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It’s that time of the year again. The days are warmer, the nights are shorter, we long to spend our holidays reading a great page-turner on the beach  — and we’re listening again to some of the ubiquitous songs of the summer.

But since things haven’t been exactly normal lately, Ask’s team of writers and editors gathered around a virtual roundtable to talk specifically about this summer’s musical themes. Is there as clear a winner as in years past? Do songs of the summer even exist if we’re not dancing to them at nightclubs? What exactly is a song of the summer, anyway?

Here are some of the main takeaways from our Zoom chat.

What Constitutes a Song of the Summer?

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Ask’s resident music expert  and Social Media Editor Bryn Rich has a clear idea of what a song of the summer is. “It doesn’t matter what you’re into or what you listen to, it’s the song that’s just unavoidable,” he says. “Think ‘Call Me Maybe,’ ‘Old Town Road,’ ‘I Gotta Feeling.’ Whether you want to know it or not, you will hear it in every Uber you take and every 7-Eleven you walk into.”

Ask’s Writer Eric Mueller has a similar notion of what constitutes a summertime anthem. “To me, a song of the summer is linked to fate. For a song to become the ‘song of the summer,’ it must be so ubiquitous that you hear it everywhere, especially when you’re traveling and only have a rental car’s radio and you notice that you hear a certain song no matter where you are. I think of Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella,’ or Rihanna in general when I think of what the cookie-cutter for a perfect song of the summer is.”

But Ask Media Group’s Senior Managing Editor Michael Kasian-Morin doesn’t necessarily agree. For once, with the pandemic, we’re not taking that many Ubers, going to the store that often, renting cars or heading to dance clubs. But also, with streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, the musical experience and what those services’ algorithms recommend can become very customized. “The concept of top 40 or song of the summer has become more personal and circumstantial for what your interests are, what you like to do and what gets you motivated,” says Michael. “It’s become more personal and you don’t have to necessarily rely on radio to discover things that you enjoy.”

“Spotify’s algorithm certainly helps point me in the right direction at times or in directions I didn’t expect,” agrees Editor Kate Bove. She also has somewhat of a broad definition of what a song of the summer is supposed to be: good driving music. “Anything I can listen to and enjoy on a drive feels like an appropriate song of the summer. And it could be downtempo music too and get in your feelings a little bit. Good driving music to me has that nostalgic, long, unending summer days [feeling]. We’re not still, we’re just, like, moving forward.”

Ask’s Editor Hannah Riley also has more of an experiential approach to the whole “song of the summer” concept, especially because she doesn’t seek the Top 40 charts. “I don’t know what it is for the general population,” says Hannah. But she still has thoughts about what makes a summer song. “The way you can look at songs of the summer is like how people describe summer itself: sunny, bright, upbeat and relaxing for daytime. But nighttime is sultrier, smokey and beguiling.”

“A song of the summer can put you in a place where you want to be (a beach, a nightclub, with someone special) or it can encompass the here and now. The best songs of the summer do both,” adds Eric.

You can get a pretty general idea of what the mainstream sounds of the summer of 2021 are by heading to Spotify’s Charts , Apple Music’s Charts  or Billboard’s Charts . You’ll see that some of the artists making waves right now on a global level are Olivia Rodrigo, Dua Lipa, BTS, Justin Bieber, Lil Nas X, Doja Cat, Ed Sheeran and Bad Bunny.

But the song of the summer isn’t something you’re supposedly seeking but encountering even if you don’t want to. “In a year where we’re not in 7-Elevens and Ubers that much, is it songs on TikTok? Is there where we’re encountering these singles? Since we’re not out and living in the real world?” says Bryn.

TikTok is the place that Kate associates with Doja Cat’s songs. But besides social media platforms and their viral themes, Eric has other methods of discovering what’s cool when it comes to music. He relies on TV shows — he’s a fan of everything on Insecure’s soundtrack, for instance — and because he hasn’t been going out that much, he also listens to some old-school FM radio and recommends Pulse Radio . “It’s Pride-themed, which I like. I feel a lot of pop music in general, I used to hear at queer spaces and gay bars because it’s so celebrated there.”

