District 30 NEWS: Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley Elected to National Suburban School Superintendents Organization

Last Day of Summer School was July 13

July 13, 2018

Dr. Brian Wegley Elected to National Suburban School Superintendents Organization

Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian K. Wegley was recently elected to the New Hampshire-based organization of the Suburban School Superintendents (SSS). An individual must be nominated by his/her peers to be elected to this organization, which is limited to 150 active superintendents from prominent suburban school districts throughout the nation. Dr. Wegley was nominated by Northbrook School District 27 Superintendent, Dr. David Kroeze and former (1970-1994) Glenview School District 34 Superintendent, Dr. William Attea. 
Founded 50 years ago, SSS’s purpose is "to improve the quality of educational opportunities, programs, and services for children, staff, and parents in the member districts.” This is accomplished by pooling ideas and information from its membership, through regular meetings and informal contacts throughout the school year.  
"Dr. Wegley’s nomination and election bespeak the high regard in which he is held as a school district leader, regionally and in the county at large,” stated SSS's Executive Secretary Charles W. Fowler, in a letter dated June 1, 2018.

During a business meeting held on June 14, District 30’s Board of Education congratulated and commended Dr. Wegley for his nomination to SSS. The annual meeting of SSS members will be held November 7-10, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee, where there will be a reception for all new members.

Last Day of Summer School was July 13

The last day of District 30 Summer School was July 13 at Willowbrook School, and a field day was held throughout the morning! Three hundred and forty-eight district students attended this year. The plans are to hold Summer School next year at Willowbrook, as well.

"The district is fortunate to have wonderful teachers and staff who furthered enrichment and/or added fun and adventure for the kids who attended this very popular program!" said Summer School Principal Ashley Grosshuesch.

At the July 12 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley commended Summer School Principal Eleni Lamson, Ashley Grosshuesch, Assistant Principal Katie Peterson, Secretary Nancy Lifshitz, and nurse Debra Loftis for their leadership, and all of the teachers who played a role in supporting District 30's Summer School. He also expressed great appreciation to Principal Scott Carlson and the Willowbrook staff "for hosting this valuable program, as Maple construction continues."

Summer School Kids Dive into Social Service

Every Friday four weeks, District 30’s Service Learning Summer School class with teacher Leora Kurtz, set-up a Lemonade Stand with cookies and teacher Lynn Reimer’s "famous brownies," which were for sale to raise funds for for the Fear? Not! Fist Bumps Foundation, that provides gifts to children fighting cancer.

The foundation was initiated by Trish and Dave Palzet, whose son Noah is fighting cancer. Trish is also second grade teacher at Wescott School. The class raised $861.51 for Fist Bumps and presented the check to the Palzets on July 12, on the last day of Summer School at Willowbrook.

The funds will provide four sick children with special gifts to help support them, while they undergo cancer treatments at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Over the five-week period, the students in the Service Learning class also made eight blankets for Project Linus, donated and sorted 150 books at Bernie’s Book Bank, collected and donated 50 food items to the Northfield Township Food Pantry, where they worked for a total of eight hours.

The second week of Summer School they went to Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville and packed enough food to feed 85 needy children. In addition, they found time to write letters to a struggling teenager, 30 letters to service men and women, and spent four hours with young reading buddies.

On the last day of Summer School, which was July 13, the class also presented a handmade "Thank-You" card to the Summer School and Willowbrook School staff for their wonderful support of their fundraising activities.

The staff includes Willowbrook Principal Scott Carlson, office staff Mary Jean Fetzer, Anne Baker, and custodian Pablo Astudillo, with Summer School Principals Eleni Lamson, Ashley Grosshuesch, Assistant Principal Katie Petersen, and Secretary Nancy Lifshitz.

The class list of Maple Summer Service Learning class kids included the following: Megan Dunbar, Ella Flamm, Sarah Hart, Samantha Katz, Sophia Santos, Mimi Solomon, Karishma Thykatti and Nathan Trossman.

Summer School Open House and Assembly Held on July 3

District 30's families received a warm welcome when they attended the Summer School Open House on Tuesday, July 3. This was followed by an Independence Day assembly, where Assistant Principal Ashley Grosshuesch welcomed Assistant Superintendent Dr. Melissa Hirsch, the children, families, and staff members in attendance. 

The Summer School band, orchestra and ukelele classes performed for the audience. This was followed by class presentations by Mini Camp, Children's Theater, Hip Hoppin' Health, Cheer!, and Summer Musical. 

