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D-200, Marian, St. Mary Classes Begin Aug. 17

The end of summer for students in Woodstock is under a week away. Thursday, Aug. 17, is the first day back for all schools in Woodstock. Winter break for Woodstock School District 200 students will begin Dec. 23 and classes will resume Jan. 5. Marian Central Catholic...

Workshop Explores Science for Young Minds

A group of early childhood educators gave up a day of summer break to gain a better understanding of how to introduce science-based concepts to preschoolers. Bill Donato, a retired Woodstock High School science teacher who now serves as director of the McHenry County...

Buses Will Be Rerouted as Roundabout Construction Lags

Intersection of Charles and Raffel is expected to open around Sept. 1 A delay in construction on a roundabout at the intersection of Charles and Raffel roads will force a temporary change in bus routing when the school year begins. Installation of the $2.2 million...

District Sets Dates for School-Closing Meetings

A proposal that includes closing Dean Street Elementary School and creating mono- and dual-language schools will be brought to the public for input in August and September by Woodstock School District 200. The Board of Education set dates at its July 12 meeting...

WHS student returns from year in Japan

Woodstock’s Jade Bellairs always has taken an interest in Asian cultures, so when given the opportunity, she jumped at the chance to spend a year in Japan for her junior year. A foreign exchange student through the Rotary Youth Exchange, Bellairs was not able to...

New Choral Director Joins WHS

Woodstock High School will welcome Brian Jozwiak as its new choral director.  Jozwiak is taking over for Paul Rausch, who retired this year after 33 years leading the choral program at WHS. Jozwiak attended Vernon Hills High School, where he played in orchestra...

St. Mary Football Adds Indoor Program

St. Mary’s youth football program is celebrating after its indoor flag football teams won their championships last month. The program’s 8-year-old, 10-year-old and 12-year-old flag football teams each won first-place medals in their age brackets at the MAC Athletic...

WHS Students to Study in Germany

Three Woodstock High School students will depart in August to begin yearlong studies in Germany. Isobela Solberg and Cameron Brand, 2017 graduates, and Fiona Child, who just completed her junior year, are part of the program. WHS German teacher Jack Walsdorf has...

Longtime Challenger Commander Retires

Sherry Mesick was the longest-tenured “commander” at the Challenger Learning Center for Science & Technology, but now that she’s reached 80, the former teacher has decided to hang up her flight suit and retire. Mesick was hired as a commander in...

Board Hears Proposal to Close Dean

School board members will listen to public input before voting on a proposal to close Dean Street Elementary School, officials said. The Woodstock School District 200 Board of Education heard the first formal presentation from the Facilities Review Committee May 30....

23 Staff Members Retire From District 200

Twenty-three Woodstock School District 200 employees have decided to turn the page to start a new chapter in their lives as they retire. The district celebrated with a staff retirement dinner May 17. Woodstock High School tops the list as the most impacted school with...

At Rausch Gala, a Fitting Finale

How do you sum up a 33-year career in music education? A solid wall full of plaques and awards could be considered a symbol of success, but for retiring Woodstock High School choral director Paul Rausch,  a gathering of more than 150 former students performing an...

Field Day Fun for Dean Street Students

The academic year for Dean Street School students ended with a day of fun in the sun as they gathered May 25 at Emricson Park for their annual field day. The entire student body of more than 300 children – accompanied by teachers and volunteers – trekked...

WHS Says Goodbye to Class of 2017

  Above all of the emotions in Woodstock High School’s Shipley Gymnasium during  graduation ceremonies May 21, Richard Blasinski said the feeling of thankfulness reigned for him. Blasinski and his wife of 57 years, Marylou, of Lake in the Hills, have 21...

Students Present Business Ideas

An electric scooter rental service was named the top business proposal at the inaugural incubator pitch night at Woodstock High School May 18. A panel of local businesspeople heard ideas from five teams of WHS students who are part of the school’s INCubator...

WNHS Honors Rick With Memorial

Steve Rick made impressions on everyone who knew him, so it’s fitting that his memorial also is an impression of sorts. Rick, who joined Woodstock North High School in 2014 as assistant principal, died of cancer in February at the age of 39. A memorial in his honor...

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