And now that we’ve established what makes for the perfect summer sound and given a few suggestions on how to find it, let’s see what’s been on Ask’s playlists these past few weeks.

Ask’s Favorite Songs of the Summer in 2021

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Kate Bove, Editor

lately I feel EVERYTHING   by Willow

Kate’s choice of listening material this summer is Willow’s new album. “‘transparent soul’ with Travis Barker is really good. Avril Lavigne is on another one of the tracks. So I feel it has sort of that era vibe but very updated to 2021,” she says. Editor Hannah Riley agrees with her, calling the album “very nostalgic.”

Michael Kasian-Morin, Senior Managing Editor

Samurai   by Beny JR and El Guincho

“That’s the perfect driving-in-the-car album,” says Michael. “ Samurai , it’s simply phenomenal and it makes me feel like I’m in the future when I’m driving in the car… even when I’m stuck in traffic. And that’s what I want to listen to. ‘Combo la L’ specifically is top-notch song-of-the-summer material.”

“ F*ck Him All Night ” by Azealia Banks

“When I’m on a sweaty, foggy dance floor at 3AM I want to hear Azealia Banks’ new song [F*ck Him All Night],” says Michael.

“ Get Low ” by Glüme

This is Michael’s favorite song to amplify his summer behavior if he’s strutting through Walgreens in his short shorts. This song is also Hannah’s song of the summer of choice. “It has everything,” she says. “It’s very smoky and textured and synth-heavy. It’s just perfect.”

“ Afrique Victime ” by Mdou Moctar

“If I want to pretend I’m in an amphitheater rock concert — because I’m still not going to those — I would listen to Mdou Moctar’s ‘Afrique Victime.’ These are certain kinds of tracks that I only want to hear when I’m trying to do things in the summertime,” Michael adds.

Eric Mueller, Writer

“ MONTERO ” by Lil Nas X

“I feel like ‘MONTERO’ really kicked off Pride season,” says Eric. “It was one of the few music videos that people actually watched. It’s strange to think that videos aren’t the norm anymore, but Lil Nas X’s explicit queerness helped bring the song to life. The beat is so agreeable that I wouldn’t mind hearing it in the background literally anywhere, which is great since the song is everywhere still. The title of the song also invokes Call Me by Your Name , a movie about a summer romance. Perfect for the time.”

“ Physical ” by Dua Lipa

“Dua Lipa appears to be filling the Rihanna-sized hole in our hearts during her hiatus,” says Eric. “‘Physical’ is so high energy that it just makes me want to go outside and get moving.”

“ Save Your Tears ” by The Weeknd

According to Eric, this theme does a good job at capturing a more reserved take on a summer song. “High-energy songs always steal the show in summer, but at some point, the party ends and you need to process that. ‘Save Your Tears’ creates space for that. Plus it’s great to drive to,” he says.

“ Without You ” by The Kid LAROI

“I don’t know who Kid LAROI is but this song, it’s everywhere,” admits Eric. “The acoustic vibes make it great when you’re outdoors after sunset.”

“ Itty Bitty Piggy ” by Nicki Minaj

“This is more of an honorable mention. Nicki Minaj had never released this song formally, but it was on mixtapes and her Myspace for a long time when she was first starting out,” explains Eric. “As an earlier fan of hers, it was such a treat when she ‘dropped’ the single on Instagram Live and I wondered, ‘Could a 2007 Myspace song become the song of summer 2021?’ This was also before Delta and Lambda variant cases rose and everyone was expecting to have a wild summer. Still, I’ve listened to it on Spotify more times than I should have.”

Patricia Puentes, Senior Writer

“ Don’t Start Now ” by Dua Lipa

I discovered this one thanks to my Barre instructor. She’s included it in some of the classes’ playlists. It’s so catchy and has a great beat, so I added it to my 2021 running playlist. I love songs that keep me engaged when I work out.

“ Milionària ” by Rosalía

This one is two summers old but I discovered it this year. My sister played it for me when we were driving through the Mediterranean coast south of Barcelona. It’s a very danceable theme and Rosalía sings in Catalan, which isn’t that common since most of her themes are in Spanish.

