Falcon Focus

April 23, 2021

From Mr. Biscan

Dear Falcon Families,


On Wednesday we had a virtual senior class meeting to go through some graduation information and the various senior events scheduled for the end of May. It was great to see them and feel the anticipation for the conclusion of their senior year of high school at Wheaton North. While it's been difficult, I'm proud of them for their resiliency, patience, and togetherness. For all senior class information, please click here.


As we progress through the end of the 2nd semester, it's never too late to seek additional academic support. Our virtual tutoring program is a great option for our students who seek that type of support. For more information, please scroll down and visit the Virtual Resource Center section.


Have a wonderful weekend.


Mr. Biscan, Principal


We are Falcons. We are Proud. We are North

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

Seniors with Perfect Attendance

If you think your senior has perfect attendance (hasn’t missed a full day of school in four years at Wheaton North), please have him/her see Mr. Venckus in the Deans’ Office. If it is the case, we want to make sure that we recognize him/her at our Senior Honors Assembly on May 28.


Face Masks

We continue to remind our students and staff of their responsibility in keeping us safe during this time. One non-negotiable mitigation strategy is the proper wearing of face masks covering mouths and noses at all times. The only exception to this is when eating lunch. This is an Illinois Department of Public Health requirement and District 200 Board Policy. Thank you for reminding your students of this.


Surveillance Testing

Just a reminder that A-cohort students submit their samples on Thursdays, and B-cohort and C-cohort (4-day hybrid) students on Tuesdays. 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).


The next round of tests are being distributed to students during their lunches this week. Students who don’t receive them can pick them up from the Deans’ Office Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Please contact Mrs. Andersen (sherri.andersen@cusd200.org, 630-784-7335) if you would like your student to no longer participate.


Hybrid Student Attendance Policy

As more students return to in-person learning, we want to remind them that when they

accumulate a minimum of three (3) instances of not being present in school on their in-person days, regardless of whether they are working virtually or not, they may be moved to fully virtual learning for the rest of the semester. 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 an option for students who want to reserve a spot for the personally appropriate time to attend in person. Hybrid students who have not been present in school on their in-person days are being reminded by their teachers and deans of this policy and the importance of attending school in person. We understand that there are some valid reasons for working virtually on in-person days (e.g., ill, COVID-related, appointment, etc.); however, there are some reasons for working virtually on in-person days that are not (e.g., don’t feel like coming in today, slept in, overslept, etc.). Thank you in advance for your cooperation, and please let us know if you would like to discuss this further.


Student Parking Fee for 2nd Semester

Our student parking fee of $25 (cash or check payable to WNHS) for 2nd Semester was due on February 1. If you have a parking tag and have not paid it yet, please give it to Mrs. Andersen in the Deans’ Office Monday-Friday from 7:00 -12:00 or 1:00 - 2:45. If you elected to become a virtual student for 2nd Semester and are no longer using your parking tag, please return it to Mrs. Andersen to avoid getting charged the fee. 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.

College Application Seminar - Summer 2021 Online

Parents and Guardians of Rising Senior(s),

Are you or your child worried about the college application process? The College Application Seminar course, taught by Mr. Mehta and Mr. Padera, alleviates the stress of the college application. In the course, students are taught how to navigate their college applications as well as write their college entrance essays. We help them fill out their Common App as well as apply to other schools that do not use the Common App. Students in the past have benefitted from one-on-one help with their college essays.


Tuition and Fees:

$90 per student (covers all materials and fees)

Please send your check or money order to:


Wheaton North High School

Attn: Alexia Ellett

701 W. Thomas Road

Wheaton, IL 60187


Dates, Times, & Location:

June 14 - June 24

Monday-Thursday

9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Google Meets


Sign Up!

https://forms.gle/55iiVjYHgs7NnzRD9


Instructors:

Jay Mehta, Teacher, Wheaton North (Jay.Mehta@cusd200.org)

Kyle Padera, Teacher, Wheaton North (Kyle.Padera@cusd200.org)


Questions?

If you should have any questions, please contact Jay Mehta (Jay.Mehta@cusd200.org) or Kyle Padera (Kyle.Padera@cusd200.org)

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

Dear Falcon Families,


Is your student in need of extra help? If so, we have help available from both staff and students through our Virtual Resource Center!

For staff help during all lunch periods, please have your student access the Google Meet links here: Virtual Resource Center


For help from a peer tutor, please have your students access this student-created website (scan the QR code to access the website):

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From the Health Office

Students entering the 9th grade must show proof of having received a physical examination dated on or after August 23, 2020. A copy of this physical exam is expected in the Health Office by the first day of school.


Students entering 12th grade must show proof of having received a dose of Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV4) on or after their 16th birthday. Proof of having received this vaccination is due in the Health Office by the first day of school.


