Phight the Phish #BeCyberSmart

Phight the Phish! – 2021 Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Week 2

Identity Theft and Internet Scams Tip SheetPhight the Phish be cyber smart

Today’s technology allows us to connect around the world, to bank and shop online, and to control our televisions, homes, and cars from our smartphones. With this added convenience comes an increased risk of identity theft and Internet scams. #BeCyberSmart on the Internet—at home, at school, at work, on mobile devices, and on the go.

 

Phishing Tip Sheet

Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect your machine with malware and viruses to collect personal and financial information. Cybercriminals attempt to lure users to click on a link or open an attachment that infects their computers, creating vulnerabilities for criminals to use to attack. Phishing emails may appear to come from a real financial institution, e-commerce site, government agency, or any other service, business, or individual. The email may also request personal information such as account numbers, passwords, or Social Security numbers. When users respond with the information or click on a link, attackers use it to access users’ accounts.

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Do Your Part #BeCyberSmart

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do your partCyber Secure at Work Tip Sheet

Businesses face significant financial loss when a cyber-attack occurs. In 2020, a sharp increase was reported in cyberattacks that target businesses using stolen logins and passwords. Cybercriminals often rely on human error—employees failing to install software patches or clicking on malicious links—to gain access to systems. From the top leadership to the newest employee, cybersecurity requires the vigilance of everyone to keep data, customers, and capital safe and secure. #BeCyberSmart to connect with confidence and support a culture of cybersecurity at your organization.

 

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Tip Sheet

Have you noticed how often security breaches, stolen data, and identity theft are consistently front-page news these days? Perhaps you, or someone you know, are a victim of cyber criminals who stole personal information, banking credentials, or more. As these incidents become more prevalent, you should consider using multi-factor authentication, also called strong authentication, or two-factor authentication. This technology may already be familiar to you, as many banking and financial institutions require both a password and one of the following to log in: a call, email, or text containing a code. By applying these principles of verification to more of your personal accounts, such as email, social media, and more, you can better secure your information and identity online!

 

Creating Passwords Tip Sheet

Businesses face significant financial loss when a cyber-attack occurs. In 2020, a sharp increase was reported in cyberattacks that target businesses using stolen logins and passwords. Cybercriminals often rely on human error—employees failing to install software patches or clicking on malicious links—to gain access to systems. From the top leadership to the newest employee, cybersecurity requires the vigilance of everyone to keep data, customers, and capital safe and secure. #BeCyberSmart to connect with confidence and support a culture of cybersecurity at your organization.

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Congratulations Niles West Class of 2021

Niles West High School held its 60th annual Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 23, 2021.
Program:
Procession: Niles West Graduating Class of 2021
Welcome & Pledge of Allegiance:  Steve Parnther, Asst. Principal for Operations
National Anthem:  Janay Moncrief, Senior, Honor Choir
Introduction of Platform Guests:  Ethan Suh, President, Student Government
Speech:  Walli Baig, Senior Class President
Principal's Address:  Dr. Karen Ritter, Principal
Choral Selection:  Master Singers, directed by Matthew Begale, Choral Director
Class of 2021 Speakers:  Henry Gussis, Janay Moncrief
Class of 2021 Presentation to the Board of Education:  Dr. Steven Isoye, Superintendent
Class of 2021 Acceptance:  James Specker, President, Board of Education
Awarding of Diplomas:  Board of Education:   Naema Abraham, Rebecca Abraham, Elana Jacobs, Dr. David Ko, Jill Manrique, Joseph Nowik, James Specker
Faculty Readers:  Niles West Faculty
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Congratulations Niles North Class of 2021

Niles North High School held its 57th annual Commencement on Sunday, May 23, 2021.
Program: 
Prelude:  Processionals:  Niles North Students
National Anthem
(11am):  Roy Gantz
(3 pm):  Ana Carolina Thome Williams
Welcome and Introduction of Platform Guests:  Marlon Felton, Asst. Principal for Operations
Senior Memory:  Ella Yoo
Address to the Class of 2021:  Dr. James Edwards, Principal
Presentation of the Class of 2021 for Graduation:  Dr. Steven Isoye, Superintendent
Acceptance of the Class of 2021 for Graduation:  James Specker, President, Board of Education
Awarding of Diplomas:  Board of Education:  Naema Abraham, Rebecca Abraham, Elana Jacobs, Dr. David Ko, Jill Manrique, Joseph Nowik, James Specker
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NILES WEST BOYS GYMNASTICS TOOK 2ND PLACE IN STATE

Brian Lieo, Coach Adrian Batista, Murun Jamiyankhuu

(Brian Lieo, Coach Adrian Batista, Murun Jamiyankhuu)

Senior Murun Jamiyankhuu is the All-Around State Champion, as well as champion on floor exercise, and high-bar. Murun placed 4th on pommel horse, 3rd on still rings, 3rd on vault, 3rd on parallel bars! Senior Brian Lieo took 2nd place on pommel horse!

