Monday, May 13, 2013
Niles North and Niles West high schools raised the money for Rustic Falls Nature Camp, a camp for underserved and special needs children, as well as children cancer survivors.
Information provided by Niles Township High School District 219. A scooter ride through Niles West, sporting event and concert tickets, restaurant and shopping gift certificates, and cookies baked by a favorite teacher were just a few of the sought-after items that Niles Township High School District 219 teachers, staff and students donated for the schools’ tBay auction recently. Like the items offered by online auction giant eBay, many unusual and popular objects or experiences were on sale. A stack of 20 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Sold! A primo locker location next year? Sold! Prom tickets and a limo? Of course, that sold! All in all, the fifth annual tBay brought in close to $6,000 for this year’s School Chest beneficiary, …
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Niles Township High School District 219 student was recently featured on Chicago Tonight.
Niles North High School junior Allegra Rosenberg was recently featured on Chicago Tonight as part of the program's look at how social media is changing the model for music distribution, and how teens with unusual passions like Rosenberg are making their mark. Rosenberg is a YouTube sensation, writing and performing songs about the things that appeal to her. Her hit “Say Hello,” about an episode of Doctor Who that was penned by Neil Gaiman, a best-selling novelist, prompted Gaiman to tweet, “took me 3 years of scribbling and rewrites to make 45 minutes of Dr. Who, summed up in 2:29 by a smart girl with a ukulele.”
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
John Kretsos, a chemistry teacher at Niles Township High School District 219, is one of the 32 finalists for the teaching excellence award.
Niles North High School teacher John Kretsos is among the 32 finalists for the 2013 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching at the high school level, according to a press release. Kretsos, a chemistry teacher at District 219, was selected from a pool of 510 nominations. Each Golden Apple Award recipient receives a tuition-free, six-month sabbatical to study at Northwestern University, as well as a $3,000 cash award. Golden Apple teachers also become Fellows of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, providing a stronger voice and a larger stage from which to make an impact, through ongoing professional development and engagement in education reform, such as the mentoring of future teachers through Golden Apple’s Scholars program, …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Niles Township High School District 219 students created an app that feature breaking news, sports and more.
Looking for up-to-the-minute news about Niles North High School? There’s an app for that—the northstarnews app, created by three students in a video game programming class at the Niles Township High School District 219 school. Created by An Nguyen, Michio Tsukamoto and Farhan Noormohammed, the app features breaking news, features, sports, editorials, and other information available on the northstarnews.org website, in a portable, readable format. There’s even a puzzle game, “Fill the Vikings.” The app is available for free in the Apple App Store or Android Market. “We started working on the project in November and finished in late February,” Noormohammed said. “The hardest part was getting it to be as fast as it is.” The students …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Niles West High School art students are competing for a chance to win $50,000 for the school’s art program.
Four pairs of customized Vans shoes designed by Niles Township High School District 219 art students are currently on display at the Central Suburban League Art Show in Highland Park. Niles West High School students Beata Soltys, Barbara Mageira, Nicole Neinow and Jessica Pham customized the shoes as part of Vans’ Custom Culture contest where high school students across the U.S. compete for a chance to win $50,000 for their school’s art program. Schools received four pairs of blank Vans sneakers and students were invited to customize the shoes into four themes, art, music, action sports and local flavor. Niles West students will wait to see if they are included in the group of 50 semifinalists. Public online voting will begin on April 22…
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Niles Township High School District 219 has appointed Antwan Babakhani as Niles West High School’s new assistant principal of student services.
Current Niles West High School Dean Antwan Babakhani has been promoted to be the school’s new assistant principal of student services starting July 1, according to a press release. Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education made the appointment during its Tuesday night meeting. Babakhani will succeed Dr. Jason Ness, who will become Niles West’s principal. "Antwan is a student-centered educator whose exemplary work as a classroom teacher, assistant principal for curriculum and instruction and dean make him the ideal candidate to lead the Student Services Department in ensuring positive academic and social-emotional outcomes for all of our students at Niles West High School,” Ness said in a statement. Babakhani joined …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Niles North High School sophomore D'Angelo Oberto was named Top Speaker in the junior varsity division.
Wednesday, March 13
Information provided by Niles Township High School District 219. The Niles North High School Debate Team competed at the Illinois Debate Coaches Association Novice/JV State Tournament last week. Niles North Head Debate Coach Katie Gjerpen reported, “I am very excited to share that this was our most successful tournament to date!” In the Junior Varsity division, sophomore D’Angelo Oberto was named Top Speaker out of 74 students. In addition, he won a scholarship to a summer debate institute. He selected the seven-week Hoya-Spartan Scholars Institute, where he will spend three weeks at Georgetown University and four weeks at Michigan State University. Leelabari Fulbel was named sixth speaker, Luc Walkington was named 11th speaker and …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Seventy artists from Niles Township High School District 219 were recognized for their creativity in the visual and literary arts.
The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, an organization that identifies teens with exceptional literary and artistic talents, recently recognized 70 artists from Niles Township High School District 219. Teens in grades 7 through 12 took part in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. The award offers students the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. Past notable winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates. Gold Key Winners Gold Key winners achieved the highest level of recognition on the regional level and their work is sent to compete on a national level for …
Friday, July 13, 2012
The recent departure of former Chief Financial Officer Paul O'Malley has paved the way for a new CFO at School District 219.
Friday, July 13, 2012
From the community ~ The Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education appointed Kristine Rull the district’s new Chief Financial Officer at its July 9 meeting. Rull has more than 20 years’ experience in financial and operations management in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Rull was most recently Senior Vice President and Director of Specialized Markets at Urban Partnership Bank in Chicago, which is recognized for its commitment to community development banking, according to the school district. She also served as Chief Operating Officer for Three Arts Club in Chicago, a non-profit gallery and residence for women in the arts. Rull served Bank One (formerly First National Bank of Chicago) in a number of roles …
Monday, May 14, 2012
As reported by Patch earlier, about 300 high school students don't take lunch, but take more classes instead. Now, board members are looking to require students take "four years of lunch" before graduating.
Students at Niles North and Niles West high schools could be required to take a scheduled lunch period if a proposed policy change in Niles Township High School District 219 moves forward. The proposal would mean that students could take a maximum of eight scheduled classes at a time, plus lunch. A few weeks ago, Patch reported that a number of high school students throughout the North Shore were skipping lunch so they can take more classes. Earlier this spring, the principals of Niles North and Niles West reported that more than 300 students don’t have a scheduled lunch period, at least not every day. Most simply want to take more classes, although some arrange their schedules to arrive late or leave early. Sign up for our newsletter …