a Curriculum Director, and Division Leader. His impact and years of service are truly appreciated. Best wishes in your retirement, Bill!

Congratulations to Our ILMEA Participants

Thanks to our district's choir and band departments for recognizing their students! See those students selected for the All-State Festival below!

18 Students Selected to All-State Festival

Prairie Ridge Hosts 'Santa's Workshop' for Staff

Prairie Ridge hosted multiple staff events this week to provide some relief from the end-of-semester stress and get into the holiday spirit. Brandon Mundschenk turned his woods classroom into Santa's Workshop for staff to stop by on their lunch hour to create some festive gifts and designs. Thanks to all the staff for their hard work this semester and their camaraderie through it all!

Cary-Grove Student Constructs Moving Robot from Scratch

This week, James Janke, a junior in Katie Hatters' Robotics & Drone Technology class, stopped by CG to give a demonstration with the moving robot he constructed from scratch out of parts. Students and staff got to witness his robot in-person and over Zoom. James also took a moment to answer a few questions about his experience in Mrs. Hatters' class and to tell our incoming 8th graders why they should consider taking Robotics & Drone Technology, too. Thanks to James and the CG staff for sharing this impressive accomplishment! See his robot below!

Mrs. Kasischke Named Star 105.5 Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Crystal Lake South's Rene Kasischke on being named Star 105.5 and Home State Bank's November TEACHER OF THE MONTH! Mrs. Kasischke spoke with DJ Clinto during Star 105.5's livestream award presentation about the challenges of remote learning, her amazing colleagues, and how she strives to give her student a level of choice during these challenging times. She even made note that the student who nominated her for the honor is one she has yet to meet in-person. What a testament to the impact all our teachers have continued to make on students' lives this semester!

As always, thanks to Star 105.5 and Home State Bank for supporting our teachers!

Crystal Lake Central Students Take Part in P.E. Challenges

Shannon Schroeder's P.E. students are getting creative with their workouts as the semester nears an end. All semester, students have been tracking their workouts using the apps. In Mrs. Schroeder's freshman classes, they have incorporated some fun and competitive fitness challenges. Some of the challenges were a nature photo challenge, time challenge, team distance challenge, fall photo challenge, calorie burn challenge over Thanksgiving, and this week's final challenge is a winter photo. Each week, winners were given some Tiger swag. See some of the winning students' workouts and photos below!

CLC English Students Prepare for NY Times Editorial Contest

Shannon Levitt's English 101 students at Crystal Lake Central are gearing up to submit their writing to the New York Times. Three students' pieces have been chosen by a panel of readers to be submitted to the 7th annual New York Times Student Editorial Contest opening on February 21st. The contest accepts submissions from middle and high schoolers across the country, ages 10-19. The task is simple: to choose a topic of importance and write a 450 word editorial. Mrs. Levitt's top three writers will be polishing and revising their work until the submission deadline next semester. Click below to read the winning pieces and listen to the inspiration behind freshman Sydney Huffman's editorial. Thanks to these talented students and Mrs. Levitt for exhibiting their amazing work!

11 Students Selected to Participate in ILMEA District Music Festival

Bekah Douglas- Soprano II

Annie Guss- Soprano I

Ellie Pierzina- First Chair Flute, Alto I

Kyle Roley- Trombone, Jazz Trombone, Bass I

Katelyn Santoro- Alto II

Jordan St. John- Alto II

Natalie Virgil- Alto I

Naomi Virgil- French Horn

Quinn Welder- Tenor II, Tenor Vocal Jazz

Join us in congratulating these CLC students for their participation in the District VII Illinois Music Educators Association Festival! The ILMEA hosted a virtual festival on November 21st. District VII is the most competitive district in the state. Thanks to Mr. Levin and Mrs. Scherrer for recognizing these students!

