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December 2016
In This Issue
Winter Break Begins December 23
Facilities Review Open Forum Scheduled for December 20
High School Finals
Severe Weather Decisions
District Seeks Associate Applicants
Art Show Continues at Woodstock Library

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Looking Ahead 

High School Finals
Tuesday, Dec. 20-
Thursday, Dec. 22 

Facilities Review
Community Forum at
Woodstock High School
6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 20

Winter Break Begins
Friday, Dec. 23 

 School Resumes  
Monday, Jan. 9, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Holiday
Monday, Jan. 16 

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Thank you to the many D200 students who helped support our community by donating food, clothing, toys and cash to the Christmas Clearing House program.  Here, Mr. Rigby's students at Olson Elementary display some of the many items they collected.

Winter Break Begins December 23

The  las t day of class for all D200 students prior to Winter Break is Thursday, December 22. Schools will dismiss at their normal times.  School resumes on Monday, January 9.  We wish all our students, staff and families a safe and happy holiday!
Facilities Review Open Forum Scheduled for December 20

The District 200 Facilities Review Committee, comprised of community members, administration, and staff, is reviewing the current state of District 200 facilities along with future needs for facility utilization. The committee meetings began in October with opportunities to learn more about different aspects of our educational programming, to review data related to our facilities and programs, and to tour District 200's facilities. Through discussions over the past few months, the committee has identified potential areas of need and has established criteria to assist in developing options to address those areas. Although much work has been done by the committee, it is important to know that no final options have been created and that no decisions have been made.

Beginning in January, the committee will review the criteria and develop potential options to bring to the Board of Education for consideration in May of 2017. During the spring, please watch for opportunities to provide feedback on potential recommendations through surveys.  Parents will be informed of survey opportunities and information will be posted on the district's website and Facebook accounts. If the committee presents the Board of Education with options, the Board has indicated they are committed to conducting a comprehensive community engagement process prior to taking any formal action. Staff and community members will be notified of these opportunities to engage in the process.

In order to provide information on the progress of the committee, a Community Forum meeting will be held on  December 20, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Woodstock High School Auditorium.  If you have questions about the Facilities Review Committee, the meeting, or the process, feel free to contact Dr. Moan's office at 815-337-5406.
High School Finals

Final exams at both Woodstock High School and Woodstock North High School will be held from Tuesday, December 20 through Thursday, December 22. Detailed schedules can be found on the high schools' websites. Buses will run on their normal schedules on all finals days.

Parents are reminded to ensure that their children are well-rested, and have a healthy breakfast. (Breakfast can also be purchased in the school cafeteria.) Please contact your school's main office with any questions or concerns about finals. 
Severe Weather Decisions

District 200 officials understand that our decision to close schools affects family schedules, so we carefully evaluate the weather conditions before canceling school. First and foremost, the safety of our students and staff is our top priority.
The decision to close the schools in bad weather is based on careful analysis of relevant factors, such as:
  • Road conditions as tracked by our Transportation Department and discussions with road commissioners, keeping in mind that many of our students travel from rural areas
  • Amount of snow and ice accumulated
  • Weather forecast for remainder of the day
  • Building conditions (such as whether the school has electricity and heat)
  • The actual temperature in combination with factors such as wind levels and windchill
  • Ability to safely and consistently start the bus fleet and keep the buses running efficiently
  • Any other weather-related factor which may impact school services
Every effort will be made to make a decision in cooperation with other McHenry County School Districts by 5:30 a.m., and will be communicated via our messaging system, which includes telephone, e-mail and text messages; the district website; the district Facebook page; Star 105.5/Y103.9; and Chicago area television stations.
District Seeks Applicants for Associate Opportunities

Are you looking for a job where you can truly make a difference? Do you enjoy working with children? If you answered "Yes" to these two questions, please consider applying for an Associate position in District 200.

Associates work in a classroom under the direct supervision of a teacher and provide instructional assistance to students.  In some cases, Associates may also provide behavioral and/or physical assistance to students.  Each day, Associates provide an invaluable service and truly help change the future through education.  We also have positions for substitute Associates who prefer flexible scheduling and can be available on an on-call basis.

Specific vacancies are listed on the Employment section of the district's website at  
Additional details and job descriptions are included with each vacancy notice, and the site is updated continually. 
Applications for employment, along with additional information regarding Associate job qualifications and requirements, are available through the D200 Human Resources Department, 227 West Judd Street, Woodstock, or call 815-337-5144.  
Art Show Continues Until January 17

The District 200 Winter Student Art Show continues through the afternoon of January 17th.  A huge variety of artwork from students at all levels will be on display at the Woodstock Public Library, 414 W. Judd Street, during the library's normal business hours. 

Stop by during break to take a look at the beautiful creations from some very talented students. 
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