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2017 Environmental Service Day



 It is time for our 7th Annual Environmental Service Day!  The event will be held on Saturday, October 14th from 8 AM - 12:20 PM.  We will all meet in the South Lobby here at West.  This time frame includes registration, continental breakfast, 3 hours of restoration work, and bus travel to and from our work sites.  This year's sites are still being worked out, but rest assured we will be working at local Forest Preserves along the North Branch of the Chicago River. Depending on the site, volunteers may cut invasive brush, which is considered a moderate physical activity, or they may clean up litter, which is a light physical activity.

Anyone who is interested (students, staff, community members, etc.) should sign-up using the form found HERE.  All D219 STUDENT volunteers must complete a Forest Preserve waiver form and the usual permission slip, both of which are attached.  Any non-D219 volunteers must complete a waiver form AND be accompanied by an adult (age 18+) for the entire service day.   Please contact Tom Jodelka at thojod@d219.org with any questions.



Niles West Total Solar Eclipse

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2017 ISEF International Science & Engineering Fair


Congratulations to Sedra Khan, a Niles West Senior on her fourth place Grand Award of $500 at Intel ISEF for her project...

Creating a Model System for Micronutrient Fortification.  Other members of the Intel ISEF District 219 Team include: Sumona Banerjee, Cameron Benesch, Jiedong Duan, and Vijay Shah.   These students represent the Illinois Junior Academy of Sciences Region 6 Fair.   A highlight of the trip is interacting with two D219 graduates and Nobel laureates, Martin Chalfie and H. Robert Horvitz.  

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, providing an annual forum for more than 1,700 high school students from over 78 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research.  This event is the largest STEM pipeline for young talent in the country.  Today, millions of students worldwide compete each year in local and school-sponsored science fairs; the winners of these events go on to participate in SSP-affiliated regional and state fairs from which the best win the opportunity to attend Intel ISEF. Intel ISEF unites these top young scientific minds, showcasing their talents on an international stage, where doctoral level scientists review and judge their work.  


SPECIAL THANKS TO MS. JULIEANN VILLA AND SUSIE POSONOCK FOR SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS AT ISEF. ALSO, A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR NILES WEST RESEARCH INSTRUCTORS. JULIEANN VILLA ,RACHAEL SWIERCZ & PARIN PATEL, WHO SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS EVERYDAY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.



IJAS State Science Fair NIU May 5-6 2017


Congratulations to the following Niles West students who won at the IJAS State Science Fair! Awesome job!

Paper Session Awards:

Gold -  

Myra Esmail   Short Term Memory's Relation to Varying Ranges of High Functioning Autism

Osama Esmail  The Effects of Lead and Lead-Free Perovskites on Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

Sedra Khan The Effect of Spermidine on β-Amyloid Peptide Toxicity in C. elegans

Vijay Shah The Effectiveness of Solid Catalysts in Conversion of Corn Oil to Biodiesel

Vraj Shroff The Effect of Antioxidants on the Proliferation of SW620 Cancer Cell Line

Joelle Mako The Effect Of Increased Salt on Tumor Metastasis Through TGF-β Signaling


Poster Session Awards:

IJAS 2017 Gold Award Winners

Project Title

Afzal, Muhammad

Testing Solar Cell Efficiency with Angle Deviations of a Prismatic Lens

Benstead, Katherine

A Comparison of Hydroponic and Aquaponic Growth of Lactuca Sativa

Chuy, Dareen

Using Melittin for the Reduction of Inflammation and Insulin Resistance

Duong, Emily

Optimized Material Design for 3D Printed Transradial Prosthesis

Haider, Mahnoor

The Effect of Lead Nitrate on Daphnia magna

Huynh, Alex

The Effect of Increasing Voltages on a Colon Cancer Cell Line

Ieremciuc, Nick

Designing a Bioadhesive Based on Foot and Byssal Proteins of M. edulis

Khan, Sedra

The Effect of Spermidine on β-Amyloid Peptide Toxicity in C. elegans

Khiyani, Iemaan

Relationship Between Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Vision in Dugesia Tigrina

Kothawala, Aishah

Chemical Signaling in Biofilms with Quorum Sensing Inhibitors

Leon, Michael

Building an AI System for Classifying the Outcome of Daily Commodity Data

Mo, Yunyan

The Effect of Various Diazotrophic Cyanobacteria on Rice Growth

Patel, Priyanka

The Effect of Methylparaben on Zebrafish Embryos

Pop, Izabela

The Effect of Drug Cycling on the Development of Resistance in E.Coli

Popescu, Alexia

The Effect of Varying Functional Groups of Quinone on Battery Efficiency

Quadri, Syeda

Atherogenesis: Effect of Dietary Compounds on Plaque in Zebrafish Arteries

Rodica, Jamie

The Effect of EGCG on Alternatively Spliced Tumor Suppressor Gene p53

Shah, Parth

The Effect of Phosphate Buffer on the Hydroponic Growth of Lactuca Sativa

Shah, Vijay

The Effectiveness of Solid Catalysts in Conversion of Corn Oil to Biodiesel

Shroff, Vraj

The Effect of Antioxidants on the Proliferation of SW620 Cancer Cell Line

Simic, Teodora

The Impact of Air Pollution on the Escalation of Alzheimer's in C.elegans

Smith, Jose

The Effect of CO2 on Brassica rapa

Syeda, Bajeel

The Effect of Pesticides On The Nervous System of Lumbricina.

Venkat, Balaji

The Effect of Repetitive Anesthesia on Learning at Different Life Stages

Zabin, Refah

Analyzing the Spread of Health Habits among a Population



IJAS 2017 Silver Award Winner

Project Title

Chin, Elizabeth

The Effect of Imatinib on C. elegans with Excess synuclein


IJAS 2017 Bronze Award Winner

Project Title

Ali, Ayman

Modification of Electrodialysis with Solar Panels to Desalinate Seawater



Special Awards

The Apple Dental and Veritas Award - Poster

Vijay Shah

Alexia Popescu

Vraj Shroff

Naval Science Award

Michael Leon

Vraj Shroff


Top 10 Best Papers

Myra Esmail

Sedra Khan

Vijay Shah


Best in Category

Botany

Katherine Benstead

Chemistry

Vijay Shah

Alexia Popescu

Consumer Science

Sedra Khan

Electronics

Muhammad Afzal



JulieAnn Villa 2017 ICEF Davidson Award Recipient

Presented annually to the outstanding chemistry teacher in Illinois

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Niles West Chemistry teacher, JulieAnn Villa, was selected to receive the prestigious Illinois Chemical Education Foundation (ICEF) and the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICI) 2017 Davidson Award. Since 1966, this award is presented annually to an outstanding high school chemistry teacher. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of their innovative teaching methods, their ability to relate theory to practical chemistry, their participation in special programs, and teaching success with their students. The selection committee was impressed by JulieAnn’s teaching style and level of dedication to the success of her students.

