Falcon Focus

October 9, 2020

From the Desk of Mr. Biscan

Dear Falcon Families,


As we prepare for the return of students to Wheaton North High School, we continue to look for ways to communicate important information. In that effort, we are providing you with a FAQ document that, hopefully, can answer many of the questions you may have. You can access that document through our Wheaton North Family Update page: https://sites.google.com/cusd200.org/wnhs-family-updates/home


In order for students who have chosen the hybrid option to return to school, their parent/guardian must complete the Wheaton North COVID-19 Health Self-Certification Form. You can access that form by clicking on this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSezCx137D-eZRbODqeqGrx1HM-MPQWco9TxQYX_kRfu-2ByVA/viewform?usp=sf_link


On Tuesday, October 13, at 12:00 pm, I will be hosting a YouTube Live event to show everyone how classrooms will be arranged, as well as lunch areas, hallways, etc. My hope is that this provides students who have chosen in-person learning a sense of familiarity and comfort as they are welcomed back to Wheaton North High School. You can view this event at the aforementioned time through this link: http://www.youtube.com/commununityunitschooldistrict200


March 13 was the last day that everyone was in our building. When we begin welcoming some of our students back to our building on October 19, it's going to feel and look different, and that's ok. No matter the feeling or perception, our goal is to make the best of this situation for all of our students and staff. The learning experiences that will be created will be rooted in care, empathy, and trust.


We appreciate your flexibility, cooperation, and support.


Have a great weekend.


We are Falcons. We are Proud. We are North

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

Attendance for Hybrid Students

If your student will not be in person for their assigned day or a portion of it, and he/she will be participating in classes remotely, please call our attendance office (630-784-7334) to let us know.


Buses

Students who live 1 ½ miles or more from school are eligible for bus service. Our bus routes will be posted on our website (wnhs.org) the week of October 12. Students must board buses from back to front and wear masks at all times on buses and at bus stops when there are other students present.


TCD (Technology Center of DuPage) Students & Buses

Here is how TCD buses will work with WN starting hybrid on Monday, October 19:


Mondays - All TCD students will ride their regular WN bus to WN and then board the TCD bus at WN. They will not be allowed to enter WN in between buses. When TCD ends, one bus will take the A-L students to WN for their hybrid classes, and another bus will take the M-Z students and those who are fully remote back home.


Tuesdays - All TCD students will ride their regular WN bus to WN and then board the TCD bus at WN. They will not be allowed to enter WN in between buses. When TCD ends, one bus will take the M-Z students to WN for their hybrid classes, and another bus will take the A-L students and those who are fully remote back home.



Wednesdays - No bus transportation since all TCD programs and WN classes are remote.


Thursdays - No bus transportation to TCD since all TCD programs are remote. WN remote day for the M-Z students. The A-L students will ride their regular WN bus to WN and then go directly to the library where they will work remotely until 5th Period.


Fridays - No bus transportation to TCD since all TCD programs are remote. WN remote day for the A-L students. The M-Z students will ride their regular WN bus to WN and then go directly to the Library where they will work remotely until 5th Period.


Please direct any questions to Jim Venckus, Assistant Principal of Student Services, at james.venckus@cusd200.org or (630) 784-7348.


Parking for Seniors and Juniors

If you haven’t picked up your student parking pass yet, they are available for pickup today, Friday, October 9, from 7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m. in the Deans’ Office. Please contact Mrs. Sherri Andersen (sherri.andersen@cusd200.org, 630-784-7335) with any questions.

SAT and PSAT Information

Is your student curious about what the PSAT and SAT are all about? All students are welcome to access the link below for information regarding both tests. Find out what the questions are like, how to create a College Board account, learn what Khan Academy is all about. There is plenty of information to explore and make great use of the day off from classes on Wednesday, October 14.


District 200 Khan Academy PSAT / SAT Directions & Information

Updates - Curriculum Night and Parent Teacher Conferences

Curriculum Night


Curriculum night staff videos will be available for viewing until Friday, October 16. The videos are located on the Wheaton North website, wnhs.org. On the left of the home page you will see a scrolling announcement section - look for "2020 Wheaton North Curriculum Night".


Parent Teacher Conferences


The date for parent teacher conferences has been changed to the week of November 16. Complete details will be communicated in the coming weeks.

