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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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Friday May 29 is Deadline for Cap-and-gown Photos

Sent May 28, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian of Niles West Class of 2020 Graduates,

We are super excited to celebrate the graduating Class of 2020 in the Niles West virtual graduation ceremony on June 14, 2020. Tomorrow, Friday, May 29, at 7 p.m., is the deadline for graduates to submit a photo of themselves in their cap and gown holding their diploma cover. We will show the photo as the graduate’s name is called during the virtual commencement ceremony. If your graduate has not already submitted that photo, please have them do so by tomorrow.

If we do not receive a photo of your graduate in cap and gown, we will use the yearbook photo, if we have one.

All graduates should also register via the email from MarchingOrder, our virtual commencement ceremony provider, and record their name so we have the proper pronunciation when names are read.

Graduates should all have received an email from MarchingOrder, our virtual commencement ceremony provider. You must do the following once you find the link. (Check spam and trash if you can’t find it. The email came from graduation@marchingorder.com.)

  1. Have your student complete the registration process with MarchingOrder to access the virtual commencement accounts for detailed instructions.
  2. Have your student upload their photo (with cap, gown, and diploma cover if you have one). The deadline to submit a photo is Friday, May 29 by 7 p.m.
  3. Have your student record their name so we have the proper pronunciation when names are read.

The virtual graduation will be streamed on Sunday, June 14 at 1 p.m. We will send out more details in the coming days. We encourage you to share the celebration and event details with families and friends and the Niles West community using the following hashtags on social media platforms:


We look forward to celebrating this important life event with you and your family on June 14 at 1 p.m.

Thank you.

Dr. Karen Ritter
Niles West Principal

Cesar Rosales - Tim Neubauer

D219 Hires West Dean, Asst Supt for Business Services


Cesar Rosales Dean

Cesar F. Rosales will become Niles West High School’s new Dean of Students for the 2020-21 year, after his appointment was approved by the Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education at its May 12 meeting. Rosales will bring to Niles West his experience as a dean and as a Spanish teacher.

Rosales has served District U-46’s Elgin High School as Dean of Students since June 2016. In that role he worked with the district’s Teacher Appraisal Plan (TAP), was a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Tier 1 facilitator and a Check-In/Check-Out facilitator. Before becoming a dean, Rosales taught Spanish for six years at South Elgin High School, including Advanced Placement Spanish, and taught Spanish for three years at Elgin High School.

Rosales earned a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Concordia University in River Forest. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language Acquisition from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

Rosales will succeed Alana Laury, who will join District 207’s Maine East High School for the coming school year as Assistant Principal for Student Supports.



Tim Neubauer

Tim Neubauer has been appointed D219’s Assistant Superintendent for Business Services, effective July 1, after a vote by the Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education at its special April 28 board meeting. Neubauer has served the district as Interim Financial Consultant since September of 2019.

“We are so pleased that Tim Neubauer will be heading up D219’s finances, business dealings and operations,” said Superintendent Steven Isoye. “He has a distinguished record of service as a school business official and a wealth of knowledge that will serve our district well.”

Neubauer served Community Unit School District 220 in Barrington as Assistant Superintendent for Business Services, Certified School Business Official (CSBO)  for six years. Among his accomplishments there were: implementing the transition to Infinite Campus information software, integrating the district’s transportation, food service and financial software; leading the district-wide facility master planning process; and taking a leadership role in defining and implementing the district’s new “One-To-World” one-to-one student computer program.

Before that, Neubauer for three years served Oswego Community Unit School District 308 as Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance, CSBO. He managed the finance and business operations for the district, which is the ninth largest school district in Illinois, with almost 17,000 students. Neubauer’s accomplishments there included creating a new district-wide breakfast program to provide morning nourishment to elementary school children, and developing the means to financially support a new full-day kindergarten center.

Neubauer also worked for 10 years as Business Manager/Director of Operations for Community High School District 155 in Crystal Lake. Before that, Neubauer was employed by Servicemaster Management Services, based in Downers Grove, working as a consultant and department head for educational clients that included Community Unit School District 220 in Barrington and National-Louis University in Evanston.

Neubauer earned an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Lewis University In Romeoville. He is also admitted to the bar in Illinois and Wisconsin, having earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law. Neubauer attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for undergraduate school, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration as well as a Bachelor of Science in Geological Science.

Student Board Reps

Board Honors Student Board Reps at 5-12-20 Mtg

Niles West senior Ines Rahmani and Niles North junior Romesa Amiwala were honored by the Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education at its May 12 meeting for serving the board during the 2019-20 school year as its Student Board Representatives.

Niles West student board rep Ines Rahmani

“It’s bittersweet for me to say that this is the last report we will have from Ines, since she will be graduating this year,” Board President David Ko said as he welcomed the students to their last meeting as this year’s representatives. “Congratulations, Ines, and we wish you all the best on what we know will be a successful future.

