2018-19 Archived News

INSPRA awards
District Communications Receive State Awards
09/17/2019
Northbrook District 28 was recognized for its exceptional communications efforts by the state’s school public relations association.
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Math Program Review
Teacher Training, Revised Instruction, New Resources in Place for Math
08/30/2019
With the first phase of the math program review completed, there are numerous changes in place to improve classroom instruction this year, while a deeper look at instructional materials and practices continues.
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Michelle Jackson
New Director of Learning Brings Variety of Experiences to Position
06/28/2019
An educational leader with a background in curriculum development and gifted education has been appointed as the Director of Learning.
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Pledge of Allegiance
NBJH Class of 2019 Embarks on Next Journey
06/06/2019
On June 4, 207 eighth-grade students of Northbrook Junior High walked across the stage at Glenbrook North High School, received their diplomas and began the next phase in their life as high school students.
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2019 HOH Scholarship Winners
12 GBN Grads Receive HOH Scholarships
06/04/2019
Scholarship awarded to outstanding high school students are funded through the annual HOH5K.
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Joel Gallegos
Board Appoints New Director of Buildings and Grounds
05/23/2019
Joel Gallegos was appointed as the new Director of Buildings and Grounds, succeeding 25-year veteran Bill Gilstead.
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Standards-Based Learning 2020
Junior High to Return to Letter Grades
05/23/2019
Following a year of standards-based grading at Northbrook Junior High....
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Students celebrate world premiere of Nora Project videos.
Nora Project Builds Friendships, Empathy
05/21/2019
Through three visits this year, the typically developing students learned about what makes a good friend and created fun, inclusive activities for their 'Nora' buddies..
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Steen Metz speaks to 7th-graders about the Holocaust
Holocaust Survivor: Never Forget
05/16/2019
When Holocaust survivor Steen Metz talked about his time in a concentration camp, he had one request for students: share his story.
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Junior Band mallets/percussion
The Meaning of Music Education
05/15/2019
After winning the Best Communities for Music Education, we asked students what music means to them.
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Westmoor Library Committee at Book Bin
Students Add Voice to Book Collection
05/14/2019
School libraries get new books every year. It is usually the task of the librarian to determine areas of need and make the selections. This year, Westmoor School Librarian Tara LaCerra decided it was time to mix things up a bit.
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HOH5K Starting Line
May 4 Event Draws 350 Participants
05/10/2019
Nearly 350 runners participated in the May 4 HOH5K and Fun Run at Northbrook Junior High, raising about $10,000 for a scholarship fund that hands out awards every year to NBJH grads as they are preparing to attend college.
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Four students who won top honors in their categories display the school trophy
NBJH Brings Home State Science Fair Honors
05/08/2019
When it comes to science fairs, Northbrook Junior High School students have the right stuff to win.
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Math Program Review
Math Program Review Update
04/29/2019
The Math program is under review as part of the district's ongoing curriculum cycle.
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New Board Members 2018
New Board Sworn in for Four-Year Terms
04/29/2019
Mara Silver-Schack took her seat on the Board of Education, along with returning Board Members Tracy Katz-Muhl and Michelle Koehler at the April 23 Board of Education meeting.
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Builders Club members in 'spring' attire to kick off Rock 'N' Respect week
Rock 'N' Respect Week Focuses on Inclusion
04/23/2019
There is a group of students who are working hard to start an “Inclusion Revolution” at Northbrook Junior High.
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A successful 'egglander'
'Egglander' Project Brings Physics to Life
04/08/2019
Eighth-grade science classes applied their best engineering skills to create 'egglanders.'
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NAMM Best Community for Music Education
Music Program Receives "Best Community" Award...Again
04/04/2019
Northbrook District 28 has been honored again with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The District has received the designation four of the last five years.
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Students at St. Esthers High School for Girls
Three Ways to Help Sister School in Kenya
04/02/2019
Family Fun Day and Chipotle Fundraise scheduled for April 13
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Math Program Review
Math Curriculum Revamp Underway
03/22/2019
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kris Raitzer outlined an action plan to update the district’s math program at the Board of Education meeting March 19.