AP Exams for the 2020-2021 School Year

For the 2020-2021 school year, AP Exam registration for 1st semester only and yearlong AP courses opens this fall. Students will follow a two-step process in order to register for exams this year. Exams must be registered and paid for by 11:59 pm, October 30, 2020. For the 2021 AP Exams, the cost $102 per exam. There will be a separate spring registration for students enrolled in 2nd semester only AP Courses.


The two-step process involves:


  1. Students will access the College Board website with each of their AP classes before October 1, 2020. After accessing the College Board website, students will need to indicate if they would like to register for an AP exam. If a student indicates they want to take an AP exam, they will then have to go to the Total Registration website to register and pay for the exam.


  1. Students and families must access the Wheaton North Total Registration website to register and pay for the exam. Students must answer all of the questions on the Total Registration website in order to complete the exam registration. A confirmation page indicates that the exam registration process has been successfully completed. The Total Registration site goes live on October 12, 2020.


College Board has not yet definitively said how tests will be administered this year-in person or online. That information will be sent out as soon as it’s released. However, it will likely not be decided until sometime in Spring 2021.


Wheaton North High School is excited to continue to offer families the ability to pay for their exam fees online at the time of registration. Please be sure to have a credit card or debit card available before beginning registration.


Registrations that are not paid by 11:59 PM, Friday, October 30, 2020 will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered.


Please contact Mr. Matt Schoon, at (630) 784-7312 or matthew.schoon@cusd200.org if you have any questions.


WNHS AP Website: https://www.cusd200.org/Page/17252


WNHS Total Registration website: https://user.totalregistration.net/AP/144386

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.


If students have not joined their counselor's Remind messaging classroom, please have them text their counselor’s class code to the number 81010. Parents are welcome to join the Remind messaging system as well. Click here to access codes.


Class of 2021

Check out the updated information on the Counseling Financial Aid Page regarding the 2020-2021 FAFSA and Financial Aid.


The FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) opened on October 1. This application allows students to receive financial aid from a number of resources. All students should complete the FAFSA regardless of the family income level. Many colleges require the FAFSA in order for students to receive any kind of aid, including merit scholarships. 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.


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


Wheaton North administration and the counseling office will be sharing more information with you regarding this new graduation requirement in the coming weeks. In the meantime, feel free to begin the process of completing the 2020-2021 FAFSA.


Please encourage your student to go to the WNHS Application Process handout and watch each of the hyperlinked videos. There is a video for each step of the application process that can be found by clicking on the hyperlinked heading. These videos provide step by step information that will answer many of the questions students encounter during the application process.


Class of 2022 and 2023

Both sophomores and junior students can and should be attending virtual college visits by logging into their Naviance accounts. Once they go to Naviance, students can login using Clever and click on > colleges > college visits. Clever allows students to login using their google accounts. We encourage students to attend a variety of visits in order to gain an understanding of the different options that are available to them in the coming years. Students that attend these visits are typically far more prepared when they get to senior year.


Class of 2024

Can’t wait to see you next week! This week will be our last Thursday, Link Crew meeting.

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

If your student needs help in ANY subject area, peer tutors are now available on a safe, and easy-to-access format linked to our school website. Using the program Flipgrid, students can text, or leave an audio or video message, with their question, and then an approved student tutor will respond.


Click HERE to take a tour of the Virtual Resource Center and learn more!

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From the Health Office

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year. Though our students may not be starting the year in our building, it remains important to obtain the necessary physical examinations and immunizations for school entry. The State of Illinois is enforcing the requirements needed for all students enrolled in school.


Students entering the 9th grade must show proof of having received a physical examination dated on or after August 21, 2019. We will need a copy of your student’s physical exam before October 15, 2020.


Students entering 12th grade must show proof of having received a dose of Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV4) on or after their 16th birthday. We will need a copy of your student’s immunization before October 15, 2020.


Physical Exam and Immunization records may be dropped off in the Main Office at WNHS or emailed to our Health Aide at the following email address: Saja.Yousif@cusd200.org Please call the Health Office with any questions: 630-784-7327.

From the LLC

Library Books are now available for checkout! Take a break from the screen with a good book. Students may visit the LLC site for instructions on how to reserve books from home. eBooks & audiobooks are also available for checkout through the LLC. Questions? Please email Mrs. Pigoni at Angela.Pigoni@cusd200.org.