To both Rahmani and Niles North’s Amiwala, Ko said, “On behalf of our Board of Education, I want to acknowledge publicly how much we appreciate your service to this board. You have been effective representatives for your fellow students and wonderful ambassadors for your schools. Your reports to the board this year have been instructive and insightful, and we appreciate your candor and your enthusiasm … Thank you for everything you have done for District 219.”

Niles West Principal Karen Ritter said, “Ines Rahmani is one of the most amazing students I have ever met. Her involvement and activity at Niles West reflect the kind of person she is: a kind, caring, natural leader who is passionate about helping others. Ines represents Niles West and embodies what we want for all of our students. When students like Ines are provided with a stellar education and a plethora of extracurriculars to be involved in, they often give back in so many more ways than we could ever expect.

“Not only is Ines the voice of the student body as our Student Board Representative for the past two years, she is also the Student Government Vice President and Senior Class Cabinet Member,” Ritter said. “Her leadership does not stop there. She was also nominated as the Outstanding Female Leader of the Year by the Physical Welfare Department, she is graduating Summa Cum Laude, and she has completed over 100 hours of community service during her four years at Niles West.

“If this weren’t enough, she has also held roles as a UNICEF Leader, Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR) Leader, Peer Leader, Literacy Center Tutor, Homeroom Mentor, Varsity Tennis Player, National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, and Spanish National Honor Society member. And of course, she has made the honor roll every semester in her high school career.

“Not everyone is fortunate enough to know a student like Ines, who instantly strikes you as a leader,” Ritter said. “In a conversation with (D219 Superintendent) Dr. (Steven) Isoye several months ago, he said about Ines, ‘She’s a leader, and she will continue to be a leader.’

“I honestly do not know how she manages to get good grades, be involved in so many activities, and be an all-around good person,” Ritter said. “While all of these accomplishments may seem like a comprehensive, successful end to her high school career, we all know that for Ines Rahmani, this is just the beginning. We wish the best to Ines Rahmani in her future. We are all so lucky to know her.”

Niles North Principal James Edwards said, “I want to thank Romesa Amiwala for her work as the student representative for the Board of Education meetings. Romesa, your eternal optimism is so greatly appreciated during this time.

Niles North student board rep Romesa Amiwala

“I want to thank you for your work this year providing detailed reports to our Board while juggling your academics and leadership roles in DECA, the Principal’s Advisory Committee and so many other things.” Edwards said. “Romesa’s leadership has been evident on so many fronts this year including organizing the DECA Career Panel, which brought over 20 industry professionals to Niles North. In addition, she was the catalyst behind the Business Basics workshop focusing on resume building, interviewing tips and professional dress. As a member of the Principal’s Advisory Committee, Romesa was instrumental in brainstorming ideas for our Student Climate and Culture Committee, which was charged with the task to address inappropriate language in the hallways and classrooms.

“Although this student board representative cycle has ended, we are proud of you and lucky to have you back at Niles North for your senior year,” Edwards told Amiwala. “I hope you will consider a second term as the Niles North Board of Education Student Representative.”

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5-11-20: Note from Principal

Niles West Students,

This is the last week of school, if you can believe it. I don’t think any of us imagined that we would spend the last 9 weeks of the school year learning remotely. I hope you and your families are all in good health, both physically and mentally. It has been challenging for us all, but I do believe that we will come out of this better, stronger, and more resilient. I want to provide some information before we end this school year.

I want to congratulate you on doing your best under the current circumstances.

The last day to turn in any classwork is this Friday, May 15. If you have major assignments or projects to turn in, do not wait until the last day. Please be mindful of your teachers’ time and if at all possible, do not wait until Friday to turn in weeks worth of work. If all students were to do that, this doesn’t give them a lot of time to grade everything before finalizing your semester grades. Please let your teachers know if you have any questions about classwork, assignments, or due dates.

You will be able to pick up your belongings on designated days/times after the end of the semester. We have removed contents from all hallway and PE lockers, bagged students’ belongings, and labeled them with your name. We have taken any textbooks or school materials and will check them in. You will be able to pick up your personal belongings via curbside pickup and return anything that belongs to the school, including textbooks, library books, hotspots, loaner Chromebooks. Students will not be allowed to enter the building and should not leave their cars. Our staff that will be working will be wearing masks and gloves and practicing social distancing. We will send more detailed information in the weeks to come.