ICEF will present the 2017 Davidson Award to JulieAnn on May 25, 2017 at the ICEF/CICI Annual Scholarship Luncheon. She will be presented with a plaque commemorating the award and a check for $3,000.

2017 Illinois Chemical Education Foundation High School Senior Scholarship

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Congratulations to Sedra Khan who won a $2,000 scholarship from the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois.  The Illinois Chemical Education Foundation (ICEF) presents a number of $2,000 scholarships each year to top high school senior science students. The ICEF’s objective is to recognize and honor high school seniors who have exemplified outstanding achievement in academics, extracurricular/employment activities and community involvement. High school seniors who plan on becoming future chemists, chemical engineers, environmental engineers, or high school chemistry teachers may apply.




2017 GEMS website
http://url.d219.org/gems2017

2017 WYSE Sectional Results

Congratulations to State Qualifiers. The students listed below will compete at the state WYSE competition on Monday April 17th in Champaign
Katie Benstead - English
Nick Ieremciuc - English
Michael Leon - Computer Science 
Gabe Cohen - Computer Science



Niles West Science Olympiad Regional Competition

The Niles West Science Olympiad Team came in 3rd place out of 16 teams at the Oakton Regional and qualified for the State Tournament April 29th at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Way to go team!

Individual Medal Winners:

Varsity - Medals for 1-5th place

Anatomy and Physiology - 4th place - Darby Chamness and Myra Esmail
Astronomy - 3rd place - Darby Chamness and Vijay Shah
Chemistry Lab - 3rd place - Osama Esmail and Michael Rohn
Disease Detectives - 3rd place - Darby Chamness and Hana Frisch
Dynamic Planet - 3rd place - Christopher Rohn and Vijay Shah
Ecology - 3rd place - Darby Chamness and Hana Frisch
Game On - 5th place - Osama Esmail and Jeremy Steegmueller
Invasive Species - 4th place - Hana Frisch and Steve Mathew
Materials Science - 2nd place - Osama Esmail and Michael Rohn
Remote Sensing - 5th place - Muhammad Afzal and Wyatt Zwik
Robot Arm - 2nd place - Michael Rohn and Christopher Rohn
Rocks and Minerals - 3rd place - Vijay Shah and Wyatt Zwik
Wind Power - 5th place - Osama Esmail and Steve Mathew
Write it Do it - 4th place - Sonja Malek and Christopher Rohn

Junior Varsity - Medals for 1-3 place

Astronomy - 1st place - Daniel Cudzich and Sofia Stefanis
Disease Detectives - 1st place - Dana Yim and Heba Sattar
Dynamic Planet - 3rd place - Bilaji Venkat and Sofia Stefanis
Electric Vehicle - 1st place - Daniel Cudzich and Akif Khan
Hovercraft - 3rd place - Kate Pendavinji and Nicole Cardona
Invasive Species - 2nd place - Agnes Manish
Microbe Mission - 2nd place - Daniel Cudzich and Agnes Manish
Optics - 1st place - Bilaji Venkat and Zachary Werth
Wind Power - 1st place - Adrian Recinto
Write it Do it - 1st place - Heba Sattar and Zachary Werth



IJAS Region 6 Regional Award Winners Niles West 2016-2017

On Saturday, March 4th, 50 Niles West students competed at the IJAS Regional Science Fair.  33 students were awarded gold awards for poster session, 7 students were awarded gold for paper session.  


Two students were chosen to represent the region at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).  These students will travel to Los Angeles to compete with the best 1,700 projects from around the world.


Vijah Shah

Sedra Khan


Gold Award Winners (Poster Session):

Aishah Kothawala

Alex Huynh

Alexia Popescu

Ayman Ali

Bajeel Syeda

Balaji Venkat

Dareen Chuy

Elizabeth Chin

Emily Duong

Hana Frisch

Iemaan Khiyani

Nick Ieremciuc

Izabela Pop

Jamie Rodica

Jasmine Varghese

Jose Smith

Joseph Aharoni

Katherine Benstead

Michael Leon

Mahnoor Haider

Muhammad Afzal

Olivia Dang

Osama Esmail

John Saba

Parth Shah

Priyanka Patel

Refah Zabin

Sedra Khan

Syeda Quadri

Teodora Simic

Vijay Shah

Vraj Shroff

Yunyan Mo


Gold Award Winners (Paper Session):

Joelle Mako

Michael Rohn

Myra Esmail

Osama Esmail

Sedra Khan

Vijay Shah

Vraj Shroff




Silver Award Winners (Poster Session):

Christian Graca

Heba Sattar

Jacqueline Wang

Joelle Mako

Jude Matthew

Kamila Louafi

Lijo Andrews

Maham Ahmed

Matt Adler

Melony Patel

Nicholas Stochmal

Phong Lai

Taral Talati




Silver Award Winners (Paper Session):

Alex Huynh

John Saba

Michael Leon

Nicholas Ieremciuc

Refah Zabin



Bronze Award Winners (Poster Session):

Ali Chaudhry

Angel Thomas

Maha Ali


Best in Category Award Winners (Poster Session):

