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.
In January, Apollo’s 3rd graders and 3rd/4th grade dual language classes had a visit from a real VIP: Founding Father Benjamin Franklin! “Ben” stopped by as part of the students’ American History unit; the inventor, statesman, publisher, and man-for-all-seasons reminisced about his political life, writings, and scientific improvements.
Although he didn’t bring along his kite or key, the discoverer of electricity also shared the many ways in which our lives today are influenced by the role he played in founding our country.
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.
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.
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!