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  • D63 Families: We Need Your Feedback!

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 4/5/2017
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    "What I really like about my school is . . . "
    "I wish the District would pay more attention to . . . "
     
    Ever wanted to chip in your two cents about D63 and your school?  Take a minute and take our survey! Throughout April, we're asking our families to share their thoughts and feedback (all responses are anonymous). Just click on the appropriate link below and you're good to go -- and thank you!
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  • D63 Teacher Tina Daskalopoulos Receives Golden Apple Award

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 3/29/2017
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    Nelson Art Teacher Tina Daskalopoulos had just kicked off her first class session of the day on March 29 when she was surprised by an unexpected visit from District leaders, news cameras, and local media. The occasion? Daskalopoulos is one of ten 2017 recipients of a Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching!
     
    This year's award recipients were selected from a pool of more than 600 nominations, and represent 4th-8th grade teachers throughout the Chicagoland area. Golden Apple's mission is to inspire, develop, and support teacher and school leader excellence in Illinois.
     
    "Ms. Daskalopoulos truly lives District 63's commitment to teaching excellence," noted Dr. Scott Clay, Superintendent. "We're thrilled that she has received this well-deserved honor, as she exemplifies our dedication to supporting each student's unique pathway to success."
     
    Daskalopoulos and her fellow Golden Apple recipients will be honored at a ceremony on May 20 at Chicago's WTTW/Channel 11 studios. WTTW will broadcast the awards following the event; details are available at the Golden Apple Awards website.
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  • Gemini's Kathryn Sjoholm Honored with Niles Night of Roses Award

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 3/15/2017 12:30:00 PM
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    The last thing Gemini Science Teacher Kathryn Sjoholm expected during her final class of the day on March 14 was a surprise visit from the small crowd that entered the classroom! 

    Niles Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Katie Schneider, accompanied by D63 leaders, was there to congratulate her for being named the winner of the 2017 Niles Night of Roses Dedication to Youth Excellence Award, which honors "an individual who fosters a positive environment to teach, educate, instruct, counsel, or inspire our youth." Sjoholm is indeed a worthy recipient: since joining D63 in 1997, she has launched and led activities -- from the Gemini Cheerleading Team to the Girls Softball Team and the Gembots Robotics Team -- that offer students multiple pathways to success. We're proud to have Sjoholm on our D63 team!
     
    Photo (L-R): Superintendent Scott Clay, Schneider, Gemini Principal René Carranza, Sjoholm, Board President Janet Kaczkowski.
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  • Aaron Roberson Named Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 3/2/2017

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    At its March 2 meeting, the District 63 Board of Education approved the appointment of Aaron Roberson as the District’s new Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. Roberson, currently Principal of the District’s Apollo Elementary School, will step into the role when the current Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Charlene Cobb, retires at the end of June after serving since 2009 in the position.

    Roberson joined District 63 in 2014 as Assistant Principal of Nelson Elementary School, moving on to Apollo in 2015. Superintendent Dr. Scott Clay noted, "Although it's hard to say goodbye to a talented leader like Dr. Cobb, Mr. Roberson has shown himself to be a talented instructor and leader himself – something he has proven over the course of his tenure here. His knowledge of teaching and learning coupled with his ability to work closely with children and adults, are remarkable and I am confident he will be outstanding in his new role."

    Learn more about our new Administrator

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  • Success Without Boundaries: Nicole Sandine Honored with a Successory Award

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 2/22/2017

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    Nicole Sandine, 6th grade teacher, was delighted to learn that her name had been drawn from a pile of “Successory” forms to receive a special gift honoring her contribution to student success at Apollo. Each Successory form thanked a particular teacher or education professional for helping that student “become a success.”

    Aminah thanked Ms. Sandine for "helping me with math and not giving up. Thank you for being the best teacher ever!" Principal Aaron Roberson added his congratulations.

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  • Ben Franklin Pays a Visit to Apollo

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 1/31/2017

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    In January, Apollo’s 3rd graders and 3rd/4th grade dual language classes had a visit from a real VIP: Founding Father Benjamin Franklin!  “Ben” stopped by as part of the students’ American History unit; the inventor, statesman, publisher, and man-for-all-seasons reminisced about his political life, writings, and scientific improvements.

    Although he didn’t bring along his kite or key, the discoverer of electricity also shared the many ways in which our lives today are influenced by the role he played in founding our country.

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  • Charting Our Community's Course: Make Your Voice Heard

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 1/4/2017
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    Do you live in unincorporated Maine Township? Here’s a chance to make your voice heard.

    The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and Cook County are working on a community plan for the Maine-Northfield unincorporated area, much of which is within District 63’s boundaries. Surrounded by Des Plaines, Glenview, Niles, Morton Grove, and Park Ridge, this large unincorporated area has never benefitted from a thoughtful, strategic plan for growth and development.

    Now is the time.

     To create a strong plan that can successfully shape the area for the next decade, resident input is essential and CMAP wants to hear from you! What do you like about our area? What would you change? What are your ideas about flooding, housing, transportation, parks and open space? If you live in the unincorporated area or attend school there, take CMAP’s online survey before January 31.

    Learn more about the plan: 


    For more information, contact CMAP Project Manager John Carlisle at 312.386.8839, or Cook County Project Liaison James Wilson at 312.603.0544.
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  • Congratulations to our Winter Card Design Winners

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 12/9/2016

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    Thanks to the 57 D63 students who submitted entries for our first Winter Card Design Contest! Representing all seven of our schools, our young artists created whimsical, beautiful, wintery scenes that filled the District office with holiday cheer.

    Top honors went to Melzer 5th grader Isabella Rozenbergas, whose winter scene graces the front of the D63 2016 card. Congratulations are in order also for the rest of our "Best in Grade" winners, who were honored at the December 7 Board of Education meeting. You can find all of the winning entries in our online photo album (just click the "i" in the top left-hand corner of each picture for details.)

    To catch a glimpse of all contest entries, stop by the Niles Public Library District throughout December.  You'll find a beautiful display case (pictured above) on the first floor showcasing our students' fine work!

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  • Parents: Thanks for Taking Our One District-One Author Survey!

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 11/30/2016 7:00:00 PM

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    Thanks to all of our families who participated in the One District-One Author survey! Your feedback is valuable as we begin planning for next year. Stay tuned for more information and news about the 2017-2018 school year program.

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  • District PTO Meeting November 30: Get the Inside Scoop on Our Schools!

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 11/28/2016

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    Join parents from all seven D63 schools for our next District PTO meeting! Four times a year, we gather to share information, connect, and strengthen the D63 community.

    This month, get the scoop on digital learning in our classrooms, resources PTOs can share, and what's happening throughout our District.

    Wednesday, November 30
    6:30 p.m.
    Melzer School
    9400 North Oriole, Morton Grove 
     
    Free childcare; refreshments served. We hope to see you there! Questions? Email us.
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