Math teacher Matt Clark was delighted to learn that his name had been drawn from a pile of “Successory” forms to receive a special gift honoring his contribution to student success at Gemini. Each Successory form thanked a particular teacher or education professional for helping that student “become a success.”
Gabriel thanked Mr. Clark for "not giving up on me and for dealing with my work completion and talkative ways!" Dr. Rene Carranza, Principal, added his congratulations.
In January, 41 Gemini girls attended Futures Unlimited at Oakton Community College, a day-long workshop focusing on women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Participants had the chance to hear from women such as Diane DiFrancesco, who founded DLD Quality Engineering, and Pamela Geddes, NIU Assistant Professor of Biology.
They also took part in labs on everything from forensic ballistics to DNA and polymers. Here, students explore ways to reduce the amount of wasteful materials used to package a dozen donuts.
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!