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  • Wheaton students learn about heart health Jan 30, 2015 5:38 PM
    It may have looked like just another fun day in gym class, but Longfellow Elementary students were being taught some important lessons as they rode scooters through red play tunnels Friday at the Wheaton school. “They’re learning the job of the heart,” said physical education teacher Barb Williams.That included key details of the circulatory system, such as how the heart pumps blood and circulates oxygen and carbon dioxide.

     
  • New Dist. 200 boundary may split Carol Stream apartment complex Jan 15, 2015 8:30 AM
    The Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 school board on Wednesday supported creating a new boundary line that would split a large apartment complex in Carol Stream more predictably between two schools. District 200 officials say the current enrollment strategy at the Covered Bridges Apartments near North Avenue and Schmale Road is not sustainable and they want to change it for future students.

     
  • Grant allows Dist. 200 to expand early childhood programs Jan 13, 2015 12:21 PM
    The Wheaton Warrenville community, through a partnership between Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200, Metropolitan Family Services of DuPage, KinderCare and Positive Parenting DuPage, recently was awarded a preschool expansion grant from the U.S. Department of Education and Health and Human Services to expand access to full-day preschool services for 4-year-olds. Only 18 other communities in Illinois received the grant.

     
  • DuPage County Leadership Team honorable mentions Jan 7, 2015 2:47 PM
    DuPage County Leadership Team honorable mentions, 2014-2015

     
  • New Dist. 200 committee starts by discussing early childhood Jan 7, 2015 5:30 AM
    Jefferson Early Childhood Center was the hot topic during Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200’s first community engagement committee meeting Tuesday. District officials said, however, that the new board of education sub-committee wasn’t formed solely to discuss the center — or a possible referendum to build a new center. “One of the reasons the committee was created was as a follow-up to the Engage200 process, and very clearly early childhood education was a big theme in that Engage200 process,” said Superintendent Jeffrey Schuler.

     
  • Candidates aplenty in DuPage County’s hottest school races Dec 24, 2014 12:01 AM
    Six seats; 26 candidates. That pretty much defines what are likely to be the two hottest school board races this spring in DuPage County, where 14 candidates are pursuing three seats on the College of DuPage board of trustees and 12 candidates are seeking three seats on the Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 school board.

     
  • Suburban districts get funding boost for preschool programs Dec 16, 2014 3:20 PM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 and Hampshire-based Community Unit District 300 are among 26 statewide recipients of $80 million in federal funding for early childhood education programs. More than $226 million in Preschool Development Grants was awarded to schools in 18 states. The grants will serve more than 33,000 children nationwide.

     
  • Dist. 200 considers enrollment change for apartment complex Dec 16, 2014 8:05 PM
    According to the Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200's boundary map, students living in the Covered Bridges Apartments in Carol Stream should attend Hawthorne Elementary. But a population “bubble” at Hawthorne a few years ago resulted in the district enrolling any new families from the complex at Pleasant Hill Elementary, where there was more room. “We’re looking at how can we stabilize and create a predictable enrollment strategy for both of those schools,” said Erica Loiacono, director of public relations.

     
  • Glen Ellyn District 41 among hot races in DuPage Dec 15, 2014 2:35 PM
    It’s only the first day of filing, but Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 appears to have the hottest school board race in DuPage County. Nine candidates have already filed for the three 4-year seats on the district’s school board, and none of them are incumbents. That’s a much different picture from Naperville Unit District 203, where three seats are also up, but only one person — incumbent Terry Fielden, who is seeking a third term — has filed.

     
  • District 200 favors further talks on school funding Dec 11, 2014 1:01 AM
    While the push to approve Senate Bill 16 may be dormant, Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 Superintendent Jeff Schuler says some change in school funding will come eventually. But he says he's glad parents, residents and educators have more time to voice their opinions before legislators take any votes.

