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News at ccsd62

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District & School News

Photo of the front of Plainfield Elementary School
CCSD62

Community Consolidated School District 62 is proud to announce Dr. Lisa Carlos has been named a finalist for the 2024 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Leadership.

  • CCSD62
Photo from the Foundation 62 Pizza Wars
CCSD62

Community Consolidated School District 62’s Education Foundation congratulates Little Angelo’s Pizza and Catering of Rosemont for being named the winner of its first pizza wars event on February 25. 

  • CCSD62
Cumberland Celebrates Mardi Gras!
Cumberland

Under the direction of Ms. Patrice Bell, 4th and 5th grade students celebrated Mardi Gras by putting on a parade for all of the students.

  • Cumberland
Bonding in the Buddy Program
Iroquois

Iroquois Community School has a unique Buddy Program in which every young Iroquois student is paired up with an older student, or "buddy" at the start of each school year. 

  • Iroquois
BUGZ: The Musical!
Central

Central Elementary School's second and third grade students performed the musical "BUGZ!" on Thursday, February 9.

  • Central
Cook County Judge Visits AMS
Algonquin

Cooke County Judge Sharon Kanter visited Algonquin Middle School recently to talk to students about the US court system and her role as a judge.

  • Algonquin
Dancing Through North School!
North

The North Elementary School Dance Club, under the direction of Ms. Natalie Stevens, has been running for about 13 years! 

  • North
Creating Camaraderie in Karaoke Club
South

About 25 of South Elementary School's third, fourth and fifth grader's week have a blast participating in Karaoke Club during their recess every week.

  • South
Traveling the World at Central School
CCSD62

Students and their families did not need to pack their bags to travel around the world at Central Elementary School recently. 

  • CCSD62
"The Lion and the Mouse"
Plainfield

Second grade students in Ms. Rivera Gutierrez's room worked on a phonics and reading lesson where they read the fable "The Lion and the Mouse." 

  • Plainfield
Third Graders Bring African Folktale to Life
Forest

On February 15, Forest Elementary School's 3rd grade students shared their musical performance of Verna Aardema's book Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain.

  • Forest
ICS Jazz Festival
Iroquois

The Iroquois Community School Jazz Band recently participated in the Old Quarry Middle School Jazz Festival in Lemont, Illinois.

  • Iroquois
A Visit to the Math Center
Early Learning Center

All students at the Early Learning Center have the opportunity to visit the Math Center for 30 minutes every week.

  • Early Learing Center
Global School Play Day
Orchard Place

Orchard Place recently celebrated Global School Play Day, a day in which students can play freely without the use of screens.

  • Orchard Place
Using Math in the Stock Market
Algonquin

Gina DeRaimo, Senior Vice President and Head of the Options Institute at Cboe Global Markets, visited the AMS Math Chicks Club to talk about stocks, trading, and investing and how it relates to math.

  • Algonquin
Celebrating the Lunar Chinese New Year!
Plainfield

Fifth grade students in Ms. Stephanie Wubbena's music class had fun preparing for Plainfield's Lunar Chinese New Year celebration.

  • Plainfield
Traveling the World at Central School
Central

Students and their families did not need to pack their bags to travel around the world at Central Elementary School recently. 

  • Central
A Visit from Punxsutawney Phil!
North

Students in Ms. Natalie Steven's "Flip the Trip" Club had a chance to Zoom with the one and only Punsxutawney Phil and his handlers the day before Groundhog's Day this year.

  • North
Recorder Music Lesson
Cumberland

Students in Mr. Nathan Coon's music class practiced playing different musical notes on their recorders this week. 

  • Cumberland
A Visit to the Science Center
Early Learning Center

Students in Ms. Jennifer Jennings class had the chance to visit the Science Center this week. 

  • Early Learning Center
A Visit to the LMC
Terrace

The kindergarten students at Terrace visited the Library Media Center (LMC) this week and were treated to a book called Don't Hug Doug.

