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.

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

Photos

Board Member Vacancy

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 Ms. Jill Manrique, who stepped down as a Board Member on July 14, 2022.

The Board will fill the vacancy resulting from Ms. Manrique’s resignation within the next two months.  The individual selected will serve on the Board for the remainder of Ms. Manrique’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, 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 12 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2022.

A Message From Your New Superintendent

Welcome to District 219!

I am so pleased to have been chosen as the new Superintendent of District 219, and I am excited for the new school year to begin. I truly believe that public education is the best hope for the future of our country and that the more we can bring people together from different backgrounds, home languages, and faiths, the better off we will be, especially if we start really listening to each other. Thank you for choosing Bridges, Niles North, Niles Central, or Niles West as your academic home for these crucial years of your child’s life.

One of the reasons I chose to come here is because of the diverse voices.  Our hope lives in our children. The challenge before us, as a District, is to be a shining example to our community, state, and country of what is possible. We will do this by giving our students the tools necessary so that they graduate empowered to change the world.  I am committed to ensuring this happens. 

These words are easy to write and say, but they take action in order to bring them to fruition. It is a privilege that you have chosen to send your child to our schools. I am the parent of two children myself who are now young adults. They both attended the schools that I led. I made the same promise to my community then that I make to you now. I will do everything in my power to provide the same safe learning environment they had, one where every child is lifted up, and we see and focus on their promise, rather than perceived deficits. This is the same thing I demanded for Jack and Fallon when they were in school. I am particularly excited to meet your children because as Superintendent, I want you to know that I see them all as my kids.

For our schools to be successful, we have to have a true partnership between the district and our families. The foundation of this relationship is based on trust. Over the coming days, weeks, months, and years I hope to prove to you that you can trust my staff and me with the education of your children. We are all here to make it as easy as possible for you to navigate their high school experience. Communication between you and your child’s teacher is imperative in order to cultivate a fruitful academic environment. I know the hard work our teachers have done through these difficult years of the pandemic to help keep our kids on track. As the challenges continue to grow, I will prioritize their social and emotional needs and partner with you in support of our children.

I know that this is a time of great fear, trepidation, and angst. The horror we witnessed in Highland Park on Monday brought me right back to what was a neighboring community of mine almost ten years ago, Sandy Hook, Connecticut. I hoped then that something would be done about gun violence in America and in our schools. Sadly and unfathomably, these events continue as another American Plague. Our children need to know that they are safe in order to be able to learn. They are now a generation that knows the reality of this scourge and feels the burden of lockdown drills and rumored threats on Tik Tok and other platforms. Their resiliency is tested, as is all of ours. I want open dialogue about what will keep our schools safe. I plan to work with my Cabinet team to know the intricacies of our buildings and to ensure that we are doing all that we can while attempting to thread the needle of creating a safe and secure environment that is also welcoming. I take this task with the utmost care, as it is the area where we cannot fail. Every child has a right to feel safe, physically and emotionally in our schools. I will not tolerate this being threatened in any way. 

As the summer continues I hope that you have the opportunity to enjoy the presence of family members, and recharge. August is just around the corner with new challenges, new possibilities, and new friends entering our lives. I can’t wait for the first day of school. If you see me at a game, a student concert, around town, at pick up or drop off, please don’t hesitate to say hello so I can introduce myself. The 2022-2023 school year will be a great one that our children certainly deserve.

Take care and see you soon,
Tom

Congratulations to Our District Logo Contest Winner! – Jocelyn Jude (Niles West ’23)

Please join us in congratulating Niles West junior, Jocelyn Jude, for being the WINNER of our District 219 Logo Contest. Jocelyn finished first place in votes out of 1500 votes and over 100 logo submissions! The future of our district is bright like the futures of our talented students.

Congratulations to our other finalists as well!
Left to Right: Oliver Stulac (West Freshman), Socrates Hwang Kim (West Senior), Gabriel McKenzie (North Senior), and Marcus Moldovan (West Freshman).

NEW District Student Logo Contest Voting Begins!

D219 Community!

The Communications and Partnerships Department is excited to open the voting for our new District logo.  We had over 100 student submissions!  You will vote for your favorite from our top five finalists.  The top five were determined by my department and approved by the D219 Cabinet.
Voting begins today and is open until Monday, 5/9/22 at 4 pm.  Voting is open to our internal D219 community.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday, 5/11/22, at 4 pm, at an event at the District office that will also be live-streamed on the District’s Instagram page.  All of our top five students will receive prizes.
Thank you to our students for their amazing work!
Here is the link for voting.  Please ensure you are using your district email when you vote: