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News and information from our district and schools

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Department of Student Services

If you haven’t done so already, please check out our new Student Services website. We have a breakdown of educational acronyms that you may encounter in addition to a comprehensive outside resource list. We are always looking to improve, so if you have any additional suggestions, please reach out to Angela DeMay at [email protected].

#Please also take a moment to visit the ELL Parent Center website. They offer FREE classes and programs for families. You can find a list of available classes with more information. If you have any questions, please reach out to Lyla Nissan at [email protected] or the ELL Parent Center director Sabiha Patel at [email protected].

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

  On Monday, October 3rd at 6:30 p.m. the PTO meeting will discuss Community Resources. Representatives from the ELL Parent Center, Skokie Park District, and Niles Township Government will share information about community partnerships and supports available to District 73.5 families. Children are welcome and food will be provided.

  On Monday, October 17th at 6:30 p.m. the PTO will present a special event about how District 73.5 supports differentiated learners. Guest speakers will be our Director of Student Services, Angela DeMay and EL Services Coordinator, Lyla Nissan. Check the PTO website for more information.

October Parent-Teacher Conferences

#Parents and Guardians are invited to participate in Parent-Teacher Conferences two times a year, once in October and again in February.

Teachers will be available for your choice of in person OR video conferences on Thursday, October 6th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, October 7th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

October conference registration opens on Monday, September 26th at 7:00 a.m. and closes on Monday, October 3rd at 3:00 p.m.


Parents and Guardians will now sign in through the PowerSchool Parent Portal website and then click a link to PowerPTC. Your conference dashboard will open automatically!

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Be prepared! Sign in to your PowerSchool Parent Portal account now to make sure you can connect to PowerPTC before registration opens. Check the Guardian QuickStart Guide and visit our Parent-Teacher Conferences page for instructions and more information.

Strategic Plan Kickoff Celebration

Community members who live within SD73.5 boundaries are invited to celebrate our 2018-2023 successes and kick off our 2024-2029 Strategic Plan. Join us for refreshments and an opportunity to partner with us on the new Strategic Plan!

Be the Partnership!
  • Save the date and bring a friend to a 2024-2029 Strategic Plan Kickoff Celebration on Wednesday, September 28, 2002, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Elizabeth Meyer School.
  • Learn about the Strategic Plan and how you can contribute to the next 5-year plan for District growth.
  • Join the Strategic Planning Committee and share your knowledge, ideas, and vision.
  • Participate in a series of Community Roundtable Meetings with District leaders, staff, and your neighbors.

Your voice is our future and all are invited! Visit for more information and a link to the Strategic Plan Community Roundtable Invitation form.

SD73.5  Priorities

Welcoming Environment. All students, staff, parents, and community members will feel welcome in our District.

Hiring and Retention. Our community's diversity will be represented in our staff and we will create systems to ensure we retain our staff.

Instruction. We will accelerate learning for all students through a strengths-based approach to grow each student from where they are.

PTO News


October 3, 2022

6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

McCracken MPR

TOPIC: Community Resources

GUESTS: Skokie Public Library, Niles Township Government, ELL Parent Center

• Children welcome
• Refreshments provided
• Parking behind McCracken



October 17, 2022

6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

McCracken MPR

GUESTS: Angela DeMay, Lyla Nissan

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Stock the Staff Lounge

Help us to “Stock the Staff Lounge” with goodies. Drop off bagged snacks, drinks, K-Cups, tea, hot chocolate packets, candy, mints, and more to the school offices throughout the year. Thank you for your support!

Around Town


6th Grade Niles North High School Tutoring

Attention 6th grade students and families! Niles North High School is extending their tutoring program to include 6th grade feeder schools this year. Niles North students will provide tutoring services to students in reading, writing, math, science, and more on Mondays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. starting on October 3rd. Please access this Niles North High School flyer to learn more and complete the one-time registration. Thank you to Niles North High School for including our 6th graders in this great program!

Hispanic Heritage Month

#Our Cultural Diversity Club sponsored by Ms. Lynn Catanus is helping to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at McCracken Middle School. They are sharing facts and resources with our students and staff this month. Did you know that Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th to October 15th because September is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Chile? Special thanks to our McCracken Cultural Diversity Club for their efforts in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!

