Dr. Dan Applegate - Superintendent of Schools


Dan ApplegateAugust 28, 2019
Dear Niles Community Schools Families,

At Niles Community Schools, we are excited to start the new school year. We had a very productive summer of activities and we are looking forward to welcoming new and returning students on Tuesday, September 3. While students were out of school, many took advantage of a number of learning activities offered during the summer by the district.
Throughout the summer, I spoke with a large number of students at the Summer My Way program, Meet Up and Eat Up and Pop-Up Library sites, CTE and STEM camps, and kindergarten screenings. Many are eager to start the new school year. While a child’s enthusiasm can be tough to match, our Viking staff is just as excited. We spent much of the summer preparing for the year ahead, and we have great things in store for our students and families.
Many programs and events this year will demonstrate progress and a commitment to student success. Among them is the completion of the Niles bond referendum. The bond work the community approved in 2015 has provided necessary improvements throughout the district and has enhanced instructional technology. We look forward to the expected completion in January 2020 and future progress to come.
This year, we also look forward to the installation of a $100,000 fitness center at Ring Lardner through the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils. Additionally, many unique opportunities for student learning will be made possible by the Niles Education Foundation grants our teachers have received.
As the district and its families look ahead to the upcoming school year, the bar has been set high for student success. Students across the district made great strides last year and we will continue the forward progress this year. Though there is still summer fun yet to be had, we look forward to welcoming you back to a warm and welcoming educational environment.
Thank you for your continued encouragement and support of our students’ education.
Dr. Daniel Applegate

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