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Northbrook 28 strategic plan logo
'State of 28' Monitors Trends, Projects
03/22/2019
The district is in solid financial health, enrollment is creeping up just slightly and the student population is growing more diverse
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Greenbriari Ukulele Makers
Students Create Personal Ukuleles
03/22/2019
Greenbriar 4th-grade students proudly displayed the result of eight weeks of lunchtime and early morning work: their own personalized ukuleles.
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Kindergarten students use an iPad to share their learning
'Learning First' Thoughtfully Integrates Technology
03/18/2019
Learning First is a comprehensive plan to purposefully integrate innovative teaching and learning strategies with technology.
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Lion King Jr
Northbrook Junior High Musical Strikes Common Chords
03/14/2019
NBJH spring musical, 'Lion King Jr.' offer audience familiar story in a unique production
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2019 State Science Fair Qualifiers and Alternates
23 Students Advance to State Science Fair
03/13/2019
For the 8th year in a row, NBJH wins Best in Class at regional science fair.
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Noah Elmasry
8th-Grader Qualifies for State GeoBee
03/06/2019
Noah Elmasry scored in the top 100 statewide to qualify for state National Geographic GeoBee.
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Dr. Kelly Sculles
New Student Services Director Starts July 1
02/28/2019
An elementary school principal who began her career as a special education teacher will be the new Director of Student Services effective July 1.
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Room 122 Book Reviewers
Student Book Reviews Offer Opinions to the World
02/20/2019
What makes a good children’s book? The second-grade students in Room 122 at Westmoor School want to tell you.
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IAR logo
Illinois Assessment of Readiness Replaces PARCC
02/20/2019
Students in grades 3 through 8 will be participating in the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) in language arts and math during the statewide testing window of March 11 to April 26.
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Ronald H. Polancich
Band Members To Experience Art of Music-Making
02/12/2019
The art of making music will be on display Feb. 20 at Northbrook Junior High School when the Wind Ensemble performs under the direction of nationally recognized conductor Ronald Polancich.
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Behavioral Counselor Jackie Rhew
Jackie Rhew Talks Anxiety, Behavior and Parenting
02/11/2019
Behavioral Counselor Jackie Rhew, LCPC, CADC, presented a parent workshop on student anxiety, school refusal and parenting tips on Feb. 6.
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Souper Bowl Food Drive
Rams The Winner in Canned Goods
02/08/2019
The Patriots may have won Super Bowl LIII, but it was the Rams who won the Meadowbrook ‘Souper’ Bowl food drive.
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Childrens Author Aaron Reynolds talks to students at Westmoor School
Author Aaron Reynolds Shares Passion for Books
02/07/2019
Kindergarten through fifth-grade students were treated to a full helping of fun and a side of inspiration when author Aaron Reynolds visited Meadowbrook, Westmoor and Greenbriar Schools Feb. 5-7.
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Alumni Band Festival 2017
Alumni Band Festival, Teacher/Admin Collaboration Recognized
01/23/2019
Northbrook District 28 has been honored with two Advocacy in Action Awards from Music for All, Inc., a national music education organization.
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NBJH students John Raub Jr., Jeehyung Yoo and Olivia Zhao shine in AMC8 contest
Students Prove Their Skills in National Exam
01/08/2019
It’s one thing to be good at math, it’s another to prove yourself in a national competition and score among the top 1 percent of your grade.
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5Essentials Survey
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Ms. Baque, Ms. Nordland, Ms. Adkisson, Ms. Russell and Ms. Sullivan all attended District 28 schools.
Experiences in D28 Drew Them to Teach Here
01/03/2019
Five Westmoor teachers find values, family in D28 schools.
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Foundational students and teachers pose with gifts
Snack Cart and Gift Drive Lead to Healthy Lessons
12/17/2018
The Foundational intermediate team and students at Westmoor School rolled learning and caring into one when they operated a ‘snack cart’ for teachers during the month on November.
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2018 Tax Revenues
Annual Tax Request Factors Inflation, Property Growth
12/17/2018
Property taxes make up 87 percent of the district’s revenue. It’s important to maximize the levy to be prepared for future unknown funding issues.
