Niles West Parents & Guardians,

Homecoming 2018 was a great success! Thanks to everyone who participated in our week long celebration of all things Niles West. We have another busy week ahead of us, here’s what you need to know:

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held Thursday, October 25. Your child’s teachers and counselor are available for five-minute conferences. Student Services staff such as social workers, psychologists and college-career counselors are available on a drop-in basis. To register for conferences, please follow this link to Parent-Teacher Conference Registration and create or log into your PowerPTC account. To setup an account, Parents/Guardians will need to supply an Activation Code for any new student. New codes needed for this year were sent to the email address that you have provided to the school. Click on the link below for more detailed instructions.  Final Conference schedules will be emailed on October 23rd. Registration Instructions PDF. If you encounter any difficulties with the registration process, please contact Norma Cochrane at Niles West (847-626-2954). DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 @ 11:59 PM.

D219 students and their parents are invited to attend “Kickstart to Career Pathways and College” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16 at Niles North High School Auditorium, 9800 Lawler Avenue, Skokie. This informative evening will provide the opportunity to hear from industry experts in all of the seven state of Illinois career pathways. Check out the promotional video HERE.

The Niles West Parent Advisory Council (NWPAC) presents “Get the Scoop” on Wednesday, October 17 in the Niles West South Lobby from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Here, Niles West parents will have an opportunity to discuss successful school strategies first-hand with teachers and administrators in a Q & A panel format. All star staff scheduled to appear include Mr. Graham (English), Dr. Milanesio (Science), Mr. Kosiba (Social Studies), Mr. Toy (Special Education), and Dr. Kucera (Director of English). I hope you can attend this valuable parent workshop!

Niles West Theatre presents “The Diary of Anne Frank” starting with a Community Performance on Thursday, October 18 @ 10:00 am. Other showtimes are Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20 @ 4:00 pm & 7:30 pm. Performances in the Black Box Theatre, 5701 West Oakton, Skokie, IL. For more information, go to

Have a great week!

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 or by phone: 847-626-2600