Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley's Board of Education Update
Northbrook/Glenview School District 30’s Summer School program is up and running at Willowbrook School with 369 students!
Our June 13 Board of Education meeting included the following relevant items:
The Board formally approved Mr. Benjamin Clemons as our next Director of Bands. Mr. Burdi’s FTE was increased to teach PE full-time next year at Wescott and Willowbrook, and Mrs. Jeanne Mills will take over full-time clerical duties at Wescott. Please join me in welcoming Mr. Clemons and thanking Mr. Burdi and Mrs. Mills for their service to the District 30 Family!
The Board also approved Mrs. Sara Weinstein’s retirement from District 30 this year and Mrs. Liliam Alvarez-Connolly’s retirement at the end of the 2022-23 School Year. Congratulations to both!
Staffing Plan Update
I shared current enrollment numbers across District 30 with our Board of Education. We currently have 115 kindergarteners and have just enrolled our 91st third-grade student at Wescott. In response to the third-grade enrollment, we added a fifth third-grade section as projected. We look forward to filling this position soon.
Strategic Planning Update
Our administrative team provided an update of progress on our District 30 Strategic Planning Work:
Goal 1: Increase District 30’s capacity to systemically collaborate within grade-level teams to execute the cycle of continuous instructional improvement by:
-Generating a cost-neutral way to provide time for meaningful grade-level collaboration
-Defining collaborative norms for grade-level collaboration
Establishing protocols for continuous instructional improvement (e.g. analyzing local common assessment data)
Goal 2: Ensure District 30 facilities possess the capacity to support our evolving and emerging programs and contribute to optimal educational experiences by:
-Leveraging and managing supported funding options for one-time debt management for the new Maple/DO Project
Implementing supported Master Facility Plan options that:
-Build the new Maple School and campus
-Update operations to support our new Maple School
Updating the Master Facility Plan to:
-Define the flexible furniture that will be integrated into our elementary schools to support our educational vision
-Incorporate capacity needs at our elementary schools that support enrollment projections
-Generating continuous updates on construction to District 30 Stakeholders
I highlighted our Time Committee’s successful creation of common collaborative planning time for our core elementary teachers, along with the successful completion of our new Maple School. Both will positively impact generations of students! Thank you to our team and everyone involved in our improvement efforts this year.
Mrs. Nancy Artz summarized Northern Suburban Special Education District’s (NSSED’s) most recent Leadership Council Meeting that included updates on their communication efforts, their professional learning support, and the approval of NSSED’s FY 2020 budget.
Mrs. Zivit Blonder shared an overview of the latest Character Counts meeting. She shared two community runs for next year that included the Hero Hustle Run on September 8, 2019, along with the Lew Blond Run on May 16, 2020. She noted that next year’s Lew Blond Run would be its 20th on a new course that will be approved by CARA this summer. She also highlighted Character Counts upcoming participation in Glenview's July 4th Parade and asked that candy donations be turned in at Maple’s new front office.
Finally, I celebrated the positive, trusting tone set by our Board of Education, along with the care and teaming accomplished by our Administrative Team for each other and our staff. I also emphasized my pride in the fact that District 30 continues to partner with our communities to provide our students with a great place to grow up as we place them on a positive trajectory for their future!
Thank you all for another fantastic year! Let me know if you have questions!
Dr. Brian K. Wegley
Superintendent of Schools
Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley's End-of-Year Message to Faculty
Dear District 30 Family,
The last couple of weeks included several meaningful celebrations. Last Tuesday, we had the privilege of graduating our 8th-grade class. All of the work and love put into our graduates was on full display with our graduates as they represented District 30 well. Friday included closing ceremonies at our elementary schools. We paraded our graduating seniors and lauded our fifth-graders as we reflected on another fantastic year, including Willowbrook’s 50th anniversary!
Thank you for your professionalism and commitment displayed at the June 3 and 4 institute days. Your class and care were noted and appreciated. Our de-escalation training included a reflection on the impact we have on all of our children, especially those who often come to us with the most need. In my career, the students I remain in touch with include some of the most challenging ones that I got to know on a personal level to help. It warms my heart to see them thrive in adulthood!
Throughout my career, I have been amazed at the impact even simple gestures of kindness and care can have. As we reflect on another great year in District 30, know that you continue to change lives for the better. Thank you for enriching our students within the most important profession on the planet.
District 30 is a great place for kids to grow up. As we head into our last day of the 2018-2019 school year, I want to take a moment to thank you all for all you give to our students, and each other. Collectively, we continue to honor childhood and foster growth, and I admire all of you.
I continue to feel blessed to be a part of this family, and I wish you a restful and enjoyable summer! Take care, and thank you again!
Superintendent of Schools
Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley's Reflections on Maple Closing Ceremony and Tours
"On behalf of District 30, I extend a thank you to everyone who joined us on May 23 for "Maple on the Move" during our ceremony and evening tours. As the current Superintendent of District 30, I was proud to join Maple Principal Dr. Nate Carter and his staff to reflect on our strong and positive culture. Our students:
*Appreciate our community that profoundly values education;
*Value their relationships with their teachers and fellow students; and
*Know that our educators work hard, and take the responsibility of preparing them for their future seriously.
We shared the original deed, executed in 1843, for the land that housed our first school. Our first school opened its doors in December of 1859!
We also examined the grade book from our early days.
Recognize any notable names in Northbrook/Glenview?
We reflected on the fact that our students have bright futures ahead of them and will benefit from the exceptional people who surround them in District 30 and then in high school! The Class of 1964 and the Class of 1969 honored us with their presence, and it was inspiring hearing from our alumni through time!
For fun, we also shared a famous shot of our Maple athletic field and what it would look like today if John Hughes were to make the movie "Ferris Buehler's Day Off" today. (Thank you to Chuck Gitles for this idea)!
We look forward to moving into our new Maple School as we kick off next year on September 3, 2019. We will benefit from this new space and the foundation generated by our community through time!"