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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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  • D63 Recognized for Pioneering Work with Students and Families who are Homeless

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 2/12/2019

    homeless At its January Board of Education meeting,  D63 was recognized for blazing a trail in working with students and families who are homeless. Under state law, students whose families lose housing don't have to leave their school mid-year even if they leave the district for emergency shelter elsewhere, and districts must cover the cost of transportation to and from school each day. This can be a considerable expense. But an amendment to the law now permits school districts to redirect those funds to a local nonprofit agency, which uses the dollars to house student families within the district - making it easier and more affordable to keep that student in his/her current school.

    D63 is the first district in Illinois to take advantage of this change. Working with Niles Family Services and Northwest Compass, Inc., this school year, the District placed two families in local housing. At its Board meeting, D63 was honored for this pioneering work by the North Cook Intermediate Service Center and Regional Office of Education.

    L-R: D63 Board President Alexandra Brook, Associate Superintendent Dr. Shawn Schleizer, Superintendent Dr. Scott Clay, North Cook ISC & ROE Homeless Liaison Dr. Thomas Bookler, Washington Social Worker Hanna Fradin, Gemini Social Worker Laura Mell, Will County ROE Homeless Liaison Matt Hanafee.

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  • Robotics Teams Shine at LEGO Competition

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 1/7/2019

    robotics Gemini's Space x^2, Voyager III Elite Force, and Astropedics Robotics Teams all headed for Mt. Prospect on December 15 to compete in the FIRST LEGO League Qualifer. 

    The culmination of months of work, all three teams made a great showing -- with Space x^2 ending the day with a presentaion in the top three, and Astropedics taking home a Judges Award that recognized their efforts to improvise and overcome challenging situations.

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  • Have a Wonderful Winter Break!

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 12/21/2018 7:00:00 AM

    card We wish all of our D63 famlies a wonderful Winter Break and a Happy New Year. Schools are closed Monday, December 24 - Friday, January 4.

    Expanded Learning Winter Wonderfest runs December 26 - 28 and January 2 - 4 at Apollo. The D63 District Office will be open December 27-28 and January 2-4, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    We look forward to seeing all of our students on Monday, January 7!

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  • 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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  • Gemini Mustangs Head Back to the Classroom

    Posted by Janet Bishop on 8/28/2018

    gemini On August 20, Gemini opened its doors to more than 685 7th-8th grade students.  Whether they were seasoned Mustangs or brand new to the building, all were welcomed with enthusiasm, energy -- and big smiles. Our Gemini 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 Gemini and to D63 as the school adds a 66,500 square foot addition and welcomes all 6th graders. 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 Gemini 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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