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2016-2017


Snow Days
February 8, 2017

Deciding whether or not to have a "snow day", "ice day" or "cold day" is always a challenge for a superintendent. Many factors go into making the decision - contact is made with other neighboring district superintendents, our transportation company, staff, and several different weather resources are all considered. I know how difficult it is as a parent to have to make last minute child care provisions. We do our best to make the decision and subsequent calls as soon as possible.

Our webmaster recently conducted a poll on the D46 website to see if parents would prefer a late start over a school cancelation when extreme weather warrants a decision. Over 500 parents responded to the survey with 32% favoring a late start, and 68% supporting school cancelation.



Fingers crossed that we may be able to get through this winter with NO closings for the second year in a row! In any case, I will continue to use the school cancelation process rather than late start and will notify parents and staff as soon as possible in case of extreme weather!

Thank you for participating in the survey - we always value your opinions and suggestions!



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From our family to yours...
November 22, 2016

During this season of thankfulness, I am especially grateful to you, the parents of CCSD 46. Thank you for your support and sharing your children with us each day! I wish you and your families and friends a great Thanksgiving holiday!



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Honoring our Board of Education
November 15, 2016



November 15 marks the eighth annual "School Board Members Day" in Illinois. This is the district's and community's opportunity to thank local board of education members for their commitment in providing a local governance voice for public schools. Community Consolidated School District 46 joins other districts in the state to thank these unpaid public servants for their continued commitment and contributions to public schools.

School board members are the public voice for our local education decisions. They take on tremendous responsibility to ensure children are receiving a quality education that puts them on the path to success. Board members assist us as tough decisions are made on issues that affect not only our schools, but the entire community. They are truly leaders helping to shape our society.

More than any other public officials, school board members must be tuned-in to the voices of their community. This allows them to craft a vision, mission, and goals to accurately reflect the desires expressed by parents and residents. This is also how these educational leaders work with the community to build a pathway for student success.

The demands placed upon our public servants grow each year and our board members make many sacrifices to ensure that the students are prepared to be productive citizens and leaders. Our board members give their personal time and infringe upon their family time because they understand the importance of local input in our educational system. We honor our board in November to recognize their efforts and thank them for the demanding work that they do.

We would like to encourage the community to thank these public servants for volunteering their time and going above and beyond to make sure all children in our district are afforded an equal opportunity that public education can provide. Please join us in celebrating the following individuals:
  • Mr. Steven Strack, President (2013-2017)
  • Mr. Jim Weidman, Vice President (2013-2017)
  • Ms. Jill Alfrejd, Secretary (2013-2017)
  • Mr. Tom Meskel, Member (2015-2019)
  • Mr. David A. Northern, Member (2015-2019)
  • Mrs. Kathleen Parkinson, Member (2015-2019)


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Committee Members Needed
October 7, 2016

CCSD 46 is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, October 5th, the Board of Education approved a new Diversity Policy. As a result of the approval of this policy, the District is establishing a Diversity Committee. The purpose of this committee is to provide assistance to district leadership on its diversity and equity journey.

The educational goals will address the following:

  • Raise student achievement
  • Prepare students to be competitive in a global economy
  • Prepare students to become a part of the democratic process in our country
  • Enhance students understanding of their civic duties
  • Be able to communicate effectively with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Create culturally responsive classrooms and schools
  • Embed multicultural themes and perspectives into all content areas
  • Provide training for all staff to work with culturally diverse students

We are actively seeking committee members. The committee would consist of at least one Board of Education member, three community members, seven staff members, and two middle school aged students. All meetings will be held in public. If you would like to be considered for this committee, please complete an application and email to the Superintendent: correll.ellen@d46.org



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Why Late Starts?
September 21, 2016


CCSD 46 conducted their first Late Start on September 14th. With the initiation of these late starts, we have eliminated three of our half days in the school year schedule.

What are the teachers doing during these 80 minute periods? Fourth grade teachers from across the district, for example, are working together creating new science units. The physical education teachers are working together to address the new changes in standards directed by the State of Illinois, and teachers of English language learners and bilingual teachers are working on ways to address the needs of this population.

These late starts allow our staff to collaborate and work with other "like" staff across the district. They allow 7th grade teachers to work with 6th grade teachers to make sure that we are preparing our student for the next grade level. This is the same for all other grades and content areas. What is most important, is that this time allows our "experts", our teachers, to share their strategies with one another, which will result in a stronger, more consistent district.

We realize this may be a challenge for our families and we appreciate your flexibility. We truly believe that this will help our district become stronger for our students.

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District Communication
August 18, 2016


Communication between our D46 staff and families is integral to the sucess of our students. We want to form a collaborative relationship with our community.

To that end, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to first contact your child's teacher, followed by the building principal. If there still are concerns or questions, feel free to contact me.

It is often difficult to know whom to contact with a question. The desired first step is to contact the individual closest to the situation, which is usually your child's teacher.

I look forward to a great year!





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Ellen Correll, Superintendent
Chris Bobek, Assistant Superintendent of Business & Finance
Paul Louis, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching, Learning & Assessment
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