New Aldrin assistant principal named

Posted Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Griffin Langlais

The District 54 School Board appointed the new assistant principal at Aldrin Elementary School in Schaumburg, during its board meeting on Thursday, July 17.

Tracy Griffin Langlais will become the new assistant principal at Aldrin, replacing Brian Kaszewicz who was named the principal of Hale Elementary School last month. She thanked the Board and superintendent for the opportunity; the staff at Aldrin and at Muir, as well as her family and friends.

“School District 54 is such a special place to me,” Tracy said. “I’m excited to be able to embark as a leader within this community.”

Tracy has been a teacher at John Muir Literacy Academy in Hoffman Estates since 2011. Previously she worked for four years at Bronzeville Lighthouse Charter School in Chicago and for two years as a Teach for America Corps Member.

She has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Ohio University, a master’s degree in teaching from Dominican University, and her administrative certificate from National-Louis University.

District 54 School Board appoints Hale principal, two new assistant principals

Posted Thursday, June 19th, 2014

The District 54 School Board appointed the new principal at Hale, as well as two new assistant principals at its meeting on June 19.


Brian Kaszewicz will become the principal at Hale Elementary in Schaumburg. He has been an assistant principal in District 54 for four years at Aldrin Elementary School, and Frost and Keller junior high schools. Before that Brian was a social studies teacher at Eisenhower Junior High School.

“I look forward to serving the Hale community,” Brian said. He then honored the school’s namesake by repeating a Nathan Hale quote which he deemed appropriate for his role as an educator. “I wish to be useful, and every kind of service necessary to the public good becomes honorable by being necessary.”

Brian has a bachelor’s degree in history from Roosevelt University and a master’s degree in education administration from National Louis University.


Christina Sosin will become the assistant principal of Fairview Elementary School in Hoffman Estates and Stevenson Elementary School in Elk Grove Village. She is currently a literacy instructional coach in District 54, but has been working as an interim assistant principal at Einstein Elementary School since February. She has also taught language arts at Eisenhower Junior High School and fourth through eighth grade at Lincoln Prairie School.

“In the past 13 years that I’ve been an educator in District 54, I feel that I’ve been the one receiving an education,” Christina said. “I’ve considered all the administrators that I’ve worked with to be mentors.”

Christina has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in education (specialization in reading) from Northern Illinois University. She also has a master’s degree in educational leadership from Concordia University.


Cory Burke will become the assistant principal of Keller Junior High School in Schaumburg. She is currently a language arts teacher and the language arts department chair at Mead Junior High School.

“I’ve been in the district for 9 years and I’ve been afforded many leadership opportunities,” Cory said. “One of District 54’s strongest attributes is the supportive atmosphere that has been created.”

Cory has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Illinois University.

All of these appointments and changes are effective July 1, 2014.

District 54 releases tentative budget

Posted Thursday, June 19th, 2014

The District 54 School Board released a tentative version of its 2014-15 budget at its June 19, 2014, meeting. District 54 expects to spend $230,600,572 during the 2014-15 budget year and receive $218,463,884 in revenues.

District 54 developed the 2014-15 budget based on the following parameters:


  • Interest income remains at historic lows.
  • Property taxes are based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which was 1.7 percent in 2013 and is estimated at 2.0 percent in 2014.
  • Benefit costs are projected to increase by about 5 percent annually.
  • Federal aid is estimated to show minor increases.
  • State aid is expected to remain flat. District 54 does not know for certain how much revenue it will receive from the state for the current year or for any projected year because of the funding deficiencies facing the state.


  • There will continue to be a freeze on overall cumulative spending in supplies, purchased services and capital outlay. The only exceptions are in the Operations and Maintenance, capital projects and life safety funds, where the cost of services, such as electricity, can’t be controlled; and in the Education Fund for planned textbook and technology adoptions.
  • District 54 will issue no new debt and has been debt free since Dec. 1, 2011.
  • District 54 will use reserves to fund capital outlay expenses instead of issuing new debt. The deficit in the Operations and Maintenance Fund, for example, is due to the expenses involved in the early learning center project. District 54 will cover those expenses with its reserves funds.

