• 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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  • Calling All Artists: Winter Card Design Contest

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 10/18/2018

    2017 winner Don't miss this chance to submit an entry for the 2018 Winter Card Design Contest! The top winner's design will appear on the official D63 winter card, website, and social media sites. Winners for each grade (K-8) will be honored at the December 6 Board of Education meeting. All entries will be displayed at the Niles-Maine District Library in December.

    All artwork should be created outside of regular school hours. Completed artwork and release form must be submitted by Monday, November 5 to your school secretary.

    Find out more about the contest, review the rules, and download a release form!

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  • Katie Anderson Appointed to Board of Education

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 10/5/2018

    k anderson At its October 4 meeting, the D63 Board of Education appointed Katie Anderson to fill the seat left vacant by former Board member Angelo Scarsella. The appointment runs through April 2019, when the seat will be filled through local elections. Anderson has three children – one who attends Melzer School. An active volunteer at her church and a past American Youth Soccer Organization Board member, she holds bachelor’s degrees in English and marriage, family, and human development from Brigham Young University.

    “I’m truly honored and excited to serve on the D63 Board,” Anderson notes. “I've been impressed with the enriched educational experience our schools offer - and the way they celebrate inclusiveness, family and community participation, and diversity.  I look forward to supporting the District's focus on student success - and on the growth and development of every child's mind and future.”

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  • Important Redistricting Information

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 9/24/2018

    redistricting On September 21 letters were mailed to homes of all current K-4 students noting school placements for the 2019-2020 school year. On Monday, September 24, an e-message with the same information will be emailed late in the day to the parent email address the District has on file.

    Looking for more information about D63's changing elementary school boundaries? Check our webpage for details, maps, FAQs, and a link to submit your questions.

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  • Apollo Bulldogs Head Back to the Classroom

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 8/27/2018

    k students On August 20-21, Apollo opened its doors to more than 590 PreK-6th grade students.  Whether they were seasoned Bulldogs or brand new to the building, all were welcomed with enthusiasm, energy -- and big smiles. Our Apollo teaching team is committed to creating a caring, connected community that supports each child's unique pathway to success. 

    Next year will bring many changes to Apollo and to D63 as all 6th graders move to Gemini and all elementary schools shift to full-day kindergarten. But for now, we are focused on  today -- and as the 2018-2019 school year gets underway, we're excited to engage and empower all of our students, celebrating the rich learning environment we offer here at Apollo and throughout District 63.

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  • Welcome Back to All Our D63 Students!

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 8/17/2018

    welcome On Monday, August 20 the doors opened at all seven D63 schools to welcome our K-8th grade students - followed by our First Step preschool students on August 21. We're excited to begin another year of learning! Our teaching team has been busy preparing for the big day! 

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

    An Expanded Learning Before School Program.
    Construction at Gemini to add a 66,500 addition that will give the school room to grow when it welcomes 6-8 grade students next year.
    A new (but familiar) Gemini Principal, Lewis Roberts, and Assistant Principal Brian Gariti.
    A new (but familiar) Mark Twain Interim Principal, Erica Perelgut.
    Our Director of Special Services, Vasiliki Frake.

    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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  • New Elementary Attendance Boundaries Set for 2019-2020

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 7/24/2018

    new map As a  part of D63's Building for Success Master Plan, the District's elementary school attendance boundaries will shift in the 2019-2020 school year and Stevenson Elementary School will close.

    After gathering parent feedback at three informational meetings last May and considering several options, the Board of Education voted on the new boundaries at its August 9 meeting.

    D63 families will receive more information about their own school and student placement for 2019 in September. Students who will enter 5th grade in the 2019-2020 school year (except those at Stevenson) will have the option of staying at their current school before moving on to Gemini in 6th grade.

    Review the 2019-2020 boundary map and learn more about the redistricting process.

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  • Have a Great Summer

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 5/31/2018 4:00:00 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 Tuesday, August 7 at Gemini Junior High from 12:30-7:30 p.m.

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

    The first day of the 2018-2019 school year is Monday, August 20.

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

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  • Lewis Roberts Named Gemini Principal

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 5/4/2018


    At its meeting on May 3, 2018 East Maine District 63's Board of Education approved the appointment of Lewis Roberts as Gemini's new Principal. Roberts, currently Principal of D63's Mark Twain Elementary School, will step into his new position in July, with the retirement of current Principal Dr. René Carranza.

    “My time at Mark Twain has been deeply rewarding, and I’m delighted to continue working in an exceptionally vibrant and diverse school district," Roberts noted. "As Gemini transitions from junior high to middle school, I am thrilled – and truly humbled - to walk alongside a team of educators so committed to teaching excellence – and to providing all students with the opportunities they need to succeed."

    Roberts joined District 63 in 2015 as Assistant Principal for Apollo Elementary School. Learn more about our new Gemini Principal.

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  • Redistricting: Parent Information Meetings

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 4/20/2018


    During the 2019-2020 school year, D63's elementary school attendance boundaries will shift to reflect current population trends, school capacity, and District-wide changes. As Gemini expands to include 6th graders and kindergarten expands to a full day, the number of students attending each elementary school will change.

    Thanks to all those parents and families who joined up for one of our three information meetings in May. Stay tuned for more opportunities when school begins in the fall!

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