Optimistic About 2021

Dear District 30 Family,

We espouse to be a community that craves learning, fosters resiliency, and cares deeply about every one of our students. The District 30 Family has demonstrated all of these throughout the year 2020, and we enter 2021 with many reasons for optimism! 

Civility & Exceptional Community Character

We have faced the challenges of 2020 together and are most grateful for the civility shown by our community as we have navigated this global pandemic together. There were no absolutes nor guarantees to guide our path. We were sustained by sincere gratitude shared for our efforts, and appreciative that the vast majority of disagreements have been handled with civility, care, and humility. Our community’s exceptional character continues to shine as an example to our students.

Lessons of Perseverance

When school buildings closed at the end of March last year, we did not know the magnitude of what was ahead, but we thoughtfully faced the challenges together and moved forward. 

Our administrative team and teachers spent the end of last year and all summer defining our trajectory this year. We kept up with the latest research, followed experts’ advice, and committed to educating and remaining connected with all of our students. We took reasonable risks to run in-person learning to the extent possible, permissible, and practical. We were also aware that what is a reasonable risk for some is not acceptable for all. We have maintained our commitment to every child, family, and staff member within our care. Our students will continue to be at the center of every decision we make.

We focus on the academic, social-emotional, and physical growth of our students. They have demonstrated exceptional flexibility and resiliency that we know will be essential for them to navigate this life successfully. Our students continue to be superstars!

In normal times, life throws us curve balls and challenges that exceed our abilities to resolve. The times we have faced together have reinforced the need to reach out courageously for help and support. We are never alone as we face life’s challenges and benefit from the incredible resources within our schools and communities.

Pride in Our Accomplishments
The work we have invested in safely educating our students through this time is the most important of our careers. With all of the uncertainties we faced at the beginning of the school year, our staff was present and fully committed to engaging our students in full-remote, hybrid, or daily in-person instruction. Our parents have partnered with us. We are exceedingly thankful for all that we have accomplished and all we will do to continue moving forward.

Even as we have implemented our phased operations, our team has defined construction/renovations relating to the Elementary Capacity Project at Wescott and Willowbrook Schools. This essential project generates needed elementary capacity that responds to increasing District 30 enrollment and realigns our Kindergarten program with our neighborhood school philosophy. Exterior construction will begin this spring and will be completed by the fall of 2021. Regardless of what we face next fall, we will have more classroom space at our disposal, and if operations are normalized, Wescott and Willowbrook will each be K-5 schools!

Looking Ahead
Understanding that there will not be a rapid return to normal life, we have reasons for incredible optimism for 2021! Vaccines are slowly being rolled out, area COVID-19 rates demonstrate a downward trend, and we will resume our in-person phased operations after our adaptive pause on Tuesday, January 19.

There will be a time that we will once again gather together in the gyms at Wescott, Willowbrook, and Maple Schools. That will be a glorious day! Whatever we will face throughout 2021, we will continue to do so together.  

Warmly,

Dr. Brian K. Wegley
Superintendent

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e-Learning & Inspiration in District 30

Dear District 30 Family,

As we complete this week, I want to take a moment and reflect on the pride I have in our students, staff, Board, and community. Together, we are creating a new, temporary normal. We have navigated many closures, started e-Learning, and are planning for the extended school closure that will continue until at least April 8. We are in this together and are so fortunate to live in our caring community, as we all accept our responsibility to slow the potential spread of COVID-19.

We also benefit from our communities working so closely together as our Glenview/Northbrook COVID-19 Task Force coordinates all of our response efforts, and continues to keep our information current. We met again on Wednesday, March 18, and the Coronavirus Response website is up-to-date. We encourage you all to review it.

e-Learning Begins

After a heroic undertaking by our staff to create a District 30 e-Learning program, and in an effort to generate normalcy for our students, supported e-Learning began on Tuesday, March 17. Thank you to our incredible teachers for working collaboratively to commence this adventure, as they manage their own personal lives and deliver e-Learning to their own children. I am also thankful for our Board’s support, our community’s trust, and our stellar students’ efforts. Thank you also to our parents and students for navigating this new, temporary normal successfully.

We are off to a great start and will integrate all that we learn, as we continue to navigate this challenge together. Check out this great video reviewing week one!

A few highlights:

We will all continue to learn a great deal together. We recognize the fact that parents and teachers are working from home as we work together to generate normalcy for our students by engaging in learning. Everyone’s situation is different. Please work with your teacher to navigate challenges as we will all continue to be flexible. We are trying to strike the same balance with our committed staff.

