Algunos Actividades Permitidos de Afuera

18 de Septiembre, 2020 

Queridas Familias del Distrito 219, 

Después de consultar con el Departamento de Salud de Skokie con respecto a sus recomendaciones para una reanudación segura del uso limitado al aire libre de nuestros respectivos edificios por parte de clubes, deportes y actividades, hemos decidido expandir nuestras actividades (enumeradas a continuación) con las limitaciones apropiadas sobre el tamaño de los participantes y el alcance de actividad. El tema principal de cada actividad aprobada será garantizar la seguridad y la salud de nuestros estudiantes y personal participantes. Las actividades a continuación son puramente opcionales tanto para los estudiantes como para el personal. Además, el equipo administrativo reserva el derecho de cancelar cualquier actividad basada en protocolos de salud y seguridad comprometidos o la amenaza de clima adverso. 

Atletismo

Los “Días de Contacto” comenzarán la semana del 28 de Septiembre y están limitados a instalaciones al aire libre únicamente. Estas actividades atléticas se adherirán a los protocolos del campamento de verano 2020 para la salud y la seguridad, incluidos todos los participantes que usen máscaras. Como resultado del requisito de actividades al aire libre, es posible que algunos deportes no encuentren la opción del “Día de Contacto” pertinente para su deporte. El registro de 8 to 18 para su deporte específico comenzará a principios de la próxima semana y los exámenes físicos válidos deben estar archivados en la oficina de deportes para poder participar. La participación en los días de contacto es voluntaria para los estudiantes y el personal. Todos los participantes deben cumplir con el distanciamiento social y los protocolos del campamento de verano 2020.

Clubes y Actividades

Los patrocinadores pueden solicitar acceso a nuestras instalaciones al aire libre y realizar eventos para recaudar fondos en la acera. El espacio es limitado, por lo que el uso diario será limitado. Estos son puramente opcionales para los estudiantes y el personal y todos los participantes deben adherirse al distanciamiento social y ponerse máscaras en cada evento. También habrá límites en el número de participantes según las recomendaciones del Departamento de Salud de Skokie..  

Bellas Artes

Un número limitado de clases de bellas artes basadas en presentaciones pueden acceder a nuestras instalaciones al aire libre. Debido a la naturaleza aerotransportada del uso de instrumentos y voz, habrá límites estrictos en el número de participantes y el tipo de formaciones permitidas según las recomendaciones del Departamento de Salud de Skokie. Para reiterar, estos eventos son opcionales para los estudiantes y el personal, y todos los participantes deben respetar el distanciamiento social y el uso de máscaras en cada evento.

Transporte

Los participantes deben proporcionar su propio transporte hacia y desde la escuela. Cuando concluye la actividad, los participantes deben abandonar el recinto escolar. No se permite congregarse en los estacionamientos por razones de seguridad y salud.

Sinceramente, 

Dr. James Edwards
Director de Niles North 

Dr. Karen Ritter
Directora de Niles West 

Dr. Steven Isoye
Superintendente de Escuelas 

En Progreso

Criterios Separados para Actividades / Bellas Artes

Cualquier patrocinador de clubes y actividades completará una solicitud de uso de las instalaciones que será aprobada tanto por el director como por el director. Estas solicitudes deben incluir;

  1. El transporte es por su cuenta.
  2. El propósito del evento
  3. Protocolos Covid-19  (¿Se refiere a preguntarle al solicitante cómo seguirá / garantizará los protocolos adecuados?

Some Outside School Activities Allowed for D219 Students

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September 18, 2020

Dear District 219 Families, 

After consulting with the Skokie Health Department regarding their recommendations for a safe resumption of limited outdoor use of our respective buildings by clubs, sports, and activities, we have decided to expand our activities (listed below) with appropriate limitations on participant size and scope of activity.  The overarching theme for each approved activity will be to ensure the safety and health of our participating students and staff. The activities below are purely optional for both students and staff. In addition, the administrative team reserves the right to cancel any activity based upon compromised health and safety protocols or the threat of adverse weather.  

