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    What's so cool about science?NGSS  
    District 200's weekly e-newsletter is the Friday Focus on Learning. Today, teachers throughout the District were truly focusing on student learning. Middle and high school teachers participated in various workshops throughout DuPage County with other middle and high school educators. Elementary teachers participated in day-long workshops on the Next Generation Science Standards. 
    Recently adopted in the State and adopted by our Board of Education in January, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have great emphasis on engineering and scientific inquiry and are organized by the areas of physical science, earth/space science, life science, engineering technology and applications of science. 
    Next Generation Science Standards have shifted the focus to students asking questions and developing critical thinking. The emphasis of the NGSS coherent progression of knowledge from grade band to grade band, allows for a dynamic process of building knowledge throughout a student’s entire K-12 education. The goal is not just to equip students with knowledge, but also to teach students to continue to question, think and wonder.
    To prepare for the new science instruction and materials, teachers were welcomed by an opening session with an overview of the new science standards. Following, teachers had the options to participate in a variety of workshops designed to help them implement and integrate the new standards and engage students at the elementary level in engineering, physical science and earth/space science.  
    Mrs Fill One workshop offered ideas for student engagement from the student perspective and was facilitated by Wheaton Warrenville South juniors Matt Moore and Kaleab Kinfe titled, What's so cool about science?. Moore and Kinfe shared various examples of why the love science. For them, science can explain and solve some of the life's more complex challenges. The two young men detailed three simple experiments and applied them to more complex concepts like turning a space ship and gravitational waves.   
    Elementary students can expect to see exciting changes in science instruction as early as this spring, but definitely by next fall!
    Pictured directly above: Johnson teacher Eileen Fill demonstrates a Van de Graff generator as her hair slowly rises. 
    Foodie 5K - April 9
    Did you know 1 in 7 of our neighbors are hungry? You can help feed our neighbors! District 200 Shares is participating in the Foodie 5K fun run/walk on April 9 at Cantigny to raise money that will directly benefit hunger relief programs within District 200. For every $1 donated, the food bank can provide $8 worth of groceries to a family in need.
    In the past 3 years our team and Northern Illinois Food Bank by providing 151 holiday meal boxes; funding mobile food pantry events distributing over 15,000lbs of essential food; providing funding for 96 gallons of milk each week to local pantries (that's 4,992 gallons a year); providing $4,000 to local pantries to help them purchase more healthy food items for their clients and purchasing a commercial refrigerator for a local pantry allowing them more space for fresh, healthy foods for their clients. 
    How can you help? Run with us. Fundraise with us. Learn more here: 
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    Wed., March 9 at 7:30 p.m.
    Wheaton Warrenville South
    Regular Meeting 
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    Longfellow Elementary
    Regular Meeting 
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    District 200 Parenting Seminar - The Trap of Perfectionism: Striving for Perfection v.s. Trying to be Perfect - March 10 12-1 p.m., Wheaton Community Center. Most parents want their children to achieve and succeed as they mature and grow. However, as parents we often use the word achieve as synonymous with perfection, or to be without flaw. Join Dr Maniacci as he discusses these two concepts and the confusion surrounding them 
    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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