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D219 Board Approves Three-Year Rollover of Collective Bargaining Agreement with Union

The Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education at its February 23 meeting approved a three-year rollover of the district’s collective bargaining agreement with the Niles Township Federation of Teachers and Support Staff (NTFTSS), Local 1274. The rollover was ratified by the NTFTSS membership earlier this school year.

The rollover will keep in place almost all of the terms of the existing contract, which expires on June 30, 2021. The rollover contract will thus be in effect for the 2021-22, 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years.

The union and district agreed to new contract terms that include:

  • For teachers and certified staff, 2.75% new money for each of the three years.

  • Each support staff member will receive a raise of 2.75% each of the three years.

  • The salary schedule cell used to determine stipends, summer work and other extras will be moved from MA-5 to MA45-3.

    “The Board of Education is glad that we have been able to work so collaboratively with our Union to agree on this rollover,” said D219 Board President David Ko. “At a time of so much stress and so many challenges in the face of the COVID-19 epidemic, it is a relief to know that we at least will have certainty in our working and learning environment thanks to ongoing stable working conditions.”

John Bias page in BHM illustrated book

Black History Month: Illustrations of Black Faculty and Staff

Niles North High School has continued its yearly tradition of honoring Black Faculty and Staff through art. This year’s vision was to compile a Portrait Illustration Book despite the many restrictions of the  remote learning environment. Please follow the link below to flip through the virtual pages! Each spread of the book features a staff or faculty member on the left side and a message or quote of their choice on the right side.  
These portraits were illustrated by Student, Alumni, and Staff Artists by incorporating their own artmaking styles with the energy of the chosen quotes into the final portraits. 
Thank you to everyone involved in this collaboration and we hope you enjoy the following works of art.


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Board of Education Special Meeting on Feb. 23

The Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, February 23 beginning at 7 p.m. The notice and agenda are attached.
The meeting will be held via Zoom, and D219 staff members and members of the public may attend. To join the meeting by phone, attendees may dial 312-626-6799.
To join the meeting online, attendees should use

Zoom Webinar ID: 88540083824 or click this link: https://d219.zoom.us/j/88540083824

Agenda PDF with links

BOE 2-23-21 Agenda

BOE 2-23-21 Agenda P2

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North Students Continue in International Math Competition

Two teams from Niles North will be represented in the second round of the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM) for the second year in a row. Students will be competing for a chance to represent the United States at the International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IM2C) later this spring. HiMCM is a math competition where students from across the United States and around the world work in teams of 4 to select, research, construct, and represent a mathematical model to solve a real-world problem. 

A total of 779 teams competed in November 2020, and papers were udged into one of five categories: Outstanding (top 1%), Finalist (top 8%), Meritorious (top 20%), Honorable Mention (top 50%) and Successful Participant.

Each team selected a problem they would address, and then worked for up to two weeks to write a 20-page paper describing their mathematical model and results. Both North teams chose the following problem: Problem A      Problem: The Best Summer Job

Although it’s only November, you need to start planning for your 2021 summer job. You have a variety of choices this year and want to determine your “best” choice. You pose this problem for your team of math friends:

We have many opportunities for a summer job. Some allow us to work from home virtually/electronically, some are a walk or bike ride away, and others require us to drive or take a train. Each job offers differing numbers of hours each week and the hourly rates also vary. Some involve physical activity, or at least not sitting at a desk (e.g. cashier at a store, lifeguarding, or wait staff at a restaurant), while others are mostly sedentary and perhaps use analytical and organizational skills (e.g. data analysis, office administration, or research).

Let’s develop a model that will evaluate the choices we have for our summer jobs and help us all find the “best” job. While we certainly want to earn and save some money, we also want to have time for recreation activities (e.g. exercise, outings, and social time with friends). Let’s make our model one that will be helpful for all high school students to think about and analyze their summer job options.

The team of Maddie Burroughs, Lisa Duan, Kalliope Kobotis and Ana Vuckovic earned Finalist and will advance to IM2C this spring. 