Business Law Students Prep for Mock Trial

Theresa Miller's Business Law students at CG will be holding a virtual mock trial next week and have started to prepare their arguments! Two classes will engage in the exercise, one as the prosecution and the other as the defense. The McHenry County States Attorney's office works with CG each year to provide this extended learning/hands-on opportunity. Two of the State's Attorneys, Dan Wilbrandt, Chief of the Criminal Division and Norm Vinton Chief of the Civil Division will be assisting our students and have already worked with them to prepare. On the day of the event, December 8th, additional personnel from the McHenry County States Attorney's office will speak to business law students about career opportunities in law. Students will also hear from Judge Jeff Hirsch, Court Administrator Dan Wallis, as well as a demonstration from a court language interpreter. Good luck, Trojans!

PR Student Shares Her Take on the Rube Goldberg Machine

As this challenging semester nears its end, one Prairie Ridge student, Madisen Pavoris, shared an important message from Nick Low's Mechanical Design class. As she confronted the task of building a Rube Goldberg machine at home, she shared this take away: "failing often to succeed sooner". Enjoy Madisen's creative blooper reel below and thank you to Mr. Low for continuing to empower his students!

"I wanted to share this with you because throughout this entire Rube Goldberg Machine Project you have been encouraging us to fail often, so that we can succeed sooner. I think that this video definitely speaks to that. It also showed me that sometimes you will have to make many many many improvements to something before it works."

Madisen Pavoris, Sophomore, Prairie Ridge

Prairie Ridge Student Takes Flight

Jonathan Pascoe, a senior in Steve Karlblom's internship class at PR, took his passion for aviation to the L.I.T.H. Airport this week. Mr. Karlblom was able to connect Jonathan with Bruce White, a pilot for NetJets, and the two took a trip around Chicago! Jonathan hopes to continue building his flight experience and eventually occupy the role of co-pilot. Thanks to Mr. Karlblom for creating this unique and valuable opportunity for his student and continuing to innovate during this period of remote learning.

D155's Communications Intern "Celebrates" With Us

Mateo Acosta, a junior at Crystal Lake Central in the Career Internship class, has been interning with the communications department at district office since September of this year. Mateo has spent the semester learning about the district's website platform, working with us to create social media graphics during our Hybrid Learning campaign, and creating a portfolio of his work. This week, he sat down with us to discuss his experience in communications and his plans for after high school. A special thanks to CLC's Brett Willhoit for connecting Mateo with our office. Be sure to visit our Instagram highlights to see some of Mateo's work!

Q: What is it that interested you in the communications department and motivated you to apply?

The description of this internship made it seem very diverse, and it looked like it would give me the chance to learn many new skills instead of just one or two. I also was interested in graphic design because I never really heard about it before but it sounded like something I would enjoy spending hours doing.

Q: Which projects have you enjoyed the most while working with us at the district office and why?

While working at the district office I have enjoyed the instagram post projects the most because I really like graphic designing now and I love expressing my thoughts through art.

Q: What skills do you think you’ll take with you to future positions, in high school and beyond?

I will definitely take the graphic design skills I learned along with the communication and organization skills I learned working here.

Q: What type of profession do you see yourself in after high school?

I can see myself making graphic designs for a company, programming the art into video games, and editing videos for YouTube, a company, etc.

Q: What advice would you give a fellow high school student who is looking for internships or is passionate about computer science, graphic design, etc. like you?

I would say go for it and try and pick a diverse internship so you can get the most information possible from it. Also it is definitely worth putting extra hours into an internship because you may not get paid but you gain some much information and experience which is so valuable. The more you give the more you get.

McHenry County Art Show Features D155 Students

Thank you to Prairie Ridge's Aaron Cummins for organizing this virtual art show to showcase the talents of students across the county! And thank you to all our art educators for promoting the winning designs. See a brief description of the show below:

The McHenry County 4 x6 Mini Show was a show created to celebrate the creativity of our students at the beginning of the year. The original show required all work to be no bigger than 4 inches by 6 inches. This year was the second year for the show and due to Covid was held virtually and with a focus on a 4 x 6 ratio for the work. The show was open to any high school or middle school student who lived in McHenry County. There were over 130 submissions!

