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June 2013 
In This Issue
D200 and Woodstock Police Department Hold Emergency Drill
New Requirements for Extracurricular Participation
EKG Screening Offered to Students
Congratulations to Our Retirees
Garden Dedication Honors Long-Time Board Member
Olson Student Receives Simes Award
Annual Student Health & Safety Fair


Proudly Presenting the Top 10 Grads * from WHS & WNHS


WHS Larger Logo June 2013  


High School


Jessica Doyle

Marquette University


Kai Eldridge

Loyola University


Brian Hess

SE Missouri State University


Mariglen Isufi

University of Illinois - Chicago


Jorie Karafa

McHenry County College


Gabriel Klinefelter

Simpson College


Wyatt Meyer

Marquette University


Grant Stec

Rice University


Jack Uidl

University of Chicago


Katy Watt

Illinois State University


Kerstin Wolf

University of Illinois - 




WNHS Logo - larger June 2013  

Woodstock North H.S.


Marina Besserud

Marquette University


Zachery Brokaw



Martin Chakkalamuri

Marquette University


Kaitlin Chamberlain



Madison Fant

Marquette University


Amy Kierna

Purdue University


Hannah Konopinski

Loyola University


Josephine Lindsey-Robbins

Beloit College


Tyler Roemisch

Miami University of Ohio


Sarah Singer

Carthage College


Marta Sobey

Trinity International Univ.



 * Due to ties when scores were computed, there are actually 11 students listed from each school.

Senior Stats

 442 = Number of Graduates

55 = 4.0 GPA or Better  


75 = Graduates with Honors (3.75 GPA or Higher)

149 = Attained Cum Laude Status 

44 = Illinois State Scholars

24 = AP Diploma Graduates 


20 = Board of Education PRIDE Awards 

$4,454,603 = Est. Scholarships Received


WNHS Garden Volunteer Days 


9:00 a.m. - Noon

June 29

July 27

August 31

September 28

October 26


Tools, water and snacks provided.  No sign-up necessary.  Just drive around to the back side of the school and join us!

Learn More About Our Schools

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Dean Street 

Elementary School



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Mary Endres

Elementary School



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Elementary School



Middle School



Middle School



High School


Woodstock North 

High School


Clay Academy

Quick Links


Board of Education


Paul J. Meyer



Russ Goerlitz

Vice President


Camille Goodwin



Bob Birchfield


Carl W. Gilmore


Dr. Kathy Lechner


David Shinherr

Stars Spiral  



Ellyn Wrzeski 


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Have a safe and

 happy summer! 


Board of Education members, family and friends listen as 
Board President Paul J. Meyer dedicates the WNHS garden to the memory of long-time board member Sue Palmore. 

District 200 and Woodstock Police Department Hold Emergency Preparedness Drill

The Woodstock Police Department, in partnership with District 200, will conduct an emergency preparedness drill at Woodstock North High School, 3000 Raffel Road, on June 13 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. 


Because of the nature of the drill, residents in the vicinity around Woodstock North High School will see many police cars, ambulances and fire vehicles. 


This exercise is designed to test the Police Department's emergency preparedness under controlled conditions.  There is no reason to be alarmed by the drill.  In fact, as members of our community, you can be assured that the drill is intended to make emergency response of any nature the very best for Woodstock.



New Requirements for Extracurricular Participation in 2013-14

Students in grades 6-12 who are planning to participate in an extracurricular activity or sport during the 2013-14 school year are required to attend a presentation about healthy lifestyles, nutrition, substance use, and sleep. Parents are also required to attend, and may choose to attend the presentations held during the day at school locations, or an evening parent presentation.  


John Underwood, a physiologist who trains Olympic athletes and Navy Seal teams will be in District 200 to speak to students and parents on August 15, 16 and 17.  Dates and locations are as follows:


Thursday, August 15  

9:00 a.m. at Creekside Middle School

2:15 p.m. at Northwood Middle Schoo

7:00 p.m. at WNHS Gym


Friday, August 16

8:20 a.m. at WNHS

1:00 p.m. at WHS

7:00 p.m. at Creekside Middle School


Saturday, August 17

9:00 a.m. at WNHS Auditorium


For a complete chart of the sports and activities whose participants are required to attend, please click here.



EKG Screening Offered to all High School Students

Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD), which is one of the most fatal causes of death for young athletes in the United States, accounts for approximately 300,000 deaths annually. Fortunately, SCD may be caught early with a quick and non- invasive screening called Electrocardiogram or EKG.  When detected early, the causes of SCD can be treated.  