Student Name

IJAS Region Best In Category

Balaji Venkat

Behavioral Science

Katherine Benstead

Botany

Vijay Shah

Chemistry

Sedra Khan

Consumer Science

Alex Huynh

Electronics

Emily Duong

Engineering



Student Name

IJAS Region Special Award

Refah Zabin

Women in Geoscience Excellence

Lijo Andrews

Society for in vitro biology

Muhammad Afzal

American Nuclear Society 2nd

Alexia Popescu

ASM Material Science Education 1st

Refah Zabin

ASM Material Science Education 2nd

Izabela Pop

Office of Naval Research - Naval Science Award

Syeda Quadri

Office of Naval Research - Naval Science Award

Dareen Chuy

Office of Naval Research - Naval Science Award

Balaji Venkat

Office of Naval Research - Naval Science Award

Olivia Dang

Office of Naval Research - Naval Science Award

Nick Ieremciuc

ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Award

Refah Zabin

ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Award

Michael Leon

Air Force Award

Priyanka Patel

Water




HOSA Team State Conference Competition Results


49 student from Niles West attended the HOSA (Student Health Care Professionals) State Conference and Competition.  The students are as follows:  Diego Acosta, Ayman Ali, Junaid Aili, Hadia Amanat, Lineya Andrews, Roblyn Anteror, Joseph Carreon, Jonathan Cherian, Rachel Cheuk, Matt Chin, Selena Cruz, Nikola Dimitrijevic, Rachel Ferrigno, Divya Gandhi, Gabby Gladyz, Milkiyas Hailemariam, Jessica Jelke, Jessica Kalathil, Sandeep Kallumkal, Madiha Khan, Andrea Kirinic, Aileen La, Isabell Lazar, Steven Le, Nicholas Lohan, Carolyn Lomahan, Aliya Lukose, Steve Mathew, Shaina Mathews, Roshni Modi, Shea Nelson, Gabby Onnenga, Luke Palmar, Jay Patel, Tiara Perlata, Izzy Pop, Bushra Quadri, Marianne Reyes, Hailey Shapiro, Jaser Siddiqui, Malleli Sosa-Sandoval, Suhayla Syeda, Andy Tenezaca, Alisha Thomas, Aaliyah Torres, Alex Treppas, Lyna Troung, Alisha Virani, Lejla Zenkich. 

 

The following students place in the top 10 for various competitions.  Students who place in the top 3 now qualify for Nationals to be held in June at Disney World, Florida.

 

Barbara James Service Award (volunteer hours in a health care setting):

Lineya Andrew* – over 100 hours of volunteer service hours

Divya Gandhi *– over 100 hours of volunteer service hours 

Milkiyas Hailemariam* – over 200 hours of volunteer service hours!

Madiha Khan* – over 100 hours of volunteer service hours!

Isabell Lazar* – over  100 hours of volunteer service hours!

Shea Nelson – over 50 hours of volunteer service hours!

 

Knowledge Tests:  Transcultural Health

Izabela Pop – 6th place

 

Knowledge Tests:  Medical Terminology

Joseph Carreon* – 3rd place

Steven Le – 10th place

 

Knowledge Tests:  Medical Math

Rachel Ferrigno – 8th place

 

Sports Medicine

Izabela Pop – 8th place

 

Health Career Display

Alisha Thomas* and Alisha Virani* – 2nd place

Selena Cruz* and Shaina Mathews* – 3rd place

 

Medical Innovations – Original

Rachel Cheuk*, Gabby Onnenga* and Jessica Jelke* – 2nd place

Rachel Ferrigno* and Izabela Pop* – 3rd place

Steven Le*, Junaid Ali* and Jaser Siddiqui* – 5th place.

 

*National Qualifier





Science Olympiad Niles West Invite

The Varsity and JV teams both earned 3rd place overall.  There were 14 teams competing.

Individual medals were awarded for 1st-5th place in Varsity and 1st-3rd in JV.  The following students earned medals.

Varsity Medals:

Darby Chamness and Myra Esmail - 4th place in Anatomy and Physiology
Osama Esmail and Michael Rohn - 2nd place in Chemistry Lab
Michael Rohn and John Saba - 5th place in Forensics
Muhammad Afzal and Wyatt Zwik - 4th place in Remote Sensing
Darby Chamness and Vijay Shah - 4th place in Astronomy
Osama Esmail and Jeremy Steegmueller - 3rd place in Game On
Hana Frisch and Steve Mathew - 5th place in Invasive Species
Michael Rohn, Sonja Malek, and John Saba - 1st place in Experimental Design
Osama Esmail and Michael Rohn - 3rd place in Materials Science
Osama Esmail and Steve Mathew - 4th place in Wind Power
Christopher Rohn and Sonja Malek - 5th place in Write it Do it
Osama Esmail and Muhammad Afzal - 3rd place in Electric Vehicle
Osama Esmail and Conor Ramseyer - 5th place in Hovercraft

Junior Varsity Medals:

Leander Chappotin Betancourt and Heba Sattar - 2nd Place in Disease Detectives
Agnes Manish and Akif Khan - 1st place in Ecology
Myra Esmail and Sonja Malek - 2nd place in Forensics
Daniel Cudzich and Sofia Stefanis - 2nd place in Astronomy
Nicole Cardona and Myra Esmail - 2nd place in Hydrogeology
Daniel Cudzich and Agnes Manish - 1st place in Microbe Mission 
Jose Smith - 2nd place in Rocks and Minerals
Kate Pendavinji and Nicole Cardona - 3rd Place in Hovercraft
Conor Ramseyer and Heba Sattar - 1st Place in Towers


Congratulations to all who competed and to those who earned medals! Special thanks to the coaches: Mr Boll, Ms Ramseyer, Mr Swider, Mr Patel, & Mr Comstock.


WYSE Competition Results

The Niles West WYSE team took 3rd place overall at the regional competition. Congratulations to the following students:

Vijay Shah - 2nd in Chemistry
Nick Iermciuc - 3rd in English
Michael Leon - 1st in Computer Science (perfect score!)
Gabe Cohen - 2nd in Computer Science
Michail Maris - 3rd in Engineering Graphics
Ethan Moldofsky - 3rd in Engineering Graphics
Osama Esmail - 1st in Physics


NARWHALS Restoration Work
  If you, or your students, are interested in joining Tom Jodelka and his NARWHALS/biology students to restore some habitat in our local community, please complete the form at this link and complete the paperwork (email thojod@d219.org).  The workday is happening THIS Saturday Feb. 18, 2017 at Blue Star Woods in Glenview from 9 AM  12 PM.  For now, the weather looks more like spring, so...come on down!




2016-2017 NW ChemClub Attends Loyola University 
Emerging Chemistry Workshop

On Saturday, November 12th, Niles West Chemistry Club and RIOT members participated in the Emerging Chemist Workshop (ECW) held at Loyola University.  The students visited multiple research facilities to learn about and participate in the research being studied by Loyola graduate students and professors. Below are a few of the of research facilities the students visited:
  • Identification of Toxic Chemical in Water Sources (Chemistry) - In this facility, graduate students are studying what potentially toxic compounds may be found in surface water, drinking water or waste water utilizing liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. Niles West students analyzed a standard solution of two compounds and determined if the compounds are present in tap or waste water samples.
  • Confocal Expression Study of Embryonic Pattern Formation in Zebrafish (Biology) - Through the use of transgenic zebrafish, graduate students are studying the assignment of regional fates along the vertebrate body. Niles West students were able to visually chart and report data on the development of fish embryos using a confocal microscope.
  • Synthesis of a Boron Mimetic for use as an Enzyme Inhibitor (Medicinal Chemistry) - In this laboratory, graduate students are synthesizing organic compounds that have the potential to be used as inhibitors in the area of medicinal chemistry. Niles West students were able to perform one step towards synthesizing a potential boron based inhibitor and monitor the completion of the reaction by utilizing thin layer chromatography. 

