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November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Lunch Was Gobbled Up at Maple School


On November 16, administrators, staff, and students enjoyed an early Thanksgiving meal during lunch hour at Maple School. Everyone appeared to thoroughly enjoy the fresh turkey breast and gravy, mashed potatoes, savory stuffing, French green beans and pie for dessert!

An Extra Turkey Feather in PTO's Cap!

Thank you to Maple's amazing PTO members who donned Pilgrim hats and pitched in to serve throughout the afternoon meal.

Thanksgiving Lunch Was Gobbled Up at Maple School On November 16, administrators, staff, and students enjoyed an early Thanksgiving meal during lunch hour at Maple School. Everyone appeared to thoroughly enjoy the fresh turkey breast and gravy, mashed potatoes, savory stuffing, French green beans and pie for dessert! An Extra Turkey Feather in PTO's Cap! Thank you to Maple's amazing PTO members who donned Pilgrim hats and pitched in to serve throughout the afternoon meal.

Board of Education Meeting Highlights

 

Northbrook/Glenview School District 30's Board of Education convened for a business meeting on November 16 at Maple School.

Highlights include student recognitions, an update on the design of the new Maple School, the land swap resolution, 2017 tax levy and more!

Board Members Honored on School Board Members Day

In honor of “School Board Members Day” held on November 15, District 30 administrators and students from Maple School's Service Learning Club recognized Board members for their service during the Board meeting held on November 16.

District 30 Board President is Chuck Gitles, Vice President is Ursula Sedlak, and members include Ihab Riad, Jeff Zuercher, Keith Karchmar, Beth Shabelman, and Nancy Artz.

Service Learning Club teacher Jillian Rathge and the kids thanked the Board members for "Leading by Learning,*" which was this year's theme for Board Members Day. Then they presented them with certificates of recognition and gift cards. Board secretary Michele Pollina even displayed celebratory cupcakes in their honor!

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley expressed his gratitude to the members for "their board policy and local governance work on behalf of our children, families, and communities."

The Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) designated November 15, 2017 as “School Board Members Day” in Illinois. This was an opportunity to build community awareness and understanding about the essential role locally elected board of education members assume in a representative democracy.

*To recognize the outstanding efforts of the nearly 6,000 elected school board members throughout the state, this year’s School Board Members Day theme was “Leading by Learning.”

Board Honor Character Counts! Contest Winners

At the November 16 Board of Education meeting, students from Maple, Wescott and Willowbrook Schools were recognized for their winning poster or videos in the recent Character Counts! of Glenview Poster/Video Contest. They were honored in October at the Village of Glenview Board of Trustee meeting by the Character Counts! co-chair and Maple School Principal, Dr. Nate Carter.

Board member Ursula Sedlak congratulated the children for their creativity, thoughtfulness and for upholding the six pillars of Character Counts! which are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring, citizenship and fairness. 


Board of Education recognized Maple's Girls' Volleyball Champions on November 16!

During the November 16 Board meeting, Board member Jeff Zuercher presented certificates of recognition to the girls' eighth grade volleyball champions at Maple School. He congratulated the team and coach Julie Ireland for their dedication and fine sportsmanship. Jillian Rathge was also recognized as the team's coach in seventh grade, and for her continued support this year. The girls' eighth grade volleyball team won first place in their conference tournament held on October 28 at Maple.

Julie Ireland stated, "The girls worked extremely hard all season to better themselves both as individual players and as a team, and it paid off. They are the first Maple team to win this tournament since 2005, and now the year 2017 will be added to the championship banner displayed in the West Gym."

Dr. Nate Carter held up the team trophy and heartily congratulated the team and coach Ireland and exclaimed, "We can't wait to add the new banner to the gymnasium!"

The team includes the following students: Taylor Brocato, Megan Woloszyn, Renee St. John, Emma Snow, Milena Savic, Sophia Pinc, Brianna Meltser, Maddie Konopka, Emmy Kiggins, Penelope Isberner, Megan Wang, and Julia Masloski. Managers are: Olivia Trela, and Isabel Silva.

