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April 2016
In This Issue
District to Welcome New Administrators for 2016-17
Students Heading to Springfield for TECH 2016
WNHS Senior Honored for "Spirit of Sport"
Technology Implementation Update
2016 Grads Earn State Seal of Biliteracy
Spring Testing Schedule
2016-17 Registration Information
Summer School Update
Tuition-Based Preschool Has Openings for Next Year
Student Playwright Honored at U of Illinois
High School Musical Opens This Weekend!

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Looking Ahead 
Spring Art Show Opens
Woodstock Public Library 
Monday, April 18

D200 Band Festival 
7:00 p.m. at WNHS
Monday, April 18

One Hour Late Start 
Wednesday, April 20
Board of Education Mtg
7:00 p.m. at Clay PDC
Tuesday, April 26
Senior Awards Assemblies
WHS - 9:00 a.m.
WNHS - 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 28
WHS - 6:00 p.m.
WNHS - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 30
Go to the Calendar or Upcoming Events sections of the district website for a detailed listing of all events by school, month, 
day or type.

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School Crossing
Guards Needed
We are in need of part-time Crossing Guards to help protect our students on their way to and from school!  The City of Woodstock manages this important job and has multiple openings. 

The WHS Preschool Program will once again be available for the 2016-17 school year.  The Early Childhood Education class, under the direction of Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Mrs. Tami Robinette, is responsible for the program.  Click here for more information.

Thinking about spring flowers?  The D200 Music Boosters 5th Annual "Music in Bloom" sale is May 7th. Get your yard ready for summer AND help support D200 music students!  Click here for more information. 

These WHS music students enjoyed an opportunity to see music production in action when the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus visited, courtesy of Other World Computing in Woodstock.

Four District Schools to Welcome New Leaders for the 2016-17 School Year
District 200 will welcome new Principals to Westwood Elementary School, Creekside Middle School, Northwood Middle School and Woodstock North High School for the 2016-17 school year, effective July 1, 2016. Each new Principal has participated in a comprehensive interview process involving parents, staff members, district administrators and students (at the high school level). Two of the positions became available due to the retirements of current administrators. Mark Heckmon, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources & Operations and Robert Hackbart, Principal at Creekside Middle School will both retire on June 30.  Mr. Heckmon's position will be assumed by current Woodstock North High School Principal, Brian McAdow, who has been with the district since 2007. 

Westwood Elementary School will welcome Ryan Hart.  Mr. Hart is currently the Assistant Principal at Martin Elementary School in Huntley, Illinois.  He has served as the Assistant Principal in Huntley since 2013.  Prior to that, he was a 5th grade teacher in the Huntley School District for six years.  Mr. Hart also has had two years of experience teaching abroad in international Schools in both Taiwan and China.  Mr. Hart received his training at Northern Illinois University (B.S) and Aurora University (M.S.).  He is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Aurora University in the area of Educational Administration. 

Creekside Middle School's new Principal is Michael Wheatley.  Mr. Wheatley is currently the Assistant Principal at Cooper Middle School in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.  Prior to that, Mr. Wheatley served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program in the Huntley School District.  Mr. Wheatley also has five years of teaching experience in middle school math and science in the Skokie School District.  Mr. Wheatley received his training at Bowling Green University (B.S.) and National Louis University (M.S.)
At Northwood Middle School, Jeremy Schaaf has received the permanent appointment as the Principal after one year's tenure as Interim Principal.  Prior to assuming the interim role at Northwood in August 2015, Mr. Schaaf served six years as the Assistant Principal at Woodstock North High School.  In addition, Mr. Schaaf has two years of experience as the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director for Hiawatha School District in Kirkland, Illinois.  Mr. Schaaf also has teaching experience at the middle school and high school level in Lake County and the Chicago Public Schools.  Mr. Schaaf received his training from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (B.S.) and the the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee (M.S.).  He is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Aurora University in the area of Educational Administration.
Woodstock North High School will welcome Darlea Livengood.  Ms. Livengood is currently the Assistant Principal at Larkin High School in the Elgin School District.  Prior to coming to Illinois, Ms. Livengood had seven years of experience as both a Principal and Assistant Principal in two school districts in California.  In addition, Ms. Livengood served as a chemistry and physics teacher for nine years, also in California.  Ms. Livengood received her training from Oklahoma Panhandle University (B.S.) and California State University (M.A.)

