Mr. Roberson Comes to Stevenson!Posted by Janet Bishop at 9/19/2017
Students at Stevenson had a surprise guest reader on September 11, when D63 Assistant Superintendant of Teaching & Learning Aaron Roberson stopped by to share a book. The visit was part of a full morning he spent at the school, meeting with teachers, observing classrooms, and getting to know the students.
Stevenson was one stop on a planned "tour of schools" Roberson is taking as he jumps into his new position (Roberson was previously Principal of Apollo School). The goal is to gain an indepth perspective of all seven D63 schools - their students, teaching, and classroom environments.
Apollo Families Celebrate With a Picnic!Posted by Janet Bishop at 9/15/2017
The playground was jam packed on September 14 as Apollo families and staff gathered for a Back-to-School picnic on a beautiful evening. While students shot baskets, spun hulu hoops, clambered over the play equipment, and acquired some awesome face painted works of art, parents chatted, connected with teachers, and checked out the spirit wear.
All enjoyed the chance to linger in the warm autumn air, listen to music, nosh on pizza and other goodies, and just spend time together as a school community.
Off to a Great Start!Posted by Janet Bishop at 8/18/2017
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!
Marc Infante Appointed Nelson Assistant PrincipalPosted by Janet Bishop at 8/3/2017
At its meeting on August 3, the East Maine District 63 Board of Education approved the appointment of Marc Infante as Nelson Assistant Principal. He comes to D63 from Hawthorn Community Consolidated School District 73, where he served as a 5th Grade Teacher for Townline Elementary School for five years. Previous experience includes two years as an ELL Teacher in Forest Ridge School District 142's Lee R. Foster Elementary School.
Mr. Infante holds a BA in Spanish from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and MAs in the art of teaching and Illinois principal preparation from Concordia University.
K-8th Graders Head Back to D63 on August 16Posted by Janet Bishop at 8/1/2017 2:00:00 PM
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:
- One-to-one Chromebooks in the classroom for 5th and 6th graders (Gemini students will still be able to take their Chromebooks home).
- An Expanded Learning Winter Break Program.
- A new leadership team Nelson: Principal Lauren Leitao and a new Assistant Principal, Marc Infante.
- Three First Steps Preschool sites. Washington will join Apollo and Melzer in serving our preschool students.
- A STEAM lab at Gemini -- home of D63's new FUSE Program.
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!
Angela Maki Appointed Apollo Assistant PrincipalPosted by Janet Bishop at 7/13/2017 8:00:00 PM
At its meeting on July 13, the East Maine District 63 Board of Education approved the appointment of Angela Maki as Apollo Assistant Principal. Mrs. Maki steps into the role left vacant by Cassandra Schwartz, now Apollo Principal. She comes to D63 from Wauconda Community Unit School District 118, where she served as Assistant Principal for Robert Crown Elementary for five years. Previous experience includes four years as a 3rd grade teacher in District 118.
Mrs. Maki holds a BA in elementary education from Wisconsin's Saint Norbert College and an MA in school leadership from Concordia University.
Illinois Passes a BudgetPosted by Janet Bishop at 7/7/2017On 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.
On the Road This Summer? Don't Forget Your D63 Globe!Posted by Janet Bishop at 6/5/2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
District PTO Welcomes D207 Career Coordinator Laura CookPosted by Janet Bishop at 5/10/2017
On May 17 our District PTO welcomed special guest Dr. Laura Cook, Maine Township High School District 207 Career Counselor. Dr. Cook spoke about recent employment trends for college graduates and the comprehensive range of career readiness opportunities D207 high schools -- including Maine East -- offers students, from mentoring programs and internships to actual job placement.Mark your calendar now for our next District PTO meeting! After the summer break, join us on:Thursday, September 146:30 p.m.Nelson School
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Lauren Leitao Appointed as Nelson PrincipalPosted by Janet Bishop at 5/4/2017
At its meeting on May 2, the East Maine School District 63 Board of Education approved the appointment of Lauren Leitao as Nelson’s new Principal. Leitao, currently Bilingual Program Director for Evanston/Skokie School District 65, will step into the role this July; current Principal Dr. Jean LeBlanc retires this June.
Ms. Leitao began her career at Chicago Public Schools, where she served as an ESL Resource Teacher. Past positions also include Principal of District 62's Orchard Place Elementary School. "District 63’s diversity is such a strength, enhancing education for all of our students, and Ms. Leitao’s strong leadership skills and extensive teaching background – coupled with her bilingual education expertise – makes her a great fit for District 63 and for Nelson,” noted District Superintendent Dr. Scott Clay.
Learn more about Nelson's new Principal!