An EKG test can detect about 40% of those at risk for sudden cardiac death.  District 200 feels that an EKG is a beneficial test for our students.  To that end, Centegra Health System and District 200 will be offering EKG testing to all high school students during physical education classes on the following dates: 

  • Woodstock North High School:  August 19 & 20
  • Woodstock High School:  August 21 & 22

While Centegra's Cardiac Screening test will be conducted at school, it will be performed by the Centegra Wellness Department and reviewed by an on-site physician. Students with have clinical professionals performing the EKG and, in the case of any abnormalities, an Echocardiogram (Ultrasound) will also be performed. Testing will be clinically managed by Centegra with the cooperative efforts of the schools and parents.  Testing will be conducted in private booths set up in designated areas at both high schools and every effort is made to respect privacy and modesty. 


The voluntary screening questionnaire and consent form are included in registration packets.  If you are interested in having your child participate in this screening, please complete the forms and send a $5 check payable to District 200 to your child's school by July 19. Only students with written permission will be tested.  Test results will be given to the students the day of the screenings.


For more information, contact Lisa Tate, Health Services Coordinator, at (815) 206-3014.  



Congratulations to Our Retirees

With sincere appreciation and gratitude for years of outstanding service, District 200 says goodbye and good luck to 23 employees who are retiring this year. The Board of Education and Superintendent Ellyn Wrzeski paid tribute to these staff members at a special recognition dinner on Tuesday evening, April 30 at the Woodstock Country Club which was attended by numerous family members, friends and colleagues.


Congratulations and best wishes to this year's retirees: Curt Apgar, Transportation; Pat Beard, Tranportation; Frances Bennet, Food Services; Lynne Blumhorst, Kids Club; Susan Bulicek, Greenwood Elementary; Mary Churchill, Northwood Middle School; Kathy Clifton, Mary Endres Elementary; Michael Eby (in memoriam), WHS; Carole Foreman, Transportation; Jane Fyfe, Mary Endres Elementary; Cheryl Gaddis, Dean Street Elementary; Laurie Kaminski, Woodstock High School; Debbie Koppa, Mary Endres Elementary; Marilyn Meyers, District; Robert Mishler, Woodstock High School; Pam Nielsen, Greenwood Elementary; Lynn Palek, Westwood Elementary; Marlene Parquette, Kids Club; Gail Perkins, Olson Elementary; Paula Politsch, Dean Street Elementary; Cathy Porter, Creekside Middle School; Sandy Theriault, Woodstock High School; and Gail Wiegand, Westwood Elementary.



Garden Dedication Honors Long-Time Board Member 

Soon after Sue Palmore moved to Woodstock in 1994, she began volunteering in District 200.  She served on community committees that worked tirelessly to pass referendums that improved school facilities and finances.  In addition, she was a champion for the district's dual language and full-day kindergarten programs.  In 2003, Sue was elected to the Board

The dedication plaque honoring Sue Palmore 
is attached to a rock that came from 
her family farm in Indiana.

of Education where she served until her death in November 2012.


An avid gardener, Sue helped develop a culinary vegetable garden at Woodstock North High School in 2010.  She personally secured partnerships with the Chicago Botanic Garden, the McHenry County Farm Bureau, and the McHenry County Master Gardeners that helped finance the project and make it an extension of WNHS classrooms.


Because of Sue's many years of service to the district and the children we serve, the Woodstock North Garden was named the Sue Palmore Heritage Garden at a ceremony on June 11.   A rock from her family farm in Indiana bears the name of the garden and sits amongst the flower and vegetable beds that she helped create.  



Olson Student Receives Award in Memory of Teacher 

Kathryn Simes Award winner Anna Schmit is congratulated
by Principal Gail Perkins

Each year, Olson Elementary School presents the Kathryn Simes Award to a fifth grade student who touches the lives of fellow students through character, creativeness and compassion.  The award honors Olson teacher Kathryn Simes who passed away suddenly during the summer of 2004.  Mrs. Simes is remembered as a dedicated, energetic teacher who was creative, considerate and kind.  This year's award was given to Anna Schmit.


Anna's nominators described her as kind, respectful, emotionally mature, compassionate, a great example of our six pillars, positive and enthusiastic about learning every day! Anna's name will be added to the plaque hanging in the Olson School entryway.



MCC to Host Annual Health and Safety Fair

"The Path to Health and Safety" is the theme of the 23rd annual McHenry County Children's Health & Safety Fair which will be held at McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Highway 14, on Wednesday, July 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.


Over 1,200 children and adults visited last year's fair, which provided families with not only fun activities but also important immunizations and physicals before the start of the new school year.  This year's fair will offer animal characters, Flight for Life helicopter, Crystal Lake Fire Department's smoke house, child ID system, over 40 interactive educational exhibits, and door prizes.  Children are issued a card which will be stamped at each exhibitor's booth.  A completed, stamped card can be turned in for a free school supply box and enters children into a raffle for one of two new bikes and helmets.


Parents can schedule appointments now for school physicals (for qualifying children) at the Family Health Partnership Clinic (815-334-8987). Immunizations and dental exams are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents need to bring their child's updated shot record. Call McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) at 815-334-4500 for immunization information. All services have a nominal fee. 



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