Niles West Chem Club- Loyola Univ Emerging Chemist Workshop




NW ChemClub Volunteers at American Chemical Society Chemistry Day

2016-2017 Chem Club ACS Day



Astronomy Club Viewing Dates

The Astronomers at Niles West are planning to use the Observatory two more times this month.

Tuesday
 (Oct 18) evening from 7-9 pm we will view Saturn and Mars and other interesting stellar objects. 
Tuesday(Oct 25) early morning from 5:30 to sunrise we will view Jupiter and the star forming regions in Orion. 


6th Annual Environmental Service Day

  It is time for our 6th Annual Environmental Service Day!  The event will be held on Saturday, October 8th from 8 AM - 12:20 PM.  We will all meet in the Front Lobby of Niles North.  This time frame includes registration, continental breakfast, 3 hours of restoration work, and bus travel to and from our work sites.  This year, our sites are Blue Star Memorial Woods and Watersmeet Prairie Grove, which are all part of the North Branch Restoration Project.

   
  Anyone who is interested (students, staff, community members, etc.) should sign-up using the form found HERE.  All D219 STUDENT volunteers must complete a waiver form and the usual permission slip.  Any non-D219 volunteers must complete a waiver form AND be accompanied by an adult (age 18+) for the entire service day.   Please contact 
Tom Jodelka by email at thojod@d219.org for forms or with any questions.



Star 
Party CANCELLED TONIGHT (10/6/16)
Rescheduled for April 2017  



Martha Lietz Named Physics Master Teacher Leader by AAPT


Martha Lietz, Niles West Physics teacher, was appointed as a Physics Master Teacher Leader by the national AAPT.  17 teachers across the nation were selected to serve on a task force to promote science education and science teacher preparation. Task force members will work closely with the AAPT to develop teacher leadership and professional development models.  More information can be found here (scroll down to the July 14 post). 

Martha will also accept the ISAAPT Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award on Friday October 21, 2016. This was previously announced last spring.

Astellas Women in Action


On July 14th, 10 Niles West girls were selected to attend the Astellas Women in Action Summit. Students in attendance were- Suha Mohiuddin, Alexia Popescu, Anam Furrukh, Refah Zabin, Jessye Gassel, Sedra Khan, Emily Duong, Irein Thomas,and  Amanda, Lay.  Sponsors JulieAnn Villa and Rachael Zolper were in attendance with the group.  This opportunity is the result of the Stellar Girls program run by Britt Czupryna and Ami Lefevre at bringing girls from Edison Elementary to Niles West for weekly, hands-on STEM explorations.   

Women in Action 2016 is connecting the women of Astellas and teenage girls to inspire leadership and confidence to lead their best lives, overcome challenges and succeed by making meaningful contributions that improve the global society. The Astellas women’s conference underscores the value the company places on the contributions of women and a commitment to encouraging female empowerment. This extraordinary event included transcendent female speakers and hands-on workshops—separate tracks for women and teens—that build skills and develop competencies. Highlights were the chance to hear from and meet Robin Roberts from Good Morning America and a privately recorded interview with Malala Yousafzai for the event.  


Lincolnwood Library to Host Astronomy Event

The Lincolnwood Library is having an event at the Niles West Observatory on Sept 21, 2016 

(Sept 28, 2016 is the cloudy make up date).  

Students may attend in addition to the patrons.



Congratulations to Niles West SIRS Research Students! National Research Competitions


Sedra Khan 

Niles West High School student Sedra Khan, a junior, was awarded a third place  Grand Award of $1,000 for her project on “The Effect of Spermidine on β-Amyloid Peptide Toxicity in Alzheimer's Disease:  A Model System for Understanding Alzheimer's” at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) held in Phoenix, AZ on May 8 through 13.

Khan and Junior Aisha Kothawala were both selected for the Loyola REAP summer research program. Each student will work with a research scientist and receive a summer stipend of $1,500.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, providing an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research and compete for more than $5 million in awards.  The Intel ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9 through 12.

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Irein Thomas  


Irein was selected for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize and will be one of three students representing the State of Illinois.  The Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) national competitions will be held at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNCC). Students will have the opportunity to present their research to judges and water professionals from across the country, while experiencing a university setting.   


Elizabete Dudorane
Elizabete was selected as a Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) regional finalist. From there, she qualified for the national JSHS competition. The event, held in Dayton, Ohio, is sponsored by the U.S. Army/ Navy/ Airforce and Loyola University Chicago to promote research and experimentation in the sciences, mathematics, engineering, and technology . Elizabete’s project centers around the use of shear-thickening mixtures in bulletproof vests to reduce the weight of the vest and likelihood of behind armor blunt trauma injuries. 
 


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Nicholas Ieremciuc

Nicholas was awarded the “Exceptional Genius Award” at the Illinois Junior Academy Science (IJAS) Regional Fair and was accepted into the upcoming Genius Olympiad fair. Nicholas' project centers around zebra mussels, an invasive species in our water system.  Nicholas' solution is to make use of zebra mussels so there is an advantage to collecting them instead of only an expense.  He seeks to use the fibers that produce the adhesive to create a water resistant, non-toxic glue.  Currently glues are either water resistant or non-toxic so if it works it represents both a new product and and one that promotes an environmental goal as well. 


Teacher sponsors from Niles West:  Parin Patel, Joseph Serpico, JulieAnn Villa, Rachael Zolper, Greg Ruber, and Ruth Gleicher.



IJAS State Science Fair

Congratulations to all our Niles West Research Students!



Paper Session Awards:

Gold -  Osama Esmail, Aimen Lateef, Ameera Lodhi, Mrugami Mahadik , Ashly Pinarkyil, and  Irein Thomas.


Silver - John Saba


Poster Session Awards:

Gold - Ayman Ali, Zamaan Bagban, Dareen Chuy, Valerie Chuy, Nicole Cwiok, Myra Esmail

Osama Esmail, Rachel Ferrigno, Anam Furrukh, Vinit Gheewala, Nicholas Ieremciuc, Maryam Khalid, Fillip Komornik, Aisha Kothawala, Michael Leon, Mrugami Mahadik, Ashly Pinarkyil, Michael Rohn, Parth Shah, Vijay Shah, Vraj Shroff, Nicholas Stochmal, Edward Thai, Irein Thomas, Elaine Tran, and Dana Yim


Silver - Danish Arsalan, Elizabete Dudorane, Emily Duong,  Alex Huynh, Jun Lee, Isaac Moldofsky, Kunj Patel, and Sana Shariff.