The tentative budget will be available at the District Office from July 1, 2014, through August 21, 2014. On August 21, 2014, a public hearing on the budget will be held at 7 p.m. in the boardroom of the Rafferty Administration Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg (prior to the School Board meeting that evening). The School Board is expected to adopt a budget at its August 21, 2014 meeting.

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To view the detailed 2014-15 tentative budget, visit the District 54 Board of Education website at and click on the budget link in the June 19 Board Brief.

Summer registration for new students from July 8 through August 7

Posted Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Parents of children who will be new students at District 54 schools can register this summer at Collins School, 407 S. Summit Drive in Schaumburg.

Registration will be held July 8 through August 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays. We will be closed on Mondays and Fridays.

Parents will need to provide a child’s original birth certificate, passport or visa; proof of residency and a few other documents. Please see our registration website for more information.

Parents are also required to pay a consumable materials fee at registration to cover the cost of workbooks, paper, art supplies and other items used by students.

Our consumable materials fees are $50 for all students from early childhood through junior high school for the 2014-15 school year.

A late fee of $15 will be imposed on any payments received after Nov. 15. The late fee will be increased to $25 if no payment is made by Feb. 1 and to $35 if no payment is made by April 1. Children who qualify for the free lunch program will not be charged this fee.

Parents will also be asked to supply the phone numbers of people to be contacted in emergencies (other family members, neighbors and work phone numbers). Parents can also pay for their children’s transportation at this time. The Transportation Department will be available during day hours only.

Parents wishing to register students new to School District 54 after August 7 should go to their neighborhood school. New student registration will resume at school buildings on August 12.

Call the District 54 summer registration office at (847) 357-5103 for information.

Board names new principals

Posted Thursday, May 15th, 2014

The District 54 School Board appointed two new principals at its meeting on May 15.


Carolyn Smolinski will become the principal at the John Muir Literacy Academy in Hoffman Estates. She has been the assistant principal at Muir since 2011. Before that Carolyn was an instructional mentor and taught first and third grade at Fox Elementary School.

“I have been so fortunate over the past three years to work with an exceptional staff at Muir as assistant principal,” Carolyn said. “I find myself completely honored that I will be able to continue to work with the staff and the community at Muir as a principal.”

Carolyn has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from National Louis University.


Colette Bell will become the principal of Fox Elementary School in Hanover Park. Colette is currently the assistant principal at Fairview and Stevenson elementary schools. Previously she was an instructional mentor and taught fourth through sixth grade at Nerge Elementary School.

“The Fox staff has such an outstanding reputation,” Colette said. “I look forward to working with the staff and the community to continue that success.”

Colette has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in education administration from Roosevelt University.

Carolyn will replace Paul Goldberg who was named assistant superintendent of district improvement on May 1. Colette will replace Cyndie Gordon at Fox. Gordon will become the principal at Campanelli Elementary School in Schaumburg.

Campanelli’s current principal, Steve Kern, will be moving to Eisenhower Junior High School in Hoffman Estates. Kern is replacing Kara Prusko who is taking a position in High School District 211.

All of these appointments and changes are effective July 1, 2014.

District 54 wins financial reporting award

Posted Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

District 54 has once again received the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International’s Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for excellence in the preparation and issuance of its 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

Only 87 other school districts across the nation (9 others in Illinois) have received the award for more than 25 years. District 54 has received the Certificate of Excellence for 42 years. The most recent award was received for the CAFR report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

“District 54 is committed to financial statement transparency by subjecting its financial information to review by its peers and also ensuring that the information is available to our community,” said Ric King, District 54’s assistant superintendent of business operations.

The Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Program was designed by ASBO International to confirm school business officials’ commitment to financial accountability and transparency. Recognition through this program can help strengthen a school district’s presentation for bond issuance statements and promotes a high level of financial reporting. The award is the highest recognition for school district financial operations offered by ASBO.

For more information about the award visit ASBO’s website at The district’s financial information can be found online at


District 54 announces fourth annual Spanish Speech Contest winners

Posted Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

District 54 is proud to announce the winners of its fourth annual Spanish Speech Contest held May 8 at MacArthur International Spanish Academy for students in third through eighth grade.