The team of Dominick Bogdan, Kyle Kenmotsu, Liam Perrault and Hassam Uddin earned Meritorious and they also will advance to IM2C.

Future Vikings

Future Vikings Art Show

Future VikingsYou recently saw releases for our immensely talented art students. Did you know that North has an annual Future Vikings Art Show with the sender schools? This year, junior high art teachers put together videos celebrating their students and programs. Please take a look to see the work of future students whose creations will grace our buildings, and perhaps, galleries and museums.

Bill MacBeth from McCracken:


Dana Wade-Kuzwayo from East Prairie:


Those Who Make a Difference

Those Who Make A Difference Award Winners



Niles West sophomore Emmanuella Anyanwoke, Niles West Physical Welfare Director Omar Alebiosu and Niles North freshman Corban (CJ) Hood-Webb were in the spotlight February 9, when the Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education honored them with its Those Who Make A Difference Award.

  Emmanuella West student

Niles West Principal Karen Ritter recognized Anyanwoke and Alebiosu for organizing D219’s first-ever Black Teen Summit, which will be held on February 24 as a culmination to the district’s celebration of Black History Month. 

“Emmanuella came to Niles West two 2 years ago from Nigeria to our EL (English Learners) program,” Ritter said. “She is modest and reserved, and when I asked her about her involvement in planning the Black Teen Summit, she said, ‘Oh, you know, I attended some meetings and gave some ideas,’ but when I talked to Omar Alebiosu, he said she is an amazing student who provides valuable insight into the Black teen experience, and when Emmanuella talks, people listen.”

“Emmanuella received the Niles West Principal’s Recognition Award last year. She considers herself an introvert, and she thanks her teachers, Ms. (Science teacher Poonam) Patel and Ms. (ELL teacher Jennifer) Meyer for helping her break out of her shell, and we are so glad she did. We are seeing the magnificent contributions that Emmanuella has already made at Niles West and we are excited to see what she will continue to do. When I asked Emmanuella what she was looking forward to most at the Black Teen Summit, she said she is most excited to see the event’s keynote speaker, none other than our very own Ms. April Stallworth! Because we all know when April talks, people listen!”

(April Stallworth is Executive Assistant to Superintendent Steven Isoye and Recording Secretary for the Board of Education.)

Niles West Director

“Another key person in organizing the inaugural Black Teen Summit at D219 is Physical Welfare Director, Mr. Omar Alebiosu,” Ritter said. “Omar, too, is very modest about the work he’s done, and he wanted to point out all of the help and support he received from his colleagues in the district who helped put this event together, like Carl Alexander, Deitrick Mitchell, Jason Stanford, Dillin Randolph, Larry English, Steve Parnther, Justin Johnson, Anita Baker, Carla Green, April Stallworth, Oyin Idowu, Adebola Adeniyi, Katie Odell, Caroline Benjamin, and Kia Pickett. 

“This planning committee made up of teachers, staff, administrators, and students like Emmanuella have been meeting, planning, sharing ideas, and collaborating to bring this event to life this year,” Ritter said. “There is such diversity within the Black community, and this is a day to celebrate those who identify as Black, African-American, Afro-Carribean, and Afro-Latino and for them to come together in unity and community. Planning any community event is a huge undertaking, and to do this remotely is even more challenging. Thank you to everyone involved in the planning of this event. 

“Emmanuella and Mr. Alebiosu have the same objective for the Black Teen Summit, which is to organize an event that will make our Black community feel welcomed, feel uplifted, and feel celebrated. While this will be a day of celebration, the uplifting and supporting of our Black community should not happen only on that day and should not happen only within the Black community,” Ritter said. “We all need to do a better job of lifting up and supporting our Black staff and students. Thank you Emanuella Anyanwoke and Omar Alebiosu for making a difference for so many in our D219 community. You are role models for all of us, and we can all follow your lead in supporting our D219 community.”

