Lance Soltys

D219 provides friendly curbside pickup for Chromebooks

District 219 is welcoming incoming freshmen by providing them with the latest model of Chromebook, which can be used as a laptop or a tablet, has a touch screen, and comes with a stylus. Students who will start school at Niles West and Niles North in mid-August were invited to come by Niles West on July 22 or 23 to pick up their personal Chromebooks, which they will use for their academic work throughout their high school career.

At the curbside pickup event, members of the D219 Information Technology team, properly “masked up,” met each student’s car and asked for the letter sent to that student. A code on the letter corresponded to a registration number for that student’s computer, which allows the district to “enroll” the Chromebook so the district can support the device over the next four years. The district provides basic insurance for each device, which includes one free repair per year, if necessary.

In order to receive their personal Chromebook, a student’s family must have completed the district’s required residency verification, a process that proves the family is living within Niles Township boundaries. An added benefit to having students pick up their Chromebooks in July is that those families who have not completed the residency verification have the incentive to do that, so their student can be properly enrolled in classes by the start of the school year.

"We were pleased to offer all of our incoming freshmen a safe and convenient way to pick up their Chromebooks for high school," said Chief Technology Officer Oyin Idowu. "I would like to thank the entire IT team for making this such a seamless process."

Lance Soltys

Lance Soltys, Student Technology Support specialist at Niles North, gives a snazzy new Chromebook and case to its new freshman owner.

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IT Technicians Mike Utter (left) and Ryan Scholl provide friendly and efficient curbside customer service as incoming D219 freshmen pick up their new Chromebooks.

James Vernola

CFC Appoints First K-8 Instructional Coordinator

James Vernola

James Vernola: CFC's First K-8 Instructional Coordinator

The Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education approved the appointment of the first K-8 Instructional Coordinator for the Classrooms First Collaboration (CFC).  James Vernola will serve in the role, where he will facilitate the implementation of K-8 STEM and Literacy programs developed by the CFC team.

Vernola is currently a Teacher and Team Leader at Community Consolidated School District 62, which is headquartered in Des Plaines. Vernola has designed and led multiple professional development opportunities, engaging a learning community in math, literacy and arts integration. As a systems thinker, Vernola redesigned and implemented recess structures and procedures and believes in creating systems where students and teachers feel supported and successful.  He has designed and led training on Kagan Cooperative Learning strategies, as well as training on CHAMPS, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and restorative practices. Vernola is passionate about leadership, specifically building trust and authentic relationships.

Vernola has also served for the past two years at Maine West High School as Assistant Band Director, leading 150 band members through many community performances and shows and co-leading all athletic bands.

Vernola previously served Milwaukee Public Schools, where he coached and mentored teachers and led teams in alignment with various district initiatives.  As an MBA student, Vernola developed a peer coaching and mentorship program that was later adopted by Milwaukee Public Schools through an $80,000 grant. Vernola is passionate about equity and ensuring every student and staff feels supported, and has access to the tools they need to be successful.

Vernola earned an MBA in Education Leadership from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with an endorsement in Special Education from University of Wisconsin at Whitewater.

“CFC began as a small initiative and has evolved into an extraordinary collaboration amongst partner school districts in Niles Township,” said Christine Gonzales, Executive Director of K-12 STEM & Literacy. “The Instructional Coordinator positions support our goal of developing a cohesive, guaranteed and viable K-12 curriculum and assessment program.  In addition to working with teachers to connect content to individual classroom contexts and build a common understanding, the Instructional Coordinators will support teachers in learning and using skills and strategies for innovative instruction, differentiation, and the effective use of technology to improve student learning.”

