Lend Your Voice to Avoice4Peace


The United Nations General Assembly established September 21 as the International Day of Peace. Join the Niles West Choir in celebrating this day of non-violence and cease-fire with a world-wide peace concert in conjunction with www.avoice4peace.org. The mission is simple: promote peace with a concert featuring choirs from around the world.

Niles West Choirs are inviting parents, faculty and staff to learn the peace song “Ukuthula” and record it with the choirs. Anyone willing to sing for peace is welcome.

Choir Parents and Guardians rehearsal is 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, September 15 in the Band Room. Faculty and staff rehearsal is 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18 in the Choir Room. The Performance/Recording will take place from 3:10 to 3:45 on Friday, September 20 in the Niles West South Commons.

If you have questions, please contact Choir Director Matthew Begale at matbeg@d219.org.

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Niles West Homecoming Events

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During Homecoming 2019, held on September 23 through 28, Niles West (Egg) will transform into a sophisticated wonderland, bringing all of the glitter and glamor of “The Great Gatsby,” making for a spirited and fun-filled week. Homecoming 2019 culminates with an exciting pep assembly with the Homecoming Royalty during the school day on Friday, September 27, followed by the Varsity Football Game at 7 p.m., with the Niles West Wolves playing the Maine South Hawks. The Homecoming Dance will be held from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 28. All events will take place at the high school, 5701 West Oakton, Skokie.

Here is a breakdown of the week’s events:

Monday, September 23

PJ Spirit Day

Homeroom Door Decorating Contest

Tuesday, September 24

Sports Spirit Day

Powder Puff Football game at 3:30 p.m. in the Stadium

Niles West Girls Tennis vs. Maine South at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 25

Hawaiian / Beach Spirit Day

Pie Eating Contest during lunch periods

Thursday, September 26

Flashback Spirit Day

Niles West Girls Tennis vs. Glenbrook North at 4:30 p.m.

Niles West Girls Volleyball vs. Glenbrook North at 6 p.m.

Friday, September 27

Niles West Colors Spirit Day

Homecoming Pep Assembly

Niles West Girls Swimming vs. Maine South at 5:30 p.m.

Niles West Girls Volleyball vs. Taft at 6 p.m.

Niles West Wolves Varsity Football vs. Maine South Hawks at 7 p.m.

The 2019 Niles West Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized during the halftime activities:


Mr. Bruce Bolnick (‘65) – Gymnastics

Mr. Ed Bruksch (‘64) – Football, Basketball, Baseball

Ms. Shirley Cohen Katz (‘78) – Volleyball, Tennis, Basketball, Softball

Coach:  Mr. Steve Foerch – Gymnastics

Distinguished Service Award:  Ms. Arlene Mulder

Saturday, September 28

Novice Debate Scrimmage

Girls Tennis Quad at 9 a.m./11 a.m./1 p.m.

Boys Soccer vs. Montini at 10 a.m.

Boys Golf vs. Maine West at 4 p.m.

Homecoming Dance 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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Sophomore College Night is September 17


D219 sophomores and their parents are invited to Sophomore College Information Night, held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17 in the Niles North High School Auditorium, 9800 Lawler, Skokie.

There are numerous career pathways to choose from with varying post-high school educational requirements. Discovering who you are and what is important to you, exploring all of your options, and experiencing life as a current student will set you on the path that’s right for you. The night’s program features a college admissions representative who will focus on the process that will help students to achieve their post-high school goals.

Translation will be available in the following languages:  Spanish, Korean, Urdu, Assyrian, and Arabic.

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Four National Merit Semifinalists Announced

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced the names of 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Niles Township High School District 219 has four Semifinalists. They are: Owen Stephenson from Niles North and Daniel Cudzich, Irena Petryk and Henry Rousseau from Niles West. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $31 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. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

The next step in the process is narrowing down the pool of semifinalists to finalists. About 15,000 semifinalists are expected to advance to the next level after submitting an application with information about academic and community activities, employment, awards and “demonstrated leadership abilities,” according to National Merit. Winners will be selected out of those finalists based on their accomplishments, skills and potential for success in college. This year’s National Merit Scholars will be announced between April and July 2020.

Niles West, North – Among Best Public Schools in Chicago Magazine

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Niles West and Niles North High Schools have both been named among the 20 Best Public High Schools in suburban Cook County by Chicago Magazine. Niles West was ranked at #12 and Niles North at #15 in the September 2019 edition of the magazine. The magazine’s survey of the best public schools analyzes data from the Illinois State Board of Education for the 217-18 school year. Calculations were done by the research nonprofit RTI International, based on weighting instructions provided by Chicago.

Niles North Principal, Dr. James Edwards, “I am so grateful to work with such a dedicated staff, vibrant student population, supportive parents and guardians, and committed district leaders in D219.  I am also excited about continuing to strive for continuous improvement in academics and school climate and culture at Niles North as the new school year begins.”

Suburban High Schools rankings were based on the following categories:  Spending per pupil: 15%; SAT reading attainment percentage: 12.5%; SAT math attainment percentage: 12.5%; SAT reading attainment percentage, income-adjusted: 12.5%; SAT math attainment percentage, income-adjusted: 12.5%; Attendance: 15%; and Graduation rate: 20%.