Bryn Rich, Social Media Editor

“ Butter ” by BTS

This theme was the first one that came to Bryn’s mind when he thought about the song of the summer of 2021. “They’re sort of omnipresent,” Bryn says about K-pop band BTS . “They’ve gotten the McDonald’s meal. They’re at every award show. They’re doing the Samsung ads. That song broke Spotify’s first-day streaming record. It had 20 million streams in the first 24 hours it was out.”

“ Bad Habits ” by Ed Sheeran

Even though Ed Sheeran is not really Bryn’s thing, he feels his comeback has met expectations in a way maybe Lorde or Billie Eilish’s didn’t. “Ed Sheeran is back and he’s dressed like a glittery vampire and it kind of sounds like The Weeknd, for some reason. But it’s big and shiny and catchy. I think we could all use a little bit of that right now,” says Bryn.

“Levitating ” by Dua Lipa

This Dua Lipa theme has been on the charts for 42 weeks and it’s still going strong. “It came out as a single last fall and is hanging out in the top five,” says Bryn. “And it’s also just a great song.”

“ Be Sweet ” by Japanese Breakfast

“If there was any justice, ‘Be Sweet’ by Japanese breakfast would be the number-one song in every country in the world,” says Bryn. Not for nothing, Japanese Breakfast’s latest album, Jubilee , is his favorite this year and made it to his selection of the best music of the year so far . And if that’s not enough recommendation — and it should be — “Be Sweet” is also one of the themes of the summer for Kate.

But with three different songs on this list, it looks like Dua Lipa has made Ask’s summer of 2021 a bit better.


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The Seal of Biliteracy is an award granted by the Illinois State Board of Education and given by New Trier High School in recognition and celebration of students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English by the end of their senior year. This credential was first awarded to qualified New Trier graduates beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. Students who earn the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy will have their achievement acknowledged on both their diploma and transcripts.

The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to those whose proficiency level is equivalent to the Intermediate High scale set by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.


Learning another language prepares students to be citizens of the global community by developing an awareness and appreciation of other cultures. The process of learning to comprehend, speak, read, and write another language develops insight into the nature of language as well as connections to other disciplines. The Seal of Biliteracy builds upon the rich linguistic and cultural assets of the district and community, providing students with the necessary skills to be successful in college, career, and life. State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Tony Smith, noted, "Multiple language skills are of great benefit in today's global economy and are also very important in our own diverse communities." (ISBE, 6-10-2015) The Illinois State Board of Education and New Trier High School District 203 will recognize the importance of being fluent in more than one language by awarding the Seal of Biliteracy to qualified New Trier students.

According to  HB 4330 , Illinois public universities will accept the State Seal of Biliteracy as equivalent to two years of foreign language credit if a student's high school transcript indicates that he or she received the State Seal of Biliteracy. View  UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CHAMPAIGN - URBANA FOR REFERENCE .


To qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy, seniors must:

     - Meet the ACT college ready benchmark for the English subject area test or achieve a composite score of at least 21 on the ACT,  OR

     - Earn a minimum English Language Arts (ELA) score of 480 on the SAT,  OR

     - Earn a minimum overall score of 4.8 on the ACCESS for ELLs exam,  AND

     - Earn a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement language exam  OR

     - Earn a minimum score of I-5 on the ACTFL's Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam, form B. The following languages can be assessed with the AAPPL exam: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, or Thai.  OR

     - Earn a score of Intermediate High on the Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP) 4S exam. Hebrew and Polish are assessed with the STAMP 4S exam.  OR

     - Earn a minimum score of 1-5 on ACTFL's Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA) exam. Latin can be assessed with the ALIRA exam.


Visit the  ISBE  webpage for the official list of assessments.

What is the Seal of Biliteracy?

The Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy is an award granted by the Illinois State Board of Education to students of modern languages who have attained a high level of proficiency (Intermediate-High) in the four domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing in English and one or more other languages by their high school graduation. Latin students earn the award by demonstrating proficiency in reading. The Seal indicates that the student can perform at a high level of proficiency, sufficient for "meaningful use in college and a career." Intermediate High speakers are able to converse with ease and confidence when dealing with routine tasks and social situations. They are able to handle successfully uncomplicated tasks and social situations requiring an exchange of basic information related to their work, school, recreation, particular interests, and areas of competence. Intermediate High speakers can narrate and describe in all major time frames using connected discourse of paragraph length, but not all the time. Intermediate High speakers can generally be understood by native speakers unaccustomed to dealing with non-natives although interference from another language may be evident (e.g., use of code switching, false cognates, and literal translations), and a pattern of gaps in communication may occur.

Who is eligible for the Seal of Biliteracy?

All  students are eligible to demonstrate proficiency in English and one or more other languages through this program, but awards are only made to seniors. It is recommended that students wait until second semester of their senior year to be assessed.

How do I earn the Seal?

If you are a student of a modern language, you must show proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing on a state-approved assessment. If you study Latin, you must demonstrate proficiency in reading on a state-approved assessment. After New Trier obtains your results, you will be informed of the award. If you have questions, contact Julie Begley-Schmidt in the Modern and Classical Languages Department.

How do I demonstrate proficiency in all four language domains?

You take a state-approved assessment at New Trier to demonstrate proficiency. Please refer to the Testing Schedule for dates and times.

To earn the  Seal of Biliteracy  , students also need to demonstrate proficiency at the Intermediate High level in all four domains in English and one or more other languages.

Can I earn the Seal in English and multiple other languages?

Yes, you can apply for the  Seal  in all languages in which you are literate in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Can I be assessed for the Seal before my senior year?

Yes, you can take the assessments to earn the  Seal  any time during your high school career, however priority is given to seniors. Students who earn the  Seal  prior to senior year will have the designation applied to their transcript upon receipt. Students will receive the award at the time of their high school graduation when it will be acknowledged on their diploma and official transcripts. It is recommended that you wait until second semester of your senior year to apply.

Can I still earn the Seal if the results of the assessment are not available at the time of graduation?

Yes. If the results of an approved language assessment are not available at the time of graduation (AP exam results from May, for example), New Trier will award the Seal after graduation when results are available. However, no official designation will be included on the transcript or diploma until the school receives the assessment results indicating that you qualify for the Seal.


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Nearly 28% of New Trier students failed to meet 2022 English ACT/SAT average performance level, compared to 19% of students in 2019

Standardized testing organizations such as the ACT and SAT have reported record low scores for the class of 2022 and 2023, specifically in the English and Reading portions of the test. At New Trier, too, the class of 2023’s scores “marked a decline from the 2020-21 school year”.  

NPR noted that 42% of class of 2022 did not reach the benchmark for English. The decrease in test scores has been particularly alarming for schools across the country.

The class of 2023 did not have the opportunity to take the PSAT or prerequisite tests before the official test, so the unfamiliarity with the tests could have contributed to this decline

— English Dept. Chair Ed Zwirner

The online learning program, though strong and organized at New Trier, gave students the opportunity to pull back efforts in their practices and readings, overall decreasing their attention spans when they returned back to the school.  

For New Trier in specific, nearly 28% of students taking the 2022 English ACT/SAT failed to meet the average performance level. This significantly contrasts the 2019 statistics, where the students failing to meet the average performance level was 19%.  

 SAT scores have declined for a second consecutive year at New Trier, as math retention is declining nationwide.

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In 2022, the average New Trier SAT ELA scores landed around 595, whereas in 2019 and years prior, the scores were almost never below 615 in the ELA section. Similarly, the decline in the scores was seen throughout many schools in the district. Lake Forest High School’s score, for example, fell from 605 (2019) to 571 (2022), a drop very similar to that of New Trier’s.  

Senior Kayla Ball, who was thrown into quarantine and online learning in the end of her freshman year noted “[my attention span] decreased and I learned less about grammar”, which she also correlated to the ACT and standardized testing in that it “slowed me down on the reading section and I got more confused.”

While New Trier’s staff is experienced and personable, the magnitude of students in the building ultimately changes the student to staff ratio, sometimes making it harder for students to fully connect and learn the skills needed for these certain tests.  

