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    Students Sweep Poetry Awardsphill  
    The Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages - Bilingual Education (ITBE) recently announced the winners of their annual Elementary Poetry Contest. Of the 178 contest entries throughout the state, 22 District 200 students were award winners. Our students represented our community well!
     
    This year, the contest featured a new category for the Newcomer Award and is given out to a student who has attended school in the United States for twelve months or less. We are very proud of Pleasant Hill fourth grader, Mateo Noguera for winning the Newcomer Award. Mateo is pictured above with his classmates and is on the far left. 
     
    Mateo, 9, moved to the United States with his family from Colombia and is in Mr. Lather's fourth grade class at Pleasant Hill. Through the support of Mr. Lather and Ms. Kim Seaman, an English Language teacher at Pleasant Hill, Mateo submitted his biography poem for the contest.  
     
    In his poem, Mateo shares his dreams of becoming a world-famous chef one day because as he says, "cooking is fun because you can mix things and it's like a science experiment." While he believes that Illinois might be the flattest place on earth, he loves living in the U.S. and coming to school every day because, "the teachers really make sure learning is about the students," says Mateo.
     
    Mateo's favorite part about writing his poem was using a thesaurus to come up with unique words to describe himself. The benefit of using a thesaurus? Mateo says he learned a lot of new words, including the word gleeful. 
     
    District 200 Student Winners
    Zachariah Ahmad 
    Zakariya Al Yahya 
    Arwand Azad 
    Yatin Bayya 
    Ashleigh Delao-Nunez
    Daria Dzieniowska
    Sofia Ferreyra  
    Perla Farfan Garcia
    Javier Gonzalez-Martinez
    Alejandro Lopez 
    Dima Mala Obaida
    Michael Mars
    Giovanni Salgado-Mingucci
    Chanella Nimubona 
    Mateo Noguera
    John Tang 
    Jose Tellez 
    Joshua Thang 
    Xochitl Tochimani
    Thang Wo
    Kelly Wojtowicz
    Hajar Zahrooni Nassimi

    District 200 Teacher Sponsors 
    Andrea Barbel, Johnson Elementary
    Kelly Becker, Johnson Elementary
    Sheryl Bernth, Washington Elementary
    Brian T. Clark, Washington Elementary
    Patti Gebner, Emerson Elementary
    Alison LaManna, Pleasant Hill ElementaryL
    Alysa Lueondee, Lowell Elementary
    Gail LoBue, Johnson Elementary
    Kimberly Seaman, Pleasant Hill Elementary
    Jo Turner, Lowell Elementary 
     
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    Let's Talk Potential Costs - Wed., February 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Monroe Middle School. Join us for our final community engagement around facilities master planning and let's talk cost estimates. More information here.  
     
    The adolescent brain, substances and risk-taking… What a parent needs to know! - Feb. 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Wheaton Warrenville South. Do you, as the parent, feel you need information that will assist you in helping your adolescent make important decisions as they transition to young adulthood? For questions, contact Gary Luckey (630 784-7208) at WWS or Sue Taddeucci (630 784 -7322) at WN. Event flier 
     
    What is Erin's Law? Parent Night - Feb. 24 at 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. at Wheaton Community Center. Please RSVP to Donna at 630.393.3558. Starting this school year, District 200 will provide child protection lessons to students in early childhood through grade 3. To learn more about District 200’s implementation of Erin’s Law and how to keep your child safe, please join us on February 24. Event flier
     
    Free College Planning Workshop by Tiger PAWSThursday, February 25 at 7:00pm at Wheaton Warrenville South. Parents and students are encouraged to attend. 3 Steps To College Planning and Career Success presented by Partners for Achievement. This 60-minute presentation will cover: building a strong college list, improving your admissions odds at highly selective schools, writing a compelling college essay, finding schools that give the most merit aid, FAFSA overview, scholarship search recommendations, creating a standout resume and landing internships. 
     
    Space is limited, online registration is required. *If your student is unavailable, you may attend alone. Questions? Contact president@tigerpaws.org
     
    Special Education Resource Fair - Thursday, March 10 from 6:00 - 8:15 p.m. at Hubble Middle School. Hear an informational speaker on topics pertaining to government benefits, special need trusts and guardianship. Following, gain information about local community agencies, services, and resources. Families are welcome to attend with their loved ones. See the flier for full details.   
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