District 30 Board Brief
October 27, 2022 - Board of Education Meeting Summary
Dear District 30 Family,
Thank you all for your commitment to our students during last week’s Parent-Teacher Conferences! We are so grateful for your continued partnership, as we all continue to commit to our students.
Featured below are relevant items from Thursday’s Board of Education meeting.
Have a great weekend!
Dr. Brian K. Wegley
2022-23 Maple Student Council Recognized
On behalf of the Board, President Mrs. Nancy Artz recognized the 2022-23 Maple Student Council Officers: Timothy Yang, president; Jack Jack Chen, vice president; Vivien Brennan, secretary; Claire Tsui, fund chair; Zaynab Ahmed, assistant fund chair; Jacob Solomon, social chair; Jayden Liu, assistant social chair.
Dr. Wegley and the Board thanked staff advisors, French Teacher Samantha Allen and Wellness and Physical Education Teacher Lynn Reimer, for providing this outstanding opportunity to our students!
Watch video of this event below:
Winter Snow Day Plans
Dr. Wegley noted that this year’s final school day is Friday, June 2, 2023. He shared that, to avoid shifting the school year into the following week, the first “snow” day of this coming winter would become an e-professional development day for staff and a true snow day for students.
Dr. Wegley shared that any subsequent “snow” days this winter will become eLearning Days for the whole district, where the school day will be run via Zoom. He emphasized that when we have questionable weather, we will send all students home with iPads in case we exercise an eLearning Day.
Dr. Wegley highlighted District 30’s belief that an eLearning Day in January will be more valuable than an additional day that spills the school year into a new week in June.
The Board also approved three leaves of absence requests that will take place during the school year.
2023-24 School Calendar Approved
The Board approved the 2023-24 School Calendar is linked on District 30’s Calendar website, which sets the first day for staff on Thursday, August 21. The first day for students will be Wednesday, August 23, 2023.
The tentative last day of school will be Monday, June 3, 2024, which could be as late as Monday, June 10, 2024, with five emergency days.
Aligned with most of our comparable districts, we are planning to attend school on Columbus Day. Typically, we and neighboring districts also attend on Veterans Day, but this will occur on Saturday, November 11, 2023 and will not affect the calendar. In addition, the calendar incorporates an Institute Day on March 4/Pulaski Day.
Winter and Spring Breaks will remain aligned across Northfield Township. Winter Break will begin after school on Friday, December 22, 2023, and Spring Break will start after school on Friday, March 22, 2024.
Character Counts! Proclamation Approved
The Board of Education formally approved a proclamation recognizing October 17-23 as “Character Counts! Week” and called on our community to embrace the Six Pillars of Character Counts! framework: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
The Board also thanked the District 30 Community for contributing to our annual Character Counts! Kids Care Food Drive that benefits the Northfield Township Food Pantry, which raised over 5,100 food items.
2023 Summer School Fee Approved
The Board of Education approved summer school fees of $195 for in-district families and $230 for out-of-district families. District 30’s 2023 summer school program will run for five weeks. The program will continue at Maple School with tentative dates from June 12 through July 14.
Curriculum and Assessment Reports
K-5 ELA Summer Writing Curriculum Report
Members of the K-5 English Language Arts (ELA) teaching staff, Lainie Levin, Sharon Latek, Dena Kelly, Dr. Amy Copeland, Marcy Cohen, and Megan Stevens, presented their summer curriculum work “Writing in District #30: A Community-Centered Approach.”
Inspiring highlights were shared, including videos of students, a detailed 3-year plan, the crafting of a vision, the development of the Writer’s Creed, and parameters/expectations for the choice writing time.
There was excitement and lots of positive energy in their work, including parent education and future plans for ways to support students at home.
6-8 ELA Summer Writing Curriculum Report
Maple ELA teaching staff Emily Foster and Nicky Stannard, Librarian Jamie Holmer, and Principal Sam Kurtz all presented the work from the Middle School ELA Curriculum Project.
Highlights included the development of the Navigate Curriculum, Cross Genre Book Clubs, Poetry, Historical Fiction Book Clubs, and Formative/Summative assessments. There was a strong emphasis on student choice and teacher modeling. In addition, our teachers emphasized feedback, expression, and representation.
The increase in opportunities for these experiences for our students is fantastic!
School Report Card & 2022 Assessment Presentation
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Melissa Hirsch, presented the 21-2022 School Report Card(s) to the Board of Education members.
She shared the Summative Designations of each of our schools: Willowbrook School earned an exemplary rating, and Wescott and Maple Schools both received a rating in the high-commendable range.
Dr. Hirsh also presented the Illinois Assessment for Readiness (IAR) and 2022 NWEA MAP results, highlighting the strengths and areas for growth within the data. She noted that these results would be shared with each school building soon.
- TrueNorth Educational Cooperative 804: Mr. Rizki reported on the last TrueNorth meeting and reflected on their ongoing work on learning innovations and inclusive practices, and facility planning work.
- Character Counts: Mrs. Blonder shared highlights from our last Character Counts! meeting, including celebrating the food drive that included a Stuff the Bus route to pick up donations. She also reviewed the upcoming Character Counts! poster and video contest.
Next District 30 School Board Meeting
You are welcome to join us at our next Board Meeting. Topics will include:
- Recognition of our Board for School Board Members Day
- Our Gifted Audit Summary, and
- The Master Facility Plan Update
Tue, Nov 15, 2022, 07:00 PM
Maple School, Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL, USA
Our Board of Education
The Board of Education consists of seven members elected from the general public to serve the entire Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 Community. The Board provides governance for the district by hiring and evaluating the superintendent and approving a budget, policies, and goals that align with the district's strategic plan. Board members are:
- President - Nancy Artz
- Vice President - Jeff Zuercher
- Zivit Blonder
- Keith Karchmar
- Dan Levin
- Ammar Rizki
- Dr. Stephanie Yohannan
Northbrook/Glenview District 30
Northbrook/Glenview District 30 exists to create a community that craves learning, fosters resiliency, and cares deeply for every student. District 30 serves more than 1,200 students in pre-K through 8th grade across Willowbrook, Wescott and Maple Schools.