Inspiring Support

Our community’s incredible outreach of support and care reassures and inspires me. Our team has been contacted with offers of help from staff, parents, business leaders, and students. 

A business leader in our community reached out with the following email:

Sounds like it’s been a long day and evening for you. After tomorrow (or when you have a moment to catch your breath) please let me know if there are any hourly workers in our schools that would be challenged with the school being closed for an extra week. I can find funds to help them.

A former District 30 student emailed me to ask if he could provide any support to our students during this time. I inquired about what motivated him to reach out to me, and he shared,

Hello Dr. Wegley,

What inspired me to reach out to you was that I saw your email, along with another email from my Synagogue, and I thought that this might be a great time for me to get involved with my community and find a way to help out.

Our alum is looking for some useful articles or activities to share with our students.

Many of our caring citizens are seeking ways to provide support during this time. One organization that needs help so that it can serve others is the Northfield Township Food Pantry. They need both:

Again, I am honored to serve this community with all of the caring members of our District 30 Family.

Keep Updated

Please keep updated on our progress by remaining connected on our e-Learning Dashboard page that includes a continuously updated Parent School Closure & e-Learning FAQ.

Thank you all again! Know that we continue to be in this together, and let’s continue to make the best of this situation as we do our part.

Persevere Together

Throughout this awesome adventure of life, we will continue to face challenges. As with any issue, it is best when we confront it head-on, work through it with support, and find our way through the challenge with integrity and care. That is precisely how we are progressing, and we will find our way successfully to the other side. Thank you for your continued care and support!

Warmly,

Dr. Brian K. Wegley
Superintendent

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Health Update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear District 30 Family,

District 30, in partnership with Township Districts, has been carefully monitoring developments regarding the global spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). While at this time we have no local cases, I wanted to proactively share with you the steps the District is taking to keep our schools safe, as well as the plans we have in place should we be informed of cases of COVID-19.

We will continue to keep you informed as this situation evolves. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our students and staff safe and healthy. -Dr. Wegley

The school districts in Northfield Township (elementary districts 27, 28, 30, 31, 34 and Township High School District 225) are working together — and with our regional office of education and our municipalities — to follow developments regarding the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. This collaboration will help us be aware of our local conditions, share resources and expertise, and be prepared should an outbreak occur.

The Illinois Department of Health (IDPH), in an update sent on Wednesday, February 26, stated that the risk to Illinoisans of contracting the virus is low at this time. However, in all of our districts, school nurses are closely monitoring student and staff illnesses and taking steps to be prepared. COVID-19 is a new strain of influenza that currently does not have a vaccine. According to the IDPH, Illinois has implemented testing for the strain, becoming the first state to do so. There are only two cases reported in the state as of February 26.  At this time, IDPH does not recommend canceling classes or mass gatherings, nor does it recommend the use of face masks.

We follow the guidance of the IDPH, and remain in contact with the Cook County Health Department as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We also are working with our municipalities on contingency plans in case of an outbreak in our region or communities. As part of our contingency planning, we are exploring options if schools are directed to close. 

Preventative Measures

We follow IDPH’s protocols for common-sense practices to protect our students and staff (and their families) during every flu season:

  • Staff regularly wipe down frequently used surfaces in the classroom.
  • Custodial crews do additional disinfecting throughout the building during the day.
  • Custodial staff use spray disinfectant nightly on desks, tables, handles, doorknobs, light switches, etc.
  • School nurses monitor student illnesses and work with individual families, as needed.
  • Students and staff are encouraged to wash their hands frequently during the day.

We ask that you take action — for yourself and your children — to help prevent the spread of illness:

  • If your child is sick, please keep them home from school until they are fever-free for 24 hours.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Additional Resources

The following resources provide additional information about COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control provides a broad range of background information, updates and travel information. Here are specific resources from the CDC and other health organization:

We are committed to our continued collaboration to protect the health of our students, staff and communities.

Sincerely,

Dr. Charles Johns, Superintendent, Glenbrook High Schools District 225Dr.
David Kroeze, Superintendent, Northbrook School District 27
Dr. Larry Hewitt, Superintendent, Northbrook School District 28
Dr. Brian Wegley, Superintendent, Northbrook/Glenview School District 30
Dr. Erin Murphy, Superintendent, West Northfield District 31
Dr. Dane Delli, Superintendent, Glenview School District 34

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District 30 Announces Next Maple Principal

Dear District 30 Family,

It is with enthusiasm that I announce Mr. Sam Kurtz as the next Maple School Principal! Maple School officially welcomed him at our Maple Draft Assembly (click to watch the video) on Friday, February 14, 2020!

