Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education Announces New Superintendent

February 24, 2022

Mr. Thomas Moore, Superintendent of West Hartford Public Schools in West Hartford, Connecticut, will assume the role of Superintendent of Niles Township High School District 219 in July after the District 219 Board of Education approved the contract at tonight’s Special Board meeting. The Superintendent search was a result of the retirement of current superintendent, Dr. Steven Isoye.

Moore brings significant experience and leadership in education. Moore started his teaching career in West Hartford Public Schools in 1996 as a history and social studies teacher. He was promoted to Department Supervisor in 2005, became the Conard High School principal in 2007, and the Assistant Superintendent of Administration in 2010.

In 2014, Moore was named Superintendent of the district and oversees all levels with 9400 students, 1700 staff members, and 17 school sites in a diverse community that values education. The school district is represented by 76 different home languages.

Moore was recently honored at the American Association of School Administrators’ National Conference on Education as the 2022 Connecticut Superintendent of the Year. The criteria for Superintendent of the Year are leadership, communication, professionalism, and community involvement. Additionally, Moore is currently serving as the Vice-Chair for the College Board of Trustees.

His selection is the culmination of a months-long national search process by the Board of Education, assisted by Hazard, Young, Attea, & Associates (HYA), that produced 34 applicants from diverse geographic and professional backgrounds, including 11 from outside of Illinois.

“I am thrilled to be the next superintendent of District 219. Truthfully, I never imagined leaving West Hartford, and never had applied anywhere else. When I learned about District 219, however, and was told about the community, and how much I would love the students and families there, I became intrigued. It takes a very special place for me to leave New England behind, but my family is so excited to begin this next challenge with all of you. I am passionate about what we owe our future generations in this country, and I will work tirelessly so that District 219 will always be an example of what is right, and what is possible, in American public education.” – Mr. Thomas Moore

“I am thrilled that Tom chose us. I am confident his demonstrated leadership skills and passion to serve all students will guide his success at District 219.” – Ms. Naema Abraham, D219 Board President

Moore is the youngest of seven children, whose father modeled a strong work ethic after serving as a plumber for many years. His wife, Tara, is also an educator who is currently teaching kindergarten. Moore and his wife have two children. Jack is a senior at UNC Chapel Hill and his daughter, Fallon, is finishing her second year at the University of Virginia. The couple will be relocating to the Chicago area this summer.

Niles West & Niles North Graduation Dates 2022

Dear District 219 Students, Staff, and Families,

The highlight of every school year is graduation. It presents us with the chance to recognize the achievements of our seniors and to highlight future plans as you embark on your early adventures as young adults. We recognize how important it is to each of you to mark the passage of this important milestone. It is also a perfect opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate with parents, friends, and extended family.

  • Niles North High School graduation will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2022, at the Chuck Pos Stadium, located at Niles North High School 9800 Lawler Avenue, Skokie, IL.  The ceremony will begin at 12:00 pm.
  • Niles West High School graduation will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2022, at Basrak Field (football stadium), located at Niles West High School, 5701 Oakton, Skokie, IL. The ceremony will begin at 12:00 pm.

Physical Graduation Make-Up Date (Inclement Weather)

  • Niles North High School make-up date for graduation would be held on Monday, May 23, 2022, at the Chuck Pos Stadium, located at Niles North High School 9800 Lawler Avenue, Skokie, IL. The ceremony will begin at 12:00 pm.
  • Niles West High School make-up date for graduation would be held on Monday, May 23, 2022, at Basrak Field (football stadium), located at Niles West High School, 5701 Oakton, Skokie, IL. The ceremony will begin at 12:00 pm.

As we move closer to the event, we will update you, if necessary, on how COVID-19 may impact graduation logistics.

April M. Stallworth
Director of Community Relations
and Strategic Partnerships
Niles Township High Schools District 219
7700 Gross Point Rd., Skokie, IL 60077
Phone:  847-626-3958
Cell:      224-688-4458
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D219 Board To Hold Special Meeting June 22 at 7:30 p.m.

The Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education will hold a special board meeting on Tuesday, June 22, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Here is a link to the agenda and to the public packet materials.  
This meeting will be held with the physical presence of a quorum of the Board of Education at the D219 District Offices, 7700 Gross Point Road, Skokie, Illinois. However, Board members, teachers, staff, and members of the public may attend the meeting via Zoom. To join the meeting by phone, attendees may dial 312-626-6799. To join the meeting online, attendees should use Zoom Webinar ID: 86758808945 or click this link:
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4/20/2021 Board of Education Meeting Postponed

April 20: Tonight’s scheduled meetings of the Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education will not take place and will be rescheduled. This includes the 6:30 p.m. Finance Committee of the Whole meeting and the 8 p.m. Special Board Meeting. The district will announce a rescheduled date in accordance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act.

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Merrick Garland (NW 1970) Is Confirmed as the U.S. Attorney General

Merrick GarlandThe Niles West High School community and Niles Township High School District 219 are celebrating the confirmation of Niles West alumnus Merrick Garland to the position of U.S. Attorney General. The United States  Senate voted on March 10 to approve President Joseph Biden’s nomination of Judge Garland to head up the U.S. Department of Justice.

“We are honored and thrilled that one of our Niles West alumni is now ascending to the highest level of public service by becoming our U.S. Attorney General,” said Niles West Principal Karen Ritter. “What a great message to our students and our community that a Niles West grad is now the chief lawyer of the federal government and will serve as the principal advisor to the president of the United States on all legal matters.”

Garland is currently a Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. He graduated from Niles Niles West High School in 1970; at that time, he was living in Lincolnwood.

Garland has remained an active supporter of his hometown schools. He addressed the Niles West graduating Class of 2016 at its commencement ceremony, the first time the school had a distinguished guest speaker at a graduation ceremony. (He was inducted into the school’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame the same day, May 29.)

Garland returned to Lincolnwood in September of 2018, when he delivered the keynote address at Lincoln Hall Middle School, during Lincolnwood School District 74’s kickoff event for its 75th anniversary. Garland, who graduated from Lincoln Hall in 1966, spoke about how his education in the school district set a foundation for his later success.

“The Lincolnwood schools gave me the preparation I needed to succeed in high school,” Garland said at the anniversary event. “I am proud of the education I received and I am proud of my community. It was not just a great education. It was how it reinforced my sense of community.” 

Niles West’s Assistant Principal of Operations Steve Parnther is gratified that today’s students can look to role models like Garland to see that their pathways from Niles West can take them to the highest levels of success.

Parnther, himself a Niles West graduate (Class of 2007), was interviewed by ABC Channel 7’s Ravi Baichwal on February 22.

“We are always encouraging our students to find their passion even amidst the adversity they may come across,” Parnther said. “Having someone like Judge Garland, a West alum, shows what is possible and he is an inspiration. We’re very fortunate to have prominent alumni who are public servants, professional athletes and entrepreneurs. It is uplifting anytime our students can see themselves in alumni who have lived out their passion.”

Those Who Make A Difference Awards Given to D219 Schools’ Staff and IT’s Manderico, Ardisana, Veneris

D219 Schools Staff Honored for Making a Difference

D219 staff members and other employees who work in the district’s schools were in the spotlight at the March 9 Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education meeting, when the board and administration extended gratitude for the work those hundreds of people have been doing during remote learning and to make schools ready to bring students back.

“Traditionally, our monthly “Those Who Make A Difference” recognition goes to a student or staff member who is making a positive impact on our school community,” said Antwan Babakhani, Assistant Principal of Student Services at Niles West High School. “This month, we wanted to give thanks to everyone who has contributed to the successful reopening of schools. Our students, teachers and staff, parents, and administration are thrilled to welcome back students into the building. It has been an amazing undertaking to get to this point over the past year. 

“We often compare our remote learning schedule and hybrid schedule to creating a new school from scratch,” Babakhani said. “Almost every process, protocol and policy that we used last year had to be redefined, recreated, or completely redone. It has been a taxing process for all of us involved, but this is the work we are willing to do for the benefit of our students. 

“So to recognize ‘those who make a difference’ means to recognize the many people who worked tirelessly to get to this point, and still continue to problem-solve and rethink how our organization functions as we continuously prepare for the unknown. 

“Students — thank you for doing an amazing job during remote learning,” Babakhani said. “We know there were some rough moments, but you have truly shined and demonstrated resilience throughout this whole pandemic.

“Faculty, staff, admin — thank you for recreating your jobs and reimagining what learning can look like. Thank you for working in conditions without boundaries. And thank you for keeping our students at the center of your passion.”