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley Honors District 30 Staff During American Education Week

American Education Week (nea.org) —November 13-17, 2017—presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.

District 30's Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian Wegley greeted staff on November 13, with this sincere message:

Dear District 30 Family,

Albert Schweitzer once reflected, "I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”

Your service makes a difference each and every day. On behalf of District 30, thank you for all you do to create a community that craves learning, fosters resiliency, and cares deeply for every child. Enjoy time with your committed and talented colleagues!

Sincerely,

Dr. Brian K. Wegley
Superintendent of Schools

 

Thanksgiving Lunch Gobbled Up at Maple School

On November 16, administrators, staff, and students enjoyed an early Thanksgiving meal during lunch hour at Maple School.  There was a special visit from Board of Education President Chuck Gitles and Vice President Ursula Sedlak, with Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Melissa Hirsch, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, Dale Falk, and Willowbrook Principal Scott Carlson.
Board member Beth Shabelman was serving lunch, as she is also a member of the PTO!


Everyone appeared to thoroughly enjoy the fresh turkey breast and gravy, mashed potatoes, savory stuffing, French green beans and pie for dessert!

An Extra Turkey Feather in PTO's Cap!

Thank you to Maple's amazing PTO members who donned Pilgrim hats and pitched in to serve throughout the afternoon meal.

 

District 30 Welcomes Nicole Schramm as the New Accounting Coordinator

Nicole Schramm became part of the District 30 family on October 2, 2017, as the Accounting Coordinator in the Business Office.  She comes from the Business Services Department at Glenbrook High School District 225.  Ms. Schramm earned her Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Security Systems in 2007, a Master of Business Administration in May 2014, and a Master of Science in Education with a Chief School Business Official and Professional Educator licenses in May 2016. She has worked in finance for both secondary and post-secondary educational environments for over 15 years. 

"Please join me in welcoming Nicole Schramm to the District 30 family!” stated Dale Falk, assistant superintendent for finance and operations.

 

 

Follow Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley's Blog! http://blog.d30.me/bwegley/

Stay Up-to-Date on the New Maple School and Plans for Administration Offices

Maple Progress Update


 

"District 30’s new Maple School designs continue to progress and are now well into the construction drawing phase. Bid documents will be finalized in mid-December, and we will break ground in the Spring of 2018!" stated Dr. Brian Wegley.

View the latest designs on his blog, and read about the upcoming new location of the District 30 Administration Offices! http://blog.d30.me/bwegley/

District 30 Schools' PARCC Scores Rank at Top of North Shore Schools' List for Second Year In-A-Row!

For the second year in a row, District 30 students' overall PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) scores ranked it in second place with North Shore schools. Willowbrook, Wescott and Maple Schools ranked in the top 13 of 58 individual North Shore Schools. Student PARCC scores averaged 77.3, more than twice the state average, which is 34.1.

A recent report from Dail North Shore (DNS) newspaper states, "More than half the public school districts in the DailyNorthShore.com coverage area scored better than twice the state average on the annual PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) test given to elementary and middle school students. School Report Cards issued by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) were released November 3, showing a variety of information for schools across the state, including strong test scores for all North Shore districts. 

While nine of the 15 districts in the DNS coverage area stretching from Wilmette and Glenview on the south, through Lake Bluff on the north. more than doubled the state’s average, all were substantially higher. District 27 headed the list for the second year in a row with the top three districts unchanged from 2016. Northbrook Glenview School District 30 was second at 77.3, and Deerfield Public Schools District 109 was third at 76.7."

Read the complete article at

 

For more information on District 30's PARCC scores, contact Dr. Melissa E. Hirsch, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, at 847-498-4190.

 

District 30 Will Celebrate  “School Board Members Day on November 15

Continual learning creates quality leadership

To recognize the outstanding efforts of the nearly 6,000 elected school board members throughout the state, the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) has designated November 15, 2017 as “School Board Members Day” in Illinois. This is an opportunity to build community awareness and understanding about the essential role locally elected board of education members assume in a representative democracy. This year’s School Board Members Day theme is “Leading by Learning.”

