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Apr 05
Important Dates for Seniors

Graduation Letter - Click here to download​

Tuesday April 2 - Friday April 26         

Senior Breakfast Ticket Sales
Senior Breakfast will take place at D'Andrea Banquet Hall in Crystal Lake immediately following graduation rehearsal on May 16. Tickets are $20.00 per person from April 2 through April 26. Tickets can be purchased online or in the principal's office by cash or check, payable to Cary-Grove High School. Any ticket purchased after the April 26 deadline will be $40.   

Online Payment Procedure: Go to the Cary-Grove website and click on For Parents, and then click on Online Payments (Revtrak).  Next click on CG Senior Breakfast. You will then click on make a payment and this will allow you to purchase a ticket for $20. Once you have purchased your ticket, PRINT A RECEIPT and bring it with you to graduation practice.  This will be your ticket to get on the bus for senior breakfast.

Wednesday, April 10                        

During gym class, seniors will be completing a senior survey and receiving  a class picture order form.


Monday, April 22 through Friday, May 3

Lottery Forms for 2 additional Auditorium Seating Graduation tickets will be available in Front office.


Wednesday, April 24                        

Cap and gown distribution - held in the front lobby during lunch periods

All seniors participating in the Commencement Exercise must wear the cap and gown offered by Jostens. If you have not ordered yours yet, please call our Jostens representative, Todd Crandall, at 815-477-3588 TODAY!


Friday, April 26                                    

Deadline for Senior Breakfast $20 Ticket Sales

Tickets will continue to be sold by Mrs. Claypool in the Principal's Office until Friday May 10; however, tickets purchased after April 26 will cost $40.


MONTH OF MAY                   

Seniors may return textbooks as soon as they no longer need them to Mrs. Marr in Room C6.  All outstanding fees must be paid in full in the Principal's Office.  An email will be sent in May giving details as to how to return or purchase chromebooks.


Friday, May 3                                         

Last day to notify Principal's Office of non-participation in Graduation ceremony.


Tuesday, May 14                                  

If your student fails a course required for graduation or does not take a required final exam, he or she will not be able to participate in our graduation ceremony. If this circumstance arises, you will be notified no later than 4 PM on Tuesday, May 14.


Wednesday, May 15                           

Local Scholarship Awards Night, 7 PM in the Cary-Grove Auditorium

You will be notified if your student is receiving recognition this evening. Please notify Mrs. Hayes at if your student has received a scholarship from their intended school and would like to have it added to our scrolling video of award recipients at Local Scholarship Awards Night. We will need a headshot photo in jpeg format along with the name of the accepted scholarship and school of choice.


Wednesday, May 15                           

The seniors' last full day of attendance will be Wednesday, May 15.


Wednesday, May 15                           

Final Day for Book Return AND Fee Payment for Seniors

Seniors must have all textbooks returned and fees/fines paid by 3 PM on Wednesday, May 15. Quarterly statements have been mailed home for those with outstanding balances.  You may check Family Access online to be sure your account balance is zero.  Please remind your senior that books should be turned in to Mrs. Marr in C6 as soon as they are no longer needed in order to avoid the line on May 16. Your student's participation in our Commencement Exercise may be in jeopardy if all of his or her textbooks have not been returned or if there are any outstanding fees/fines on your account.  

Thursday, May 16                               

Senior Class Picture

The Senior Class picture will be taken at 7:30 AM prior to Graduation practice. Order envelopes for the photos will be distributed to seniors on April 10 and are also available in the front office until 7:15 AM on May 16. The completed order envelope along with the money must be turned into the photographer on the morning of May 16.


Thursday, May 16                               

Graduation Practice

Graduation practice will follow immediately after the picture is taken. All seniors will be given their tickets at graduation practice.


Senior Breakfast

Senior Breakfast will follow graduation practice. Tickets are $40 if purchased after April  26. You must attend graduation practice to attend Senior Breakfast, and all students going to Senior Breakfast must be transported there by school bus. Although optional for seniors, Senior Breakfast is a tradition most enjoy. After graduation practice, students will board buses for D'Andrea's Banquet Hall in Crystal Lake; the buses will return the students to CGHS by noon.   If you purchased your ticket online, make sure to have the receipt with you to get on the bus.