After beginning his career as a sixth-grade science teacher at Maple School, Mr. Kurtz served as an Associate Principal at Shepard Middle School in Deerfield Public Schools District 109. He then successfully led the merger of two middle schools as the principal of North Shore District 112’s Edgewood Middle School in Highland Park. 

Mr. Kurtz graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Biology and Elementary Education. He then earned his first Master’s Degree at the University of Illinois in Instructional Leadership and a second Master’s Degree at Northern Illinois University in Educational Administration. 

District 30 ran a comprehensive interview process for this vital position. After receiving 47 applicants from seven states, sixteen candidates were screened, and four finalists went through multiple interviews that included a committee of administrators, Board of Education members, Maple teachers, and parents.

Throughout the interview process, Mr. Kurtz distinguished himself as incredibly knowledgeable, thoughtful, kind, and capable. His references emphasized that he empowers and intentionally develops those around him, and they described him as an ethical, strong leader, who is an expert in curriculum and instruction. His current superintendent shared that his work unifying two middle schools into one has been outstanding! He also highlighted that Mr. Kurtz is trusted implicitly and that Edgewood Middle School will be devastated by his departure.

Upon accepting this position, Mr. Kurtz said, “I look forward to collaborating with District 30’s administrative team, leading Maple forward, and serving our outstanding students, staff, and community!”

Please join me in welcoming Mr. Sam Kurtz as our next Maple Principal. He has proven to be an outstanding individual who will honor our culture and collaboratively lead Maple School into the future. Go Mustangs!

Warmly,

Dr. Brian K. Wegley
Superintendent of Schools

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Maple Principal Profile

District 30 exists to create a community that craves learning, fosters resiliency, and cares deeply for every child.

We honor childhood and foster intellectual, physical, and social-emotional growth.

We value:

  • Accepting responsibility for all students
  • Maintaining strong relationships and collegiality
  • Implementing child-centric practices

After a decade of exemplary service, Dr. Nate Carter will be retiring at the end of the 2019-20 school year. Our next Maple School principal will begin service on July 1, 2020, and our goal is to fill this critical position by February of 2020. Staff, administration, parents, students, and our Board of Education have provided input that informs this effort. Several Insights into our next principal emerged.

Personal Characteristics

  • Trustworthy
  • Compassionate
  • Flexible
  • Collaborative
  • Active Listener

Leadership Characteristics

  • Anticipates problems and acts quickly to find solutions
  • Consensus builder/team leader
  • Maintains high expectations for students, teachers, staff, and self
  • Establishes strong routines and systems
  • Effective, consistent disciplinarian
  • Inspirational and visionary leader

Stakeholders shared significant pride in District 30 and Maple School due to:

  • Dedicated and outstanding educators
  • Commitment to ALL students
  • Our positive culture with a collaborative, caring and kind environment
  • High academic standards and achievement
  • A kind and supportive community that values education and embraces diversity
  • Strong infrastructure and funding (and new building)

Stakeholders also identified insightful areas for focus over the next few years that included:

  • Preparing for growing enrollment
  • Continuing our Social Emotional Learning focus
  • Maintaining outstanding educational achievement
  • Innovating with the new facility
  • Continuing to foster collaboration and innovation

A committee that includes administrators, Maple staff, parents, and Board Members will conduct interviews of finalists and provide consultative feedback to me to help inform my recommendation for our next Maple School Principal.

We will thoughtfully utilize stakeholder input to identify Maple’s next leader who aligns with District 30’s core values. We then look forward to celebrating Dr. Carter’s achievements in the spring of 2020!

Warmly,

Brian K. Wegley
Superintendent of Schools

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2019-20 Superintendent Welcome

The 2019-20 school year promises to be incredible! Please be sure to review the District 30 ePacket (https://sites.google.com/district30.org/epackets1920/home) that contains valuable information for the upcoming school year. For students with registration submitted, classroom teacher assignments (Wescott & Willowbrook Schools) and advisory/locker assignments (Maple School) will be available via the Parent Portal at noon on Friday, August 23. Elementary class lists will be available at school supply drop off on Thursday, August 29.  

