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  • Have a Great Summer!

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 6/7/2019 1:00:00 PM

    summer Happy summer! We hope all of our D63 families have a warm and wonderful break whether they're traveling the globe or jumping into the neighborhood pool. In the meantime, here are a few useful dates:

    Online registration for returning students (entering grades 1-8) has been open since April. Don't forget to log in and register your student(s)!

    New student onsite registration is Monday, August 12 at Apollo Elementary School from 12:30-7:30 p.m.

    Sign up now for Expanded Learning's After School and Before School Programs.

    The first day of the 2019-2020 school year grades K-8 is Monday, August 26. Preschoolers begin on Tuesday, August 27

    Enjoy all that summer has to offer -- we'll see you in August!

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  • Mark Twain Welcomes New Assistant Principal Ellian Eydis

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 6/7/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Eydis At its June 6 meeting, the District 63 Board of Education approved the appointment of Ellian Eydis as Mark Twain's new Assistant Principal. Currently an Academic Achievement Coach at Stevenson School, Eydis - who joined D63 in 1994 - will step into her new role on July 1. 

    After teaching 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade at Apollo, Eydis shifted first into a Professional Development Coach position in 2009 and then, in 2011, to her current role, working at Melzer and Nelson before moving to Stevenson. She holds a BS in education from the University of Kansas, as well as a dual masters degree in educational leadership and curriculum and instruction from the American College of Education in Indiana.

    Eydis will join Principal Howard Sussman at Twain next year - expanding the school's leadership team as its student population grows from 300 to more than 425.

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  • Last Days of School: Mark Your Calendar

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 5/6/2019

    last days Go ahead: plan those summer getaways, classes, and camps. And mark your calendar for the last day(s) of the 2018-2019 school year:

    Wednesday, June 5
    8th Grade Graduation

    Thursday, June 6
    Preschool & Kindergarten

    Friday, June 7
    HALF DAY
    Grades 1 - 7

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  • Share Your Two Cents!

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 4/1/2019

    still time Our District 63 families are what makes us great! All of our schools are dynamic, diverse, caring, and committed to student success. Now, as we move forward with District-wide strategic planning, we need your help. This spring, take a few minutes and share your input through our District 63 Survey.   All responses are anonymous -- there are no "wrong" answers. The survey will remain open through Friday, May 3; thank you for your help!

     
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  • Gemini Teachers and School Resource Officer Honored with Niles Night of Roses Awards

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 3/14/2019

    night of roses winners When Gemini Language Arts Teacher Jennifer Wirtz dropped into her husband's classroom on March 14 to watch him receive an award, she had no idea that she herself was also an award winner. Wirtz and Gemini Math Teacher Robert Wirtz are both recipients of 2019 Niles Chamber of Commerce Night of Roses Dedication to Youth Excellence Awards.

    But there was one more winner in our building! The Chamber also surprised Niles School Resource Officer Noe Hernandez with its 2019 Niles Night of Roses Public Safety Excellence Award. 

    Congratulations to all three, who will be honored at the April 26 Niles Night of Roses banquet.

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  • Howard Sussman Named Principal of Mark Twain Elementary School

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 3/11/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Sussman Mark Twain School will have a new Principal next year.  Howard Sussman, currently Principal of the District’s Stevenson School, has been named to the top slot at Twain as the District redraws its elementary school boundary lines and closes Stevenson, which will be transformed into a District-wide Resource Center. Sussman began his career as a social studies teacher at District 36's Harrison School in Wonder Lake, subsequently serving as Assistant Principal for three schools and as Principal at Oak Crest Elementary in Beach Park before joining District 63. He holds a B.S. in finance from Indiana University, where he also received his teacher certification. Sussman earned his M.Ed. in educational leadership from National-Louis University. Learn more about Twain's new Principal.

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  • D63 Recognized for Pioneering Work with Students and Families who are Homeless

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 2/12/2019

    homeless At its January Board of Education meeting,  D63 was recognized for blazing a trail in working with students and families who are homeless. Under state law, students whose families lose housing don't have to leave their school mid-year even if they leave the district for emergency shelter elsewhere, and districts must cover the cost of transportation to and from school each day. This can be a considerable expense. But an amendment to the law now permits school districts to redirect those funds to a local nonprofit agency, which uses the dollars to house student families within the district - making it easier and more affordable to keep that student in his/her current school.

    D63 is the first district in Illinois to take advantage of this change. Working with Niles Family Services and Northwest Compass, Inc., this school year, the District placed two families in local housing. At its Board meeting, D63 was honored for this pioneering work by the North Cook Intermediate Service Center and Regional Office of Education.

    L-R: D63 Board President Alexandra Brook, Associate Superintendent Dr. Shawn Schleizer, Superintendent Dr. Scott Clay, North Cook ISC & ROE Homeless Liaison Dr. Thomas Bookler, Washington Social Worker Hanna Fradin, Gemini Social Worker Laura Mell, Will County ROE Homeless Liaison Matt Hanafee.

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  • Nelson Welcomes Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 1/3/2019

    jan Nelson had a special guest on December 17: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, whose 9th District includes the school, stopped by to visit. She had a full agenda, reading to 1st and 3rd grade classrooms, chatting with students (in English and Spanish), and fielding hard-hitting questions from 4th graders about government and what it's like to be an elected official.

    The Congresswoman, who graduated from the University of Illinois in 1965 with a B.S. in elementary education, is serving her 10th term in Congress.

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  • Have a Wonderful Winter Break!

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 12/21/2018 7:00:00 AM

    card We wish all of our D63 famlies a wonderful Winter Break and a Happy New Year. Schools are closed Monday, December 24 - Friday, January 4.

    Expanded Learning Winter Wonderfest runs December 26 - 28 and January 2 - 4 at Apollo. The D63 District Office will be open December 27-28 and January 2-4, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    We look forward to seeing all of our students on Monday, January 7!

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  • State School Report Cards: D63 Earns High Marks

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 11/5/2018

    report card On October 31, 2018 the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released its annual School Report Cards, which show how well schools are progressing on a wide range of educational goals. All seven of our schools received high summative designations.

    New this year, ISBE summative designations offer a comprehensive picture of how well a school is serving its students and the community. Designations are assigned based on a number of factors, but student growth carries the most weight. This emphasis is a change for ISBE. Instead of concentrating on the percentage of students meeting or exceeding certain standards, the focus is now on academic gains over time.

    The goal is to measure the school’s impact on student learning – regardless of where that student starts.

    ISBE’s affirmation of our work is indeed welcome, however these designations come as no surprise to those who teach your children every day. D63 students have always demonstrated tremendous growth during their time with us, the result of a skilled and caring staff – and the strong support we receive from our parents and guardians.

    Please note that summative designations are just one piece of each school’s report card. We encourage our families to explore the range of information provided.

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