Reading Intervention Specialist Tia DiGregorio 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 Nelson. Each Successory form thanked a particular teacher or education professional for helping that student “become a success.”
Joseph thanked Ms. DeGregorio for "taking me out to the playground every day for recess" Dr. Jean LeBlanc, Principal, added her congratulations.
Applause for Nelson Art Teacher Tina Daskalopoulos! Daskalopoulos, who joined District 63 in 1988, is one of 34 finalists (out of over 600 nominees) for ten 2017 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching here in Illinois. As Golden Apple noted in its letter, her "passion for giving students the tools required to cultivate their knowledge was evident." All finalists will be honored at a special Celebration of Excellence in Teaching and Learning on March 4, when the ten Golden Apple Awards will be announced. We wish Daskalopoulos the best of luck -- but here at D63, she'll always be a star.
Nelson hosted East Maine District 63's Board of Education meeting on December 7 - giving students a chance to show off their Club Nelson projects! New this year, Club Nelson is offered every Friday during recess. Clubs change over time, with each topic featured for four to six weeks.
At the meeting, Board members and District administrators got a first-hand look at the fun and learning students were enjoying in Club Nelson's Chromebook and Building Clubs.
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.
Kindergarten teacher Jill Przewoznik 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 Nelson. Each Successory form thanked a particular teacher or education professional for helping that student “become a success.”
Ayona thanked Ms. Przewoznik for "helping me. Thank you for teaching me how to read and write. I also thank you for encouraging me to be an awesome student" Dr. Jean LeBlanc, Principal, added her congratulations.
Superheroes, 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 a wide variety of witch interpretations were in evidents, with a sprinkling of classic Halloween costumes and even a few outliers like the Ghostbusters Sta-Puff Marshmallow Man!
Principal LeBlanc and Assistant Principal Harmon paired up, topping last year's "Bacon and Eggs" with "Peanut Butter and Jelly," while one group of staff dressed up as the "Rock, Paper, Scissors" game!
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.