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  • Dist. 200 superintendent’s separation agreement approved with 5-2 vote May 29, 2014 5:39 PM
    Brian Harris ended his 4-year tenure as superintendent of Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 Thursday with more than four years left on a five-year contract. He's leaving to become superintendent in Barrington. “I was not expecting, at least a month and a half ago, to be sitting here today having this conversation,” he told District 200 board members. “What happens sometimes, though, is you get recruited, you get an opportunity that’s in front of you, and it was very, very difficult not to consider it.”

  • Wheaton cops, school investigating 'dummy' social media accounts May 22, 2014 12:05 PM
    Wheaton police are investigating “dummy” social media accounts that recently posted inappropriate images involving Edison Middle School students and staff, according to district officials. Edison Middle School families received an email from Principal Rachel Bednar Tuesday afternoon stating that the school is working with police to investigate and resolve the issue.

  • Dist. 200 approves agreement for online courses May 15, 2014 5:44 PM
    An agreement that will allow students at three area school districts to take online courses this fall was approved Wednesday by the Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 school board. For more than a year, District 200 has been working with Naperville Unit District 203 and Indian Prairie Unit District 204 to create a new virtual learning consortium that will offer online classes to high school students next year and “blended learning” courses in the future.

  • Dist. 200 will move transition center out of Hubble May 15, 2014 4:32 PM
    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 officials have agreed to lease a building in downtown Wheaton to house their transition program for special-needs students ages 18 to 22. Joanne Panopoulos, assistant superintendent for student services, said the transition program has been at Hubble Middle School for the past three years because of a budget crunch the district faced a few years ago.

  • Revenue creation ideas flow at Engage200 session May 8, 2014 5:30 AM
    Many of the nearly 200 residents in attendance at Wheaton Warrenville District 200’s fifth Engage200 session Wednesday drew a blank when asked how the district should cut spending. Suggestions for ways the district could increase revenue, however, were bountiful. All the input will be analyzed and taken into consideration as the district moves on to its sixth and final community engagement session next month.

  • Finances take stage at next Engage200 session May 6, 2014 4:37 PM
    Finances are the topic of Wheaton Warrenville District 200’s next community engagement meeting and district officials are urging all taxpayers to attend. “This impacts every community member, regardless of whether they have a direct relation with the school community or not,” said Superintendent Brian Harris.

  • Dist. 200 teacher, students ready to showcase techn in Springfield May 6, 2014 7:03 PM
    Two Wheaton students and a teacher from Lowell Elementary School are traveling to Springfield Thursday to demonstrate to lawmakers how they use technology in the classroom and at home to learn. Carmen MacDonald has been using a tablet and graphic software to record her voice, drawings and writing on a video that can then be accessed by students from home or anywhere that they can bring a device with access to the Internet.

  • Wheaton students celebrate Arbor Day with new tree Apr 25, 2014 5:00 PM
    In celebration of Arbor Day, a small white oak tree was planted Friday at Emerson Elementary School in Wheaton. Second and fourth graders at the school read poems about trees and sang a song about the environment before taking turns shoveling dirt onto the base of the tree. "Planting a tree, I think, is a wonderful occassion," said Mayor Michael Gresk.

  • District 200 officials talk future of technology Apr 24, 2014 4:41 PM
    Where technology currently stands in Wheaton Warrenville District 200 and varying views of how it should be expanded was discussed by the board of education for nearly three hours Wednesday evening. For the last few years, the district has been focused on improving its technology infrastructure. It has also introduced Google applications for education to staff members. Now, the challenge will be to carefully decide which route to go with devices for students, as they will create a new, ongoing cost for the district.

  • Dist. 200 approves purchase of print, digital textbooks Apr 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    Despite recent talk of possibly replacing outdated textbooks with digital devices, the Wheaton Warrenville District 200 board of education approved the purchase of 1,025 new print and digital geometry books Wednesday.