  • Terrace
Second Grade Art Club
Iroquois

Students in Ms. Valerie De Felice's second grade art club started a new project last week. 

  • Iroquois
Fifth Grade Patrols!
Orchard Place

Every day the Orchard Place Safety Patrols, made up of fifth graders dressed in fluorescent orange belts, keep the students safe and set a proper example of appropriate behavior!

  • Orchard Place
Celebrating the Joy of Cooking!
Algonquin

Each month, Algonquin Middle School students have the chance to celebrate the joy of cooking!

  • Algonquin
The Juggler with the Yellow Shoes
Iroquois

Entertainer Dan Kirk presented his impressive juggling skills, along with a "STOP Bullying" presentation, to Iroquois students in kindergarten through fifth grade last Friday. 

  • Iroquois
First Grade Science Lesson
Plainfield

First grade students in Ms. Deanne Riportella's class had fun with a science lesson this past week.

  • Plainfield
Eagle Excellence Assembly
Central

Central Elementary School held their first Eagle Excellence Assembly of 2024 this week. 

  • Central
A Visit from the Library
North

Two representatives from the Des Plaines Public Library visited students at North Elementary School last week.

  • North
Mural Mosaic Club!
Chippewa

Art Teacher Carli Kanter and English Language Arts Teacher Erin Shanahan run a Mural Mosaic Club at Chippewa Middle School twice a month.

  • Chippewa
AMS Food Backpack Program
Algonquin

The Community Backpack Project (CBP) is an outreach program of the Self-Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines.

  • Algonquin
Fun While Learning
Early Learning Center

Preschooler's in Ms. Dion's STAR class had fun participating in a variety of fun activities this week.

  • Early Learning Center
Kindergarten Number Corner
Terrace

Ms. Cari Tripoli's kindergarten students incorporate math concepts into each day in a variety of ways. 

  • Terrace
A Lesson in Helping Tools
Forest

In recognition of American Disabilities Week, Forest Elementary School recently partnered with an organization called Educating Outside the Lines.

  • Forest
Recorder Lessons in Music Class!
Orchard Place

Students in Ms. Colleen Beaver's music class freshened up on their recorder skills this week.

  • Orchard Place
An Art Lesson in Weaving
Cumberland

This week Art Teacher Ms. Jelena Todorovich taught Cumberland Elementary School third grade students the art of weaving.

  • Cumberland
Student Lead Craft Fair
Algonquin

On Tuesday December 12th, more than 10 students, and two school clubs, sold their wares at the first AMS Craft Show.

  • Algonquin
Student Council Clothing Drive
Iroquois

The ICS 4th and 5th Grade Student Council hosted a clothing drive to benefit the Des Plaines Self Help Closet and Food Pantry. 

  • Iroquois
Fun with Rulers and Sounds
South

Students in Ms. Atkinson's first grade classroom had fun making different sounds with rulers this week.

  • South
Field Trip to Downtown Des Plaines
CCSD62

Fourth graders at Plainfield Elementary School recently visited three different locations in downtown Des Plaines to learn more about the history of the city and how it operates. 

  • CCSD62
Field Trip to Downtown Des Plaines
Plainfield

Fourth graders at Plainfield Elementary School recently visited three different locations in downtown Des Plaines to learn more about the history of the city and how it operates. 

  • Plainfield
A Lesson in Basketball Passing
Central

Students in Mr. Griffen Eichorn's PE class learned about the different types of basketball passes this week.

  • Central
Chicago Author Visits Chippewa
Chippewa

On December 18, Chippewa Middle School eighth graders had the privilege of meeting and listening to Chicago-based author, Ralph Shayne.

  • Chippewa
Feed My Starving Children Field Trip
Iroquois

All Iroquois Community School eighth graders took a field trip to Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg in December. 