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Residency Approval/Verification Letters – July 2020

The online portal is now open. This Residency Upload video tutorial will provide instructions on how to get to the Residency Upload as well as the upload process.  Unless pre-approved, please upload your four original documents. Translation services are available at: https://sites.google.com/d219.org/d219-family-liaisons/home

Category 1

one document required

- 2nd installment property tax bill (homeowners)
- Mortgage statement or closing papers (homeowners)
- Signed and dated lease (renters)
- Current homeowners’/renters’ insurance policy and premium payment receipt

AND

Category 2

three different documents required
limit one per document

- Cable bill (within 30 days)
- Internet bill (within 30 days)
- Gas bill (within 30 days)
- Electric bill (within 30 days)
- Phone bill (within 30 days)
- Water bill (most recent)
- Credit card bill or bank statement (within 30 days)

For assistance please contact:

ResidencyFee WaiverHealth
Niles West847-626-2929
residencywest@d219.org
847-626-2506
F: 847-626-3700
norcoc@d219.org
847-626-2940
F: 847-626-3520
healthofficewest@d219.org
Niles North847-626-2024
residencynorth@d219.org
847-626-2013
F: 847-626-3340
trahun@d219.org
847-626-2276
F: 847-626-3375
healthofficenorth@d219.org

For new student registration, please contact residency@d219.org.

 

Prior Communications:
June 2020 web posting
Pre-Approval Letter
Residency Verification Required Letter

Maroe Named New K-8 Science Director for CFC

Maranda Maroe has been named as the K-8 Science Director for the Classrooms First Collaboration (CFC). The Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education approved Maroe’s appointment at its June 23 special board meeting. Maroe will coordinate articulation of the science curricula for the elementary school districts that are part of CFC and will work closely in collaboration with the science directors at the D219 high schools.

Maroe brings to the CFC role her strong experience in teacher leadership development along with a background in middle school science curriculum development. For the past year she has been serving as Assistant Principal at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy in Los Angeles.  In this role, Maroe engaged the science teachers through professional learning communities and led the pilot of three science curricular programs.  Prior to that, Maroe was Manager of Teacher Leadership Development for three years for Teach for America (TFA) in Los Angeles. In that post she worked with 38 teachers among 18 TFA partner schools, conducting consistent coaching cycles to strengthen individual teaching practices and implement culturally relevant pedagogy.

Before TFA, Maroe was a middle school science teacher for five years at schools in the Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC) Charter School Network in Los Angeles. She co-created curriculum maps for 6th, 7th and 8th grade science and led teacher trainings for the network. She also served as the science department lead and created an annual science fair program across the schools.

Maroe earned a Master of Arts in School Leadership & Administration from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and also earned a Master of Arts in Urban Education and Educational Policy from Loyola Marymount. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from the University of California-San Diego.

 

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Residency Approval/Verification Letters – June 2020

As referenced in the June 2020 web posting, two sets of letters were emailed in June.

One set of letters was the Pre-Approval Letter. These were sent to households verified by the CLEAR Batch system. Recipients of this letter do not need to verify residency this summer.

The other set of letters was the Residency Verification Required Letter. These were sent to households who fall into one of two groups: (1) the CLEAR Batch system identified inconsistent or insufficient public records or (2) you have been randomly selected to provide documentation. Upon request, family liaisons are available for language assistance.

Residency Verification

Announce results of CLEAR Batch & random selectionmid June
Online Residency Verification*July 1
Online Fee Waiver UploadsJuly 1
Online Freshman & Senior Health Form UploadsJuly 1

* – Only required for those who do not pass the CLEAR Batch system or who have been randomly selected.

If you have not verified residency, you will need to provide your four original documents (listed at the bottom of this page).

Category 1 ANDCategory 2
one document requiredthree different documents required
limit one per document
  • 2nd installment property tax bill (homeowners)
  • Mortgage statement or closing papers (homeowners)
  • Signed and dated lease (renters)
  • Current homeowners’/renters’ insurance policy and premium payment receipt
  • Cable bill (within 30 days)
  • Internet bill (within 30 days)
  • Gas bill (within 30 days)
  • Electric bill (within 30 days)
  • Phone bill (within 30 days)
  • Water bill (most recent)
  • Credit card bill or bank statement (within 30 days)
K-8 Math Oluwafunmilayo Ajayi

Ajayi Named K-8 Math Director for CFC

Oluwafunmilayo Ajayi has been named as the K-8 Mathematics Director for the Classrooms First Collaboration (CFC). The Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education approved Ajayi’s appointment at its June 9 meeting. Ajayi will coordinate articulation of the mathematics curricula for the elementary school districts that are part of CFC and will work closely in collaboration with the mathematics directors at the D219 high schools.