Physical Exam and Immunization records may be dropped off in the Main Office at WNHS or emailed to: Wheatonnorthhealthoffice@cusd200.org


Please call the Health Office with any questions: 630-784-7327.

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.


Course Registration Information

All students should be able to see all their course requests in their StudentVue account by clicking on the “Course Requests” tab just above their gradebook. When viewing your courses it is important to note that courses ending in an odd number are first semester courses and courses ending in an even number are second semester courses. If students see an indicator that states that a prerequisite course has not been met, they can ignore that indicator.


If your student notices an error or missing request, they should immediately reach out to their counselor. Students should have a total of 14 requests for full time students. Students attending TCD will only see 8 total requests.


Wheaton North Virtual Calming Room

This area is a designated place designed to calm the senses where students can experience relaxing visual, auditory, and tactile stimuli. We encourage families to check it out. It is our hope that this will be a great resource for the entire Falcon Family. https://sites.google.com/cusd200.org/wheatonnorthhs/home


CUSD200 High School Summer School

For Complete Information follow this link: https://www.cusd200.org/Page/16514


Summer School Dates

Session 1 - June 14 -July 7

Session 2 - July 8 -July 30


Courses Offered

  • Communication Studies - Session 1 or Session 2, Grades 10-12

  • American Government- Session 1 or Session 2, Grades 10-12

  • Consumer Economics - Session 1 or Session 2, Grades 10-12

  • Health Education - Session 1 or Session 2, Grades 10-12

  • Psychology - Session 1 or Session 2, Grades 11-12

  • U.S. History - Session 1 AND Session 2, Grades 10-12


Questions? Please contact Jason Spencer, Innovation & Learning Coordinator at jason.spencer@cusd200.org (through Jun. 10) or Ian Smith, Director of HS Instruction at ian.smith@cusd200.org or (Jun. 10 - Aug 1.)


Some classes have limited seating, so please do not wait to enroll! Registration ends May 14, 2021.


Class of 2021

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


The Senior Exit Survey is now open. This survey is used to send final transcripts to all colleges/universities, military branches and future employers. Please make sure your senior fills this out prior to the last day of school. If it is not filled out, a final transcript will not be sent. Detailed instructions can be found here.


Class of 2021 - Graduation Requirement Reminder

The FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) opened on October 1st. 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 Conferences are still wrapping up. Counselors will meet with Juniors in a large group setting in May to provide a summer “To Do” list as well. Students can always request additional post-secondary planning support by reaching out to their counselors as well.

School Yearbook Information

ALL STUDENTS

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.

Chick-fil-A anyone?

Please join the students of Wheaton North Spanish Club in their efforts to give back to the Outreach Community Center that works tirelessly to build-up, strengthen and encourage D200 students and families. On Wednesday, April 28 between the hours of 11:00 am and 7:00 pm simply order from Chick-fil-A (on Butterfield in Wheaton) and mention you are supporting the WHEATON NORTH SPIRIT DAY. Proceeds from your order will be collected and presented to Outreach for all they do for our community!


Questions? Contact Joanne.Lang@cusd200.org

Spring Cleaning?

Planning on doing home spring cleaning? Please consider donating your unwanted household items.


We have a donation drop off bin at Wheaton North High School right outside door #16 in the parking lot between the school and the tennis courts.


We will accept shoes, clothing, gloves, hats, belts, bags, purses, sheets, blankets, drapes and towels in any condition - old or new, dirty or clean, heavily worn or torn items are all accepted.


Please help us to keep these items out of our landfills and repurpose these items by donating them. Thank you for your continued efforts to reduce waste and decrease your carbon footprint.

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Falcon WiNGS

Thank you!

A big thank you to everyone who participated in our Aurelio’s Fundraiser last Friday night! It takes a lot to support our students and every little bit helps. Thank you to all who turned out!


Wheaton North Post-Promish- Saturday May 22

Operation Safe Celebration - needs your help! All parents welcome, not just parents of Juniors and Seniors! Most chairpersons have been established, now we need help in each room. Please contact Tara Schreiner (tschreiner55@gmail.com) or Dawn Szumski (Szumski6@gmail.com) for more information.


We Still Need a Few Good People!

The Falcon WiNGS are looking for a few new officers and committee chairs for the 2021-2022 school year. It takes a lot of us to run the program, but we are down to the following open positions for next year; Treasurer and Corporate Sponsorship Chair. These positions can be shared so grab a friend and get involved! For more information, contact any of the current officers listed on our website at http://www.wnfalconwings.org/


Let’s cover the Northside with Blue and Gold!

Yard signs, car magnets, rain gear, warm weather gear and just plain cool Falcon Wear are available for purchase 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Go to http://www.wnfalconwings.org/falcon-wear.html to place your order. Delivery or pick up available! Help our Falcons Fly!


Upcoming Meeting- Tuesday May 11 at 7pm in the Wheaton North Cafeteria. Enter through door 26.