Students submitted work in the following categories: Traditional Arts, Digital Art, Digital Photography, Triptych and Future Artists 6-8th grade. The show was juried by local educators and artists. Please check out the McHenry County 4X6 Facebook page to see the winning artwork. Winners will receive their prizes through the mail.

Congratulations to our winning students! Check out some of their artwork...

Ellen Hopkins Visits Haber Oaks

New York Times bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins, visited Kristen Gioe's English students at Haber Oaks via Zoom on Wednesday. Hopkins is the author of many Young Adult novels, including the popular "Crank" series. Mrs. Gioe's students have been reading Hopkins' latest novel "Closer to Nowhere" both in-person and remotely this semester using Audible. During Hopkins' visit she shared details about her books, which are inspired by her own life events, discussed her writing process, and answered questions from students. Thank you Mrs. Gioe for making this opportunity happen for her students!

Two D155 Students' Work Featured in IAEA Art Show

Kaitlin Martin, a junior at Prairie Ridge, created this winning piece with colored pencil.
"I am thrilled to have Kaitlin's artwork selected. Kaitlin is a hard working student with lots of great ideas. Although the piece selected highlights Kaitlin's drawing abilities she has also had 3d work selected for the IHSAE as well. She is a very skilled artist and an all around great person."

Aaron Cummins, Art, Prairie Ridge

Kaitlyn Ellison, a sophomore at Crystal Lake Central, had this original photograph selected to be featured in the art show.
"I was excited for Kaitlyn! She is a very hardworking, and talented photographer, the honor is well deserved. She is also a Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Award Winner, so other agencies have recognized her work."

Kerry Parrish, Art, Crystal Lake Central

CG Interact Club Donates $1,000 to Cary-Grove Food Pantry

Students in the Cary-Grove Interact Club held a food drive and donated $1,000 as well as food and essential items to the Cary-Grove Food Pantry. Thank you to these students for continuing to serve our community!

Crystal Lake South Celebrates Veterans Day

This year's Veterans Day celebration looked a little different at Crystal Lake South. In an effort to recognize the service men and women in our community, South encouraged members of the community, including students and family or friends of those who have served, to post messages of gratitude on a public Padlet board. They also conducted home visits to nearly 50 veterans to extend their gratitude and shared a video message honoring veterans with CLS parents and families. Thanks to our Gator family for creating a special experience for our veterans and thank you to all those who have served our country. We appreciate you!

Prairie Ridge Engages Students in Mock Election

Prairie Ridge hosted a school-wide election on Monday, November 2. An impressive 751 students participated in the election online and Prairie Ridge elected Democratic nominee Joe Biden with a 49.5% vote. AP Government, Civic Action, and Current Issues students were tasked with holding debates and town hall meetings prior to the election for students to watch and submit questions for. These classes will also analyze exit poll data as part of the exercise. Since PR opened in 1997, the school has conducted mock presidential elections to engage their students in the process of democracy. Students also made "campaign advertisements" for both candidates--check them out below!

Trump Campaign

Biden Campaign

"They were well-prepared, civil, and very positive experiences overall. While we have been disappointed that we can't have students in the building to fully engage them with our election-focused activities, our entire staff has stepped up and found ways to make the experience come to life and we feel our students have had a positive experience learning about the political process and their civic duties."

John Pellikan, Social Science, Prairie Ridge

Cary-Grove Drama Presents:

"Virtually Impossible" to Debut November 13, 7:30 p.m.

During this unprecedented time in our world, we have seen the theatre community innovating and adapting to provide a new - VIRTUAL - theatre experience. We are so excited to follow their lead with our CG Drama fall play. This year, our students have written and filmed 30 short plays to be which can be watched in any order, following the model of the Neo-Futurists, creators of Infinite Wrench.

So pop some popcorn, get comfortable, and enjoy VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE!

This year, five District 155 students were named National Merit® Semifinalists: Max Beck, Luke Kim, and Sajiv Shah from Prairie Ridge High School; Zander Kitchen, a senior from Crystal Lake South High School, and Henry Ryerson, a senior at Crystal Lake Central High School. Congratulations to these students on this outstanding achievement!

