District 30 News Briefs: Board of Education Reorganization Meeting Slated for April 27

Last Day of School is June 9

April 18, 2017

Dr. Wegley Thanks Groups for Support of New Maple School

On April 26, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian Wegley thanked administrators, members of District 30's Steering Committee and Citizens Task Force, Jeff Huck with ARCON (facility designing company), and the Board of Education, for their unwavering support, during the seven month quest to build a new Maple School.

During a "New Maple Celebration" in the Maple School library media center, Dr. Wegley expressed his deep appreciation to all who thoughtfully helped with the district's facility planning process, and for creating and approving a referendum, which was on the ballot during the 2017 spring election.

Maple School Principal Dr. Nate Carter and Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf were also applauded for their resiliency in consistently managing the aging building, and always thinking of the students' needs first.

"On April 4, 75.7 percent of the District 30 community voted a resounding yes to build a new Maple School," stated Board President Chuck Gitles.

Dr. Wegley expressed his continuous pride in the community, and is grateful for the fact that the majority want "what is best for our children."


Board of Education Reorganization Meeting Slated for April 27

District 30's Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m., Tbhursday, April 27 at Maple School, 2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook. This meeting will feature curriculum review highlights from the past year. In addition, there will be the canvass of the April 4 election results, and swearing in of new board members Keith Karchmar and Jeffrey Zuercher, and the reelection of Ursula Sedlak.  Current Vice President Dr. Kenneth Spero and member Fred Sloneker will step down from their long-time positions on the Board of Education.

For more information, contact Board of Education Secretary Sam Friedman at 847-498-4190.

Last Day of School is June 9

District 30 completes another wonderful year on Friday, June 9, 2017.  This day will begin at the normal time. Following the traditional student ceremonies and activities, Wescott and Willowbrook will end school at 10:00 a.m. and Maple School will conclude at 9:30 a.m. Staff details for the day will be shared by building principals.

District 30’s Temporary Staffing Plan Announced for Administrative Offices

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley has announced that the Board of Education has approved the 2017-2018 Staffing Plan. As Mrs. Sam Friedman retires as Dr. Wegley's administrative assistant, Mrs. Michele Pollina will be taking over for her beginning on July 1, 2017. Ms. Pollina has been the administrative assistant for Maple School Principal Dr. Nate Carter for the past two years. In addition, receptionist, Mrs. Kathy Janca will be moving from the District Office to Maple to fill Mrs. Pollina’s position. Therefore, there is  an open position to fill at the District Office.

He added, "In addition, to better balance workloads, we will be restructuring duties of a few individuals, which will result in the open position being an administrative assistant opening for the Business Office. The Board has approved an early start for this individual, who could begin as early as May 1. This early start will support internal training and will allow for needed restructuring of duties."

Board Recognizes Student Achievements on April 13

Twenty-five students were recognized by District 30’s Board of Education during a business meeting, which was held on April 13. Four students on Maple’s Math Team were honored for achieving excellence at the 2017 MATHCOUNTS Lake County Chapter Competition in February.  Board Vice President Ken Spero present certificates of recognition to the Math Team members.

Board member Fred Sloneker presented certificates of recognition to the Maple Science Competition Team, which place second and third place in the recent Argonne National Laboratory’s Electric Car Competition in March.

Board President Chuck Gitles presented certificates of recognition to Maple Wrestling Team member D.B. for qualifying for the state championship tournaments this year and achieving overall excellence during the Illinois Elementary School Association State Tournament. The student wrestler publicly thanked Maple Wrestling Coach Kitt Kopach for all of his guidance and help during the season.

"We had a very successful year again, and I was so happy to have four IESA state qualifiers.  Hopefully we can get even more student-athletes involved in the program moving forward,” stated Mr. Kopach.
Board member Ursula Sedlak honored three Maple School winners of the Character Counts! Essay with certificates of recognition. She told the audience that over 1,200 essays were submitted from area schools during the essay competition.

Faculty Thank Board and Superintendent Wegley for Support

Four Maple School staff members presented a letter of appreciation and publicly thanked Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley and the Board of Education, for achieving success in initiating the facility bond referendum on April 4, which resulted in the mandate to build a new Maple School. Those who shared words and grateful sentiments on behalf of the Maple faculty included Dawn Nettelhorst, Sarah Ehrends, Betsy Johnson and Robin Dombeck.

Dr. Wegley responded, “I have never been prouder of a community.  During the April 4 Consolidated Election, 75 percent of this community gave us the mandate to build a new Maple School. Thank you to the students and staff members who were so flexible and resilient during the facility planning process and beyond.  We truly have a team of passionate educators and community members, who were thoughtful and took the time to stayed informed these past six months. I am grateful and thankful to everyone for having the courage to move ahead.  Adversity doesn’t always build character, but it does reflect it. This decision is indicative of how the district and community continue to put the children first."