The honorary day offers an opportunity to recognize the leadership provided by local boards of education and to build a stronger relationship between school board members, the community, faculty, and parents. IASB is encouraging district personnel to contact their community leaders, business partners, local civic and parent organizations, and other area leaders to join in recognition efforts.

By working with the community, districts can assure that these committed public servants are honored for their board policy and local governance work on behalf of children, families, and entire communities. If districts prefer, these Illinois-specific materials may be adapted for use in January, which has been dedicated National School Board Recognition Month.

American Education Week Honors All Teachers from November 13-17

American Education Week (nea.org) —November 13-17, 2017—will present all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.

2017's theme will be reflected in special observances each day of the 2017 weeklong celebration:

Monday, November 13, 2017: Kickoff Day
Tuesday, November 14, 2017: Parents Day
Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Education Support Professionals Day
Thursday, November 16, 2017: Educator for a Day
Friday, November 17, 2017: Substitute Educators Day

 Glenview Lantern article on November 14, 2017:

D225,D30 Land Swap to Build Maple School Moves Forward

Glenbrook High Schools District 225 took another step toward a proposed land-swap deal with Northbrook/Glenview School District 30, which is preparing to build a new Maple School next spring.

By a unanimous 6-0 vote at its Monday, Nov. 13 meeting, the D225 Board of Education approved a joint resolution and intergovernmental agreement authorizing the exchange of two small parcels of land between Glenbrook North and Maple School. The D30 Board of Education is scheduled to consider the same intergovernmental agreement at its meeting on Thursday, Nov. 16, after having delayed its vote in order to hear D225’s questions and concerns regarding the proposal, D225 Superintendent Mike Riggle said.

The land swap involves two parcels of land on the north and south sides of Sherman Drive, which runs along the south side of GBN.

The parcel on the south side of Sherman Drive, which belongs to District 225, is needed by D30 for bus access to the new Maple School. District 30 plans to begin construction on the new school in April 2018, according to the board packet.

“Now that Maple School is moving to the west, they want to swap that land so they will facilitate a better egress for buses and cars to come into their traffic configuration, hoping to reduce the number of cars that sit on Sherman Drive,” Riggle said.

Riggle said he recently met with representatives from the Village of Northbrook and District 30 to discuss potential traffic and safety concerns posed by the land swap.

“We feel the land swap not only is doable, it provides District 30 with a better situation for building Maple School,” Riggle said. “So we recommend moving forward with the land swap.”

North of Sherman Drive is a curve is a 0.06-acre parcel belonging to D30, approximately one-third the size of the 0.18-acre parcel belonging to D225 that sits south of Sheridan Drive. The GBN campus is approximately 62.49 acres, meaning the land swap would result in a 0.19-percent decrease in D225’s physical assets for the high school’s campus.

According to an Oct. 6 memo from Riggle to the board, the value of the properties involved in the proposed swap is unknown.

“Efforts were made to obtain any estimated assessment that might have taken place in the past through the Cook County Assessor’s Office, but the parcel in question has been tax exempt since it was first created on their records in 1986 and prior to that, the parcel was tax exempt back to 1971, which is the earliest record they have available,” the memo reads.

In order to coordinate school bell times to stagger traffic flow in the area, Riggle said D30 Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley agreed D30 schools could let out later if GBN eventually moves its own bell time back.

“That way the [traffic] flow should stay in the pattern that it is now,” Riggle said.

Following the approval of the intergovernmental agreement by D30, the board secretaries of the school bodies will sign a Certificate of Resolution and Minutes. Then, an original of the intergovernmental agreement will be sent to Northfield Township Treasurer Craig Schilling, who will work with the township to executive Quit Claim Deeds. Lastly, the appropriate documents will be filed with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds in Chicago.

18th Annual Lew Blond Run Takes Place on Saturday, May 19 at 8:00 AM Sharp!

Every fall, the Lew Blond Run committee meets to discuss the most recent race, reviews myriad statistics, and begins planning for the next year's event, which takes place at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Maple School, 2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook.

