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 High School and St. Mary School will start winter break one day earlier, Dec. 22, with classes resuming Jan. 5.

Spring break for District 200 is the week of March 26 to 30, 2018. Marian Central and St. Mary share the spring break dates of March 26 through April 2, 2018.

Woodstock High is welcoming Chris Kirkpatrick as new athletic director, and Creekside Middle School has a new assistant principal, Francesca Favero.

Favero worked as a sixth-grade teacher at Carpentersville Middle School, and prior to that she was at Lakewood School, also in Carpentersville.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to work in this community. I love that I get the opportunity to work with parents and students who have a voice in education. Since being in the district, I have been welcomed by so many of the staff in the district who truly want to support their students. I look forward to working with my staff and making strides in student achievement as a team,” Favero wrote.

Marian Central welcomes a new superintendent, Steve Baldwin. Baldwin, who began at Marian July 1, was previously president and CEO at Guerin College Preparatory High School in River Grove.

Principal Debra Novy described Baldwin as having all of the attributes that Marian hoped for in a superintendent.

“He is a devoted Catholic, who brings a wealth of experience in team building, organizational and financial management, fund development, and business acumen, as well as a real passion for developing future Catholic leaders through strong academics and faith identity,” Novy wrote.

Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center will open with new playground equipment, new cubbies for students and the continuation of three full-day pre-K classrooms, thanks to a pre-K grant from the Illinois State Board of Education.

“The grant we received allowed us to use the allotted funds to expand our pre-K program. We used the remaining funds for the playground and cubbies, to keep us in compliance with state grant requirements,” VDELC Principal Tricia Bogott said.

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