Direction Defined for Maple School and Thank You

“District 30 has the kids; the faculty and staff; the leadership; the community. The only thing you are missing is the facilities.”  

District 30 Parent’s Statement During Master Facility Planning

As District 30 embarked on updating our Master Facility Plan, the above quote summarized what drove this facility process. Our Master Facility Plan was shared with a Steering Committee and Citizens’ Task Force, who unanimously recommended that our Board of Education pursue a Facility Bond Referendum, which included the building of a new Maple School, and completion of required Health/Life-Safety work at Wescott and Willowbrook Schools.

While nothing is official at this point, it appears that the April 4, 2017, Facility Bond Referendum for District 30 was supported by the community by a substantial margin. Therefore, District 30 will continue planning for a new Maple School, as we begin completing the Health/Life-Safety work at Wescott and Willowbrook. Moving forward, we will include the voice of District 30 stakeholders in our planning, and we will keep our community well-informed.

Thank you to the citizens who actively engaged in one of our 14 tours of Maple School, who hosted or attended one of the 10 community coffees, and who worked to make sure the community was informed about our options. Throughout this effort, our community has demonstrated character and civility. I have appreciated the respectful, open conversation and learning that has occurred as we shared District 30’s facility issues and options.

I want to personally thank our staff, Board of Education, parents, and community who provided input into the District 30 Master Facility Plan. I have every confidence that District 30 will intelligently and responsibly work to create a middle school that aligns with our educational vision and supports the high expectations that we all share for the education that we provide for our students.

In addition, Tuesday’s election resulted in the election of the three board members who ran for three open seats. On April 27, 2017, our Board of Education will welcome back Mrs. Ursula Sedlak, as we welcome Mr. Jeffrey Zuercher and Mr. Keith Karchmar. I know our community appreciates these individuals for the service that they will provide District 30. At the same time, we have two seasoned board members who will retire from service to District 30. Please join me in thanking Dr. Kenneth Spero and Mr. Fred Sloneker for their commitment to District 30. They have served our district with dedication and distinction, and they will truly be missed!

Thank you again to our community for your partnership and support in providing our students with outstanding learning opportunities. District 30 will continue to create a community that craves learning, fosters resiliency, and cares deeply for every child.

Dr. Brian K. Wegley
Superintendent of Schools

Voters look positively on $36.3 million Maple School referendum request
Voters appeared poised Tuesday night to overwhelmingly approve School District 30's request to raze and rebuild Northbrook's Maple School.…
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April 12, 2017 - Glenview Journal Report: "Northbrook Glenview Dist. 30 Superintendent Talks Next Steps For Maple, Projects"

#d30learns…/article_b27efc98-1fb8-11e7-… … via @townnews

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley comments, "Throughout this effort, our community has demonstrated character and civility. Thank you to our staff, parents, and community!" #d30learns

Summer School Program Filled to Capacity!

Maple's Summer School program is now filled to capacity!

Summer School runs from June 13-July 14 at Maple School. For more information, please email, or call (847)400-8931.

"We are in need of student volunteers! Current eighth grade and high school students are welcome to complete the application form by accessing this link…/1FAIpQLSdyq7wtKkiMd4awJS…/viewform

PARCC Testing Runs through April 28

Students in grades three through eight will participate in the Partnership Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment through April 28. For more information, do not hesitate to contact a child’s building principal or the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Melissa Hirsch.

To access the detailed PARCC letter to parents, click on this link:

District 30 to Hold Meeting for Providers of Private Schools and Home Schools regarding Special Education Services on May 1

A special education meeting conducted by Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 will take place at 10:00 am, Monday, May 1, 2017, at the Harry Rossi Administrative Offices, 2374 Shermer Road, Northbrook. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the district’s plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and home schools within the district for the 2017-2018 school year.

 If you are a parent of a home-schooled student who has been or may be identified with a disability and you reside within the boundaries of Northbrook/Glenview School District 30, you are urged to attend this meeting. Those with questions pertaining to this meeting, please contact the District 30 office at 847-498-4190.

MAP Testing Takes Place May 2-19

The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing will be administered to first through eighth graders at District 30 schools from May 2-19.  MAP is a nationally normed, criterion referenced, multiple-choice, electronically administered and scored achievement test designed to measure growth in student learning. The MAP achievement test assesses students’ reading, language usage, and mathematics knowledge and skills.

