Falcon Focus

January 22, 2021

From the Administrators

Dear Falcon Families,

This week has been one filled with the return of our favorite sound at North: the sound of our students! With our return to hybrid for the wrap-up of Semester 1, our on-campus students have been settling back into a routine and our virtual students are adjusting to the updated bell schedule, which runs 7:20-2:15, Monday,Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday is reserved as an asynchronous learning day, where students are working on assignments individually or in small groups. Additionally, students also use the asynchronous Wednesday to schedule additional help from teachers and meet with support staff. Our teachers schedule live sessions throughout the day to offer further support and enrichment opportunities for our students, and we have received a lot of positive feedback about these learning days from our students and staff.

Semester 2 begins on Monday, February 1, and students will be hybrid or virtual based on their Semester 2 selection and their assigned alpha cohort, A or B. At this time, due to physical distancing safety requirements and planning, we’re not able to switch students from virtual to hybrid; however, we’ve already begun to make plans for how to maximize the in-person learning seats during Semester 2. We’ll be sharing more details about those plans once they’re finalized.

As we continue with hybrid learning, we will follow a detailed protocol if there are any reported positive cases. Below are the steps we will follow:

  • Upon notification of a positive case, we will conduct contact tracing.

  • We will notify any close contacts (including bus contacts when applicable).

  • School-wide letters will be sent weekly on Friday for any known positive cases from the entire week.

We are thankful for your continued support and partnership as we’ve traversed this semester, and we’re looking forward to even better days ahead: “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”~Helen Keller


Wheaton North’s Administrative Team

Matt Biscan, Alexia Ellett, Matt Fisher, Julie Pavlini, and Jim Venckus

We are Falcons. We are Proud. We are North

From the Desk of Mr. Venckus, Assistant Principal of Student Services

Surveillance Testing

Next week, the week of January 25, we begin our second round of surveillance testing. For those who have opted in, your first or next sample is due on Tuesday, January 26 (B-cohort) or Thursday, January 28 (A-cohort). All samples must be collected at home and brought to school and deposited no later than 11:00 a.m. in the bins located inside the main entrance (Door 1), the bus doors (Door 34), or the back of the building/student parking lot doors (Door 16). Going forward, all A-cohort students will submit their samples on Thursdays, and B-cohort on Tuesdays.

Anyone who has opted into testing and has not received their next round of tests can pick them up from the Deans’ Office today, Friday, January 22, or any time next week from 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Hybrid Student 2nd Semester Attendance Policy

Students who have elected to attend school in-person are expected to report to school on their hybrid learning days. The privilege to attend in-person is not reserved as an option for students who want to reserve a spot for the personally appropriate time to attend in person. Because we have been experiencing a high number of hybrid students working remotely on their cohort days, we are currently working on a 2nd Semester attendance policy (begins February 1) to address this. We understand that some reasons for working remotely are valid (e.g., ill, COVID-related, appointment, etc.); however, there are some reasons for working remotely that are not (e.g., don’t feel like coming in today, slept in, overslept, etc.). In summary, hybrid students who accumulate a certain number of full-day or period absences could be moved to fully remote learning for the remainder of the semester. Once this policy is finalized, we will communicate it to everyone. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this.

Student Parking Fee for 2nd Semester

Our student parking fee for 2nd Semester, which begins on Monday, February 1, will be $25.00. If you have a parking tag and would like to continue using it for 2nd Semester, please give your fee ($25.00 cash or check payable to WNHS) to Mrs. Andersen in the Deans’ Office Monday-Friday from 7:00-12:00 or 1:00-2:45. If you will no longer be using your parking tag for 2nd Semester, please return it to Mrs. Andersen to avoid getting charged for 2nd Semester. You may not give it or sell it to another student. If you did not have a parking tag for 1st Semester and are interested in one for 2nd Semester, please see Mrs. Andersen for availability of spots and an application.

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Remembering Ms. Hancock

As we continue to mourn the loss of Ms. Hancock, we would like to offer an opportunity for the Falcon family and Wheaton North community to share their condolences, messages of sympathy, and celebrations of the ways Ms. Hancock has made an impact on our Falcon community. You’re welcome to submit a written or video message.

