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

Celeberate the 100th Anniversary of the Glenview Bear on September 17

September 13, 2017

A Patriots Day assembly at Willowbrook School was held to remember the tragic events surrounding 9/11; and to thank the first responders in our lives who help keep everyone safe.

A Patriots Day assembly at Willowbrook School was held to remember the tragic events surrounding 9/11; and to thank the first responders in our lives who help keep everyone safe.

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 the Wescott PTO at their welcome meeting. 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.

 

 Board to Hold Budget Hearing on September 13

The Board of Education will host its annual budget hearing and business meeting at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 13 at Wescott School. The Board hosts its meetings at Wescott School in the fall; Willowbrook School in the winter; and Maple School in the spring and summer months.  For more information, contact Board secretary Michele Pollina at 847-498-4190.

On-Line Parent/Teacher Conference Sign-Up Begins September 13

School District 30’s on-line parent-teacher conference sign up for elementary grades will open on Wednesday, September 13 at 6 a.m. You can register for your parent-teacher conferences any time between 6 a.m. on Wednesday, September 13 and 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 22. The first set of conference will be scheduled as detailed below.

Walk to School Day 2017 Set for October 4

National Walk to School Day 2017 will be held on October 4. The annual celebration brings together students, families, school and community partners, and elected officials across the country to celebrate the benefits of walking to school. Go to District 30's websites, social media and Friday Flyers for more information, and to see how the schools will be participating this year! 

For more information about National Walk to School Day go to http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/

On-Line Parent/Teacher Conference Sign-Up Begins September 13

School District 30’s on-line parent-teacher conference sign up for elementary grades will open on Wednesday, September 13 at 6 a.m. You can register for your parent-teacher conferences any time between 6 a.m. on Wednesday, September 13 and 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 22. The first set of conference will be scheduled as detailed below.

October 5, 2017 - 4:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. October 12, 2017 - 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. October 13, 2017 - 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 

Celebrate The Glenview Bear's 100th Birthday on September 17

The Village of Glenview with the Glenview Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the 100th Birthday Bash in honor of it's Bear statue from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., on September 17 at the Jackman Park Gazebo.

Maple School's band with Director Mike Vecchio and Willowbrook School's choir will perform; and cake and refreshments will be served. There will also be  historical presentations and a reenactment of Edwin S. Jackman’s original dedication speech.

http://business.glenviewchamber.com/events/details/bear-100th-birthday-bash-7278

The History of the Glenview Bear

On September 15, 1917, the “Children’s Fountain” – more commonly known as the Bear statue – was unveiled and dedicated as a gift to the Village of Glenview. It has become a symbol of the community in many ways – from the early slogan “Hug the Bear” to becoming part of the official Village seal.
 
The 100th anniversary of that dedication can be a learning opportunity for your students, especially if a unit on local government is part of your curriculum.
 
A committee of representatives from the Village of Glenview, Glenview History Center, Glenview Public Library, Glenview Chamber of Commerce and Glenview Park District has been working this summer on a number of events to commemorate this centennial anniversary. They include:
·         A Glenview Public Library program on “History in the Making: Glenview 1917,” which looks at that momentous year in Glenview history and features local historian and author Beverly Dawson. The program is 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 12, in the Glenview Library community room, 1930 Glenview Road. (flyer attached)
·         The Bear Birthday Bash 100, which pays homage to the original dedication ceremony with speeches, entertainment and refreshments from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, September 17, at the Jackman Park gazebo.  (flyer attached)
·         Having students depict the contributions of the Bear statue to community character will be one of the options for this fall’s CHARACTER COUNTS! in Glenview poster and video contest. More details will be available when that contest is launched in late August.

Additionally, a dedicated web page with details and pictures of the Bear’s history has been set up at:
http://glenview.il.us/Pages/bear100.aspx. And GVTV is producing a program about the Bear that will air on cable channels 6 or 17 and ATT U-verse 99 PEG and be posted on YouTube in the beginning of September.
 
"We invite you to take advantage of the celebration of this unique Glenview landmark with your students. I’d be happy to assist or provide further information," said Lynne Stieffel, Village of Glenview's communications manager.

Character Counts! Poster and Video Contest Entries Due September 25

In conjunction with CHARACTER COUNTS! in Glenview’s annual fall poster contest, the organization is launching the fifth year of the video contest. Instead of posters, they are asking students in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades to create videos of between one and two minutes. New this year is the addition of the fifth grade to the video component. Kindergarten through fourth grades will continue to create posters.

Last year there were more than 100 uplifting and imaginative entries. 

Students in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades are being asked to create a one-to-two minute video that illustrates:  one or more of the Six Pillars of Character: trusworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship; or show how the 100-year old Jackman Park Bear contributes to the character of Glenview.

All this information can also be found on the Character Counts website at www.ccglenview.org. Also on the website is a 1-minute instructional video about the contest, which can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/xZrSeBJZFdA. And view the first four years of winning videos here: http://ccglenview.org/?page_id=87.