September Spotlight on Success

#McCracken students are eligible to earn a wide variety of acknowledgement for their success in school whether remote or in-person! This includes Spotlight on Success, which recognizes students’ academic growth and achievement. Each month, teachers celebrate the many students who have demonstrated academic success in each grade level to honor them for making progress toward learning standards, meeting or extending learning standards, demonstrating great interest in a particular subject area, and/or demonstrating a growth mindset. Students are featured in our morning announcements, receive a certificate in person and by mail, and are delivered a fun incentive by our Ollie Trolley! Congratulations to our September Spotlight on Success recipients!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

District 73.5 will host Parent-Teacher Conferences in person or virtually on Thursday, October 6th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, October 7th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. McCracken students are encouraged to participate in these conferences as a means for self-reflection, progress monitoring, and goal setting. An email with the subject "Parent-Teacher Conference Information" was sent to all families on September 21st. Information is also available on our website. Registration opens on Monday, September 26th at 7:00 a.m. and closes on Monday, October 3rd at 3:00 p.m. We encourage parents who are unable to secure conferences to reach out to individual teachers to coordinate another time to connect. PowerSchool is available to families and students to monitor academic progress throughout each trimester. We are so thankful to parents and guardians for their continued partnership! Conference times are available on a first come, first served basis and have been scheduled to allow as many families as possible to meet with their child’s teacher(s) during the conference window. If a teacher’s conference schedule is full, parents can contact the school by phone or email to request a meeting with individual staff members throughout the school year.

8th Grade PSAT Assessment Information

  • The PSAT 8 assessment for our 8th grade students will be administered at Niles North High School on Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (approximate end time)
  • All 8th graders planning to enroll at Niles North High School are expected to take the PSAT 8, the first high school level exam in the SAT Suite of Assessments. The PSAT 8 establishes a baseline measurement for college and career readiness as a student enters high school. The exams in the SAT Suite of Assessments measure a student's strength in reading, writing/language, and mathematics. Monitoring these same skills at different grade levels allows students, parents, and educators to monitor a student's progress.
  • This assessment is free of charge and given to junior high (middle school) students in the fall of the year prior to high school registration. Results from this test, along with other metrics, will be used for proper 9th grade course placement.
  • Please access the Niles North High School PSAT 8/9 - 8th Grade website for additional information.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Niles North testing coordinator Marija Markovic at 847-626-2177 or by email at [email protected]. A letter was mailed to families from Niles North High School on August 22, 2022.
  • PSAT 8 FAQ Sheet

Extracurricular Programming

Here at McCracken, we are proud to offer a variety of student athletic and enrichment programs. These programs allow students to exercise their strengths, tackle areas of growth, and socialize with peers. Be sure to sign up your student for one of our great extracurricular activities clubs or activities! Review the Fall 2022 Extracurricular Slideshow (with videos and important links) and Brochure for information, registration links, and the payment link (for a small number of activities).

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More from McCracken


Get ready to say “cheese” for our fall picture day on Thursday, October 6th! Students will be photographed by Lifetouch. Please see the attached digital flyer for more information on how to purchase student photo packages. Photos must be purchased online prior to picture day at using your child’s Student ID or Picture Day ID (EVT8CH2M8). Paper copies of the form were also passed out to students in their advisory class this week.

Dates to Remember

Friday, September 30th
All School Read Student Assembly

Saturday, October 1st
Niles North High School

8th Grade PSAT Assessment

Thursday, October 6th
McCracken Fall Picture Day

Thursday, October 6th

5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday, October 7th

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, October 18th
McCracken Middle School
7:00 p.m.

Symphonic and Concert Band Fall Concert


4th and 5th Grade Band

#Registration for a nationally recognized band program is open to all 4th and 5th graders! Students were introduced to our district's band program in a presentation during music class. The McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band will perform a concert for students this upcoming Tuesday morning. Register your child at The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 28th.