Saturday, May 18                                 

Outdoor Graduation at 10:00 AM in the athletic stadium

We ask that immediate family sit in the home bleachers. All other guests are welcome to sit in the visitor bleachers or to find a place along the outside of the fence line of the track to view the ceremony. In the interest of fairness to all, we will officially open the gates for seating at 8:30 AM. NO SEATING WILL BE HONORED PRIOR TO THIS TIME. In the case of inclement weather, the exercises will be moved to the lower gymnasium (please see the details below).

Gymnasium Tickets for an Indoor Ceremony (in the event of inclement weather)

At graduation practice, seniors will each receive four reserved gymnasium seat tickets in the event that the ceremony needs to be held indoor due to inclement weather. These tickets may be used for gymnasium seating only. Please be advised that in order to accommodate all with gymnasium tickets, we will be tightly seated on what normally proves to be a hot and humid day.

Additional Seating in Auditorium (in the event of inclement weather)

Lottery forms for two additional graduation tickets for seating in the auditorium (simulcast) will be available in the main office from Monday, April 22 through Friday, May 3. Lottery winners will receive the extra tickets in addition to their 4 reserved gymnasium tickets at graduation practice. We are hopeful that we will be able to provide all applicants with at least two tickets. We will be happy to fill additional requests beyond these two tickets if additional seats are still available.​

Handicapped Seating

Please call the Vice-Principal's Office at least two days before the ceremony if you will need handicapped seating for one or more of your ticket holders. We will be glad to arrange it for you.

Please join us after our Graduation Ceremony in our upper gym to meet and celebrate with The Class of 2019!  This is one last great photo opportunity!


Apr 05
District 155 continues to be committed to fostering student growth beyond their time in high school and post high school transition. April 9 and 10 are spring testing dates specific to students in grades 9-12 with a release time of 11:45 a.m. and there is a significant use of our facilities due to standardized testing requirements.

STRIVE classes and internships will not meet on April 9 and 10, 2019.

On Tuesday, April 23, District 155 specialized social workers are organizing a parent panel with a few community resource representatives. Parents will be sharing their stories and experiences along with the knowledge they have gained with the goal to educate and support parents who are new to navigating Transition life. From 5-6 p.m. the community resources representative will present followed by the parent panel from 6-8:00 p.m.

In addition, STRIVE’s last day of school will be Friday, May 24 with internships ending Thursday, May 23.  

Apr 03
Visitor Policy

When arriving for a STRIVE meeting, please park in the visitor parking lot, located at the front of the school. Upon entering the building, you will be asked for an ID​ and will sign in. 

Let the attendant know you are here for a STRIVE meeting. A staff member will be contacted and you will be escorted to the meeting room.

As with all District 155 buildings, you will need an ID to enter the building.​

Contact Information
Special Education Division Leader, Julie Deka: (815) 479-0404 ext. 5213
Special Education Office Assistant, Geralyn Mohawk: (815) 479-0404 ext. 5214 

Apr 02
Attendance Line

One Call System: Attendance - (815) 479-0404 ext. 5261
When a student will be absent, please call STRIVE by 8 a.m., providing us with the date, student name, and reason for absence. We will notify transportation.

Apr 02
Class of 2019

Graduation is Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Find out everything you need to know about graduation announcements, cap and gowns, graduation practice, the ceremony, and tickets.

Caps and gowns will be available for pick-up on April 18 in the cafeteria during lunch periods.​

Click here to find out everything you need to know!

Apr 01
Crystal Lake South Theatre Presents 'Almost, Maine'

Crystal Lake South High School presents John Cariani's production Almost, Maine, as our spring production this year.

THE STORY: Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.  

Performance Dates & Times: 

Thursday, April 11 @ 7 pm

Friday, April 12 @ 7 pm

Saturday, April 13 @ 7 pm

To reserve tickets, contact CLS at 815-893-5199 or buy tickets online here.​

Ticket Pricing: 

Adults $8

Students $5*

*CLS Activity Passes accepted at the door

Apr 01
Individualized Learning in Lanes
STRIVE students have individualized programs to support them as they work toward their transition outcomes and goals. Students will be assigned to lanes, as known as tiers, based on their abilities. Students can participate in more than one lane at a time and can be placed between lanes. These tiers serve to structure each student’s day.  

