|April 4, 2022
Dear CCSD 21 Parents and Community Members,
While the local weather didn’t exactly cooperate with the timing of our recent Spring Break, I hope you and your families were able to find some time to relax and enjoy a well-deserved break.
I think April is a time when we all look forward to more daylight and later sunsets, watching the grass start to green up and grow, seeing chutes of plants and flowers begin to make their way through the soil, and that we become increasingly excited at the opportunity to resume the outdoor activities we enjoy. Spring is truly a time of renewal as we come out of a long winter.
As we enter the final two months of the 2021-2022 school year, I hope you and your family have experienced the growth, enrichment, and achievement that is a part of every school year. Our entire learning community of students, parents, and staff, have worked tirelessly this year to ensure as successful and normal a school experience as possible during times that are anything but. I think we have a lot to be proud of this year and I hope you do too.
There is so much good and exciting work underway in CCSD21 this spring and summer as we look forward to the 2022-2023 school year. From the renovation of school libraries starting with Twain, Tarkington, Riley, and Cooper this summer, to expanding our community service partnerships with organizations like Omni Family Services and the YWCA to support greater access to mental health services and expanded parent educational opportunities, to the continued improvement and expansion of critical educational programming benefiting all students, our entire learning community has rolled up its sleeves to ensure that our students are ready to be successful in high school, college or career, and life.
We look forward to telling more of the story of the work we, as a community, are doing in the months ahead. In the meantime, I hope the spring ahead is one full of deep learning, exciting experiences, continued growth, and happiness for all.
Dr. Michael Connolly
Superintendent of Schools