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Oct 17
Thirteen D155 Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

​​The National Merit® Scholarship Program named thirteen District 155 seniors as 2019 National Merit® Semifinalists.

Dominik Bogcaz- Crystal Lake South

Scott Campbell- Crystal Lake South

Oscar Cortes- Cary-Grove

Aditya Khandeshi- Crystal Lake Central

Daniel Minogue- Crystal Lake South

Joshua Moore- Crystal Lake Central

Casey Mutka- Crystal Lake South

Trevor O’Connor- Crystal Lake South

Arden Podpora- Crystal Lake Central

Matthew Reall- Crystal Lake South

Ross Relic- Prairie Ridge

Akash Sureshkumar-Prairie Ridge

Dominik Bogcaz is a senior at Crystal Lake South High School. He is on the student council executive board, president of National Honor Society and is the founder and president of the Crystal Lake South pre-medical society. He is also part of the math team. Dominik hopes to attend the University of Michigan, New York University or the University of Washington to study neuroscience. Dominik volunteers through NHS, Kiwanis Key Club, and the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.

Scott Campbell is a senior at Crystal Lake South High School. He is the Gator Nation Leader for the Crystal Lake South hockey club and participates in track and field in the spring. Scott plans to study either biomedical engineering or cinematography. Scott has volunteered for Immanuel Lutheran Middle School and CLS aevidum.

Oscar Cortes is a senior at Cary-Grove High School. He is involved in math team, science olympiad, and WYSE. Oscar plans to attend a four-year-college after graduation, with his top choices being Stanford University, MIT, and Harvard University. He plans on studying physics with a possible minor in math.

Aditya Khandeshi is a senior at Central Lake Central High School. He is involved in science olympiad, math team, WYSE, scholastic bowl, and the VEX robotics team. He is currently exploring what college he will attend and what subject he will study.

Daniel Minogue is a senior at Crystal Lake South High School. He is involved in math team, WYSE and the tennis team. Daniel wants to receive his doctorate in physics and work at a privatized tech company or conduct research at a university or work at CERN. Daniel volunteers at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry, Helping Paws, and Feed My Starving Children.

Joshua Moore is a senior at Crystal Lake Central High School. He is involved in symphonic band, marching band, the VEX Robotics Club, WYSE, and the computer club. He also performs with the McHenry County Youth Orchestra and the Crystal Lake Community Band. Joshua is considering a variety of colleges with the hope to study computer science.

Casey Mutka is a senior at Crystal Lake South High School. Casey is involved in variety of extracurricular activities, most notably, the Crystal Lake South Gender and Sexuality Alliance and marching band. After graduation, Casey plans to attend college and become a licensed high school history and/or psychology teacher. Casey participates in a number of volunteer opportunities, from giving out rainbow bracelets at lunch with GSA, to traveling to Denver to learn about homelessness with a youth group.

Trevor O’Connor is a senior at Crystal Lake South High School. He helped launch the bass fishing club during his freshman year with the help of Mr. Wolke and Mr. Nobilio. In addition, he is a part of the tennis team, National Honor Society, intramural basketball, and science olympiad. Trevor plans to attend the University of Alabama, and hopes to complete a dual-degree program and receive both an MBA and his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Trevor is an AVID tutor and sometimes volunteers his time at the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.

Arden Podpora is a senior at Crystal Lake Central. She is a part of the golf team and is involved in scholastic bowl, National Honor Society, WYSE, and is on the leadership board for Interact Club. Arden plans on attending a four-year-university after graduation and wants to study economics, and pursue a career in actuarial or data science. Arden volunteers through the clubs with school and on her own. Her passion is supporting environmental projects such as clean-up days and seed collection with the local conservation district. Over the course of her high school career she has logged over 100 volunteer hours.

Matthew Reall is a senior at Crystal Lake South High School. He is involved in basketball, track, National Honor Society, the gator link crew executive board, an AVID tutor and a member of Spanish Club. Matthew plans to attend a four-year-college where he will study Biology. He is an Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts of America and does volunteer work for Home of the Sparrow.

Ross Relic is a senior at Prairie Ridge High School. He is involved in theatre, madrigal choir, speech, ILMEA for choir, and math team. Ross plans to attend college to study physics, and plans to receive his PhD. During his free time, Ross tutors others in mathematics and science.

Akash Sureshkumar is a senior at Prairie Ridge High School. He is involved in math team, science olympiad, scholastic bowl, WYSE, National Honor Society and is the co-president of German National Honor Society. After graduation, Akash would like to attend John Hopkins University and study cellular biology and computer science. Akash volunteers through NHS and also offers his free time at Goodwill.

High school students enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). The exam serves as an initial screening of about 1.6 million students each year.  The semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and are the highest scoring students in each state.

Students will find out if they have advanced to Finalist standing in February. Beginning in April, National Merit Scholarship winners will be awarded.