Niles North Principal James Edwards honored Corban (CJ) Hood-Webb for the leadership he has shown to his classmates during remote learning.


Edwards said CJ comes from a family “of very hard working people and although success is very important to them, genuineness and dedication is held above all. They push you to be yourself and to know who you are as an individual. His family is filled with lawyers, musicians, healthcare professionals, athletes, but overall genuine people that want to see their family members succeed.”

After high school, CJ aspires to be a Division 1 student-athlete majoring in Business/Real Estate and minoring in Economics or Applied Mathematics, Engineering or Physics, “in hopes of one day being in the NFL and MLB and having my degrees to fall back on after my career,” he says. “I also aspire to be a positive role model in my family, my community, and in the world.”

Besides his schoolwork, Edwards said, CJ keeps himself busy with sports. “He is currently practicing with his travel baseball team preparing for the 2021 season and will soon be doing the same for North football and baseball.” 

Social Studies teacher Aaron Minkus says, “In a world of little boxes filled with images of ceiling fans, kitchen cabinets and screens with only a first name on it, CJ is a ray of light. To be frank, I count on him for needed inspiration boosts during remote teaching. He throws himself into every class and brings nothing but happiness and energy. The world needs more people like CJ during these stressful times.”

English teacher Jason Mormolstein says, “CJ is an incredibly talented musician (seriously, ask him about his SoundCloud), and it was great having him share his creativity with our Digital Storytelling class. Corban was a reliably motivated, creative, and positive presence in our class.”

Spanish teacher Tom Neal says, “Corban has been a delight to work with this year!  He’s a conscientious, respectful young man who always strives to achieve his personal best.  ¡Felicidades y buen trabajo!” 

Physical Welfare teacher Mark Egofske says, “CJ shows up to class on time and ready to get after the workout that is on the horizon! CJ has great energy and is a positive force. He is a leader in our class and our go to’ when I need a student to demonstrate a new motor skill. Most importantly, CJ is a tremendous role model who makes us all work harder.” 

“CJ has shown consistent diligence and investment in his work in biology, where his energy and focus have positively influenced his learning groups (i.e. the breakout rooms), and contributing positively to the overall class learning” says Science teacher Tom Chung.

“Corban is a selfless, kind, and generous human,” says English teacher Amanda Hussain. “He is probably the student I have been able to get to know best during remote learning, and all due to his own actions.  To hear him talk about his family, his love for sports, how this year is going for him — you see insight and maturity that even most adults don’t have during this time. I wish there were a million more Corbans in the world, but the truth is, he is one of a kind!”

Edwards ended his tribute by saying, “And by the way, CJ is a freshman!”

Buell Work

Niles North Artists Win Scholastic Art Awards


The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program is the nation’s longest-running, largest, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. Over the past 95 years, the Awards have recognized and encouraged artists and writers such as Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Robert Redford, Tom Otterness, and Zac Posen, among countless others.Congratulations to these Niles North artists who are Scholastic Art Awards winners!  Not only is this a tremendous honor in itself–this work was completed in the context of remote-learning.   

  • Gold Keys are awarded to the top 5-7% of all entries; these students are automatically advanced to the national round of judging;
  • Silver Keys are awarded to the top 7-10% of all entries; these students are automatically advanced to the national round of judging;
  • Honorable Mention is awarded to the top 10-15% of all entries.
Ella AnichE-Learning AnxietiesHonorable MentionAnich Work
Lee BuellComplexitiesHonorable Mention
Peter Gage GocoWhat’s Inside Your Head?Gold Key
Kala HuynhLoopSilver KeyKala H work
Grace KandaSummer BuzzHonorable MentionKanda work
Ilhana KisijaBreaking News

Connectivity and its Counterpart

Past Ways Say Stay

Honorable Mention

Silver Key (pictured)

Gold Key

Kisija work
Adrian LorieThe WaterHonorable Mention
Nina MalhotraChloe


Strawberry Lemonade

Silver Key

Honorable Mention

Silver Key

Nicole NantzTyler Spangler Inspired ProjectHonorable Mention
Illinois 5Essentials

