Inspiring in everyone a passion to excel
Inspiring in everyone a passion to excel

Community Unit School District 200

130 West Park Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60189

P: 630.682.2000 F: 630.682.2227

www.cusd200.org May 15, 2015
Technology Brings Friends Together 
 
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Meet Wiesbrook 5th graders Henry Lewis, Ben McGady, Ethan Nguyen and Peter Schmerold (pictured left to right). Together, they developed a "Wiesbrook App" designed for Wiesbrook parents and students and is accessbile by any smart phone. The app is connected to the school's calendar, staff directory and other important Wiesbrook-specific information. The app also includes a weather function and maps & directions function because, as Peter says, "we wanted parents and students to have access to the things they access on a daily basis, without leaving our app." 
 
About four months ago, Ethan Nguyen came up with the idea to develop the app. Ms. Matson, one of Ethan's teachers at Wiesbrook, suggested he ask a few of his classmates to work with him. The students have spent hours at school and home working to get the app completed before the end of the school year. 
 
On Wednesday, the students met with Wiesbrook Principal Dr. Brian Turyna to discuss rolling out the app to the public, putting the app in the iTunes store, selling advertisement space, seeking marketing opportunities and more. Dr. Turyna believes the project is unique because it is a truly authentic replication of skills students need to be successful in whatever career they pursue. "The students had to collaborate, problem solve, think critically, use interpersonal communication skills and technology to accomplish their end product," says Turyna. He's proud of his students for selecting a project that benefits the school community in a unique way.
 
One question Dr. Turyna posed back to the students is the app's development and maintenance succession once the students leave Wiesbrook and head to middle school. Students are currently working on that plan... 
 
All four students agree that coding and program/app development is "fun" and they are looking forward to joining tech clubs in middle school. Of all the students, Ethan has the most program and video game development experience. "The work is fun because you get to play your creation with your friends," says Nguyen. 
 
Last Day of School
The last day of school for grades K-12 is Monday, June 8th and is a full day of school. The last day of school for early childhood is Friday, June 5th. The Board of Education approved the calendar change at their meeting Wednesday night.  
 
New Food Service Provider
On Wednesday night, the Board of Education approved Chartwells as the District's food service provider beginning in the 2015-16 School Year. The new contract allows for up to four annual renewals. District 200 participates in the National School Lunch Program and is therefore required by the Illinois State Board of Education to bid food service management every five years. Aramark has served as the District's food service provider for the past five years. The District and schools will work closely with both food service providers to ensure a smooth transition. Information about changes in school lunch accounts will be distributed soon. 
 
New E-School Bag Postings (Week of 5/11)
Buddy Baseball Sponsored by Wheaton Junior Woman’s Club
Ray McElroy Pro Football Youth Camp
Jack’s Army Golf Outing
To visit our E-School Bag, click here. 
CUSD 200 In the News…
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Board Meetings 
Wed., May 27 at 7:30 p.m.
School Service Center
Committee of the Whole 
 
Wed., June 10 at 7:30 p.m.
School Service Center
Regular Meeting 
 
To view Board Meeting Agendas, highlights from previous Board Meetings and more, click here.
 
New Postings for Public Review
On May 13, the Board approved to post a new middle school health textbook and novels for high school world languages. To view copies of the books, visit the School Service Center. Comments can be directed to Faith Dahlquist at 630-682-2000.
 
Upcoming Events
WWS Spring Musical - "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," May 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. at WWS. For tickets & information, visit their website
 
Student Records Destruction Notice - June 26, 2015
District 200 is scheduled to destroy student’s temporary records from the year 2010, in accordance with the Illinois School Code and current School Board policy. Please contact the Registrar at Wheaton North or Wheaton Warrenville South High Schools prior to the dates above, to arrange to receive a copy of your/or your child’s temporary records. After the date listed above, the records will be destroyed. 
 
Jack's Army 4th Annual Golf Outing - Monday, July 20th
Klein Creek Golf Club
All proceeds go to research efforts and awareness by the Jack Pribaz Foundation to fight KCNQ2. For more information, see the flier.  
Erica Loiacono | Director of Public Relations
630-682-2000     erica.loiacono@cusd200.org
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