1050 Plum Grove Circle
Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089

Phone: 847-520-2750



CCSD21 a school is comprised of 13 schools across 6 different communities in Illinois.


Community Consolidated School District 21 serves nearly 7,000 students in 13 schools across 6 communities in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Cooper Middle School serves students in grades 6-8. School starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 3:30 PM daily.

September 2021 Family Newsletter

September 30, 2021

Topic: Updates

The following message was sent through ParentSquare, CCSD21’s family notification tool. If you did not receive this message, please email distric[email protected] to ensure your contact information is up to date.

Dear CCSD21 families,

We hope this message finds you well.

Please note next Friday, October 8, is a School Improvement Day:

  • Students in grades 6-8: 8:00-11:00 AM
  • Students in grades K-5: 9:00 AM-Noon
  • Students in pre-K: Non-attendance day


Vaccine reminder & middle school vaccine clinics

Vaccines are safe, free, and proven to protect against severe illness. CCSD21 strongly encourages all eligible individuals in our community to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Make your appointment today!

As you consider vaccinating your family, hear from leaders in our community who shared their “why” — why they received the vaccine and why they encourage you to consider vaccination, too.

In addition to sources for vaccination in the community, middle school families should keep an eye on their email for information from their school’s principal about a vaccination opportunity at our middle schools!

If your child is fully vaccinated, please consider submitting a copy of their completed vaccine card:

  • Email a scanned copy or photo of the vaccine card to [email protected].
  • Visit any CCSD21 school on weekdays between 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM


Assessment reports coming next week

Families of students who participated in the Illinois Assessment for Readiness (IAR) in Spring 2021 and/or Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) in Fall 2021 will receive their child’s score report(s) electronically next week.

Reports will be delivered via ParentSquare utilizing the “Secure Document Delivery” feature. Because the reports contain secure, personalized information, they will not be attached via email. Instead, families will need to log in to ParentSquare to validate they are eligible to access the report, and then will be able to view it.

If you have not yet registered your ParentSquare account, please take this opportunity to sign up with the contact information you have on file with CCSD21 (the email address/phone number where you’re receiving this message).


Community leaders discuss CCSD21 strategic goals, Learning Recovery Plan, new Community Service Center

Community Consolidated School District 21 hosted federal, state, and local elected officials, as well as community leaders, Saturday, September 25, to highlight its Strategic PlanEquity Action Plan, and Learning Recovery Plan. Participants engaged in dialogue on issues facing public education coming out of the pandemic and School District 21’s plan to address learning loss and support holistic student and family needs.

“We were honored to host Congressman Schneider, Senator Gillespie, Representative Mussman on behalf of Speaker Welch, Representative Walker, Mayor Hayes, and Village Presidents Horcher and Sussman, and engage in this critical conversation about the future of School District 21,” said Phil Pritzker, President of the CCSD21 Board of Education. “The path ahead, outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, Equity Action Plan, and Learning Recovery Plan, ensures we are empowering every student, every day.”

Administrators presented on the District’s guiding plans and shared crucial initiatives aimed at supporting all facets of student development. Efforts are, in part, supported by CCSD21’s federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) allocation, allowing for the investment in math and literacy interventionists, districtwide before and after school tutoring and homework help, family liaisons, and District 21-owned shuttle buses.

Central to District 21’s forward-thinking plan to support the needs of the community – beyond the student and family population – is upcoming construction of the Community Service Center. The Center will serve as a consolidated access point to meet a variety of community needs.

“We have an opportunity to bring physical and mental health professionals, nonprofits and community organizations, social supports, and open meeting space under one roof to efficiently and effectively meet the diverse needs of our community,” said Dr. Michael Connolly, CCSD21 Superintendent. “We are excited to make this years-long dream a reality for our community.”


Notes from the September Board of Education meeting

Delegate Assembly for Illinois Association of School Boards

Board Member Debbi McAtee serves as the CCSD21 Delegate to the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB). In November, delegates from school districts across the state convene to consider resolutions that would direct IASB’s operational and advocacy efforts. In advance of the November Delegate Assembly, the CCSD21 Board of Education will discuss the resolutions at its next meeting on October 21.

FY22 budget adopted

The CCSD21 Board of Education unanimously adopted the FY22 budget.

10-year facility plan

The Board discussed its long-range facility plan, or capital plan. The 10-year plan outlines the priorities, needs, and available resources for facility enhancements over the next decade. The plan was developed over the last 10 months by our District Operations team, along with our architects, consultants, and construction managers.


We are still hiring substitutes!

We’ve added lots of great candidates to our group of substitutes over the past few months, but we’re not done yet! Our next substitute training is in October. Please let your neighbors and friends know that we are still hiring throughout the school year:

Substitute application