5th Grade White Pines Outdoor Education Overnight Trip

#We will take our annual overnight trip to Oregon, IL at White Pines Ranch! Students will experience engaging activities such as orienteering with compasses, digging for fossils, hikes, team building, and more! Meals and sleeping accommodations are provided. This year, the trip will be October 19th through 21st. A packet of information was shared with families during the White Pines Information Session before Curriculum Night OR in student backpacks. Please look over the packet and turn in the required forms as soon as possible. All forms and fees are due by October 7th. We look forward to a great trip! If you have any questions, feel free to contact your child’s teacher or Assistant Principal Mrs. Stephanie Larenas, who will also attend the trip.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

We hope to see you at Parent-Teacher Conferences on the evening of October 6th and the morning of October 7th! This is a great opportunity to connect with your child’s teachers and to discuss academic and social-emotional progress. An email with the subject "Parent-Teacher Conference Information" was sent to all families on September 21st. Information is also available on our website, including instructions for how to sign up for a conference through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Conferences are scheduled in October and February both in-person or virtually. 

Middleton Book Fair

#The Literati Book Fair is coming to Middleton from October 3rd through 7th in the Library! Students will preview the Book Fair during their library class with Ms. Glaser. Students can make a wish list during this time.

The Book Fair will be open for student purchases daily from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. during homeroom. Students can bring a Literati Gift Card, cash, check, or credit card.

Anyone may shop on the dates and times below. Entrance into school will be either at the front door or by the Gilbert Garden near the SPACE doors.

  • Monday, October 3rd from 3:00 to 6:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 4th from 2:00 to 6:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 5th from 3:00 to 6:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 6th from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. (during Conferences)
  • Friday, October 7th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (during Conferences)

The Book Fair is a parent-run event sponsored by the PTO. We need YOU to support Middleton School by signing up for one or more volunteer slots on this sign-up form.

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More from Middleton


Niles North High School is offering FREE tutoring for 3rd-6th grade students. Please see this flyer for more information.


The Soul Good Coffee truck will be at Middleton on September 27th from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. The truck will be located in the front of the school. Come purchase a cup of coffee and support a local business!


Please note that the date for Middleton Picture Day has changed to October 12th. 


Meyer Parent Leader Family Meet-Up

#Want to meet other Meyer Families? Join the Meyer Parent Leaders (MPL) for an outdoor meet-up this Saturday, September 24th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the Meyer School Playground. No RSVP needed, just stop by and join in! 

Check out the MPL's Facebook page or website!

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PBIS Kick-Off

#On Tuesday, we kicked off Meyer’s Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program. We had two very special guests at our assembly, Mr. Mac and Ms. Mac, who came to remind us how to Be Safe, Be Kind, and Be Ready. Thank you to all the parents and guardians who were able to join us!

#Classrooms may earn a Meyer red star when the class is showing positive behaviors and following school and/or classroom rules. At the end of each week, we will count the Meyer Stars earned in every classroom and one preschool and one kindergarten classroom will win the Meyer SuperStar to keep in their classrooms for the week.

October is SOCK-tober!

#During the month of October, we will celebrate SOCK-tober. We will be collecting new socks to be donated to the Niles Township Clothing Closet. Students can bring in new socks of any size, which will be donated at the end of the month. Last year, we donated over 1,000 pairs of socks! 

We want to show our Meyer Shining Stars that even the smallest acts of love, like donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors, who are in need. 

Students can also show their support by celebrating Wacky Socks Wednesdays! Wear your wacky socks every Wednesday in October. 

Then join us for SOCK-toberfest on October 27th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., hosted by the Meyer Parent Leaders. More details will be sent home in October.

Meyer Moments

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More from Meyer

Dates to Remember

September 24th

10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Meyer Parent Leaders Family Meet-Up

October 6th

5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 7th

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Parent/Teacher Conferences

No school for students

October 10th

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

No school

October 20th

7:00 p.m.

Meyer MPR

Meyer Parent Leaders Meeting

October 22nd

Meyer Playground

Meyer Parent Leaders Family Meet-up

October 27th

6:00 to 7:30 p.m.


October 28th

Institute Day

No school for students

November 8th

Election Day

No school

District Events

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