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November 2014
In This Issue
WNHS Students Leave Special Messages for Family
WHS Students Offer Advice to Class of 2019
Staff Spotlight: Mary Endres Teacher Shanon Laidig
Tony Walker Honored for Excellence
A Banner Year for Creekside Runners
Streaks Tennis Champ Advances to State Finals
Dual Language Families Enjoy Evening of Learning and Fun
Annual Assembly Honors Veterans
Charlotte's Web Continues on WNHS Stage
Deadline is Soon for Ed Foundation Nominations


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Students, parents and teachers join in learning a traditional 
folk dance during the Dual Language Program Parent Night.

WNHS English Students Leave Special Messages for Veteran and Family

In September, Retired Army Specialist Tim Carner and his family were informed that they were being given a home through Operation Finally Home, a project that, "provides custom-built, mortgage free homes to America's Heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and our way of life."


On December 13, 2011 while on a dismounted patrol, Carner stepped on 33 pounds of homemade explosives. Following the blast, he was taken to Ft. Sam Houston to receive treatment. Some of Carner's injuries include a traumatic brain injury (TBI), right thigh muscle loss, left leg below-knee amputation, back pain and arthritis in both knees. 

The Woodstock North High School band played at the ceremony when Army Specialist Carner and his family received the news about their home.  Now, the WNHS English department is participating in, "Notes of Love" -  another phase in the construction of Ret. Army Specialist Tim Carner's house through Operation Finally Home.


Earlier this month, students in some of the English classes

A WNHS student writes a message 
to Ret. Army Spec. Tim Carner,
thanking him for his service.

participated in lessons about how to craft a message of gratitude.  Students learned how word choices create tone and how different sentence styles are more effective than others in creating these types of messages. Using these skills, students composed messages thanking Carner for his service to our country and his sacrifice. 


Students brought their messages to the construction site and wrote them on the house studs for the family to see when they toured the house the next day. 


WHS Students Offer Advice as Creekside 8th Graders Anticipate High School

Even now, 8th grade students from Creekside Middle School are talking about what it will be like to go to high school.  They have questions about class schedules, cafeteria food, cell phone use and navigating the halls of Woodstock High School.  The Creekside students got many of their questions answered when a group of WHS students visited their school and talked to them about what to expect in the coming years. 

WHS Principal Dr. Justin Smith began the presentation by talking

WHS freshman Camryn Tafoya answers questions from Creekside 8th graders.

to students about the importance of studying hard, getting involved in sports,  clubs and activities and not being scared to ask for help.  He outlined how a grade point average is determined and talked briefly about the ACT test.  "Even though these students will not be taking the ACT for several years, it was important for me to emphasize that getting good grades during freshman year will help them be successful."

After Dr. Smith's presentation, students moved to smaller groups that were led by WHS students, who discussed sports, clubs and activities in more detail and answered questions about student life at the high school.  The eighth graders were most interested in finding out if they could use their cell phones, how they pick their classes, how easy or hard it is to find your way around the school and what is served in the cafeteria.

ighth grade students and their parents are invited to an informational night on January 8, 2015 in the school's auditorium.  They will be able to tour the building, learn about class offerings and talk with teachers and counselors about high school. 



In the Staff Spotlight:  Mary Endres Teacher Shanon Laidig

Using a small toy that makes the sound of thunder, Shanon Laidig lets her fourth grade students know that it is time to change math stations.  Mrs. Laidig has created 4 stations that use different methods to teach students about fractions and how to plot them on a number line.  The students are quiet, attentive, engaged and eager to answer questions posed to them by their teacher. Mrs. Laidig cautions them to move to their new station in 20 safe seconds and counts down until they have all arrived in their places ready to learn.


Students in one group use their Chromebooks to view a Khan

Shanon Laidig works with a group of her 4th graders at Mary Endres Elementary.

Academy video that shows how to create number lines.  When the video is complete, the students plot fractions on the number line they have created on Google drawings.  A second group of students work together on a paper packet, while a third group creates a poster illustrating mean, median, mode and range of numbers.  The final group works with Mrs. Laidig to create a number line on long pieces of butcher paper that can be hung in the classroom.