Lane 1
The first lane is designed to meet the needs of students with limited skills in communication, sensory, and/or academics who require consistent sensory support.
  • Lane 1 students attend the STRIVE program Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. They go on community outings on Friday.
  • They receive instruction in pre-vocational tasks, management of sensory needs, and functional academics.

Lane 2
  • Students in lane 2 attend the STRIVE program four days a week, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with one day dedicated to independent living skills acquisition.
  • Under the supervision of a job coach, students work about two hours per week at a job site.
  • Attending community outings on Fridays is recommended.

Lane 3
  • Lane 3 assists students who have a demonstrated need for independent living and functional academic support.
  • Students in lane 3 attend the STRIVE program two days each week from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Under the supervision of a job coach, students work approximately two days per week for a total of four hours at a job site.
  • Attending Friday community outings is recommended

Lane 4
This tier includes a job training placement for students with more independent vocational skills. Students will have different expectations and will be challenged to perform with higher level skills. 
  • The academic focus is designed for students who are almost ready for competitive employment and/or college courses on a part-time basis.
  • Students attend the STRIVE program two days per week from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • They are able to maintain a vocational training site for 2 days a week.
  • Friday community outings are recommended. 

Lane 5
  • Students attend community college and/or are competitively employed on a part-time basis, but they require minimal academic support to access accommodations.
  • Lane 5 students attend the STRIVE program on Fridays for two hours. Students will set individual goals in study skills, organizational skills, employment skills, and/or social/emotional skills. 

Apr 01
Summer Art Camp
Cary-Grove Art teachers want to offer middle school students a week long opportunity to work with them and some amazing high school mentors. 
The camp will run from 9am until 12pm each day June, 17th - June, 21st at Cary-Grove and costs $150.00. 
We also invite you and your family to join us right after the last day of the camp to celebrate the artists and have some snacks.

To download the registration form, click here.
Mar 22
Prom 2019

Prom will be held on Friday, April 26, at The Rosemont Convention Center.  The cost is $75 per person. Please note each student AND each guest will need to fill out their own permission form.   Due to reservation requirements, unfortunately we will not be able to offer refunds after April 19th.  Additionally, no refunds will be issued to students in the event of a disciplinary action or an attendance issue on the day of prom, which results in the student's inability to attend prom.

While tickets for the Prom itself are always available to any eligible CG student (as an individual) or with a date, sign up for our wildly popular (and safe) Post-Prom activity supported by our Booster Club is unfortunately limited.  We will be selling post-prom tickets on a first come and first served basis, prioritizing as many seniors as possible attending their last Prom and Post-Prom with us.  Below are the details of the process that allow for the aforementioned prioritization and also minimize attendance issues during the school day.  In the past four years, Post-Prom has NOT sold out; all students who wanted to, were able to attend this event.  

Beginning the evening of Tuesday, April 9 from 6 PM to 9 PM Cary-Grove High School Seniors only, may sign up for Prom and Post-Prom in the Media Center on this date.  Senior Cary-Grove students attending with another Senior Cary-Grove student will register from 6 PM until 7:30 PM, the Senior CG students attending with anyone other than a Cary-Grove senior student will register from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.   If arriving after 7:30 PM, any CG senior/CG senior must go to the back of the line.  

On the evening of Wednesday, April 10 from 6 PM to 8 PM any CG Junior and their date or CG Senior and their date (if they did not sign up on April 9) may sign up for Prom (and Post-Prom, until sold out).  On this date there will be no priority given to CG seniors.   Additional ticket sale dates are shown in the table below.

Prior to registration, all students and guests must EACH complete a permission form, have an online payment receipt or a check payable to CGHS, or cash along with all paperwork approved for guests.

Any change request to prom arrangements after the April 9 and 10 sale dates will require a $10 processing fee.

Prom letter

CG permission form

Guest permission form

Dress Code

Post prom information

Graduation sign information


Mar 13
Prom 2019

Great Gatsby: Prom 2019 will be held on April 26, 2019 at the Abbey Resort in Fontana, WI​. Students should arrive at CLS by 5 P.M. as buses will leave promptly at 5:30 p.m. Return will be approximately 12:30 a.m.

Cost is $75 for an individual ticket and $150 per couple. Tickets will be sold online through REVTRAK-Family Access beginning Wednesday, March 13 through April 16. 

All information can be read in​ the prom packet. You can find that packet here.

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