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News and information from our district and schools

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Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Update

We are excited to announce a new resource for families to help better understand the assessments used in our district. This new resource is designed to help families to learn about the following topics:

  • What assessments are given
  • Which students take each assessment
  • How the information is used for making instructional decisions in the classroom
  • How to understand the information that is provided to families

View the Family Assessment Walkthrough Videos at

Department of Student Services

As educators, we know the importance of the home-to-school continuum of support. To further partner with our families, we will be offering strategies each week to support neurodiverse/differentiated learners in any environment.

Tips from Paula Kluth, author of Inclusion Rules

Sarah Ward, Executive Functioning guru, offers strategies to support executive functioning skills at home. Watch the video!

Strategic Planning Community Roundtable

Join us on Wednesday, November 2nd for the third Strategic Planning Community Roundtable! This week's discussion will focus on acceleration of learning.

  • WHERE: Elizabeth Meyer School Gymnasium. Enter at Door 6 across from the parking lot.
  • WHEN: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

A light dinner will be served. Language interpreters and childcare will be available on-site. Please contact Aleks Davidovac at [email protected] by Monday, October 31st if you are in need of childcare at this meeting.

While we encourage in-person attendance so participants can interact with others in tabletop discussions, this meeting will also include a livestream broadcast in the Strategic Planning section of the website. The livestream will allow remote participants to view the initial introduction, but will not include small group breakout sessions or language interpreters. As an alternative, we invite remote participants to gather as a family or with friends and neighbors to watch the introduction via livestream and then discuss the questions together at your location. Background documents and more information will be provided alongside the livestream on the website.

Whether you join us in-person or via livestream with family, friends, and neighbors, we look forward to your participation on November 2nd!


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.



Wednesday, November 2nd

Acceleration of Learning


Wednesday, November 9th

Fiscal Responsibility & Infrastructure

All meetings will be from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Location to be announced if not listed above.

Tap to learn more about the Strategic Planning process!

PTO News


Sunday, November 6th

2:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Interested in helping? Fill out this form.


Monday, November 7th

6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

McCracken MPR

TOPIC: Understanding Test Scores



Fall Celebrations 

As you know, the district will no longer be celebrating Halloween in an effort to be more inclusive and so that all students may participate in our celebrations. Students should NOT wear costumes of any sort on Halloween. If they do, they will need to change out of them. Our McCracken students had the opportunity to attend our Fall Hangout event on Friday, October 21st to enjoy music, games, and activities with peers. We had an amazing turnout for this special event. Special thanks to our Student Council and parent chaperones! Thank you for your understanding as we strive to provide an inclusive and culturally responsive school environment.

Student Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

  • Please drive slowly and carefully when picking up or dropping off students.
  • 6th Grade parents dropping off by Door 12 should pull all the way over to the curb on the right and quickly and safely allow their child to exit the vehicle so other cars can continue to Circle Drive. Please use your hazards to alert cars behind you.
  • Please do not make U-turns on East Prairie. Use the McCracken Circle Drive to turn around.
  • Students cannot cross the Circle Drive in front of cars to get into a vehicle parked on the street. Drivers must pull into the Circle Drive to maintain safety and drop off in the right lane only. 
  • Students must cross the intersection of Crawford and Oakton assisted by our crossing guards for their safety. Students are not allowed to cross East Prairie and Oakton without an adult before or after school.
  • Please be sure to communicate with your child about their after-school plans before school. Are they walking home, taking the bus, or staying after school for sports or a club? 

Outdoor Recess Weather Reminders

Students participate in outdoor recess throughout the school year unless there is a significant weather-related or other external factor that necessitates an indoor program. Here at McCracken, we use the Child Care Weather Watch system to determine students’ participation in outdoor recess. This guide uses a combination of temperature and wind speed to calculate year-round weather safety for our students. Thank you, in advance, for helping to ensure that your child is prepared with appropriate outerwear for recess so that they are comfortable during our outdoor programming! Families in need of outerwear for their child should contact administration for additional resources.

McCracken Musical Performance

Rehearsals are underway for our 2022 McCracken musical, Mary Poppins Jr.!  Forty-one talented cast members have been rehearsing their scenes and songs since early September.

Mary Poppins Jr. transports us to London in 1910, telling the story of the Banks family and the valuable lessons they learn from their mysterious new nanny.

Performances will be held on Friday, November 11th at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 12th at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Ticket information is coming soon, and a livestream option will also be available. All are welcome to enjoy this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious show!

8th Grade Futures Unlimited Field Trip

Our 8th grade female and gender expansive students will be eligible to attend the Futures Unlimited field trip on Thursday December 15th. Futures Unlimited is a one-day educational program that provides 8th graders with exciting opportunities to explore diverse careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This free program includes sessions with role models composed of women who have achieved success in a variety of non-traditional careers; hands-on workshops led by Oakton Community College faculty, staff, and graduate students; and breakout sessions introducing STEM programming at area high schools. Permission forms were handed out through 8th grade advisories and were due back by Wednesday, October 26th.

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).

More from McCracken


Drop off bagged snacks, drinks, K-Cups, tea, hot chocolate packets, candy, mints, and more to the school office throughout the year so we can show staff our support.