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kindrgarten students use iPads to record their thinking
iPads Increase Creativity for Students
12/17/2018
The Learning First initiative is well under way, and students are using iPads to demonstrate their learning in new ways.
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Five teachers and one instructional aid pose in the gym
Education Values, Focus on Students
12/17/2018
At Northbrook Junior High, there are five teachers and one classroom aide who once walked the same halls as students. They share common values and perspectives.
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Ms. Barus, Ms. Robison and Ms. Verne all attended District 28 schools.
Community Draws Teachers Back to Their Roots
12/12/2018
There are 15 teachers and aides district-wide who sat in our school classrooms as students. We asked for their perspectives on how education has changed and why they chose to spend their career in Northbrook.
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Greenbriar Mentor Team
Fifth-Grade Students Trained to Resolve Conflict
12/04/2018
Greenbriar School 5th Grade students participated in a one-day training to be peer mediators.
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Winter Concert Live Stream
Tune in on YouTube For Winter Concerts
12/04/2018
Live streaming offers family members near and far a chance to tune in.
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Students Work on Coding Programs
Fun and Games Part of Learning to Code
12/03/2018
Making a GIF or moving a player through obstacles in a game promotes understanding of coding.
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Snow shoe making workshop
Patience, Patterns and Lacing
11/14/2018
At a before-school workshop, students and parents work together to create a product that will last a lifetime.
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gift cards
Give the Gift That Gives Twice
11/13/2018
Purchasing gift cards through the PTO Council Gift Card Plus program benefits family programs and the HOH Scholarship Fund.
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Glenbrook North HS logo
Preparing for Transition to High School
11/09/2018
Resources for parents of 8th-grade students to plan a successful transition to high school.
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A volunteer describes business vocabulary
Students Get Introduction to Business World
10/16/2018
Several classrooms at Greenbriar School were immersed in the world of business on Tuesday morning, Oct. 16.
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NBJH students who auditioned for ILMEA
ILMEA District 7 Music Festival Auditions
10/10/2018
Congratulations to all the musicians who auditioned for the ILMEA District 7 Honor Band
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Illinois School Report Card
Changes Reflect New Federal Law
10/02/2018
Parents will see new information and a new accountability system when the annual school report cards are released by the Illinois State Board of Education October 31.
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Ms. Henry Explains a Student Self-Assessment
Teachers Demonstrate Power of Standards-Based Grading
10/02/2018
Three teams of teachers presented classroom examples on implementing standards-based grading to board members and parents.
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Budget
Budget Gets Slight Boost in Revenues
10/01/2018
District 28’s 2018-19 budget of nearly $39 million benefits from slight increases in property development and the consumer price index as well as stable state revenues.
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Students pack supplies for refugee families
Students Turn Thoughts Into Action
09/24/2018
Seventh-grade students learned about the power of story in reading Alan Gratz’s book “Refugee” and experienced the power they have to impact the lives of others with a supply drive inspired by the book.
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Students review photos from 9/11
Seventh Grade Explores Impact of 9/11
09/11/2018
Students spent the class looking at 9/11 photos and deciding if they represented hope or terror.
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2018 PTO Council
Volunteers Keep Programs Running For Parents
09/06/2018
The members of the 2018-19 Executive Board of the District 28 PTO Council held their first meeting of the year on Sept. 4. But the work of the PTO Council never really stops.
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Testing Water Quality
Seventh Grade Exposed to Science All Around Them
09/05/2018
Northbrook Junior High seventh-grade students spent Friday morning, Aug. 31, in a familiar setting learning about unfamiliar things: invertebrates, pH levels in river water and Purple Loosestrife.
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Students get acquainted with new furniture in the library
News for the August 28 Board Meeting
09/03/2018
A series of interior and exterior summer projects enhanced the learning spaces and safety of school buildings.
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Sixth-grade students are smiles as they receive their individual iPads for the school year.
Learning First Initiative Improves Access, Innovation
08/30/2018
The school year kicked off with sixth-grade students and parents gathered on Aug. 27 for orientation and distribution of individual iPads.
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