November 2018

November 2018
Posted on 10/31/2018
Superintendent MessageDr. Arnold

District 66 Families,

As we welcome the month of November, we tend to think about the people who we are thankful for in our lives. In District 66 we are fortunate to have caring and dedicated teachers, supportive parents, and a tremendous staff who are all focused on what’s best for our students! We have awesome students and we are thankful for all the adults who support our students every day! As we prepare for family gatherings later this month, here’s a timely quote from Jon Gordon’s book, The Energy Bus ~ "It is impossible to feel grateful and stressed at the same time." I hope the month of November is full of opportunities for you to feel grateful and not stressed.

School Safety on Election Day - Nov. 6: This year the Election Commission will be using Lakeview Jr. High School as a polling place for elections on Nov. 6. Normally the Election Commission requires the use of Ide School for a polling location, however this year we received a one-time waiver due to ongoing construction. In order to ensure that we maintain a safe learning environment for our students and staff at Lakeview, voters will not have access to any of the student areas of the school on Election Day. Additionally, we will have an armed police officer on the premise during school hours on Election Day, just as we have done in the past. We are committed to ensuring the safety of our students and staff, while also welcoming our community to participate in the election process.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Designations: The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released the 2018 School Report Card on Oct. 31. The revised Report Card shows how well our schools are progressing on a wide range of educational goals.  

The summative designations for our school are as follows:

Elizabeth Ide School - “Exemplary”

Prairieview School - “Commendable”

Lakeview Jr. High School - “Commendable”.  

These designations are a new way of looking at how schools are supporting students and additional metrics are being developed for subsequent years. You can learn more about the ISBE school designations at

Amplify Science Parent Information Night: As you know we have sharpened our focus on our students mastering the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) this year by increasing the amount of time for science in grades K-5 and providing resources from Amplify Science. All parents are encouraged to learn more about how our students are learning to be scientists by attending the Amplify Science Parent Information Night on Tuesday, Nov. 6 in the Prairieview IMC at 6:00 p.m.


Tim Arnold, Ph.D. Superintendent

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Social Emotional Learning
What is Social Awareness?SEL
Social awareness is the ability to show empathy and understanding toward others. People, adults and children, who have strong social awareness skills understand how they react to different social situations and effectively modify their interactions with other people. The ultimate goal of social awareness is how to change your behavior to achieve the best results.

What are the indicators of social awareness?
  • Perspective taking
  • Empathy
  • Respecting diversity
  • Understanding social and ethical norms of behavior
  • Recognizing family, school, and community supports

In each of our buildings, staff are integrating social awareness opportunities on a regular basis for students. At Ide and Prairieview, the Morning Meetings provide a daily opportunity for students to practice their social awareness skills. Students at Lakeview, during advisory period, are given opportunities through the Restorative Practices model and the use of Circles.

Student News

Prairieview Choir Participates in ILMEA's Elementary Music Festival
On Saturday, October 27th, eight members of the Prairieview Choir participated in ILMEA's inaugural District 1 Elementary General Music Festival. The students rehearsed and performed at the VanderCook College of Music, alongside ukulele, Orff, and world drumming ensembles. Students prepared their music under the direction of choir director, Carey Crows, and in concert were led by acclaimed arranger and conductor, Cathy DeLanoy. The festival was a great learning opportunity for all involved, and students look forward to auditioning for the next step - All-State Chorus!
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Lakeview Students Selected for Honors Ensemble
Four students from Lakeview Jr. High School were selected for the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) All District Band and Choir. Over 1,500 students from the west, northwest, and south suburbs auditioned for a spot in the ILMEA Band, Choir, Orchestra, and Jazz Band. 

Congratulation to Delaney Turner (flute) and Catherine Hewawissa (alto sax) on their selections to the District 1 Honors Band and Maija Flannery and Sabrina Crowley on their selection to the District 1 Honors Choir. These students will be performing with other talented students from around the area on Saturday, December 3 at Lincoln Way High School in Frankfort. We are proud to have them represent our school and community at this event.
Honors Ensemble

Lakeview Bands - Fall Concert
The Lakeview bands closed out their fall season with an evening filled with great music in early October. Performing for a packed gymnasium, the audience was treated to performances by the Lakeview Jazz Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Marching Spartans. Also joining in with a special appearance were the Downers Grove South Marching Mustangs. Join us in December for our winter concerts. Check our performance calendar for December concert dates at
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District 66 to Host 18th Annual Winter Invitational Band Festival
On Saturday, December 1, Lakeview and Prairieview Schools will be the site of the 18th annual Winter Invitational Band Festival. Sixteen middle and elementary school bands from the surrounding area will perform and participate in a clinic to help them focus on improving as young musicians. This festival is open to the public. Bands will begin performing at 8:00 a.m. and run every 30 minutes until 3:00 p.m. The Prairieview 5th grade Cadet Band and the Lakeview 6th grade Concert Band will perform at this event. We hope you will find time to stop by and enjoy some performances.

District PTO News
District PTO Eat Out Fundraiser - November 12, 2018
Our October District Eat Out fundraiser at Chipotle was a HUGE success. Thank you to everyone who supported it. Our November Eat Out is scheduled to take place on Monday, 11/12 at Buona Beef located at 7414 Cass Ave for lunch and dinner. Up to 20% of proceeds will be donated back to the district. Please mention or show the flyer when ordering!

Amazon Smile Fundraiser Program

The District 66 PTO would like you to consider supporting our schools while you shop on Amazon. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Simply choose "Center Cass District 66 PTO" to designate your charity. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know - same products, same prices, same service. Support Center Cass District 66 PTO by starting your shopping at Please use the following link to begin your shopping and make a donation without spending anything extra!

TEAM 66 Education Foundation News
Casino Night - Save the Date
Don't forget to save the date for our 2nd Annual Casino Night being held at the Loyal Order of the Moose on Saturday, March 2nd. This year's event will bring even more adult-only fun, food, and entertainment. Stay tuned for more details. We invite you to visit our website, to learn more about the TEAM 66 Education Foundation. 

Community News

Center Cass Community Band Holiday Concertcommunity band
The Center Cass Community Band would like to invite you to our annual Holiday Concert at Lakeview Jr. High School on Sunday, December 16 at 4:00 p.m. This concert will feature both sacred and secular favorites for the entire family. Please plan on joining us to ring in the holidays with your friends and family. Light refreshments will be served following the performance.

For more information about the Center Cass Community Band, go to New members are always welcome!

Want to Become a Substitute Teacher?

If you are a qualified substitute teacher and are ready to begin working in District 66, please contact Diana Goldstein at or (630) 783-5155. For more information on becoming a substitute teacher in DuPage County, contact the DuPage Regional Office of Education at (630) 407-5800 or click here.

Center Cass Community Connections
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Upcoming District 66 Events
November 6:  Next Generation Science Standards Parent Info Night, 6:00 p.m. at Prairieview
November 12:  District PTO Eat Out Fundraiser at Buona Beef, Darien
November 13:  Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
November 21-23:  No School - Thanksgiving Break
November 27:  Board Committee of the Whole Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview

December 4:  Early Dismissal - SIP Day
December 11:  Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
December 16:  Center Cass Community Band Winter Performance, 4:00 p.m. at Lakeview
December 24:  Winter Break Begins

January 7:  Classes Resume
January 8:  Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Prairieview
January 21:  No School - Martin Luther King's Birthday
January 31:  Early Dismissal - SIP Day