In addition, the Service Learning class with Leora Kurtz, gave an update on their activities, which include weekly bake sale fundraisers and a raffle to help support the Fear? Not! Fist Bumps charity for kids struggling with cancer. This foundation was initiated by Wescott School teacher Trish Palzet, whose son Noah is currently fighting cancer.

The group also made eight blankets for Project Linus, volunteered six hours at the Northfield Township Pantry, wrote nine letters of hope to a struggling teen in Texas, held a food and book drive, wrote letters to service men and women, and worked at Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville. Their efforts fed 85 needy children worldwide. 

The art classes provided the decorations for the gymnasium during the assembly. They featured flags, self-portraits, and fireworks. 

Teacher Alan Hirsch produced a video montage, which was shown at the conclusion of the assembly.

District 30 Tech Educator Gains Valuable Knowledge at Annual ISTE Conference

Because District 30 educators pride themselves on being lifelong learners, it is always interesting to get "field reports" on how teachers are spending their summers away from the classroom!

Technology Integration Specialist, Stacy Rich recently expressed her enthusiasm while attending the International Society for Technology in Education's (ISTE's) annual conference, "ISTE 2018”, which was held at McCormick Place, Chicago during the week of June 24-27 #ISTE18

ISTE was organized to help educators worldwide to use technology to solve tough problems in education. Its' mission is to bring the world to the classroom and to transform learning and teaching.

Ms. Rich said that she met new friends, and learned more about SeeSaw Connect and Minecraft, which supports "critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, and math. "

"I am improving positive connections to material that increases retention of knowledge," she said.

"While I was helping out at the SeeSaw booth #Seesaw, I made even more contacts!" added Ms. Rich.

District 30 Board Approves Revised School Calendar on June 14

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A revised School Calendar was approved for the 2018-2019 school year, at District 30’s Board of Education meeting, which was held on June 14. Changes to the calendar include the following items:

•The revised calendar now expands the parent-teacher conference timeline. There will be more time slots for parents to meet with teaching staff from between 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. This was aligned with Northfield Township’s Model, which takes into consideration an educator’s time and ultimate well-being.

•This year there will be no student attendance on Thursday, October 18, 2018 and Thursday, February 7, 2019.

•Built-in Emergency Days were removed.

•The last day of attendance was shifted to Thursday, May 30. The last day of student attendance at Maple School will be Wednesday, May 29, to prepare for the move to the new Maple School.

Breaks remain unchanged: Winter recess will begin December 24, 2018 and school will resume on Monday, January 7, 2019. Spring recess begins on Monday, March 25, 2019, and school resumes on April 1, 2019.

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley's Board of Education Update

The June 14 Board of Education meeting included the following relevant items:

Revised 2018-19 School Calendar

The Board approved a revised 2018-19 School Calendar

    *Expands the parent-teacher conference timeline by providing more time slots for parents to meet with teaching staff with a full-day of conferences from 12:00 - 8:00 p.m. on October 18th, 2018 & February 7th, 2019. There will be no student attendance on these days.

    *Removes the built-in emergency day.

    *Shifts the last day of attendance to Thursday, May 30th with the last day of student attendance at Maple School on Wednesday, May 29th to facilitate packing of the building.

View revised calendar at

Food Services Recommendation

Read all about Quest Food Management Services, Inc. at

The Board of Education approved a three-year contract with Quest Food Management Services, Inc. to be District 30’s new food services provider. The process of selecting a new food services management company began approximately a year ago and involved parents, staff, and board members. Last night’s Board action supported a recommendation from a committee I appointed to review recent proposals received by the district.  After conducting interviews, site visits, and reference checks, Quest emerged as the best match for our district. We look forward to beginning a new partnership in the fall.

Superintendent’s Report

I summarized a wonderful school year that included another year of learning and care for our students, the design of and beginning of construction of our new Maple School, the relocation of the District Office, the successful generation of a new four-year contract with our Education Association, and so much more. We had another fabulous year and continue to benefit from and add to this great place for our students to grow up!

Discussion/Information Items

The Board enjoyed its annual Student Services Update from Ms. Lauren Schulman that included an English Language Learner activity the captured the challenges our second language learners overcome regularly in District 30.

Summer School is Underway at Willowbrook School

The first day of District 30's Summer School program featured cloudy skies; however, the 350 students attending classes had bright smiles on their faces, which complemented this year's t-shirt logo, a sunny smiley face touting the theme "An Adventure in Learning."