On November 7, Maple School Principal and Lew Blond Run Executive Committee chair, Dr. Nate Carter met with the group of staff members, administrators and community members to address the following:

*Funds raised and donated to support research for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disesase) through the Les Turner ALS Foundation

*Funds raised and donated for special District 30 school projects

*Funds allocated for 2018 scholarships to graduating seniors at District 225 high schools

Although, construction will be underway for the new Maple School this coming spring, Dr. Carter assured everyone that the course for the annual race will be the same, with no obstacles.

Stay tuned for updates on new prices, t-shirt information, and more.

Now is actually the perfect time to volunteer for the 18th Annual Lew Blond Memorial Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run (for kids). lewblondrun.org

Residents are also needed to sponsor or help find new sponsors for the Lew Blond Run. Contact Michele Rosen for more information at 847-400-8902.

 

 

District 30's is 'In the Pink' When it Comes to Raising Money for Breast Cancer Research!

When District 30's Spanish teacher Talia Block began organizing fundraisers for breast cancer research 10 years ago, a relative of hers had just been diagnosed with the disease. Ten years later, she is a survivor. In her honor, Ms. Block has held fundraisers at the schools during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The symbol for this effort is the color pink or the trademark pink ribbon.

This year, she helped raise $750.00 at Wescott and Willowbrook Schools, with the District 30 Administration Office. These funds will be donated to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research.

"A big thank you to all for your generosity in helping to raise money for breast cancer research, in honor of my family member!" said Ms. Block.


District 30 to Host Trashless Lunch Tuesday on November 14!

In honor of America Recycles Day (November 15), District 30’s Environmental Awareness Committee (EAC) will host a Trashless Lunch Tuesday on Tuesday, November 14 at Maple, Wescott and Willowbrook Schools. 

"We always look forward to engaging students in small environmental initiatives that can have a big impact, by holding trashless lunch days during the school year,” said Dr. Melissa Hirsch, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and director of EAC.

Please support our waste-free challenge by following the tips listed below:

  • Have children help pack lunches with healthy foods.
  • Only pack as much food as your child will eat.
  • Use a reusable lunch bag/box for carrying a lunch.
  • Use a refillable bottle for drinks.
  • Use single-serve containers that are recyclable.
  • Put sandwiches in reusable containers or ReUsies, instead of plastic bags. 
  • Avoid pre-packaged, single-serve portions of snacks. 
  • Put re-usable napkins in lunch container(s).
  • Prepare extra food at dinnertime, and use the leftovers for lunches. 

 

 

Senator Julie Morrison Supports District 30's Pumpkin Recycling and Candy Collection Event

On 12:01 p.m., on November 2, after the Environmental Awareness Committee's (EAC’s) first “Jack-O-Lantern Launch" and candy collection for military personnel had ended; the waste receptacle was brimming with over 60 donated pumpkins at Maple School.

Instead of ending up in a landfill, the pumpkins are being recycled into compost, through Waste Management, which is also District 30’s waste disposal and environmental services’ company.

The EAC gleaned information and received assistance from School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Compost Education (SCARCE), which is based in Glen Ellyn. www.scarce.org/pumpkins

In addition, thousands of pieces of Halloween candy was collected at the same time. EAC member Tracey Becker transported it to the North Suburban YMCA, as the organization has partnered with the United States Service Organizations (USO) of Illinois to collect leftover Halloween candy, to be sent to U.S. military personnel.

The YMCA’s collection ends on November 7. District 30 is appreciative to the YMCA for accepting its candy for shipment to the troops. http://www.nsymca.org

State Senator Julie Morrison attended the event, and took a few pictures with Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Melissa Hirsch, and Director of Buildings and Grounds, Don Zabski.

Senator Morrison and Dr. Wegley even helped launch a few pumpkins into the bin! She was sincerely thanked for her generous donation in support of schools, recycling, composting, and giving back to those in need.

