West Student Joseph Cinquemani, Award Winner

West Student Wins Regeneron ISEF Special Award

West Student Joseph Cinquemani, Award Winner

Niles West High School SIRs science research student, Joseph Cinquemani, won the Aerojet Rocketydyne Foundation First Award of $1,500 at the Regeneron International Science Fair (ISEF). Each year more than 1,800 high school students from around the world compete at the Regeneron ISEF science fair. Students earn the right to compete by winning top prize at local, regional, or state science fairs. Joseph qualified to compete with his research project, Effect of Geometric Manipulation on the Main Combustion Chamber of a Full- Flow Staged Rocket Engine.

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion systems and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, and tactical systems areas, in support of domestic and international customers. Joseph Cinquemani was one of five researchers who won the First Award of $1,500. Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation Explore Awards for Excellence in: Innovation, Engineering, Design, Research, and Science.

Congratulations to Joseph Cinquemani and his SIRs research teacher Parin Patel. All students (grades 9-12) are welcome to enroll in the SIRS research course to work on authentic science research at Niles West High School. Students may also join the science research club, RIOT, to work on projects. Sponsors of the RIOT Club include: Parin Patel, Rachael Swiercz, Thomas Jodelka, Cassie May, and Julia Komrska

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April Stallworth, Milo Cejovic Step Up to New Roles at D219

April Stallworth has been named D219’s new Director of Strategic Partnerships & Community Relations, effective immediately, and Milo Cejovic will become Niles West High School’s new Assistant Athletics Director, effective June 1. The Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education approved both appointments at its May 18 special board meeting.

Stallworth will succeed Jim Szczepaniak and Cejovic will succeed Terri Laux, both of whom are retiring at the end of this school year.

Stallworth has served D219 as Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Recording Secretary to the Board of Education since she joined the district in 2017. She serves as co-sponsor for Niles North Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR) and Student Government as well as a frequent visitor to the Muslim Student Association (MSA).  She founded and co-facilitates WeLead, the leadership program for women administrators at D219. She also leads the HEART Program (which stands for Helping Empower Administrative support professionals through Resources & Training) for the district’s administrative support professionals.

Stallworth created the HEART Program when she served Waukegan Public Schools as Executive Team Assistant.  She worked for the Waukegan schools from 2013 to 2017. The HEART Program won the American Society of Administrative Professionals (ASAP) 1st Annual  Eureka Award in 2015. The award is presented to an administrative professional who has conceived and executed an initiative that produced a substantive and innovative contribution to the organization for which they work.

Stallworth is also the Founder and CEO of Strong Women Strong Lives (SWSL), which provides training, coaching and consulting services for nonprofit organizations, corporations, and educational institutions throughout the nation.  Through her work at SWSL, she was approached by LinkedIn to become a Learning Instructor on their global training platform. She now has authored and created two popular courses for Administrative Support Professionals that have been viewed over 400K times.

Stallworth earned a Master of Arts in Management & Leadership from Liberty University, and she holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Phoenix University.

Cejovic has served Niles West High School as the BAC Supervisor since 2017. He taught mathematics at Niles North during the 2016-17 school year, after serving as a math paraprofessional from 2011 to 2016. He is the head boys soccer coach and the girls head soccer coach at Niles West High School. He has also served as sponsor of the ACE Club, which focuses on student-athlete leadership.

Before coming to D219, Cejovic taught math at Proviso Township High School District 209. He earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from American College of Education as well as a Master’s in Secondary Education from National-Louis University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from DePaul University.

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D219 Will Continue Mask Requirements, pending further guidance 5.14.21

May 14, 2021

Dear D219 Parents/Guardians, Students and Staff Members,

As you may know, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday that anyone who is fully vaccinated may, with exceptions, participate in indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask or physical distancing. The exceptions require wearing masks while on buses, trains, planes and public transportation.

We are awaiting direction and guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Village of Skokie Department of Health and Human Services regarding this significant change and how we may implement it in a school setting. Given that, coupled with the fact that we have no way of knowing who on our campuses has been vaccinated, masks will still be required for everyone on our campuses, including students, staff, parents and visitors. Once we receive further direction from IDPH, ISBE and Skokie Health, we will evaluate and adjust our practices as warranted.

As we wrap up this 2020-21 school year, we look forward to keeping our students, their families and our staff members safe, as we have been able to do all year. Thank you for your continuing support and patience!


Tom Kim
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

Dr. Karen Ritter
Niles West Principal

Dr. James Edwards
Niles North Principal

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Dance Marathon on May 22, Raising Funds for I Grow Chicago

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Dance Marathon is a student-run charitable organization that raises money each year (sometimes upwards of $80,000) for a different charity.

This year, DM has selected I Grow Chicago as the primary beneficiary in order to end violence, poverty, hunger, and unemployment in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. 

A percentage of donations goes towards the Education Foundation–an organization that pays for everything from college trips to calculators, scholarships, and free breakfast for those in Niles Township who cannot afford those things.

DM’s annual fundraising efforts reach their peak on Saturday, May 22, when students dance together for many hours and to celebrate their impact. That evening, the total sum of the year-long fundraising efforts, will be announced.

If you would like to help I Grow Chicago, as well as students in Niles Township, CLICK HERE to donate.

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Penne for Your Thoughts? The Niles West Community Cookbook is Ready for Order

Order your Niles West
Community Cookbook now!
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We hope you will purchase a cookbook as the funds raised are going to be a great help in supporting Dance Marathon’s two 2021 beneficiaries: I Grow Chicago and the Niles Township Education Foundation. I Grow Chicago is an Englewood community center working to grow the neighborhood from surviving to thriving, by providing community connection, education, and opportunity. Locally, the Education Foundation provides D219 students and families in financial need with school supplies and covers other school-related expenses.

$15.00 for either an E-book (e-pub format – NOT  a PDF. It is digital interactive and does not work on a Kindle) or a Hardcover Copy
The more cookbooks we sell, the more our Dance Marathon Charities Profit!
How to Buy: 
Students and Parents: Please use the Campus Portal School Store to order your copy.
Community: Please contact Amy Tucker at amytuc@d219.org
 Pick Up: You will be notified when your Hardcover Cookbook is ready for pick up at West, which should be the last week in May.
Our hope in creating this cookbook was to bring together our school community by giving our members the opportunity to share a piece of their family traditions and cultural gifts. 
We hope that you enjoy all of these delicious recipes!
Thank you to all of the students, staff, and parents who contributed a recipe!
Thank you to all of our student artists who designed our cover & section title pages!

The Cookbook Committee

Mr. Marcus Holleran
Dr. Dana Krilich
Ms. Terri Laux
Dr. Amy Tucker

PPB: Bridges Students

Powerful Partnerships Video

This year’s Powerful Partnerships Breakfast was broadcast live from Bridges Adult Transition Center on April 28. The annual breakfast celebrates student accomplishments as well as the partnerships between the schools, parents, businesses, and the community.

Please watch the video here.

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