Today marks the end of another great school year in District 200. The communities that comprise District 200 are strong, thriving communities. It is impossible to have a strong community without a strong education system — an education system that is the 8th Best District in the State of Illinois. Whether you are a student, staff member, parent or community member, each one of you contributes directly to the strength of our system and the outcomes we are collectively able to achieve. Last fall, we shared this year’s goals in our State of the Schools video. Below are some of this year’s student learning outcomes that we’re proud to share.
- At our two high schools, 1,484 students enrolled in an Advanced Placement (AP) course which gives students who qualify the opportunity to receive college credit for the course, giving them a jump start in college.
- Of the 15,000 students in the country who received the top academic recognition of National Merit Finalist, eight were students from Wheaton North and Wheaton Warrenville South.
- For the third consecutive year, we increased our English Learner Program exit rate. This year’s rate went from 10.5% to 15.6%.
- Our efforts and partnerships in early learning programming have allowed us to see a 23% increase in the number of students enrolling in an early learning program. The ages of birth to five are critical years for foundational skills.
- We are committed to providing students with social-emotional learning that enhances their abilities in school, careers, and life, including equipping students with strategies to manage stress and anxiety. To that end, we developed a comprehensive framework that fully encompasses social-emotional learning (SEL).
- Across all grade levels, we adopted a new social studies curriculum that focuses on financial literacy, civics, history and geography.
- Communication skills are a critical life skill and communication tools are constantly evolving. We have to prepare our students for their next steps in life. To that end, we started laying the foundation for new communication and digital citizenship curriculum for students in grades K through 12 that weaves together message production and video production.
Learning is at the core of our mission in District 200. But we’ve also had some other accomplishments we want to share with the community.
- We adopted a balanced budget for the 9th consecutive year; increased our Standard & Poor’s Bond Rating to AA+ (2nd highest); and have the highest financial ranking with the Illinois State Board of Education.
- Together, with incredible community collaboration, we implemented a solution to our early learning facility needs and broke ground on a new Jefferson Early Childhood Center.
- In an effort to continuously improve our safety and security procedures, we joined forces with the City of Wheaton Police and Fire Departments and the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to conduct a large-scale planned safety exercise. Next year, we are planning to implement a new active safety practice.
- We deployed 1,300 new Chromebooks across all our schools to support the important role technology plays in the learning process. This addition brings our total device count to 10,500.
- We revamped our parenting workshop series and look forward to bringing in several nationally-recognized speakers in the coming school year.
Looking ahead, we’ve got a busy summer ahead of us as we are tackling $7.2 million in high-priority facilities projects. With the ongoing work at Jefferson, there are projects taking place at 16 of our 20 schools. So while we’ll be busy getting schools ready for the fall, I hope all of you are able to find some downtime to have fun and recharge for what I know will be a great 2019–20 School Year.
From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all the people involved at our schools — our teachers, support staff, parents, community members and Board Members — for serving as a positive influence and for supporting our schools so that all students can achieve their highest level of learning and personal development.