Special Awards:


Illinois Water and Environment Association “Clean Water Award” - Edward Thai


Illinois Environmental Protection Agency - Irein Thomas


John Takeda Pharmaceutical Award - Aisha Kothawala, Emily Duong


Health Science Learning Exchange - Elizabete Dudorane, Dareen Chuy, Aishah Kothawala, Anam Furrukh, Alex Huynh


Jay Hoffman Award.  Natural Disaster Recovery - Mrugami Mahadik, Osama Esmail


Dr. Lyell J. Thomas Memorial Award:  Niles West High School


Non-Special Awards:


Top 10 Papers Senior Division:  Ameera Lodhi, Irein Thomas


Best in Category:


Aerospace - Zamann Bagban

Cell and Molecular Biology - Vraj Shroff

Chemistry - Vjay Shah

Computer Science - Michael Leon

Engineering - Elaine Tran

Environmental Science - Nicholas Ieremcuic

Health Science - Syeda Quadri

Material Science - Osama Esmail

Microbiology - Parth Shah

Zoology - Irein Thomas, Nicole Cwiok



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Martha Lietz - 2015- 2016 Illinois Physics Teacher of the Year!

Martha Lietz, Niles West Physics teacher, was named the 2015-2016 Outstanding High School Physics Teacher by the Illinois Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (ISAAPT). Each year ISAAPT chooses one Illinois high school physics teacher for this prestigious award.  Martha is an inspirational high school Physics teacher and a true professional.. She is an inspiration to her students and Physics educators on a regional, state, and national level. Students are excited to be in her classroom and know they are receiving a top notch education.  Martha is an effective educator who makes Physics “phun”!

2015-2016 Niles West Science Olympiad Team at State


Niles West Science Olympiad team earned a 9th win out of 51 teams at the Science Olympiad State Tournament at the University of Illinois - Champaign Urbana on Saturday April 16, 2016.  We had three events that earned medals (top 6 finish).  They were: 

Sonja Malek and John Saba - 5th place in Bridge Building
Vijay Shah and Zeeshan Khan - 5th place in Chemistry Lab
Michael Rohn, John Saba, and Dennis Angelov - 4th place in Experimental Design

Congratulations to all of the students who participated! The 9th place was truly a team effort.

Seniors
Suha Mohiuddin

Juniors
Osama Esmail
Hassan Goodarzifarahani
Zeeshan Khan
Steve Mathew
John Saba
Vijay Shah
Conor Ramseyer

Sophomores
Dennis Angelov
Darby Chamness

Thanks to the coaches, Elizabeth Ramseyer, Howard Swider, and Parin Patel.  They put in many long hours over the last few weeks to ensure the students had time to prepare.

NILES WEST STUDENT QUALIFIES AS GENIUS OLYMPIAD FINALIST 

     Niles West High School student Nicholas Ieremciuc qualified to attend an annual international fair called Genius Olympiad, held June 12 to 17 on the campus of the State University of New York Oswego.

     Terra Science and Education Foundation hosts this fair, in which hundreds of students from more than 65 countries and 35 states display projects in art, creative writing, business, design, and science that relate to environmental improvement.

      Nicholas Ieremciuc was awarded the “Exceptional Genius Award” at the Illinois Junior Academy Science (IJAS) Regional Fair and was accepted into the Genius Olympiad fair. Nicholas' project centers around zebra mussels, an invasive species in our water system, that attach to ships and pipes. Zebra mussel infestation has cost us thousands of dollars to remove. Current solutions involve using chemicals to deactivate their strong adhesion to the pipes or boats.  Nicholas' solution is to make use of zebra mussels so there is an advantage to collecting them instead of only an expense. He seeks to use the fibers that produce the adhesive to create a water-resistant, non-toxic glue.  Currently glues are either water-resistant or non-toxic so if it works it represents both a new product and one that promotes an environmental goal as well.


GEMS 2016 is HERE!!!
Saturday April 16, 2016


Visit our GEMS WEBSITE for more information 

Oakton Science Olympiad Regional Tournament
Saturday March 19, 2016

Congratulations to our Science Olympiad Team. We are so proud of you! Students earned a 2nd place trophy. Every single member of both Varsity and JV earned a medal in at least one event. 

Osama Esmail and Christopher Rohn  1st place - Air Trajectory
Suha Mohiuddin and Darby Chamness  3rd place - Anatomy and Physiology
Darby Chamness and Vijay Shah   3rd place - Astronomy
Sonja Malek and John Saba  3rd place - Bridge Building
Zeeshan Khan and Vijay Shah   1st place - Chemistry Lab
Suha Mohiuddin and Darby Chamness  2nd place - Disease Detectives
]Suha Mohiuddin and Zeeshan Khan  3rd place - Dynamic Planet
Michael Rohn and Osama Esmail  2nd place - Electric Vehicle
Michael Rohn, John Saba, and Dennis Angelov   3rd place - Experimental Design
Vijay Shah and Michael Rohn  6th place - Fossils
Hassan Goodarzifarahani and Jeremy Steegmueller   3rd place - Game On
Osama Esmail and Suha Mohiuddin   5th place - Geologic Mapping
Darby Chamness and Hana Frisch   1st place - Green Generation
Hana Frisch and Christopher Rohn  6th place - Invasive Species
Osama Esmail and Hassan Goodarzifarahani  4th place - It's About Time
Christopher Rohn, Dennis Angelov and Vijay Shah  5th place - Protein Modeling
Hassan Goodarzifarahani and Steve Mathew 2nd Place - Wind Power
Conor Ramseyer and Sonja Malek   6th place - Wright Stuff
Christopher Rohn and Sonja Malek  1st place - Write It Do It

For JV, medals were awarded for the top 4 finishers:

Kate Pendavinji and Nicole Cardona   2nd place - Air Trajectory
Sofia Stefanis and Muhammad Afzal  1st place - Astronomy
Muhammad Afzal and Sofia Stefanis  2nd place - Bridge Building
Wyatt Zwik and Muhammad Afzal  1st place - Electric Vehicle
Dana Yim, Myra Esmail and Bajeel Syeda  3rd place - Experimental Design
Wyatt Zwick and Yunyan Mo  3rd place - Fossils
Dana Yim and Molly Izzi   2nd place - Green Generation



2016 IJAS Regional Science Fair Competition - Niles West High School

Niles West is proud to announce the results of the 2016 IJAS Regional Science Fair competition. In total, fifty-two STEM students from the STEM Inquiry and Research (SIRs) course,  Mathematical Modeling, and RIOT Club qualified for the state competition.


Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Qualifier:

Intel ISEF is a global science competition for students in grades 9-12 and provides an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from 70 countries, regions and territories to display their independent research.  The following Qualifier will travel to Phoenix, Arizona to compete this May:

Sedra Khan


Gold Award Winners (Project Sessions):

Aishah Kothawala

Irein Thomas

Nicholas Stochmal

Alex Huynh

Isaac Moldofsky

Nicole Cwiok

Anam Furrukh

Izabela Pop

Osama Esmail

Ashly Pinarkyil

Jamie Rodica

Parth Shah

Ayman Ali

JD Kim

Rachel Ferrigno

Chris Tibrea

Joelle Mako

Sana Shariff

Christine Kim

John Saba

Sedra Khan

Dana Yim

Junkyu Lee

Syeda Quadri

Daniel Weiss

Kirti Patel

Valerie Chuy

Danish Arsalan

Mary Clark

Vijay Shah

Dareen Chuy

Maryam Khalid

Vinit Gheewala

Edward Thai

Michael Leon

Vraj Shroff

Elaine Tran

Michael Rohn

Zamaan Bagban

Elizabete Dudorane

Mrugami Mahadik

Zeeshan Khan

Emily Duong

Myra Esmail


Fillip Komornik

Nicholas Ieremciuc



Gold Award Winners (Paper Session):

Ameera Lodhi

Irein Thomas

Mrugami Mahadik

Aimen Lateef

Jensy Joseph

Osama Esmail

Ashly Pinarkyil

John Saba

Sedra Khan


Special Awards received at the Regional Competition:

IJAS Special Awards

Zamaan Bagban

Office of Naval Science - Senior High Award

Elaine Tran

Office of Naval Science - Senior High Award

Valerie Chuy

US Air Force Outstanding Science and Engineering Award

Vraj Shroff

US Air Force Outstanding Science and Engineering Award

Osama Esmail

American Meteorological Society Award

Sedra Khan

American Psychological Association Award

Jessica Gassel

NIC-ASA Northern Illinois Chapter - American Statisticians Association Award

Daniel Weiss

NIC-ASA Northern Illinois Chapter - American Statisticians Association Award

Maryam Khalid

The ASM Materials Education Foundation Award

Mary Clark

Association for Women Geoscientists Award

Iqra Ansari

ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives Award

Vijay Shah

ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives Award

Nicholas Ieremciuc

Genius Olympiad Award

Danish Arsalan

RICOH Sustainable Development Award

Jamie Rodica

The Society for In Vitro Biology Award

Irein Thomas

US Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Edward Thai

US Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Joelle Mako

U.S. Metric Association Award

Vijay Shah

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Regional Finalist

Elizabete Dudorane

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Regional Finalist

Ameera Lodhi

Top Senior Division Paper


IJAS Best in Category

Aerospace Science

Zamaan Bagban

Biochemistry

Nicholas Stochmal

Chemistry

Vijay Shah

Computer Science

Michael Leon

Electronics

Alex Huynh

Engineering

Elaine Tran

Health Science

Sedra Khan

Material Science

Anam Furrukh

Mathematics

Junkyu Lee

Microbiology

Valerie Chuy

Zoology

Irein Thomas




BLUE STAR MEMORIAL WOODS RESTORATION DAY


Have you already given up on your resolution to spend more time outside? Well, then you're in luck! We have an opportunity for you to get back on the wagon! Please consider joining Mr Tom Jodelka and his students at Blue Star Memorial Woods in Glenview this Saturday from 10 AM - 1 PM. We will be performing natural areas restoration on what is forecasted to be an unseasonably warm winter day. Should be fun!

Any questions...contact Mr Jodelka at thojod@d219.org. If you would like to attend, please complete the Forest Preserve Woods found at this link ,so the steward can secure the correct amount of tools.



Culver Middle School students learn about the wonders of the universe from our Niles West Astronomy students.
On Feb. 3rd, approximately 60 students from Culver Middle School spent the afternoon with our Niles West Astronomy students. Mrs. Ramseyer's Astronomy students prepared learning stations that taught middle school students how to make comets, use infrared light to detect objects in space, identify star forming regions or nebulae, and work with filters to make discoveries. Students were also excited to step into the indoor Astro Lab Planetarium to learn more about constellations from Mrs. Ramseyer.

 


Science Olympiad Niles West Invite
Saturday Jan. 30, 2016

Congratulations to all our Niles West SO participants. The varsity team came in 5th place out of 14 teams. Special thanks to Michael Boll, Elizabeth Ramseyer, Howie Swider, and Parin Patel for sponsoring the team and working with the team late into the evenings! For more information and invite results visit the SO website HERE.

For Varsity:
Suha Mohiuddin and Darby Chamness  4th place - Anatomy and Physiology
Darby Chamness and Vijay Shah   3rd place - Astronomy
Dennis Angelov and Hana Frisch   5th place - Cell Biology
Zeeshan Khan and Vijay Shah   3rd place - Chemistry Lab
Suha Mohiuddin and Hana Frisch  3rd place - Disease Detectives
Michael Rohn and Osama Esmail  5th place - Electric Vehicle
Michael Rohn, John Saba, and Dennis Angelov   4th place - Experimental Design
Osama Esmail and Suha Mohiuddin   3rd place - Geologic Mapping
Darby Chamness and Hana Frisch   5th place - Green Generation
Hana Frisch and Christopher Rohn  4th place - Invasive Species
Conor Ramseyer and Sonja Malek   5th place - Wright Stuff
Christopher Rohn and Sonja Malek  4th place - Write It Do It
For JV:
Dana Yim and Myra Esmail  2nd place - Disease Detectives
Wyatt Zwick and Yunyan Mo  4th place - Fossils

Restoration Work with Mr. Tom Jodelka!
Natural areas restoration work at Watersmeet Prairie Grove in Northbrook this Saturday from 9 AM - 12 PM and you are more then welcome to attend! Please email Mr Jodelka at thojod@d219.org if you are able to attend.

