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Golf School District 67
9401 Waukegan Rd.
Morton Grove, IL 60053
Ph 847-966-8200
A Publication of the Golf School District 67 Board of Education
At the December Board of Education Meeting, Golf
Middle School Technology Teacher, Elise Gould,
presented the Board with a check for $25,000 to be
used to help rebuild the GMS Technology Center and
for the replacement of band instruments.
Elise is retiring in June after 21 years of service to the
District. She stated,
I am both honored and grateful to have been a part
of this wonderful educational community.”
The Board of Education and
Administration would like to
thank Elise for her
generosity and
desire to pay it
In this issue:
A Note from the Superintendent
Strategic Plan Update
Hynes Elementary School
Golf Middle School
Fine Arts in District 67
District 67 Foundation
2017-18 School Calendar
School Board
5 Essenals Survey
Please complete the Illinois
5 Essenals Survey about our
schools. The 5 Essenals
Survey is based on ve factors
that are key to school
improvement. Please visit
essen to take
the parent survey.
A report will be generated for
our schools only if at least 20
percent of parents respond to
the survey.
Thank you for your
Golf School District 67 Newsletter Vol 3, 2017
A Note from the Superintendent
As winter break approaches, I want to take a
moment to reflect on Golf School District 67’s many
accomplishments. Improvements have been made in
every goal area of our strategic plan and we continue
to address any challenge that comes our way.
Our partnership with District 219 and District 69 has
provided us with many opportunities and our teachers
and staff work hard every day to provide students with
a high quality instructional program. The Classrooms
Annual Report provides highlights from the 2016-
2017 school year.
I want to thank the Golf 67 community for their
support and dedication to our students. As you gather
with family and loved ones, please accept my heartfelt
wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
See you in 2018!
Dr. Beth Flores
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Focus on Writing
Eecve wring skills are an important part of
communicaon, and students must be able to
convey complex ideas and informaon in a clear,
succinct manner.
During the 2016-2017 school year, literacy leaders in
District 67 and District 69 researched best pracces
in wring instrucon and reviewed a variety of
wring materials. As a result, Schoolwides Wring
Fundamental Units of Study was selected and
purchased for all teachers in grades K-8. These
materials are the core wring materials being used
in the classrooms.
At each grade level, Schoolwide provides four units
of study which focus on a specic genre of wring.
Grammar instrucon is also incorporated within the
wring unit. Teachers are provided with robust texts,
mini-lesson plans, conferencing quesons, extension
ideas, ELL supports, and formave and
summave assessments to monitor
student progress.
To support the implementaon of
these new resources, teachers parcipated in two
professional development opportunies. Teachers
met in grade bands (K-2, 3-5, 6-8) with consultants
from Schoolwide. The full-day session focused on
preparing the classroom environment to support
workshop instrucon, creang writers notebooks as
a place to pracce and collect wring, and the daily
structure of wring instrucon using the Wring
Fundamentals Units.
During the October Instute Day, consultants
returned to work with teachers to reect on their
instrucon, the types and quality of wring their
students have produced, and to familiarize
themselves with the next units of instrucon.
At the December Board of Education meeting,
Dr. Flores presented the 2016-2017 student
achievement report. District 67 students
achieved higher ratings of meeting and
exceeding expectations when compared to
similar students from across the state.
Although the District continues to do well on
standardized assessments of learning, there are
always challenges to address and areas for
Our schools and teachers strive to meet the
needs of a diverse group of learners through
creative scheduling, refining the curriculum,
participating in ongoing professional
development and reviewing assessment data to
plan instruction.
Golf School District 67 is a diverse community of students and families who
speak many languages. In an eort to ensure all families feel welcome and
informed, we are starng a Language Ambassador Program. A Language
Ambassador is a parent volunteer who has uency in English and a second
language including, but not limited to:
Urdu, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, and Assyrian.
(Click on a language for information)
Language Ambassadors will support and welcome second language families by assisng
them with:
registraon requirements,
understanding school culture,
communicang with school and district sta, and
sharing their experiences in overcoming language barriers.
If you are interested in becoming a
Language Ambassador for Golf School District 67:
Please contact Pam Clark at 847/966-8200 x 235
L-R: Jean Claude Poulard, Peterson Moresca, Ted
Anton, Richard Searl, Luis Gonzales, Krystyna
Kowalska, Spyridon Sintos-Mantelas
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The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching
millions of students in 180+ countries. It started as a
1-hour introduction to computer science designed to
demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the
basics, and to broaden participation in the field of
computer science.
It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate
computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities.
Hynes students were excited to participateeven our
preschoolers coded a caterpillar crawling across
the classroom!
Hynes K-2 students
and their parents came
together in December
for their second Kids
Can Code class.
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Celebrating Writing
On Thursday, November 16, three eighth-grade writers
represented Golf Middle School at the Young Womens Wring
Fesval sponsored by the Resurrecon College Prep High School
English Department. Forty-nine students from more than een
schools competed in a med wring contest.
Along with teachers from the other schools, Mrs. Joyner
enjoyed assessing dozens of the creave stories. Thank you
to Hannah Conway, Jessie Kimmel-Choldin and Nicole
Nantz who were wonderful representaves of our school.
