Falcon Focus

September 3, 2021

From Mr. Biscan

Dear Falcon Families,

The first two weeks of our school year have been filled with energy, collaboration, and learning. Whether it's been in a classroom, a lab, a stage, a gym, or a field of competition, our students and staff have worked together to create learning experiences that engage. Additionally, it's been great to see students and staff interacting in routine conversations that arise out of everyday routines. I never thought I would find so much value in observing and participating in the routine of a school year.

In order for us to continue providing these experiences, we are working to make sure that everyone in our school continues to follow the face-covering policy set forth by our state. We must be diligent about following this practice so we keep everyone safe and we're able to enjoy the benefits of in-person learning. I appreciate everyone's participation in this important process.

Please take some time to read through the information provided in this edition of the Falcon Focus. If you need further information or have any questions, please contact us by visiting our website.

Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend.

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

This week we held our class meetings with all students during their Access period. In these meetings, we focused on the importance of working together as a community to sustain a physically and emotionally safe school for all. We reminded students that communities are made up of the individual people and interactions that happen day-to-day, highlighting the opportunities we have to have a positive impact on one another. We also reviewed key safety protocols and reminded students of several rules from the handbook. We are asking all Falcon families to discuss these rules with your student and to remind them of the ongoing importance of being a positive contributor to our school community:

  • Face Coverings - Students must consistently wear their face covering over both their nose and mouth while in the school building. The exception to this rule is while eating at lunch.

  • Punctuality - It is important for students to arrive at school on time and also to arrive in each class on time throughout their day. Tardy policies were reviewed with students, so students are aware of their number of warnings and consequences for tardiness. Now that students have had time to find all of their classes and route trips to their lockers, tardies will begin to be counted September 7. If your student is still struggling to find their classes, please contact their counselor for assistance.

  • Dress Code - Hats and hoods are not permitted. We recognize there are times when a student may be between hairstyles (such as getting new box braids) or when they wake up late or are having a bad hair day: Our school rules now allow for students to wear a scarf, hair wrap, or do-rag. Hair bonnets are considered hats and are not acceptable. Religious headwear (such as hijabs, burkas, etc.) are, of course, permitted. For attire, all students must be covered from shoulders to mid-thigh, as noted in our handbook.

  • Drop Off - We have adjusted our school drop-off time; doors now open at 6:45 AM.

  • Activity Bus - We have added an activity bus that leaves North at 3:45 PM, Monday-Thursday. Students who are staying at school to participate in a structured, supervised activity (including signing in at the LLC) are permitted to ride the activity bus. The activity bus is only available to students who are eligible for the usual day-time bus service.

Fall Curriculum Night

Fall Curriculum Night will be 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 Opens on Tuesday, September 7,

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

Testing Center Opens on Tuesday, September 7,

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.

Late Start Days

Wednesdays are late arrival days for all students. Bus routes run at the same times as regular start days. Below the remaining late start days for the 2021-2022 school year.

September 8, 15, 22, 29

October 6, 13, 20, 27

November 3, 10, 17

December 1, 8, 15

January 5, 12, 26 (no late arrival on January 19)

February 2, 9, 16, 23

March 2, 9, 16, 23

April 6, 13, 20, 27

The bell schedule for late start days can be accessed here.

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.

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. If the physical exam is NOT received in the Health Office by September 7, 2021, the student will not be allowed to attend 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 immunization is due in the Health Office by the first day of school. If the proof of the immunization is NOT received in the Health Office by September 7, 2021, the student will not be allowed to attend 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.

Beginning Monday, July 19, 2021, COVID-19 vaccinations will be available on a walk-in basis at the Health Department’s Central Public Health Center (111 N. County Farm Rd, Wheaton). The clinic will operate Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.

WN October 2021 PSAT/NMSQT Testing Opportunity

The optional PSAT/NMSQT Exam is being offered to junior students at Wheaton North on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 7:30 am.

  • The PSAT/NMSQT is a national standardized exam.

  • This administration is for Juniors only.

  • Students who score in the top 1% nationally may qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

  • This is an optional exam, so students must register to take the PSAT/NMSQT.

Registration Information

  • Registration will be open from September 3, 2021 - September 10, 2021. There will be no late registrations accepted.

  • The cost of the exam is $25 and is paid during registration.

  • If your student qualifies for a fee waiver, please have them email Mrs. Angelo at erin.angelo@cusd200.org before registering for the exam.

  • The link to complete your student's registration can be found here.

Please reach out to Erin Angelo with any questions at erin.angelo@cusd200.org


Is your student interested in VIDEO, are they CREATIVE, a collaborative BRAINSTORMER or a good STORYTELLER? They should check out the Falcon Weekly, our student-produced video announcement broadcast!

Come to the FIRST MEETING on Thursday, September 9 at 2:30-3:15 in the 613 Computer Lab.

We’ll share info about Anchor Auditions, and talk about ideas for upcoming specials.

All students are also welcome to our monthly meetings which will be held on the FIRST THURSDAY of Each Month!

Stay connected by joining the Falcon Weekly REMIND: text @fw-club to 81010

Check out our YouTube channel to see broadcasts from previous seasons.

Email Ms. Verdon with any questions. sandra.verdon@cusd200.org

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.

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 will begin on Thursday September 2nd 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.

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.

Falcon Wings

You can still join the Falcon WiNGS! Check out our membership options!

Please join to support all students.

Choose to purchase a sports pass.

Or you can even get parking for home football games!

Those that have already joined the Falcon WiNGS, you may pick up your sports passes and membership cards at the north gate of the football stadium during tonight’s home football game!

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 :) Check out our QR code near the concession stands for easy sign up.

COOK’S NIGHT OUT AT 302! Thank you to 302 Wheaton for sponsoring our first Cook’s Night Out on September 16. The fundraiser runs all day… just mention you are there to support the Falcon WiNGS and 10% of your bill will be donated back to our students!

Interested in Corporate Sponsorship of the WiNGS, including the banners you see on the fence by the Football Field & Track? 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!

Looking for Falconwear for 2021-2022? 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:

9/3 6:30pm - 9:00pm football game

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

9/16 10:00am-12:30pm school

9/17 6:00pm - 9:00pm football game (blue out)

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

All D200 PE Uniform purchases benefit PTAs & Booster Clubs (at North: Falcon WiNGS). PE Uniforms are available at the Wheaton Sport Center (1000 W Prairie Ave, Wheaton). If you have questions, please contact cusd200peuniform@gmail.com .

The Wheaton Sport Center is proud to give back all proceeds from PE uniforms to the school where each student purchaser attends. The WSC has donated over $15,000 to the PTAs and high school Boosters! Thank you, WCS!

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 follows:

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, September 14, 2021 in the Wheaton North Commons. Hope to see you there!