On behalf of the District 30 Board of Education and staff, I extend a warm welcome to all within our District 30 Family. District 30 exists to create a community that craves learning, fosters resiliency, and cares deeply for every child. We benefit from an invested Board of Education, talented administrators and staff, and outstanding students! 

Our new innovative, flexible, state of the art Maple School and its redesigned campus remains on schedule and within budget. We are thrilled for our students and staff to leverage this innovative, flexible, state of the art school that will serve our community for decades to come! Considering all the individuals who provided input into this facility and supported our construction, the new Maple School is genuinely a community accomplishment. Parents, please make sure you review and follow the two new dropoff lanes off of Sherman and Shermer Drive at Maple School

Our teachers have continued to be busy throughout the summer preparing for the new school year. Our efforts have increased opportunities for our Professional Learning Teams to meet this year to support our continuous improvement efforts. Over 50 staff members participated in summer curriculum work. Content areas included but were not limited to, Science 6-8, Social Emotional Learning, Mathematics K-5, and World Languages. Also, new flexible furniture across grades 3-8 supports our student-centered learning. 

Our students will continue to enjoy outstanding teaching and learning experiences, and we are committed to providing the best possible educational experience for all students attending Maple, Wescott, and Willowbrook Schools. I invite each of you to stay connected and involved in your child’s education. Together we can look forward to seeing our children achieve, succeed, and grow!   

Sincerely,

Dr. Brian K. Wegley 
Superintendent of Schools

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Have a Wonderful Winter Break

Optimism is essential to achievement, and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.

Nicholas Murray Butler

Dear District 30 Parents,

Today, our annual District 30 Winter Sing was inspiring. Seeing all of our students and staff together enjoying the many talents of our students reminded me of how fortunate we are in District 30. As we wrap up 2018, I invite you to reflect on another great year. We have terrific students, talented staff, involved families, and a supportive Board of Education and community. District 30’s year has again generated impressive student academic achievement, and we have also committed to service through our participation in the successful food, coat, and toy drives, and by supporting our 18th annual Lew Blond Run!

I am also proud of the continued progress being made on the new Maple School. Thank you to our leadership team and to the many members of our staff, board, and community who have provided input into this important project. As a result of this collaboration, our flexible, state-of-the-art facility remains on schedule and within budget! We are excited for our students and staff to begin enjoying the benefits of this new facility in the fall of 2019!

Finally, thank you for helping us generate the gift of hope for the future. We live in extraordinary, but challenging times. Keeping a focus on developing independent, good people who can achieve in this demanding world remains a powerful compass for my life, District 30, and our community. I am eternally optimistic about the future because I know that our students will continue to grow into caring and capable people who will multiply our efforts for good.

As we finish our last week of school in 2018, I wish you a peaceful winter break with meaningful time with your loved ones. Thank you for your care and support. Here’s to a fantastic 2019!

Warmly,

Dr. Brian K. Wegley
Superintendent of Schools

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State of Illinois’s New School Designation

Informed by Multiple Measures

District 30 exists to create a community that craves learning, fosters resiliency, and cares deeply for every child. Toward that end, we foster intellectual, physical, and social-emotional growth. We consistently review multiple measures of data to inform instruction and also to affirm student growth and achievement. It is important to always consider the complete profile of each student and not the sole performance from one assessment score.

District 30’s Assessment Plan allows for the review of multiple measures over time. Every fall and spring, students in grades 2 through 8 take the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) MAP Assessment in Mathematics and Reading. Our students consistently perform in the top 10% of schools in the nation for growth and achievement in both Mathematics and Reading. They also continue to score at high levels on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA), and other local assessments.

District 30’s Strong PARCC Achievement

Our PARCC performance scores continue to be among the highest in the state:

  • In English Language Arts (ELA), 75% of our students met or exceeded standards as compared to the State Average of 37%.
  • In Mathematics, 78% of our students met or exceeded standards as compared to the State Average of 32%.

The State of Illinois’ Student Growth Percentile (SGP) is defined as the percentage of students across Illinois that an individual student scored equal to or better for the current testing year when compared only to students that received the same score the previous year.

District 30’s SGP scores were also above the state average:

  • In ELA, 55.3% of our students as compared to the State Average of 50% for students with the same scale scores on PARCC the previous year.
  • In Mathematics, 61.6% of our students as compared to the State Average of 50% for students with the same scale scores on PARCC the previous year.