The exact cause of this decrease in reading scores remains unclear. Whether it be COVID and the effects of online learning, the teaching styles, or some outside cause, it is difficult to tell because it is different for each student. English Department Chair, Edward Zwirner pointed out that “the class of 2023 did not have the opportunity to take the PSAT or prerequisite tests before the official test, so the unfamiliarity with the tests could have contributed to this decline.”  

Additionally, the rather new test optional decisions high school seniors have when applying to colleges may have an impact on these scores as well, as many students put less effort into the test.

Zwirner notes that “The test is a less reliable piece of information. People stop trying on the test because it doesn’t matter as much.”

Though the entirety of the causes remain unclear, New Trier faculty and students aim for a stronger future. Among the New Trier population, many students who had the opportunity utilized tutoring services to enhance their test taking skills noticed a significant rise in their scores over time. Ball noted “My tutor gave me strategy on how to finish the sections and the different skills.”  

Sources from the Washington Post recognized the correlation between test scores and effective tutoring and suggested that “Schools should invest in high-end tutoring, aimed particularly at struggling students, as well as in after-school enrichment programs and expanded summer school.” Ball agrees with this and states that in future years, especially after the decrease in reading scores after COVID “tutoring should be included a little bit in schools to teach these strategies.”  

The New Trier English department is not aiming to entirely restructure the curriculum to match the requirements of the ACT and SAT, as they understand the decreasing value of the tests.  

Zwirner articulates that “test prep programs are useful to teach students how to take a test. But we approach it as to what is going to help the students in the long run, and if those two things align, great. But the test itself might not have a lot of value to a student in the future.”  

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The 1968 New Trier West Jazz Ensemble

Like many nouveau-upstarts, jazz had to fight for recognition. Academia frowned on fun, especially when its venues were hotspots like clubs, hotels, ballrooms and bars. Only as its popularity waned on the pop charts did jazz become a contender for academic favor. In October 1947, the world’s first jazz studies program was established at the University of North Texas in Denton.

Today, 75 years later, UNT still wails, the ballrooms have all closed and the largest single big band jazz venue in America has become the classroom. Or, more properly, the high school and university environment.

How did this happen? To get a peek into this transition at ground level, we have to go to the surviving pioneers of early jazz education. Not the leaders, but the younger foot soldiers who took the initiative to pry new options from what were then stuffy, tradition-bound high school music programs.

One was such pioneer was Roger B. Mills. Starting in 1966 as a young music grad from Northwestern University, he received a student teaching assignment at New Trier High School in the upscale Chicago suburb of Winnetka. By 1982 he had built one of the model high school jazz programs in the country. Recently former students Gregg Dorner, Mike Friedman and other alumni combined to create a website of the history of the New Trier West Jazz Ensemble ( ntwjazzstory.com ) before it was too late. “The program became a phenomenon,” says Friedman, “and encompassed performances across two continents and drew national attention.”

This writer attended New Trier between 1956 and ’60. It was a public prep school that sent 90% of its grads to college. In those days, it was also a school whose teachers’ noses would wrinkle at the mere mention of jazz in any music appreciation class, as if some acrid aroma had wafted into the class from the wrong side of town. Count Basie once played in the New Trier gym, but he never got near the music building for a clinic. If you were a young musician interested in running down a new Neal Hefti or Thad Jones chart, you were out of luck.

“The closest thing to jazz then were the ‘stage bands,’” recalls Mills, who at 80 still gives far more credit to his students than to himself for his accomplishments. “Stage bands played contrived stock arrangements of things like ‘One O’Clock Jump’ and ‘In The Mood’ with the solo parts written out. They never did anything contemporary by Kenton, Herman or Buddy Rich. The emphasis was on accurate reading. It was a very formalized thing. Improvisation was not emphasized at all.

In 1966–’67, Mills was appointed a teaching assistant at New Trier West in Glenview, a new sister school built to absorb the coming suburban baby boom. With no programs, precedents, history or traditions to tell him he was wrong, he began bringing in current charts and watched student interest suddenly spike. Parents noticed, too, and preferred that enthusiasm to “In The Mood.” When Mills’ contract was not renewed, parents protested. Mills was rehired at nearly twice his salary, and New Trier West joined the procession of early jazz programs.