***One student’s name was withheld due to media permission.***​

Sep 24
Cary-Grove’s New CNC Manufacturing Lab Offers Career Pathways

Cary-Grove High School’s CNC Precision Machining and Manufacturing Lab will teach students how to prepare for potential careers in manufacturing and engineering. Students will gain experience with a variety of machines including a computer numerical control (CNC) mill, CNC lathe, CNC router, 3D printing, laser cutter and plasma cutter.

Sixty-one students are enrolled in the CNC class for the ​​2018-2019 school year and will learn how to code and operate machines. Students will have the opportunity to test for NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) credentials. The class is open to sophomore, juniors and seniors. At the end of the course, students may have the opportunity to begin a career in the manufacturing industry.

“I feel like it will be a good career for me because it is all hands-on work, and I like to work with my hands,” said Hoscar Angeles, Cary-Grove senior.

Community partners and donations turned the vision of the lab into a reality.

“We started with a Tormach mill and then developed a vision, could we get more of these machines in one spot,” said Michael Manning, industry and careers division lead at Cary-Grove.

Swiss Automation donated a CNC Swiss lathe machine and funds to remodel the classroom. The Cary-Grove Rotary Club, TMA, and the McHenry County Cooperative for Employment Education also donated machines.

Cary-Grove hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, September 18 to showcase the lab and demonstrate how the machines work to the public and to thank community and business partners.


Sep 01
D155 Strategic Plan
District 155 initiated its strategic planning process with the support of its Board of Education on August 23. D155 recognizes the benefit of seeking insights from a variety of stakeholders, and views the strategic planning process as an opportunity for stakeholders in the 10 communities the district serves to voice their opinions and provide the district with constructive feedback.

The strategic planning process or “Pathway to Success” will allow the district to discover its current state and provide direction for the future. The strategic plan will be a shared vision for all district stakeholders and will provide the blueprint for the district’s mission, vision, and values. This process will help the district develop the corresponding action plan to establish the necessary goals to achieve this mission.

The Consortium for Educational Change (CEC) will facilitate the strategic planning process. CEC provides schools, unions, and districts with a systemic, collaborative approach by identifying their unique challenges and assists in building a district’s internal capacity for continual improvement. They have worked with more than 80 districts in Illinois including Crystal Lake Elementary District 47.

A diverse group comprised of 50 students, staff, parents, community members, and district leaders will serve on the strategic planning team. They will meet five times to discuss survey results, data, and their visionary aspirations. A list of names of those who have agreed to be part of the team are published on the district’s website.

The most valuable piece of this process will be feedback from stakeholders. More than 5,000 students, staff, parents, and community members responded to the first survey. Those results will guide the strategic planning team throughout the process. Survey results are posted on here.

The district will host four community engagement sessions on October 4, October 9, October 17, and October 18. These sessions will be open to the public and there will be guided activities to assess progress and comment on the direction the team is headed. The district will begin promoting these community engagement sessions once details are finalized.

Information from each team meeting will be shared on the strategic planning webpage, Together we will shape the future of education in our community.

Aug 31
D155 Seeking Parent & Community Feedback during Engagement Sessions

Community High School District 155 will host four Engagement Sessions as part of the district’s strategic planning process in October. Parents and the community are encouraged to attend any of the following sessions:

Cary-Grove: October 4 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Crystal Lake Central: October 9 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Crystal Lake South & Haber Oaks: October 17 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Prairie Ridge: October 18 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Engagement Sessions will be an opportunity for stakeholders to hear about district data, and offer feedback on D155’s draft S.W.O.T. analysis.

More than 5,100 students, staff, parents, and community members completed a district survey at the beginning of the school year. The district’s 50-member strategic planning team analyzed the results during the data retreat on September 12 to draft a S.W.O.T. analysis to identify District 155’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

For more information about the district’s strategic planning process and to view survey results, presentations, and documents, visit​​

Aug 23
Cary-Grove Class of 2018

Ninety percent of graduates in the class of 2018 will continue their studies at four-year colleges, two-year community colleges, and vocational and technical schools. Over 60 percent of students are pursuing degrees at four-year colleges and universities. The class of 2018 will continue its studies at post-secondary institutions in 42 of the 50 states. Two students plan to continue their education internationally in Scotland and Germany.

McHenry County College, Illinois State University, and the University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign are the top three schools the class of 2018 will attend this fall. Students are most interested in studying health/non-medical science, business and engineering. Forty-one students plan to serve in the armed forces.

Ninety percent of students say their experiences in school allowed them to learn more about themselves and their personal aspirations.

“We are focused on the student experience and by offering our students a chance to explore a variety of classes and extracurriculars, our students are finding their passions. They are prepared to succeed beyond high school, and we are so proud of them,” said Steve Olson, superintendent.

Eighty-nine percent of the class of 2018 participated in at least one extracurricular activity.

  • 34% - Arts

  • 43% - Academic

  • 64% - Athletics

Sixty-six percent participated in volunteer/community service project not sponsored at school. There were 1,529 graduates in the class of 2018.

Community High School District 155 has conducted a uniform, district-wide senior survey for the last 11 years.