Post- Thanksgiving Harms Woods Restoration
Volunteers Needed


If you have some Thanksgiving-related calories to burn off or just want to burn some invasive species, consider joining Mr. Jodelka and his Biology and NARWHALS kids this Saturday 12/5/15 at Harms Woods in Glenview from 9 AM - 12 PM.  You will have a chance to see first hand why Harms Woods is one of the highest quality natural areas in the county. HINT...HINT ...it is mainly due to the 30+ years of volunteer work similar to what we will be doing on Saturday.

  If you are interested, grab a friend, and complete the form found at this link.  I hope you can make it!

Niles West 5th Annual Environmental Service Day

  It is time for our 5th Annual Environmental Service Day!  The event will be held on Saturday, October 17th from 8 AM - 12:30 PM.  We will all meet in the South Lobby of Niles West.  This time frame includes registration, continental breakfast, 3 hours of restoration work, and bus travel to and from our work sites.  This year, our sites are Blue Star Memorial Woods, Indian Road Woods, and Watersmeet Prairie Grove, which are all part of the North Branch Restoration Project.

  Volunteers may choose to collect seeds, which is considered a light physical activity, or they may cut invasive brush, which is considered a moderate physical activity.  Both options are enjoyable and incredibly important parts of improving the health of local natural areas.

  Anyone who is interested (students, staff, community members, etc.) should sign-up using the form found HERE.  All D219 STUDENT volunteers must complete a waiver form and the usual permission slip.  Any non-D219 volunteers must complete a waiver form AND be accompanied by an adult (age 18+) for the entire service day.   Contact Tom Jodelka for permission slip at thojod@d219.org.

  Over the past 4 years we have performed approximately 610 hours of restoration work on local natural areas!  If you would like to see what this looked like, check out these pictures:  2011  |  2012  |  2013  |  2014



Lunar Eclipse Viewing at Niles West Observatory

Niles West Astronomy Club and classes hosted the lunar eclipse viewing on Sunday Sept. 27th from 8:00 pm to 11:00pm. Approximately 50 observing enthusiasts watched the blood moon. Elizabeth Ramseyer organized and hosted the event. Mr. John  Slater, astronomy enthusiast and Niles West Observatory benefactor, attended the event. Pictured below: Astronomy students with Elizabeth Ramseyer preparing for the lunar eclipse event days before the event.





Niles West RIOT Club and SIRS Guest Speaker Event

On Weds. Sept. 30th, Dr. Tracy Davis, Northwestern University Professor of Performing Arts, provided a valuable lesson on how to effectively communicate with mentors in the MORE research mentoring program at Niles West. Over 40 students attended this after school event to learn more about how to improve their communication skills with Northwestern University science mentors. Topics such as email etiquette, roles and responsibilities of mentees, and presentations skills were discussed. RIOT Club Sponsors JulieAnn Villa, Joe Serpico, Rachael Zolper, and Parin Patel hosted the event. Greg Ruber also volunteered his time to attend.



Niles West Science Stellar Girls!

Britt Czupyrna, Niles West Biology teacher, and Therese Block, Lincoln Junior High Science teacher, started a 12 week science adventure with Edison 4th and 5th grade girls at Niles West High School. The science program kicked off with fun science experiments and demonstrations. The girls were amazed with the disappearing marbles (superabsorbant polymers) and took a bag home to share with their family. Examples of future themed programs include: apple season, plants & pollination, DNA extraction, and invisible lipids. Niles West High School students are also volunteering to mentor and work with the Edison students.




ACS PROJECT SEED Summer Research Students

Congratulations to Aisha Patel and Aimen Lateef for being accepted into the 2015 ACS Project SEED summer research program!  Aisha and Aimen will work closely with research groups at Loyola University. Each student will receive a paid stipend and learn more about research at the college level.  



Niles West Stands Up to Racism on Friday April 24th


(credit to M. Bower's Chemistry Class)


Star Party for the Community
Elizabeth Ramseyer and the Astronomy staff at NW High School 
The NW Astronomy Classes hosted a Star Party - Planet Hunting on Thursday April 23, 2015. 

(image taken by NW Astronomy Students at NW Observatory)

    Elizabeth Ramseyer’s Astronomy class hosted a Star Party on Thursday April 23rd. The party theme was Planet Hunting! Astronomy students prepared fun activities for the community such as Comet making, Bouncy Balls, Moon Phase cookies, Infrared camera use, Planet Mobiles, and an informative powerpoint on Pluto and the New Horizons mission that is set to reach Pluto in July.  Observers were able to view Venus and Jupiter, including all four of its Galilean satellites.
    John Slater, observatory donator, attended the party. He commented on how he “loved the observatory was alive”! John Slater and his wife also restored prairies in Morton Grove in 1973. Wayne Rogowski (retired educator at Niles West) was invited by Rich DeCoster (retired Niles West Physics educator) to attend. Wayne started our NW Prairie and apparently, Wayne had attended a lecture by John Slater back in 1975 on this topic. Niles West alum Keith Mukai brought his telescope and imaging equipment. He helped our students take pictures of galaxies. John McDonald (a member of the Park View community) brought his family and the three telescopes he built! His 12” Dobsonian allowed us to view galaxies in our northern skies!

GEMS Girls Empowered by Math & Science
 Conference for 5-8th Grade Girls & Parents
Saturday April 11, 2015 Niles West HS


    Over 100 girls attended the GEMS Girls Empowered by Math and Science Conference on Saturday April 11, 2015. The GEMS event included a keynote speaker from the University of Notre Dame, sessions for parents, and sessions for girls in grades 4-8th. Parent learned about our District 219 STEM course sequence, stereotype threats, college admissions, and career paths. Northwestern University Society of Women Engineers, ACS Polymer Ambassadors, GenNext of HBA, Association of Women in Science, University of Chicago, North Park University, Astellas, Truven Health Analytics, and Randstad Pharma were organizations involved in the GEMS program. We are grateful to those who donated funding and materials: CICI Chemical Industry Council of Illinois, Fisher Scientific, FLINN Scientific, American Chemical Society Education Division, and North Park University.
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Niles West Science Olympiad Qualifies for 2015 State Competition!
 How did our students place? Click HERE for the results.





IJAS Regional Science Fair 2015 Success! Niles West Moves on to State & ISEF!
See the results Click HERE




RESEARCH Students Do it AGAIN! 
Chicago Region Junior Science and Humanities Symposium finalist at Loyola University
Congratulations to Reyvin Reyes & Ameera Lodhi


Reyvin Reyes was selected to be one of the Chicago Region Junior Science and Humanities Symposium finalists at Loyola University.  This highly competitive event is sponsored by the U.S. Army/Navy/Air Force and Loyola University Chicago to promote research and experimentation in the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology (STEM) at the high school level.

