• www.cusd200.org December 9, 2015
    The Board of Education

    Board Adopts 2016-17 Calendar

    Tonight, the Board of Education adopted the 2016-17 School Calendar and includes a start date of Wednesday, August 17, 2016 and the last day of school being Wednesday, May 31, 2017 with five emergency days to follow if needed.

    In October, the Board approved posting of a tentative calendar with a start date of August 17, 2016. After hearing feedback from the community, the Board approved posting of a revised calendar with a start date of August 24, 2016 - which also generated feedback from the community, ultimately bringing student learning concerns to the forefront.  

    The first and primary consideration in constructing the District School Calendar is to provide the best educational opportunities for all students. The construction of the 2016-2017 calendar was based on a set of informal guidelines that have been in place for several years. Informal guidelines include: starting school in the third full week of August, on a mid-weekday to allow students an opportunity to transition into a school schedule; recessing the full week of Thanksgiving; recessing for ten days for winter break; attending school on Veterans Day, but holding President’s Day and Columbus Day as holidays; recessing a full week for spring break; maintaining graduation on Memorial Day weekend; finishing school as close to graduation as possible; and conducting Institute Days on full, rather than half or shortened days.

    The community feedback indicates that the District needs to reassess guidelines used for calendar construction each year. A committee consisting of District-level administration, representatives from Wheaton Warrenville Education Association, the Classified Employees Association and community members will be formed to conduct a more formal feedback process around the various components of the calendar and make recommendations to the Board prior to the 2017-2018 recommendation. 
    Board President Jim Vroman is pleased with the community conversation and assures the community that the conversation about school calendar will not end with tonight's vote. "We, the Board and the District 200 staff, have learned that we must continue to have this meaningful dialogue with the community to review the guidelines and criteria on which the calendar is based and to incorporate the community's priorities," says Vroman.  

    Board Hears Student Performance Update 

    At tonight's meeting, the Board heard a student performance update regarding the Partnership of Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment results from Faith Dahlquist, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. 
    A copy of the presentation can be viewed here and a video from the meeting will be posted on Thursday, December 10.
    Community members can expect a full student performance update in this week's Friday Focus on Learning.  

    Board Posts New Elementary Science Standards

    The State of Illinois has adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These standards have great emphasis on engineering and scientific inquiry and are organized by the areas of physical science, earth/space science, life science and engineering technology and applications of science. 
    A committee of teachers and administrators, including representation from every elementary school in the District, met multiple times to build a plan for implementation in Fall 2016 of the new NGSS.
    The proposed curriculum is available for public review here. Comments can be directed to Faith Dahlquist, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, at faith.dahlquist@cusd200.org or

    Board Continues Facility Master Planning  

     On December 2, District 200 hosted their second community engagement session on Facility Master Planning
    At the session, participants heard a brief overview of some of the physical and educational facility needs across the district that could be included in the master plan. Following the overview, participants visited up to two school tables of their choice that details some of the physical and educational needs at each of our schools.

    You can find the District overview presentation and sheets that detail identified physical and educational needs at each school on our website.   
    Members of the community are encouraged to attend our next facilities planning session on January 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Monroe Middle School. 
    Participants will hear initial options for a Facility Master Plan.    
    Board of Education 
    Jim Vroman, President 
    Brad Paulsen, Vice President
    Chris Crabtree, Secretary
    Joann Coghill 
    Jim Gambaiani
    Barbara Intihar
    Jim Mathieson 
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