The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 25. First-, second- and third-place winners in two categories – 5th-6th and 7th-8th – will be recognized and awarded cash gift cards generously donated by the Kiwanis Club of Glenview-Northbrook at the Tuesday, October 17 Village Board of Trustees meeting.

A Birthday Celebration that is Totally Bearable!

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley Invites everyone to celebrate the 100th Birthday of Glenview's Bear on Sunday, September 17!

"I am looking forward to reenacting Glenview's 1917 Bear dedication ceremony with Maple School's band, students and staff. Join us!" he said. #D30learns

Willowbrook School Principal Scott Carlson also encourages Glenview residents to celebrate the Village Bear!

He said, "Mark your calendar - Bear 100th Birthday Bash at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, September 17. The Maple Band and Willowbrook Chorus will perform. @GlenviewChamber http://business.glenviewchamber.com/…/bear-100th-birthday-b… …"

There will also be a Glenview Public Library program on “History in the Making: Glenview 1917,” which looks at that momentous year in Glenview history and features local historian and author Beverly Dawson. The program is 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 12, in the Glenview Library community room, 1930 Glenview Road.

MAP Testing Runs through September 15

First through eighth graders are taking the NWEA MAP test from August 28-September 15. Students will be tested again in the spring.

MAP, or the Measure of Academic Progress, is a computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child's academic growth.

For more information about MAP go to https://www.nwea.org/map-growth/ or contact Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Melissa Hirsch at 847-498-4190.

 
Preschool Screening Schedule for 2017-2018

District 30's preschool screening process is held at Willowbrook School, and is designed to identify preschool age children (3-5 years old) who may benefit from special education support prior to kindergarten. Five developmental areas are included in the screening: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal-social. Preschool screening dates for 2017-2018 are as follows: Thursday, September 28, 2017; Thursday, November 16, 2017; Thursday, January 25, 2018; and Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Love, Acceptance and Kindness is Focus at Teacher Institute Day One

On August 21, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian K. Wegley kicked-off the Teacher Institute Days with a hearty welcome, stating that he is looking forward to a wonderful school year. He stressed that this district stands for love, acceptance and kindness, and that he feels so very fortunate to work with District 30 schools: Maple, Wescott and Willowbrook.

Dr. Wegley stated that, this year the District is concentrating heavily on two Board of Education goals. The first is to strengthen child-centered learning experiences while executing (delivering, implementing) rigorous instruction' and coherent educational programs. The second is to ensure District 30 facilities possess the capacity to support our evolving and emerging programs and contribute to optimal educational experiences. With a new Maple School looming in the district's future (Fall, 2019), administrators are making sure that curriculum and facilities are in alignment.

To date, there are 1,132 students enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year; and new residents are still walking in the administrative office each day!

Dr. Wegley added that "Education is a message we send to the future, and our greatest hope for the world we want to see."

Board Vice President Ursula Sedlak spoke to the audience about Board goals, and complimented the teachers on their excellence. She cited examples of alumni that come back (even many) years later to expound on the District 30 teachers who had made such a difference in their lives.

Education Association President Talia Block welcomed everyone and introduced the chairs. Vice President is David Karnoscak; secretary is Sarah Arends; and treasurer/membership is Jackie Ruf.

Building Principals introduced new staff and warmly welcomed them into the midst.

"Wonder Woman", Dr. Melissa E. Hirsch, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, swooped in, dressed to conquer the educational world, in a Wonder Woman costume, replete with bracelets, cape and crown.

She held up the new book "Be A Star, Wonder Woman!" which her daughter picked out at the book store this past summer.  She expounded on the virtues of the book that were inspiring. Some of the powerful messages include "Face each challenge head on. Be Kind. Be Brave. Be Honest. Be Strong. Be Prepared."

"A Hero must be strong. She must never give up. Never quit."

One of the books' messages revolved around how to restore peace, and being kind was the first suggestion. Dr. Hirsch will be reading this book to Sharon Latek's first graders at Wescott on Thursday, August 24. She will be wearing her full costume.

She also reviewed the Summer Curriculum work that was completed by staff, and commended them for their time and effort. Curriculum work included SCIP, Wellness, PERA, Social Studies, NGSS, ELA, Civic Action, World Language and Digital Writing.

Check out District 30's Facebook page to view hundreds of photos of the Teacher Institute Kick-off day! https://www.facebook.com/ngsd30?fref=ts

PTO's Welcome Back Luncheons Pair Well with Solar Eclipse on August 21

On August 21, Maple, Wescott and Willowbrook School PTOs hosted Welcome Back to School luncheons for staff members on the same day as the solar eclipse!

Wescott School's PTO even boasted a solar eclipse luncheon theme! After welcomes from the principals, teachers went outside with their official solar eclipse glasses and checked out the sky.

Although the clouds played peek-a-boo with the sun and the moon, everyone was able to experience the solar eclipse.

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley even managed to get to all the schools to share the eclipse with staff.

