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Apr 26
D155 Pilots New Aviation Course

District 155 is expanding learning opportunities beyond the classroom walls to offer students a unique opportunity to earn FAA Private Pilot Ground School certification. District 155 has partnered with the Lake in the Hills Airport to provide a ground school course taught by a commercial pilot and FAA certified ground instructor.

"This course will provide a strong foundation of knowledge and increase student's exposure of aviation. Students interested in aviation can advance in high school allowing them to reduce costs in college," said Dr. Johnnie Thomas, superintendent.

IMG_8458.JPGBoeing estimates a need for 1.5 million pilots and technicians globally over the next 20 years. This program also provides a vocational option for students.

D155's aviation course is aimed for students who are interested in pursuing several careers including: pilot, flight operations support, dispatcher, FAA, and engineering. Students will learn the fundamentals of aviation: FAA flying regulations, airport operations, airspace, aeromedical factors, aeronautical decision making, weather reports, radio communication, and risk management. D155's aviation course will also cover a lesson about drones, small unmanned aircrafts. These lessons which will prepare students to obtain an unmanned aircraft commercial operator license.

Classes will be hosted at Crystal Lake South High School on Mondays from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Students will attend 18 classes throughout the fall semester; two classes will be held on Tuesdays. The aviation course begins Monday, August 21 and concludes on December 18. This course will provide students with the necessary information to pass the Private Pilot Written Knowledge Test.

The district is hosting an informational meeting on Thursday, April 27 at Crystal Lake South High School in the Library at 7:00 p.m.  The cost to take the FAA Private Pilot Ground School course in District 155 is $350. Students interested in enrolling should contact their counselor. A limited number of spots are open.

"Giving students an option to take a class in the evening allows us to offer flexible scheduling for students while also earning elective credits towards high school graduation," said. Dr. Thomas.

Apr 21

This year's theme for Mr. CLS is "Deal or No Deal."  


When: May 6 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Where: CLS Theater

Tickets: $10 per ticket (no activity passes allowed)

Apr 21
2017 CG Summer Camps

Find out more information about Cary-Grove's summer camps. There are a variety of sports to choose from for grades K-12.

To view the full list of sports, click here.

Apr 20
Prom 2017 – Enchanted Garden

When: Friday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. – Arrive to PR by 5:00 p.m.; buses load at 5:15 p.m.

PARKING: Students park in the upper lot and enter door 1.  If it is raining students can enter door 1 and 6.

​Parents park in the lower lot (football field) and enter in door 11 and walk to the South Gym to view the parade. Please do not block any buses. 

** Students are to gather in the North gym and parents may assemble in the South gym or outside. Parents are NOT to be in the hallways. Thank you.

Where: The Stonegate, Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Who: Prairie Ridge Juniors, Seniors and their guests may attend. Anyone attending Prom must be under the age of 21.

PAYMENT: Tickets may be charged this year. You may pay for your ticket online using this link: Print off the receipt and attach it to your permission slip.

Checks and Cash are still accepted.

Students Attending Prom: 
Arrive by 5:00  p.m., park in the upper lot, and enter through the front foyer. The Promenade begins at 5:15 p.m.  Parents can view the promenade (rain or shine) in the South Gym.  Check your table and bus number, which will be posted on the prom board (near commons) on Wednesday, April 26.

Buses: Buses will load in the parking lot off the cafeter​ia starting at 5:15 p.m. and depart at 5:30 p.m. Buses will leave The Stonegate at 11:00 p.m. and return to Prairie Ridge about 12:00 a.m. Bus assignments will be made when you purchase your ticket. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CHANGE YOUR BUS ASSIGNMENT!

​Tables: Table reservation forms are available on the PR website. To reserve a table with your friends, complete the table reservation form, writing in the full names of all 12 people. Turn in the table reservation form with the signed permission forms and payment for all students at your table. All students will have an assigned table. NOTE: You can still attend prom if you don't have full table of 12; we will arrange the seating.

Apr 19
CLC Presents The Bard's Detective

Follow Justin Tyme, the infamous noir detective, as he tries to solve two of Shakespeare's most famous murder cases: Hamlet and MacBeth. Join us to enjoy the 3 Ms that belong in every good parody: Murder, Mystery and Mmmm-fun. Limited stage seating, with reserved table seating for appetizer buffet and drinks. (Note: adult themes and language)


May 12 at 7:00 p.m.

May 13 at 7:00 p.m.



General seating: $7
Reserved table seating with appetizer buffet & drinks: $12

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, April 21. 

Apr 19
Physics Field Trip

Prairie Ridge's physics program is planning a field trip to Great America Theme Park in Gurnee, Illinois, on Wednesday, May 17. PRHS physics teachers Jessica Galla, Kristin Glover, Mimi Kallwitz, Jake Seiler, Amanda Senese, and Khushali Shah will be acting as immediate supervisors.

Mode of Transportation: TJA School Bus

Departure: Leave PRHS at 9:15 a.m.

