Congrats to Niles North seniors A.J. Brown and Kyla Henderson!

Huge congratulations to AP 2D Visual Art seniors, A.J. Brown and Kyla Henderson, on being accepted to the Black Creatives Juried Art Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) here in Chicago. This is a two-part show that features the work of professional/amateur Black creatives and Black teen creatives. The students had to submit to the exhibition, and their artwork was chosen and displayed at the museum.

Special congratulations to Kyla Henderson whose photographic triptych piece, titled “Intertwined”, won Best in the Show in a pool of over 100 entries.

For 50 years, the Museum of Science and Industry has hosted the nation’s premier exhibition of African American art. The Juried Art Exhibition is a pillar of the Museum’s Black Creativity program, showcasing African American achievement in various scientific, artistic, and technological fields. Each year, the Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition presents more than 100 works of art from professional and emerging Black artists from throughout the U.S.

This longest-running exhibition of African American art has been displayed annually at MSI since 1970. Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition features paintings, drawings, fine art prints, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, and photography by African Americans, including youth artists between the ages of 14 and 17.

The online Gallery for the teen exhibition can be viewed HERE and the show can be viewed in person at the Museum of Science and Industry now through April 23rd.  More information on the exhibition can be found HERE.

Congratulations to Niles North’s, Ms. Benitez, On Winning the 2023 Park-Sihocky Award!

Congratulations to Niles North’s Spanish educator Pam Benitez, who was named a winner of the 2023 Park-Sihocky Award for New Chapter Sponsor by the Sociedad Honoraria  Hispánica (SHH). This prize is in recognition of Ms. Benitez’s efforts with her chapter as an outstanding sponsor in her first three years of experience with our national honor society for Spanish.

Ms. Benitez has been invited as a guest of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica to attend the annual conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese in  Salamanca, Spain, June 25-29th, where she will be officially awarded the prize. The award  includes up to $1,500 reimbursement for her travel, meals, and hotel. At the conference, she will also receive a plaque for the award to proudly display in her classroom.

Please tell Ms. Benitez congratulations if you see her in class or in the hallways!

Congrats to Our D219 “YES I CAN” Award Winners!

The Illinois Council for Exceptional Children (ICEC) in Region 4 has hosted its first annual “YES I CAN STUDENT STAR ” awards ceremony on January 25th at our district’s very own Bridges Adult Transition Center. 

This night was the 100th year anniversary of the non-profit organization for special education. The ICEC is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. They accomplish their mission through advocacy, standards, and professional development. 

13 school districts have been represented and 29 students were awarded, including four from D219. The students were nominated for achievement in one of the seven categories: Transition Work, Academics, Self-Advocacy, School & Community, Technology, Artist Skills, and Social Emotional Learning.

Matt Joffe nominated Connor Holland from Bridges Adult Transition Center for his accomplishments under the category of Transition Work.

  Joffee, during his speech, said that he had known Holland for five years and that the amount of growth that he has seen in him has been tremendous. He has joined the Special Olympics and has participated in the four sports that District 219 offers; he has been a model athlete winning medals in the four sports. “Plus, what a great cheerleader he is for his fellow athletes,” claimed Joffee. In addition to that, Holland works at the local Jewel in competitive employment and has been learning how to read his schedule, asking for help from staff.

Joffe also nominated William Schejbal from Bridges Adult Transition Center under the category of Transition Work  Schejbal has participated in the Special Olympics at Niles West and Bridges all the years he has been in District 219. He has been a model athlete participating in all four sports that D219 offers. “He is one of the first students to cheer on his fellow athletes and the first with a fist bump to offer congratulations.”

Leonore Moran nominated Isabella Dillon from Niles West for her achievements in the Artist Skills category. Bella has been a leader in Arts Appreciation for the last 4 years. She has done multiple leading roles in our annual Arts Appreciation Show including Moana and Anna in Frozen. “Her charisma and personality always shine through when she is performing. Her hard work and dedication have always helped show other students to embrace the arts.”

Moran nominated Ricky Riley from Niles West under the Artist Skills category as well. Riley has been a leader in Arts Appreciation since he started as a freshman. “He is always engaged and willing to participate. His energy and enthusiasm always shine through when he is performing or just participating in daily class. His energy is infectious and always lifts up other students.” His talents are highlighted when he does his roles in the Arts, including helping narrate this year’s show “Something Kind of Frozen” with his role as Kristof.

Congratulations to all of the students who won awards, and thank you to all the staff who nominated those students.