     
  • Assistant Principal Joe Kish doesn’t go looking for attention — he goes looking to help others Nov 28, 2014 11:01 AM
    Those who know him describe Franklin Middle School Assistant Principal Joe Kish as a person with good moral character. He's a positive influence on impressionable kids and a compassionate supporter of families. He's helped establish a skate club, memorialize deceased members of the school community and started a firewood fundraiser that has raised thousands of dollars.

     
  • New Turkey Trot 5K benefits Wheaton school, nonprofits Nov 24, 2014 5:23 PM
    Wheaton serves as the setting for many 5K races, but members of Emerson Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Association recently realized there was one type of run that was missing. On Thursday morning, in an effort to start Thanksgiving on a “really positive, community note,” the PTA will host the city’s first Turkey Trot 5K run/walk, co-chairwoman Jen Moreno said.

     
  • Wheaton students try to break speed stacking record Nov 13, 2014 5:14 PM
    The Longfellow Elementary School gymnasium was a whirlwind of neon colors and clink-clacking noises Thursday as students took part in an attempt to break a Guinness world record for speed stacking. A similar scene occurred in nearly 3,000 schools around the world — including more than 100 in Illinois — as students from 35 countries stacked small plastic cups for at least 30 minutes. “The kids just love it,” said Barb Williams, physical education teacher at the Wheaton school.

     
  • ‘39 Steps’ opens at Wheaton Warrenville South Nov 10, 2014 8:46 AM
    “The 39 Steps,” based on the film by Alfred Hitchcock, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13-15 at Wheaton Warrenville South High School at Butterfield and Wiesbrook roads, Wheaton.

     
  • Test results show District 200’s achievements Nov 10, 2014 12:52 PM
    State standardized testing has changed in the last few years to align with the Common Core Standards, says Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 Superintendent Jeff Schuler, and the district's performance outpaces state averages. Such success could be jeopardized, though, by changes proposed in Senate Bill 16, Schuler says.

     
  • Lake Zurich Unit District 95 critical of proposal to redistribute state education funding Oct 30, 2014 5:30 AM
    Concerned about the possible loss of $3 million annually, Lake Zurich Unit District 95 wants residents to encourage lawmakers to oppose a proposal that would change how the state funds schools. District 95's position is shared by other suburban school systems.

     
  • Dist. 200 hosts forum on controversial school funding bill Oct 30, 2014 4:21 PM
    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 officials are continuing to sound the alarm about the possible consequences of Senate Bill 16 — despite assurances from some lawmakers that action will be delayed until spring. State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, an Aurora Democrat who is sponsoring the bill, wrote in a letter earlier this month that the controversial school funding proposal needs more work. Estimates from the Illinois State Board of Education show at least 27 suburban districts could lose more than half of their state money if the bill passes and only nine would come out winners. District 200 officials said they would lose roughly $9.8 million in state funding phased in over four years.

     
  • District 200 to discuss controversial Senate bill Oct 29, 2014 5:30 AM
    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 officials are encouraging community members to attend one of two upcoming information sessions to learn more about Senate Bill 16. “This is real and it’s serious and it could be devastating to our district,” said Erica Loiacono, director of public relations. The first information session is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Monroe Middle School, 1855 Manchester Road, Wheaton.

     
  • District 200’s strengths threatened by SB16 Oct 20, 2014 10:43 AM
    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 Superintendent Jeff Schuler has spent his first few weeks on the job getting to know the students, staff, parents and community. He's learned the district's strong points and what the community values about education. But he says District 200's strengths could be in danger if Senate Bill 16 passes the house and changes school funding.

     
  • Wheaton North honors 50 years of tradition Oct 18, 2014 5:51 PM
    Wheaton North High School alumni gathered at the school Saturday morning as part of several events honoring the 50th anniversary of the school. “We had no traditions,” said Roger Heaton, a member of the first Wheaton North graduating class. “There were no trophy cases. There were no trophies. It was an empty school. We were going to try to make Wheaton North the best school in Illinois.”

     
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