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This Week on #WorkforceWednesday: Meet the Co-Founder of Project Front Line
Alex LeMoine

Devon Hubbard Tessmer, a 2001 Crystal Lake Central graduate, has co-founded Project Front Line McHenry County, a grassroots coronavirus relief effort with a mission to aid local restaurants and give back to workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. Tessmer and a committee of four other community members have raised nearly $45,000 towards the cause. 

Watch Devon's #WorkforceWednesday video here!

Devon Hubbard Tessmer, a 2001 Crystal Lake Central graduate, has co-founded Project Front Line McHenry County, a grassroots coronavirus relief effort with a mission to aid local restaurants and give back to workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. Tessmer and a committee of four other community members have raised nearly $45,000 towards the cause. 

After recognizing this area of need in the community, the Project Front Line team began collecting donations that have been put towards meals for healthcare workers all across the county. 

“The idea was to raise money from the community and deploy that money at local restaurants to bring a little bit of happiness, joy, a smile to the front line workers,” said Tessmer.

To date, the team has supported 35 to 40 local restaurants and delivered food to approximately 4,000 front line workers. Tessmer and her team aim to raise $50,000 by the end of the Illinois stay-at-home order. 

The project also collaborated with Crystal Lake Central art teacher, Kerry Parrish, who enlisted her art students to create thank you messages that appeared on hundreds of donations, and the deliveries aren’t done yet. 

“We’re hoping to do one last final push, where we deliver to all of the hospitals in the county and all of the employees,” she said. 

Aside from her career in business development at Exemplar, her family’s wealth management firm, Tessmer has always had a passion for philanthropy and giving back. 

“I grew up with the ethos that you give back to your community more than you take, so I was lucky to be raised in Crystal Lake,” she said.

2020-21 Registration Open
Shannon Podzimek

Registration for the 2020-2021 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.

Registration for the 2020-2021 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.

D155 Students Partner with Project Front Line: McHenry County COVID-19 Support
Alex LeMoine

Art students across district 155 have partnered with Project Front Line, a grassroots coronavirus relief effort, to design thank you notes for front line workers across McHenry County during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Art students across district 155 have partnered with Project Front Line, a grassroots coronavirus relief effort, to design thank you notes for front line workers across McHenry County during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Kerry Parrish, an Art teacher at Crystal Lake Central High School, has collected 200 designs from students at all four high schools. These designs and messages of thanks have accompanied deliveries of food from local restaurants to frontline workers in a variety of fields.

“I feel like it’s been a great way for kids to feel like even though there’s a lot of negativity out there, that this is something they can do to give back,” said Parrish.

In addition to all four district Art departments, Parrish reached out to other organizations at Crystal Lake Central. Students from Kim Scherrer’s choir classes, the National Honor Society, and Interact Club have been asked to make designs, as well. 

Project Front Line has made over 40 food deliveries using nearly 30 local restaurants. Those deliveries have gone to over 3,000 frontline workers, and the need for thank you messages is still high.  

Initially, Parrish offered her students the opportunity to create thank you cards for extra credit points, but said that making the designs has helped many of her students focus and become more motivated while continuing remote learning.

“We’re trying to connect to bigger, global projects so that kids feel connected,” said Parrish.

 

Graduation Updates for the Class of 2020
Alex LeMoine

Congratulations seniors, we are so proud of you as you reach the end of your high school career! We are disappointed you didn’t have the same opportunities as every class before you to participate in end of the year activities and celebrations. In many ways, the school year feels as if it ended abruptly, and we owe it to you, to recognize your accomplishments at Haber Oaks Campus.

Dear Class of 2020,

Congratulations seniors, we are so proud of you as you reach the end of your high school career! We are disappointed you didn’t have the same opportunities as every class before you to participate in end of the year activities and celebrations. In many ways, the school year feels as if it ended abruptly, and we owe it to you, to recognize your accomplishments at Haber Oaks Campus.

Since we can’t see you in person, we wanted to share a video message. To watch, click here.

Senior Send Off Parade - Seniors & Their Families

We will plan a Senior Send Off  parade for seniors and their families to honor the Class of 2020 on Thursday, May 14, at 6:00 p.m. Please arrive no earlier than 5:55 p.m. for the drive through parade.  It is important that students do not park and gather.  We must adhere to all social distancing practices during our senior send off.

Graduation

Our district administration team and Board of Education are committed to honoring your achievements over the last four years. Graduation ceremonies for Crystal Lake Central, Cary Grove, Crystal Lake South and Prairie Ridge High Schools have been rescheduled for Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Some of you had made plans to attend the graduation of your home high school and you are still welcome to do so.  Please understand this ceremony will depend on guidelines from the Governor, CDC, and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Details about the graduation ceremony including arrival times and tickets will be shared by Monday, July 20. 

We look forward to saying goodbye to the Class of 2020, honoring your accomplishments, and coming together to celebrate you. Remember that wherever life takes you, you will always be able to call Haber Oaks home. 

 

Sincerely,

Julie M. Duncan

Haber Oaks Campus

An Interview with D155 Graduate Dr. Emily Landon
Alex LeMoine

Emily Landon, MD, graduated from Crystal Lake Central High School in 1995. She is now the Executive Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at UChicago Medicine and has gained popularity for her impassioned speech at Governor Pritzker’s COVID-19 press conference on March 20. 

Watch our interview with Emily Landon here: https://youtu.be/MJtUTo3qRMw

Emily Landon, MD, graduated from Crystal Lake Central High School in 1995. She is now the Executive Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at UChicago Medicine and has gained popularity for her impassioned speech at Governor Pritzker’s COVID-19 press conference on March 20. 

Landon said that by late January, the effects of the virus in Wuhan, China, where she had traveled many times before, were clear. Even before its severity was clear to the public, she and her team began working full-time on COVID-19. 

“To look at videos of the streets of this place that I had been, and these pictures from hospitals that I had stood in and seen patients...and to see what was happening--it was heartbreaking and it was also terrifying,” said Landon.

Landon was an integral part of Governor Pritzker’s announcement of the Illinois “stay-at-home” order. Landon was contacted by the governor to ask if she would share her remarks as an expert in epidemiology. She said the governor wanted the public to understand the “stay-at-home” order was not merely a governmental decision, but a necessity for public health.

Since that day, Landon’s speech has gone viral, garnering over 475,000 views on YouTube and resulting in a largely positive response from the public. 

She continues to work with Governor Pritzker, members of the healthcare community and economists from the University of Chicago to overcome COVID-19 and develop plans to protect our nation’s economy. 

Her message to the public stays the same. This virus is nothing to be ignored. 

“It’s an opportunity for us all to see ourselves as something bigger than ourselves. The more of us that embrace that, the more of us that there will be,” said Landon.

After completing her residency and fellowship in hospital epidemiology at the University of Chicago, Landon was asked to stay on and now heads a team of doctors and infectious disease experts who treat patients, track infections that appear in the hospital, work to improve care, and are currently fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Even as a medical student, I thought, how can I make care safer [and]  better for patients, how can I make this go better? And I still loved infectious diseases,” said Landon of her passion for improving American healthcare.

Landon’s journey after high school began at Augustana College, where she began studying music. She was a voice major hoping to one day become a musician when she discovered her interest in infectious diseases. Landon then went to medical school at the University of Loyola.