Working tirelessly at the “Jack-O-Lantern-Launch” and candy collection, were EAC members Tracey Becker, Catherine Caporusso, Sarah Sanford, Tara, and Bailey Wesselink.

The EAC, under the leadership of Dr. Hirsch, is appreciative of all of the support from Maple, Wescott, and Willowbrook Schools during this event.

A special “thank you” to Maple secretary Kathy Janca for coordinating the “extra" candy collection through the front office; and to Jose Medina, Celso “Cel" Rios and staff, for their assistance in keeping the area safe and spotless during the collection period.

 

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley's Board Notes and Inspirational Thoughts for the Week ending October 20

The Board of Education held a meeting on Thursday, October 19, 2017. I was invited to join in a conversation in Springfield on the future of 3-8 State Testing on Thursday afternoon. I found the discussion to be a valuable one, and I appreciate Dr. Hirsch serving in my place during the Board Meeting. The following relevant items were discussed:

 

 

Personnel Items Approved

 

The Board of Education approved the leave of absences this spring for Mrs. Nicki Williams and Mrs. Joanna Howard. We wish them both well! The Board also approved Bryson Lewis and Willie Newsome as Maple Basketball Coaches. They also approved Mrs. Sara Elliott as Mrs. Kurtz’s long-term substitute.

 

As a side note, congratulations to Jeff Loppnow, who has replaced Joe Warnstedt and has taken over as our Information Systems Coordinator. Thank you to Jeff for all of the great work he is doing to transition into this position.

 

Board Goals Update Shared

Thank you to Dr. Melissa Hirsch for leading the review of progress on our District 30 Board Goals, which included updates on action plans under each of the following pillars:

 

  1. Create rich learning experiences and dynamic environments that promote student growth, build a culture of innovation, and prepare students to be productive global citizens.

    • Provide timely job-embedded professional development around teacher articulated needs included our Staff Development Committee work on defining the content of our school improvement half days

    • Building principals received orientation on a new data warehouse tool

    • Communicated key ideas for Maple’s report card and reviewed survey data from parents on key questions

  2. Maintain a healthy, financially stable position.

    • Approved our FY 2018 Budget

    • Continued to review the budget for the new Maple School - we remain within budget

    • Shared positive aspects and issues with the new Evidence-Based Funding Model

    • Filled our accounting coordinator position and redistributed duties within the business office

  3. Ensure facilities and systems contribute to an optimal educational experience.

    • Significant progress has been made on the design efforts of the new Maple School with input from our teaching teams (We are now at the 50% Construction Drawing Point and still have the goal of breaking ground this spring)

    • Our administrative team continues to learn about the options-based emergency system that is being adopted by all of Northfield Township & we continue to update our emergency planning with an eye on thoughtfully incorporating changes beginning next year

    • We have determined the temporary location of the District Office beginning in March 2018

  4. Recruit, hire and retain the highest quality staff and provide coordinated professional development.

    • Another successful New Teacher Orientation began in August and continued to incorporate our talented new educators

    • Enrollment projections have been updated (more will follow on this after next month’s review with the Board of Education and projections remain stable)

  5. Establish and maintain an open exchange of ideas and information with all stakeholders, both internal and external, to foster relationships, collaboration, and understanding among our entire learning community.

    • We continue to share Maple plans with all District 30 stakeholders as they develop

    • A food-service survey was completed, analyzed and shared with the Food Service Committee, which will serve as a foundation for our food-service bid that will occur in the spring

 

Thank you to our administrative team for continuing to lead this important work and thank you to the many staff members who continue to contribute to this year’s action plans.

 

Mrs. Nancy Artz also shared the continued progress of NSSED’s strategic planning process.

 

Other Thoughts

I don’t know about you, but the level of orneriness around us seems to be on the rise. Maybe it is the stress of the hurricanes, fires, and unexplainable acts in Las Vegas. Perhaps it is the feeling that we are still in the midst of a campaign even after it has ended, or the Cubs being eliminated. Whatever the cause, I invite all of us to take a deep breath and remember a couple of facts:

 

  1. A colleague of mine recently quoted a line from the musical Hamilton (I hope you have seen it): Look around...Look around...at how lucky we are to be alive right now! Every day is a gift. In the midst of chaos, look for the good all around us - our fundraising for Puerto Rico, the Canned Food Drive, and the numerous acts of kindness and care throughout District 30! We are lucky to have each other, our invested kids and community, and we are truly lucky to be alive right now doing something we love!
     