That summer Mills met with other pioneer jazz educators at the National Stage Band Camp at Indiana University. They included many whose names would soon become familiar as curriculum and content leaders — David Baker and Jamey Aebersold — and familiar names like Stan Kenton and DownBeat publisher Chuck Suber. All were true believers in the mission, but their purposes varied. For Kenton, jazz education was a potential lifeline of high school and university venues in which a combination of clinics and concerts could help keep his band on the road. For Suber, the challenge was keeping DownBeat a jazz-oriented publication as rock threatened to marginalize its advertising market. He saw an important future in jazz studies and a major role for it in for DownBeat.

“I owe half my life to Chuck Suber,” Mills reflects today. “Around 1969, he and I put together a plan called Discover Music to utilize high school jazz groups within grade schools to help kids get good training. Then around 1970 Chuck wrote a story about the NT West ensemble that really put it on the map and made us the model for others. I began getting calls from all over from people who wanted to know what we do and how we do it. Man, I tell you, Chuck was the key jazz education person in the world.”

The program was among the first multi-tier jazz curriculums at the high school level. In addition to the jazz ensemble and improvisation elements, it reached into composition, conducting and advanced levels of theory, performance and recording. A series of LPs documented the NT Jazz Ensemble’s growth through the 1970s, and they can be heard on the website.

Mills says that to his knowledge nothing like it existed anywhere in the country and credits its success to the quality of the students, who made it a dialogue between mentor and protégé. “Kids would buy records,” he remembers, “and play them for me. The learning was absolutely a two-way street.”

If Suber brought Mills’ program attention, Kenton helped bring it content. “Music is the key to any good jazz ensemble program,” Mills says, “and in the beginning we didn’t have much. Stan helped me a lot. When he’d come to Chicago, he’d always bring me new charts. We once did a 1968 Kenton suite called Adventure In Emotion , and I think the New Trier band was the only one that ever did it. Stan opened up a partnership between working bands and educators. His heart was really in it because he believed that kids need it. Same with Clark Terry. And soon with Louie Bellson, Don Ellis, [Woody] Herman and others.”

The original Roger Mills program would continue to evolve after his departure in 1982 under the direction of successors Jim Warrick (now retired) and currently Nic Meyer. But the story of its beginnings was in danger of being lost, which prompted the creation of the website. It is one of the more important, but less known, chapters charting the arrival of jazz into the canon of the curriculum. DB

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Marc Ribot’s Rock Dreams

There’s an unrepentant snarl to Marc Ribot’s voice on twisted tunes like “Subsidiary,” “Soldiers In The Army…


The blues compilation Tell Everybody! (21st Century Juke Joint Blues) was produced by Dan Auerbach, guitarist for The Black Keys.

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Dan Auerbach Tells Everybody!

The viable flow of the blues continues to cultivate. Elemental and rooted, it has percolated through the American…


“Blue Note music has been such an integral part of my musical and life experience for so long,” says Redman. “It’s surreal to be a part of this lineage.”

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Joshua Redman: Finding Bridges

“It just occurred to me just the other day,” said Joshua Redman, a bemused expression forming over his face on the…

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M-F: 7:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Enrollment Info: 877-624-4532 Phone: 847-716-1445

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North: 94 South, exit on Lake Street. Make a right onto Laramie Ave. Make a right onto Illinois Ave. Make a left onto Frontage Rd. Make a left into New Trier parking lot. The center is located just North of the loading dock. South: 94 North, exit on Lake street West. Make right onto Laramie Ave. Make onto Illinois Ave. Make a left on to Frontage Rd. Make a left into New Trier High School parking lot. The center is located just North of the loading dock. East: Lake Street to Laramie and make a right. Make a right onto Illinois Ave. Make a left onto Frontage Rd. Make a left into New Trier High School parking lot. The center is located just North of the loading dock. West: 294 North, exit on Willow east. Make a right onto Waukegan Rd. Make a left onto Lake Street east. Make a left on to Laramie Ave. Make a right onto Illinois Ave. Make a left onto Frontage Rd. Make a left into New Trier High School parking lot. The center is located just North of the loading dock.