  • Iroquois
AMS Girls Club
Algonquin

Recently the Algonquin Middle School Girls Club went to Forest Elementary School to read a book and complete a craft with the first grade classrooms.

  • Algonquin
ELC Learning Activities!
Early Learning Center

Early Learning Center students in Ms. Richter's STAR class had the chance to participate in many different learning activities this week.

  • Early Learning Center
Library Book Cart Exchange
Terrace

First graders at Terrace Elementary School had the opportunity to choose books from the school's rolling library cart recently. 

  • Terrace
Growth Through Music Therapy
Algonquin

Music therapy is offered at Algonquin Middle School through the Structured Teaching Education Program (STEP) every other week.

  • Algonquin
Disability Awareness Assembly
Forest

We kicked off Disability Awareness Week at Forest with a wonderful presentation by multi-sport athlete Mak Nong.

  • Forest
Fostering a Love of Literacy & Math
Orchard Place

Orchard Place Elementary School is fortunate to receive Title 1 funds in order to design a literacy support program. 

  • Orchard Place
Nursing Home Music Tour!
Iroquois

Iroquois Community School's Concert Orchestra and Concert Band performed at Generations Oakton Arms Nursing Home in Des Plaines on Friday, December 8.

  • Iroquois
An Hour of Coding
Cumberland

Cumberland fifth graders in Library Media Specialist Sophia Garcia Smith's class recently participated in a wide range of coding activities.

  • Cumberland
Social Media Safety Presentation
Forest

District 62 Student Resource Officer Matthew Stonequist recently presented to Forest fifth graders about social media safety and good practices.

'Tis the Season for a Winter Concert!
Orchard Place

The 4th and 5th graders at Orchard Place celebrated the upcoming holiday season to a packed house on Wednesday, December 6 with their winter show "Tis the Season." 

  • Orchard Place
ICS Student's Show Off Their Talents!
Iroquois

ICS Talent Show 2023 is a fabulous event that showcases 28 unique acts from singing, dancing, martial arts and magic.

  • Iroquois
Using Math in Exercise!
Algonquin

Former Algonquin Math Teacher and Founder and Head Coach of CD Fitness, Cheryl De Guzman Capadocia, stopped by AMS to talk to the sixth graders about how math can be used in exercise. 

  • Algonquin
Holiday Pop-Out Cards!
Plainfield

Fifth graders in Mr. Smith's art class learned how to create holiday pop-out cards this week.

  • Plainfield
Birthday Book Bash!
North

North students who had birthdays during the month of November celebrated in a special way. 

  • North
Eagle Excellence All-Around!
Central

This week Central School held an Eagle Excellence Assembly full of laughs, awards and pie-smashing!

  • Central
Holiday Ornament Creations
Chippewa

Chippewa students stayed after school last week to create ornaments for the CMS holiday tree in Metropolitan Square.

  • Chippewa
NYX Gold Design Award
CCSD62

We are excited to announce that our new website has won a Gold Design Award from the NYX awards program.

  • CCSD62
Tis the Season for Tree Decorating!
CCSD62

Despite the rainy and cold weather, a number of groups from the district made it out to the annual tree decorating event in downtown Des Plaines on December 1.

  • CCSD62
Operation North Pole
Orchard Place

Orchard Place Elementary School collaborated with the organization Operation North Pole tp provide winter coats for all students. 

  • Orchard Place
4th Grade Culture Fair
Cumberland

Cumberland's fourth graders took part in a culture fair last week in which the students interviewed their family members about their cultural traditions, food, clothing, music and more. 

  • Cumberland
Family Literacy Night
Forest

Forest Elementary School hosted its annual Family Literacy Night last week.

  • Forest
Fall Fest Fun at the ELC!
Early Learning Center

The students at the ELC had a fun time particpating in the Fall Fest parade.

  • Early Learning Center
Students Take Flight!
Algonquin

Flight Club at Algonquin Middle School is all about aviation.