For written messages

Email a message to rememberingkatiehancock@cusd200.org or send a handwritten note to Wheaton North High School, c/o Mary Bischoff, 701 W. Thomas, Wheaton, IL 60187

For a video

Please record a short (up to two minutes) message and send it to rememberingkatiehancock@cusd200.org. Message clips will be used to create a video to be shared with the Falcon community, and all messages will be shared with the Hancock family.

Please have messages submitted by Friday, January 29.

January Hybrid Schedule and Reminders

Week of January 25 - Hybrid, 7:20am-2:15pm

M, T, Th - Hybrid

W - Asynchronous

F - No School, Teacher Workday for End of Semester 1

This is still 1st Semester, so attendance is based on what you selected in Fall 2020. Students who selected virtual for Semester 1 remain remote.

There will be NO final exam schedule for Semester 1.

Week of February 1 - Hybrid, Schedule TBD (New 2nd Semester Learning Option Starts)

Attention Hybrid Students - Chromebook Charging!

Hybrid students, please make sure to charge your Chromebook nightly and to bring your charger to school if needed! Also, remember it is best to shut your Chromebook off every day so that it updates.

Business Incubator Class

The Business Incubator Class had two teams enter the 2020 Celebrating High School Innovators Competition. This is a pitch competition for young entrepreneurs that was sponsored by Illinois State and Millikin Universities. Both the MyColor and Pacifier Mask Teams were selected in the top five and were awarded $500 to help launch their business. Congratulations to both teams!

***Pacifier Mask: Ava, Brooke, Jessi & Sarah - Mentor Alice Wood

***MyColor: Leo and Gyan - Mentor Colin Murphy

Incoming Freshman Student and Parent Night

When: Wednesday, February 10, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Where: Virtual! At 6:45 p.m. on February 10, a Zoom link will be made available on www.wnhs.org

What: A live presentation of our course-selection process from your student's future counselor. You will have an opportunity to hear from our principal, assistant principals, athletic director, activities director, department chairs, and counselors, and to learn more about the many academic and co-curricular opportunities for your future falcons!

Prior to the event, hard copies of our programs will be distributed to students at Franklin and Monroe. On the evening of the event, electronic copies of the program will be available to all attendees as well.

Please contact Alexia Ellett, Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction, with any questions at alexia.ellett@cusd200.org.

Our Virtual Resource Center is Available to All Students -- ONLINE and Open Now!

Teachers and students are ready to help your student! There are now two ways to request class assistance.

Parents and guardians looking for supports for their student(s) can now consider submitting a Virtual Resource Parent/Guardian Referral Form. Please complete the form for the course(s) your student needs assistance in and they will be connected with a peer tutor in the subject area. The form is linked here.

Please encourage your student(s) to attend our Virtual Resource Center to get help from staff and peer tutors. Follow this link to access instructions on how students can submit questions to peer tutors and connect with teachers virtually.

We hope your student will utilize this support, as needed!

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From the LLC - Support During Remote Learning

TECH SUPPORT - Please visit the Falcon Tech Support page on the LLC site for Tech Troubleshooting Tips, the Help Desk ticket form, and LLC contact information.

BOOK, SUPPLY, ID CARD, & TECH REQUESTS may be made via the request form at the bottom of the LLC site. Students should wait for a confirmation email letting them know materials are ready to be picked up in the Main Office.

eBOOKS & AUDIOBOOKS from Wheaton North and Wheaton Public Library are available for all students through the Sora App. Access available through the LLC site.

LIBRARY BOOKS are available for checkout and are a much needed break from the screen. Students should follow the remote checkout procedure detailed on the LLC site.

These links and more are available on the LLC page of the wnhs.org site!

From the Counseling Department

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.

Students can request virtual meetings with their counselor via email or by calling their direct line.

2021-2022 Course Registration Presentations will begin on January 26 via your student’s access class. Both virtual and in person presentations will be available. Students and families should receive detailed information and a list of teacher course recommendations via mail in the coming weeks. The course selection information will also be shared electronically with students via their counselor’s google classroom.

Save the Date - Highly Selective College Night

Highly Selective College Night will be held on February 25 this year. Students in grades 9-11 and Parents should attend this Virtual event if they are considering applying to a Highly Selective College. More information, including an agenda and meeting links will be provided in the coming weeks. Please reach out to Counselor Wendy Biggs with questions at wendy.biggs@cusd200.org.

