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

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Remote Learning to Continue Rest of School Year 4.17.20

Sent April 17, 2020

Dear D219 Students and Families,

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced this afternoon that all schools will be closed to in-person learning for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. Based on this decision, we will continue remote learning for the remainder of this school year. Our entire staff remains committed to learning and engaging with all students through remote learning, as well as continuing with our food distribution program.

Like you, we are saddened by the reality that our students will not be able to complete the rest of this school year in the conventional manner because of this public health crisis. After all the hard work so many of our students have put into both the classroom and extracurricular activities, we know today’s announcement will disappoint many.

This decision will result in significant scheduling changes in our district. As Governor Pritzker just made his announcement this afternoon, it will take us time to finalize some of the important decisions we have to make, including alternate plans for graduation, and when students will be able to pick up their personal belongings from school. Please be patient as we work as a district to get information to you in the next several weeks.

These past few weeks have proven that our school community is more resilient, more capable and more compassionate than what we may have previously realized. We are confident that we will continue to offer productive learning experiences for our students for the rest of this year, and we appreciate the ongoing and enthusiastic participation of our students.

We know this is not the school year that any of us expected or imagined, but we want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have dealt with this unprecedented situation together. This period of Remote Learning offers us new ways to learn and grow.

On another note, below are some items of importance that we wanted to communicate to our D219 community.

Light The Night

Tonight, every school in the Central Suburban League Conference (and many schools across the nation) are turning on their stadium lights as a sign of our support for those spring student-athletes who are unable to compete due to the coronavirus pandemic. Niles North and Niles West will be joining in to “Light the Night” to honor all of the hard work being put in by our spring athletes, especially our seniors, during this unprecedented time. We want them to know that they are in our hearts and minds. In addition, we turn on our lights to #LightsForTheFight to show support for all the healthcare workers, first responders, and all other essential workers on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Niles North will have its stadium lights turned on from 8:20 p.m. (20:20 in military time) to honor the Class of 2020) to 8:40. Niles West’s stadium will be lit from 8 to 9 p.m.

Please understand that this is not a school-sponsored event. This is only a drive-by-opportunity so please continue to follow the social distancing guidelines and remain in your cars if you drive by the stadium/s.

Members of the D219 community are encouraged to participate at home by turning on your outside house lights tonight as well.

Progress Reports

Progress reports will be posted on Monday, April 20. During this time, you will be able to view your student’s 14-week progress on Campus Parent Portal. Any student who is not currently passing a course will be issued an “INC” (incomplete) instead of “F” (failing grade).

If you see an incomplete grade on your progress report, it means that students can continue to work towards improving their grades so that a passing grade can be issued in place of the incomplete grade at the end of the semester. During remote learning, no student will be impacted negatively by grades. Students’ grades can only improve during remote learning. We encourage all students to remain engaged in their learning throughout the rest of the semester.

Appropriate Zoom Usage

Remote learning has provided students and staff with new ways to learn and teach. Therefore, all students will adhere to the D219 handbook on appropriate classroom behavior during remote learning sessions. This includes teleconferences (Zoom meetings) and/or any form of communication. Students are expected to follow classroom guidelines on conduct and respectful behavior.  Unacceptable use of remote learning communications or any behavior, such as inappropriate comments, gestures, or acts found to be disruptive or disrespectful to the educational setting, will be addressed by the teacher, dean, and/or building administrators.

Today, Friday, April 17, all students received their daily Student Attendance Survey link which included an additional acknowledgment of our District’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).

June 2020 SAT

The June 2020 SAT administration has been cancelled. If it’s safe from a public health standpoint, the College Board will provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5. Students will be able to register for these administrations beginning in May.

It’s important we continue to work together and support our students. We can’t thank you enough for all that you are doing as we all work together through these challenging times. Take care and be well.


Dr. James Edwards, Niles North
Dr. Karen Ritter, Niles West Principal
Dr. Steven Isoye, District 219 Superintendent

D219 ECSB Dept Making Face Shields

ECSB Dept Designing PPE to Assist Health Workers During Crisis

D219 ECSB Dept Making Face Shields

Please click link to watch video of how the Engineering, Computer Science & Business Department is using innovation to design and create prototypes of Personal Protective Equipment to assist health workers during this crisis. 

The video was created by Robert Henderson with assistance from Chris Powell, Robb Barton and Angela Hankes.

D219 Engineering, Computer Science and Business (ESCB) staff are working with students to design protoype Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) devices to help during the current crisis. Thank you to faculty:  Angela Hankes, Tim Sullivan, Robb Barton, Chris Powell, Rob Foster, Ben Brzezinski, Ken Albert and Kyle Thomas.

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Remote Learning Survey | Please give us your feedback!

We know how challenging it is for our school community during this COVID-19 pandemic, and we are conducting a survey to gather feedback from students, their families, and staff members to get your thoughts about how District 219 can best serve you. We invite you to participate in this survey, which should only take 3 to 5 minutes to complete.

Please complete the survey and submit it by Wednesday, April 22.

If remote learning continues beyond April 30, we will re-administer this survey to obtain your ongoing opinions. Your responses will remain anonymous, and they will help inform our next steps. For languages other than English and Spanish, please work directly with your family liaison.

Your comments and suggestions are important to us.  Thank you.


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