Athletics 

“Contact Days” will be starting the week of September 28th and are limited to outdoor facilities only. These athletic activities will adhere to the 2020 summer camp protocols for health and safety, including all participants wearing masks. As a result of the outdoor requirement, there may be some sports that may not find the “contact day” option pertinent to their sport. Registration on 8 to18 for your specific sport will begin early next week and valid physicals must be on file in the athletic office in order to participate. Participation in contact days are voluntary for students and staff. All participants must adhere to social distancing and the 2020 summer camp protocols. 

Clubs and Activities

Sponsors may request access to our outdoor facilities and to conduct curbside fundraisers. There is limited space so daily use will be limited. These are purely optional for students and staff and all participants must adhere to social distancing and the donning of masks at each event. There will also be limits on the number of participants based on recommendations from the Skokie Health Department.  

Fine Arts

A limited number of performance-based fine arts classes may access our outdoor facilities. Because of the airborne nature of the use of instruments and voice, there will be strict limits on the number of participants and the type of formations permitted based on recommendations from the Skokie Health Department. To reiterate, these events are optional for students and staff, and all participants must adhere to social distancing and the donning of masks at each event.

Transportation

Participants must provide their own transportation to and from school. When the activity concludes, participants must leave school grounds. Congregating in the parking lots is not permitted for safety and health reasons. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. James Edwards
Niles North Principal

Dr. Karen Ritter
Niles West Principal

Dr. Steven Isoye
Superintendent of Schools

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D219 National Merit Semifinalists

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. 

There are 17 D219 National Merit Semifinalists. (North) Farkas Ferincz, Kyle Kenmotsu, Kalliope Kobotis, Alyssa Levin, Abigael Parrish, Diana Shklover, Jeanjuella Tipan and Devin Zakeri. (West) Anthony Avram, Lily Carey, Richard Chen, Theodore Clarke, Gabriellle Feliciano, Henry Gussis, Leah Ju, Christian Montgomery and Alex Thoppil. 

Steps in the 2021 Competition
Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. 

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay. 

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. 

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West Educator Selected for HHMI BioInteractive Ambassador Academy

The 2020–2023 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) BioInteractive Ambassador Academy members, 30 thoughtful, passionate, and dedicated education professionals committed to high-quality life and environmental science teaching, were announced. Congratulations to Niles West science teacher Britt Czupryna on being selected. 

These outstanding high school and undergraduate educators participated in an extensive application process that focused on their teaching approach and experience. Academy members were selected from almost 400 applicants and represent a variety of educational contexts in 22 U.S. states and Canada. 

Over the next three years, Academy members will engage in professional learning experiences to equip them to promote and support evidence-based teaching practices, drive change in science education, and elevate the professional and scholarly profile of science teaching. They will work with HHMI BioInteractive to share inclusive and equitable science teaching practices that incorporate our classroom resources, approach, and values. Those who complete the Academy will engage in a variety of activities as part of BioInteractive’s efforts to empower science educators and inspire their students, including designing and facilitating professional learning for other educators.

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Parent/Guardian Access to Canvas

What is Canvas?

Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) that allows teachers to provide instructional support, class calendars, assignments, and resources for students in a safe online environment. Canvas is being used as the primary course connection between students and teachers with Remote Learning in the 2020-21 school year. Once we return to traditional in-person classes, Canvas will continue to be an integral part of classroom instruction. 

Canvas Use

Canvas can provide you with specific information about your student’s curricula, so you have a better understanding of the work that teachers and students are doing.  Assignment detail and student scores are available in your student’s Canvas account.

What is the Parent Observer Role in Canvas?

Observers have limited permissions that allow them to see what is going on in a course and a calendar of assignments.  

What can Parent Observers view in Canvas? 

Below are the features available to Parents. Please note that not all courses use all features. 

  • Set your Notification
  • View the Dashboard
  • View the Course Syllabus
  • View prompts but not participate in Discussions
  • View but not submit assignments
  • Preview and download some Files
  • View the Modules Page
  • View Canvas Grades
  • View the Calendar
  • Communicate with the teacher 

Students and Parents can access Canvas through a web browser or on a mobile device using the Canvas Student/Parent app.

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November 3rd Declared State Holiday, No School. Become an Election Judge!

