|www.cusd200.org View this message online||May 27, 2016|
Written by America Villalobos, Administrative Assistant, English Learner Program
For the first year, The State of Illinois has invited school districts to participate in the State Seal of Biliteracy Program. Senior students in participating districts can take a test to receive the State Seal of Biliteracy or Commendation toward Biliteracy, a mark of distinction on their high school diploma, that recognizes students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.
District 200 is one of less than a handful of participating districts in DuPage County and one of 50 districts in the State. We are proud to share that 87 students from Wheaton North and Wheaton Warrenville South received either the Seal of Biliteracy of Commendation toward Biliteracy on the diploma that will be handed to them at graduation tomorrow. Speaking more than one language fluently is an invaluable academic and life skill that is attractive to higher education and employers.
We are excited to share stories from two seniors in our district, Raul Juarez and Ashley Hernandez, who demonstrated and excelled proficiency in Spanish, earning the Seal of Biliteracy – and in Raul’s case, he also attained the Commendation toward Biliteracy in French. Growing up in Hispanic households, both Ashley and Raul had transitioned from speaking Spanish to excelling in English while being at school. From learning Spanish at a young age, both students felt confident and proud to discover they would receive a lifetime recognition of their language acquisition.
Transitioning from fluent Spanish to English can be tricky on it’s own, but adding a new language to the mix definitely adds a new edge. Raul Juarez, a senior at Wheaton Warrenville South, proved that you can accomplish learning French and still excel in two other languages. Raul was confident going into the Spanish testing, but was hesitant taking the French test. With determination and great support from family and faculty members, such as Mr. James Lambatos and Ms. Johnson, Raul pushed through and passed the exams. He has received many congratulatory messages throughout the school and hopes that with both the Seal of Biliteracy as well as the Commendation toward Biliteracy, he can make an impact. Raul’s future plans include attending College of DuPage and transferring to Columbia College in Chicago to major in audio engineering and would love to produce music and own a record label one day. “The more languages you learn, not only will you help others, but at the same time, you are helping yourself by opening new career paths,” Raul encourages.
Reflecting back on the past four years at Wheaton North, Ashley Hernandez has grown stronger mentally and academically. Not only did she have great support from her parents, but teachers, such as Mrs. Gina Cheeks, made her high school years unforgettable. Ashley participated in the Organization for Latin American Students, where she would go on fieldtrips with other students to visit colleges and helped coordinate Hispanic events. Her plans after high school include attending to College of DuPage for 2 years, then transferring off to either UIC or Roosevelt University. Ashley’s advice to the juniors debating on taking the test: “Take it! It’s a great opportunity and you have a formal seal on your diploma that will open many doors for you.”
Congratulations to Raul and Ashley and the 85 other graduating seniors who attained the Seal of Biliteracy and the Commendation toward Biliteracy!
Summer Mobile Pantries
Each month for this calendar year, the District and the Northern Illinois Food Bank will host at least one mobile pantry at various places in the community that are open to all District 200 families. A complete list of mobile pantries can be found on our website.
Families are encouraged to take advantage of mobile pantries during the SUMMER months!
June 4 - Lowell Elementary - 10 to noon
June 25 - St. Charles Square Apts. - 10 to noon
July 13 - Immanuel Food Pantry - 10 to noon
July 23 - Lowell Elementary - 10 to noon
August 6 - Villagebrook Apts. - 10 to noon
August 20 - First Baptist Church - 10 to noon
The Rotary Club of Wheaton raised more than $33,000 to purchase mobile food pantries for District 200 families through the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Foundation Name Change
The NEW 200 Education Foundation is now the Student Excellence Foundation for Wheaton-Warrenville District 200. The foundation has under-gone a rebranding campaign to better reflect its purpose and audience. Read more in our latest newsletter and like/follow/share the links to our new social media pages bit.ly/1XwQy5i.
Electronic School Bag (E-School Bag)
Wheaton College Summer Tennis Camp (Gr. 3-12)
Culture For My Children Summer Camp Sponsored by Sankofa Foundation
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Upcoming Board Meetings
Weds., June 8 at 7:30 p.m.
School Service Center
Weds., July 13 at 7:30 p.m.
School Service Center
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Board Policy & Curriculum - On May 11, the Board approved to post several policy revisions for public review and comment. You can view the policies on our website.
Additionally, the Board approved to post a new middle school Math 8 textbook and a new high school Information Technology II textbook for public review and comment. The textbooks are available for review at the School Service Center (130 W. Park Ave, Wheaton) for 30 days.
Records Destruction - On June 30, 2016, Wheaton Warrenville School District 200 will destroy student temporary records for any students who transferred, graduated or otherwise permanently withdrew from the District by June of 2010. If any said students would like to take possession of their temporary records, they may do so by contacting the registrar at the high school of attendance prior to June 30, 2016. Only temporary records will be destroyed. In accordance with Section 4€ of the Illinois School Student Records Act (105ILCS 10/4(e), the District will retain student permanent records for not less than 60 years after the student has transferred, graduated or otherwise permanently withdrawn from the District.
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Wheaton Park District Playmaker Summer Camps - Are you ready for summer? Several summer camps led by your favorite District 200 PE Teachers! Check them out here.
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