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  • 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.

  • 1,500 students perform in Choral Classic in Wheaton Mar 8, 2014 7:37 PM
    Students from 30 middle schools and high schools representing 11 states performed Friday night and Saturday during the Wheaton Warrenville South High School Choral Classic. Roughly 1,500 students appeared onstage over the course of the two days and about 4,000 people were expected to attend. Organizers said it was one of the highest attended performance events in the school’s history.

  • Schools raise concerns about social app Yik Yak Mar 7, 2014 8:21 AM
    In the wake of concerns raised by city and suburban high schools, a new social-networking app that allows users to post comments anonymously has reportedly been shut down temporarily in the Chicago area. The makers of Yik Yak said that while the app is disabled they will look for ways to ensure it is not used in high schools or middle schools.

  • Dist. 200 OKs issuing more than $9 million in bonds Feb 27, 2014 6:43 PM
    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 will issue nearly $9.6 million in bonds to help pay for “critical” facility improvements. The school board agreed to issue the bonds Wednesday, with only member Jim Gambaiani voting no.

  • Dist. 200 community suggests ways to improve achievement Feb 20, 2014 12:15 AM
    Community members said Wednesday that they would like to provide more academic interventions and increase professional development in Wheaton Warrenville District 200 if funding were available. Those potential initatives were ranked during a group activity at the district’s second Engage200 session at Monroe Middle School. More than 300 people attended the session, which was focused on student achivement.

  • Second Engage200 session focusing on student achievement Feb 17, 2014 3:44 PM
    Student achievement will be the topic Wednesday when Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 holds its next community engagement session. The topic was chosen by the facilitating team for Engage200, the community engagement program designed to collect input to help shape the district’s future.

  • District 200 headed toward ‘much-needed’ facility improvements Feb 16, 2014 1:01 AM
    Brian Harris, superintendent of Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200, says the district is planning some "much-needed" improvements to its facilities.

  • Dist. 200 board reviews bond amount, other funding for projects Feb 14, 2014 6:03 PM
    After hearing from members of the finance committee who met and discussed other options, the Community School District Unit 200 board of education agreed the district still needs to issue non-referendum bonds this spring, and at the originally proposed amount of $10 million.

  • District 200: Middle school B teams too costly for now Feb 14, 2014 6:19 AM
    The cost of bringing back so-called B sports teams next fall at Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200's four middle schools is simply too high — at least for now — school board members say. Officials say reinstating the teams would cost more than $160,000 a year to cover stipends for six coaches at each school, transportation to games, uniforms and other expenses. In addition, athletic participation fees for all athletes would have to be significantly increased.

  • Longfellow students join Jump Rope for Heart campaign Jan 31, 2014 4:21 PM
    When Longfellow Elementary School gym teacher Barb Williams lost her 28-year-old son to a heart attack, she decided to educate her students about the importance of heart health. So in 2006, she brought the American Heart Associationís Jump Rope for Heart program to the Wheaton school.

  • Dist. 200 declares intent to issue $10 million in bonds Jan 28, 2014 5:53 PM
    The Wheaton Warrenville District 200 school board has adopted a resolution declaring irs intent to issue $10 million in non-referendum bonds to complete critical facilities projects this summer. If 10 percent of registered voters in the districtís jurisdiction sign a petition before Feb. 24, the action could go to referendum. The bonds are scheduled to be issued on Feb. 26. District officials said a study completed in 2013 identified about $30 million in facility needs throughout the district.

  • District 200 moving ahead with online courses Jan 23, 2014 3:10 PM
    Students in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 will have an opportunity next school year to take online classes through a virtual learning consortium that district officials will form with at least two other area districts.

  • Student performance selected as topic for next Engage200 session Jan 23, 2014 4:54 PM
    Student performance will be the topic of Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200's next Engage200 session on Feb. 19. Tentatively, the topics for the Engage200 meetings in March, April and May will be programs and services, facilities and finance.

  • Dist. 200 considers issuing $10 million in bonds for school improvements Jan 17, 2014 3:37 PM
    The Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 board of education is considering the issuance of $10 million in bonds to pay for some “immediate” facility needs at 18 of the district’s 20 schools. “If we don’t do this we’re just kicking the can down the road,” said Superintendent Brian Harris. “We don’t have that amount of money in our operating budget year to year to be able to do that type of work.”

  • Hundreds attend first Engage200 session in Wheaton Jan 15, 2014 11:56 PM
    More than 400 community members gathered Wednesday at Monroe Middle School to discuss the current state, and future, of Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200ís schools and students. Many residents expressed surprise and concern with the sharp increase of students who receive free or reduced lunch, along with the need for more technology and flat student achievement in some areas.

  • District 200 asking residents for input on schools’ future Jan 13, 2014 4:06 PM
    Residents with ideas about what the future should be like for Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200’s 20 schools and more than 13,000 students will get the chance to be heard this week during the first of six community engagement sessions. The initial session is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Monroe Middle School, 1855 Manchester Road, Wheaton. It’s part of the district’s community engagement process called Engage200 that’s designed to collect input that could help shape the district for years to come.

  • Dist. 200 board weighs reinstating B teams Jan 10, 2014 4:22 PM
    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 board of education members, middle school principals and parents all agree it would be nice to reinstate B team sports that were cut four years ago, but there was debate Wednesday about whether it would be the best use of money right now.

  • Dist. 200 expresses interest in offering online courses Jan 9, 2014 10:28 AM
    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 appears to be one step closer to forming a virtual learning consortium with four other local school districts. The board of education expressed interest Wednesday in supporting the start of a second phase of planning for the consortium, which will offer high school students both online-only courses and blended learning courses, which will have online components coupled with face-to-face time with a teacher.

  • District 200 launching community engagement process Dec 17, 2013 10:28 AM
    Through a series of workshops begining in January, Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 residents will have an opportunity to learn about all aspects of the district, including student achievement, technology, facilities, finances, communications and other topics.

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