We are also proud to announce that one of our students,
Nicole Nantz, nished in the top three! Nicole was honored
with a gi and a medal from the Resurrecon English
Authors Visit
Special thanks to local author Simone Elkeles and Australian
author Melanie Cellier who mesmerized a group of eighth
grade readers and writers with tales of being a published
Simone Elkeles is a New York Times Best Selling author of
young adult novels including Perfect Chemistry, Return to
Paradise, and Beer than Perfect. Australian Melanie Cellier
digitally publishes her beauful and creave re-imaginings of
fairy tales.
The authors donated not only their me and talents, but also
bags of books and author swag. We were delighted that they
stayed and joined us for our quarterly incenve lunch at
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District 67 Celebrates in December
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There is a
drop-off box
at both of our
schools! Box
tops are
located on so
many of the items you
already buy. Please take a
few extra minutes and clip
them. Our schools can
benefit greatly for just a few
extra minutes of your time.
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The District 67 PTA
Holiday Bonanza was
a great success.
Students shopped for
gifts for their parents
while their parents
enjoyed coffee and
hot chocolate in
another area.
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Golf School District 67 Foundations Trivia
Night was a huge success. Thank you to
Foundation president, Caitlin Reichert,
Foundation members, and her outstanding
team of volunteers for a fun night!
1st place team: The GMS Griswolds
Best table theme: El D #2
Golf School District 67 Foundaon is honored to fund sixteen creave grant proposals. Congratulaons to
the following grant winners: Amanda De La Rosa, Lisa Heuberger, Katy Casleton, Kathy Roubal, Gianna
Rubino, Aneta Mlynski, Kimberly Stephens, Michele Nitoi, Meggie Boyle, Kevin Atwood, Kris Vojack, Krisne
Joyner, Danielle Maldonado and Sara Molnar.
We know that closing schools in bad weather has a big eect
on families. We also understand that students are beer
served, both academically and socially, by being in school
whenever possible. The safety of our students and sta is our
top priority in making a decision to keep schools open or to
close schools in bad weather.
We make the decision to close or delay opening schools in bad weather based on many factors, such as:
informaon on road condions
the ability to start and move buses
amount of snow and ice accumulated
whether snow/ice is connuing
building condions and parking lot condions
temperature and wind chill
weather predicons and what other Niles Township school districts are doing
The Superintendent of Schools makes the nal decision based on these factors.
Usually the decision about opening schools is made by 6:00 a.m. Nocaon is posted on our website at and Emergency Closing website,, as soon as the decision is made. Also,
our automated messaging service makes calls to nofy families.
There are several other ways to nd out if school is open or closed on a bad weather day.
Check your email (make sure that the District has your current email address).
Tune into TV (CBS, NBC, ABC, WGN, Fox, CLTV) and local radio: WGN AM, WBBM AM, and The Zone (FM).
If the decision is to open schools, please keep in mind that, even if weather condions worsen, we cannot reverse our
decision in the morning without endangering students. Once we make the decision to open, many parents leave for
work. If we then send students right back home, many will return to empty houses.
School Messenger is our automated phone messaging system. Everyone will receive the same recorded message
within minutes. Calls will be sent to the phone numbers you have provided the school; so be sure that you have
updated your home and cell phone numbers.
Although the District does its best to make the decision that is best for everyone, we know that oen no perfect
decision exists. If you do not feel it is safe for your child to aend school, we respect your right to keep your child
at home.
Extra days are not built into the District calendar, therefore, if the District closes due to weather, each day missed will
be made up at the end of the school year in June.
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Golf School District 67 Newsletter Vol 3, 2017
A Publication of the Golf School District 67 Board of Education
Golf School District 67 Newsletter Vol 3, 2017
District 67 Board of Education
Mr. Richard Toth, President
Ms. Samina Hussain, Secretary
Ms. Nada Ardeleanu, Member
Dr. Guy Hollingsworth, Member
Dr. Ashwini Kumar, Member
Mr. Jermaine Lindsay, Member
Mr. Joel Mehr, Member
Dr. Beth Sagett-Flores, Superintendent
Mrs. Carol Westley, Principal, Hynes ES
Ms. Karen Chvojka, Principal, Golf MS
Dr. Joseph Bailey, Interim Business Manager
Mrs. Lynn Kurokawa, Director, Student Services
The Golf School District 67 Board of Educaon meets monthly to review and
oversee the management and direcon of the school district. You are
encouraged and welcome to join us at these important and informave
meengs. Visitors are invited to speak before the Board both before and aer
the Boards deliberaons. Board meengs begin at 6:30 pm in the Board Room
at Golf Middle School. Scheduled meengs are:
January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 14
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Coming Together in Skokie and Niles Township
Celebrates Muslim Culture in 2018
As one of a series of events and programs, Golf School
District 67 is hosting an interactive workshop exploring
the connection of henna to Islamic art and beauty. Learn more about this
ancient art and fashion that has become so popular today. Following the
presentation, participants will be able to apply henna on themselves or
a friend.
The event will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 in the Golf Middle
School Media Center at 1:00 PM.
Click here to access the registration form.