Giles Weekly Tracks


January 27, 2023

Dear Giles School Families,

Norridge School District 80 is accepting Letters of Interest to fill a School Board Member vacancy due to a resignation.  The individual selected will serve on the Norridge School District 80 Board of Education from the date of appointment to the reorganization meeting in 2025. 

Letter of interest should include:

  • Personal statement (personal bio)
  • Answers to the following questions:
    • What do you believe the responsibilities of a board member are?
    • What community volunteer work have you done?
    • Why do you want to be a member of the Norridge School District 80 Board of Education?

Please email your letter of interest to Ms. Roy ( at the district office by 5:00pm on Wednesday, February 15, 2023.

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be a resident of the state of Illinois and of the school district for at least one year
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a registered voter
  • Not serve as a school trustee
  • Not be a child sex offender
  • Not hold another incompatible public office
  • Not have prohibited interest in any contract with the District
  • Not hold certain types of prohibited state or federal employment

The Board will discuss, at an open meeting, its process to review the Letters of Interest. 


Michele Guzik


From the Office of the Principal:

Beginning February 1, teachers, parents and students across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement. This survey was designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois School Board of Education. This survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. The five indicators that effect school success are:

* Effective Leaders

* Collaborative Teachers

* Involved Families

* Supportive Environments

* Ambitious Instruction

Research has shown that schools who score strongly on these indicators, the “5Essentials”, are 10 times more likely to improve student learning.

School-level reports will be generated if at least 30 percent of parents respond to the survey and will be sent to schools and districts in June and will be included in each school report card, released by ISBE at the end of October. 5Essentials Reports for your school will also then be publicly available via the UChicago Impact website. 5Essentials Reports will display summary information, such as the percent of parents agreeing that they feel comfortable raising concerns to their child’s teacher. Parent and student identities will be kept completely confidential and responses will not be linked to any individual.

Your participation in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted January 24 through March 31, 2023. Here is the link to access the survey:

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view sample school reports, please visit If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or


Bob Biedke and Christine Ahrens 

Giles Student of the Week

This week, your teachers were looking for students who exhibited the qualities of someone who is OPEN-MINDED!  A HUGE congratulations to our students of the Week!

5th Grade: Gabriela M. & Dominik S.

6th Grade: Mya K. & Brian T.

7th Grade: Ethan A. & Alexis O..

8th Grade: Kareem S. & Emilio H.


Giles Teacher of the Week

We’d also like to send out a huge congratulations to our teachers of the week! Our teachers and staff are truly amazing and we are so lucky to have such outstanding people help us throughout our day! A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to :

Ms. Shattuck - 5th Gr. Math Teacher

Mrs. Ross - 6th Gr. Math Teacher

Ms. Tryba - 7th Gr. Math Teacher

Mrs. Russell - 8th Gr. Math Teacher



A Lion paw in the color purple
PRIDE positive respectful responsible inclusive determined engaged


I am a smart, special valuable person. I respect myself and I respect others. My words and actions are kind and honest.  I accept only my best in all I do. 



A Lion paw in the color purple


Giles Calendar


Monday, January 30
8: 20 am - 3:15 pm
Girls Basketball Tryouts
3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, January 31
8: 20 am - 3:15 pm
Girls Basketball Tryouts
    3:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, February 1

8: 20 am - 2:35 pm

Thursday, February 2
8: 20 am - 3:15 pm
Talent Show
5:45 pm - 7:15 pm
Leigh School
Friday, February 3
8: 20 am - 3:15 pm


Illinois 5Essentials Survey

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted January 24 through March 31, 2023.

Here is the link to access the survey:



JV and V. Boys Basketball CHAMPIONS


 CONGRATULATIONS to the Giles Boys Basketball Team and Coach Gapastione for winning the Leyden-Norwood Athletic Conference Tournament for Varsity AND Junior Varsity (JV) last night at Union Ridge!!  A truly amazing display of teamwork, grit, skill, and pure determination was witnessed as they took home both 1st place trophies!! 

          The JV team started the night off with a 35 - 30 victory over Mannheim to cap off an UNDEFEATED season finishing with 12 wins and 0 losses.  Noah N. led the charge out of the gate with defensive pressure that led to numerous finishes at the basket for 7 points to go along with his 5 rebounds, Neil N. utilized his speed and ball handling to direct the offense, Oleg T. muscled his way at the rim to 11 points, Johnny Z. showed his sharpshooting ability with big jumpers, Jiries N. battled the entire game before hitting a late game changing 3 pointer to add to his team high 7 rebounds, and Jordan V., Jacob P., Brady M., Amel D., Admir M., Marko O., Rafael A., Will R., Nic Z., Vas K., and Rafa S. contributed with key rebounds, defense, free throws, and energy! 


Next, the Varsity team played with intensity and focus as they led throughout the entire game with a final score of 35 - 21.  Dusan J. lead the Varsity charge dominating inside with 17 points and 19 rebounds while Tryf K. controlled the game with his vision and decision making that led to 5 points and 6 rebounds, Angelo V. dazzled with numerous assists and steals that led to 5 points, Ryan B. contributed 5 points with a 3 pointer and runner to help build the lead, Frankie M. hustled his way to 4 rebounds and provided tremendous defensive pressure, and Kobe L., Dominic B., Lex G., Jerome A., Luis A., and RJ D. all aided in the victory with their defense, key shots, rebounds, and focus.  

       Way to go LIONS!!!  A Double Championship night for the record books!!  Coach Gapastione and the school community are proud of you and thank you for your efforts this season.   GO LIONS GO!!!   


Get your Giles 2022 - 2023 Yearbook Here!

Just copy and paste the link below and insert the school code to order the Giles 2022-2023 school yearbook.  The yearbooks will be shipped to the school and distributed to the students next year.

School Code: 1015154235061300

H.H. Rec Program

Gourmet Gorilla Hot Lunch 

Visit the website to place your order.  Tuesday midnights is the ordering deadline for the next week's meals and you can order for the entire season.  Don't forget to enter the school code for ordering ease - School Code GS006

Gourmet Gorilla website:


GG Lunch Calendar
Library Stories
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