State of Illinois New School Designations

This year, the State of Illinois has introduced school designations that are determined by an Index Score that is based upon ten factors:

  • PARCC performance in ELA and Mathematics each accounted for 20% of a school’s Index Score.
  • SGP accounted for 50% of a school’s Index Score (weighted 2.5 times as much as performance).
  • The remainder of the Index Score is determined by English Language Progress to Proficiency (5%), Chronic Absenteeism (20%), and a School Climate Survey (5%) that will go online next year.

According to the Illinois State Board of Education:

Schools receive a score between 0 and 100 for each indicator. These indicators are weighted according to the plan and added to create a school’s total Index Score. ISBE rank ordered schools serving K-8 bands. Next, Index Scores for each school’s subgroups (minimum n-size = 20) are generated (ELs, Former ELs, IEP, Low Income, Hispanic, Native American, Asian, Black, Pacific Islander, White, and Multi-Racial).

Ratings were then assigned according to the following criteria:

Summary

District 30 continues to provide an outstanding education for all children while recognizing the individuality of each child. I recognize the hard work and commitment of our teachers, and I am proud of the efforts and achievement of our students. As a district, we support the inclusion of growth models and look forward to examining how this new State of Illinois information can further guide our efforts.

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2018-2019 Superintendent’s Welcome

Dear District 30 Parents,

The 2018-2019 school year promises to be an incredible year! On behalf of the entire District 30 Board of Education and staff, I extend a warm welcome to all within our District 30 Family. District 30 exists to create a community that craves learning, fosters resiliency, and cares deeply for every child. I have lived in District 30 for over a decade. As I enter my fourth year serving as the Superintendent of District 30, I continue to cherish my opportunities to connect with and support our parents, students, and staff. I consider it a privilege to serve this district and our communities. We have an invested Board of Education, talented administrators and staff, and outstanding students.

I applaud our Board of Education for collaboratively setting Board Goals that maintain focus on instructional practices and facilities that support child-centered learning and intellectual growth within our classrooms. There continues to be an emphasis on strengthening our children’s character through the Character Counts! organization, with its supportive programs and motivational contests.

District 30 will also unveil a new standards-based Maple School report card this year that has been revised over the last two years. We also look forward to our new partnership with the Quest food service, which also serves the Glenbrooks.

Our teachers have been busy throughout the summer preparing for the new school year, and we continue to make significant progress on the new Maple School. Our inclusive work has generated designs for our new innovative, flexible, and responsible middle school. Construction remains on schedule and within budget. Please follow our progress on our facilities website: http://d30facilities.org. The goal remains to occupy the new Maple School in the fall of 2019.

We remain committed to providing the best possible educational experience for all students attending Maple, Wescott, and Willowbrook Schools. I invite each of you to stay connected and involved in your child’s education. Together we can look forward to seeing our children achieve, succeed, and grow!   

Sincerely,

Dr. Brian K. Wegley
Superintendent of Schools

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Maple Construction Begins March 26, 2018

Dear District 30 Neighbor,

In 2016, District 30 began an in-depth review of our organization’s facilities. Our master facility planning process resulted in a focus on building a new Maple Middle School and the health/life-safety work at our elementary schools. We remain grateful for the support of our referendum that was approved by nearly 76% of our community and for the partnership of La Salceda del Norte, Glenbrook North High School, and the Village of Northbrook in this effort.

The new Maple School has been designed, bids have been accepted, and construction is ready to begin!

District 30’s construction will include several phases:

  • Site work preparation and earthwork for the new Maple School in the field adjacent to the current Maple School (late March 2018)
  • The District Office will move to our new temporary location by March 15, 2018:
    • Our mailing address will remain the same (2374 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL) as mail will be couriered over from Maple School to the bank on a daily basis
    • Our new physical address will be at the Northview Bank at 245 Waukegan Road, Northfield, IL 60093
  • Demolition of the existing District Office trailers at 2374 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL (early April 2018)
  • Construction of the new Maple School (March 2018 through June 2019)
  • Demolition of the existing Maple School at 2370 Shermer Road, Northbrook, IL (June 2019)
  • Completion of the new Maple School campus with water detention, fencing, parking lots, and a field (Summer 2019)

Construction will follow Village of Northbrook ordinances which allow work from 7:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. on weekdays, and (if needed) 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Thank you all in advance for your patience through this effort which will generate a modern, flexible, comprehensive, and responsible new middle school for our students, staff, and community. You can find more information at http://www.D30facilities.org. If you have questions now or during construction, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 847-498-4190.

Sincerely,

Dr. Brian K. Wegley
Superintendent of Schools

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