The schedule will be:



Last Name Begins With


Friday May 22







Tuesday May 26







Wednesday May 27







Thursday May 28







Friday May 29

Makeup Day for all  classes

All grades

8am- 3pm

More info to come!
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Dr. Karen M. Ritter | Principal
Make Some Noise Graphic for Wk May 18 2020

Niles Township Celebrates the Week of the Graduate Beginning May 18

Make Some Noise Graphic for Wk May 18 2020

All 11 public school districts that serve Niles Township will celebrate their 8th graders and high school seniors the week of May 18, which marks The Week of the Graduate, Class of 2020.  Community members are encouraged to head out to your front porch or come to the front lawn on Wednesday, May 20 at 8:20 p.m. (20:20 in military time) to “Make Some Noise for the Class of 2020”: sing your favorite song, bang some pots and pans, and give the Class of 2020 the round of applause that they deserve.

On May 20, schools will also turn all their lights on from 8 to 9 p.m. to “light up the night” for the Class of 2020.

The Week of the Graduate is sponsored by the Niles Township Superintendents Association, in partnership with the Village of Lincolnwood, the Village of Morton Grove, the Village of Niles and the Village of Skokie.

The schools are providing lawn signs or window signs for their graduates to display at their homes, and residents are encouraged to celebrate the Class of 2020 students the week of May 18 by tying a ribbon of their high school’s color on a tree by their home (red for Niles West and purple for Niles North).

“With the COVID-19 pandemic taking away the usual forms of celebration for this year’s graduates, we think it’s important that our community find a way to come together to honor and congratulate the Class of 2020,” said Dr. Margaret Clauson, Superintendent of Skokie/Morton Grove School District 69.

Residents and businesses can make a sign to display in their window or business, and residents can change out their porch bulb to a red or purple bulb for the week.


Dr. Beth Flores, Golf School District 67

Dr. James Garwood, Skokie School District 68

Dr. Margaret Clauson, Skokie — Morton Grove School District 69

Mr. Brad W. Voehringer, Morton Grove School District 70

Dr. John Kosirog, Niles School District 71

Dr. Cindy Whittaker, Fairview South School District 72

Dr. Scott Thompson, East Prairie School District 73

Ms. Kate Donegan, Skokie School District 73.5

Dr. Kimberly Nasshan, Lincolnwood School District 74

Dr. Steven Isoye, Niles Township High School District 219

Ms. Tarin Kendrick, Niles Township District for Special Education 807

Week of the Graduate Flyer

Make Some Noise Flyer

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Graduation Communication 4.30.20

Sent April 30, 2020

Dear D219 Students and Families,

The highlight of every school year is graduation. It presents us with the chance to recognize the achievements of our seniors and to highlight future plans as you embark on your early adventures as young adults. We recognize how important it is to each of you to mark the passage of this important milestone. It is also an important opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate with parents, friends, and extended family. After careful consideration, which took into account the social distancing and mass gatherings parameters set by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and current guidance against in-person graduations recommended by the Illinois State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Carmen Ayala, here are D219’s plans for graduation. We appreciate your patience during this process.

Virtual Graduation

D219 will be conducting a virtual graduation for the Class of 2020 on Sunday, June 7 Sunday, June 14. Although not all the details are set, a virtual graduation would look like this:

  • Graduates would submit a photo of themselves wearing their cap, gown and any cords.
  • The pictures would then be compiled into a presentation in which each photo would be displayed.
  • All student and staff speeches that are part of a traditional graduation would be submitted digitally to be integrated into the graduation.
  • The graduation presentation link would be made available to our students and their  families. (We will provide more details in a future communication.)

Physical Graduation (tentative, based on developing conditions)

In the event that the guidelines for social distancing and mass gatherings change, we have tentatively scheduled a physical graduation (with possible restrictions) on Sunday, July 19 at the Rosemont Theatre. Times will be communicated as we receive more details.

We acknowledge the profound disappointment that our seniors have faced during this historic health challenge in our country and around the world. That being said, we are confident that we can honor their contributions to D219 in one, and hopefully two, dignified graduations.


Prom is a very important event, particularly for seniors, to mark the end of their high school careers with a celebratory and exciting night of dancing and fun. Unfortunately, we are going to cancel prom for this year because our original dates are still under the umbrella of the “stay at home” order. However, if the guidelines change, we are looking at the possibility of an end of year senior sendoff in late July. Like you, we are very disheartened that this type of decision had to be made, but do look forward to the senior sendoff if circumstances change.

Cap and Gown Pickup

Details on cap, gown, cords, and yearbook pickup as well as locker cleanout and item return information will be communicated early next week.

Dr. James Edwards, Niles North High School Principal
Dr. Karen Ritter, Niles West High School Principal
Dr. Steven Isoye, Superintendent of Schools

A Song of Hope composed by Sachio Nang

A Song of Hope – Composed by NW Student Sachio Nang

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and a song to carry you through….

The following song was composed by Niles West senior Sachio Nang and created with 100+ tracks from musicians from around the world, from places like Thailand, Malta and New Zealand.

A Song of Hope is the song we all need now. Please enjoy:

A Song of Hope