• Have a Great Summer!

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 6/11/2020 8:00:00 AM

    summer Happy summer! After such a challenging spring, we hope all of our D63 families have a warm and wonderful break - we're looking forward to welcoming everyone back (although we're not yet sure how the 2020-2021 will shape itself) in August. In the meantime, here are a few useful dates:

    Online registration for retuning preschoolers, kindergarteners, new, and returning students (entering grades 1-8) is open. If you haven't already done so, be sure to register your student(s)!

    Beginning Wednesday, July 1, sign up for Expanded Learning's After School and Before School Programs.

    School offices reopen Thursday, July 30.

    The first day of the 2020-2021 school year grades K-8 is scheduled for Monday, August 17. Preschoolers begin on Tuesday, August 18. Questions about the coming school year? Check our FAQ page - which will expand over the summer as we learn more.

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

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  • Leadership Changes at District 63

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 6/5/2020 7:00:00 AM

    new leadership At its meeting on June 4, the District 63 Board of Education approved the appointment of Jennifer Pacheco as the District’s new Director of Special Services, Angela Maki as the new Principal of Melzer Elementary, and Stephan Henning as the new Assistant Principal at Apollo Elementary. All appointments take effect July 1.

    Ms. Pacheco has been Melzer’s Principal since 2016 – but she was no stranger to D63 even then, having previously served in several capacities here from 2006-2014 first as a special education resource teacher at Apollo and ultimatly served as a District special education facilitator before spending two years as Associate Principal at Maywood/Melrose Park/Broadview School District 89’s Stevenson Middle School.  

    Mrs. Maki joined D63 as Apollo Assistant Principal in 2017, coming to the District from Wauconda Community Unit School District 118, where she served as Assistant Principal for Robert Crown Elementary for five years. Previous experience includes teaching 3rd grade in District 118.  

    Mr. Henning currently serves as a 7th grade social studies teacher at Boulan Park Middle School, part of Michigan's Troy School District where he has also taught 4th grade. Previoius experience includes teaching at both the elementary and middle school levels in Michigan and Beloit, Wisconsin. 

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  • All District 63 School Buildings Remain Closed Through the End of the School Year

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 3/16/2020 9:00:00 AM

    closed As directed by the Governor, all in-person learning is suspended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Our school buildings will remain closed through the end of the school year. Currently, the last scheduled day of the year is Thursday, June 11. If this changes, we’ll let families know as quickly as possible. 

    Find information and updates on our Coronavirus page.
    Visit our e-learning page.

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  • New School Arrival and Dismissal Times for 2020-2021

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 3/6/2020

    school times At its March 5 meeting, the District 63 Board of Education took a final vote on new school arrival and dismissal times for the 2020-2021 school year:

    Gemini: 8:25 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.
    Elementary Schools: 7:55 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.

    A heartfelt thank you to the hundreds of D63 families and staff members who provided thoughtful feedback, giving our Board so many valuable perspectives as it considered this important issue.

    In making its decision, the Board took into account a wide range of factors, including what was best for our students, finanical implications, parent preferences and needs, state labor laws, logistical and operational implications, and staff feedback. 
    Learn more and find out what you need to know/Aprende más y averigüe lo que necesita saber.

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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


    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 choking 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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