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    Our vision for learning  washingtonrockets
    Automation and computers are able to do more and more of what was once thought of as “human” work - which means more competition for jobs. Our students need traditional academic strengths, but they also need skills that will set them apart from others and from computers. Research and business leaders have already identified critical thinking, empathy, creativity and collaboration as the top needs in the future and District 200 is building classrooms that will develop these skills.

    The vision for the Future of Instruction and Technology (FIT) states, “The D200 environment enables learners to access, synthesize and share knowledge while collaborating and creating anytime, anywhere. Experiences are designed to foster critical thinking, parallel real world situations and meet individual needs of learners as they develop mastery of students and skills.”

    In order for students to be able to access and share information, they must be taught how to determine the credibility and relevance of many sources. In order for students to learn collaboration, they must be taught how to manage their own emotions, resolve conflict and participate in respectful debate. These types of learning experiences are occurring in our elementary, middle and high schools on a daily basis.

    Students must be able to access their school work outside of our school buildings. For this reason, we have refurbished old laptops to distribute to families that are in need of a device. We also successfully obtained grant funds to help with the cost of internet for some families in need. Because many of our classrooms use online, digital resources, it is essential that all students have this capability - even outside of school.

    We are also working toward more real world applications. Examples include new engineering activities for elementary students as well as entrepreneur classes at the middle and high school levels.

    It is about finding balance in our classrooms. Learning needs to be personalized to match student interest and ability, but also needs to include shared experiences so that students learn collaboration and empathy.
    Teaching students how to use technology is important, but equally so is balancing face-to-face interactions and conflict resolution. Our classrooms must simultaneously pass down important academic skills and history of the world while still preparing students to meet the needs of an evolving future that will require continual learning, persistence and ability to adapt to new changes.  
    Pictured above: The Washington fifth grade team works in engineering teams to design, test, and redesign rockets in order to successfully travel to a “planet.”  
    Nominate a Good Citizen
    It's time again to focus a spotlight on the community members who make Wheaton a better place to live. The Community Relations Commission encourages you to nominate a person or group for Wheaton’s 2017 Good Citizens Awards.

    Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their service in the community? This award helps recognize those who make the quiet, generous and often extraordinary contributions that make Wheaton an outstanding community. This may be volunteer service for a school, church, nursing home, civic group or nonprofit organization. A person may also be nominated for service to an individual, such as tutoring, assisting an elderly neighbor, etc.

    The three categories for nominees are: high school student, adult and group. A nominee must be a current Wheaton resident who has done something for the benefit of Wheaton and its citizens. Nominations are due by April 10, 2017. To nominate someone you can submit your nomination online at www.wheaton.il.us/goodcitizen.
    Upcoming Mobile Food Pantries
    Each month District 200 and the Northern Illinois Food Bank will host at least one mobile pantry at various places in the community that are open to all District 200 families. A complete list of mobile pantries can be found on our website.
    Thursday, March 9 from 4:30-6:30 pm at Washington Elementary, 911 Bridle Lane, Wheaton 
    Wednesday, April 12 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Lowell Elementary, 312 S. President, Wheaton
    In the News...
    Wheaton plans Family Day of Play
    Upcoming Board Meetings 
    Weds., March 8 at 7:30 p.m.
    Regular Meeting
    Wheaton North High School 
    Weds., April 12 at 7:30 p.m.
    Regular Meeting
    Monroe Middle School 
    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.
    Referendum questions? Attend one of our upcoming Coffee Houses. Can't make it to a coffee house? Interested in hosting your own coffee house? Contact us via email or 630-682-2469.  
    Tuesday, February 28 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. at Franklin Middle School
    Tuesday, March 14 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. at Hubble Middle School
    Friday, March 17 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. at Edison Middle School 
    Family Day of Play - Saturday, February 25 from 9-11:30 am at Hubble. Family Day of Play recognizes the importance of early learning and play in children’s growth and development. All children must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. Brought to you by the Wheaton Warrenville Early Childhood Collaborative. Flier for more details  
    Wheaton Warrenville South Middle School Dance Clinic - Sunday March 5 & Sunday March 12. This is open to ALL District 200 middle school students. For more information, see the flier or contact  Coach Marconi at tiffany.marconi@cusd200.org 
    Erica Loiacono | Director of Public Relations
    ph 630-682-2469  e erica.loiacono@cusd200.org   erica.loiacono@cusd200.org
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