  • Algonquin
A New Take on Fairy Tales
Terrace

Terrace fourth graders had a fun English assignment in which they could take a classic fairy tale and put their own spin on it.  

  • Terrace
Kiwanis Club: Shoes for Kids Event
CCSD62

The Kiwanis Club of Des Plaines recently sponsored an amazing event that resulted in 159 children getting a new pair of shoes or boots! 

  • CCSD62
Thank You to Our Veterans!
South

Second and third graders at South Elementary School said thank you to veterans in a musical performance this week. 

  • South
Plainfield Spreads Kindness
Plainfield

Plainfield Elementary School embarked upon a journey to celebrate World Kindness Day this week and to spread kindness throughout the school community.

  • Plainfield
Students Say Thank You to Veterans
Central

Central School's fourth and fifth graders put on a musical performance in honor of Veterans Day on November 9.

  • Central
AMS Cheer Team
Algonquin

The 23-24 AMS Cheer Team has been working hard throughout the Girls and Boys Basketball seasons.

  • Algonquin
Newcomer Family Night!
CCSD62

The EL Department hosted a family event on November 8 to support families who are new to the country.

  • CCSD62
Adventures in Ms. Gonzalez's Room
Early Learning Center

Students in Ms. Gonzalez's STAR bilingual classroom had fun reading a new book together this week.

  • Early Learning Center
Beautification Club
Cumberland

Cumberland's Beautification Club designs and implements projects to make the school more inviting. 

  • Cumberland
Principal for a Day!
Forest

Two Forest students recently won the honor of being "Principal for a Day!" 

  • Forest
Halloween Festivities Galore!
Orchard Place

The Orchard Place Student Council held its first event on Friday, October 26.

  • Orchard Place
STEP Program's Coffee Cart
Algonquin

The STEP program at Algonquin Middle School runs a coffee cart every Friday.

  • Algonquin
Astronomy Night at AMS
Algonquin

Algonquin Middle School hosted its annual Family Astronomy Night on October 24. 

  • CCSD62
ICS Halloween Ball
Iroquois

The Iroquois PTC hosted the school's annual Halloween Ball last week!

  • Iroquois
Brain Building with Clay
South

Fourth graders at South learned all about the different parts of the brain last week. 

  • South
Pumpkin Carving Fun!
Forest

Kindergarten students at Forest had fun carving and decorating pumpkins! 

  • Forest
Plainfield's Fall Musical: Adventure Awaits!
Plainfield

Plainfield third, fourth and fifth graders performed their fall musical, "Adventure Awaits," for their fellow students and parents last week. 

  • Plainfield
AMS PBIS Program!
Algonquin

This is the third year of our PBIS program here at AMS.

  • Algonquin
OP Eagles Send Off!
Orchard Place

September 27th was custodian Pedro Aponte's last day at OP before moving out of state.

  • Orchard Place
Student Council Kick-Off!
Orchard Place

Orchard Place's Student Council recently held it's first meeting of the 2023-2024 school year. 

  • Orchard Place
PACER Test Practice
Terrace

Fifth graders in Mr. Patenaude's PE class had the chance to learn about and practice for the PACER Test this week. 

  • Terrace
The Number Corner
Cumberland

Students in Mr. McKelvey's 5th grade class had fun with a Number Corner math activity this week.

  • Cumberland
ICS Warrior Showdown!
Iroquois

ICS recently hosted its first Warrior Showdown K-8 School Assembly of the school year on September 15th.

  • Iroquois
Fall Fun at the ELC!
Early Learning Center

This week the students in Mrs. Tharp's STAR class learned all about pumpkins.

  • Early Learning Center
Fall Fun at Forest!
Forest

Last Friday Forest School held its annual Fall Fest! 

  • Forest
AMS Girls Basketball
Algonquin

The girls basketball season is wrapping up here at Algonquin and it has been a successful season overall for both 7th and 8th grade teams.