Students will present their research in a 12 minute talk on Saturday, March 14, 2015. The top three students selected by a panel of judges will receive an all-expense paid trip to the National JSHS meeting in Hunt Valley, MD. on April 29 – May 2, 2015. The top two student presenters at the Chicago regional competition will compete at the National meeting. The third place winner in the regional competition will be eligible to present his/her work in a poster session at the national symposium. In addition, the regional winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship award to the college or university of his/her choice and his/her sponsoring teacher will receive a $500 award toward the purchase of equipment or books in the teacher’s field. The second place finisher at the regional will receive a $1500 award and the third place finisher will receive a $1000 award. At the national competition the seven presenters that finish first in their respective sections will receive an additional $12,000, second place finishers will receive an additional $8,000 and third place finishers an additional $4,000.

More information can be found on their website at http://www.luc.edu/biology/juniorscienceandhumanitiessymposium/

Niles West research student, Ameera Lodhi, was selected as an alternate for JSHS competition.

2015 INTEL Science Talent Search (STS) Semi Finalist WINNER- Reyvin Reyes
Congratulations to Niles West research student Reyvin Reyes! 

    Reyvin Reyes was selected as one of the STS semi finalists for his research project on the Synthesis of Colicin M Using Cell-Free Protein Synthesis. Reyvin Reyes is a research student in our unique research course, STEM Inquiry & Research (SIR).  SIR instructors, Ruth Gleicher and JulieAnn Villa, and Northwestern University mentor, Benjamin Des Soye, have been instrumental in supporting Reyvin and his project. We are proud to announce Reyvin Reyes as our second Intel Semifinalist from Niles West High School. In 2012,  Felix Angelov was also selected as an Intel  Semifinalist and was 1 of only 17 students to win Best in Category at the Intel ISEF competition.



    On January 7, 300 high school seniors were named semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search 2015, a program of Society for Science & the Public. Each semifinalist receives a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation with an additional $1,000 going to his or her school, resulting in $600,000 in total semifinalist awards. Semifinalists were selected from more than 1,800 entrants hailing from 460 high schools in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and five American and international high schools overseas.
    On Jan. 21, 40 of the 300 semifinalists will be named Intel Science Talent Search finalists. Finalists will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. from March 5-11, where they will compete for more than $1 million in awards. From this select pool, 40 finalists are then invited to Washington, DC in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for three top awards of $150,000 each.

Read more about the INTEL STS award. Click HERE

Elizabeth Ramseyer Awarded Yerkes Educator of the Year in 2013.

Read more about Ramseyer's award. Click HERE
High School Educator Brings Hands-on Astronomy to Students using Voyages Labs    Elizabeth Ramseyer teaches physics and astronomy to juniors and seniors at Niles West High School in Skokie, Ill, where she has taught for 23 years. The student body is very diverse. “If you could imagine all the different walks of life that are in The United States,” Ramseyer said, “we have them at our school.We’re up to 92 languages spoken at home.”   
Ramseyer developed the post-physics astronomy class with now-retired colleague Rich DeCoster in 1997. “Form any schools that have an astronomy class, it’s a semester-long class and they just hit the highlights of the concepts; they don’t really get into the math,”Ramseyer said. “We go more into all of it. We don’t cover planets very much; we spend most of our time developing how we know what a star is doing what—what is it’s life—and then we move on to relativity and cosmology. It’s a year-long class, and you have to have successfully completed physics to be in the class—those are all seniors.”  




Physics Egg Drop Competition Results!

The Niles West Physics Teachers would like to congratulate the 2015 Egg Drop Competition Finalists:

Gibson, Justin;  Pechter, Scott;  SOLDO, DENIS;  Naama, Yosef; TZVEYN, ANTHONY; WILLER, Jeffrey; Dutta, Arthi; Hoban, Annie; Lupas, Silvan; George, Gibbin; Drozd, Eric; Ovoshchnikov, Denis; Soica, Adina; Anton, Nancy; Radon, Julia


Google Docs Video


Holiday Gift Giving
Tis' the Season! Ms. Bower's Chemistry Class Wrap Gifts for 2 Families in Need


 

 
 



Rosetta Comet Landing 
The European Space Agency (ESA) has coordinated the Rosetta mission.  Its lander (Philae) is about to land on a comet.
Live Feed :http://new.livestream.com/esa/cometlanding
APOD image of the lander and its experiments:
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html


 
Niles West Observatory November 14 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

A Moon less evening of star clusters, planets and nebulae.
Dress Warmly!!!

All are welcome and the registration link is on this site:

Elizabeth Ramseyer 


Advanced Placement Parent Night
November 5, 2014 6:30pm to 8:30 pm
AP Science Course Information packet. Click Here.


Thanks to Mr. Barnett, Mr. Boll, and Mr. Metzler for 
volunteering their time!
 



NW ChemClub & RIOT Club: ACS CHEM Day Oct. 25, 2014 Museum of Science & Industry
Thanks to the sponsors (JulieAnn Villa, Rachael Zolper, & Parin Patel) who took their day off on a Saturday! The students had a great time and appreciate all your hard work!
 
 
 
 



ACS CHEM DayNW RIOT Club Halloween Fun!

 
 
 



3rd Annual Environmental Service Day!  
The event was held on Saturday, October 11th from 8 AM - 12:30 PM.  The time frame included registration, free breakfast courtesy of GCSI, 3 hours of restoration work, and bus travel to and from our work sites.  This year, our sites were at Linne Woods, Some Prairie Nature Preserve, and Watersmeet Prairie Grove, which are all part of the North Branch Restoration Project.



Over the past 3 years we have performed approximately 470 hours of restoration work on local natural areas!  If you would like to see what this looked like, check out these pictures:  2011  |  2012  |  2013  |  2014

I would greatly appreciate any help that you could provide by signing-up and participating and/or talking about this opportunity in your classes.  In the past, we have had staff help from all sorts of disciplines/backgrounds, students in honors biology, APES, WHO Club, NARWHALS Ecology Club, and other community members!  It is truly a way for the whole community to get outside, get active, and give back to their local environment.  I hope you will consider joining us!   If you have any questions, feel free to email or call.  



Niles West Science Department ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE!

Niles West Science ICE BUCKET Challenge



 

 

 



NW Science Mission Statement

Enrich the science classroom with inquiry at the heart of learning. Motivate and mentor students to be active learners, problem solvers,and achieve a deep conceptual understanding of the science discipline content and unifying concepts.

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