The data generated from the fall administration of the MAP provides baseline data for teachers to use to determine students’ readiness for content and concepts in the District 30 language arts and mathematics curricula. The data gathered from the spring assessment provides teachers and parents with student growth and achievement information.

First grade students take the Primary Math test; second grade students take the Math and Reading tests; third through eighth grade students take the Math, Reading, and Language tests. For more information contact Dr. Melissa Hirsch, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at 847-498-4190.

Register Today for the Lew Blond Run Fundraiser!

Community members should be receiving a postcard soon, reminding everyone to sign up for the 17th Annual Lew Blond 5K, 1 Mile Run, which takes place at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Maple School, 2370 Shermer Road.

This fundraiser supports ALS research through the Les Turner ALS Foundation and the Stuart Rosen Transportation Fund, high school scholarships and special school projects. To register go to or   

Registration Information: All pre-registered participants receive a t-shirt. Dri-fit T-shirts are guaranteed for those who register by April 26, 2017.

New this year, participants will have shirt size choices for Adult Men's, Adult Women's and Youth.  Costs: Before April 27, Adult $30 (CARA member $25) / Youth $20 (CARA Youth $15); After April 27, Adult $35 (CARA member $30) / Youth $22 (CARA Youth $17). For more information, call Maple School at 847-400-8900.

Volunteers are Crucial to Success of the Annual Lew Blond Run Fundraiser!

From Lew Blond Run Executive Committee Board member, Michelle Rosen:

"It's time to set up volunteers to help organize the 17th Annual Lew Blond Run., which will be held at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, May 20. There are many opportunities to use your skills. Please let me know how you can help."

Faculty and resident volunteers are needed to organize the food for the race and to organize miscellaneous materials from 3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 18. Volunteers are also needed to assist with packet pick-up of bibs and t-shirts from 3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m., on Friday, May 19. Individuals are welcome to marshall a corner from 7:45 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 20.

Workers are needed for registration on the day of the race from 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., Saturday, May 20. Distribution of bibs and t-shirts also takes place from 6:45 a.m.-7:45 a.m., Saturday, May 20.

School Holiday Schedule for May

Due to a School Improvement Day, there will be a half-day of school on Friday, May 26.  There will be no school on Monday, May 29, due to the Memorial Day Holiday.

National Missing Children's Day Event is May 20 in Glenview

"One Missing Child is Too Many" - Glenview Police Department

Glenview Police Department will be hosting the second Annual National Missing Children's Day Event from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 20 at the Glenview Village Hall. Participants will receive free children identification kits, made with the help of Glenview Police Department, Glenview Fire Department and community volunteers.

To pre-register, email

NSSED 5K Run/Walk Takes Place on May 21

Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED0 is having its annual 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 21.  The Kids Dash begins at 7:45 a.m.; and the 5K starts at 8:15 a.m.  For more information on how to register, go to

District 30 Schools Rated Tops in Illinois by Niche

Maple School rated by* in the Top 20 Best Middle Schools in Illinois! Wescott and Willowbrook rated in approximately top half of 100 best elementary schools in Illinois.

*Niche "combines rigorous analysis with authentic reviews to highlight the best places to live and go to school.

2017-2018 School Calendar Adopted by Board

The 2017-2018 District 30 School Calendar was adopted by the District 30 Board of Education on Thursday, November 10, 2016. On the calendar page of the District 30 website you will find the approved calendar and a list of important 2017-2018 District 30 Calendar dates.

Teacher Institute Days will be held on Monday, August 21, 2017. Classes for students in first through eighth grade will begin Wednesday, August 23. Kindergarten and preschool students will meet with their teacher briefly on Wednesday, August 23. Kindergarten and preschool students' first full day will be Thursday, August 24. 

Calendar Highlights:

All Northfield schools continue to mirror District 225’s Winter Break (Monday, December 25, 2017, through Friday, January 5, 2018) and Spring Break (Monday, March 26, 2018, through Friday, March 30, 2018).
Six half-day school improvement/institute days are included and are scheduled at the end of the week whenever possible.

Two half-days also occur to support Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 13, 2017, and February 15, 2018. Two emergency days (“snow” days) are built into the school year (Friday, February 16 & Monday, April 2), and five emergency days added in June as specified by Illinois School Code. The tentative last day of school is Thursday, June 7, 2018.

The two built-in emergency days noted above will be utilized to make up school if school is canceled prior to the emergency day (e.g. If school is canceled prior to Friday, February 16, 2018, school will be in session on that date.) Please plan on these days being attendance days, and note that building these into the school year helps decrease the likelihood that school cancellations due to weather will impact the tentative last day of school.