  2. What each of us does matters! We are contributing members to the most important profession on the planet, and we make a difference every day. As was the case for us, our kids will remember our kindness, care, and belief in them that stimulates growth every day. We collectively impact their path in life, and we do touch the future. What a gift!

From Dr. Melissa E. Hirsch, the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

MAP Reports Mailed on October 20

Fall MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Student Progress Reports for grades 1-8 were mailed home on October 20. MAP assessments were administered at various times during the three weeks of August 28 –September 15. Should you not receive a copy of your child's report in the next week, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school.

District 30’s Offices Support Fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research!

On October 23, administrators and staff members at Maple, Wescott and Willowbrook Schools participated in the Jeans for a Cure fundraiser, to help support breast cancer awareness and research for a cure. Employees are being asked to donate money to wear jeans to work. All donations collected will benefit the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program.

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program raises awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. Make checks payable to American Cancer Society, memo: Making Strides Agains Breast Cancer.

For more information go to https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer/…

District 30’s Offices Support Fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research!

On October 23, administrators and staff members at Maple, Wescott and Willowbrook Schools will be have the opportunity to participate in the Jeans for a Cure to help support breast cancer awareness and research for a cure. Employees are being asked to donate money to wear jeans to work. All donations collected will benefit the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program.

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program raises awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. For more information go to https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer/…

Left to right, front row: Board Secretary Michele Pollina, Vice President Ursula Sedlak, President Chuck Gitles, Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley, and Ihab Riad. Back row, left to right:  Jeff Zuercher, Elizabeth Shabelman, Keith Karchmar, and Nancy Artz.

 

From the Digital "Playground" - Teachers Share Student Work with Seesaw

More District 30 teachers are using the popular digital portfolio Seesaw, which is making the sharing of student work with parents and others a simple task!

Seesaw is helping students to document their learning with creative tools, and provides authentic audiences for their work, a bit like Facebook. For families, Seesaw gives them an immediate and personlized window into their child's school day, making communication with teachers seamless. For teachers, Seesaw saves time on organization and parent communication, makes formative assessment easier, and provides a safe place to teach 21st Century skills!

Some stats about Seesaw:

*Ninety-two percent of teachers report an increase in parent involvement and engagement since using Seesaw.

*Ninety-five percent of teachers say that Seesaw helps teach their students in 21st Century skills and use technology more effectively.

*Ninety-nine percent of teachers would recommend Seesaw to a colleague and plan to use it in their classroom again this year. https://web.seesaw.me/

District 30's technology team, who are instrumental in keeping staff and students current on the latest technology and its myriad applications in the classroom include the following members: Director of Educational Technology, Andrew Kohl; District Information Systems Coordinator/Support Technician, Jeff Loppnow; Mobile Device Specialist, Barbara French; Technology Integration Specialist, Stacy Rich and Technology Integration Specialist, Anna Davis.

Update on Digital Writing in the Classrooms

During the October 5 Board of Education meeting, Director of Educational Technology, Andrew Kohl and Gifted Education teacher Robyn Kogan highlighted the summer curriculum review on writing and reading in a digital world.

They reflected on the benefits of enhanced digital texts, blogging, podcasting, video, digital storytelling, and writing for social media. While writing digitally or not, they stressed the importance of courtesy, communication, focus, scholarship and thinking.

“When we are talking about digital writing, we are still talking about writing,” said Mr. Kohl.

During the summer, fifth through eighth grade teachers explored genres of digital writing, and rubrics, identified digital writing mentor texts for students; and determined next steps. Advantages of digital expression were discussed.

They include encouraging genuine student voice; adding value to traditional literacy practices; demonstrating the writing process in many forms; extending the walls of the classroom; and building information literacy skills in students.

