Falcon Focus

September 17, 2021

From Mr. Biscan

Dear Falcon Families,


It's hard to believe that our homecoming events and celebrations begin next week. It shows us how time continues to move forward and how we're fully immersed in the 21-22 school year. While there have been challenges, we are enjoying being together as a school community. My hope is that we can keep moving forward safely and collaboratively so our students can active participants in their high school experience. With that being stated, I need to remind everyone that when you are in the building, please wear a face-covering that covers your mouth and nose. If we can work together to make sure this happens on a daily basis, we will have a great school year.


Wednesday marked the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month. It's a wonderful opportunity to recognize and celebrate the influence and contributions of Hispanic Americans who have inspired and achieved. To learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month, please click here.


This edition of the Falcon Focus contains important information and some ways that you can assist us in making our school an emotionally and physically safe environment for all.


Thank you for your partnership and have a wonderful weekend.

Student Deliveries

As in past years, students are not permitted to receive deliveries at school in order to maintain a safe and secure building. This includes food deliveries, as well as items forgotten at home (homework, game/practice clothes and equipment, etc.) and delivered by family members. We appreciate your help in keeping our buildings safe and secure.

From the Desk of Dr. Pavlini, Assistant Principal of Student Services

School Vandalism

This school year, we’ve experienced a significant increase in vandalism to our boys’ bathrooms along with theft of other school items, such as pencil sharpeners and soap dispensers. This is a costly and disruptive trend. Sadly, damage is being encouraged and highlighted through various social media “challenges” that are trending at schools nationwide and at Wheaton North. Because so many students use the bathrooms throughout the day, it is quite difficult to narrow down the incidents to specific times and - in turn - to specific students. We have increased our supervision of these areas, as well as our checks for vandalism, and we will continue to investigate these incidents. However, we also need your help.


Please talk with your student about how we all need to work together to put an end to this type of damage to our school property.


  • If your student witnesses vandalism in progress or sees vandalism after the fact, ask your student to make note of the location and time and to report this information to their dean (listed below) as soon as possible.


  • If your student comes across social media evidence of vandalism at WN, ask your student to share that evidence with our team (listed below).


  • If your student has participated in this damage, we want to work together with you to help them take responsibility for their actions and to make restitution for the damage they’ve caused. Please contact the Assistant Principal for Student Services so that we can work together to develop this sense of responsibility without involving the police.



As our investigations uncover additional evidence and additional involved students, the consequences will be significant, and we will be involving the police regarding vandalism to school property.


Thank you in advance for speaking with your student and for your partnership.


Deans

Mr. Wardynski - joel.wardynski@cusd200.org

Mr. Ferguson - ryan.ferguson@cusd200.org

Mrs. Lewis-Kapp - michelle.lewiskapp@cusd200.org

Assistant Principal for Student Services, Dr. Pavlini - julie.pavlini@cusd200.org

From the Health Office

Attention: Anyone Participating in SHIELD Testing


Those that have tested positive for Covid-19 within the last 90 days should not participate in SHIELD testing.

On-Campus Parking Tickets

Our deans issue student tickets for cars that are not parked in accordance with parking policies. If your student has been issued a parking ticket, that ticket can be paid in the Gold & White Support Hub, Room 509. Tickets paid within 3 days of issue are resolved for a $5.00 fine. After 3 days, the fine increases to $ 10.00. Thank you for your cooperation as we help our student drivers learn important life lessons about responsibility and consequences.

Fall Curriculum Night

Fall Curriculum Night is a virtual event with pre-recorded staff videos available for viewing from Wednesday, September 8 through Friday, September 24. The videos will be located on the Wheaton North website, wnhs.org. On the left of the home page, you will see a scrolling announcement section - look for “2021 Wheaton North Curriculum Night.” They will also be located in the WNHS Family Updates, which is another scrolling announcement.

Resource Center

Resource Center is now open

during all lunch periods!