District 200 is excited to welcome these administrators to our schools for the 2016-17 school year.  L to R: Darlea Livengood,
Jeremy Schaaf, Michael Wheatley and Ryan Hart.

D200 Staff and Students to Participate in TECH 2016 Demonstration at State Capitol
The 25th annual TECH 2016 Students for the Information Age event will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield.  More than 100 schools will be represented from throughout the state of Illinois.  At the event, students will demonstrate for the public and elected members of the Illinois State Senate and House of Representatives how technology is being used in the classroom to increase student engagement and improve achievement.  Student demonstrations may be viewed in the Capitol Building Rotunda.

Taking part from District 200 are Tracy Jacobson, District 200 Instructional Enrichment Coach and Katie Jacobson, 4th Grade Dual Language Teacher, who will facilitate their students' presentation of two innovative technology-based programs. Tracy's 4th and 5th grade Challenge Corps students from Dean Street Elementary took on the challenge of learning how to
Beacons are seen in this display at the District's Technology Night.
program "beacons" while incorporating it into their community. Beacons are a low-cost piece of hardware - small enough to attach to a wall or countertop - that use battery-friendly, low-energy Bluetooth connections to transmit messages or prompts directly to a smartphone or tablet. They are capable of holding images, videos, and text. Beacons are currently being used in stores, restaurants, factories and libraries, but the technology is new to education and is not yet found in many schools.
 The fact that this new and innovative concept has not yet made an appearance in classrooms made the task even more exciting and challenging to explore. The students created a project that focused on author Leo Lionni. They plan to share their work with students at Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center at the end of April.  The beacons are loaded with retellings of Lionni's stories in both English and Spanish as well as videos containing factual information and songs, images, and activities.  Reflecting on the project, Tracy stated, "Everyone is thrilled to have the opportunity to share their projects with Dierzen students and in Springfield!" The beacon grant opportunity was made possible by the Area 2 Center of the Learning Technology Centers of Illinois, under the direction of Lori Whitman.  The Learning Technology Centers of Illinois assist the Illinois State Board of Education with statewide initiatives by supporting Illinois Regional Offices of Education and school districts with technical support and technology professional development. 
Katie's students will present coding and "app" making basics as well as QR codes and their application in the classroom. While demonstrating the importance of coding and computer science in the classroom, students will also show how problem solving and critical thinking are needed in order to create apps using a few different platforms. In reference to her classroom's project, Katie stated, "We look forward to participating in this amazing opportunity and continuing our technology journey together!"

The purpose of TECH 2016 is to raise awareness of the critical role technology plays in preparing students to succeed in today's world, and to demonstrate the need for increased funding for classroom technology.  Students will demonstrate for lawmakers and the public the creative ways technology is being used to enhance and accelerate student achievement in Illinois schools today.

Sponsors of TECH 2016 are promoting the fact that entering today's job force without a strong foundation in information-age technology is not an option for today's high school and college graduates.  Understanding computers and related tools is a requirement, even for entry-level jobs, and computer literacy is essential for further education and advancement in almost every academic sphere.  From the elementary to the high school level, technology expands the walls of the traditional classroom, bringing in people and events from all over the globe.  Technology captures and holds the attention of this generation of learners far better than textbooks alone.

TECH 2016 is a not-for-profit initiative presented by Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) and is supported by a broad range of education and business organizations.  


WNHS Senior Embodies  "Spirit of Sport"
Woodstock North High School Senior Wolfgang Kemp has been selected as the 2016 Section 4 recipient of the National High School Spirit of Sport Award by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).  Section 4 is a 5-state area encompassing Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. The National High School Spirit of Sport Award was created by the NFHS to recognize those individuals who exemplify the ideals of the spirit of sport that represent the
Wolfgang Kemp is congratulated by Dr. Moan and Board President Goodwin at the April 12 Board of Education meeting.
core mission of education-based athletics.
Kemp, who participates in football, wrestling and track at WNHS, and his father have been homeless and living at a shelter. Despite that hardship, Wolfgang dedicated himself to both his sports and his studies, and although facing adversity, remained positive and upbeat, serving as an inspiration to both students and staff throughout the District.
Wolfgang's father has now found steady employment, and Wolfgang is looking to the future, and considering his post-graduation options. Congratulations, Wolfgang, on this prestigious honor!             