3rd/4th grade native Spanish speaking

  • First Place – Jaqueline L., Armstrong
  • Second Place – Nancy E., MacArthur
  • Third Place – Loreto G., Enders-Salk

3rd/4th grade native English speaking

  • First Place – Aidan M., Enders-Salk
  • Second Place – Gabriel W., MacArthur
  • Third Place – Carlos M., Link

5th/6th grade native Spanish speaking:

  • First Place – Adrian H., Hanover Highlands
  • Second Place – Melissa B., MacArthur
  • Third Place – Jayleen S., Lincoln Prairie

5th/6th grade native English speaking

  • First Place – Nicolas W., MacArthur
  • Second Place – Gabrielle P., MacArthur
  • Third Place – Veronica C., Hanover Highlands

7th/8th grade native Spanish speaking

  • First Place – Dayanara G., Frost
  • Second Place – Carlos O., Eisenhower
  • Third Place – Angel Rose R., Mead

7th/8th grade native English speaking

  • First Place – Tatiana C., Frost
  • Second Place – Brianna D., Keller
  • Third Place – Sebastian F., Lincoln Prairie 

Special Mention

  • Anayeli H., Frost
  • Janet T., Frost

Application, speech drafts written by the applicant and video recordings of no more than three minutes were due to MacArthur School by April 18. The finalists were invited to the contest on May 8.

District 54 would like to thank the volunteer judges, including Marcelo Suarez-Salvia from the Consulate Argentina in Chicago, Jorge Berne from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Bernardo Mendez-Lugo from the Mexican Consulate in Chicago, and District 54′s ELL Assessment Coordinator Doris Reynolds.

Two Mead eighth-graders heading to National History Day competition

Posted Friday, May 9th, 2014

Eighth-grade students Sarah Yamaguchi and Bianca Saputra will be competing against other students from across the nation in June after winning Illinois’ National History Day competition for their website entitled “The Empire Strikes Back: The Pullman Strike and its Impact On Workers’ Rights.”

Bianca and Sarah were among 16 students from Mead Junior High School in Elk Grove Village who swept the regional competition to qualify for the Illinois competition on May 8. They were the only ones to create a website.To view their website, click here.

Other Mead students who qualified for state were as follows:

  • Olivia D. and Molly W. – performance
  • Annika L. and Allison Z. – documentary
  • Hope T. and Hannah W. – exhibit
  • Omar Q. and Edwin S. - exhibit
  • Bhavi V. and Taylor M. - exhibit
  • Katherine G. and Sindy S. - exhibit
  • Nitin S. – research paper
  • Claudia Z. – research paper

To learn more about the competition visit

Frost student wins National PTA Reflections award for photography

Posted Monday, May 5th, 2014

The National PTA has presented Frost student Ashleigh F. with an award of merit for her photography entry Nature’s Beauty in the PTA Reflections program.

Reflections is a PTA writing and fine arts competition. The theme of the 2013-14 Reflections Program was “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” District 54 students were able to submit an entry in any of the following six arts areas:  film/video production, dance/choreography, literature, musical composition, photography and visual arts.

Pamela I., a Fox student, also qualified for the national competition in the film production category for her entry Believe, Dream, Inspire – JDRF.

Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs announces its 2014 scholarship recipients

Posted Monday, May 5th, 2014

The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs is proud to announce its 2014 scholarship recipients:

The Bonnie Greenberg Memorial Scholarship

  • Kelsey Louro (Lakeview/Keller/Schaumburg)

Two Year Junior College/Trade or Vocational School Scholarship

  • Katarina Pielmeier (Armstrong/Eisenhower/Hoffman)

Four Year College/University Scholarship

  • Ryan Eberhardt (Hoover/Keller/Illinois Math and Science Academy)
  • Taylor Bogacz (Collins/Frost/Conant)
  • Hannah Brostoff (Einstein/Addams/Hoffman)
  • Ryan Sinclair (Churchill/Eisenhower/Hoffman)
  • Sarah Meyer (Hoover/Keller/Schaumburg)
  • Mary Blonde (Nerge/Mead/Conant)

Each student will be awarded a one-year, $1,500 scholarship at the annual STC Scholarship Recognition Dinner May 14 at Addams Junior High School.  The recipients are all seniors in high school who once attended a District 54 school.