Challenges include keeping student writing authentic; balancing on-task writing with student choice; staying involved with every blog; and technical challenges.

Goals established during the review include continuing to grow blogging with students; introducing deeper digital texts with eighth graders; developing deeper relationship between digital and traditional writing; growing information literacy conversation; and exploring the possibilities of flipped learning.

Mr. Kohl and Ms. Kogan ended the presentation with a quote from author Troy Hicks, “Digital Writing is more than just a skill; it is a means of interfacing with ideas and with the world, a mode of thinking and expressing."

October 6, 2017

Dear D30 Family,

 

The Board of Education held a meeting on Thursday, October 5, 2017, and the following relevant items were discussed:

 

Special Recognitions
Thank you to Ms. Lynn Reimer and Mrs. Jillian Rathge for joining us to be recognized with this year’s Student Council Board Officers: Max Wadhwa, Ishrak Jalaluddin, Evan Uhlig, Peter Christos, Andrew Lee, Anastasia Bazianos, Sachin Patel and Casey McMenamin. They all did a fabulous job, and the Board of Education shared their appreciation for their service to Maple School and the community this year.
 
The Board of Education also recognized State Representative Elaine Nekritz for her fifteen years of service to our community and the State of Illinois. A special thank you to Michele Pollina for bringing red velvet cupcakes to celebrate Dr. Nate Carter’s birthday.
 
Draft 2018-2019 School Calendar
The Board of Education reviewed a draft calendar for the 2018-2019 School Year. After one more round of input from our Association Leaders and the PTO Presidents, we will finalize the calendar. As a reminder, our goal is to maximize the days of summer for 2019. Our current draft sets the last day of school on the calendar on May 31, 2019. I will send out the final calendar along with details when it is finalized on November 16.
 
Education Presentations
Thank you to Dr. Melissa Hirsch for her leadership in and help with putting together two Summer Curriculum Updates for our Board of Education:
 
Summer Curriculum Update - Digital Writing
Thank you to Andy Kohl and Robyn Kogan for highlighting writing and reading in a digital world for our Board of Education as they reflected on the benefits of enhanced digital texts, blogging, podcasting, video, digital storytelling, and writing for social media.
 
Summer Curriculum Update - Digital Writing
Thank you to Kery Obradovich, and Kristin Goss reviewed Practices, Core Ideas, and Cross-Cutting Themes that define NGSS. They also shared student work and engaged our Board in hands-on activities that demonstrated our continued work on K-5 science.
 
Both of these presentations provided a glimpse into District 30 classrooms. Well done!
 
Temporary Location for the District Office Determined
Construction on the new Maple School will begin this spring. The District Office is expected to be vacated and torn down in March of 2018. If we decide to build a new District 30 District Office on top of the current Maple School, we estimate that we will need a temporary location for a maximum of 20 months. Northbrook Bank and Trust Co. offered District 30 office space to lease with the use of a kitchen, conference room, and restrooms (at no extra charge). They have generated a dramatically reduced price for space and have incorporated a modest monthly payment back to District 30 that we can utilize within each school’s benevolence funds that support students in need. The Board has supported our temporary location on the second floor of Northview Bank and Trust Co. building at 245 Waukegan Road beginning by March 2018. Visit us after we move!
 
Thank you all for the late evenings and your commitment to our parents and students during parent-teacher conferences. Have a great weekend, and let me know if you have questions!
 
Warmly,
 
Brian

 

October 6, 2017

 

Dear District 30 Family,

 

As we wrap up a week that began with the incredible contrast of news of senseless violence in Las Vegas and the innocence in the eyes of our children reporting to our warm and caring schools, I want to take a moment to reflect. The events that continue to unfold in our country and world remind us of the call to action that we all share, which is best served by optimism and accepting responsibility for each other. I hope we each find ways to answer that call, reinforce our sense of security and safety, and remain comforted by the fact that we are surrounded by good people, and that the important work we do each day makes this world a better place.

