C.E.C. Club (Council for Exceptional Children) 

The Council for Exceptional Children (C.E.C. Club) offers all Niles West students an opportunity to become involved in enhancing the lives of people with disabilities. Our members volunteer as special education classroom aides, coaches for our C.E.C. Basketball team and lunch buddies for special students. C.E.C. Club also plans Homecoming and social activities for students with special needs at Niles West. Guest speakers bring a wealth of information to our meetings and an opportunity to explore professions serving special needs populations.

Special functions/events: Guest speakers; work with students with special needs; coach Pathways Basketball team, and plan parties and special events
SponsorsElizabeth Dribin-Koshaba ~ elidri@d219.org and Sarah Murphy ~ sarmur@d219.org
Meeting Schedule: 
After school at 3:30 every other Thursday in Room 3110

Dance Marathon School Chest 

Dance Marathon is a student-led organization that chooses a new charity to benefit each year. We have raised over $200,000 over the past six years. Students dance for seven hours and collect money from sponsors. Previous charities include Partners In Health, Camp One Step at a Time, and Have Dreams.

Special functions/events:  Candy cane fundraiser, rose sales, selection of charity for two years, dodgeball pizza sales, T-Bay, guest speakers, DM lock-in, DM bonding weekend, and raising money for a new charity each year.
SponsorsLauren Flahive ~ laufla@d219.org
Karissa Moy karmoy@d219.org

Tony Comstock ~ antcom@d219.org
Meeting Schedule: 
Wednesdays @ 3:30 PM in Student Activities Center

Morale Captains and Executive Members meet separately on Wednesdays @ 4:30 PM in the Lit Center

Go Green Club Recycling Club

Members understand the value of and encourage more interest in developing a community of recyclers. Members make sure recycling is collected on a weekly basis (Wednesdays, unless otherwise announced) and taken to the appropriate area for the next step in the process.

Recycling Day is every Wednesday
Special functions/events: Fundraisers; recycling collection; promotion of new recycling program
Sponsor: TBA
Meeting Schedule: 
Wednesdays from 8:10-4:30pm in Room 1141A

Homeroom Mentors

*Members are Recommended*
SponsorsAnn Alegnani ~ annale@d219.org
Carla Green ~ cargree@d219.org
Meeting Schedule: 
The application process begins in February and interviews are in March.
The Mentoring Team (for the next school year) is finalized before Spring Break.
Mentors visit Freshmen Homerooms on Wednesdays and Thursdays

NARWHALS

We are a club for students who are interested in learning more about natural environments in Illinois and working to restore these environments such as a forest or savannah to their former health and beauty.  We have adopted sites at Harms Woods & Blue Star Woods Forest Preserves and work once a month to remove invasive species such as buckthorn and honeysuckle.  During our weekly meetings, we work to restore the prairie and natural area here at West.  We also take day trips on a few Saturdays each year to various natural areas throughout Illinois to learn about native plants and animals.  5th annual Environmental Service Day in October.

SponsorThomas Jodelka ~ thojod@d219.org
Meeting Schedule: 
Tuesdays after school in Room 2420

Peer Leaders

Peer Leaders help welcome new students at freshmen and transfer orientations and provide hospitality at events such as College Night and Parent Night. Each year the club chooses projects such as working with freshmen to prepare for final exams, maintaining a bulletin board, and presenting workshops to Junior High students on topics such as transitioning to high school. Club meetings are held during Period 4 every Wednesday. Peer Leaders are recommended by teachers, counselors, and deans each spring, then participate in a training program focusing upon leadership and communication skills early in the fall semester.

*Membership is based on teacher recommendations and a peer interview process.*

Special functions/events: Assistance with College Night, Parent Night, Curriculum & Activities Night; work with ELL students; freshman workshops & Leaders to Feeders program.
SponsorsMary Leonardo ~ marleo@d219.org and Joyce VanAlstin ~ joyvan@d219.org
Meeting Schedule: 
Wednesdays during 4th period in Room 2035

Peer Reconciliation Committee

Peer Reconciliation Committee is a positive outlet in which students can resolve school related conflicts with the assistance of their peers and avoid possible consequences through the Deans’ office.  Together, students discuss an equally acceptable resolution to the conflict/referral through the creation of an agreement that seeks to transform the negative behavior into a positive learning experience.  Peer Reconciliation Committee uses a restorative justice model which has three main goals: accountability, school safety and competency development.

