School News

Summer Meal Distribution Available Through August 9
Alex LeMoine

FREE meals will continue to be distributed once a week throughout the summer. Meals will be available for pick up each Monday beginning Monday, May 24 to Monday, August 9 at Crystal Lake Central High School (45 W. Franklin Ave.) at the field house entrance off of Walkup Ave.

To accommodate summer holidays, meals will be distributed on Tuesday, June 1 and Tuesday, July 6.

Please email with any questions regarding summer meal distribution.

2021-22 Registration Now Open
Alex LeMoine

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now open. It’s important to follow the three-step process to complete registration to ensure a faster process. Please note, student information can be completed without payment.

If you are new to the district, please contact the Student Services office of the school your child should attend. 

For further registration information, please visit the Registration webpage.


Ya está abierto el registro para el año escolar 2021-22. Es importante que las familias cumplan el proceso de tres pasos para completar el registro a fin de asegurar un proceso más rápido. Tenga en cuenta que la información del estudiante se puede completar sin pago.

Para mas informacion, haga clic aquí

D155 Schools Nationally Recognized by U.S. News & World Report
Alex LeMoine

U.S. News & World Report ranked all four District 155 high schools in the top twelve percent of high schools ranked nationwide and all four high schools earned a spot in the top 100 in the state of Illinois. The annual list conducted by U.S. News and World Report is determined based on six factors, including how well students performed on state exams and college preparedness.

Nationwide, nearly 24,000 public high schools in all 50 states were considered and approximately 17,860 were ranked. Cary-Grove ranked 1,500th, Prairie Ridge ranked 1,536th, Crystal Lake South ranked 1,617th and Crystal Lake Central ranked 2,142nd.

In Illinois, 647 schools were considered. Cary-Grove placed 63rd in the state and Prairie Ridge was right behind, ranking 65th in Illinois. Crystal Lake South came in 73rd overall, and Crystal Lake Central was ranked 89th. 

“Each year, I am incredibly proud of the work of our outstanding students and staff that has earned all four D155 buildings a place on this list,” said Steve Olson, superintendent of District 155. “The dedication and perseverance our teachers and staff have displayed in order to continue to provide meaningful education to our students, even in the midst of adversity, is truly inspiring. We look forward to continuing to offer a first-rate educational experience to our students and community.”

To view the Illinois’ Best Public High Schools list, and further detailed results of D155 high schools, please click here.

CLC Head Football Coach Named Chicago Bears “Coach of the Week”
Alex LeMoine

Crystal Lake Central High School’s head varsity football coach, Jon McLaughlin was named the Chicago Bears high school “Coach of the Week”. He was announced as “Coach of the Week” on Friday, April 9 after Crystal Lake Central’s overtime win against Prairie Ridge High School on April 1. 

The 14-13 victory marked the Tiger football team’s first win over Prairie Ridge since 2012. In honor of the award, the Chicago Bears will make a $2,000 donation to the Crystal Lake Central High School football program.

“I was honored to be selected for this award. It is really more of a statement for our program and all of the hard work that the players and coaches have put into this season. Nonetheless, we still have more work to do," said McLaughlin.

McLaughlin has served as Crystal Lake Central’s head football coach for 12 years. He also currently serves as a social science teacher.

The Chicago Bears “Coach of the Week” program was launched in 1996 and “High School All-Star” program in 2011. The “Coach of the Week” program honors outstanding Illinois high school coaches who develop players’ football skills and knowledge, character, leadership, discipline and teamwork abilities. 

Deserving high school coaches and players are nominated by a panel of local prep authorities and the winning player is selected each week from March 25-April 29. Since the program’s inception, the Bears have donated more than $311,500 to Illinois high schools in support of their football programs. For more information, please visit

Crystal Lake Central Senior Named National Dell Scholar
Alex LeMoine

Lesly Ortiz, a senior at Crystal Lake Central High School, was selected as one of 500 Dell Scholars nationwide. As part of the Dell Scholars program, Ortiz will receive a $20,000 scholarship along with several non-monetary supports as she pursues a college education. She was selected out of over 10,000 applicants.  

The Dell Scholars program is designed to provide financial assistance and multifaceted support to highly motivated students as they earn a degree. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and be enrolled in a college readiness program, such as the AVID® program at Crystal Lake Central. In addition to her financial scholarship, Ortiz will receive academic and emotional support, a laptop, funds to purchase textbooks, a teletherapy service that connects students to professional counseling, and access to a Scholars Resource Network to help students and their families manage debt, stress, and other challenges.

Ortiz began applying for the scholarship in November 2020 and was selected as a semifinalist in December. She submitted three short essays describing her involvement in and out of school and how the scholarship would help her.

“I was on the applicant portal waiting for my finalist decision, and when it turned midnight I refreshed the page and was in shock when I read the congratulations letter. As soon as I found out, I ran to celebrate with my mom and shared the news with the rest of my family,” said Ortiz. 

At Crystal Lake Central, Ortiz is enrolled in the AVID® program, which prepares academically achieving, low-income students for college. She is also involved in the senior mentor program, tutors other AVID® students, and volunteers with the Crystal Lake Service League.

“I cannot think of another student more deserving to be honored as a Dell Scholar than Lesly. Lesly has taken full advantage of every opportunity presented to her at CLC, especially through her participation in our AVID® and AP® programs, earning a 4.0 GPA all four years of high school. Being a first-generation college student in her family, she represents this future endeavor with pride, grace, impeccable work ethic, and humility,” said Shannon Levitt, an AVID® and English teacher at Crystal Lake Central.

Ortiz credits her AVID® classes with helping her establish a growth mindset that has taught her to look at failure as an opportunity to grow. 

“Winning the Dell Scholarship has helped me become more confident in my path to transitioning to and paying for college. I have always wanted to become a teacher, so I plan on going into secondary education as well as starting or working with a non-profit organization for children one day,” said Ortiz.