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, …
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, …
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 …
Monday, January 7, 2013
'Coming Together,' a six-week series of community, educational and arts events, focuses on Greek Americans this year. Previous years centered on Asian Indians, Filipinos and Assyrians.
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Monday, January 7
If you're curious about Greek culture, interested in local Greek Americans or enjoy great stories and performances--or maybe you just like baklava--then the six-week "Coming Together" series has something for you. A Sunday, Jan. 27 kickoff to the series at Niles West High School in Skokie will feature cultural and arts exhibits and refreshments at 2 p.m., followed at 3 p.m. by a cultural program that includes skits, original short video, music and dance and Greek hors d'oeuvres. The Coming Together in Skokie (and Niles Township) is focusing on Greek culture this year, after spotlighting Assyrian, Filipino and Asian Indian culture in years past. Niles Township High School District 219, the Skokie Library and the village of Skokie are key …
Friday, December 21, 2012
78 percent of Niles West & North High School graduates who attend Oakton Community College need to take remedial reading classes; the district wants to merge its English and social studies departments by 2015, saying this will address the problem.
English and social studies teachers from Niles North and Niles West high schools crowded into the Niles Township High School District 219 school board meeting Dec. 17 to protest plans to combine their two departments into one humanities department starting in the fall of 2015. The goal, said Superintendent Nanciann Gatta, is to make sure social studies teachers focus on improving students’ reading and writing skills in their classes, just as English teachers do. In the end, the board unanimously agreed to call for a humanities department, under one department director, with separate divisions for English and history. The proposal was one of many included in this year’s annual review of programs and has been listed as a recommendation …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Community input leads the district to adjust recommendations on whether to start the school year Aug. 7, kill honors classes, require 50 percent of students to take Advanced Placement courses and require all students to take a lunch period.
Students at Niles North and Niles West High Schools won’t have to change their summer plans in order to head back to school the second week of August next year. After receiving input from students, teachers and parents at a district town hall meeting, online and at PTA meetings in sender elementary districts, the Niles Township High School District 219 administration pushed its recommendation to push the school start back until the 2014-2015 school year, and board members suggested that it might not happen even then. Earlier: Parents weigh in on proposed changes The proposed calendar change was just one topic in an extended discussion of the district’s annual review of programs at the Nov. 26 school board meeting. The meeting was the …
Monday, December 3, 2012
The Niles Township High School District will not seek an increase in its property tax levy; that means its portion of your property tax bill should not go up.
Taxpayers in Niles Township High School District 219 can breathe a sigh of relief. The district intends to request no increase in property taxes next year, according to school board president Robert Silverman. Silverman brought up the issue of the tax levy – conspicuous by its absence on the agenda – at the Nov. 26 school board meeting. “One of the things that’s missing is our annual levy request,” Silverman said. “The law requires us to publish if we’re seeking more than a 5 percent increase. It is not our intent to seek a levy increase of more than 5 percent; in fact, our intent is not to seek an increase at all. It is to freeze our tax extensions.” Earlier: Tax complaints lead to police presence at meeting The move is unusual for …