District Update – Sept. 1
Posted on 09/01/2023

Securly Home - iPad Security Filter Information

As part of our continuing effort to provide support for parents in managing the use of District-issued iPads at home, we have purchased a subscription to Securly Home. Securly Home is a filter that works on the iPad outside of our network (schools) and can be managed by you. At this time, Securly Home is available only to our students in grades 5-8. 

With Securly, you will be able to do the following:

  • Pause internet access with the ease of a single tap.
  • Check online activity by viewing your child’s recent searches, sites visited, and videos watched.
  • Customize rules such as blocking specific sites.
  • Opt-in for notifications to receive flagged activity such as self-harm or violence.
  • Create an offline schedule to decide when you want the internet to be accessible or not.

You should have received an email yesterday from our Technology Specialists with more information about how Securly can be a helpful resource for you at home. Thank you for your continued partnership in helping our students and children use technology safely and responsibly.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

District 39 is committed to providing a safe and equitable learning environment that fosters a mindset of empathy, respect, and belonging for all district students and staff. One way to develop and enrich that mindset is increasing our knowledge of religious and cultural holidays of importance for those in our learning community. This calendar provides dates and information on many celebratory dates for students and staff of District 39. 

Parent Education Events 

Join us for our next Parent Education event titled “Supporting your Neurodivergent Learner: Strategies for Success” on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 11 am. This presentation will be hosted at Central School. Participants can join in-person or via Zoom. This is the second of an outstanding lineup of family-focused programming throughout the year geared towards providing tips, guidance, and support for our parents! Our first event of the year, “Feeling Safe in District 39 Schools,” is available for your review via the recorded or slide deck presentation. Please check out our Parent Education page for our full schedule of Parent Ed events and registration links. 

Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education came together for its first regular business meeting of the 2023-24 school year this past Monday. The Board heard presentations on FY24 budgets for both D39 and WCSEA (Wilmette Community Special Education Association), received updates on Summer 2023 construction projects and Summer 2024 construction planning, and conducted a first reading of several Board policies. Agendas and materials for all Board of Education meetings will be posted here the Friday prior to the meeting.

New Trier High School Open House and Dedication

All community members, friends, and family of all ages are invited to New Trier High School’s Winnetka Campus next Saturday (Sept. 9) from 2-4 pm for an open house and dedication ceremony. This school year, New Trier opened its new East Side Academic and Athletic Facility featuring new gyms, a new six-lane indoor track, 14 new classrooms, a climbing wall, cardio and strength training areas, a spirit shop, and more! Come check out the new spaces during this community celebration featuring student performances, self-guided tours, demonstrations, and refreshments. The event begins at 2 pm with a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside the doors to the new Competition Gymnasium, followed by a brief dedication ceremony. The building will be open for self-guided tours until 4 pm. Parking is available in the lots along Essex Road and Trevian Way. New Trier’s Winnetka Campus is located at 385 Winnetka Avenue.