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At Bright Horizons, our Discovery Driven Learning® approach makes early learning an adventure. Visit us to find out how we nurture your child’s natural curiosity, focus on what interests them most, encourage learning through play, and help them get ready for school success.

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An exceptional place for your baby to thrive and grow

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An engaging world where toddlers learn and explore

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Where curious children become inspired and ready for school

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Preparing children for success in kindergarten and beyond

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A welcoming place for age-appropriate fun, friendships, and exploration

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I love teaching because: I especially enjoy being with children every day and seeing the world through their eyes. I look forward to creating activities for children which pro

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I love teaching because: Love working with young children and watching them grow and learn.

Teaching since: 2010

I love teaching because: I am told everyday by the children that they love my cooking especially the mashed potatoes.

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Well Aware: Putting safety first, participating in physical activities and games, and making nutritious food choices inspire healthy habits for life.

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Caring Matters: Our activities encourage children’s social skills and provide lots of opportunities to develop positive relationships.

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Bright Horizons is committed to 100% NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accreditation for all of our eligible child care centers and preschools.

Why NAEYC? Based on a multi-step process of continuous evaluation and improvement, NAEYC accreditation is the most comprehensive in the field, ensuring that our programs are informed by research and demonstrate high-quality standards.

NAEYC accreditation is our commitment to families. It is one way we provide the very best care and education for young children. Bright Horizons goes beyond what a traditional daycare would offer in order to establish a strong foundation for success in school and life.

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  1. 13 Sizzling Summer Reads for Fans of Romance Books

    When you hear the word “romance”, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For most people, the word probably conjures images of long-haired, barrel-chested men on book covers in grocery stores.

  2. Summer Reading: Newbery Medal-Winning Books for Kids

    Every year, the American Library Association (ALA) recognizes an outstanding work of children’s literature by awarding it with the Newbery Medal. The award takes its name from John Newbery, a bookseller from the 18th century who reportedly ...

  3. Ask Roundtable: The Songs of Summer for 2021

    It’s that time of the year again. The days are warmer, the nights are shorter, we long to spend our holidays reading a great page-turner on the beach — and we’re listening again to some of the ubiquitous songs of the summer.

  4. English / Summer Reading

    New Trier Township High School District 203. To commit minds to inquiry, hearts to compassion, and lives to the service of humanity. NORTHFIELD CAMPUS.

  5. Social Studies / Home

    NEWS. RESOURCES. RESOURCES. Documents. Program of Studies - Social Studies. Summer Reading 2023. AP African American Studies · AP Economics · AP European

  6. Modern and Classical Languages / Seal of Biliteracy Program

    This credential was first awarded to qualified New Trier graduates beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. Students who earn the Illinois State Seal of

  7. New Trier High School (@newtrier203) • Instagram photos and videos

    The official Instagram of New Trier Township High School District 203. newtrier.k12.il.us. 's profile picture.. 🗓️'s profile picture.

  8. New Trier High School Library

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  9. The Journal

    ... summer vacation. ND: How are you doing near the end of the year? Connor Sullivan: “It feels great to be near the end of... Continue Reading. An all-too

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    summer and get a jump start on the new year in reading and writing! Book

  11. English Department seeks solution to decreased test scores

    ... Reading portions of the test. At New Trier, too, the class of 2023's scores “marked a decline from the 2020-21 school year”. NPR noted that

  12. New Trier High School

    Further reading edit. The biography Jolls, Daniel; Jolls, Michael (October

  13. From Club to Classroom: Early Days of Jazz Education at New Trier

    Mills was rehired at nearly twice his salary, and New Trier West joined the procession of early jazz programs. That summer Mills met with

  14. Welcome to New Trier Child Care Center managed by Bright Horizons

    Summer Program. A welcoming place for age-appropriate fun, friendships, and exploration. Meet Our Teaching Team. Previous. Lila H., Daycare Teacher, New Trier