Take Illinois 5Essentials Survey to Have a Voice in Improving Schools

District 219 Administers Ninth Illinois 5Essentials Survey to Improve Student Learning

Students, teachers and parents weigh in on school climate and learning conditions

(February 4, 2021) – District 219 will join the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in the ninth
statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique opportunity
for students, teachers and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. From February 3 through
April 2, students and teachers will be asked to take a 25 -minute research-based survey to help identify
strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment. The parent survey supplement will
also be administered during the same survey window. These surveys will serve as an opportunity for
schools to reflect on progress since the last statewide implementation.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey provides a comprehensive picture of a school’s organizational culture in
an individualized report measuring five “essentials” critical for school success:

▪ Effective Leaders
▪ Collaborative Teachers
▪ Involved Families
▪ Supportive Environment
▪ Ambitious Instruction

Twenty years of research at the University of Chicago in more than 400 schools has shown that
schools that were strong on at least three of the 5Essentials were 10 times more likely to make
substantial gains in improving student reading and math than schools that were weak on three or more
of the Essentials. Those differences remained true even after controlling for student and school
characteristics, including poverty, race, gender, and neighborhood characteristics. Strength on
components within the Essentials also correlated with increased teacher retention, student attendance,
college enrollment, and high school graduation.

Generated from a rigorous analysis of student and teacher survey responses, 5Essentials Reports
demonstrate that what students and teachers say about their schools can serve as important indicators
for school success. In the inaugural 2012-2013 statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey, 87 percent of all
schools in the state met the 50-percent participation threshold to receive a 5Essentials Report, with participation from more than 70 percent of all teachers and eligible 6 th through 12 th graders across
Illinois. Starting in 2018-19, 4 th and 5 th grade students were also included in the 5Essentials survey

All district schools, including alternative schools that fall under the district’s domain, are required to
participate in a school learning conditions survey every year. Starting in the school year 2018-19, the
survey will be required annually. The survey was deemed an important component to balanced
accountability under the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan by stakeholders, which
resulted in state legislative changes requiring the survey annually.

Recent legislation (105 ILCS 5/2-3.153) allows school districts the option to select an alternative to the
5Essentials from a pre-approved pool for the 2020-21 administration. Selection of an alternative
required school board and local union approval and was at the district’s own expense. Details on
survey alternatives can be found on the State Board’s website:

District 219 will participate in the statewide 2020-21 5Essentials Survey to meet state legislation and
the Board’s mandate. District 219 will administer the survey to learn how schools are doing on the
5Essentials for school success.

Principals and superintendents will receive their 5Essentials Reports in May 2021. Survey results will
also be reported publicly on the 5Essentials reporting site in Spring 2021 and on the State School
Report Card website in Fall 2021 . An optional parent survey is again available to all schools as a
supplement to the 5Essentials Survey for teachers and students—results from the parent survey
supplement will be included only in the individual school 5Essential Reports. Since 2013-14, the Illinois
5Essentials Survey has been formed using the 2012-13 statewide results so that all schools can
demonstrate progress over time.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, UChicago Impact is providing Illinois 5Essentials to
schools statewide. Teachers, students, and parents may complete the Illinois 5Essentials Survey
online. For more information visit: www.5-essentials.org/illinois

2021 Illinois Parent Survey
Link to survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/
Opens Feb. 3, 2021 and closes April 2, 2021.

Black History Month Flyer

Celebrate Black History Month – Events, Resources, Links

Black History Month FlyerIn celebration of Black History Month, please visit these calendars that our school community created, which list events, community events and links to support local Black-owned businesses. The calendar and resources will be constantly updated; continue to visit the calendar in honor of elevating Black voices and learning from these opportunities for education, cultural awareness, and discussion.

Niles North Calendar

 Niles West Calendar

Black History Month NW