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                                View this message online  February 12, 2016
Students Sweep Poetry Awardsphill  
The Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages - Bilingual Education (ITBE) recently announced the winners of their annual Elementary Poetry Contest. Of the 178 contest entries throughout the state, 22 District 200 students were award winners. Our students represented our community well!
 
This year, the contest featured a new category for the Newcomer Award and is given out to a student who has attended school in the United States for twelve months or less. We are very proud of Pleasant Hill fourth grader, Mateo Noguera for winning the Newcomer Award. Mateo is pictured above with his classmates and is on the far left. 
 
Mateo, 9, moved to the United States with his family from Colombia and is in Mr. Lather's fourth grade class at Pleasant Hill. Through the support of Mr. Lather and Ms. Kim Seaman, an English Language teacher at Pleasant Hill, Mateo submitted his biography poem for the contest.  
 
In his poem, Mateo shares his dreams of becoming a world-famous chef one day because as he says, "cooking is fun because you can mix things and it's like a science experiment." While he believes that Illinois might be the flattest place on earth, he loves living in the U.S. and coming to school every day because, "the teachers really make sure learning is about the students," says Mateo.
 
Mateo's favorite part about writing his poem was using a thesaurus to come up with unique words to describe himself. The benefit of using a thesaurus? Mateo says he learned a lot of new words, including the word gleeful. 
 
District 200 Student Winners
Zachariah Ahmad 
Zakariya Al Yahya 
Arwand Azad 
Yatin Bayya 
Ashleigh Delao-Nunez
Daria Dzieniowska
Sofia Ferreyra  
Perla Farfan Garcia
Javier Gonzalez-Martinez
Alejandro Lopez 
Dima Mala Obaida
Michael Mars
Giovanni Salgado-Mingucci
Chanella Nimubona 
Mateo Noguera
John Tang 
Jose Tellez 
Joshua Thang 
Xochitl Tochimani
Thang Wo
Kelly Wojtowicz
Hajar Zahrooni Nassimi

District 200 Teacher Sponsors 
Andrea Barbel, Johnson Elementary
Kelly Becker, Johnson Elementary
Sheryl Bernth, Washington Elementary
Brian T. Clark, Washington Elementary
Patti Gebner, Emerson Elementary
Alison LaManna, Pleasant Hill ElementaryL
Alysa Lueondee, Lowell Elementary
Gail LoBue, Johnson Elementary
Kimberly Seaman, Pleasant Hill Elementary
Jo Turner, Lowell Elementary 
 
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In the News...
NEW 200 Foundation hosts first STEM Expo  
 
Upcoming Board Meetings 
Wed., February 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Committee of the Whole
School Service Center 
 
Wed., March 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Wheaton Warrenville South
Regular Meeting 
 
To view Board Meeting Agendas, highlights from previous Board Meetings and more, click here.
 
Upcoming Events
Going out to eat? Support our local PTAs. Click HERE for a full listing of Cook’s Night Out events.
 
Let's Talk Potential Costs - Wed., February 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Monroe Middle School. Join us for our final community engagement around facilities master planning and let's talk cost estimates. More information here.  
 
The adolescent brain, substances and risk-taking… What a parent needs to know! - Feb. 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Wheaton Warrenville South. Do you, as the parent, feel you need information that will assist you in helping your adolescent make important decisions as they transition to young adulthood? For questions, contact Gary Luckey (630 784-7208) at WWS or Sue Taddeucci (630 784 -7322) at WN. Event flier 
 
What is Erin's Law? Parent Night - Feb. 24 at 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. at Wheaton Community Center. Please RSVP to Donna at 630.393.3558. Starting this school year, District 200 will provide child protection lessons to students in early childhood through grade 3. To learn more about District 200’s implementation of Erin’s Law and how to keep your child safe, please join us on February 24. Event flier
 
Free College Planning Workshop by Tiger PAWSThursday, February 25 at 7:00pm at Wheaton Warrenville South. Parents and students are encouraged to attend. 3 Steps To College Planning and Career Success presented by Partners for Achievement. This 60-minute presentation will cover: building a strong college list, improving your admissions odds at highly selective schools, writing a compelling college essay, finding schools that give the most merit aid, FAFSA overview, scholarship search recommendations, creating a standout resume and landing internships. 
 
Space is limited, online registration is required. *If your student is unavailable, you may attend alone. Questions? Contact president@tigerpaws.org
 
Special Education Resource Fair - Thursday, March 10 from 6:00 - 8:15 p.m. at Hubble Middle School. Hear an informational speaker on topics pertaining to government benefits, special need trusts and guardianship. Following, gain information about local community agencies, services, and resources. Families are welcome to attend with their loved ones. See the flier for full details.   
Erica Loiacono | Director of Public Relations
ph 630-682-2469  e erica.loiacono@cusd200.org   erica.loiacono@cusd200.org
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