National Honor Society Students Leaf Rake In the Community

Tiger Marching Band Takes the Field

The CLC Marching Band Showcase was held on Saturday, October 17th. Students remained distanced while performing outdoors and wore masks. A special shoutout to Mr. Levin for sharing these awesome photos of his students!

Crystal Lake Central Presents:

Dracula: A Radio Play with Action News!

Crystal Lake Central proudly presents: Action News by Jonathan Rand & Dracula: A Radio Play by Philip Grecian. To be streamed for one week only, October 31 - November 6. Patrons will stream these shows from the comfort of their home. When you purchase your spot, you’ll reserve your virtual seat by receiving a special Ticket Code. To unlock, you’ll simply enter your Ticket Code when it's time.

Cary-Grove Art Department Celebrates National Arts & Humanities Month

The CG art department took to Instagram @carygroveart to celebrate the month of October and National Arts & Humanities Month, better known as #nahm2020. CG students in Design Production worked to design the graphics shared on social media, encouraging all students to share their artistic creations while celebrating music, theater and performance, literature, and visual arts. Thanks to CG art for staying creative and finding new ways to recognize our students' talent on social media! If you haven't yet, go drop them a follow!

CLS Students Intern at Mastertek Auto Repair

Two seniors at Crystal Lake South, Aiden Cornett and Matt Brown, have begun internships at Mastertek Auto Repair in Algonquin with the help of their autos teacher, Mr. Dempsey. Both students are building off of their autos curriculum and gaining relevant industry experience at Mastertek. Thank you to Mr. Dempsey for engaging our students with the community and to Mastertek owner, operator and manager, Dave Hinz, for making this opportunity possible!

AP Chemistry Students Back in the Lab at CLC

AP Chemistry students at Crystal Lake Central were back in the classroom and making the most of it during this second week of Hybrid Learning. A lab group of three students spent their double period in-person creating a vacuum and getting hands-on instruction from Mr. Schroeder.

Prairie Ridge Debuts Fall Play: "Everything Seems Like Maybe"

On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:00 p.m., PR’s first fall movie, Everything Seems Like Maybe, premieres online. This show blends moving monologues inspired by student stories during quarantine. Check out the trailer above and get access to the streaming film here: https://prtheater.anywhereseat.com. Enjoy this authentic and timely show! A special thank you to Tim Kennett and the entire theater team at PR for making this possible for our students!

Congratulations to Our Student Athletes!

Seniors of 2021: Maggie, Maddie, Jordan, Emily, Meera

The Crystal Lake Co-op girls swimming team and CLC girls tennis team both celebrated their seniors as the end of the season nears. Crystal Lake Central finished with a 3rd place team finish at last weekend's sectional match at Cary-Grove. Senior Haley Benard and Emma Grindstaff, a junior, finished as IHSA state qualifiers! Girls swimming celebrated the careers of their five seniors on Senior Night and will compete in the IHSA sectional meet at Stevenson High School on Saturday, October 24. Good luck, girls!

Ellie McGinnis and Haley Benard finished two great careers at CLC.

Hybrid Learning: The Week in Review

Thank you to all our staff for your continued flexibility in an ever-changing education model. You consistently put our students first and continuously work to elevate instruction, both in hybrid and remote learning. Kudos to you all!

Hybrid Learning Begins in D155

THANK YOU! Hybrid Learning is officially underway and we'd like to take a moment to thank you for your tireless efforts in making it possible. As we continue to progress through the semester, we are committed to documenting your successes in the classroom. We recognize the countless hours and ongoing flexibility that has been required of our staff, and we are continuously inspired by you!

"I again want to offer a sincere thank you to all of you for creating a positive environment for our students to learn and shouldering the tremendous responsibility we possess in forging a partnership with our students and families of District 155."

Steve Olson, Superintendent

Students in a wide range of classes returned to the buildings on Tuesday to begin Hybrid Learning. Protocols were put in place for a smooth entrance to buildings as approximately 75% of our students returned to school over the course of the week. Our entire staff worked together to get students back in the classrooms safely.

