February 6, 2019

Dear D219 Students and Families,

I’m sending you this note to notify you about an important change to our school calendar. Because of this school year’s difficult winter weather, we have had to cancel school on three days so far: November 26, due to bad weather and power outages, and January 30 and 31, due to the extreme cold.

In order to stay in compliance with State of Illinois School Code for the required number of student attendance days we currently need to make up one day. Toward that end, Friday, March 1 will now be a student attendance day. We had originally planned to have a Teacher Institute Day on that date, but we will now instead require students to attend school on March 1, and it will count as a regular attendance day.

Moving forward, any additional cancellations will result in adding the day at the end of the year and shifting the final exam dates.

We are sorry for any inconvenience that this schedule change may cause your family.  Our goal is to ensure that our students receive the education they deserve in the context of a safe and consistent manner. Obviously, this school year’s unpredictable weather is beyond our control. But we want to adjust, based on our student needs and state law, in a way most convenient for you. That being said, we may have some additional unfriendly weather, and we will keep you posted about any other changes.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our schools.


Application for the School Fee Waiver & Free/Reduced Lunch

We will be available in the Main Office at Niles West High School Monday through Friday 8:00a.m.-3:00p.m. to accept applications from families who may qualify for an exemption from paying this year's school fee and/or the Free & Reduced Lunch Program. When applying for both fee and lunch, one application is needed per student.

Students who were eligible for free or reduced priced meals at the end of last school year (2017-2018) will continue to receive free or reduced meals only through September 30, 2018.

Parent/Guardian must reapply and be approved for this benefit for the 2018-2019 school year. Those who have not been approved by September 30, 2018 will pay full meal prices.

Additional Information from the Bookkeeper or Financial Forms please click here.


The Literacy Center: “Every Student, Every Subject, Every Day.”

Parents, whether your student wants support in uncharted academic territory, is looking for a peer to push thinking, or just needs a fresh perspective on a piece of writing, The Literacy Center is available to assist in meeting the goals of all students at all academic levels. This year’s Lit Center mantra is, “Every Student, Every Subject, Every Day,” and we’re committed to living out that message. As we head into the school year, and you consider the supports available to your students, know the following about The Lit Center:

  • We're open daily from 7:20-4:20 (3:23 on Fridays) in Room 1161.
  • The Literacy Center is staffed with both peer tutors and core subject teachers throughout the day.
  • The Literacy Center website has resources for parents! Click here to learn more about recommending your student for tutoring, making an appointment for your student, or checking out some of the technological resources available to your student.
  • You can keep abreast of the happenings in the Lit Center by following us on Twitter @NWLit
  • If you have any questions or comments about The Literacy Center or suggestions about the web page, don’t hesitate contacting Sanlida Cheng, Lit Center Coordinator, at sanche@d219.org or by phone: 847-626-2600