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Aug 22
"Made in Your Own Backyard Day"
School Districts 47 and 155 are excited to partner with the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce on an inaugural event this year called “Made in Your Own Backyard.”

This open house event is a localized version of MFG Day, a national day of recognition to inspire a future generation of manufacturers. The event will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 5:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and aims to: 1) increase awareness of unique products manufactured locally; and 2) to educate parents and middle and high school students about the diverse manufacturing field and career opportunities in Crystal Lake and McHenry County. Together, parents and students will learn about the relevant coursework offered by our high schools and gain information about the career paths and tracks involved in being employed by one of these successful local companies.

D47 and D155 students and parents will board a bus to tour and learn about various Crystal Lake manufacturing companies, including General Kinematics, Heartland Cabinetry, Precision Water Jet  and Mathews Company.​

On October 4, buses will depart from all D155 high schools at 5:30 p.m., make two 45-minute stops at participating companies, and return to the school by 8:00 p.m. Families will be asked to arrive at the school by 5:15 p.m. for a brief overview by D155 educators before boarding the bus. Please note: With limited space, we ask that only one parent attend with the student. A parent or guardian must accompany middle school students. D47 middle school students should register for the field trip based at their designated high school. Registration for this event is closed.

Aug 21
Parents' Night 2018

Join us for Parents' Night on Wednesday, October 10 at 7:00 P.M.

 Please begin the evening in your child’s first period class. If your child has study hall or physical education for first period, begin in the cafeteria. All members of the faculty will be in classrooms from 7:00-9:07 p.m. to meet with you according to your child’s daily schedule. Please ask your son/ daughter to fill in his/her schedule for Wednesday, or you may print a copy of your child’s schedule through Family Access. There will be no scheduled study halls; instead you are invited to visit the cafeteria for refreshments. Please bring this completed form with you on October 10.

Aug 20
District 155 Testing on October 10, 2018

​On October 10, 2018, students in grades 9, 10, and 11 will be participating in the following exams:

• 9th grade students will take the PSAT 8/9 exam 

• 10th grade students will take a retired PSAT 10 exam

 • 11th grade students will take the PSAT/NMSQT exam 

• 12th grade students will not be testing and are excused from school 

We encourage students to arrive to school early, prior to 7:25 AM, to give themselves time to put away their things, get to their testing room, and ensure they have all the necessary supplies prior to testing. Please be aware that students will be on an altered schedule on October 10. Some students will begin testing as early as 7:30 AM. Most students will have an early release at 11:15 AM while students with testing accommodations will be released at 12:50PM. Transportation will run at both times if needed. 

The information from the exams will be used to measure students’ proficiency towards various college readiness standards and in calculating student achievement growth throughout their high school career. This is the third year that CHSD 155 will be administering the SAT Suite of Assessments across three grade levels due to the Illinois State Board of Education selecting the SAT as the state’s college level entrance exam. 

All students testing on October 10 should bring #2 pencils (non-mechanical), their student ID, and a calculator. Please be aware that College Board guidelines prohibit electronic devices (cell phones, Chromebooks, etc…) from testing rooms. If you are interested in learning more about the calculator guidelines for the PSAT and/or the SAT, please visit this link. For any other information regarding the SAT Suite, please visit this link​

Students in the Life Skills program at Crystal Lake Central High School or the Functional Living Skills program at Crystal Lake South High School or Functional Communication Skills program at Cary-Grove High School will not be tested but are expected to attend school on October 10.

Students participating in the STRIVE program at Prairie Ridge High School are excused from school on October 10th. The Student 

Services Coordinator at your student’s school will also be reaching out with communication regarding building-specific details and procedures. 

Aug 16
Fall Play "The Laramie Project"

​Cary-Grove Drama is excited to announce the 2018 fall play, "The Laramie Project", by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project. ​

*This production is rated PG-13 for adult language and themes.*

Performances are October 11th at 7 pm ​and October 12th and 13th at 7:30 pm. 

Tickets are $8 and activity passes will be accepted. Tickets are on sale at​​​​​

R​ecently named by the New York Times as one of the 25 most influential plays of the last 25 years, The Laramie Project tells the true story of the citizens of Laramie, Wyoming as they deal with the aftermath of the brutal 1998 murder of 21-year-old college student Matthew Shepard. After Matthew’s murder, members of the Tectonic Theater Project in New York City traveled to Laramie to interview residents about how the attack affected the town. These transcripts were transformed into The Laramie Project, which tells the stories of the real people who lived at the epicenter of one of the nation’s most heinous anti-gay hate crimes. Actors portray over 60 characters as they follow the town of Laramie in the days immediately following the crime through the trial of the two young men who committed the murder. Throughout, the actors illustrate how fear, prejudice, hate, and intolerance can affect our society.

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Jul 09
Summer Newsletters (2018-19)

​Learn more about distribution days, student orientation, school procedures, athletics, and activities in the 2018 Summer Newsletter.

Click the link below:

Cary-Grove High School

Crystal Lake Central High School​​​

Prairie Ridge High School
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