AP Environmental Science Moves Outdoors at Cary-Grove

Todd Huff's AP Environmental Science class at Cary-Grove began in-person learning on Tuesday with a trip outside. Students took advantage of the surrounding woodlands to perform a hands-on lab collecting insects and comparing their environments around the school.

SPED Staff Share Some Smiles

As the rest of the district moves to Hybrid Learning, many of our specialized programs have been working with students in the classroom since August. They have been able to innovate and provide quality instruction to students with a wide range of needs. Take a look at their newest innovation: personalized buttons to help students recognize their teachers while masked and wearing proper PPE. We don't get to see smiles as often these days, but these friendly reminders certainly go a long way! Thank you to all our SPED departments for their continued creativity!

ABC7 Chicago Features District 155

On Tuesday, ABC7 Chicago came out to document D155's first day of Hybrid Learning. If you missed it, click here to view the story!
"I have two freshmen, and we are excited for them to get to experience high school a bit, just a couple days a week, and I feel like the safety protocols are in place for it to be successful."

Lexi Carlson, Crystal Lake Central parent

#DreamsChallenge With Dr. Koch

Thanks to Dr. Koch and his partner in crime for some much appreciated levity as we introduce Hybrid Learning. Prairie Ridge students certainly showed their love for this duo on social media with over 2,000 views!

Two Cary-Grove Students’ Winning Experiment Launched to International Space Station

Team members of "Flammenwerfer Axolotl"

On Friday, October 2, two Cary-Grove students and winners of the 2019 Go For Launch! American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Apollo (AIAA) Series, Jake Drews and Daniel Marek, had their own experiment launched into space. The experiment launched at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia and will dock on the International Space Station to test how moth larva make a chrysalis in microgravity. Congratulations to Jake and Daniel on this amazing achievement! And thank you to our dedicated staff for encouraging our students to pursue opportunities like this one.

CLC Staff Celebrates Tiger Pride Friday

The CLC staff put in some time after hours to get creative for their students and perform some Tik Tok dances to celebrate another Tiger Pride Friday. Though it looks different this year, we certainly appreciate the effort to create memories for our students and celebrate virtually!

Mr. Dempsey's Autos II students at Crystal Lake South came in for a hands-on demonstration on a Tesla this week. Kudos to all our autos and industry teachers who have created valuable in-class experiences for their students.

Crystal Lake South Students Work on Tesla in Autos II

CLS Art Students Are "Insta Famous"

Follow @clsartdept!

Mr. Wisser's Visual Art & Technology students at Crystal Lake South are getting some extra shoutouts on Instagram and with a congratulatory postcard designed just for remote learning. Thanks to Mr. Wisser for keeping the creativity alive and well during remote learning. Keep sharing your students' artwork with us!

Haber Oaks Students Attend VAT at CLS

Haber Oaks students are busy sketching and designing in Visual Art & Technology with Mr. Wisser at Crystal Lake South High School. We can't wait to see their creations!

Prairie Ridge Girls Cross Country Races at Veterans Acres

Thanks to Coach MacDonald and Coach Shutt for giving the girls and boys cross country teams at PR a great season of racing! Go wolves!

CLS Wellness Uses 'Blended Format'

The CLS Wellness department has been very busy connecting students while in the remote setting. All lessons have been teacher created and student centered in regards to personal fitness through activity as well as concepts, all while teaching them low risk opportunities that they could participate in within McHenry County. Daily expectations center around a type of “workout” that students track through an app on their phone, through the use of a smart watch, or through an online website that was recommended by the teacher. Data collection/Fit evidence/Journal reflection was the formative assessment in regards to daily logging of fitness activity. While doing all of these different elements of physical education they kept a consistent connection with the GATOR Learner characteristics. Through collaborative efforts of all members of the department, the physical education courses at CLS have now taken on a “Blended” format.

A glimpse at a few of the lessons Wellness teachers at CLS have put together for their students.

