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  • Gemini's Kathryn Sjoholm Honored with Niles Night of Roses Award

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 3/15/2017 12:30:00 PM
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    The last thing Gemini Science Teacher Kathryn Sjoholm expected during her final class of the day on March 14 was a surprise visit from the small crowd that entered the classroom! 

    Niles Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Katie Schneider, accompanied by D63 leaders, was there to congratulate her for being named the winner of the 2017 Niles Night of Roses Dedication to Youth Excellence Award, which honors "an individual who fosters a positive environment to teach, educate, instruct, counsel, or inspire our youth." Sjoholm is indeed a worthy recipient: since joining D63 in 1997, she has launched and led activities -- from the Gemini Cheerleading Team to the Girls Softball Team and the Gembots Robotics Team -- that offer students multiple pathways to success. We're proud to have Sjoholm on our D63 team!
     
    Photo (L-R): Superintendent Scott Clay, Schneider, Gemini Principal René Carranza, Sjoholm, Board President Janet Kaczkowski.
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  • Aaron Roberson Named Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 3/2/2017

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    At its March 2 meeting, the District 63 Board of Education approved the appointment of Aaron Roberson as the District’s new Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. Roberson, currently Principal of the District’s Apollo Elementary School, will step into the role when the current Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Charlene Cobb, retires at the end of June after serving since 2009 in the position.

    Roberson joined District 63 in 2014 as Assistant Principal of Nelson Elementary School, moving on to Apollo in 2015. Superintendent Dr. Scott Clay noted, "Although it's hard to say goodbye to a talented leader like Dr. Cobb, Mr. Roberson has shown himself to be a talented instructor and leader himself – something he has proven over the course of his tenure here. His knowledge of teaching and learning coupled with his ability to work closely with children and adults, are remarkable and I am confident he will be outstanding in his new role."

    Learn more about our new Administrator

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  • Success Without Boundaries: Linnea Erickson Honored with a Successory Award

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 2/23/2017

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    D63 Orchestra Teacher Linnea Erickson 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 Melzer. Each Successory form thanked a particular teacher or education professional for helping that student “become a success.”

    Olivia thanked Ms. Erickson for "Helping me have more fun with music, making me better at the recorder, and helping the school to spread the joy of music!" Principal Jennifer Pacheco added her congratulations.

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  • Melzer Musicians Celebrate "This Magic Season"

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 1/4/2017

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    Just before the Winter Break, Melzer students gathered to celebrate the season and delight family and friends with a special concert, "This Magic Season."

    The School's Intermediate String Ensemble ably performed "Tallis Canon," while the youngest singers, Melzer's 1st and 2nd graders, belted out "Better Bundle Up" with gusto. From the Intermediate Wind Ensemble's rendition of Haydn's "Austrian Hymn" through the 3rd/4th grade performance of "Ugly Sweater," there was something for everyone. 

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  • Congratulations to our Winter Card Design Winners

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 12/9/2016

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    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!

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  • Parents: Thanks for Taking Our One District-One Author Survey!

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 11/30/2016 7:00:00 PM

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    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.

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  • District PTO Meeting November 30: Get the Inside Scoop on Our Schools!

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 11/28/2016

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    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.

    Wednesday, November 30
    6:30 p.m.
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    9400 North Oriole, Morton Grove 
     
    Free childcare; refreshments served. We hope to see you there! Questions? Email us.
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  • Success Without Boundaries: Elizabeth Ley Honored With Succesory Award

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 11/14/2016

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    Elizabeth Ley, 3rd/4th grade teacher, 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 Melzer. Each Successory form thanked a particular teacher or education professional for helping that student “become a success.”

    Ashley thanked Ms. Ley for "helping me learn math like multiplication, division, and other stuff in math." Principal Jennifer Pacheco added her congratulations.

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  • Melzer Ghosts and Ghouls Have a Spooktacular Halloween

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 11/1/2016

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    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, Star Wars characters were popular choices, with a sprinkling of classic Halloween costumes and even a few outliers like a giant T Rex!

    Principal Pacheco and the office staff dressed as the classic "See No Evil/Speak No Evil" monkeys -- and some parents even got into the act, dressing as giant chickens!

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  • D63 Launches Eureka Math Parent Resource Website

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 10/27/2016
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    As most parents are aware, this year D63 launched a new math curriculum: Eureka Math. Built around the Common Core State Standards, Eureka goes beyond facts and formulas, teaching students to think about math conceptually -- becoming "fluent" in math to solve real world problems.

    Now, parents can access a rich array of Eureka Math resources online to help support, encourage, and celebrate student work. You'll find links to specific grade-level curriculum tip sheets, topic newsletters, videos for modules students will be using over the next several months. Additional resources will be added as the year progresses.

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