 

Thank you for all you do for each other and our children, and have a wonderful weekend!
 

 

Warmly,

 

 Brian

Dr. Brian K. Wegley

Superintendent of Schools

 

Board Recognizes Elaine Nekritz as True Friend of District 30

Even though Elaine Nekritz just stepped down from her long-time post as State Representative of Illinois' 57th District; she will always retain her strong position as a true friend of Northbrook/Glenview School District 30. 

At the October 5 Board of Education meeting, President Chuck Gitles presented Ms. Nekritz with a plaque of recognition for her long-time support of the district.

Even as the majority of her time was spent in Springfield, her staunch support of schools was evident throughout the years at Maple, Wescott and Willowbrook Schools.

Dr. Brian Wegley spoke of the pleasure of working with her since he was a principal at Glenbrook South High School, and now, as Superintendent of District 30. Board President Chuck Gitles talked about her volunteerism at The Lew Blond Run, at Willowbrook's annual Pancake Breakfast, as well as her support of Maple's sports events.

"Thank you Elaine, for being a wonderful reference for the Board, when it came to understanding some state laws over the years," he said.

Dr. Wegley complimented Ms. Nekritz for "being very approachable and responsive throughout the years."

"The state truly needs more people like you. We cherish your friendship, " he added.

K-5 Science Summer Curriculum Update
 

 

At the October 5 Board of Education meeting, math and science teachers, Kery Obradovich, and Kristin Goss reviewed Practices, Core Ideas, and Cross-Cutting Themes that define Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that were reviewed in the summer. They also shared student work and engaged the Board in hands-on activities that demonstrated continued work on K-5 science.

Their presentation highlighted three dimensions of learning: practices (what students do), core ideas (what students know), and crosscutting (how students think). The elementary science curriculum engages students as scientists. Students investigate questions relevant to their lives. They build understanding of core ideas in science, as well as understanding and use of scientific practices in the areas of earth science, life science, physical science and engineering design.

In first grade physical science, pupils use tools and materials to design and build a device that uses light or sound to solve the problem of communicating over a distance. During second grade science, students experience earth science by comparing multiple solutions designed to slow or prevent wind or water from changing the shape of the land. Life science in first grade involves observations of similarities between young plants and animals, that are not exactly like their parents. They use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them grow and survive.

Second graders are introduced to life science, by making observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. They are asked to construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some plants/animals can survive well, some survive less well, and some perish.

Third grade life science involves constructing an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior and reproduction. Kids then construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.

In the future, the science teachers will be exploring local and global weather data and researching design solutions to reduce the impact of weather-related hazards. The will also look at dolphin communication, patterns of motion in wave, explore patterns, and develop models for sound wave, and examine human communication patterns. There will be opportunities to delve into the study of renewable/non-renewable energy resources, the environmental effects, and outside experts will be brought in to share their knowledge.

 

 District 30 Schools Rated Tops in Illinois by Niche.com!

We Are Proud of Our Schools! District 30's Wescott and Willowbrook Schools are rated in the top 60; and Maple School is in the top 25 of "Illinois Best Elementary and Middle Schools: 2018." Rankings by Niche.com. Released by Patch.com on September 13, 2017.

The 2018 Best Public Elementary and Middle Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and parents. More information on how ranking is obtained can be accessed at https://about.niche.com/data/


Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley's Latest Facility Update

Dr. Wegley recently shared plans on the building of the new Maple School with staff and PTOs. He reported that we will break ground this spring and look forward to occupying the new Maple School in the Fall of 2019. Keep up with the progress on our new Maple School through this website http://www.d30facilities.org/ 
 
This website includes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and the most recent design progress. Once construction begins, this site will include regular updates on progress. 
 
18th Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk is Scheduled for May 19, 2018
 
It's not too early to save the date for the 18th Annual Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run, which is scheduled to be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Maple School! This is District 30's largest fundraiser which supports research for Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS), high school scholarships and school projects! To be a volunteer in the race this year, contact Michelle Rosen at mrosen@district30.org. Find out more at lewblondrun.org