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    Investing in Future Ready Librariesfacilityvideo
     
    The Board has prioritized library learning center (LLC) renovations and reconfigurations at 17 schools in the District as part of their Facility Master Plan.

    Several years ago, if you walked into a school library and you were talking, most likely the school librarian would have told you to whisper. Today's LLC is an active, engaging learning environment. The role of the library in the student learning experience has changed. Libraries are no longer a place where students only consume information, rather they are also a place where students go to create and collaborate on projects. A library is becoming the hub of learning in a school. It's common to see multiple groups or classes working in a library at the same time.

    A library might look different as a result of a renovation simply from the layout of the space. There might be a variety of areas where students can work together in small groups at collaboration stations that could include a table with movable, flexible chairs and a TV monitor. A variety of areas will allow students and teachers to use the library in a variety of ways to enhance student engagement in the learning experience.

    Watch this video for more details about library projects.
     
    For over a year, the Board of Education and District staff have engaged our community, staff and architects to develop a Facilities Master Plan. This plan includes an educational assessment of our buildings, combined with an existing physical assessment, to provide a detailed, long-term view of our building needs. The Board has spent a great deal of time developing, studying and prioritizing projects that will preserve and enhance learning environments through cost-effective solutions. Visit our website for more information.  
     
    Opportunity for Graduating Seniors 
    District 200, in conjunction with the Illinois State Board of Education, will again participate in the Seal of Biliteracy program. This recognition program is for graduating seniors who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, and listening in one or more languages in addition to English. There are two levels of recognition based on a student’s achievement level - the State Seal of Biliteracy and the State Commendation toward Biliteracy.

    Seniors enrolled in an upper level foreign language course and English learner students are eligible to apply. A student will receive either the State Seal of Biliteracy or the State Commendation toward Biliteracy award based on demonstrated language proficiency. The seal awarded to the student will be placed on his/her diploma and transcript.

    Students should have received information on this program this week. Applications and payment are due on Tuesday, December 20. If you have any questions please contact your school’s World Language Department Chair or Dan Korntheuer, Director of High School Instruction at 630-682-2007 or Daniel.Korntheuer@cusd200.org. Please encourage your student to apply for this special recognition!
     
    High School Students - Consider an Online Course 
    Students live in an exciting time much different than what many parents experienced as adolescents. A primary difference centers around the multitude of options students have to learn. Did you know your high school student can enroll in a 100% virtual course during the school year or summer term?
     
    Our district offers 14 online courses during the year and six during the summer. Students enroll for a variety of reasons including flexibility to balance personal responsibilities or to experience an online course before college. Because the courses are part of our curriculum catalog, there is no cost for a student to take an online course during the year. If you would like more information about the online course options, please speak with your student’s counselor or visit the parent page about online learning.
     
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    Weds., Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
    Emerson Elementary
    Regular Meeting 
     
    Weds., Jan 11 at 7:30 p.m.
    Lincoln Elementary
    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.
      
    Red Grange Bowl -Saturday December 3 at 1:00 PM
    All ticket proceeds donated to Ronald McDonald House
    Community Service for both Bowl Teams. Bowl Banquet: December 2, 2016 @ 6:30 PM
    Keynote Speaker: Pat McCaskey Chicago Bears. Click here to donate to the Ronald McDonald House or purchase tickets.
     
    Reindeer Run - Saturday, December 3 benefits Wheaton Park District and Wheaton Lions Club. See the flier for details.  
     
    Falcon Booster Gift Card Sale - Now thru end of December. Help Wheaton North Boosters continue to support academics, athletics, scholarships, music, drama programs, and club activities by purchasing your Manna Gift Cards for everyday shopping and holiday gifts through WN Boosters. Click here for more info. 
    Erica Loiacono | Director of Public Relations
    ph 630-682-2469  e erica.loiacono@cusd200.org   erica.loiacono@cusd200.org
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