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 October 21, 2016
South Designated Democracy Schooldemocracyschool

The Illinois Civic Mission Coalition (ICMC) has recognized Wheaton Warrenville South High School as a 2016 Illinois Democracy School. Democracy Schools are recognized for providing students with authentic experiences in the rights, responsibilities and tensions inherent in living in a constitutional democracy. Through these experiences, participating schools strive to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for informed, effective engagement in our democracy.

Since 2006, only 54 Illinois high schools, including Wheaton North High School, have successfully completed a school-wide civic assessment and have been subsequently recognized as Democracy Schools.

Democracy Schools foster a school climate that nurtures and models civic dispositions and builds strong relationships within the surrounding community. These schools provide students with various opportunities to participate in the democratic process such as engaging in current and controversial issue discussions, participating in democratic simulations and providing service learning opportunities. Though these practices, student see first-hand the critical role they play in shaping government and society.
 
Social studies Department Chair Daryl Fitts led the school's effort to achieve the Democracy School status. "This was a year long process of surveying our students staff and community. We have a team of teachers from all the departments in the building who have worked to earn this recognition," says Fitts. "This is a school-wide effort through classrooms, activities and athletics to teach students to be involved in the democracy process and to be socially responsible citizens."
 
Pictured above: The Wheaton Warrenville South teacher team was recognized at the October 12 Board Meeting. From left to right: Carey Peterson, Laura Ramey, Daryl Fitts and Frank Novakowski. 
 
Collaboration & Creation for a Cause 
Saturday, October 22 is Make a Difference Day, a national day of 'doing good.' Each of our 20 schools in District 200 participate in the national day of service through food drives to support the Wheaton Chamber's Stuff a Truck, planting flowers, helping senior citizens or other community service projects.
 
stuff a truck Emerson Elementary supports the Stuff a Truck food drive to support the People's Resource Center (PRC). This year, art teacher Katie Clark and the kindergarten and third grade teams decided to get creative and incorporate the drive into the student learning experience. Students were split into small groups and tasked with using the canned goods to create a building that could withstand wind. Each group had 30 cans and students collaborated to create original structures - allowing them to think critically, problem solve and work together to build a sustainable structure. Students in art class also created original coloring books that will be donated to PRC. 
 
Thank you to all District 200 schools who participated in Stuff a Truck with Food for PRC! 
 
Upcoming Mobile Pantries 
Each month District 200 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

Saturday, November 12, 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. - Marian Park, 2126 W. Roosevelt Rd., Wheaton
 
Saturday, December 3, 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. -  St. Charles Square Apts., 607 E. Gunderson, Carol Stream
 
Electronic School Bag (E-School Bag)
 
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Policy Postings and Calendar Available for Public Review

Board Policy - The Board has posted several revised policies for public review and comment.  
 
School Calendar - The proposed 2017-18 and 2018-19 School Calendars are now available for public review and comment. The posted calendars are in line with the results of last spring's calendar survey. For planning purposes, the Board has posted calendars for the next two years.  
 
Comments on proposed policy and school calendars can be directed to Dr. Robert Rammer at robert.rammer@cusd200.org or 630-682-2015.
 
Upcoming Board Meetings 
Tues., October 25 at 8:00 a.m.
Chat with the Board
Wheaton North High School 
 
Tues., November 1 at 5:00 p.m.
*note date and time change* 
School Service Center
Committee of the Whole 
 
Weds., November 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Lowell Elementary
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.
 
Cosley Zoo Pumpkin Fest - October 1-31 from 9am to 5pm Daily. See the flier for details. 
 
Make a Difference Day Honor the Uniforms that Serve Us - Saturday, October 22 from 1-3pm. See the flier for details.  
 
HONK! Jr. presented by Franklin Middle School - October 25 and 27 at 7 pm at Franklin. See the flier for details. 
 
Early Childhood Development Forum - November 3, 2016 from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. at College Church Commons.  Calling all moms of children ages 0 - 6! Join us for a panel discussion on early childhood development with local experts in the fields of
speech pathology, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.
 
STEM Expo - November 4 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Hubble Middle School. Bring the family out for a fun night of STEM activities and raise money for District 200 Students! Students will have the opportunity to visit exhibits and participate in hands-on STEM experiments. Click here for more info and tickets. 
 
Franklin Holly Jolly Market - Saturday, November 5 from 10am - 2pm at Franklin Middle School. Featuring local artists, crafters, vendors and holiday shopping. See more on this flier or their facebook page
 
Wheaton Warrenville South Presents A Christmas Carol - November 10 - 12 at 7:00 p.m. View the flier or purchase tickets
 
Wheaton North Holiday Housewalk -  Saturday, November 12 from 10:00 - 4:00 p.m. See their website for more details.
 
Reindeer Run - Saturday, December 3 benefits Wheaton Park District and Wheaton Lions Club. See the flier for details.  
Erica Loiacono | Director of Public Relations
ph 630-682-2469  e erica.loiacono@cusd200.org   erica.loiacono@cusd200.org
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