K-8 Math Oluwafunmilayo AjayiAjayi brings to the position experience leading change in learning environments both in the United States and abroad. She served as Education Lead for LeapEd Services for four years in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she led a team of eight international advisors who coached and mentored leadership teams as part of a national reformation project for the Malaysian Ministry of Education. She has served since 2011 as an education and organizational development consultant for Clarity Alignment Solutions, LLC. Among her many projects, she led the AI for Education Initiative for AI Time Journal, an international journal dedicated to application-based artificial intelligence, consulted on the Strategic Plan for the Gary School District, and provided mathematics and science professional development for the LEARN Charter School Network.

Ajayi served Chicago Public Schools for seven years as a Mathematics and Science teacher and as a K-6 Science Instructional Coach.

Ajayi earned her Master of Arts in Education Administration from Governors State University and holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Chicago State University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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District Residency and Enrollment – June 2020

Dear 219 Parent/Guardian:

District 219 is committed to protecting taxpayer dollars through our annual residency process.

District 219 will continue to use a tool called the CLEAR Batch system to review your residency. The CLEAR Batch system reviews public records to verify your residency. All households will be reviewed using this system. In some cases, the CLEAR Batch system will locate adequate documentation to verify your residency for the 2020-2021 school year, and you will receive a letter via email in June to indicate that you do not need to verify your student’s residency.

In other cases, the CLEAR Batch system may identify insufficiencies or inconsistencies in public records. In addition, a group of households will be selected at random, regardless of the results of the CLEAR Batch system search, to provide documentation to verify their residency. People who fall into one of these categories will receive a letter via email in June to indicate that you will need to provide documentation to verify your student’s residency. Online residency verification will begin July 1. District staff will also be available online (Zoom or phone) to assist.

This year, fee waiver forms and health forms (freshmen & seniors) can also be uploaded and processed online.  District staff will be available to assist with these forms as well.

Due to COVID-19, Enrollment Fair will not take place in our normal fashion. More information regarding textbook pick up, chrome book pick up and Freshman Orientation will be available in July.

 

Here are a few important summer enrollment dates to note:

Announce results of CLEAR Batch & random selectionmid June
Online Residency Verification*July 1
Online Fee Waiver UploadsJuly 1
Online Freshman & Senior Health Form UploadsJuly 1

* – Only required for those who do not pass the CLEAR Batch system or who have been randomly selected.

 

If you have any questions about the summer enrollment process, please contact your school building.

ResidencyFee WaiverHealth
Niles West847-626-2929847-626-2506847-626-2940
Niles North847-626-2024847-626-2013847-626-2276
District Residencyresidency@d219.org

 

Thank you for your attention and cooperation.

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Letter to District 219 Community (6/3/20)

Dear District 219 School Community,

Our country and our community are reeling from the senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and other recent events that underscore the ongoing scourge of racism in our nation. We are concerned about the effect this is having on our students, their families, and on our staff members. We are concerned about everyone in our school family, but particularly, the members of our Black community.

As leaders in Niles Township High School District 219:

  • We condemn any form of racism.

  • We condemn any form of hatred.

  • We condemn any form of brutality.

  • We know that Black lives do matter.

We recognize that we are fortunate to be part of a community as diverse as Niles Township, yet at the same time, the recent events clearly call our attention to how our Black community must navigate life in order to succeed, be recognized, or to simply try to feel safe. Unfortunately, what our students see is racism and hatred.

At District 219, we are strongly committed to equity in our district and the painstaking work to eliminate systemic racism in our school system. There is no doubt that we have much work to do and strengthening our commitment as anti-racists is the first of many steps. Our children, families and staff need to be seen, heard and not marginalized. In our country, the Black community is suffering from a long and painful history of racism, oppression and brutality. Our children not only deserve, but have a right to a better future. Our children need to be able to freely live their lives. Our Black children and community do matter to us, and they should not have to live in fear.

