East Maine School District 63

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  • Charting Our Community's Course: Make Your Voice Heard

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 1/4/2017
    CMAP

    Do you live in unincorporated Maine Township? Here’s a chance to make your voice heard.

    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.

    Now is the time.

     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.

    Learn more about the plan: 


    For more information, contact CMAP Project Manager John Carlisle at 312.386.8839, or Cook County Project Liaison James Wilson at 312.603.0544.
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  • Gembots Qualify for State FIRST LEGO League Competition

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 12/13/2016
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    Not bad for beginners! Gemini's "Gembots" Robotics Team competed for the first time in a qualifier FIRST LEGO League Competition on December 10 in Mt. Prospect -- and walked away with multiple honors and awards!
     
    Each year, the FIRST LEGO League releases a challenge based on a real-world scientific topic. Teams must program an autonomous robot to complete 13 "missions," scoring points on a themed playing field, guided by the FIRST LEGO League Core Values: celebrating discovery, teamwork, and gracious professionalism. 
     
    This year's theme was Animal Allies. After two months of hard work, the eight-member team, competing against 34 other teams, won Rookie of the Year and 3rd place overall in the Core Values Interview. 

    The Gembots also qualified for one of two FIRST LEGO League State Competitions, scheduled for January 28 at the University of Illinois!
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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

    District PTO

    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.
    Melzer School
    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: Stacey Smigaj Honored With Successory Award

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 11/14/2016

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    Stacey Smigaj, 8th grade langauge arts and literature 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 Gemini. Each Successory form thanked a particular teacher or education professional for helping that student “become a success.”

    Suad thanked Ms. Smigaj for "not just being an amazing teaching but always putting a smile on our faces. Without you, school wouldn't be the same!" Dr. Rene Carranza, Principal, added his congratulations.

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  • Gemini Thespians Bring "Parents Just Don't Understand" to Life

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 11/1/2016

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    Apollo School's Galaxy Theater rang with laughter during the weekend of October 21-22 as Gemini's Fall Play, Parent's Just Don't Understand, poked fun at those rites of passage all of us experience growing up. Bryan Stachman's play turned the spotlight on everything from Dad's driving lessons to Mom's insistence that she pick out your wardrobe. Our talented thespians had a great time depicting that four-hour vacation car ride stuck in the back with an annoying sibling and a dead iPod - and so did the audience!  

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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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  • One District-One Author Reveal: Andrew Clements!

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 9/26/2016

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    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.

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  • Melzer Students Check Out New Water Bottle Filling Fountain

    Posted by Janet Bishop at 9/23/2016

    Water Bottle Refilling Station

    In September, the first of two planned drinking fountain/water bottle refilling stations opened for business at Melzer. Underwritten with a generous gift from the School's PTA, the fountain helps keep students well hydrated and makes it quick and easy to refill water bottles with a special spigot. And that, in turn, reduces waste as there's no need to open a new bottle of water every time they're thirsty. The second fountain, made possible by a gift from an anonymous donor, will be up and running shortly.

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