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A Thomas Jefferson Elementary fifth grade honors student in Martha Baumgartner’s class peers into a gourd that was used as a water container. The gourd was part of an in-school field trip exploring ways Native Americans used natural materials by the Forest Preserve District of Will County on November 22, 2019.

Hello, District 202 Education Partners,

Here is this week’s “Pre-Thanksgiving Week” selection of D. 202 news and information:

This Week's Highlights



  • The Board of Education will meet in regular session on Monday, November 25, 2019 at the district administrative center, 15732 Howard Street, Plainfield. The public session starts at 7:30 p.m.


PSHS teacher gives back to community by teaching crochet
Nov 20, 2019
Seven D. 202 early childhood teachers win new Bonnie McBeth grants
Nov 19, 2019
Timber Ridge Middle School to host community blood drive
Nov 19, 2019
NOV 22
CAPE monthly meeting
NOV 25
Parent/Teacher Conferences (Evening Schedule) - NO SCHOOL
NOV 25
Teacher Institute - No Student Attendance
NOV 25
Board of Education regular meeting
NOV 26
Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL
NOV 27
Thanksgiving Recess - NO SCHOOL
Kudos and Congratulations
  • Wesmere Elementary School kindergarten teacher Joyce Ansel’s National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification was recently renewed. NBPTS certification is widely considered one of the highest professional recognitions for educators.
  • Plainfield East High School seniors Colby O’Dell and Katelyn Wong placed in the Top 10 of the Illinois Tollway and State Police Map Art Contest. O’Dell placed 4th overall.
  • Several Plainfield North High School studenst are competing this weekend at the state swim and dive meet:
  • Diving – Junior Amanda Spangler and sophomore Logan Selsky
  • 200 Freestyle – Seniors Jessica Davis and Kali Franckowiak
  • 50 Yard Freestyle – Junior Karley Sonnenberg
  • 100 Yard Butterfly – Senior Samantha Kershner
  • 100 Yard Freestyle – Senior Jessica Davis
  • 500 Yard Freestyle – Senior Kali Franckowiak
  • 200 and 400 Yard Freestyle – Junior Karley Sonnennberg, and seniors Samantha Kershner, Kali Franckowiak and Jessica Davis
  • Plainfield High School – Central Campus junior Andrew Swanson won a Bronze medal for the USA team in the Pankration World Championships. Pankration is a martial art.
Week in Review


These District 202 social media posts got the most attention and feedback this week:
facebook image from facebook Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 is #202proud of these teachers for winning an inaugural Bonnie McBeth Early Learning Grant: * Patty Thomas -- for a sign language class; * Ryane Barton -- for stuttering classes; * Sarah Drumm -- for a behavioral seminar; * Meghan McAdams – for a behavioral seminar; * Collen Profitt – for a graduate class about autism; * Karen Trifilio – for a subscription for an online occupational therapy resource; * Lisa Koopman – for an early learning bilingual graduate course. Visit http://www.psd202.org/news/1416 for more on these winning teachers.

instagram image from instagram Athletes from Plainfield North High School traveled to various elementary schools as part of the Tiger Reading Club on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. High school students read a book to the elementary school students and talk about the importance of reading. After talking about the importance of reading, students are challenged to read 10 books before winter break starts. If they complete the task they are invited to a basketball game or wrestling meet in January. Students are then given a t-shirt and are honored in front of the crowd. #202proud

twitter Plainfield East High School hosted educators from China on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. The visitors from China… https://t.co/Yxz1CmAMTE


The District 202 Community Relations Department is traveling around the district taking pictures and videos. Check out what our students have been up to!

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Lobster Award Outstanding Teacher Recognition
Lobster Award Outstanding Teacher Recognition
Virtual Backpack
Joliet Park District Inwood Ice Arena December Public Skate Calendar
Joliet Park District Inwood Ice Arena December Public Skate Calendar
Thank You

…for your continued support of our students and staff.


REMINDER -- Parent Teacher Conferences will be held November 25 and 26, 2019. Please take advantage of this important opportunity to chat directly with your student(s) teachers. ***Students will not attend school either day.

Have a great weekend.

Tom Hernandez

Plainfield District 202

Director of Community Relations

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer

(815) 577-4008

(815) 514-5409 (cell)

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Twitter: @d202schools

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