The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and Cook County are working on a community plan for the Maine-Northfield unincorporated area, much of which is within District 63’s boundaries. Surrounded by Des Plaines, Glenview, Niles, Morton Grove, and Park Ridge, this large unincorporated area has never benefitted from a thoughtful, strategic plan for growth and development.
To create a strong plan that can successfully shape the area for the next decade, resident input is essential and CMAP wants to hear from you! What do you like about our area? What would you change? What are your ideas about flooding, housing, transportation, parks and open space? If you live in the unincorporated area or attend school there, take CMAP’s online survey before January 31.
Thanks to the 57 D63 students who submitted entries for our first 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 Isabella Rozenbergas, whose winter scene graces the front of the D63 2016 card. Congratulations are in order also 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 Public Library District throughout December. You'll find a beautiful display case (pictured above) on the first floor showcasing our students' fine work!
Thanks to all of our families who participated in the One District-One Author survey! Your feedback is valuable as we begin planning for next year. Stay tuned for more information and news about the 2017-2018 school year program.
Join parents from all seven D63 schools for our next District PTO meeting! Four times a year, we gather to share information, connect, and strengthen the D63 community.
This month, get the scoop on digital learning in our classrooms, resources PTOs can share, and what's happening throughout our District.
Art Teacher Bonnie Briggs was delighted to learn that her name had been drawn from a pile of “Successory” forms to receive a special gift honoring her contribution to student success at Mark Twain. Each Successory form thanked a particular teacher or education professional for helping that student “become a success.”
Morgan thanked Ms. Briggs for "helping me reach big goals like my art work featured at the Board of Education in 2nd Grade. Also, for helping me get better in art!" Principal Lewis Roberts added his congratulations.
Superheroes, witches, butterflies, ghouls – and an assorted selection of Frozen characters – took over the school halls on Halloween. Students geared up for an evening of trick-of-treating with an afternoon of parades, parties, and fun! This year weird and wacky animals were popular choices, with a sprinkling of classic Halloween costumes and even a few outliers like a giant chicken!
Principal Roberts donned a "summer" costume -- part of a group dressing up as the seasons -- and teachers led the parade over to Brookedale Senior Living to spread some holiday cheer!
After a week of clues and mystery, D63 revealed its One District - One Author pick on September 26: award-winning writer Andrew Clements! Author of dozens of books beloved by young readers everywhere, Clements has penned works ranging from the 2.5 million bestseller Frindle to No Talking and Things Not Seen: the two books our D63 community will be reading this fall.
It’s boys versus girls in No Talking – our elementary school book – as the “unshushable” 5th graders compete to see which team can say the fewest words a day. At Gemini, Things Not Seen will keep students on the edge of their seats as Bobby Phillips races against time to figure out why he woke up one morning . . . invisible.
Throughout the month, families will read the books together at home – and can visit our One District - One Author website for discussion questions, a reading schedule, and even a letter from Clements himself! Students can also view video recordings of both books – each chapter read by a “D63 star” and even a few local celebrities.
So let’s get reading! And mark your calendar as we wrap up this exciting program with a visit from Clements himself on Wednesday, October 26. Open only to D63 families, this special evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Gemini Junior High.
Mark Twain students are undertaking their own Niles Beautification Project this fall: decorating one of the Village snow plow blades! Before the cold weather comes, our intrepid artists will spend recess time twice a week creating a masterpiece that will add some color to our chilly winter days. Stay tuned for photos of the final product; and keep an eye out this winter for our Twain Cougar blade!
On August 16 more than 390 students came through Mark Twain's doors – and we’re preparing for a fantastic year. District 63 is committed to providing a diverse learning environment that ensures each student’s unique pathway to success within a caring, connected community – and here at Twain, our teachers and school staff are ready to go!