Board President Chuck Gitles Interviewed by NBC News during Eclipse

Watch our own Board President Chuck Gitles with son Brandon, being interviewed in Kentucky, prior to today's solar eclipse. The rest of the family was in the car, preferring not to be interviewed. Click the link below to watch the interview!

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10159702162950725&id=57138815724

District 30 Welcomes New Teachers

New teacher induction workshops, led by Nadine Lee, learning enhancement coordinator for the district's professional development program, were held from August 16-18. District 30's professional development program provides seasoned mentor teachers to new educators in the district throughout the year.

On August 16, Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley introduced the new teachers to administrators and office staff in the district office. They were warmly welcomed and given a thorough job description of each staff member. On August 17, they will take a bus tour through the Northbrook and Glenview communities.

District 30 prides itself on a comprehensive, jDob-embedded professional development program for all faculty. Opportunities for learning are offered in a variety of formats, including monthly Half-Day School Improvement sessions. For more information, go to http://www.district30.org/acad…/Professional-Development.cfm

District 30 Kids Welcome New Staff with Smiles and Lemonade

The lemon yellow First Student school bus was parked in front of District 30's administration offices on August 17. Contrary to its name, it should have said "First Teachers," because it ended up taking new staff on the traditional tour through Glenview and Northbrook, to help them become familiar with the area in which they would be working each day.

The bus tour took place during the second day of teacher induction workshops, led by Nadine Lee, learning enhancement coordinator for the district's professional development program. 

Accompanying the teachers on the tour were Principals Dr. Nate Carter (Maple School), Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf (Maple School), Scott Carlson (Willowbrook School), and Chris Brown (Wescott School). 

They provided vital information about the communities and the schools, as well as "Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday at La Taquiza Restaurant on Shermer Road!" This is also Mr. Carlson's favorite restaurant.

The first stop on the tour was at Wescott School first grade teacher, Sharon Latek's house; where a group of students with "Welcome to Wescott" signs, served lemonade and cookies to the teachers after they exited the bus.

The last stop was at a lemonade stand by Willowbrook School, where a gaggle of students handed out cups of the sweet pink liquid to the group. Their stand was set-up not only to quench the thirsts of the new employees; they were also raising money for a "No Bullying" charity. 

New teacher Dena Kelly, who will be teaching third grade at Willowbrook, said that she is so happy to be at District 30. She added that she has only heard the very best things about the schools, staff and kids.

 
 
Board of Education Tours Schools, Then Gets Down to Business!

“The schools are in order and refreshed, and the teachers have been busy setting up their rooms this week. The only thing missing is our kids!" said Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley, after he toured Wescott and Willowbrook Schools on August 10, with Board of Education members, administrators and Director of Buildings and Grounds, Don Zabski.

The group went to the elementary schools to view life safety work and upgrades that were accomplished over the summer.  Both schools boast new doors. Wescott's library has been thoroughly updated and improved, with easy access book shelves, a new white board and storage cabinets. The school underwent some tuck pointing; and Principal Chris Brown said that a GaGA Ball Pit will be installed at the playground, courtesy of the Wescott PTO. 

At Willowbrook School, Principal Scott Carlson showed everyone the newly-installed doors. Sound proofing panels, courtesy of the PTO,  were installed in the multi-purpose room, where the children eat lunch every day.  He beckoned everyone to view the teacher’s lounge, which includes new cabinetry, furniture and refrigerators. A flat screen television will be delivered soon. He commended the excellent work of his secretary Mary Jean Fetzer and PTO members:  Melissa Carr, Brooke Miller and Nicole Abraham, for their herculean efforts in getting the teacher’s lounge transformed in a short time.

During the Board of Education meeting, the tentative budget was approved for the 2017-2018 school year.  Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, Dale Falk presented the budget to the board in detail. There will be a budget hearing at 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, September 13 at Wescott School, during the regular business meeting. 

Board members also approved the new District 30 Handbook, which is readily accessible at 

No more paper directories! Director of Educational Technology, Andrew Kohl showed board members the brand new app for District 30’s student directory, which will be available online, for the first time this year!  He stated that it will save the district time and paper, resulting in lower cost of production. Watch for the 2017-2018 student directory in the near future at www.district30.org

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley gave an enrollment update. He stated that currently there are1,115 students enrolled at Maple, Wescott and Willowbrook Schools. He projects that there will be about 1,135 students after all of the registrations are complete for this year. 
 
 
 

Left to right, front row: New 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.

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

These areas will be assessed after your child has passed a hearing and vision screening. The developmental screening takes about one hour to complete and is conducted by the school district’s speech-language pathologist, psychologist, occupational therapist, social worker, and school nurse. Parents are encouraged to stay with their child throughout the screening.

To verify District 30 residency and make an appointment for a screening, please call Mary Lynn Petty at 847-400-8964. For more information about preschool screenings, please contact Lauren Schulman, the District 30 Director of Student Services, at 847-498-4190.

New Sodexo Lunch Payment System in Place

District 30 has shifted the lunch payment system from e~Funds to K12PaymentCenter. All student account balances have been automatically transferred to the new program.