Boy Gymnastics 2nd place trophy 2021

Coach Ray Payne, Coach Adrian Batista, Coach Keith Mukai, and Coach Dalai Jamiyankhuu

(Coach Ray Payne, Coach Adrian Batista, Coach Keith Mukai, and Coach Dalai Jamiyankhuu)

D219 Students Back to In-Person Learning

-- UPDATED INFORMATION  (April 15, 2021) --

 

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District 219 sent the following letter to students and families on April 15:

Dear D219 Students and Families,

To follow up our communication of April 7, this note is to update you about our plans for expanded learning hours for our students. Beginning Monday, April 26, we will begin using a revised daily schedule that we believe will better serve our students, both those returning in person, and those students who continue to learn remotely.  This schedule will be in effect from April 26 through the rest of this school year. 

Each class period will be five minutes longer than the schedule we have been using. We are also embedding an academic support period that will allow our teachers and paraprofessionals to offer students additional assistance, focusing especially on those students who have incomplete grades or who need support to master their learning targets. This academic support will be available both in-person and virtually.

Wednesdays will continue to be asynchronous learning days for all students. 

We will offer free grab-and-go lunches for our students in the schools and will carefully monitor the designated areas where students may eat lunch to make sure they maintain proper distancing. 

Those students attending hybrid learning in person must:

  1. Wear a mask at all times while in the building. (The one exception is when the student eats lunch. Each school will have designated areas to eat, and, while eating, students must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others.)
  2. Before they arrive at school, complete and submit a COVID-19 self-certification questionnaire linked to Infinite Campus certifying that the student is not experiencing COVID symptoms.
  3. Scan their ID card when they enter the building to ensure that they are eligible for hybrid learning.
  4. Submit to a temperature check that is uploaded into Infinite Campus.
  5. Each school will have stations set up in the event that a student forgets to self-certify, is deemed ineligible for hybrid learning, or forgets their ID.
  6. In the event that a student exhibits symptoms or has a temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, they will be guided to an isolation room where our health office will notify parents to pick them up.

For those students using school bus transportation, we will be adding bus route times to accommodate the expanded learning hours. Beginning Monday, April 26, this will be the updated bus route information.  Here is a link to the Niles West bus route schedule and the Niles North bus route schedule

All of our plans remain contingent on COVID metrics in our community. (We update the dashboard on our school website every week.) Our COVID Metrics Committee continues to meet each week with the Skokie Health Department. In the event that we see another surge of COVID in our community, we will defer to the guidance of their public health experts if we have to return to all-remote learning. 

We will provide students and families with updated information as necessary, including details about end-of-year activities. Our teachers, support staff members and administrators are working closely together to make these last few weeks of the school year as enriching for students as we can. Thank you for your continuing support of our schools!

Sincerely,

Tom Kim
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
(Acting Superintendent)

Karen Ritter
Niles West Principal

James Edwards
Niles North Principal

 


 

-- UPDATED INFORMATION  (April 7, 2021) --

 

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Dear D219 Students and Families, 

We hope you had a restful and relaxing Spring Break. This note is to provide you with updates on several important matters about the last few months of this school year.  

Results of recent survey of students and families.
In mid-March, we gave students and their families one last chance to state if they wanted to continue their current learning model (all-remote versus hybrid learning) or switch from one model to the other for the last part of the 2020-21 school year. Below are the results of the survey:

  • At Niles West, approximately 35% of students opted to end the year with the hybrid model.
  • At Niles North, approximately 33% chose hybrid learning.

We are pushing back the dates for expanded learning in the school buildings.
We had originally planned to expand in-person learning hours on April 19 for students in hybrid learning. However, as you are probably aware, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Cook County has been rising, and more transmissions are taking place among young people. 

Our COVID Metrics Committee has been meeting weekly with the Skokie Health Department. In our most recent discussions with them, Skokie Health officials expressed concern about the strong possibility that we might see higher positivity rates two weeks after Spring Break, when many people were traveling, and when many people participated in holiday gatherings. 

The metrics currently are still trending in a favorable direction; however, out of an abundance of caution, we will begin having in-person class for hybrid students in both the mornings and early afternoons on Monday, April 26, rather than the 19th.


Class schedule.
We plan to continue using a block schedule model for the rest of this year. We are currently considering a few modifications that might offer additional class time for students and that will also help us limit the number of students during lunch periods for those attending class in person.

Posting COVID-19 Dashboard on website.
This week we will be launching a dashboard on our school website that regularly reports the number of positive COVID cases diagnosed among D219 students and staff, along with the numbers of people in quarantine or who have undergone contact tracing. The dashboard will also track the 7-day rolling positivity rates of COVID in the zip codes that make up Niles Township.