Our students have been out of the normal routines of regular school since March 13, 2020. As a result, we have not been able to play an instrumental role in their healing process. They have not been with us so we can hear their voices. We truly miss our students and look forward to when they can be safely back with us.

Moving forward, there is much healing to be done for our students and community. We look forward to working together to support our students, each other, and our community.

Dr. Steven Isoye
Superintendent of Schools

Dr. La Wanna Wells
Director of Equity

Dr. Karen Ritter
Niles West High School Principal

Dr. James Edwards
Niles North High School Principal

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D219 To Provide Free Breakfasts and Lunches Through Aug 7

Niles Township High School District D219 will provide free breakfasts and lunches to students for pickup during the summer break. The schools will distribute two days’ worth of meals on Mondays and three days’ worth on Wednesdays. Distribution is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on those days. The meals are prepared by Quest Food Management Services. There is no charge for the meals.

Students from several elementary sender school districts will also be able to pick up meals at the high schools.

Here are the pickup locations:

Niles West High School, 5701 W. Oakton St., Skokie

Door 13, South Lobby entrance (south side of school, enter off Gross Point Road)

For students from Niles West, Skokie-Morton Grove School District 69, Niles Elementary School District 71 and Skokie Fairview School District 72

Niles North High School, 9800 N. Lawler Ave., Skokie

Door 12 (Athletics entrance on west side of school)

For students from Niles North and East Prairie School District 73

Julia S. Molloy Education Center, 8701 Menard Ave., Morton Grove

For students from Niles Township Special Education District 807 (up to 22 years old) and students from Morton Grove School District 70

Distribution will take place outside each school building to ensure the safety and sanitation of the building during this shutdown. Students or their families may simply approach or drive up to the distribution point, and quickly pick up the meals. The last pickup for this program is on Wednesday, August 5.

This information pertains only to the food distribution program conducted by Niles Township High School District 219 in conjunction with some of the Morton Grove/Niles/Skokie elementary school districts.

Other school districts in our area may be conducting their own food distribution programs.  Please consult your neighborhood school district’s website or mailer information for other food distribution programs that may be available to you.

The Niles Township Government Food Pantry is also making food available to township residents of all ages. For more information, please visit http://nilestownshipgov.com.

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Students Named DECA National Emerging Leaders

DECA Students who are National Emerging Leaders

Prasanna Bharatia and Peter Warda, seniors at Niles North High School in Skokie, Illinois, are 2 of ONLY 9 students in the State of Illinois to receive the 2020 DECA National Emerging Leader Honor Award. This award recognizes students studying marketing, finance, hospitality, and management for an academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leader through participation in DECA. The award recipient must be a DECA member in his/her senior year of high school with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or better for each of the high school semesters. The Niles North DECA chapter advisors are Jean Attig and Nick Pahl.

In addition to this award, they would have received 2 of ONLY 21 Illinois Foundation of Marketing Honor Awards at this year’s IL-DECA Career Development Conference that was to be held in March but was ultimately cancelled along with this year’s DECA International Career Development Conference that was to be held in Nashville in April. These two students qualified for both of these conferences last year and most certainly would have repeated this year with even more success as our chapter’s Co-Presidents and our business, DECAdent Delightz’s, Operating Vice-Presidents. Along with running this business during the school year, they wrote a 20-page comprehensive research paper and a professional presentation that would have competed in the Project Management Sales Project competition.

Prasanna has committed to DePaul University in the fall with an intended double major in International Business and Business Management & Administration   She is the daughter of Shreya Vakharia of Skokie and Taral Bharatia of Chicago.

Peter has committed to DePaul University in the fall with an intended major in Marketing. He is the son of Samira and Nabil Warda of Skokie.

DECA is a career and technical student organization composed of more than 225,000 students who are interested in careers in marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality or management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.  DECA student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.  For more information about DECA, visit http://www.deca.org.