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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!