*Membership is based on a required recommendation from a counselor or dean*

SponsorsAnn Alegnani ~ annale@d219.org
Jackie Lipka ~ jaclip@d219.org

Meeting Schedule: TBA

Relay for Life

Relay for Life is a daytime event where teams of families, friends and coworkers join together to CELEBRATE the lives of those who have battled cancer, REMEMBER those lost and FIGHT BACK against a disease that takes too much. Teams of students from Niles West and North are encouraged to participate and fundraise for the event. By joining the Niles West Relay Club you can help recruit new teams for the event, fundraise and plan the day of event activities. Joint committee meetings are held bimonthly and working club meetings are biweekly after school. In 2007, the Skokie/Lincolnwood/Morton Grove/Niles Youth Relay for Life was named the American Cancer Society’s “Rookie of the Year” for raising over $68,000 in its first year. Last year this event raised around $90,000 for the American Cancer Society. This year’s event will be at Niles North HS.

Special functions/events:  T-shirt sales, Luminaire sales, general fundraising, team collaboration
Sponsors: Gloria Kim ~ glokim@d219.org
Meeting Schedule:
Thursdays @ 3:30 PM in Room 1175

*After September 1st, signup for this year’s event will be available at: SLMGN or search Relay for Life SLMGN on Google to find the site.*

S.A.D.D. Students Against Destructive Decisions

Originally, the mission of the SADD chapter was to help young people say “No” to drinking and driving. Today, that mission has expanded. Students have told us that positive peer pressure, role models and other strategies can help them say “No” to more than drinking and driving. That  preventing underage drinking and drug use by focusing attention on the potentially life threatening consequences of destructive decisions involving issues such as not wearing a safety belt, smoking, steroid use, violence, sexually transmitted diseases and suicide.

Special functions/events:  Red Ribbon Week: Lunchtime awareness and pledge, Spirit Week, decorate with Red Ribbons; Suicide Prevention Awareness Poster Campaign; Stress Less for Finals: Yoga; Healthy Relationships Campaign during Valentine’s Day Week: Send a Crush to your Crush; Pre-Prom awareness video and discussion; homecoming activities, KISS posters and locker decorations; lunchtime awareness and pledge
SponsorJessica Verceles ~ jesver@d219.org
Meeting Schedule: 
Mondays @ 7:30 AM in Room 3195

UNICEF Club
Don’t wait until tomorrow to make a difference in the world. Start today. 

UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund. It is a children’s humanitarian organization that works towards children’s rights, survival, development and protection. High School UNICEF Clubs works with the U.S. Fund to gives students like ourselves the opportunity to educate, advocate, and fundraise about the issues existing in the world.

What Niles West UNICEF Club does:
– Fundraise. We work closely with students, faculty, and the community so that our funds can help UNICEF supply the aid for survival and development.
 Educate others. We discuss matters and solutions to issues like: human trafficking, slave labor, natural disasters, war torn regions, lack of health care, lack of clean, accessible water, and more.
– Advocate. We are active supporters of what UNICEF does around the world. That being said, we do everything in our efforts to get word out about the agenda and mission of UNICEF.
– Raise awareness. We host small to large events throughout the year to help our school and community become more knowledgeable about the services UNICEF provides to women and children.

SponsorDeanna Sortino ~ deasor@d219.org
Meeting Schedule: 
1st Semester: 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/28, 12/12 in the Student Commons (Room 1601) at 7:30 am
(Meetings are subject to change at times, please email Ms. Sortino for more information) 

W.H.O. West Helps Others

WHO is a volunteer club open to all students. Members participate in a variety of community projects, with organizations such as Emily Oaks Nature Center, Good News Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity, the Greater Chicago Food Depository and City of Hope. WHO also organizes school events, Bake Sales and participates in walks (AIDS, Diabetes, Breast Cancer). The club is a rewarding way to have fun while helping others.

Special functions/events:  Bi-weekly meetings focusing on team building and service project planning.  Events include:  Car Wash, Lions’ Candy Days, Walk for Hope, Emily Oaks, Nursing Home, (Greater Chicago Food Depository, Good News Kitchen and additional fundraising
SponsorDrew Johnson ~ andjoh@d219.org
Meeting Schedule: 
Every other Tuesday @ 3:30 PM in room 1750