This June, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Public Act 101-0642 into law, designating November 3, 2020 as Election Day, a state holiday. As a result of this, Niles Township High School District 219 schools will be closed on this day, and it will be a non-attendance day for students for remote learning.

This state legislation also creates an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors who meet certain qualifications to serve as an Election Judge on that day.

To qualify as a student judge, you must:

  • Be a high school senior or junior
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Be a U.S. citizen by the next election
  • Able to speak, read and write English fluently
  • Successfully complete an election judge training course conducted by the Clerk’s office
  • Have written consent from your principal and a parent or legal guardian. 
  • Reside in Cook County

Election judges receive $200 for their work. This compensation is paid to students who attend training, pass the test and work on Election Day. All three conditions must be met.

For more information on how to apply and be selected as a High School Student Election Judge, visit the following link: https://www.cookcountyclerk.com/service/high-school-student-election-judges

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First AFFINITY Meeting for the School Year is Sept 24

Affinity meeting dates

It’s that time of the year again! We are so excited to have you join us this fall semester for our AFFINITY virtual meetings, which will be held once a month on Thursdays from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Our first ZOOM meeting will be on Thursday, September 24, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the theme is, “Adapting to Your New Normal.” 

PLEASE ATTEND! Your input is needed, valuable, and essential. So far, we have encountered many challenges this year from the pandemic to the injustices that are continuously disrupting the lives of people of color. Now that we are fully adjusting to the changes that have taken place, we’d like to hear from you all. Let’s talk about virtual schooling, what’s going on at home, and how we may best support you. We want to live through you vicariously and be in your shoes for a day. Our goal is to provide you all with a safe space in which you can debrief and express your emotions about the current world we live in. Also, as per usual, we will provide you with tips for your child’s success at Niles North and Niles West.

If you are able to, which we would very much love that you could, PLEASE RSVP via this link, so we may prepare for our meeting.

We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces!

 

 

Dillin Randolph — AFFINITY Sponsor

Adebola Adeniyi — AFFINITY Family Liaison

Paul Patterson — AFFINITY Family Liaison

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Upcoming SAT Testing

We are only offering SAT School Day exams for our students as part of their required graduation criteria as directed by ISBE. We are not hosting as a satellite district for national test dates. We will not be testing students from other districts. 
We will be testing our students on September 23 and October 14.

SAT TESTING DATES

September 23– State mandated SAT with Essay for Seniors (replacing missed April SAT due to pandemic). Those seniors testing on this date have been contacted.
October 14– State mandated SAT with Essay for Seniors (replacing missed April SAT due to pandemic)  Students testing on this date will be contacted and have opted to test on this date.
New Bridges Facility Grand Opening

New Bridges Facility Opened Sept 9

New Bridges Facility Grand Opening

Niles Township High School District 219 formally inaugurated its new Bridges Adult Transition Center in Lincolnwood on September 9, when it held a Sneak Peek Preview tour for Bridges faculty and staff members followed by an afternoon Grand Opening ceremony for community leaders and community partners. 

The Bridges program is for young adults ages 18 to 22 years old with special needs who have met high school graduation requirements and are transitioning to adulthood. The program was previously housed in Niles North High School, and is now moving to a dedicated facility designed to address the needs of the Bridges program. The new facility is the result of the reconstruction of a former manufacturing facility. The 49,000-square-foot building allows for various vocational skills and independent living skills training in different simulation labs and classrooms. Some of the labs included are: Apartment Lab, Laundry Lab, Kitchen Lab, Superstore Lab, and Office Lab.

With D219 students attending school via remote learning the first semester because of the covid pandemic, Bridges students are not yet in the new building, but the Bridges faculty and staff members look forward to welcoming students back in person as soon as health guidelines permit.

Here is a link to a short video about the new Bridges facility:

Link to Bridges Video

For more information about the Bridges program, please visit the website at:

https://www.niles-hs.k12.il.us/bridges/#facility

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Open House To Be Rescheduled

Our District-wide Open House evening originally scheduled for Thursday, September 3, will be rescheduled due to the pandemic and remote learning schedule. As a result, Friday, September 4 will be a regularly scheduled school day with no late start. We will be working with union leadership on the details for the future Open House event, including date/time and format.