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:

Chris Schwarz Jersey Retirement Ceremony – Saturday April 23rd

Dear Niles West Family,

 
Please join the Niles West Baseball Program and Athletic Department as we honor our beloved coach, teacher, and friend Chris Schwarz 
 
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Saturday April 23rd, 2022
 Jersey Retirement Ceremony @ 11 AM
On the Varsity Baseball Field (weather permitting)
If the weather is not cooperative, it will be held in the Contest Gym @ 11 AM
 
Annual Alumni Baseball Game to Follow
Celebration of Coach Schwarz @ Bringer Inn to follow the game
Address: 6230 Lincoln Ave, Morton Grove, IL 60053
 
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⚾ We hope you can join us to celebrate Coach Schwarz ⚾

DECA Champions!

A very successful state conference for our students! Five state champion teams and 17 total individuals qualified for Nationals, including “Hate Has No Home” Community Awareness Campaign! Thanks for your support. These kids rocked this weekend. Next stop is Atlanta!

Our DECA Champions!

Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education Announces New Superintendent

February 24, 2022

Mr. Thomas Moore, Superintendent of West Hartford Public Schools in West Hartford, Connecticut, will assume the role of Superintendent of Niles Township High School District 219 in July after the District 219 Board of Education approved the contract at tonight’s Special Board meeting. The Superintendent search was a result of the retirement of current superintendent, Dr. Steven Isoye.

Moore brings significant experience and leadership in education. Moore started his teaching career in West Hartford Public Schools in 1996 as a history and social studies teacher. He was promoted to Department Supervisor in 2005, became the Conard High School principal in 2007, and the Assistant Superintendent of Administration in 2010.

In 2014, Moore was named Superintendent of the district and oversees all levels with 9400 students, 1700 staff members, and 17 school sites in a diverse community that values education. The school district is represented by 76 different home languages.

Moore was recently honored at the American Association of School Administrators’ National Conference on Education as the 2022 Connecticut Superintendent of the Year. The criteria for Superintendent of the Year are leadership, communication, professionalism, and community involvement. Additionally, Moore is currently serving as the Vice-Chair for the College Board of Trustees.

His selection is the culmination of a months-long national search process by the Board of Education, assisted by Hazard, Young, Attea, & Associates (HYA), that produced 34 applicants from diverse geographic and professional backgrounds, including 11 from outside of Illinois.

“I am thrilled to be the next superintendent of District 219. Truthfully, I never imagined leaving West Hartford, and never had applied anywhere else. When I learned about District 219, however, and was told about the community, and how much I would love the students and families there, I became intrigued. It takes a very special place for me to leave New England behind, but my family is so excited to begin this next challenge with all of you. I am passionate about what we owe our future generations in this country, and I will work tirelessly so that District 219 will always be an example of what is right, and what is possible, in American public education.” – Mr. Thomas Moore

“I am thrilled that Tom chose us. I am confident his demonstrated leadership skills and passion to serve all students will guide his success at District 219.” – Ms. Naema Abraham, D219 Board President

Moore is the youngest of seven children, whose father modeled a strong work ethic after serving as a plumber for many years. His wife, Tara, is also an educator who is currently teaching kindergarten. Moore and his wife have two children. Jack is a senior at UNC Chapel Hill and his daughter, Fallon, is finishing her second year at the University of Virginia. The couple will be relocating to the Chicago area this summer.