This year District 30's Summer School program is being held from June 12-July 13 at Willowbrook School, 2500 Happy Hollow Road, Glenview. Due to the construction of the new Maple School, it was prudent to change the location this year.

The pupils are participating in a smorgasbord of classes: Music, art, mini-camp for preschoolers, reading, science, mathematics, English Language Learning, yoga, theater, technology/coding, cheer, dance, newspaper, storytelling, cooking, chess, gardening, sign language, crime scene investigation (CSI), service learning, fitness, sports, Spanish, and more.

Summer School runs from 8:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m., from Tuesday, June 12-Friday, July 13. There will be a Summer School Open House on Tuesday, July 3. There will be no Summer School on Wednesday, July 4, due to the Independence Day holiday.

For more information, contact Summer School secretary Nancy Lifshitz at 847-498-1090. The Principal is Eleni Lamson, Assistant Principals are Ashley Grosshuesch and Katie Petersen. The Summer School nurse is Debra Loftus.

Board of Education Summer Schedule Set

The Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 and Thursday, August 9

There is a Board of Governance review at The Grove's Redfield Estate at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 18. For more information, contact Board Secretary Michele Pollina at 847-498-4190.

New Maple School is Growing Up Fast!

Keep up with the progress of our new Maple School through this website This website includes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and the most recent design progress.

Lew Blond Run Unifies Community for Great Cause for 18 Years

Read the latest 22nd Century Media article by Neil Milbert about The Lew Blond Run at
Although Maple School teacher Lew Blond lost his battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) 19 years ago, his memory continues to inspire the District 30 community to fight for a cure for this cruel disease, which usually affects people between the ages of 40-70 years old.
Approximately 20,000 American have ALS at any given time, and over 6,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year.
The first Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run was initiated in 2000 to raise funds for ALS research in Lew's memory, to support high school scholarships at District 225, and to be used for special school projects at District 30. 

However, no one could have predicted the success of this fundraiser, which just concluded its 18th year supporting ALS research through the Les Turner ALS Foundation in Skokie. Over $500,000 has been donated to the Foundation for ALS research and to the Stu Rosen Transportation Fund since 2000. 

At the 18th Annual Lew Blond Run, which was held on May 19 at Maple School, ALS patient Patti Greer was participating in a purple racing wheelchair with her family and a thousand plus other people. 

However, it was the mother of two's look of strength and determination on her face, and the genuine smiles for the cameras throughout the morning that was an true inspiriation.
Lew Blond's family was also in attendance: Mariette Blond, his 93-year-old mother, sister Barbara Blond, and wife Therese Blond Davis.

After the awards were handed out by Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley and Maple Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf, Ms. Greer spoke to the audience.

"Words can't express the gratitude I feel for all of the support that you have given to ALS research all of these years. Thank you so very much for being a part of this family and this fight for a cure for ALS!" she said.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Wegley stated, "I continue to feel blessed to be a part of this caring district and community and am inspired by the passion and investment of this cause that continues to be a unifying community event!"

Lew Blond Executive Committee chair Dr. Nate Carter expressed his appreciation by saying, "This race is a wonderful example of true team effort and what happens when good people get together for a worthy purpose. Success!"
The team of support for the Lew Blond Run year-after-year includes District 30 administrators, staff members, community volunteers, and generous sponsors! 

A Heartfelt Thank You to the Sponsors of the 18th Lew Blond Run: Whiltehall of Deerfield Healthcare Center (Ashley Delaney), The Dolins Group, Ltd., Jet International, Friedman and Huey, The Glenview State Bank, World Strides, GoGo Squeez, District 30 staff, Costco Wholesale, BodyArmor Super Drink, Dunkin Donuts, Anthony Rocco's Collision, BG, Blond Family, Carter Crew, David Abraham, Elements Massage, Eye Level of Northbrook, Factory Motor Parts, Monster Entertainment, Sanders Hardware Supply, Inc., Tint World, Wegley Family, and Wildfire, Glenview.
Congratulations to the winners of the 18th Annual Lew Blond Run!

View race results at

5K First Place for Men - Steffan Uhrich
5K Second Place for Men - Ben Schmeckpeper

5K First Place for Women -Nancy Werner
5K Second Place for Men - Emily Azari

1 Mile Run Winners were Niko Via and Ryan Carr

View hundreds of photos of the Lew Blond Run at


Groundbreaking Ceremonies Take Place on April 5 for the New Maple School

If the west Maple School gymnasium was a person and could express emotions, it would have been bursting with pride on April 5, when the official groundbreaking assembly and ceremony took place for the new Maple School. Instead it was “bursting with” Board of Education members, administrators, students, staff, village leaders, community members, former Board members, teachers, administrators, the architectural team from ARCON and Associates, Nicholas & Associates Construction, and of course, Manny the Mascot! 

Poised between towers of blue-and-orange balloons (Maple’s colors) and the symphonic band, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Wegley proudly stated, "This is a historic event for District 30, as we officially begin to realize a new innovative, flexible, and responsible Maple School that has been designed by our District 30 Family through hard work by our Board, administrative team, staff, students, and members of our community!”

Kicking off the ceremony, Maple Principal Dr. Nate Carter welcomed eighth grader/Student Council President Sachin Patel and the color guard, as everyone recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the Star Spangled Banner accompanied by band director Mike Vecchio and the symphonic band! He thanked everyone for coming to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Maple School.

The following individuals and groups were thanked and honored for their support: Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 Board of Education members: Board President and Maple School graduate Mr. Chuck Gitles, Board Vice President Mrs Mrs. Ursula Sedlak, Board members Mrs. Nancy Artz, Mr. Keith Karchmar, Mr. Ihab Riad, Mrs. Beth Shabelman, and Mr. Jeff Zuercher. Others recognized were the District 30’s Administrative Team: Mrs. Betty Holzkopf, Dr. Melissa Hirsch, Mr. Dale Falk, Mr. Andy Kohl, Ms. Lauren Schulman, Mrs. Nadine Lee, Mr. Chris Brown, and Mr. Don Zabski.

Local dignitaries included Northbrook Village President Ms. Sandy Frum, Northbrook Village Manager Mr. Rich Nahrstadt, State Representative Mr. Jonathan Carroll, Ms. Shiva Mohsenzadeh from State Representative Laura Fine’s Office, State Senator Mrs. Julie Morrison, Northfield Township’s Ms. Jill Brickman, Northbrook Library Director Ms. Katie Hall, and Glenview Park District Director Mr. Mike McCartney.

Also present were former Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 Board members: Mrs. Karen Roloff, Mr. Scott Margolin, and Mr. Carlo Cavallero; as well as former Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 Administrators: Maple Principal, Mr. Steven Waitz, and former Administrative Assistant to Dr. Wegley, Sam Friedman.

"We would also like to express our appreciation to our architectural team from ARCON and Associates: Mr. Rick Cozzi, Mr. Jeff Huck, Mrs. Erin Miller, Mr. Chris Killinger, Ms. Lisa Martin, and Mr. Dakota Betts, and our construction managers from Nicholas & Associates: Mr. Nicholas Papanicholas, Jr., Mr. Jeff Zurlinden, Mr. Steve Hayes, and Mr. Joe Minalga,” he added.

Superintendent Dr. Wegley summarized, "What is best for our students always remains at the center of our decision making. This effort began with input from students and staff, to ARCON, who formulated a Master Facility Plan. The work generated options that were finalized by a Steering Committee and analyzed by a Citizen’s Task Force."

The referendum effort was led by a community advocacy committee that included Jeff St. John, Pat Dunbar, David Abraham, Carlo Cavallaro, Ashley Delaney, Joanna Kaplan, and so many more! The results of these efforts led to support of this new facility that will serve countless students into the future, with a nearly 76% yes vote on a referendum presented to the community last spring.

Dr. Wegley continued to thank countless individuals and groups for their support, adding that the district could not have succeeded without the help of neighbors the Village of Northbrook, La Salceda del Norte, District 225, and Glenbrook North High School.

“Our mission in this work has been to align our facility vision with our educational vision. We are so excited. With the input from so many, the guidance of our architects at ARCON, and our construction managers from Nicholas, we will see our vision take shape before our eyes over the next 17 months. We can’t wait for our students and staff to benefit from this new facility!” Dr. Wegley concluded.

Next, as a former Maple alumnus, whose child attends (and two whom attended) District 30 schools, Board of Education President Chuck Gitles spoke about the past and future of Maple School.

"I estimate that over 12,000 students have been through this building since it was built over 65 years ago. I know that for a few of today's students that number includes your older brothers and sisters. I also know that for some of you, that includes your parents, as well."

"There’s a lot of history and memories in this building. But while we are constructing a new building, we are not building a new school. A school is not just a physical structure. It’s everything that happens within that structure. It’s the students, the teachers, the staff, and the traditions. Most importantly, it is the life-long friendships we've made and the memories shared. Those things are not tied to a structure, they are tied to the people who are a part of it." 