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Clausell, Naatz Join D219 Admin Team

At its August 6 meeting, the Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education approved the appointment of two administrators for the 2019-20 school year.

Winifred ClausellWinifred Clausell has been named the district’s new Director of K-8 Literacy. As part of the Classrooms First administrative team, she will help create, develop and implement a K-12 Literacy learning environment that includes a guaranteed and viable curriculum and instructional pedagogy sufficient to ensure high school and college readiness.

Clausell comes to D219 from Wheeling Community Consolidated School District 21, where she served in a variety of roles. Most recently she was an Instructional Coach at Twain Elementary School in Wheeling, where she co-facilitated the school’s multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) process and collaborated with teachers, curriculum coordinators and administrators to provide ongoing professional development. Before that, she was a Learning Coach at Riley Elementary School in Arlington Heights. She also served D21 in the roles of Literacy & Media Teacher at Cooper Middle School in Buffalo Grove, as Literacy Resource Teacher at London Middle School in Wheeling and as a teacher at Longfellow Elementary School in Buffalo Grove. Prior to working at CCSD21, Clausell was a classroom teacher in Skokie School District 68 for two years.

Clausell earned a Master of Arts in School Leadership from Concordia University Chicago in River Forest. She holds both a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Illinois State University in Normal.


NW Asst SS Tim Naatz

Tim Naatz was appointed Assistant Director of Student Services at Niles West. He moves to West from Niles North, where he served the past year as Vocational Coordinator in the Special Education Department. In that role he taught students job skills and introduced them to potential employment opportunities, both while they are in high school and for when they graduate. Naatz served the past three summers as Special Education Coordinator for D219 Summer School. For six years Naatz was a Special Education Teacher at Niles North. He also served for a year as Restrictive Study Coordinator at North. Before joining D219, Naatz was a Special Education Teacher and then Special Education Director and Case Manager at Urban Prep Academy’s West Campus in Chicago.

Naatz earned his Master of Arts in School Administration from Northeastern Illinois University. He is certified as a Learning Behavioral Specialist from Roosevelt University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Business Education, from Illinois State University.

NEW PORTAL – Campus Student & Campus Parent

Dear D219 Parents & Students:

Effective July 1, 2019 – our Infinite Campus system will have different portals for students and parents. Campus Student & Campus Parent are replacing Campus Portal.

Additionally, there are new apps for each (Campus Student / Campus Parent) to replace the old mobile app. Campus Mobile Portal will be removed from the app stores by June 30, 2019. All mobile device users will need to download Campus Student or Campus Parent.

Get your App Today, and be ready for the 2019-2020 school year!

Infinite Campus Student & Campus Parent apps are available (free) for iPhone and Android.

CAMPUS PARENT APP:     Apple Store    Google Play
CAMPUS STUDENT APP:    Apple Store    Google Play

After downloading and launching either the Student or Parent app:
* Enter part of the District name (Niles Twp), select state IL, click on Search
* Choose NILES TWP COMM (Niles K-12) to access our district’s system
* Enter your username and password to log in to the system

Don’t yet have a Parent portal account?

If you have not yet established a portal login, you can request that the system send a portal Activation Key to your email already on file with the district. On the Campus Portal login page, in the “Need More Help” section (at the bottom), click on the option to get an Activation Key.

Christine Gonzales will be D219’s next Executive Director of K-12 STEM and Literacy

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Christine Gonzales has been named Niles Township High School District 219’s next Executive Director of K-12 STEM and Literacy, after a vote by the D219 Board of Education at its June 18 meeting. She will begin in that role on July 1. Gonzales is currently Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning & Communications for Township High School District 113 in Highland Park.

The executive director oversees the alignment of K-12 STEM and Literacy curriculum to Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, to ensure high school, college, and career readiness for all students, and supervises the implementation of that curriculum through supervision and professional development. The executive director monitors and tracks student data with the Classrooms First administrative team to ensure student success.

Gonzales has served District 113 since 2016. The district includes Highland Park and Deerfield High Schools. In her role she oversaw the district’s Innovative Teaching and Learning initiatives, which include: providing technology and instructional technology support for teachers, counselors and support staff; researching educational trends and innovative instruction; and heading up the selection and districtwide implementation of a Learning Management System. She also headed up the district’s Communications division, where she: developed a comprehensive Communications Plan for the district; oversaw the district’s website, publications and social media; and collaborated on developing the district’s Strategic Plan.

Prior to D113, Gonzales served as Assistant Principal for three years at Lane Tech College Prep in Chicago. In that role she led the Mathematics Department, was responsible for scheduling 4,200 students and 217 teachers, and was the school’s Webmaster. She co-founded the school’s GEMS program, which builds capacity in young women interested in entering the fields of engineering, math and science.  Gonzales taught math at Lane Tech from 2007 to 2013.

Gonzales earned a Master of Science degree in Math Education from the Illinois Institute of Technology, as well as a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is completing her Doctorate of Education in Learning Design & Leadership at the University of Illinois.