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Illinois School Report Card - 2012
District 62 students consistently perform at or above the state minimum target for attendance, reading, mathematics, and graduation. Reading score 83.1% is close to meeting the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) target of 85.0% meeting or exceeding standards. Students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 8 made gains from 2011 to 2012. Scores in grades 4 and 7 remained consistent.
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Remember to Spring Forward Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00 AM, Sunday, March 8. Please remember to set your clocks ahead by one hour before retiring for the evening. We lose one hour of sleep, but we gain more sunshine! Spring is here.

PARCC Test Begins

In March and May 2015, District 62 will administer the new required Illinois State achievement tests called PARCC (Partnership for the Assessment of College & Careers). PARCC, an online test, has been designed and adopted by the State to assess student knowledge and understanding of the New Illinois Learning Standards, also known as the Common Core State Standards.

Your child will take the state-required achievement tests between Monday, March 9 and Friday, March 27 – for ICS students, Monday, March 2 and Friday, March 20. Students in grades 3 through 8 will be tested in reading and mathematics. Your child’s teacher/school will communicate a more specific testing schedule.

Parents can help their child do his or her best on the test by:

  1. making sure, if possible, that children attend full days on the days of testing
  2. making sure children get a good night’s sleep the night before each testing day
  3. providing a healthy breakfast the morning of each testing day
  4. being certain your child has a healthy snack and lunch
  5. reminding children to ask teachers if they do not understand test directions
  6. letting children know that parents have confidence in their ability to do their best, and
  7. advising your child not to worry about the test, but to do the best that they can

Please feel free to call the school or your child’s teacher if you have further questions about these tests. More information may be found by visiting

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The Des Plaines School District 62 now provides you with the opportunity to purchase student accident insurance. Learn more...

Students entering sixth grade must have a current physical and immunizations before the start of school. Learn more...

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Operation North Pole is a community-based, public charity. This year they selected the students of North School as the recipients of brand new winter coats. On February 10th, volunteers from Operation North Pole, the fire department and the police department came and distributed the coats. What a wonderful sight to see the students make their selections. North School is so grateful to have been chosen by Operation North Pole!

This year, the fourth grade students made ornaments with paper plates and colored felts for the North School's Christmas tree at the Metropolitan Square for the City of Des Plaines's annual holiday tree lighting ceremony on December 5th. Thank you to many staff members, students and their families for coming out and helping us hang the ornaments.

On November 18th, the fifth grade students took a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago and participated in a guided tour entitled Clues from the Past. The museum docents showed the students some collection highlights and led discussions on the meanings of some artworks and how works of art reflect the way people lived in the past. After lunch, the teachers led students in a self-guided tour in the Impressionism galleries, American Art galleries, and Thorne Miniature galleries. Before the field trip, the students watched an introductory video on the Art Institute and on how to behave properly in the art galleries. They are currently working on a Claude Monet inspired Impressionism painting project in art class, and the students saw many original Impressionistic paintings and learned about the stories behind them.


Walking It Forward – A warm, sunny fall day set the stage for the Second Annual Walk Off for Cancer sponsored by North Elementary School to benefit the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation.

Friday, September 19th, more than 450 students, teachers, and staff walked the exterior perimeter of the school building. They celebrated the joy of physical exercise, being outdoors, and raising money to help others. More than 25 miles were covered and the walk raised $3,000. The 2014 total was almost three times the $1,100 amount donated last year. Every class contributed. The top three donations were made by the students of Janet Hansen ($301), Kristin Ross ($353), and Jeff Lisy ($521).

The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Chicago Cubs First Baseman Anthony Rizzo. Anthony realized during his own battle with cancer that no matter how difficult fighting cancer was for him, it was even more difficult for his family. Anthony believes that an individual does not battle cancer alone, but that the whole family does. The Mission of the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation is to raise money for cancer research and to provide support to children and their families battling the disease. The Foundation is run entirely by Anthony’s family, his close friends and his management team with Anthony providing oversight and leadership.

Arbor Day

Arbor Day Ceremony Held at North – On Friday, April 25th, 2014, North Elementary School hosted the annual Des Plaines Arbor Day Ceremony. In attendance were Board of Education President Brenda Murphy, Dr. Jane L. Westerhold, and Associate Superintendent Paul Hertel. Des Plaines Aldermen Patti Haugeberg, Mike Charewicz, John Robinson, and Denise Rodd represented the City of Des Plaines. Howard Moser, City of Des Plaines Public Works, and his department selected and planted the oak tree.

The ceremony began with North School Principal Dr. Howard Coleman introducing guests to the audience. North students joined together to proudly sing about trees and Alderman Patti Haugeberg bestowed an Arbor Day Proclamation. The event was highlighted with the planting of the tree in the back of the school. Several North students were selected to join the dignitaries in shoveling dirt onto the tree base and roots.

Digital Age Voice Conferences with Students – Friday, January 10, North Elementary School fifth graders in Kathy Clifford’s class had the opportunity to explore colleges and unique careers when they video-conferenced with Susan Bennett, the voice of iPhone’s Siri. Bennett, who lives in Atlanta, and is involved in various commercial and audio voice-over projects, talked about her career and how she got involved in the voice-over field. She encouraged the students to read and learn all they could. In advance of the call, students prepared questions for Ms. Bennett. This was one of many series of digital celebrities who will conference with Clifford’s students.

Principal Leads by Example

Dr. Howard Coleman, North Elementary School principal, was honored by the District 62 Board of Education for successfully defending his doctoral dissertation and demonstrating the importance of lifelong learning. In December, Dr. Coleman will receive his doctorate degree from Chicago State University.

North Fifth Graders Cruise Chicago River Provided by Abraham Lee, North Elementary School – Friday, May 10, North Elementary School fifth grade students took an architectural boat tour in Chicago. The cruise featured histories of many famous buildings that grace the Chicago skyline. While the students were boating, the Willis Tower could not boast the distinction of being the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere because the final spire was installed on the Freedom Tower of One World Trade Center in New York City. It was a spectacular moment. Prior to the tour, fifth graders learned about some renowned Chicago architects such as Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and created their imaginary cityscapes in art class based on the two point linear perspective drawing technique. After the boat tour, the students had a quick visit to the Art Institute of Chicago to view the Thorne Miniature Rooms Gallery. North School expresses its deepest gratitude to the District 62 Foundation whose mini-grant made this memorable and meaningful trip possible.

Thirty-one students from North participated in Math Kangaroo 2013, which was held at Maine West High School on March 21st. Math Kangaroo is an international math competition for grades 1 to 12 held once a year during the third week of March. This year there was a high number of North students participating, and each student contestant received a t-shirt, a certificate of participation, and a little gift on the testing day. Mrs. Barbara Mikunda and Mrs. Ruth Conklin coordinated the competition at North.


Jeremiasz (Grade 5, Mr. Lisy) was selected as this year’s Gallery 62 recipient representing North School. Artist Jeremiasz patterned fish on a holographic paper with sharpie markers. He decorates the background with metallic colored pencils. He even incorporates motherland Poland’s flag colors in the fish tail. Jeremy was honored at the school board meeting on March 17th. Jeremiasz’s artwork will be on display at the Administration Center for two years and then will be moved to Chippewa School where he will be attending next year.

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