Niles North Principal James Edwards offered “Special thanks to our Union leadership for working with administration to problem solve with us on extremely complex issues and wading with us through uncharted waters during the ongoing pandemic and its implications on teaching and learning.  

“Our Athletics and Student Activities teams created opportunities for students to practice, meet, and compete,” Edwards said. “Their COVID protocols over the summer served as a paradigm for how we approached hybrid learning. 

“Technology Department — we applaud the tireless hours you put in to prepare classrooms, develop the safe check-in process, and for continually supporting teachers and staff with new technology and programs while helping our Curriculum & Technology (C&T) coaches focus on instructional technology and best practices.

Edwards thanked “our Dean teams, who created new disciplinary and attendance processes during remote learning and have begun to rethink disciplinary practices in D219.

“Our safety teams have stood ready to serve with book distribution, drive-by events, learned our new check-in processes and rebooted relationships with students in hybrid learning. 

“Thanks to our student and related service teams and health office staff for providing continued support to students and families during a tumultuous time, focusing on social-emotional needs and the overall health of our students,” Edwards said.

“Buildings & Grounds and custodial staff —  without the commitment of these teams, we would not be ready for the safe return of our students and staff while simultaneously keeping our buildings operational, especially during the tough stretch of February weather. 

“Transportation — these teammates have seen to it that our hybrid learners are safely transported to school while ensuring that bus capacity limits and mask wearing are part of our new transportation normal.  

Edwards cited “Bridges and Niles Central — we must never forget the work of our colleagues at both these schools, who continually have supported our students in both remote and hybrid learning. In the case of Bridges, opening up a new school during a pandemic is quite a feat.

“To our District Office teammates who have given their unyielding support to the work in the buildings, as we planned how to best support our students and staff.

“Quest Food Services — distributing food to all families in need throughout the whole pandemic.

“To our Board members who have worked side by side with us, both in supporting our return to school plans and watching out for the health and safety of all the members of our school community. 

“Parents, guardians and caretakers — for supporting your students learning from home for so many months. and being gracious to our teachers and exercising patience throughout this time,” Edwards said.

“And finally to our district equity leaders for continuing to push for equitable and anti-racist practices and policies that best serve our BIPOC students and staff.”  

“We could not have been successful without the work of everyone in the D219 family and we have truly ALL been in this together,” Edwards said.  

“We thank you all!”

IT’s Manderico, Ardisana, Veneris Make a Difference

D219 Superintendent Steven Isoye gave a special shout out to three members of the district’s Information Technology team at the March 9 Board of Education meeting when he presented the Those Who Make a Difference Award to Benju Manderico, Richard Ardisana and Chris Veneris.

Isoye recognized “three people who do so much for all of us behind the scenes and who may not get the credit they deserve, because they are so quiet and also so humble”: the D219 Programming & Data team of Manderico, Ardisana and Veneris.

“Many years ago, the D219 Technology programming team developed a system we call Swiper. This has been a valuable tool for monitoring & recording student attendance in areas such as the Cafeteria, Library, Study Halls and other resource areas,” Isoye said.

“Fast forward to the fall of 2020, as we began to discuss student return to the buildings,” Isoey said. “Our IT team examined a variety of options, including some fairly expensive commercially available systems. Another option was to expand the existing Swiper programming to include temperature scanning and also verify our students against a self-certification survey for that day. We decided to move forward with the in-house method.

“So over holiday break, the SwiperSafe module was born! We ordered new ID scanners, and the programming and testing continued through the snowy winter. Then on March 1st, SwiperSafe” was launched as hundreds of students safely entered our buildings for hybrid learning. At any point in time, a student’s record can be reviewed in Infinite Campus to determine that they:
#1) completed the daily survey
#2) entered the school building with a safe temperature.

“The admin team can also use this data to assist with operational decisions, such as room usage, room assignment and student participation.

“We would like to thank Benju Manderico, Richard Ardisana and Chris Veneris for their hard work and attention to detail as they brought this new tool to life,” Isoye said. “As you can imagine, there was a great deal of work involved for the inaugural week — providing tech support, security staff training & troubleshooting.

“And not only did they engineer an efficient and effective system, but they also saved the district untold dollars, as they were able to design it in-house. Thank you, gentlemen!”