If your student needs help in any content area, please encourage them to stop by our Resource Center (room 307) during their Access and/or Lunch period. Teachers and peer tutors will be available and happy to assist!

Testing Center

The Testing Center is open

during periods 1-8 and from 7:10-7:55 on late-start Wednesdays!


If your student needs to make up an assignment or assessment, they are welcome to go to our Testing Center during a late start, study hall, Access, lunch, or early dismissal period. Teachers will arrange, with the student, for the assignment or assessment to be administered during one of those time frames.

Resource for Parents

There's no "rule book" to make parenting decisions easy, but sharing resources between home and school is one of the ways our school provides support as you guide your student through their teen years. Youth Connections magazine is a professional prevention magazine directed towards parents and adults. The magazine is customized to our community of DuPage and offers a variety of educational articles on hot topics: Recent online link. Archived issues are also available.

From the LLC

Tech Support for Students

Student Tech Support is available online and in person in the LLC. Students having issues with Wifi or Chromebooks should visit the Falcon Technology Support page for troubleshooting tips, the Help Desk ticket system, and information about LLC hours of in person support.


Photo ID Cards

Students who did not receive a photo ID card at Schedule & Textbook Pick Up may do so during the in the LLC. Students should stop by before or after school, during study hall, before Access, or during lunch. Please email angela.pigoni@cusd200.org with any questions.


WNHS eBook and Audiobook App

WNHS eBooks & Audiobooks: The SORA app offers free eBooks & audiobooks to all Wheaton North students. Students may access the app on through the LLC page on their school Chromebooks or by downloading the SORA app to a personal device. Once opened, Falcons login with their s0# and password. Please email angela.pigoni@cusd200.org with any questions.

AP Exams

AP Exam Registration for Spring 2022 will be opening on October 11, 2021. If your student is planning on taking AP Exams please make sure you check the latest information about registration:


https://www.cusd200.org/Page/17252

Rho Kappa

The deadline to apply for Rho Kappa Social Studies Honorary is September 20 at 7:00am. Please access this link -Rho Kappa for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Hayley Lotspeich at hayley.lotspeich@cusd200.org
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TCD Explore Days

Are you a Sophomore or Junior interested in attending TCD next year? With counselor approval, please register to attend the TCD Explore Days field trip on November 3 where students can select 2 programs to investigate and see if it's a good fit.


Completed WN Permission slip and Explore Day Registration forms need to be submitted to the counseling office by October 10. Forms can be found in the counseling office and are posted in their counselors google classroom.


If you have questions, ask your students counselor, Mrs. Biggs at wendy.biggs@cusd200.org or Mr. Venckus at james.venckus@cusd200.org.

National Merit Scholarship Program

The following students have qualified as a Semifinalist in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program and have an opportunity to continue in the National Merit competition.


Daniel Janiak

Marguerite Larson


Commended students are recognized for their exceptional and outstanding performance on the qualifying exam. These students are:


Nicholas Blatner

Amalia Daniell

Matthew Harper

Luke Janik

Devon Jones

Melia Klingler

Rachael Lee

Emma Losey

Ryan Lowe

Henry Lytle

Sarah Park

Haanya Quadri

Marcos Rodriguez

Meredith Taylor

Katherine Wanzenberg


Congratulations to all of the above students!

From the Counseling Office

General Announcements

Please follow the counseling department on Twitter @wncounseling for up-to-date information on a variety of topics from scheduling to scholarship information.


All students should join their counselor’s Remind account for important text updates. Parents are welcome to join as well. You can find more information on joining via the Counseling Remind Codes page.


During the 2021-2022 school year, students can request virtual or in person meetings with their counselor by visiting the counseling office, via email or by calling a counselor’s direct line.


Updated Counselor Assignments

Wondering who your counselor is for the 2021-2022 school year? Check out the updated counselor assignments.


Save the Date

Financial Aid Night - Wednesday, September 29, 7:00 P.M.

