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  • The Journey to Gemini Middle School

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 1/3/2018

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    How do we start the journey to a new middle school? Righ here. Right now. In the fall of 2019, Gemini will transform from junior high to middle school - welcoming 6th-8th grade students. But planning is already underway!

    In December, the D63 Middle School Design Team - comprising administrators, Board members, Gemini teachers, staff, and parents - met for a full day to begin formulating a vision and timeline for the transition.

    On the table? Everything from curriculum, service learning, and scheduling to teacher collaboration, community outreach, and parent communication.

    There's a lot of work ahead - and lots of opportunities to learn more about this exciting new chapter. Stay tuned for a dedicated webpage in 2018, updates, and more.

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  • Congratulations to our Winter Card Contest Winners!

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 12/7/2017

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    Thanks to the 47 D63 students who submitted entries for our 2017 Winter Card Design Contest! Representing all seven of our schools, our young artists created whimsical, beautiful, wintery scenes that filled the District office with holiday cheer.

    Top honors went to Melzer 5th grader Shalini Patel, whose winter scene graces the front of the D63 2017 card. Congratulations are in order also for Honorable Mention winner, Apollo 4th grader Sky Hana and for the rest of our "Best in Grade" winners, who were honored at the December 7 Board of Education meeting. You can find all of the winning entries in our online photo album (just click the "i" in the top left-hand corner of each picture for details.)

    To catch a glimpse of all contest entries, stop by the Niles-Maine Public Library District throughout December. You'll find a beautiful display case (pictured above) on the first floor showcasing our students' work!

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  • Success Without Boundaries: Stacey Smigaj Honored with a Successory Award

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 11/15/2017

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    Stacey Smigaj, 7th Grade Language Arts Teacher, was delighted to learn that her name had been drawn from this fall's “Successory” submissions to receive a special gift honoring her contribution to student success at Gemini. Each Successory form thanked a particular teacher or education professional for helping that student “become a success.”

    Bryan thanked Ms. Smigaj for "being the best teacher in the world!" Dr. René Carrazna, Principal, added his congratulations.

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  • District 63 Teacher Bridget Hellstrom Recognized as a Symetra Hero in the Classroom

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 11/9/2017
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    Washington Special Education Teacher Bridget Hellstrom was in the middle of a staff meeting on November 9 when she was surprised by an unexpected visit from a crowd of well-wishers. The occasion? Hellstrom is one of 16 2017 recipients of a Symetra Heroes in the Classroom Award
     
    Sponsored by the District's insurance broker Arthur J. Gallagher, Gallagher's health insurance partner Symetra, and the Chicago Bears, the award recognizes the passion and dedication of K-12 teachers. Hellstrom, who works with 1st and 2nd grade special needs students, was honored for her strong, structured academic planning and implementation, unshakable positive attitude, and enthusiasm for the children she supports
     
    This year's award recipients were selected from a pool of 500 nominations. In addition to receiving a $2,000 donation to the school, Hellstrom will attend the November 12 Bears-Packers Game - where she'll be recognized during an on-field presentation!
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  • Gemini Counseling Center: How Can We Help?

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 9/19/2017

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    Feeling stressed? Not sure how to handle a problem? Looking for community resources? Gemini's Counseling Center can help. Dedicated to promoting healthy decision-making, personal growth, and the overall student wellness, the Center's three-member team is there to support the entire Gemini community.

    School Psychologist Rachel Lin, School Social Worker Laura Mell, and School Psychologist Dr. Caicina Jones (L-R) are available to all students, teachers, and parents!

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  • Off to a Great Start

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 8/18/2017

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    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. At Gemini, the newly-arrived 7th graders were ready to set out on their new junior high adventure!

    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! 

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  • K-8th Graders Head Back to D63 on August 16

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 8/1/2017 2:00:00 PM

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    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:

    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!

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  • Illinois Passes a Budget

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 7/7/2017
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    On 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.
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  • On the Road This Summer? Don't Forget Your D63 Globe!

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 6/5/2017

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    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 media@emsd63.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!

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  • District PTO Welcomes D207 Career Coordinator Laura Cook

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 5/10/2017
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    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 14
    6:30 p.m.
    Nelson School
    8901 Ozanam Avenue, Niles
     
    Refreshments served, child care provided. Learn more.
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