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D219 Graduations Will Take Place on Sunday, May 22, 2022

Niles North and Niles West High Schools will hold their Class of 2022 graduations on Sunday, May 22, with the exact time yet to be determined. Each school plans to hold the commencement ceremony at its football stadium.

In case of inclement weather, we will have a rain date of Monday, May 23. The district will share more details once they are available.

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D219 Board To Hold Special Meeting June 22 at 7:30 p.m.

The Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education will hold a special board meeting on Tuesday, June 22, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Here is a link to the agenda and to the public packet materials.  
This meeting will be held with the physical presence of a quorum of the Board of Education at the D219 District Offices, 7700 Gross Point Road, Skokie, Illinois. However, Board members, teachers, staff, and members of the public may attend the meeting via Zoom. To join the meeting by phone, attendees may dial 312-626-6799. To join the meeting online, attendees should use Zoom Webinar ID: 86758808945 or click this link:
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Residency Approval/Verification Letters – June 2021

As referenced in the June 2021 web posting, two sets of letters were emailed in June.

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 selectionmid June
Online Residency Verification*June 30
Online Fee Waiver UploadsJune 30
Online Freshman & Senior Health Form UploadsJune 30

* – 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)
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D219 Board Vacancy: Applications Due July 6, 2021

Niles Township High School District 219 is accepting applications from qualified candidates who would like to be appointed to the D219 Board of Education. The vacancy has opened due to the resignation of Mr. James Specker, who stepped down as Board President and as a Board Member on June 4.

The Board plans to fill the vacancy resulting from Mr. Specker’s resignation within the next two months.  The individual selected will serve on the Board for the remainder of Mr. Specker’s term, which ends in the spring of 2023.

Applicants should show familiarity with the Board’s policies regarding general duties and responsibilities of a Board and a Board member, including fiduciary responsibilities, and compliance with Board policies regarding conflict of interest, ethics, and the gift ban.  The Board’s policies are available on the District website.  Qualification requirements and application instructions are detailed in this online application. 

Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

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District Residency Notice – June 2021

Dear 219 Parent/Guardian:

Residency verification begins on June 30.

District 219 is committed to protecting taxpayer dollars through our annual residency process.

District 219 will continue to use a tool called the CLEAR Batch system to review your residency. The CLEAR Batch system reviews public records to verify your residency. All households will be reviewed using this system. In some cases, the CLEAR Batch system will locate adequate documentation to verify your residency for the 2021-2022 school year, and you will receive a letter via email in mid-June to indicate that you do not need to verify your student’s residency.

In other cases, the CLEAR Batch system may identify insufficiencies or inconsistencies in public records. In addition, a group of households will be selected at random, regardless of the results of the CLEAR Batch system search, to provide documentation to verify their residency. People who fall into one of these categories will receive a letter via email in mid-June to indicate that you will need to provide documentation to verify your student’s residency. Online residency verification will begin June 30. District staff will also be available online (Zoom or phone) to assist on July 2.

Fee waiver forms and health forms (freshmen & seniors) can also be uploaded and processed online.  District staff will be available to assist with these forms as well.

More information regarding textbook pick up, chrome book pick up and Freshman Orientation will be available in July.

Here are a few important summer enrollment dates to note:

Announce results of CLEAR Batch & random selectionmid June
Online Residency Verification*June 30
Online Fee Waiver UploadsJune 30
Online Freshman & Senior Health Form UploadsJune 30

 

*Only required for those who do not pass the CLEAR Batch system or who have been randomly selected.

 

If you have any questions about the summer enrollment process, please contact your school building.

 

ResidencyFee WaiverHealth
Niles West847-626-2929
residency@d219.org
847-626-2506847-626-2940
Niles North847-626-2024
residency@d219.org
847-626-2013847-626-2276

 

Thank you for your attention and cooperation.

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Resignation of District 219 Board President James Specker

Niles Township High School District 219 regrets to announce the resignation of Mr. James Specker from the Board of Education for personal health reasons. The District thanks Mr. Specker for his service to District’s students, staff, and community. As state law and District policy provide, former Board Vice President Naema Abraham will now serve as the Board President, and the Board will select a new Vice President at a public meeting.

The Board plans to fill the vacancy resulting from Mr. Specker’s resignation within the next two months.  The individual selected will serve on the Board for the remainder Mr. Specker’s term, which ends in 2023.  Applicants should show familiarity with the Board’s policies regarding general duties and responsibilities of a Board and a Board member, including fiduciary responsibilities, conflict of interest, ethics, and the gift ban.  The Board’s policies are available on the District website.  The District will provide additional information about qualifications and application instructions on its website by June 11, and applications will be due no later than July 6.

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West Debate Coach Appointed to 3-Year Committee

Niles West teacher and debate coach Eric Oddo was appointed to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Policy Debate Topic Selection Wording Committee for a three-year term. The Wording Committee oversees the Topic Selection Committee in choosing a policy debate topic for the country. Five topics will be chosen from the 2021 NFHS Policy Debate Topic Selection meeting in Kansas City, MO from July 30 to August 1. These topics will be placed on a ballot where the state’s athletic and fine arts organizations will narrow down the final topics for policy debate for the next school year. 

Oddo has been serving on the Topic Selection Committee since 2015 representing the Illinois High School Association. 

NW Debate Season Award Winners

West Debate Accomplishments for 2020-21

NILES WEST DEBATE ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR 2020-21

National Speech and Debate Association Academic All-Americans

Congratulations to Randall DeVera (‘21), Abhi Shah (‘21), and Sumerah Taj (‘21) on receiving the prestigious Academic All-American award, sponsored by the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA). According to the NSDA, “The Academic All American award recognizes high school students who have earned the degree of Superior Distinction (750 points); completed at least 5 semesters of high school; demonstrated outstanding character and leadership; and earned a GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.”

