The Weekly Update

  • D203 BOE, NESPA Reach Tentative Agreement
  • Expansion of Test To Stay Program Begins Monday, Nov. 29
  • School Safety: Behind the Scenes
  • Thanksgiving Week Schedule
  • SchooLinks and College-Career-Life Ready in 203
  • High School Students Awarded For Volunteer Work
  • NNHS Student Awarded For ‘Covid Kids’ Documentary
  • NCHS Student Journalists Receive National Recognition

November 23, 2021

D203 Board of Education, NESPA Reach Tentative Agreement

The Naperville Community Unit School District 203 Board of Education and the Naperville Educational Support Professionals Association (NESPA) have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.

Additional information regarding the agreement will be shared pending ratification by the NESPA membership and approval by the Board of Education.

Expansion of Test To Stay Program Begins Monday, Nov. 29

All students who are identified as a close contact within the school setting will soon have the option of participating in the Test to Stay program to stay in school. Previously, Test to Stay was only available to students in Grades K-6. Beginning on Monday, Nov. 29, students in Grades 7-12 who are identified as a close contact within the school setting can also participate in Test to Stay, which requires a student to undergo SHIELD IL saliva testing on Days 1, 3, 5 and 7 following identification as a close contact.

School Safety: Behind the Scenes

We hope our stakeholders will tune in for a live-streamed School Safety panel discussion at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 29.

D203 Superintendent Dan Bridges will be joined by local community leaders to offer a behind the scenes look at the collaborative approach needed to address school threats in a way that ensures the safety of students and staff members.



Thanksgiving Week Schedule

As a reminder, there will be no school from Wednesday, Nov. 24-Friday, Nov. 26 next week as we are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

SchooLinks and College-Career-Life Ready in 203

Learn how to help your 6-12th grade students with course selection using SchooLinks. This platform helps students navigate post-secondary education and career opportunities that align with our College & Career Readiness work. SchooLinks helps to support the entire student planning journey from 6th grade to Senior year. Together, as educators, families, and community, it is our mission to educate students to be self-directed learners, collaborative workers, complex thinkers, quality producers, and community contributors. This tool launches our mission forward and with your involvement creates a pathway for all students. Follow the LINK to watch a quick instructional video.


High School Students Awarded For Volunteer Work

Jenna Smiley (NCHS) and Olivia Zabel (NNHS) received awards for their volunteer work with 360 Youth Services, Adi Srinivasan (NNHS) was awarded for his volunteer work with the Alive Center and Ethan Wang (NCHS) was awarded for his volunteer work with KidsMatter.

NNHS Student Awarded For ‘Covid Kids’ Documentary

Naperville North’s Caroline Kady won first place in the National Scholastic Press Association category of “Covid-19 Coverage – Broadcast News” for her mini-documentary “The Covid Kids.” Last year, as a junior, Kady interviewed students across grade levels about the impact Covid-19 was having on their lives.


NCHS Student-Journalists Receive National Recognition

Members of the Central Times, Naperville Central High School’s newspaper, were recently recognized by the National Scholastic Press Association as top 10 national finishers in five individual categories, a single-year record for the program.

  • Alumna Danielle Pritchard received an honorable mention in the Feature Photo of the Year category for her photo: “Socially distanced study hall.”

  • Senior and co-editor-in-chief William Tong was recognized in the Writer of the Year category with an honorable mention for a portfolio of his written work.

  • Senior Katie Dalton’s on-the-ground reporting the morning after the June tornado that destroyed parts of Naperville earned her 5th in the nation in Broadcast News Story reporting.

  • Senior and co-editor-in-chief Cameron Rozek earned top five recognition in two categories for his coverage of separate demonstrations held in Naperville last spring in support of both the Palestine and Israel sides of the conflict in the Middle East. His “Divided we stand” was 5th in the Multimedia News Story division of Digital Story of the Year, and one of the photos featured in his piece, “Flag Tug of War,” earned a school-high 4th place finish in the News Photo of the Year category.


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