Return: Arrive at PRHS at 3:00 p.m. or 6-7:00 p.m. (an approximate range due to bus limitations)

Cost: $10.00 (transportation/equipment fee) for every student attending

Admission ticket (either $33.00 or student provides individual season pass)

Lunch and miscellaneous spending money (food and drink may not be brought into Six Flags except for dietary concern with a doctor's note)

Apr 19
D155 Board Approves New Crystal Lake South Principal
The D155 Board of Education approved Josh Nobilio as the new principal at Crystal Lake South High School, effective July 1. Scott Shepard was appointed as the district’s assistant superintendent of educational services for the 2017-18 school year.

IMG_7872.JPGJosh Nobilio has served as Crystal Lake South High School’s student services coordinator for the past six years. He has collaborated with a team to create and implement student supports to increase student achievement at South. Josh has co-facilitated a parent advisory committee to re-design student services across D155 and helped Crystal Lake South achieve national RAMP certification. In February, Josh was a recipient of the College Board’s Guidance and Admissions Assembly Award. He has also served D155 as a social worker for three years and a special education teacher for three years.

“I am part of a great team at Crystal Lake South High School, and I enjoy being part of the gator community. I am honored to serve as South’s next principal. I look forward to working with students and collaborating with staff to ensure all students succeed and continuing to encourage an inclusive school culture,” said Nobilio.

He received his bachelors in special education from Illinois State University, and a masters of social work from Loyola University. He completed his Type 75 administrative certificate from Northern Illinois University and earned a Type 75 director of special education certification from Aurora University.

“Josh’s experience working with staff and students at Crystal Lake South will allow him to continue strong traditions while supporting innovative instruction and develop programs designed to help students pursue their future aspirations,” said Dr. Johnnie Thomas, superintendent. “We had nearly 55 well-qualified candidates apply for the open principal positions, and we involved people at every level of the organization in the interview process.”

Josh Nobilio will begin his role as principal on July 1.  He will work with Scott Shepard and the rest of our administrative teams to ensure a smooth transition. The district is working to plan a meet and greet event for parents and students, and will share that information soon.
Apr 19
D155 Board Approves New Cary-Grove Principal
The D155 Board of Education approved Neil Lesinski as the new principal at Cary-Grove High School, effective July 1. After serving as principal for 10 years, Jay Sargeant has decided to return to the classroom where he began his career.

nlesinski.jpgNeil Lesinski has served as the district’s director of curriculum and assessment collaborating with building leaders and committees of teachers to continue to advance curriculum and revise the district’s assessment practices since July 2016. Neil also coordinates efforts with feeder school districts to align standards and has supported the implementation of the State Seal of Biliteracy certification program in D155. Prior to working in D155, Neil was department chair of the English department at Lakes Community High School, leading a team that advanced reading and writing instruction across disciplines. He also served as the career technical education division chair in D117, overseeing a majority of the electives and working with a team in re-designing curriculum around 21st century skills, including the addition of a mobile apps course.

“I look forward to building relationships and becoming a part of the Cary-Grove family and working to carry on the incredible tradition of providing an excellent educational experience for students while supporting them in every way we can to be successful in life,” said Lesinski.

Neil received his bachelors in English education from Western Illinois University and earned his Type 75, a masters in school leadership, from Concordia University. He is currently working on his doctorate in educational leadership from Aurora University.

“I am confident through Neil’s leadership Cary-Grove High School will continue to be a nationally recognized high school. Neil is a student-centered instructional leader who is committed to supporting the positive school culture that exists at Cary-Grove,” said Dr. Johnnie Thomas, superintendent. “We involved people at all levels of the organization, and we had nearly 55 well-qualified candidates apply for the open principal positions.”

Neil Lesinski will begin his role as principal on July 1.  He will work with Jay Sargeant and the rest of our administrative teams to ensure a smooth transition. The district is working to plan a meet and greet event for parents and students, and will share that information soon.

Apr 18
Honors Night

Honors Night is May 18 at 7 p.m. South will recognize all students in a slideshow who won a scholarship to their chosen college/university. Please fill out this Google Form, to be included in the slideshow.

Community members who would like to present an award at Honors Night should fill out this form to be included in the program. 

Apr 18

​Set on Long Island in the 1950s, SABRINA FAIR deals with the involvement of a very rich family named Larrabee with Sabrina Fairchild, the daughter of their family chauffeur, who has spent the last five​ years abroad in Paris. She has returned to find out if she is still in love with the younger son, David, or if she should marry the wealthy Frenchman she met in Paris. Then Sabrina realizes it is the older son, Linus, who truly challenges her. A revelation from her father helps Sabrina make her decision. With sparkling wit and intelligence, SABRINA FAIR considers how true love can be hindered by class, race and social conventions.

May 4 – 7:​00 p.m.

​May 5 – 7:30 p.m.

May 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Purchase tickets here.

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