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  • The Journey to Gemini Middle School

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 1/3/2018

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    How do we start the journey to a new middle school? Righ here. Right now. In the fall of 2019, Gemini will transform from junior high to middle school - welcoming 6th-8th grade students. But planning is already underway!

    In December, the D63 Middle School Design Team - comprising administrators, Board members, Gemini teachers, staff, and parents - met for a full day to begin formulating a vision and timeline for the transition.

    On the table? Everything from curriculum, service learning, and scheduling to teacher collaboration, community outreach, and parent communication.

    There's a lot of work ahead - and lots of opportunities to learn more about this exciting new chapter. Stay tuned for a dedicated webpage in 2018, updates, and more.

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  • Congratulations to our Winter Card Contest Winners!

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 12/7/2017

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    Thanks to the 47 D63 students who submitted entries for our 2017 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 Shalini Patel, whose winter scene graces the front of the D63 2017 card. Congratulations are in order also for Honorable Mention winner, Apollo 4th grader Sky Hana and 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-Maine Public Library District throughout December. You'll find a beautiful display case (pictured above) on the first floor showcasing our students' work!

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  • Success Without Boundaries: Michelle Boston Honored with a Successory Award

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 11/15/2017

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    Michelle Boston, 3rd/4th Grade Teacher, was delighted to learn that her name had been drawn from this fall's “Successory” submissions to receive a special gift honoring her contribution to student success at Melzer. Each Successory form thanked a particular teacher or education professional for helping that student “become a success.”

    Diya thanked Ms. Boston for "teaching me to write narratives and read fiction books," adding, "I think you will teach me more throughout the school year!" Principal Jennifer Pacheco (left) added her congratulations.

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  • District 63 Teacher Bridget Hellstrom Recognized as a Symetra Hero in the Classroom

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 11/9/2017
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    Washington Special Education Teacher Bridget Hellstrom was in the middle of a staff meeting on November 9 when she was surprised by an unexpected visit from a crowd of well-wishers. The occasion? Hellstrom is one of 16 2017 recipients of a Symetra Heroes in the Classroom Award
     
    Sponsored by the District's insurance broker Arthur J. Gallagher, Gallagher's health insurance partner Symetra, and the Chicago Bears, the award recognizes the passion and dedication of K-12 teachers. Hellstrom, who works with 1st and 2nd grade special needs students, was honored for her strong, structured academic planning and implementation, unshakable positive attitude, and enthusiasm for the children she supports
     
    This year's award recipients were selected from a pool of 500 nominations. In addition to receiving a $2,000 donation to the school, Hellstrom will attend the November 12 Bears-Packers Game - where she'll be recognized during an on-field presentation!
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  • Halloween Fun Fills the Halls!

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 10/31/2017

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    Melzer students came dressed as superheros, princesses, unicorns, Nija Turtles, skeletons, and even a ventriloquist dummy on Halloween as they paraded through the halls, waved to their parents (all capturing every minute in photos and video), and enjoyed the day.  Halloween is always a highlight of the D63 year -- even teachers get into the act! We love seeing all the great costumes and enjoy the excitement that fills our elementary schools on this special day.  Happy Halloween! 

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  • Jumping into Eureka Math

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 9/19/2017

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    School has only been in session for for a few weeks, but Melzer students are already jumping right into math! D63's Eureka Math curriculum seeks to connect math to the real world in ways that foster student confidence and help achieve true comprehension lesson by lesson. It's not enough for students to know the process for problem-solving; they need to understand why that process works.

    Eureka builds students' knowledge logically - and thoroughly. Recently, Melzer 3rd graders worked in teams to solve two-step word problems. Check out their wonderful work!

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  • Off to a Great Start!

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 8/18/2017

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    On a beautiful Wednesday, D63 welcomed 3,600 K-8 students back to its seven schools! There were lots of smiles, greetings, photos, and great excitement as friends reunited. The rare first-day tears shed by a few of our kindergarteners quickly dried as they met teachers and began to explore the school.

    This year Opening Day went exceptionally smoothly; students quickly and easily found their classrooms, settled in, and jumped right into learning and fun. Parents chatted and reconnected on the playground before heading home.

    Thursday was wet, but that didn't dampen the spirits of our First Step preschoolers who joined us at Apollo, Melzer, and Washington. As we head into our first full week, D63 has a full house! 

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  • K-8th Graders Head Back to D63 on August 16

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 8/1/2017 2:00:00 PM

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    On August 16 more than 3,600 students will come through the doors of our seven D63 schools -- followed by our First Step preschoolers on August 17. We're excited to welcome them all! Next week, our teaching team will be busy preparing for the big day -- because D63 is committed to providing all students with the opportunities they need to succeed!

    What's new this year? Here are few highlights:

    We wish all of our families a fabulous first day and a fabulous year - as all of us here at D63 pursue Success Without Boundaries!

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  • Illinois Passes a Budget

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 7/7/2017
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    On July 6 the Illinois Legislature passed a state budget for the first time since 2015. 
     
    The new budget does provide funding for K-12 education, including an increase in funding for school transportation, as well as early childhood and bilingual education. It also keeps special education payments level with last year.
     
    There are still a lot of pieces in play -- including additional pending funding legislation -- and we'll keep our families informed of any impact on the District.
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  • On the Road This Summer? Don't Forget Your D63 Globe!

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 6/5/2017

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    Where will the road take you this summer? Whether you're traveling around the world, across the country, or to your local parks and pools, don't forget your D63 globe.

    Our Board of Education members already have their globes and they're ready to go! Your globe came home with your student at the end of the school year. This summer, snap a photo of your student with the globe and email it to media@emsd63.org. Tell us where you are, who you are, and whether or not we should use your child's full name -- and you may see your summer adventures on our Facebook or Twitter pages!

    As a reminder, all of these instructions are on the back of the globe. Bon voyage!

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