CLS Culinary Students Back in the Kitchen

Mrs. Buttell's Culinary II students were back in the classroom this week for some hands-on time in the kitchen. CLS culinary students are currently coming in twice a week to get experience with recipes and cooking practices as we continue to prioritize hands-on learning opportunities for students.

Cary-Grove Teachers Deliver Hands-On Learning Kits

Mrs. Esquivel assembled evidence kits for her forensic students at Cary-Grove to take home this week. Students received materials to practice properly handling evidence and experiment processing and lifting latent fingerprints. Some of the materials included starch, paintbrushes, and a "ransom note" to work with while learning from home.

"I am proud of my students' resilience and creativity and their efforts are deserving of celebration."

Danica Esquivel, STEM, Cary-Grove

One CG student even shared a mock crime scene she created to showed off her forensic photography skills!

Mrs. Miller's Business Law students received 34 lesson packets with information on the 1963 Supreme Court case known as Gideon vs. Wainwright. Students will be working through the case and recreating parts of the trial with scripted parts during remote learning. Mrs. Miller also took the time to attach a hand-written note to each packet!

Wellness Division at Prairie Ridge Implements PLT4M

D155 Wellness divisions have implemented a modern take on physical fitness that students can access both in the building and at home. PR, CLC and CG are using PLT4M, a new program for students to learn workouts, log their hours, and make progress via an instructional app during remote learning. Teachers like Mrs. McGowan and Mr. Pecoraro have also been able to create their own lessons for students housed on the app. Kudos to our Wellness teachers for getting creative with curriculum during this time!

DON'T STOP BELIEVIN': Cary-Grove Choirs Perform Under Friday Night Lights

The cool, damp weather couldn’t stop Cary-Grove High School Choirs from singing and dancing under the Friday night lights last week. After rehearsing over Zoom, three groups of 40 students performed a choreographed song and dance during different time slots. Students in Kristine Hester's class will continue performing outside under the lights of CG's football field over the course of the semester, so stay tuned!

Crystal Lake South Teams Up With Cancer Foundation, "Cal's Angels"

"We really wanted to continue that tradition. We wanted to, first of all, be able to give our students something familiar during a year that is anything but, and also we really believe in the 'Cal's Angels' mission and the work that they do."

Mike Frey, CLS NHS Advisor

For the past four years, Crystal Lake South has teamed up with the local pediatric cancer foundation, "Cal's Angels", to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer. Students and staff participate in a Gold Out, normally held on a Friday night football game. This year, they are still supporting the cause. CLS staff held a Zoom interview with sophomore Will Heidrich, a South student who shared his experience with pediatric cancer, and Stacey Wahlberg, the president and co-founder of "Cal's Angels". Mr. Frey and Mr. Patrick also worked with their NHS students to sell masks and t-shirts to support the cause and fundraise in a new, virtual way. Thank you to the Crystal Lake South staff and students for continuing to support our community in such impactful ways. We're so proud and inspired by those who are continuing to make positive change during this time of remote learning!

Watch the full interview here!

Hands-On Classes Begin Across the District

Katie Hatters' Robotics and Drone Technology students met for class outside at Cary-Grove and flew drones for the first time this semester. They will continue to meet in-person twice a week.
Seminar in Autos and Robotics and Drone Technology students are back on Cary-Grove's campus.

Approximately 20 Crystal Lake Central students, including Mr. Dominici's students pictured here, are coming into the building to participate in their Autos II classes. Across the district, our staff has initiated hands-on experiences for 250 students in a variety of classes, including autos, culinary, fashion, construction, and more. We are looking forward to creating more of these experiences for our students as the semester progresses. Thank YOU for making it possible!

Prairie Ridge Twitter Takeover

Mr. Lee, Mr. Karlblom's work program students, and some student-athletes took over the spotlight this week on social media. Thanks to all our teachers and staff who are working to stay connected and promote the great work our students are doing! #d155inspire

Click here to see all the shoutouts from your students on our remote learning surveys. Thank you for making a difference in our students' lives!