Here is the significance of the positivity metrics for our planning purposes:

  • If the 7-day positivity rate remains below 5%, we will continue our efforts to bring more students back to school for in-person learning, social and emotional support, and extracurricular activities.
  • If the positivity rate reaches 5%, we may need to bring some limits back to in-person learning activities (for example, going back to a cohort model with only two days per week in person, going back to in-person learning only in the mornings).
  • If the positivity rate reaches 8%, the Skokie Health Department advises us that we should return to all-remote learning.

We will keep families apprised of any updates or changes. Thank you for your ongoing support of our students and our schools. 

Sincerely,

Tom Kim
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
(Temporary Acting Superintendent)

Karen Ritter
Niles West Principal

James Edwards
Niles North Principal

 


 

Posted March 8, 2021

 

 


 

 

Posted February 23, 2021

The following links have updated information with the hybrid learning communication to families, bus info, and a video link to help our students, parents, and guardians better understand the safety procedures for our schools for hybrid learning beginning Monday, March 1st:

Hybrid Learning Communication to Families and Students- Staff (pdf)
Niles North Bus Route Info (pdf)
Niles West Bus Route Info (pdf)
Student Hybrid Return to School Info (video)

 


 

Posted January 29, 2021

Niles Township High School District 219 will begin bringing students back to our schools for some in-person learning beginning Monday, March 1.

The district previously sent families a survey asking them if their students wish to return to school for in-person learning, or to continue learning remotely from home. On January 29, the district is sending one of three notes to families: one for students who wish to return in person; one for students who chose to continue remote learning from home; and one for students whose families did not respond to the survey, and therefore chose remote learning by default.

Here is a copy of each of the three versions of the letters sent home.

D219 Default Announcement logo

D219 Return to School Plan

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Dear D219 Parent/Guardian,

We hope your family was able to enjoy a safe and relaxing winter break. Our second semester classes are off to a smooth start, and our faculty and staff members are working hard to keep our students engaged.

We are closely monitoring the metrics regarding COVID-19 cases in Cook County and in our community to determine if and when it will be safe for us to begin bringing students back to school for one of the hybrid learning options. Our top priority is the health and safety of our students and our staff members, and that priority will drive our decisions about when and how we bring students back to school.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to review our Return to School document and video. Links to both are available here.

In order for us to make specific plans for students to come back for hybrid learning, we need to know how many students want to return to school for an in-person hybrid option, and how many students will choose to keep learning remotely for the rest of this school year.

To that end, we ask you to discuss this with your students, and we ask parents and guardians to please fill out and submit the Hybrid Learning Survey that is posted in your Campus Parent portal by Monday, January 18. As a result, please know that our soft return date will be pushed back to an undetermined date and time. A return to some form of in-person learning will be determined after we receive results of this survey and have reviewed all revised logistical needs.

When you sign in to Campus Parent, on the Message Center page, click on the tab that says Surveys. Then click on Parent/Guardian Hybrid Learning Survey.

Only one parent/guardian needs to complete the Hybrid Learning Survey for each student. Do you have more than one D219 student in your household? In the Campus Parent portal, you will see one survey per student — allowing you to quickly record the selected learning method for each student. 

Please note: It is very important that you complete and submit this survey. If you do not submit the survey, the default choice will be that your student will continue learning remotely for the rest of this school year. 

Thank you for your continuing cooperation and your patience as we work through this.

Sincerely,
Dr. Steven Isoye
Superintendent of Schools

Dr. James Edwards
Niles North Principal

Dr. Karen Ritter
Nile West Principal

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Posted on December 16, 2020

Following please find the Letter to the Community from the D219 Return to School Plan. 

View this Return to School video at this link
View the entire document at this link.
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   Urdu Version

Return to School Letter Pg 1
Return to School Letter Pg 2

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Week 4

Week 4 Internet of Things coverCISA and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) are proud to announce this year’s theme:

“Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”

This theme encourages individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, stressing personal accountability and the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity.  NCSAM emphasizes “If You Connect It, Protect It.”

Week 4

The final week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month examines the future of Internet-connected devices. NCSAM Week 4 will explore how technological innovations, such as 5G, might impact consumers’ and businesses’ online experiences (e.g. faster speeds and data transmission, and larger attack surfaces for cybercriminals).

We will also examine how people and infrastructure can adapt to the continuous evolution of Internet-connected devices moving forward. It is not only necessary to safeguard our personal devices, but all the devices we interact with. No matter what the future brings, everyone needs to be to do their part and #BeCyberSmart to ensure the safety of cyberspace.

Visit cisa.gov/ncsam to learn more.

#Cybersecurity #NCSAM2020

 

Internet of ThingsInternet of Things Tip Sheet

Now more than ever, consumers spend increasing amounts of time on the Internet. With every social media account you sign up for, every picture you post, and status you update, you are sharing information about yourself with the world. How can you be proactive and “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart”? Take these simple steps to connect with confidence and safely navigate the social media world.

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