Congrats to Our D219 “YES I CAN” Award Winners!

The Illinois Council for Exceptional Children (ICEC) in Region 4 has hosted its first annual “YES I CAN STUDENT STAR ” awards ceremony on January 25th at our district’s very own Bridges Adult Transition Center. 

This night was the 100th year anniversary of the non-profit organization for special education. The ICEC is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. They accomplish their mission through advocacy, standards, and professional development. 

13 school districts have been represented and 29 students were awarded, including four from D219. The students were nominated for achievement in one of the seven categories: Transition Work, Academics, Self-Advocacy, School & Community, Technology, Artist Skills, and Social Emotional Learning.

Matt Joffe nominated Connor Holland from Bridges Adult Transition Center for his accomplishments under the category of Transition Work.

  Joffee, during his speech, said that he had known Holland for five years and that the amount of growth that he has seen in him has been tremendous. He has joined the Special Olympics and has participated in the four sports that District 219 offers; he has been a model athlete winning medals in the four sports. “Plus, what a great cheerleader he is for his fellow athletes,” claimed Joffee. In addition to that, Holland works at the local Jewel in competitive employment and has been learning how to read his schedule, asking for help from staff.

Joffe also nominated William Schejbal from Bridges Adult Transition Center under the category of Transition Work  Schejbal has participated in the Special Olympics at Niles West and Bridges all the years he has been in District 219. He has been a model athlete participating in all four sports that D219 offers. “He is one of the first students to cheer on his fellow athletes and the first with a fist bump to offer congratulations.”

Leonore Moran nominated Isabella Dillon from Niles West for her achievements in the Artist Skills category. Bella has been a leader in Arts Appreciation for the last 4 years. She has done multiple leading roles in our annual Arts Appreciation Show including Moana and Anna in Frozen. “Her charisma and personality always shine through when she is performing. Her hard work and dedication have always helped show other students to embrace the arts.”

Moran nominated Ricky Riley from Niles West under the Artist Skills category as well. Riley has been a leader in Arts Appreciation since he started as a freshman. “He is always engaged and willing to participate. His energy and enthusiasm always shine through when he is performing or just participating in daily class. His energy is infectious and always lifts up other students.” His talents are highlighted when he does his roles in the Arts, including helping narrate this year’s show “Something Kind of Frozen” with his role as Kristof.

Congratulations to all of the students who won awards, and thank you to all the staff who nominated those students.

[Reminder] 1st Meeting Tonight! School and Family Partnerships that Produce

D219 Parents/Caregivers, 


We are so excited about our first session in our Parent Engagement Series tonight with Dr. Harris. In this session, titled School and Family Partnerships that Produce, we will be focusing on providing parents with ways to identify school and district-based resources. We believe that this is key to focus on because it is important to establish and build relationships that can foster positive exchanges that support the home, school, and community. We look forward to collaborating together. 

Please see the Zoom credentials below for the meeting. Meeting ID: 880 6306 9166

Giving Tuesday Donation to Niles West!

Hello Niles West Family,

Today is Giving Tuesday, and I am thrilled to announce a very generous donation that Niles West will receive from a 1972 Niles West alum, Mr. Barry Berger, and his wife Mrs. Taffy Berger.

Mr. Berger contacted me in August to let me know that he and his wife, Taffy, set up a foundation to give back to the organizations that helped them achieve the success they have experienced in their careers. Niles West is one of those organizations. He spoke of his very fond memories of Niles West and how it made him the person he is today.

Mr. Berger grew a successful home health care business in Los Angeles after leaving Lincolnwood. He has a very warm place in his heart for those in need of special care. With the Bergers’ donation this year, we plan to offer several student scholarships, give a lump sum to the Niles West Special Education Department to support student programs, and also provide funding to the Educational Foundation to help students in need. Mr. and Mrs. Berger plan to provide an annual donation of $50,000 to Niles West for the next 10 years.