  • Algonquin
Astronomy Night at AMS
CCSD62

Algonquin Middle School hosted its annual Family Astronomy Night on October 24. 

  • CCSD62
Winter Card Judging is a Community Affair
CCSD62

The Frisbie Senior Center in Des Plaines hosted the judging of the District 62 annual winter card contest for the second year in a row. 

  • CCSD62
Surprise Visits from the Prize Patrol!
CCSD62

Members of the D62 Education Foundation had a fun time visiting different schools throughout the district and surprising staff members with grants they had applied for earlier in the school year. 

  • CCSD62
Keep Calm and Love Mother Earth!
North

North hosted a kindergarten and first grade outdoor program last Friday on the blacktop behind the school.

  • North
Practice Makes Perfect!
Iroquois

Iroquois intermediate orchestra students have been hard at work practicing for their upcoming concert! 

  • Iroquois
Mariachi Drawings!
Plainfield

Fifth graders at Plainfield this week spent time in art class drawing mariachi musicians!

  • Plainfield
Fun in the LMC!
South

South students enjoyed spending time in the school library this week.

  • South
Dewey Decimal Dominoes!
Central

Central's 4th graders learned a fun way to decide what library books they wanted to check out this week!

  • Central
Maine West Marching Band Event!
Chippewa

Students from our Symphonic Band met with band students from Algonquin and Iroquois on October 10th at Maine West High School.

  • Chippewa
Full STEAM Ahead!
Algonquin

As part of their unit about microscopes, 7th grade science students in Mrs. Wiemann's and Mr. Yamane's classes participated in a STEAM project with our art teacher Mr. Kanter. 

  • Algonquin
Fall Running Club!
Terrace

3rd-5th grader students participate weekly in the Terrace School Running Club.

  • Terrace
Lego Read-Aloud Lesson
Forest

Students in Mr. Peebles' 5th grade class had a chance to be creative with Legos!

  • Forest
Cross Country Collaboration
Iroquois

Iroquois 6th, 7th and 8th graders participated in a middle school meet at Maine West High School. 

  • Iroquois
Meet the Cougar Running Club!
Cumberland

All first through fifth grade students at Cumberland Elementary School have the opportunity to join the Cougar Running Club. 

  • Cumberland
Cross Country Collaboration
Algonquin

As we are approaching the halfway point through the cross country season, the kids are starting to see their hard work pay off. 

  • Algonquin
Kagan Coaching
Orchard Place

All of the teachers at Orchard Place Elementary School chose a Kagan learning strategy that they wanted to implement with their students this year.

  • Orchard Place
Cross Country Collaboration
Chippewa

Chippewa's 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys and girls cross country teams participated in a middle school meet at Maine West High School this week. 

  • Chippewa
Kindergarten Letter Lesson
Plainfield

Kindergarteners in Ms. Lopez's class spent time practicing the alphabet this week.

  • Plainfield
Former Navy Pilot Visits the Math Chicks Club!
Algonquin

In a continued effort to inspire girls to love math and support their college and career readiness, sixth grade girls met with a former Navy pilot on Wednesday 9/20.

  • Algonquin
Smile for the Camera!
Orchard Place

Students at were excited to have their pictures professionally taken last week!

  • Orchard Place
STAR Preschool Fun
Early Learning Center

Students in Miss Dion's STAR Preschool Class had fun in class this week.

  • Early Learning Center
Lessons in Second Grade
Cumberland

Second graders in Ms. Huffman's class spent time on a variety of fun lessons this week.

  • Cumberland
AMS Service Club!
Algonquin

AMS Service Club completed their first community outreach project this week in anticipation of fall conferences next week.

  • Algonquin
Book Fair Fun!
Forest

Students had fun checking out all of the fun books on the first day of Forest's Book Fair.