All students and families are invited to attend financial aid night. This event is held in collaboration with Wheaton Warrenville South and will be fully virtual.


Senior Class of 2022

Parents, have you checked out the counseling website recently. There are some great resources to assist you and your students as your family navigates the college application process. Check out the Senior Grade Level Curriculum for more information.


Counselors hosted a college application process presentation for seniors during lunches on Tuesday August 31st. This presentation covered general information about the application process and included an overview of individual senior conferences, the transcript request process and updates to Naviance. Parents and students that were absent can view the presentation here.


Senior Family Night was held on August 31st. Parents can access the presentation on the counseling website.


Students can now request transcripts via the online transcript request form.


Individual Senior conferences began on Thursday, September 2 and continue throughout September and October. If your son or daughter has questions prior to their individual meeting they can reach out to their counselor to set up an appointment or ask a question.


Seniors can sign up for college rep visits by logging into their Naviance account using “Clever” and then entering their Google credentials. Students should then click on “Colleges” and select “College Visits”. This allows students to hear directly from a college representative visiting Wheaton North. Don’t delay, sign up now as many colleges and universities are already scheduled to visit us.


Juniors Class of 2023

Juniors will begin the college search process with their counselors near the end of November and continue through Spring Break. Students and families looking to get a headstart can access all College Search Materials via the counseling website. Materials will update throughout first semester.


Juniors can sign up for college rep visits by logging into their Naviance account using “Clever” and then entering their Google credentials. Students should then click on “Colleges” and select “College Visits”. This allows students to hear directly from a college representative visiting Wheaton North. Don’t delay, sign up now as many colleges and universities are already scheduled to visit us.


Sophomore Class of 2024

Sophomores can sign up for college rep visits by logging into their Naviance account using “Clever” and then entering their Google credentials. Students should then click on “Colleges” and select “College Visits”. This allows students to hear directly from a college representative visiting Wheaton North. Don’t delay, sign up now as many colleges and universities are already scheduled to visit us.

From the Activities Office

Want to join a club or activity? Here are some helpful links to direct your student to getting involved:



Need WN Student Life information? Check out the WN Student Life Website. This is the most up to date site for your Falcon. Remind them to always check their Falcon Google Classroom too!

School Yearbook Information

Interested in purchasing a 2021-2022 yearbook?

  • If so, please click HERE to be directed to the Jostens Website.
  • Yearbooks are $50.


Interested in purchasing a 2020-2021 yearbook?

  • Yearbooks are $50.
  • These can be purchased through the WNHS main office.

Need to pick up a 2020-2021 yearbook?

  • If you did not receive your yearbook, please stop by the main office to pick up your book.


Senior Recognition Ads

  • To purchase an ad, please see the attached flyer and follow the online instructions.
  • Each ad may feature photos, memories, shout outs, and stories and will take up 1/4 of a page.
  • All ad orders are due by January 16, 2022.
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Senior Yearbook Portraits

If your student did not come to WNHS during the summer to have their photo taken by Prestige Photos, they need to come during their assigned time. Your student received this postcard in the mail with their appointment time. If they cannot find it, please have them check their Falcon Senior Classroom. All appointment times are posted. This is their FINAL time to be photographed to be in the 2021-2022 yearbook. The portrait sitting fee is FREE. The yearbook cannot use files from other photographers. If you have questions, please contact: 630-910-6800, option 5.

Underclassmen Yearbook Pictures

If your student did not come to WNHS during textbook checkout on August 16 to have their photo taken by Lifetouch, they need to come to the Taylor Auditorium on Wednesday, October 27. The photographers will be set up on the stage. Students do not need a pass and can stop in any time during the day. This is their FINAL time to be photographed to be in the 2021-2022 yearbook. The yearbook cannot use files from other photographers. If you have questions, please contact: 1-800-736-4775.