Tech Implementation Update -
Programs Continue to Expand
During the 2016-17 school year, District 200 will complete the rollout of the ReadyGen Literacy Curriculum at the following schools:  Clay, Dean Street, Greenwood, Prairiewood and Westwood. On March 15th and 16th, the teachers at those schools began their training for a successful program implementation, reviewing teacher resources, whole group and small group instruction, the use of print and digital texts and student assessment. In May, another training will be provided to help teachers plan the first unit of instruction, so that they can hit the ground running in August when the students return. Then, just before school begins, the teachers will have an opportunity to review the literacy block to answer any final questions that may exist.  

1:1 Implementation
Next year, the District 200 1:1 Technology Initiative will move into full swing!  For the 2016-17 school year all elementary schools except Verda Dierzen, and all 6th grade students will have 1:1 technology access.  Teachers will be able to use digital classroom resources and the Canvas Learning Management System to help students demonstrate their knowledge in ways that were not possible in the past.  As the devices continue to move to higher grades, it will be exciting to see the variety of applications and the level of sophistication with which our children use technology to support their learning.

Graduating Seniors to be Recognized for Biliteracy

District 200 will give special recognition this year to high school
seniors who are fluent in more than one language.   Students
have the ability to earn the state's Seal of Biliteracy in Chinese, French, German, and/or Spanish.  The Seal of Biliteracy will be added to high school transcripts and affixed to the diplomas upon graduation.

Illinois is the fourth of 15 states to offer the biliteracy distinction.  For students to earn biliteracy status in a second language, they must be able to show proficiency in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Assessments used to measure student aptitude include the Advanced Placement examination and American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Language's Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL).

Students whose second language is English can earn a seal by meeting or exceeding English language arts standards on state assessments, such as PARCC, ACT or ACCESS.

District Spring Testing Schedule
District 200 will once again administer the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) for all students in grades 3-8 and select high school students.  The PARCC assessment replaces the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) as the official standardized assessment required by the state of Illinois.  PARCC results will be used by both the state and the district to monitor students' progress against the school district's curriculum.
The PARCC Assessment will be administered throughout the district during the following time frame:
  • All Students Grades 3-8: April 18 - May 13              
  • High School Students Enrolled in Freshmen English / Algebra I: April 18 - May 13
Due to the current Illinois budget situation, District 200 has made arrangements with the ACT publishing company to enable the district to offer the ACT exam to any interested student during the school day at their respective high school.  Students interested in taking the ACT exam at school needed to register in the WHS or WNHS Guidance Department Office no later than December 2015.  Only pre-registered students will be able to participate in the exam on April 19.

All juniors who desire to continue their education after high school graduation should take the ACT exam, which is the leading U.S. college admissions test, measuring what a student learns in high school to determine his/her academic readiness for college.  The ACT exam is accepted as an entrance exam by most four year universities in the country, 
many trade and technical schools and by all junior colleges in the state of Illinois, including McHenry County College.  

In order to comply with federal testing requirements, Illinois will administer the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) to all students in grades 5 and 8 as well as high school students enrolled in Biology I.  The assessment will be administered in an online format and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science.  The state of Illinois has not provided an examination date to local school districts as of the date of this publication.  More information will be made available when known.

Registration Information for 2016-17 

Registration packets for the 2016-2017 school year were sent home with all elementary and middle school students on Monday, April 11, 2016. Registration information is due back no later than Friday, May 6, 2016.  Enclosed in the packet are several important documents that parents should review, revise, and return to school.
Student Information Form
This form contains vital contact information.  Parents should review it carefully and be sure that all address and email (if applicable) information is correct.  Email is used often by the schools to get information out quickly.  While other methods may also be used, having a correct email address on file will help guarantee receipt of important information in a timely manner.   

Registration Fees
Fees are due when packets are returned.  Parents may submit registration fees with the packet or pay online using a credit card.  To make alternative arrangements for payment, please contact the school office. 