  • Forest
STEM Sketching!
Chippewa

Mrs. Koepke's 6th grade STEM students learned how to draw multi-view sketches this week.

  • Chippewa
Football Fun in PE!
Plainfield

Ms. Skenderi's PE class learned all about the sport of football this week. 

  • Plainfield
Meet Lizzie Waterworth Santos!
Central

Author Lizzie Waterworth Santos visited Central Elementary School on Thursday, September 21st for a 4th and 5th grade assembly!

  • Central
Flag Football Club!
Algonquin

This is Algonquin Middle Schools second year offering Flag Football. 

  • Algonquin
Playground Activities
Early Learning Center

Students at the Early Learning Center had a great time playing outside this week and making friends with each other.

  • Early Learning Center
Frog Hopping Math Exercise
Terrace

This week 5th grade students in Mr. Becker's math class participated in a frog hopping multiplication exercise. 

  • Terrace
Indoor Soccer in PE
Orchard Place

The students in all of the PE classes at Orchard Place are learning soccer skills that can be applied to soccer games.

  • Orchard Place
Building the Thirteen Colonies
Forest

The fifth grade students in Mr. Peebles class explored the regions of the thirteen colonies this week using the educational website BrainPOP.

  • Forest
Hand Art Project
Cumberland

Students in art class at Cumberland this week worked on a creative hand design project. 

  • Cumberland
Intermediate Band Practice
Iroquois

Intermediate Band at ICS has been working on completing the Essential Elements for Band, Book 1 this year.

  • Iroquois
Development of CCSD62's New Strategic Plan
CCSD62

The Community Consolidated School District 62 Board of Education will begin the process of developing a new multi-year strategic plan with support from students, staff, parents and stakeholders.

  • CCSD62
Increasing Literacy Skills in 2nd Grade!
Plainfield

Students in Ms. Carnota Costa's 2nd grade bilingual class had a great time practicing and increasing their reading skills this week.

  • Plainfield
Personal Narratives in ELA!
Chippewa

6th grade students in Ms. Shanahan's ELA class started their personal narratives this week.

  • Chippewa
Student Excitement in PE Class!
South

2nd grade students were excited this week to utilize beanbags in a variety of PE games and activities.

  • South
AMS Math Chicks Club!
Algonquin

Our 6th grade girls got a math boost this week when four professional women came for a visit to Algonquin!

  • Algonquin
Walking, Jogging and Running in PE
Terrace

Students were able to get outside in PE class on Tuesday and had the option to walk, jog or run with their friends.

  • Terrace
Lightsabers in Music Class!
Cumberland

3rd grade Students in Mr. Coon's music class this week practiced singing and had the opportunity to use "lightsabers" (tuned percussion tubes).

  • Cumberland
AMS Open House
Algonquin

On Thursday August 24th, AMS held their annual open house for the 23-24 school year.

  • Algonquin
Welcome Back CCSD62!
CCSD62

It's hard to believe our 10-month schools returned last week.

  • CCSD62 News
Instant Activities in PE!
Chippewa

6th grade student's in Mr. Moser's PE class were excited to get outside Friday morning to participate in instant activities.

  • Chippewa
Listening and Life Skills in EDK
Early Learning Center

Students in the Extended Day Kindergarten (EDK) program had a great time this week!

  • Early Learning Center
Welcome Back South Students!
South

South welcomed back it's 1st-5th grade students this week as well as their new Kindergarten students.

  • South
Welcome Back OP Eagles!
Orchard Place

Orchard Place welcomed back their 1st-5th grade students this week as well as their new Kindergarten students.

  • Orchard Place
Welcome Back Forest Students!
Forest

Forest welcomed back it's 1st-5th grade students this week as well as new Kindergarten students.

  • Forest
Welcome Back Cumberland Students!
Cumberland

Cumberland welcomed back their 1st-5th grade students on Monday and new Kindergarten students on Tuesday.

