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CLC Teacher Selected for Illinois Policy Fellowship
Rochelle LeBreck

Bob Chikos, a Crystal Lake Central special education teacher, was one of 27 teachers in the state, selected to be part of the 2019-20 Illinois Teaching Policy Fellowship. Fellows are expected to serve for a 10-month period from August 2019 until June 2020. The cohort is made up of only teachers, spanning from grades K-12, who will provide legislators with a teacher’s perspective when developing education policies.

“I believe that in order to empower our students to maximize their potential, teachers must be on the front lines of advocacy,” said Bob Chikos, a Teach Plus Illinois Policy Fellow and special education Teacher at Crystal Lake Central High School. “I know that it will take research, collaboration, and open minds to determine how to make the changes our students need, and I am excited to develop these skills and to support others in this work.”

Each fellow was chosen based on their strong commitment to the classroom and their ability to articulate the needs of their students

Shannon Levitt, a Crystal Lake Central teacher, nominated Chikos and he completed a rigorous application and interviewing process. The cohort met for the first time in Springfield on August 17 and 18.

“They gave us a list of different initiatives to be involved in and, I actually got my first choice, which was social-emotional learning. It’s really something that the district has taken a proactive approach on and I have attended several pieces of training at Central over the past couple of years. I hope we can make some positive change statewide,” said Chikos.

Bob Chikos will meet with his social-emotional learning initiative group once a month and  the entire cohort will meet in-person a few times throughout the year in Springfield and Bloomington.

“I will be in contact during the entire process. I am definitely going to get input from the staff at Central and I will take what I learn and bring it back here to the district too,” said Chikos.

The special education teacher is the second Crystal Lake Central teacher to be a part of the prestigious fellowship. His nominator, Shannon Levitt, was a part of the fellowship during the 2017-18 school year.

Crystal Lake Central High School Presents: The Shadow Box
Rochelle LeBreck

Crystal Lake Central High School presents the fall 2019 play, The Shadow Box from October 24 - 26 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults.
Activity passes will be accepted.

The Shadow Box by Michael Cristofer is the Tony and Pulitzer winner from 1977. It tells the stories of three different families all struggling with impending loss. This play is intended for mature audiences and contains adult themes and language.

Buy tickets here.

D155 High Schools Rank in Top 4 in McHenry County
Shannon Podzimek

Chicago magazine recently named the best public schools in the suburbs and all four District 155 schools earned the top four spots in McHenry County. Crystal Lake South High School ranked first, followed by Crystal Lake Central, Prairie Ridge, and Cary-Grove. The top 200 best public schools is featured in Chicago magazine’s September issue.

The methodology used included spending per pupil, SAT scores, 5Essentials, attendance, and graduation rate. Data from the Illinois State Board of Education’s 2017-18 school year was used to determine performance measures.

All four District 155 high schools also have been ranked in the top 10 percent nationally by U.S. News & World report and

Class of 2019 Pursues Education in 30 States
Melina Weil

Eighty-eight percent of graduates in the class of 2019 will continue their studies at four-year colleges, two-year community colleges, and vocational and technical schools. More than 53 percent of students are pursuing degrees at four-year colleges and universities. The class of 2019 will continue its studies at post-secondary institutions in 30 states. 

McHenry County College, Iowa State University, and Illinois State University are the top three schools the class of 2019 will attend this fall. Students are most interested in studying health/non-medical science, business, and engineering. Nine students plan to serve in the armed forces. 

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

Ninety percent of the class of 2019 participated in at least one extracurricular activity. 


  • 30% - Arts

  • 15% - Academic

  • 65% - Athletics

Sixty-five percent participated in volunteer/community service project not sponsored at Crystal Lake Central. There were 350 graduates in the class of 2019. 

Community High School District 155 has conducted a uniform, district-wide senior survey for the last 12 years.

District 155 Summer Construction Wraps Up
Melina Weil

All District 155 schools opened successfully on August 14 after substantially completing 22 construction projects this summer. The Board of Education approved $14,552,000 in capital projects for the summer of 2019, including kitchen classroom remodels, tennis courts replacement, air conditioning, and parking lot replacements. 

"We want to thank the community and taxpayers for their support as we continue to enhance our learning spaces to give our students and staff the opportunity to be successful in their future endeavors,” said Steve Olson, D155 superintendent. “We understand the importance of showcasing these projects with our community so they can see how their tax dollars are being spent.”

The district communications office in collaboration with the operations department produced 10 videos to highlight construction updates which were viewed more than 24,000 times and totaled more than 79 hours. Videos are available to view on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @CHSD155 or visit the website to view the projects that were completed.