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 November 4, 2016
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District 200 Community,

Last month, we shared the results of a community survey we recently conducted. The survey confirmed that our community greatly values the education we provide in the community. Today, I’m writing to share our annual student achievement update. Our students continue to perform at the high levels you expect.

In District 200, when we review student achievement, we use several sources of information to evaluate how we are preparing our students. In addition to the state assessment, PARCC, we evaluate scores on the ACT assessment as well as our own District Assessments. We also value skills not easily assessed on a standardized test such as social emotional skills, creativity and problem solving. Here are some updates for you:

Overall Student Performance
  • Our ACT composite is 23.5 for the Class of 2016 – a score that is significantly higher than the State average of 20.8. 
  • Approximately 1,400 students at the high school level took an Advanced Placement (AP) course, which is a college-level course. Nearly 41% of all our high school students scored a 3 or higher on an AP exam, thus earning them college credit. 
  • Of last year’s high school freshmen, 95% are on track to graduate in 2019. 
  • Of our English Learner (EL) students, 17% or 204 attained English proficiency and exited the program, which is well above the State’s expectation of 12%. 
PARCC
The State of Illinois recently released results from the Partnership of Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). This is the second year that students in grades 3 through 8 took the test in English and Math. High school students enrolled in Freshman English and Algebra I also took the test, which was administered on paper for all students.
  • Elementary students scored approximately 26 percentage points higher than the state averages in English Language Arts. The same students scored approximately 20 percentage points higher in math. 
  • At the middle school level, students exceeded state averages in English Language Arts by 34 percentage points and 17 percentage points in math. 
  • High school students scored 25 percentage points higher in English Language Arts and 20 percentage points higher in math. 
The PARCC assessment and the ACT at the high school level will be replaced in 2017 with the SAT assessment.

At the September 28 Board of Education Meeting, Faith Dahlquist, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services, delivered a student learning presentation on our student performance data. She will provide a follow-up presentation regarding the PARCC assessment at a future Board of Education Meeting. Our 2016 School Report Cards are available on our website if you would like to view them.

Our students continue to demonstrate high levels of learning. As educators, we strive daily to inspire our students to continue meeting your expectations. Thank you for your continued support of our schools.

Dr. Jeff Schuler
Superintendent of Schools

Project Spotlight: Capital Improvements 
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For over a year, the Board of Education and District staff have engaged our community, staff and architects to develop a Facilities Master Plan. This plan includes an educational assessment of our buildings, combined with an existing physical assessment, to provide a detailed, long-term view of our building needs. The Board has spent a great deal of time developing, studying and prioritizing projects that will preserve and enhance learning environments through cost-effective solutions.

Approximately 2/3 of the $154 million in projects that are prioritized in the Facilities Master Plan are capital improvements at 18 of our 20 schools.

These improvements are grouped under eight major categories (Paving, Roofing, Flooring, Mechanical, Electrical, Doors/Hardware, Windows and Other). The ‘other’ category includes: casework, ceilings, concrete, fencing; improvements in fixtures, furniture and equipment; fire protection, plumbing, siding, masonry and other items not otherwise classified under the seven major categories.
This video provides a further visual explanation of the capital projects throughout the District.

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
 
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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 
 
Weds., Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Lowell Elementary
Regular Meeting 
 
Weds., Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
School Service Center
Committee of the Whole 
 
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.
 
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
 
Facilities Plan Open House - Mon. Nov. 7 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Monroe. Information about proposed school improvements at Emerson, Monroe, Pleasant Hill, Sandburg, Washington and Wheaton North. Click here for details.  
 
Facilities Plan Open House - Thurs. Nov. 10 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Hubble. Information about proposed school improvements at Bower, Johnson, Wheaton Warrenville South and Wiesbrook. Click here for more information.   
 
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.
 
Facilities Plan Open House - Mon. Nov. 14 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Franklin. Information about proposed school improvements at Franklin, Hawthorne, Longfellow, Lowell, Washington and Wheaton North. Click here for details.  
 
Facilities Plan Open House - Tues. Nov. 15 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Jefferson. Information about the proposed new early learning center will be available. Click here for more info.  
 
Keeping Kids Healthy: Current Trends in Drug Use - Weds, Nov 16 at 7:00PM at Naperville Central High School See the flier for details. 
 
Pack the Gym Night for Christmas Sharing- Tuesday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Hubble Middle School. Fans are asked to bring a donation of a new, unwrapped toy or a non-perishable food item for admission into the game. Come cheer on the District 200 Special Olympics basketball team as they take on Naperville 203, and help families in need! For more information see the flier
 
Facilities Plan Open House - Thurs. Dec. 1 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Edison. Information about proposed school improvements at Edison, Lincoln, Madison, Wheaton Warrenville South and Whittier. Click here for more info.  
 
Reindeer Run - Saturday, December 3 benefits Wheaton Park District and Wheaton Lions Club. See the flier for details.  
 
Falcon Booster Gift Card Sale - Now thru end of December. Help Wheaton North Boosters continue to support academics, athletics, scholarships, music, drama programs, and club activities by purchasing your Manna Gift Cards for everyday shopping and holiday gifts through WN Boosters. Click here for more info. 
Erica Loiacono | Director of Public Relations
ph 630-682-2469  e erica.loiacono@cusd200.org   erica.loiacono@cusd200.org
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