Mrs. Laidig is a member of the fourth grade team of teachers at

Mary Endres Elementary School and has been with District 200 for 10 years.  She currently teaches the Dual Language English class and stresses that regular meetings and communication with the team members keeps them connected on pacing and content areas.  Together they, "plan, share, celebrate and collaborate."


Shanon is part of the District's 1:1 technology initiative, which has provided Chromebooks for her students to use in the classroom.  Through professional development opportunities, Shanon and other D200 teachers involved in the program have learned how to enhance student learning through the use of technology. 


On a daily basis, Shanon witnesses how students are excited to use technology to learn, "Technology is not going to stop. When we let new things come in at a pace that keeps the kids engaged,  if it works for them and will help them learn, I will do my best to bring it to the classroom."


In addition to teaching full time and raising her own family, Mrs. Laidig volunteers her time to coach the Mary Endres Girls on the Run Program.  Girls on the Run is a physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. It teaches life skills through interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls completing a celebratory McHenry County 5K run, held at Woodstock North High School.


For the last 10 years, Shanon has also coached the 8th grade volleyball team at Northwood Middle School. She organizes a summer clinic so the student athletes will be ready to compete in August, and regularly brings the Woodstock North High School volleyball coach in to inspire the students to continue playing after middle school.  Often, her volleyball players began with her in Girls on the Run at Mary Endres. 


Whether she is teaching in her classroom, helping girls gain confidence through Girls on the Run or coaching the 8th grade volleyball team, Shanon Laidig is making a difference in the lives of District 200 students. 



WHS Teacher Honored for Excellence

Woodstock High School English teacher and theater director Tony Walker is a recipient of a Those Who Excel award from the

WHS teacher Tony Walker is congratulated on his Those Who Excel award by Supt. Mike Moan and Board President Camille Goodwin.

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).  On October 25, State education officials honored more than 230 of Illinois' outstanding educators at the 40th annual Those Who Excel/Teacher of the Year banquet in Normal. Tony received a Recognition Award in the classroom teacher category.  He has taught at Woodstock High School since 2004.  One nominator said, "In the classroom Tony is able to meet the needs of students at a variety of levels with different needs. He integrates reading, writing, critical thinking, and creativity into his classes and inspires his students to succeed."

A Banner Year for Creekside Runners

Congratulations to the Creekside Girls Cross Country team, and coaches Todd Clement and Lisa Kucharski.  The 6th and 7th grade team won the Fox Valley Conference for the second year in a row, completing an undefeated season!  In addition, 10 CMS runners qualified for State.


The Cross Country team finished in third place at the Illinois Elementary School Association sectional meet on October 11.  The top 10 finishers from 6th, 7th and 8th grades qualified to compete at the IESA State meet on October 18 in Normal. Individually, the 7 girls who were able to run either ran their best time or tied it for the season.  Congratulations to all the girls and their coaches on an outstanding season! 


6th Grade
Audrey BakerTherese Presisto
Priyanka BhattGrace Rogers
Lola DayCelia Tafoya
Allison GoersCayla Ungaro
Molly GrossmanLily Ward
Mya GulliksenHannah Wietermann
Caitlin MontalbanoMya Williams


7th Grade
Lucia AlcazarReagan Kelly
Emma BrandShannon Koscinski
Shelby ChellbergCara Orndahl

State Qualifiers
Lucia AlcazarCara Orndahl
Audrey BakerShannon Koscinski
Kellyn CareyCelia Tafoya
Kylie HagmannJulia Walsdorf
Sydnie HeidtkeLauren Wietermann




Streaks Singles Champ Advances to IHSA State Tennis Finals

WHS Senior
Ana Fedmasu

Woodstock High School senior Ana Fedmasu made her third trip to the IHSA State Tennis tournament to compete for the singles title.  Ana had an overall record of 38-5 and was undefeated in the Fox Valley Conference.  She moved on to win the singles title at the IHSA sectional tournament, which qualified her to compete at the State level. Ana advanced to the fifth round of the State Tournament that was played October 23 to 25 at Hersey and Palatine High Schools. 