In order to balance enrollments and maintain reasonable class sizes at the elementary schools, students who return their registration forms after May 6, and students new to the district, may be placed at a different elementary school depending upon classroom enrollment at each school in each grade level.  
Please contact your school office if you have questions or concerns, or need assistance completing the registration packet. High School registration information will be mailed to families in June.


Summer School Update

Summer School registration materials for all eligible elementary and middle school students were due to building principals on March 11, and initial classroom lists are now being assembled.  If there are open spots, the schools will provide District administration with additional student recommendations, allowing the program to serve as many students as possible. 
At the high school level, there are a number of summer classes available in areas ranging from Driver's Education to Consumer Education. High School summer class registration is due April 29.  In addition, there is a wide variety of summer activities available such as sports camps, art camp, band camp and orchestra camp.  Summer program information can be found on the District website at:
Summer School classes at Prairiewood / Creekside, WNHS, and Clay Academy will run from Tuesday, May 31 through Thursday, July 7 (with no class on Monday, July 4).  The Summer School program at Verda Dierzen will run from Tuesday, May 31 through Thursday, June 23. 


Space Still Available in 
Tuition-Based Preschool Program
Space is still available in the tuition-based preschool program for the 2016-17 school year at Woodstock School District 200's Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center.  Parents of children who are age 3 to 5 may pick up an application form and materials at the school at 2045 N. Seminary Avenue in Woodstock, or visit the website at: Enrollment in the tuition-based program is open to families who live in and outside of District 200 boundaries. 
The maximum enrollment in each classroom will be 16 children with one teacher and an assistant.  Every teacher has an early childhood education degree and a teaching license from the State of Illinois.  The preschool curriculum is aligned with the Illinois Early Learning Standards as well as District 200's K-12 curriculum. 
For more information about the preschool program, contact Tricia Bogott or Christy Brown at the Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center by calling (815) 338-8883. 

WHS Junior Takes First Place in Competition at University of Illinois
Woodstock High School Junior Jacob Alfonso has been selected as the 1st Place winner in the 2016 Discover Fine & Applied Arts (FAA) High School Talent Competition at the University of
Jacob Alfonso
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The competition encompasses seven categories: Architecture, Art & Design, Dance, Landscape Architecture, Music, Theatre and Urban Planning.  Jacob'soriginal play, My Personal Angel, earned first place honors in Theatre.

The contest attracted registrations from 23 states and 14 countries. Representatives from the University of Illinois commended Jacob on his play stating, "The talent exhibited was extraordinary."  FAA faculty judges were impressed by the wide variety of entries and the amount of time each student clearly took to prepare their submission.

As a 1st place recipient, Jacob has secured a full scholarship to attend the week-long University of Illinois FAA Summer Intensive program.  All winning pieces will also be profiled on the university's website at  Congratulations, Jacob!

Spring High School Musical Opens April 15th
Middle School Productions to be Presented in May
The theatre departments of Woodstock High School and Woodstock North High School will present a combined musical production of The Addams Family on April 15, 16, 17, 22 and 23.  The performances will take place in Woodstock North's Performing Arts Center at 3000 Raffel Road in Woodstock.
The Addams Family is a musical comedy based upon the characters created by Charles Addams in his single-panel gag cartoons, which depict a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre. Numerous film and television adaptations of Addams' cartoons exist, but the musical, which is the first stage show based on the characters, is based upon the cartoons. The weird and wonderful family comes devilishly and delightfully to life in the story.  Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a "normal" family. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's boyfriend and his parents. 
Performances are scheduled as follows:
  • April 15 - 7:00 p.m.
    (Come dressed as your favorite Addams Family character - prizes for the top 3 costumes!)
  • April 16 - 7:00 p.m.
  • April 17 - 3:00 p.m.
  • April 22 - 7:00 p.m.
  • April 23 - 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.  Reservations are highly encouraged and may be made online at or by calling the box office at 815-334-2127.

Creekside Middle School will present Thoroughly Modern Millie, May 5 & 6 at 7:00 p.m. and May 7 at 2:00 p.m.  At Northwood Middle School, the spring musical is The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree - May 5 & 6 at 7:00 p.m.  For more information on the middle school productions, please contact Creekside or Northwood.

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