District 219 Total Solar Eclipse Event

The Great American Total Eclipse will occur on Monday August 21, 2017 with 88% totality in our area. Seeing a total solar eclipse is a once in a lifetime experience! The entire United States will witness at least a partial eclipse. Areas along the path of totality will be the best place to view. On this day the sun will become more and more obscured by the moon. You will notice the temperature drop, shadows on the ground will appear sharper with crescent shapes, and the sky will become a dull shade of blue.
The total solar eclipse will be an awesome view, but can be dangerous to your eyes. You must use eye protection or pin-hole viewers. Staring at the sun during the eclipse can burn your retina.

Niles West Total Solar Eclipse Website. Click HERE

Niles North Total Solar Eclipse Website.

STEM Internships & Summer Programs

Science, Engineering, and Math (a few) High School Summer Programs

Summer programs are a great way to explore something you are really interested in and to develop science skills beyond the classroom. You can also get a taste of what college life might be like on a particular campus. This is a partial list of high school STEM summer programs. You may also find many more programs by going to the college of your choice and searching their website. Try looking for “high school summer” or “educational outreach”.   See website for details.

2017 Illinois Chemical Education Foundation High School Senior Scholarship


Congratulations to Sedra Khan who won a $2,000 scholarship from the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois.  The Illinois Chemical Education Foundation (ICEF) presents a number of $2,000 scholarships each year to top high school senior science students. The ICEF’s objective is to recognize and honor high school seniors who have exemplified outstanding achievement in academics, extracurricular/employment activities and community involvement. High school seniors who plan on becoming future chemists, chemical engineers, environmental engineers, or high school chemistry teachers may apply.

JulieAnn Villa 2017 ICEF Davidson Award Recipient

Presented annually to the outstanding chemistry teacher in Illinois


Niles West Chemistry teacher, JulieAnn Villa, was selected to receive the prestigious Illinois Chemical Education Foundation (ICEF) and the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICI) 2017 Davidson Award. Since 1966, this award is presented annually to an outstanding high school chemistry teacher. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of their innovative teaching methods, their ability to relate theory to practical chemistry, their participation in special programs, and teaching success with their students. The selection committee was impressed by JulieAnn’s teaching style and level of dedication to the success of her students.

ICEF will present the 2017 Davidson Award to JulieAnn on May 25, 2017 at the ICEF/CICI Annual Scholarship Luncheon. She will be presented with a plaque commemorating the award and a check for $3,000.

2017 WYSE Sectional Results

Congratulations to State Qualifiers. The students listed below will compete at the state WYSE competition on Monday April 17th in Champaign
Katie Benstead – English
Nick Ieremciuc – English
Michael Leon – Computer Science
Gabe Cohen – Computer Science

GEMS, Girls Empowered by Math & Science

District 219 cordially invites girls in 5th through 8th grade to attend GEMS, Girls Empowered by Math & Science. Parents and girls are both encouraged to attend. Girls will meet with women in STEM careers, and with hands-on activities. Parents will attend sessions about high school and college preparation for girls. Check-in starts at 8:30 am in the Niles West cafeteria.