Blue Streaks Girls Tennis Head Coach Jessie Justice praised Ana's hard work both on and off the tennis court saying, "Ana was a great leader for the other girls on the team; she was definitely a great asset to have.  She had many accomplishments that she should be very proud of; three-time state qualifier, sectional champion, and always finishing at the top of FVC tournament.  She will definitely be missed next season, but tennis isn't over for Ana.  She has a great career ahead of her."

Dual Language Families Enjoy Evening of Learning and Fun


On the evening of November 5, over 600 people attended the first Dual Language Parent Education Night at Creekside Middle School.  Parents and students were greeted by District employees who reviewed the evening's schedule and directed them to the classrooms where the children's activities were being held.

Noted educator and bilingual expert Karen Beeman presented the evening's key note address, in which she talked about the benefits of a bilingual education and the opportunities it presents to students who are fluent in a second language. 

The evening concluded with presentations in both English and Spanish about student achievement data, transitioning between middle school and high school, and between high school and college, and technology.  Parents were able to pick 2 of the 9 sessions offered.

Dual Language families enjoyed workshops, speakers, games 
and activities during the Parent Education Night on November 5.

Children in Pre-K through 5th grade were invited to come with their parents and play games, create art projects and participate in educational activities.  Students rotated through multiple classrooms where they made pinatas, colored pictures, played BINGO and learned Spanish dances.  The activities were conducted in both English and Spanish, giving students the opportunity to use both languages.

Annual Northwood Assembly Honors Veterans


Each year, Northwood Middle School holds an assembly to honor

A color guard from the McHenry County Sheriff's Department presents the flag.

those who have served in our nation's branches of military.  The assembly, held on November 6, included honoring former Northwood employee Dominic Cannata who was recognized for many years of volunteering to make this event successful.  Mr. Cannata was instrumental in starting the Veterans Day assembly.  He also spearheaded the Any Soldier Program that collects donated items to be sent to soldiers overseas.

Northwood students were asked to invite friends and family members who are veterans to a reception in their honor prior to the assembly. More than 350 NWMS students sent out postcards inviting veterans to the assembly, and around 50 of the veterans who attended had students at the school. During the assembly, each veteran was asked to stand and be recognized while the theme song of their military branch was being played.


Representatives from the LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry and their service dogs came to the assembly and were presented with a check for $212.00 representing funds raised by the students.  Kare-9 veteran handlers train Golden Retrievers and place them with veterans and their families as comfort dogs.


Many of the veterans return each year for the program, as do many of the classroom guest speakers. The Veterans Day assembly is made possible, in part, through an Impact Grant from the District 200 Education Foundation.

There is Still Time to See Charlotte's Web!
The cast and crew of Charlotte's Web at Woodstock North HS.

The Woodstock North High School Theater Department is presenting Charlotte's Web as part of the "Theatre for Young Audiences" series.  Several events were planned around the show that opened November 14th and continues through November 22nd. 

  • Friends of the Woodstock North Theater unveiled auditorium seats with metal plaques that honor a staff member, congratulate a student or advertise a business as part of the Adopt-a-Chair program.  Patrons who purchased a plaque were honored at a reception prior to the November 14th show.
  • Families attended a "Meet and Greet" after opening night on November 14. 
  • On November 16, prior to the 2:00 p.m. matinee, there was a "Day at the County Fair" which included popcorn, carnival games and face painting. 
  • On November 22, kids and adults are encouraged to wear their PJ's and bring their favorite stuffed animal and blanket.  Kids will get glow sticks and spider rings.

Remaining performance dates and times are:  November 21 and 22 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the ticket website  or by calling the box office phone at 815 334-2127.

The "Theater for Young Audiences" series is made possible, in part, through an Impact Grant from the D200 Education Foundation.

November 21 is Nomination Deadline for Award of Excellence  


Just a reminder that Thursday, November 21st is the deadline for submitting nominations for the District 200 Education Foundation's 2015 Award of Excellence. The Foundation established the award to honor an individual for his/her long-term commitment and contributions to excellence in education in Woodstock. For more information please visit the D200 Education Foundation website at:

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