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    • Call the Blackboard Phone Hotline at 855-502-STOP
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    If you opt-out of ANY email if you opt-out of ALL. For example, if you opt-out of a District email, it will also opt you out of all Blackboard emails sent through your school. 


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  • The Communications team, along with a Board of Education member, several administrators, and one teacher have been honored by the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association with awards for their work during the 2020-2021 school year.

    The communications team won the Golden Achievement Award for Excellence, which is the highest award given by INSPRA and recognizes best practices as demonstrated by a single public relations effort or campaign, for their approach to keeping stakeholders informed with website updates, video updates, town hall meetings, and more.

    “We are extremely proud of the hard work we put in to keep the entire DPS 109 community informed during a school year full of constant change. Thank you to INSPRA and our colleagues for recognizing our work and underscoring the value of clear, consistent, honest, and empathetic communication,” said Eric Steckling, Director of Communications.

    • Award of Excellence for In-House Video Production for the montage that was put together of the 2021 graduation ceremonies for Caruso & Shepard middle schools.
    • Award of Merit For Electronic Newsletter for the weekly 109 Community Update newsletters they produced during the 2020-2021 school year.
    • Award of Merit for Special Purpose Publication for the Reopening Scenarios document they created in late summer of 2020.
    • Three other Awards of Merit for In-House Video Production for the “Sights & Sounds of the First Week Back”, “Envision Our Future 109,” and “Foran Traveler: Art on a Cart”.

    You can see the district’s winning entries below:

Photo of awards.

Stay Connected

  • The District values input from stakeholders, and actively seeks that input through surveys and focus groups, at Board of Education meetings, and at special programs. Community members often are invited to participate in special task force initiatives, as well as on strategic planning teams. In addition to this website, we use multiple channels and tools to connect with our community. If you have questions or suggestions about communication in District 109, please contact:

    Eric Steckling

    Eric Steckling
    Director of Communications
    (847) 945-1844 x7238


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