Cary-Grove FCS Students In the Halls and On the Field

Cary-Grove's Functional Communication Skills program got students outside last week for some soccer scrimmages.

Thank you to the FCS students and staff for letting us document some classroom time and their soccer match at CG!

Prairie Ridge's Stiljan Agolli Uses GoPro to Film During Autos Classes

“Everybody’s always trying to find the next and best thing, which is amazing, and everybody’s sharing all the wealth. We’re also communicating with the local colleges and trying to figure out what is best for kids. We’re always striving for the best.”

-Stiljan Agolli, Autos, Prairie Ridge

Last week we traveled over to Prairie Ridge to get a behind the scenes look into Mr. Agolli's virtual classroom. His use of a GoPro to film live demonstrations and lessons for his students in Autos I, Advanced Autos, and Autos Seminar is just one example of the ways D155 teachers are stepping up and creating unique experiences for students. Take a look at the video!

College & Career Center Resources

The district's College & Career Center supervisors collaborated to create relevant content for students as they approach the college admissions process this fall. Be sure to encourage your students to follow @chsd155 on Instagram to get informed about college & career readiness, stay up to date, and hear from Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. McKenna, Mrs. Audette and Ms. Sinitean!

Thank you to all our College & Career supervisors for continuing to support students during remote learning!

CLC AVID Students Remain Future-Focused

This Friday, all of Crystal Lake Central's AVID 12 students had the opportunity to apply to University of Illinois-Springfield for free with admissions counselor, Aaron Boettcher. The CLC AVID program provides our college-bound students wonderful opportunities like this throughout the year as we strive for 100% of our AVID students to apply to a 2 year college, 4 year college, trade school, or enter the military. Thank you to Mrs. Levitt for sharing her students' success as they prepare for the future!

Life Skills Students at Crystal Lake Central Back in the Classroom

Life Skills students at Crystal Lake Central are set up and socially distanced in the Tiger Learning Center.
Special education teachers and staff at Crystal Lake Central are working to synchronously teach students in the Life Skills program remotely and in-person. Jamie Carlson's student teacher is set up with Zoom while she works through a math lesson with her class.

Woods and Art Classes Distribute Drive-By Supplies at CLC

Woods classes and arts classes at Crystal Lake Central distributed supplies to students this week in a drive-up format. In woods 1, Tim Bacak's students are using balsa wood to build a scale version of a garden shed, advanced woods students are building an entire scaled house out of balsa wood. About 80 kits were handed out to students. Kerry Parrish also handed out art kits to her students and set them up with equipment to use for class at home.

Mrs. Parrish setting her art students up with necessary equipment.

Cary-Grove Choir Rehearsals Tackle Choreography Over Zoom

Kristine Hester's choir students at Cary-Grove are preparing for their first performance of the year. They are currently learning choreography to perform during CG's first "Choir Night," in which they will perform under the lights of the football field. A group of fewer than 50 will be masked and socially distanced while they sing and are tentatively set to perform next Friday night. Check out this clip of their progress!

"They’ve been learning the entirety of the Glee version of 'Don’t Stop Believin’' as well as full choreography for the song. We plan to do a Choir Night every two to three weeks with a new song each time."

Kristine Hester, Music, Cary-Grove

CLS Leadership Crew Follows Friday Tradition and Greets Staff

This morning, Crystal Lake South celebrated Friday in a familiar way. Students from the Gator Leadership Crew donned their masks and lined up to greet staff members as they arrived. Students cheered and waved as staff drove up and entered the building. They certainly embodied the Gator spirit and started this Friday off on the right foot!

Crystal Lake Co-op Girls Swimming Season Off to Fast Start

The Crystal Lake Co-op team, coached by John Valentine, has started their season off with three wins. The girls varsity and JV won against McHenry High School on September 2 and are gearing up for their next meet on September 14 facing Cary-Grove. Way to go, girls!

Our Social Media Corner:

Comfort Dogs Visit Prairie Ridge Courtyard

D155 Students Speak Out on Instagram!

Students engaged with @chsd155 on social media to point out their favorite classes and teachers so far this year.