School Yearbook Photo and Yearbook Purchase Information

FRESHMEN - JUNIORS

Yearbook Photo LAST CHANCE Picture Day: October 21


  • You will receive your picture packages in the mail no later than October 16. There is nowhere you need to sign in and check your photo; just be patient for your pictures or proofs to be mailed.

  • If you attended Textbook Pick Up in August and LIKE your photo, you are all set - delete this email.

  • If you attended Textbook Pick Up in August and did NOT like your photo, please sign up for a time for a retake.

  • If you did NOT attend Textbook Pick Up on your assigned day and did NOT take a photo, we NEED you to come in to take a photo for the yearbook.

  • This is your FINAL opportunity to be in the 2020-2021 Northerner Yearbook.

Sign up below for October 21 9th-11th Grade Picture Day

Sign Up Here for October 21


SENIORS

Yearbook Photo only LAST CHANCE Picture Day: October 21


  • October 21 is your FINAL day to be photographed for the 2020-2021 Yearbook.

  • Please make an appointment at prestigeportraits.com. You will need to create an account and select your school. Follow the prompts to book an appointment.

  • If you need further help, please call 630-910-6800 ext. 5

  • NOTE: The BASIC session is FREE! This is what they will use for your yearbook photo. Senior Yearbook Photos are different backgrounds than Underclass photos. This is your time to come to Wheaton North to make sure you have your photo taken to be in the yearbook.

  • Please remember: All students entering the building at door 1 will be required to wear face coverings until the point when they have their picture taken. After pictures are taken, students will need to wear their face covering until they exit the building. We are asking families to self-check for symptoms of COVID-19 and self certify prior to their arrival that students are not displaying any symptoms.



ALL STUDENTS

Interested in purchasing a 2020-2021 yearbook?


  • If so, have your parent or guardian log in to My School Bucks.

  • Yearbooks are $50.

Purchase a 2020-2021 Yearbook 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.


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 15, 2021.

Club ER

Environmental Club is participating in a friendly competition with other schools across the nation to see who can fill up the most usagain bins with repurposed items. This competition is going on now through October 14.


Please help us fill our usagain bin with new or used (even dirty or torn) shoes, clothing, gloves, hats, belts, bags, purses, sheets, blankets, drapes and towels in any condition - old or new, dirty or clean are all accepted at our drop off bin.


All these items will be repurposed. Thank you for your continued efforts to reduce waste and decrease your carbon footprint.


The Wheaton North usagain donation bin is right outside door #16 in the parking lot between the school and the tennis courts.

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Falcon WiNGS

Light the Torch- Virtual 5K

Looking for a way to support the WiNGS? Sign up for the Wheaton Park District Light the Torch Virtual 5K! Participants are encouraged to follow the Chicago Area Runners Association’s social distancing running guidelines.


Run the 5K route of your choice anytime between Saturday, October 3 and Saturday, October 17. All registered runners will be mailed a race shirt. Shirts will be mailed in late October to the address used during race registration. Use the code WINGS at checkout to make a $5 donation to the Falcon WiNGS. Get fit and help the Falcons fly! Register at https://wheatonparkdistrict.com/events/lightthetorch/.


Need a yard sign?

Have you seen the Wheaton North yard signs around town and want one for your student? Please order one online. We feature 28 different activities or sports to choose from. Watch for a new design coming soon!


Falconwear Sales

With the cool weather approaching and a return to school, now is the perfect time to purchase a Falcon hoodie., facemask, stadium blanket or car sticker. Let’s show our Northside Pride! Please visit us at our new Falconwear Online Store to purchase your gear.

*Now delivering within WNHS boundary for $5 shipping

*Offering curbside pick up in the front bus circle at Wheaton North on Thursdays from 4:00-6:00pm.


Falcon WiNGS donations

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors and to everyone who has made a contribution to the WiNGS! While we have waived all membership fees to the Falcon WiNGS this year, we are gratefully accepting donations to continue our mission of supporting students. Every donation helps, no matter the amount! To make a donation, go to http://www.wnfalconwings.org/store/c12/Donations.html


The Falcon WiNGS next meeting will be held Tuesday- November 10 at 7pm. Location and format will be posted on the Wheaton North Falcon WiNGS website, Facebook page and Instagram page as we near the date. Join us!