Dates to Remember

Monday, October 3rd - Friday, November 18th

Niles North High School Online Registration (current 8th grade)

D219 Parent/Guardian Registration Letter

Friday, October 28th

Institute Day

No school

Tuesday, November 8th

Election Day

No school

Friday, November 11th

Mary Poppins Jr. Musical Performance

7:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 12th

Mary Poppins Jr. Musical Performance

2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 17th

Picture Retakes

Wednesday, November 23rd - Friday, November 25th

Thanksgiving Break

District closed



It is VERY important that your student arrives on time to school each day. As the weather gets colder please give yourself a few extra minutes to get to school on time. Students should begin arriving between 8:15 and 8:20 a.m. and seated ready to learn at 8:30 a.m. If your child does arrive late to school, please remember that an adult must walk the student through the main office doors and sign the student in. Thank you for your support to ensure a smooth start of the day for all of our students!

White Pines Field Trip

Our 5th grade students took part in our annual White Pines trip earlier in October. They had great weather and the students had a great time learning new outdoor skills and cooperating through team building activities. Thank you for supporting this trip for our students!

Cooperative Learning in Ms. Kinsella's Room

Students in Ms. Kinsella's class are practicing their collaboration skills by using the Kagan structure, Rally Coach, to complete math problems. We love working together!

More from Middleton


Drop off bagged snacks, drinks, K-Cups, tea, hot chocolate packets, candy, mints, and more to the school office throughout the year so we can show staff our support.


Our Middleton Social Justice Club has begun! The goal of the club is to empower students to use their voices to make change!

PHOTO: Middleton 5th Grade Social Justice Club



Socktober is coming to an end on Monday, October 31st! Thank you to all the families who have donated new socks, to go to the Niles Township Clothing Closet! We will share our final count in next week’s Meyer Weekly.

Thank you so much to our Meyer Parent Leaders, who planned and hosted Socktoberfest on Thursday night. The event was a success! We are very grateful to all of our families and McCracken students who volunteered their time at our games, activities, and tables. THANK YOU!

Meyer Picture Retakes

Meyer’s Picture Retakes are scheduled for Thursday, November 3rd from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. If you would like for your child to retake their school picture, please send their Lifetouch picture packet back to school with them on or before November 3rd. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or the Meyer Office at 847-673-1223.

Dressing for Outdoor Recess

As we head into colder temperatures, please send your child to school with appropriate outerwear, such as a warm jacket or coat, hat, gloves, and scarf. We will go outside for recess as long as it is not raining. In general, we will go outside if it "feels" like 15 degrees or above and it is not raining/snowing. Please see the Child Care Weather Watch chart that we use to guide our decisions.

You may want to start looking for winter boots and snow pants for your child if you don’t have them yet. We will continue to go outside in the winter whenever we can.

Also, please send a new set of cold-weather emergency clothes in a bag labeled with your child’s name. We will store these in their lockers in case they get wet or extra dirty while playing outside.

Preschool Arrival / Dismissal Reminders

  • Arrival for the preschool AM class is 8:25 to 8:30 a.m. Dismissal is at 11:00 a.m.
  • Arrival for the preschool PM class is 11:55 a.m to 12:00 p.m. Dismissal is at 2:30 pm.
  • Please park in the slanted parking spots on Kildare Avenue. These spots are especially reserved for preschool drop-off and pick-up at Door 2.
  • If you park on the street, do not block any driveways even if it is for a few minutes.
  • If you park on the street, do not double park or block in other parked cars even if it is for a few minutes.
  • There is no parking on the east side of Tripp Avenue. Cars may be ticketed.

Thank you for helping us keep our Shining Stars safe! Please see our Preschool Arrival / Dismissal Guide for more information.

Kindergarten Drive-Thru Reminders

  • Please remain in your cars at all times so we can keep the line moving. There is no parking in the Drive-Thru lane.
  • The Drive-Thru is one way (going east) and one lane. Do not pass other cars in the Drive-Thru. Please enter the Drive-Thru going north on Kildare. If necessary, circle around the block to go north on Kildare so that you are taking a right turn into the Drive-Thru (and not a left turn).
  • Please teach your child to buckle and unbuckle themselves on their own. We are not able to buckle your child. If your child still needs help, please park your car and pick them up at Door 6 or 7.
  • In the morning, please have your child wait in the car until a staff member comes to open the car door. Do not have students exit the car on their own.

Thank you for helping us keep our Shining Stars safe! Please see the following for more information about Kindergarten arrival and dismissal:

Meyer Moments & Socktoberfest Fun

More from Meyer


Drop off bagged snacks, drinks, K-Cups, tea, hot chocolate packets, candy, mints, and more to the school office throughout the year so we can show staff our support.

Fall Celebrations

As you know, the district will no longer be celebrating Halloween in an effort to be more inclusive and so that all students may participate in our celebrations. Students should NOT wear costumes of any sort on Halloween. If they do, they will need to change out of them. Meyer students will have a fall celebration in their classrooms on November 22nd. Your individual classroom teachers will be providing more information about their plans for this celebration as the date approaches.

Dates to Remember

November 2nd

District Strategic Planning: Acceleration of Learning

November 3rd

Picture Retakes

November 8th

Election Day

No school

November 9th

District Strategic Planning: Infrastructure and Fiscal Responsibility

November 16th

District Strategic Planning: Create Goals and Strategies for Initiatives

November 17th

7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Meyer Parent Leaders Meeting

November 19th

Meyer Parent Leaders Family Meet-up

November 22nd

End of Trimester 1

November 23rd - 25th

Thanksgiving Break

No school

District Events

PTO: Monthly Meeting

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Finance Committee Meeting

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

PTO: Monthly Meeting

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Meal Menu

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