  • Cumberland
Welcome Back AMS!
Algonquin

Algonquin welcomed back 6th, 7th & 8th grade students this week.

  • Algonquin
6th Grade Middle School Camps
CCSD62

Last week, Algonquin Middle School and Chippewa Middle School welcomed incoming sixth graders to their new learning communities.

  • Algonquin
  • CCSD62 News
  • Chippewa
Photograph of two students pushing a cart down the hallway
Iroquois

ICS students work hard all week following the Warrior Expectations!  

  • Iroquois
Photo of a student playing a trumpet
Iroquois

Under the guidance of Mr. Radtke and Ms. Todd, fifth grade students were excited to have the opportunity to try out different band and orchestra instruments this week.

  • Iroquois
BPAC Field Day 2023
CCSD62

For Parent University on Friday June 9th, our parents and students enjoyed a visit to the Des Plaines library and a Field Day afterwards. 

  • CCSD62 News
First Week of School!
Iroquois

D62 welcomed back ICS staff on July 17 with 1st-8th grade students returning on July 19 followed by kindergarten students on July 20.

  • Iroquois
Reading is Leading
Forest

It's student's love for literacy that we know will help them advance and grow.

  • Forest
Photo of students playing tug of war outside
Orchard Place

Students participated in multiple activities outdoors during their Field Day this year.

  • Orchard Place
Image of students playing flag football outside
Algonquin

Twice per quarter, we take time to recognize and reward our students for their hard work and effort.

  • Algonquin
Photo of a student running under a giant parachute.
South

Students had a great time participating in multiple Field Day activities outside.

  • South
2023 Wax Museum
Central

Students choose an inspirational person from the past or present that has made a positive contribution to our world.

  • Central
Photo of a group of students with their Art teacher at the Des Plaines Public Library Art Show
CCSD62

On April 25 students from all 11 CCSD62 schools had their artwork recognized at a reception held at the Des Plaines Public Library as part of the 2022-2023 Library Art Show.

  • CCSD62 News
Dr. Seuss Inspired Art Lesson
Orchard Place

Students learned about Author, Dr. Seuss and his classic art style used in all of his published books.

  • Orchard Place
Photo of a student reading to a volunteer
Orchard Place

Once a week, Mr. Dennis comes to Orchard Place with his service dog Stryker to help students with reading.

  • Orchard Place
Drone Club
Iroquois

Stop by ICS and you might catch LMC Specialist Cathy Borge flying drones with students.

  • Iroquois
Photo of students and their teacher performing a concert in the Gym.
Iroquois

Each year Iroquois Community School opens it's doors to welcome family and friends of our K-5 students as part of their annual spring concert.

  • Iroquois
Photo of students lined up outside of Cumberland Elementary School to celebrate Rainbow Day
Cumberland

Rainbow Day is one of the days, part of our Cumberland School Countdown, that celebrates our pride in being a Cumberland Cougar.

  • Cumberland
2nd Grade Activities
Cumberland

2nd grade student's participated in an activity day.

  • Cumberland
Lights, Camera, Action!
South

Teachers performed and acted out stories that were written by their students.

  • South
The Amazing Anti-bullying BMX Assembly!
Iroquois

Matt Wilhelm came to Iroquois in May and shared his story of how one small act of kindness changed him from a bullied kid to a National Champion.

  • Iroquois
2023 Career Fair!
Forest

Forest held it's inaugural career fair this spring.

  • Forest
Photo of a student painting a project in class.
Central

Each week, for one hour, the students participate in what we call 'Power Hour'.

  • Central
Eagle Cards
Plainfield

Students in Mr. Smith's Art class made Eagle cards.

  • Plainfield
Photo of staff from Terrace Elementary School at the D62 Foundation's Trivia Night
CCSD62

Nearly 200 people attended the D62 Education Foundation's annual trivia night at the end of April at the Frisbie Senior Center. More than $8,400 was raised that evening, which will directly benefit the staff and students of District 62.