National Speech and Debate Association Diamond Coaches 

Congratulations to Eric M. Oddo (Second Diamond) and Valerie McIntosh (First Diamond) on their respective Diamond Coaches awards. According to the NSDA, “Diamond Coach awards reflect excellence and longevity in the activity. A coach’s first Diamond is earned when they receive 15,000 points and have been coaching in the Association for at least five years since achieving the degree of merit (25 points). Five years must pass between each new diamond award, and 15,000 points must be earned to receive a second diamond.”

Debater Earns $132,000 college debate scholarship

Ephraim Bennett

Ephraim Bennett (‘21) accepted a $33,000 per year scholarship to debate at Michigan State University. This brings the total amount of college debate scholarships accepted by Niles West students, in the past eleven years, to an outstanding $1,329,872.00! Additionally, Abhi Shah (‘21) will debate at the University of Southern California.

Tournament of Champions Qualifiers

This year the team had the privilege of qualifying one team to the Tournament of Champions. Congratulations to Dulguun Bat-erdene (‘21) and Ephraim Bennett (‘21) for qualifying with two bids to the Tournament of Champions. They earned their first bid by winning the Grapevine debate tournament and their second bid by making it to the Quarterfinals of the Dowling Catholic debate tournament.   

Tournament Victories

The team emerged as tournament champions at two prestigious tournaments this year. Congratulations to Dulguun Bat-erdene (‘21) and Ephraim Bennett (‘21) for winning the Grapevine debate tournament. Congratulations to Emily Lim (‘23) and Sumehra Taj (‘21) for winning the Solorio debate tournament. 

End-of-Season Award Recipients 

NW Debate Season Award Winners

Every year Niles West Debate gives four awards in special recognition of debaters that not only excel competitively but also facilitate the success of their peers. Their efforts ensure Niles West Debate will maintain a culture of success long after their graduation. Congratulations to the Debater of the Year Randall De Vera (‘21). Congratulations to the Teammate of the Year Sumehra Taj (‘21). Congratulations to the Team of the Year Abhi Shah (‘21) and Randall De Vera (‘21). Congratulations to the Most Improved debater Hina Shehzad (‘23). 

Recent Tournament Results 

On January 15th – 17th, Niles West competed virtually at the Solorio debate tournament. In the Varsity division were sophomore Emily Lim (‘23) and senior Sumehra Taj (‘21) who went 3-2 finishing as the eighth seed. They would go on to win the tournament defeating the second seeded Lane Tech in the final round on a 2-1. Other debaters competing in the Varsity division were sophomores Mia Koeberl (‘23) and Vincent Wu (‘23). Additionally Mia Koeberl was awarded the 10th speaker. Competing in the Novice division were freshmen Charlize Chung (‘24) and Vincent Pappas (‘24) who went 3-2, finishing as the fourth seed. They were eliminated on a close 2-1 in the Quarterfinals. 

On February 4th – 7th, Niles West competed virtually at the Pennsbury Falcon Invitational. Competing in the TOC Bid division were seniors Abhi Shah (‘21) and Randall De Vera (‘21) who went 4-1 finishing as the seventh seed. They were eliminated on a 3-0 decision in the Octofinal round. 

On February 5th – 7th, Niles West competed virtually at the Maine East Regatta. Competing in the Varsity division were sophomores Hina Shehzad (‘23) and Mia Koeberl (‘23) who went 4-1 finishing as the fourth seed. They were eliminated on a close 2-1 in the Semifinal round. Also competing in the Varsity division were sophomores Rose Bilicki (‘23) and Nathan Kostovetsky (‘23) who went 3-2 finishing as the fifth seed. They were locked out with Hina Shehzad (‘23) and Mia Koeberl (‘23) in the Quarterfinals. Competing in the Novice division were freshmen Bethany Thai (‘24) and Megan Gartner (‘24) who went 4-1 finishing as the second seed. They were eliminated on a close 2-1 in the Quarterfinals. Also competing in the Novice division were freshmen Oyinkansola Agunloye (‘24) and Charlize Chung (‘24) who went 3-2 finishing as the sixth seed. They were eliminated on a 3-0 decision in the Quarterfinals. Additionally Rose Bilicki was awarded 5th speaker in Varsity and Megan Gartner and Charlize Chung were awarded 3rd and 4th speaker respectively in Novice. 

On February 12th – 14th, we had students competing virtually at the Bingham Invitational. Competing in the TOC Bid division were seniors Abhi Shah (‘21) and Randall De Vera (‘21) who went undefeated in the preliminary rounds and finished as the first seed. They were eliminated on a close 2-1 decision in the Semifinals. Additionally Abhi Shah and Randall De Vera were awarded 1st and 6th speaker respectively. 

On March 19th – 21st, Niles West competed virtually at the Illinois Debate Coaches Association Novice JV State Championship. Competing in the JV division were sophomores Hina Shehzad (‘23) and Mia Koeberl (‘23)  who went 4-1 finishing as the fourth seed. They were eliminated on a close 2-1 in the Quarterfinals. Also competing in the JV division were sophomores Rose Bilicki (‘23) and Nathan Kostovetsky (‘23) who went 3-2 finishing as the seventh seed. They were eliminated on a 3-0 decision in the Quarterfinals. Competing in the Novice division were freshmen Sofia Vrajitoru (‘24) and Joseph Russo (‘24) who went 7-3 finishing as the seventh seed. They were eliminated on a close 2-1 decision in the Quarterfinals. Additionally Hina Shehzad, Mia Koeberl, Emily Lim, Rose Bilicki, Nathan Kostovetsky, and Sophia Lannoye were awarded 6th, 8th, 11th, 13th, 14th, and 19th.