Are you following us yet? Be sure to follow @CHSD155 on Instagram and encourage your students to do the same for more Remote Learning content!

Prairie Ridge Welcomes Back STRIVE Students

STRIVE students at Prairie Ridge High School are beginning this semester with a new form of in-person learning. Thirty-three students who are a part of the district's 18-22 transition program are coming to school this fall. District 155 is working to serve our specialized programs safely and effectively and we want to commend the teachers and staff who make it possible.

Classrooms at Prairie Ridge are equipped with Plexiglass dividers. Students and staff have been provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as masks and face shields to use during class.

Haber Oaks Campus has 27 students who have opted into an in-person instruction model this semester. Teachers and staff at Haber Oaks are working hard to synchronously serve students both in the classroom and at home. Students in specialized programs throughout the district are also learning in-person with increased safety measures and precautions. Kudos to our entire staff for making learning happen for ALL our students!

Students at Haber Oaks Campus and in the Crystal Lake South FLS program adjusted to a new form of in-person learning during the first week back.

Redefining Your Classroom

Kim Scherrer, the choir director at Crystal Lake Central High School, has gotten creative with her Madrigals students. During Enhanced Remote Learning, Scherrer has moved practices outside so her students may continue to rehearse as a group in-person. Students maintained a distance of 10 feet between their chairs and must be temperature checked before joining practice. Be sure to give them a wave or listen in the next time you drive by CLC!

Kim Scherrer leads Madrigals practice with her students twice a week.
The Madrigals practiced outside at Crystal Lake Central near Wallace Avenue. Students remained 10 feet apart while practicing.

Culinary Kits Delivered to Students at Home

Courtney McKnight, a culinary arts teacher at Cary-Grove High School, has gone above and beyond for her students to create relevant cooking experiences for them from home. Ninety-five of these culinary "to-go kits" went out to students in Culinary I, Culinary II, and Nutrition & Wellness classes! The kits included dry ingredients and non-perishable items for students to use as they follow recipes at home during Remote Learning. McKnight packaged ingredients for students to make cakes, breads, and pasta, such as garlic knots, key lime pie bars, heart ravioli, and so much more!

Her Nutrition & Wellness students received kits with sleep masks, essential oils, healthy snacks, affirmation cards, and other supplies. Thank you to all our culinary teachers who have put in so much effort behind the scenes to prepare their students for the year. If your students are cooking or creating from home this semester, send us pictures of their progress to distmail@d155.org!

Just a few of the items students received in their Nutrition & Wellness kits

Redefining Your Comfort Zone

"This was extremely out of my comfort zone, but I did it to try to virtually greet my kids and to introduce them to the TIGER way of doing school - even though we are doing so remotely."

Agnes Richardson, English, Crystal Lake Central

Agnes Richardson, an English teacher from Crystal Lake Central, shared her strategy for "greeting" her students remotely this year. She put together an Adobe Spark video to give her students an introduction to her course and herself. She is one of many teachers who chose to use video tools to meet their students on Monday.

Girls Tennis is Underway: CG and CLC Face Off in the Heat

Crystal Lake Central and Cary-Grove competed on Thursday in the heat for the second girls tennis match of the 2020 season. Cary-Grove Varsity won the match 4-3 while Crystal Lake Central's JV team took home a 6-1 win. Thank you to our incredible coaches and everyone who came out to support our athletes while following proper safety guidelines. We look forward to a safe and successful season!

Bagged meals are also available for students every day from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Crystal Lake Central.

Thank you to our dedicated staff who made food service possible throughout the spring and summer and distributed over 72,000 meals! We are so proud to have been able to continue serving our students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate everyone who made this possible and all those who continue to serve our students!


We would like to thank our outstanding custodial crew for their continued efforts to keep our buildings clean and safe! A special thank you also goes out to our entire operations department for their work preparing D155 facilities for our staff to return to work safely.

Our custodial staff hard at work at Crystal Lake South and Prairie Ridge High Schools to prepare for a safe return to school.



D155 Communications Department