  • CCSD62 News
  • The D62 Foundation
Meet Terry, Terrace's New Addition
Terrace

We introduce you to Terry, Terrace Elementary School's newest tree that was planted in April in honor
of Arbor Day.

  • Terrace
Chippewa's First STEAM Night!
Chippewa

Chippewa students had a fantastic time at STEAM Night on April 13 making music with circuits, coding robots, making ice cream, creating prints, playing games, building towers and more!

  • Chippewa
Classroom Dancing
ELC

Students love dancing in class! Especially when they get to use colorful streamers.

  • Early Learning Center
Terrace Annual Spring Musical
Terrace

Under the guidance and direction of Music teacher Mary Prost students performed in multiple signing and dancing acts.

  • Terrace
Dancing in Kindergarten
Plainfield

Kindergarten students had a great time learning new songs and dances in music class.

  • Plainfield
Classroom Yoga
Plainfield

Students participate in Yoga in the morning.

  • Plainfield
4th Grade Ukulele Club
Iroquois

Every Monday during lunch/recess Mr. Radtke runs a ukulele club for 4th grade students.

  • Iroquois
Cereal Box Dominoes
Terrace

Student Council hosted a Cereal Food Drive to donate back to the Des Plaines Food Pantry.

  • Terrace
Central's 2023 Maker Faire
Central

4th and 5th grade students are led by Mrs. Gmitro and Mrs. Radnitzer to create or share a skill with others.

  • Central
Central School's Shark Tank
Central

As part of their annual Shark Tank event, Central Elementary School students worked in groups to create an innovative food truck concept and design.

  • Central
8th Grade ELA Service Day!
Chippewa

On March 22, 8th grade students in Ms. Heslop, Ms. Radak, and Ms. Dankowki's ELA classes built items for the community.

  • Chippewa
Students Enjoying Music Class
Cumberland

Students in Mr. Coon's music class experimented with different musical instruments.

  • Cumberland
Play Time!
ELC

Our young students engaged in learning activities and had time to play with others.

  • Early Learning Center
A Little Inspiration
North

Students in Abe Lee's class had some fun with water colors.

  • North
Photo of a student practicing violin
Forest

Forest Elementary students take a few minutes as part of their school day to tune up their violin skills.

  • Forest
Dr. Seuss Inspired Art Lesson
Terrace

Students learned about Author, Dr. Seuss and his classic art style used in all of his published books.

  • Terrace
Photo of students playing trumpets and walking down the school hallway for their Mardi Gras parade.
North

Students and staff at North Elementary School celebrated Mardi Gras with a parade earlier this month.

  • North
St. Patrick's Day Art Lesson
Cumberland

Students in Ms. Todorovich's Art class worked on creating art related to St. Patrick's Day.

  • Cumberland
Photo of a teacher working with two students in her classroom.
North

North Elementary School is our largest elementary school here in Community Consolidated School District 62.

  • North
February Concert
South

By the direction of music teacher Mrs. Abrams students performed in a concert that went to the moon and back.

  • South
Macaroni Soup!
ELC

Dubbed "the Pied Piper of children's music", "Miss Carole" is a nationally renowned music specialist.

  • Early Learning Center
Photo of a student playing in the playground at the ELC
ELC

Students had a great time playing outside in their playground.

  • Early Learning Center
Photo of the front of the Jane L. Westerhold Early Learning Center
CCSD62

Des Plaines--Community Consolidated School District 62 will host a paraeducator job fair from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on October 25 at the Jane L. Westerhold Learning Learning Center, 1375 South Fifth Avenue, Des Plaines. 

  • CCSD62

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    Photo of a student participating in a presentation about forensic science at Chippewa Middle School

    Thanks to generous funding from the Chippewa PTO, students were treated to a special Crime Scene Science Performance by Professor Kloo from Mobile Ed Productions.