Purchased Yearbook Photos and Retakes

You will receive your student’s package in the next 4-6 weeks if you purchased photos. After viewing your student’s picture, you are welcome to take a retake. They need to come to the Taylor Auditorium on Wednesday, October 27. The photographers will be set up on the stage. Students do not need a pass and can stop in any time during the day. This is their FINAL time to be photographed to be in the 2021-2022 yearbook. The yearbook cannot use files from other photographers. If you have questions, please contact: 1-800-736-4775.

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Homecoming

Homecoming 2021 is right around the corner! Please refer to the WN Homecoming Website for all information. All Homecoming Week activities are open to all Freshmen - Seniors.

Falcon Wings

THANK YOU FALCONS!


We already have a record number of parents supporting our Falcons this year… BUT it’s not too late to join us for this exciting year!


If you have already joined the Falcon WiNGS and don’t have your passes yet, you may pick up your sports passes and membership cards at the north gate of the football stadium during tonight’s home football game!


Our football team is having an amazing season and they are exciting to watch! Please plan ahead and be aware that parking pass spots will be held until 7pm and then released on a first come basis until the lot is full.


Questions? Please contact Erin Froebe at membership@wnfalconwings.org.



We still are in need of volunteers to work our home sporting events in the concession stand. Thank you to all who have already worked! Remember, Falcon WiNGS members who volunteer to work at our concession stands during sporting events earn $10 of credit donated back to the Wheaton North organization of their choosing. That money is used by the coaches, with administrative approval for things that benefit their organization. We have a very busy fall schedule. Volunteer to work concessions here! No experience necessary :)


RUN TO SUPPORT THE FALCONS!

The Falcon WiNGS are partnering again with the Wheaton Park District to support our Falcons. Registration is open for the Light the Torch Run. When registering, enter the code WINGS to get $5 off your registration AND $5 will be donated back to the WiNGS. Get signed up, and thank you for your support!


Corporate Sponsors

Please support those who support our Falcons! Check out our 2021-2022 Corporate Sponsor Banners on Rexilius Field and in Neibch Gymnasium. Interested in Corporate Sponsorship of the WiNGS? Contact Jeff Crowley at sponsorship@wnfalconwings.org.


Want a Wheaton North yard sign for your student? Please order on-line or contact Cali Belini and Erin Young at yardsigns@wnfalconwings.org. Orders are placed every Friday and will be delivered to your home when they come in. Let’s paint the Northside Blue and Gold!


FALCONWEAR WILL RESTOCK SOON!

We’re painting the town with so much Blue and Gold, we’ve sold out! But fear not, more is on the way! Order on-line anytime or look for us at home sporting events this fall near the Falcon Feeder Concessions Stand or inside the school. Questions? Please contact Anne Wanzenberg or Dena Howser at falconwear@wnfalconwings.org.


Falcon spirit wear sales amended schedule:


9/23 10:00am-12:30pm school

9/24 6:00pm - 9:00pm football game

9/30 10:00am-12:30pm school (away game)

10/7 10:00am-12:30pm school (friday away game is white out-wws)

10/14 10:00am-12:30pm school (10/21 away game is PJs - we have PJ pants)

10/15 6:00pm - 9:00pm football game



The Wheaton North Falcon WiNGS Newsletter comes out at the beginning of each month and periodically throughout the school year with important information. Look for a newsletter in your mailbox today! If you don’t see it, be sure to check your spam and add secretary@wnfalconwings.org to your inbox!


The Wheaton North Falcon WiNGS posts information on Social Media. Be sure to follow our Instagram and Facebook page at Wheaton North Falcon Wings. For specific classes you can also follow:

Wheaton North Parents Class of 2022; Wheaton North Parents Class of 2023; Wheaton North Parents- Class of 2024; or Wheaton North Parents Class of 2025. All local information about the school will be posted there!


Upcoming meeting: Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 7:00 pm, in the Wheaton North Commons. Join us!

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