Our students are very fortunate to receive this generous donation, and we are always amazed at the commitment to and pride for Niles West that many of our alumni demonstrate. This is a special place for so many. We are humbled and thankful for the Bergers’ generosity on this Giving Tuesday.

Please see below a bio and history of Barry and Taffy Berger.

Taffy and Barry Berger Biography

Taffy Steinfeld-Berger was born in the Bronx and moved to New Jersey where she graduated from Teaneck High School. Upon graduation from high school, Taffy enrolled at Boston University, majoring in Art.

Taffy moved to Los Angeles in 1974 and met Barry Berger in 1984, and they married in 1985. Upon their marriage, Taffy joined Barry in growing his business that was started 5 years earlier. She oversaw about 100 employees along with managing the general operations of providing quality home health care services to the community. She grew to be a leader in Accredited’s growth and was responsible for its success. The Bergers have no children but have always had dogs. Currently they have 2 dogs, Spanky and Dudley.

Barry Berger was born in Lincolnwood and is the youngest of 4 children. All four children graduated from Lincoln Hall and Niles West. Upon graduation, Barry moved to Phoenix and attended Mesa Community College and transferred to Arizona State University and graduated in 1976 with a BS degree in Business. Barry’s interest in business started at 9 years old, when he started working for his father’s jewelry store in Chicago. After graduating from ASU, Barry moved to Los Angeles and worked for a radiology company that provided nuclear medicine and ultrasound services to hospitals. Barry saw the future of health care, and at age 26, ventured out on his own to open up a home care company. Accredited Home Health was founded in 1980. Throughout the years, Accredited grew by providing skilled and unskilled home health care services to the senior and developmentally disabled population. Accredited developed a delivery system for the state of California that saved the state millions and millions of dollars per year by providing a service that offered respite care to the developmentally disabled. Accredited provided skilled home health care including nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapy. Accredited maintained a census of over 1000 patients per month while maintaining a 4.5 star rating as scored by Medicare. Accredited also provided caregivers throughout Southern California to assist individuals with their daily activities of living.

The Bergers saw an opportunity to retire and sell the business in 2021. Accredited was sold on November 30, 2021 to a publicly traded company. At the end, Accredited services over 10,000 clients per month and employed 2500 per week.

The Bergers are very grateful for what they have achieved. They built a business by treating people honestly and with respect. Taffy and Barry decided to set up a charitable foundation upon their retirement and decided along with “paying it forward,” they would also “pay it backwards.”

Barry has fond memories of growing up in Lincolnwood and attending Lincolnwood Schools and Niles West. From being “Camper of the Year” at the $3.00 summer camp Lincolnwood Recreation in 1963, to attending the bonfire at the Halloween Party at the park, to the friends he made in Lincolnwood and Niles West, he could not imagine a better way to spend his youth.

“It is our sincere pleasure to be able to make this commitment.” –Taffy and Barry Berger

Mini Portfolio Day (Tuesday, 10/18/2022)

On Tuesday, October 18th, Niles West will be hosting Mini Portfolio Day!

Mini Portfolio Day was developed by Niles West art teachers Deanna Sortino and John Zilewicz as a way to give the top art schools, colleges and universities access to over 250 art students from over 13 public and private high schools in the state of Illinois. Each college will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with students throughout the day to conduct art portfolio reviews, talk about art majors, and engage deeper about post-secondary creative careers. Students from various grade levels will come prepared with about 5-15 art works to present to college reps for review, as well as questions for the individual schools about admissions, scholarships, etc. Students will be able to utilize the feedback they receive to strengthen their portfolios before they officially apply to art school and learn more about their particular school through presentations that will be offered throughout the day.

Click here for more information on the event! Please join us throughout the day in supporting our talented students.