"Maple School will always be Maple School. It will always be your Maple School. And no matter what the building looks like, you and everyone who ever went to school here will always be are a part of it. You all have created the culture that makes Maple School, and District 30 as a whole, a destination for outstanding education that this community demands."

He concluded, "One of you looking at me right now is going to be the first student in the new building on the first day of class. Your Board of Education is so excited to start a new chapter in the long history of Maple School."

At the conclusion of the assembly, Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf and Principal Dr. Nate Carter chose 12 students randomly to participate in the breaking of the ground for the new Maple School. They included: sixth graders: Declan Noyes, Rachel Florek, Dylan Azizi, Maia Abrahams; seventh graders Noah Kaufman, Vivian Wang, Rohan Mitra, Annalise Pappas; and eighth graders  Zachary Donatello, Melanie Baczweski, Sloan Greenfield, and Andrew Marasco.

Everyone was invited to grab a shovel, pose for a photo, and participate in the groundbreaking behind the west gym of Maple School.  Now, as Board President Chuck Gitles said at the conclusion of his speech, “Let’s get to it!”

The new Maple School is scheduled to open its doors in the fall of 2019.

Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley is pictured at the April 5 new Maple School groundbreaking ceremony that took place on April 5. He proudly stated, "This is a historic event for District 30, as we officially begin to realize a new innovative, flexible, and responsible Maple School.

Watch Maple School Groundbreaking Video!

Below are links to a video for the full groundbreaking ceremony. It was a special day for students, staff and community alike. Enjoy it with us. For ongoing information about the facilities project, please follow our progress at, Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley's Blog and our Facebook Page.

In addition, here is a message from Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley, "Thank you to Mr. Andrew Kohl for capturing our April 5 groundbreaking ceremony below ( …) and  to Mr. Kitt Kopach for putting together a short video of the wonderful event ( …). It was especially meaningful to include 12 Maple student representatives!" #d30learns

Maple School Update

From Maple School Principal Dr. Nate Carter and Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf: "We are excited to have the first phase of our new Maple School underway! We do not anticipate any construction traffic during drop off and pick up times, although we ask that you remain cautious during these high traffic times of the day.

Sidewalks along Sherman as well as those on our Maple campus will remain accessible. Fencing has been placed around the entire construction area and will stay in place until completion." Should you have any questions, please contact Nate Carter at 847-400-8905.

Bike Racks Have Been Relocated

"If your student will be riding their bike to school, we have relocated the bike racks to the courtyard area just east of the Maple front entrance. Please remind your student to walk with their bike on Maple campus sidewalks to avoid any problems."

Construction is Underway on Techny and Western Roads

Wescott School Principal Chris Brown reports, "Traffic is only flowing south and will remain this way for the rest of the school year. As students return on Tuesday, April 3, parents should plan accordingly so that they are entering Wescott from the north.

Those who typically head north on Techny to get to Wescott will be unable to do so. Use Fieldwood Road, which is just west of the Techny/Western intersection. Then take Farnsworth east and turn right (south) on Western. Parents will be able to enter the parking lot. As parents leave at the end of the day, they will have to turn right (south) as well."

Read more about the construction at the Village of Northbrook's Western Avenue Water Main and Street Conversion Project website at

"Thank you to all families, for having patience and thoughtfulness during this construction period," added Mr. Brown.

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District 30 Board member Nancy Artz, Northview Banks’ Rich Rushkewicz and Chief Executive Officer Doug Boersma, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian K. Wegley, hold the check which represented a donation to the schools’ Benevolent Funds on behalf of the bank.

District 30 Offices Relocate and Receive Warm Reception from Northview Bank in Northfield

Beginning on March 16, 2018, District 30’s Administration Offices’ moved to its temporary location (for the next 18-20 months) on the second floor of the Northview Bank and Trust Co. building at 245 Waukegan Road, Northfield, IL. Although the physical address has changed, the mailing address of the District 30’s Administration Offices will remain 2374 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL 60062. 

During a welcome reception held by Northview Bank on March 14, bank representatives Rich Rushkewicz and Doug Boersma presented a check to the district for the schools’ Benevolent Funds. Superintendent Dr. Brian Wegley, with Board of Education member Nancy Artz, expressed his appreciation and enthusiastically thanked the Northbrook Bank & Trust Co. for their generosity and warm welcome.