  • Golden Apple teaching award finalists named Apr 3, 2014 5:57 PM
    Golden Apple Thursday announced 32 finalists for the 2014 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The finalists were selected from a pool of 620 nominations and 272 applicants of fourth through eighth grade teachers in the metropolitan area.

  • Wheaton Warrenville South senior heading to national poetry competition Mar 27, 2014 11:09 PM
    In a poetry competition that started with more than 365,000 students, Monica Labelle is one of 53 still standing. On April 29, the senior from Wheaton Warrenville South High School will recite three poems at the Poetry Out Loud national finals in Washington D.C. The winner will go home with a $20,000 prize — but Labelle is more excited for the opportunity to just take the stage and meet other students who share her interest in poetry. “It’s an amazing feeling to be able to do something that you love and perform for people," she said.

  • Wheaton school to enhance its courtyard with plants, landscaping Mar 27, 2014 8:47 AM
    Just two years ago, a courtyard enclosed by the walls of Whittier Elementary School in Wheaton was sitting untouched and unused. But members of the parent teacher association's beautification committee saw potential in the space and have since garnered almost enough financial support and donations to complete an outdoor classroom by early June.

  • Programs, services focus of third Engage200 session Mar 25, 2014 11:09 PM
    Programs and services will be the focus Wednesday night when Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 holds its third Engage200 meeting. The community engagement session — one of six the district is holding to collect public input to help shape its future — will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Monroe Middle School, 1855 Manchester Road, Wheaton.

  • Wheaton school hosts St. Baldrick’s for 3 of their own Mar 24, 2014 5:32 PM
    Since taking on the role of principal, Tim Callahan had always thought about hosting a St. Baldrick’s event at Madison Elementary School in Wheaton. There were three reasons why this year was the right year to do it, he said. Kindergarten teacher Karen Baker, attendance secretary Kim Bestwina and kindergartner, Sophie Cho, are all battling cancer. “Everybody here has been looking for some way to stand in support of them so this became our rally point,” Callahan said of the St. Baldrick’s assembly, which was held Friday and raised more than $17,000.

  • Wheaton fifth-grader remembered at dodgeball tournament Mar 21, 2014 3:07 PM
    Ross MacNeill’s favorite color was orange because, he often said, “you just can’t be sad and wear orange.” On Thursday and Friday, the 11-year-old's friends, teachers and family were sporting orange in his memory at a dodgeball tournament benefiting the recently launched Ross K. MacNeill Foundation. The fifth-grader at Franklin Elementary School lost his battle with brain cancer last May.

  • New principals named at two Dist. 200 elementary schools Mar 13, 2014 5:28 PM
    New principals have been named at two of Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200's elementary schools. On July 1, Christine Frederick will take over as principal of Pleasant Hill Elementary School in Winfield and Jeff Mitchem will begin working as principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Wheaton. Frederick currently works as a principal in a Plainfield elementary school and Mitchem is an assistant principal at an elementary school in Bolingbrook.

  • Dist. 200 moving ahead with $7.2 million in facility improvements Mar 13, 2014 12:04 PM
    The Wheaton Warrenville District 200 board of education agreed Wednesday to move forward with $7.2 million worth of facility improvements that are scheduled to be completed this summer. Approval of the work comes two weeks after the board issued nearly $10 million in bonds to be used for critical facility projects at 18 of the district’s 20 schools.

  • Technology helping District 200 students achieve Mar 12, 2014 2:05 PM
    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 leaders are meeting monthly with the community to discuss various facets of education, with the most recent Engage 200 topic looking at technology in the classroom. "As we have already begun to see, properly implemented technology in the educational environment can significantly improve student achievement," Superintendent Brian Harris said.

  • Suburban school leaders urge state to delay new PARCC test Mar 8, 2014 8:00 AM
    Suburban superintendents are urging the state to delay a new standardized test planned for the 2014-2015 school year. The PARCC would be a logistical nightmare for many districts to administer next spring, the same time the ACT, Advance Placement tests and year-end final exams happen. “It’s logistically going to steal a lot of instructional time that we question its value for our students,” said Superintendent Ken Wallace of Maine Township High School District 207.

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