Join Us – Niles West Theatre Presents “A Kid Like Jake”

Join us for a contemporary play that deals with themes of belonging, loss, love, and what it means to be a family. Set in modern day Brooklyn, A Kid Like Jake centers on a young couple and their four year old son Jake. Jake is a young boy who does not subscribe to gender norms, loves princesses, and plays dress up. Beloved and accepted for who he is by both of his parents, they wonder whether to “play the gender card” when applying to private elementary school programs. In conversations with each other and Jake’s preschool director the couple struggle with how to move forward with their applications and parenting styles as Jake’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic and concerning to those in his life. Join us for this moving piece that asks the question, what does unconditional love really look like?
Performances will be held:
Thursday, Sep 1: 10am (Free Community Performance) & 4pm
Friday, Sep 2: 5pm
Saturday, Sep 3: 2pm & 6pm
Black Box Theatre
CAST AND CREW << Click to see who’s in the Show!
We are pleased to offer two complimentary tickets to all faculty and staff of District 219 to the performance of their choice.  Please complete THIS FORM to submit your request.


Come Out and See Our FALL SPORTS Teams!

Hello D219,

School starts Wednesday, August 17th and our student athletes have already started working hard to prepare for their seasons. Please try to come out and support our fall sport participants this season as much as you can. You can click the links below to find out more information about your favorite District 219 sports programs:

Niles North Athletics

Niles West Athletics

Our Niles North Vikings take on our Niles West Wolves in our Crosstown Football Game at Niles North High School on Friday, 9/2. (Frosh-Soph @ 4:30pm ; Varsity @ 7:00pm)

Here are some notable varsity home openers to look out for:

Niles North:

  • Boys’ Soccer – Monday, 8/22 vs. Rolling Meadows @ 5:00pm
  • Girls’ Tennis – Tuesday, 8/23 vs. North Shore Country Day @ 3:45pm
  • Girls’ Volleyball – Thursday, 8/25 vs. Lane Tech @ 6:00pm
  • Boys’ Football – Friday, 8/26 vs. Lake View @ 7:00pm
  • Boys’ Golf – Monday, 8/29 vs. Northridge Prep @ 3:45pm
  • Girls’ Swimming & Diving – Friday 9/9 vs. Evanston @ 5:00pm
  • Girls’ Cross Country – Tuesday, 9/13 vs. Highland Park @ 4:30pm
  • Boys’ Cross Country – Tuesday, 9/13 vs. Highland Park @ 4:30pm

Niles West:

  • Girls’ Golf – Wednesday, 8/17 vs. Maine West @ 4:00pm
  • Girls’ Tennis – Saturday, 8/20 vs. Varsity Quad #1 @ 8:30am
  • Girls’ Volleyball – Monday, 8/22 vs. Warren @ 6:00pm
  • Boys’ Soccer – Monday, 8/22 vs. Palatine @ 6:30pm
  • Boys’ Golf – Tuesday, 8/23 vs. Niles North @ 4:00pm
  • Girls’ Swimming & Diving – Friday, 8/26 vs. Northside College Prep @ 5:30pm
  • Girls’ Cross Country – Saturday, 8/27 vs. Niles North @ 8:30am
  • Boys’ Cross Country – Saturday, 8/27 vs. Niles North @ 8:30am
  • Boys’ Football – Thursday, 9/15 vs. Elk Grove @ 5:30pm

Good luck to all of our our Wolves & Vikings this season!

Welcome Back D219 Faculty & Staff!

Welcome back District 219 faculty & staff. We hope you all had an amazing summer. We’re excited to have you all back in the buildings and even more excited to welcome our students back on Wednesday. Convocation (Opening Day) was great and we wanted to share some of the best moments from Monday, August 15th in the links below. Let’s have an excellent school year!

Video Recap


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Residency Approval/Verification – Summer 2022

Two sets of letters were emailed today. If you did not receive an email, please contact your registrar.

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 selectionJune 14
Online Residency Verification*starts June 30
In Person Residency Verificationstart July 5
Online Fee Waiver Uploadsstarts July 1
Online Freshman & Senior Health Form Uploadsstarts July 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)