Volume 21, No. 9 | May 02, 2018
News From the April Board Meeting
New Initiative Will Transform Student Learning
The recently adopted district strategic plan, Navigate 28, has an ambitious mission to “Empower every learner to be an engaged, confident, caring and inspired citizen.” The district is now in the process of designing action plans that will help advance the new mission, vision and goals.

We are excited to announce the first initiative launched under the Navigate 28 banner is “Learning First,” a comprehensive plan to purposefully integrate innovative teaching and learning strategies with technology.

“Learning First” gets its name from the book “Learning First, Technology Second” by Liz Kolb. In the text, Kolb outlines a framework in which instructional technology can engage, enhance, and extend learning in powerful ways. While teachers are already doing this in classrooms, the initiative will take it to the next level. The district will transition to an iPad environment over the next three years.
Board Briefs
Instructional Facilitator Joins Westmoor Staff
Danielle Rubel will be joining the Westmoor team as an Instructional Facilitator for the 2018-19 school year. Danielle joins District 28 from Norridge School District 80 where she worked as an Instructional Coordinator. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Augustana College, her teaching certificate from Northwestern University and a master's degree from Concordia University. She has a strong literacy background and also has experience implementing a new math program and supporting social studies curriculum.
District Happenings
Congratulations Class of 2018 Retirees!

The Board of Education Employee Recognition Dinner Celebrate 28, honoring our retirees and years of service, was held April 26. A total of 76 employees were recognized for years of service from 5 years to 30 years (Claire Robson and Deena Seifer). Our retirees include, from left, Donna Mundt, Mary Lynk, Lori Catalan, Laurie Geiger, Marion Hinken, Dan Toops, Amy Mahoney, Susan Kaye, Joan Stevenson, Anne Riguzzi, Erin Niehus, and Lori Warnygora.
NBJH Receives 17 Gold, 6 Silver at State Science Fair
Northbrook Junior High students provided scientific proof they are among the state’s brightest researchers when they captured 17 gold awards and six silver awards at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Exposition in Peoria on April 28.

Each entry is judged by three judges and students must orally present their research and display their findings in scientific charts and reports.

Three students received special awards with cash prizes in addition to their gold awards: Morissa Lambert, Allison Lau and Emma Ugarcovici.

Students who received special awards were, fromleft, Emma Ugarcovici, Allison Lau and Morissa Lambert.
Professionals Offer
NBJH Students Inspiration
Northbrook Junior High students were treated to an afternoon of inspiration at the bi-annual LIFT day held April 27.
Thirty-nine volunteers represented a wide range of professions, from a pediatrician, structural engineer, fashion stylist, firefighter, sports marketing, film producer, architect and author.
Organized by the PTO, the Looking Into the Future Together day offered an exceptional opportunity for our students to dream big, set career goals, or just learn about something new.
"I love to see the people from community giving back to the school. It’s really neat for kids to see what’s going on around them outside of school within the community and beyond,” said Deborah Phandis, the PTO chair of the event.
First Officer Ted McCaughan, a commercial pilot with United, talks about his career path and the training required to NBJH students during LIFT Day. " Since I was a little boy I wanted to be a pilot but I had no idea how to do it," he said. "It's nice to be able to provide a little direction."

HOH 5K Fun Run/Obstacle Course and Raffle

This Saturday is race day! Join the fun, bring the kids or help volunteer! All funds go to the Homer O. Harvey Scholarship Fund, which are awarded yearly to NBJH alumni.
It's not too late! Register to race or volunteer in person in the District Office on Packet Pickup Day, Friday, from noon to 6 p.m. or on race day beginning at 7 a.m.

**NEW THIS YEAR - HOH5K has a 50/50 raffle!  Help raise funds for scholarships and win too!  
Tickets are sold ONLY on the  District28pto.com site  They will be on sale until May 3rd at midnight. You can also purchase tickets at packet pick-up. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD ON RACE DAY! Winners will be drawn after the race. Winner need not be present to win.
The Gift That Gives Twice!

End of the School Gift Card Plus Program Sale!

👉 Online orders (more merchant options) will be accepted through THURSDAY 5/3
👉  Gift cards will be ready for distribution on FRIDAY 5/11 
✔️  Shop online:  https://shop.shopwithscrip.com/
District 28’s official hashtag! You can search the hashtag on Twitter or Facebook to monitor posts from teachers, administrators and the district accounts. This hashtag helps us tell the story of Teaching, Learning and Caring in District 28.