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    Future Ready Classroom Furniturephill  
    Today's classroom is flexible, active, student-centered and project based. To match the type of teaching and learning in today's classroom, several classrooms around the district are replacing, when able, traditional 20th century classroom furniture with modern 21st century furniture. 
    At Madison Elementary, all three 2nd grade classrooms received new desks and chairs through a combination of grant funds, private donations, and school and District operating dollars. Second grade teachers Jamie Farmer, Victoria Rebholz and Catherine Schroeder came to Madison Principal Tim Callahan months ago with an idea to replace furniture using, in part, a grant opportunity. Together, they developed a plan to make the purchase possible. 
    So what is so great about the new furniture? Victoria Rebholz will tell you that she is now able to group students much more creatively and easily because the furniture is shaped to promote grouping and connectivity; has colors; and is flat, light and easily movable. Rebholz says the new furniture allows students to collaborate and create in ways they were unable to before with sloped desks with attached chairs. 
    Jamie Farmer agrees with Rebholz. Farmer says the new furniture allows her to group and regroup students throughout a school day. She loves how she can walk up to a group and face all students in the group to address them individually or collectively. Not only does the furniture promote flexible learning, but it promotes flexible teaching. Desks can be arranged in countless variations and chairs are flexible and can be used sitting forward or backward.
    Student excitement for the furniture almost outweighs teacher excitement. Students love their new chairs that allow them to move and are "comfy and not stiff like the others." The increased surface area accommodates almost all projects and students believe they can "work better on the new desks."
    The way 21st century students are learning is changing - our schools need to adapt to match those learning needs. For the past six months, our district has been engaging hundreds of community members in creating a master plan for all 20 of our school buildings through a series of community sessions. 
    The Facility Master Planning efforts have included a complete assessment of the physical and educational needs at updates at all of our schools. Major physical needs identified throughout the District include significant roof replacement, major mechanical work, several secure entrances and other physical needs. Major educational components that need to be addressed or updated include reconfigured library learning spaces, updated science labs and classroom furniture. 
    The final Facility Master Plan will be presented to the Board of Education on April 13, 2016 – you can make sure your opinion is part of that final plan.   
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    Are you or someone you know hungry? The Northern Illinois Food Bank and District 200 can help. This year, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Wheaton, the Northern Illinois Food Bank are coordinating one mobile food pantry per month for District families. Our next mobile pantry is coming up soon!
    Monday, February 29 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm
    First Baptist Church
    1310 N. Main St., Wheaton
    *Please bring bags or boxes. 
    The mobile pantries deliver food that is nutritious and free to low-income neighbors in need. Food is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Contact your school social worker for more information. 
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    Wed., February 24 at 7:30 p.m.
    Committee of the Whole
    School Service Center 
    Wed., March 9 at 7:30 p.m.
    Wheaton Warrenville South
    Regular Meeting 
    To view Board Meeting Agendas, highlights from previous Board Meetings and more, click here.
    Upcoming Events
    Going out to eat? Support our local PTAs. Click HERE for a full listing of Cook’s Night Out events.
    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.   
    Erica Loiacono | Director of Public Relations
    ph 630-682-2469  e erica.loiacono@cusd200.org   erica.loiacono@cusd200.org
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