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  • NEW 200 Foundation seeks volunteers, donations from Wheaton community Jul 24, 2014 5:03 PM
    For years, the NEW 200 Foundation has helped support Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 students with the purchase of new technology and textbooks and the funding of various projects and teaching methods. But recently, funding has declined due to foundation volunteers leaving after their children grew out of the district. Foundation leaders are hoping to revitalize NEW 200 by gathering new volunteers and support at monthly meetings, the next of which will take place Aug. 18.

  • Authorities investigating ‘sexting’ case at Wheaton middle school Jun 13, 2014 6:29 PM
    For the second time in a month, authorities are investigating the sharing of inappropriate images among Edison Middle School students in Wheaton. The mother of an eighth grade girl who was disciplined said the problem started when her daughter sent a topless photo to a male classmate. "Less than 10" students were disciplined by the district, a spokeswoman said.

  • Dist. 200 starts superintendent search, looks for public input Jun 12, 2014 1:38 PM
    The Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 board of education is seeking input from the public as the search for the district's next superintendent kicks into full gear. Comments about a "superintendent profile" available on the district's website that lays out the qualities the board is looking for in a superintendent can be sent to As of Wednesday, 15 resumes have been submitted for the position, which was abruptly vacated by Brian Harris on May 29.

  • Students and sex images Jun 9, 2014 5:30 AM
    Within a month, four schools --- in Barrington, Batavia, Glen Ellyn and Wheaton --- reported instances of students sexting, looking at porn or creating obscene images. In two of the cases, students involved have been charged.

  • School districts take action after sexting, porn incidents Jun 9, 2014 9:30 PM
    Within months, four elementary and middle schools --- in Barrington, Batavia, Glen Ellyn and Wheaton --- reported instances of students sexting, looking at porn or creating obscene images. In two of the cases, students involved have been criminally charged. The districts have responded by trying to educate students about the appropriate use of the Internet and social meda.

  • District 200 still struggling with power outage Jun 3, 2014 5:39 PM
    All classes resumed Tuesday at Wheaton’s Edison Middle School, one day after 30 students were taken to area hospitals when a gas leak and a burning smell caused them to feel sick. The district is, however, still suffering from the power outage, which created a partial loss of electricity at Edison as well as an outage at District 200’s school service center, causing all phone lines and email accounts throughout the district to be out of service.

  • Dist. 200 middle school students pitch business ideas Jun 3, 2014 5:27 PM
    Nearly 200 eighth-graders from Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 pitched their business plans to area businesspeople during an entrepreneurship expo at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Wheaton campus Monday.

  • Wheaton students taken to hospital after gas leak Jun 2, 2014 5:50 PM
    A Wheaton middle school was evacuated for more than an hour Monday and 30 students were taken to area hospitals when a gas leak and a burning smell caused them to feel sick, authorities said. Wheaton Fire Chief Bill Schultz said the gas leak — not the burning smell — was what caused the students to feel ill.

  • Dist. 220 hires Wheaton Warrenville’s Harris as new leader May 29, 2014 6:23 PM
    The Barrington Unit School District 220 school board Thursday hired Brian Harris, current superintendent of Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200, as its new superintendent. Harris will replace Superintendent Tom Leonard, who in April announced plans to resign June 30 and take over as top administrator in the Eanes Independent School District in the suburbs of Austin, Texas.

  • 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.

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