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Elementary school administrators from China observe a group lesson in Vicki Pile’s fourth grade class at Central Elementary School on Thursday, November 7, 2019. The delegates toured the school and met with district administrators to learn about American public education. This is the fifth time District 202 has hosted educators from China.

Hello, District 202 Education Partners,

Here is this week’s selection of D. 202 news and information:

This Week's Highlights


  • The Board of Education recently approved the 2020-21 School Year Calendar.
    • The first day of school next year will be August 19th.
    • The TENTATIVE last day will be May 27th, if no Emergency Days are used
    • The last day will be June 4th if ALL Emergency Days are used
  • District 202 is once again participating in the state’s 5 Essentials Survey. Parents can share their views about their schools now. Students and teachers will have access later this fall.

***Always assume that school is open. We will contact families as soon as possible only if we’re going to close school.

Please make sure your contact information is correct with your schools.


  • The Board of Education will meet in regular session on Monday, November 11, 2019 at Walker’s Grove Elementary School, 24810 W. 135th Street, Plainfield. The public session starts at 7:30 p.m.
  • Our first “District 202 In Focus” video for this year looks at early childhood education at Bonnie McBeth Learning Center. See the many ways we serve our “littlest learners.”
  • BALKE ART GALLERY ADJUSTMENT: Unfortunately, Timber Ridge Middle School cannot exhibit this month as scheduled. We will reschedule them for later this year.


NOV 11
Board of Education regular meeting
NOV 20
Board of Education Committees
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
Kudos and Congratulations
  • Plainfield North High School seniors Sarah Conley and Matthew Thomas and sophomore Aminah Hussain are competing at the state girls’ and boys’ cross country meet this weekend.
  • Plainfield South High School Associate Principal Phil Pakowski has earned his doctoral degree. Congratulations to Dr. Phil Pakowski.
Week in Review


These District 202 social media posts got the most attention and feedback this week:
instagram image from instagram District 202 schools celebrated Unity Day on October 23, 2019. Unity Day is part of National Bully Prevention Month and encourages people to wear orange to take a stand against bullying. Check out the photo gallery to see how some of District 202 schools celebrated Unity Day. #202proud. More pictures: www.psd202.org/album/01/1731

twitter Congrats to @cougars_pshs Dr. Pakowski! #202proud @ppakowsk @UofStFrancis @ilprincipals https://t.co/ZzUDg4xgpP

facebook image from facebook Congratulations to all our middle school students who made the first quarter honor roll. Visit http://www.psd202.org/documents/1572633278.pdf for the complete list. #202proud


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

View All Recently Added Albums

VIDEO: High School Snapshots, October 2019
Virtual Backpack
Chess Scholars - After School Chess Club
Chess Scholars - After School Chess Club
Chess Scholars - After School Chess Club
Chess Scholars - After School Chess Club
PCHS Free Clothing Event
PCHS Free Clothing Event
FREE Middle School Wrestling Night
FREE Middle School Wrestling Night
Kinder-8th Grade Wrestling Club (Plainfield, IL) Plainfield Wrestling Club
Kinder-8th Grade Wrestling Club (Plainfield, IL) Plainfield Wrestling Club
Thank You

…for your continued support of our students and staff.


Special Message:

People ask every year why our schools are open on Veterans Day.

We believe it is important for students to be in school, learning about the vital role the military plays and its many contributions to our country.

Therefore, many of our schools have some special program, event, assembly, classroom activity, etc. to help students learn this important lesson.

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)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/psd202

Twitter: @d202schools

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