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  • Winter Is Coming . . . Take a Minute to Review D63's Emergency Closing Information

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 11/14/2019

    snowflake The snowflakes are already falling - and that means in the coming months there may be times when D63 schools are closed due to weather-related conditions. Before you receive that phone call early in the morning or late at night, take a minute to review how - and why - the District makes the decision to close its schools.

    A few important facts:

    D63 doesn't make the decision to close schools alone! Instead, Districts 62, 63, 64, 79, and 207 make a joint decision. Notifications don't go out until agreement is reached.

    Our first priority is safety. But we know that closings create child care and work challenges. So we consult with experts and take our time before making a final decision.

    Stay informed! Once the decision is made, we post to this website, Facebook and Twitter. We send out phone calls, texts, and emails - and push the information out to the schools' digital signs as well. So like and follow us on social media - and make sure that your school has correct email and phone information for your family.

    Learn more - and stay warm!

     

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  • Washington in the News

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 10/23/2019

    WGN

    The week of October 21 was a busy one at Washington School, as WGN News and ABC7/WLS News stopped by to cover the story of 5th grade teacher Melissa Sagat and school nurse Terry Bauer - whose quick thinking and action saved the life of a chosing student.

    Both stories aired on October 22, but you can catch the WGN story and WLS story online. We're incredibly proud of our entire Washington team for seamlessly handling a very scary situation - and very happy that Bella is back in school and just fine!

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  • NEW! D63 Family Resource Center Offers Something for Everyone

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 9/17/2019

    FRC D63's new Family Resource Center - located in the former Stevenson School - is up and running, with a wide range of engaging programs for parents and families. New classes and workshops launch every week throughout the school year. Visit the FRC Upcoming Programs Page to learn more and to register.

    Most programs are free - some carry a modest fee. From Yoga en Español and a Lunch Walking Club to ELL classes, Understanding IEPs, and in-depth parenting workshops, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy - and so many ways to learn!

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  • Welcome Back!

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 8/26/2019 7:00:00 AM

    welcome back On Monday, August 26 the doors opened at our D63 schools to welcome our K-8th grade students - followed by our First Step preschool students on August 27. We're excited to begin another year of learning - and this year will see some big changes; all part of our Building for Success Master Plan. 

    What's new this year? Here are a few hightlights:

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

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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 are having a warm and wonderful break - we're looking forward to welcoming everyone back during the last week of August. 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)!

    School offices reopened Thursday, August 8.

    New student onsite registration took place on August 12. If you're new to the District, and missed this event, stop by your child's school office to register.

    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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