Nicole Sandine, 6th 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 Apollo. Each Successory form thanked a particular teacher or education professional for helping that student “become a success.”
Aminah thanked Ms. Sandine for "helping me with math and not giving up. Thank you for being the best teacher ever!" Principal Aaron Roberson added his congratulations.
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.
Margherita Campagna, 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 Apollo. Each Successory form thanked a particular teacher or education professional for helping that student “become a success.”
Anjali thanked Ms. Campagna for "teaching me how to multiply two digit numbers. I always had a hard time with math but now I don't." Principal Aaron Roberson and Assistant Principal Cassie Schwartz added their 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, Spiderman and Captain America were popular choices, with a sprinkling of classic Halloween costumes and even a few outliers like Mr. Potato Head!
Staff dressed as . . . teachers! That is, teachers at Hogwarts. Principal Roberson made a great Dumbledore, while Assistant Principal Schwartz was the Boy Who Lived: Harry Potter!
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.