Class of 2021

The Local Scholarship Bulletin is now available. This is different then our typical monthly scholarship bulletin as it contains 7 scholarships available only to District 200 students. The scholarships can all be applied for via one application. Please follow the link above for additional information. You can reach out to erin.angelo@cusd200.org with any questions.

Please make sure your students are checking the monthly scholarship bulletin each month.

Senior conferences have wrapped up but counselors are still working with individual students on their college applications. If your son or daughter needs additional support, have them reach out to their counselor to set up an appointment.

All students can access virtual college visits on the counseling website. This allows students to go on virtual college visits to some of the top schools that WN students apply to in addition to schools across the country.

The FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) opened on October 1. Don’t wait to get started! For a complete guide to the FAFSA, please check out the counseling website under the Financial Aid link.

Beginning with the 2020-21 school year, in addition to all other graduation requirements,

a student must meet one of the following requirements to receive a public school diploma. (Public Act 101-0180).

  1. File a FAFSA Application; or

  2. File an Application for State Financial Aid; or

  3. File a waiver/opt out with the school district. (This should only be filled out if you do not intend to complete the FAFSA. Once completed, please download and email it to the counseling office secretary at: carolyn.switalski@cusd200.org

Nothing additional is needed to meet the graduation requirement. Once you file your FAFSA, the state reports back to WN that it is complete.

Class of 2022

If you have not watched our Junior Parent Presentation, please click on the link below to download. The presentation contains full audio and is approximately 25 minutes long.

Junior Family Night Pre-Recorded Presentation Link

Parents can access all College Search Materials via the counseling website.

On November 19, counselors met with all students on their caseloads to provide an overview of Junior Conferences and the College Search Process. Parents and students can Access the Presentation here. A step by step college search guide with video tutorials can be found here. Parents can watch these videos to get a better understanding of the process as well.

Juniors formally began the college search process with their counselors after Thanksgiving Break. Conferences will take until spring break.

All students can access virtual college visits on the counseling website. This allows students to go on virtual college visits to some of the top schools that WN students apply to in addition to schools across the country.

Scholarship Opportunities

Monthly Scholarship Bulletin

Every month the Counseling Department provides students and parents with a list of local scholarships and some national scholarships through the Scholarship Bulletin. The Scholarship Bulletin is updated monthly. It is available in the Counseling Center and online at:

Local Scholarship Application

The Local Scholarship Application is now available. This is a great opportunity for students to apply for a number of scholarships by filling out one application. Due to this year’s events, not all organizations are able to sponsor scholarships, most notably the PTA. This year there are 7 scholarships on the Local Scholarship Application. To apply, hybrid students need to complete the online application and turn in an appropriate number of copies to the Counseling Center. Remote students need to email their completed applications to Mrs. Switalski at carolyn.switalski@cusd200.org . The submission deadline is Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 3:00pm. Application and scholarship descriptions are available at:

School Yearbook Information


Interested in purchasing a 2020-2021 yearbook?

Order Here

Interested in purchasing a 2019-2020 yearbook?

  • A very limited number of yearbooks are available for purchase starting October 1.

  • Yearbooks are $50.

  • These are first come, first serve and can be purchased through the WNHS Main Office in person.

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Falcon WiNGS

Super Bowl Squares are coming soon!

Our fundraising Super Bowl Square Pool will open up on Friday, January 22. $10 and $25 squares will be available. Watch for a blast from the Falcon WiNGS, check our Facebook Page and Instagram for more information.

SENIORS, time to start thinking about scholarships!

Don’t miss this chance to receive a $500 scholarship from the Wheaton North Falcon WiNGS! Up to ten awards will be made to senior students who have been active in Wheaton North activities and plan to attend a one to four year accredited educational program after graduation.

Scholarship awards are made on the basis of participation in Wheaton North activities such as:

• Athletics

• Performing arts

• Student clubs

• And other school related activities, along with leadership, a personal statement and academic record.

Applications may be submitted December 1, 2020 through April 5, 2021.

Forms, including instructions and further information, may be downloaded from the WiNGS website at: www.wnfalconwings.org at any time.

Parent Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed for the WiNGS Scholarship Committee. The committee will meet once to determine the scholarship recipients. The date of the meeting has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 17 and should take 2-3 hours. Please contact Kimberly McNamara, kmac0929@yahoo.com if you're interested in volunteering for the committee.

Falcon WiNGS next meeting: Tuesday, March 9 at 7pm. Location TBD