WHS Principal Post- April 2020

The Monthly Hammerschmidt Family Newsletter

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Dear WHS Families,

I think it is safe to say that none of us thought the WHS 19-20 school year was going to end like this. What I do know, is that we remain committed to supporting the WHS students and families in any way we can through the current reality.


While updated information will be coming when there is news to report through an email blast, this monthly newsletter is intended to provide you with general information about Hammerschmidt.


Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly if your family has any needs that we can help with. We sincerely miss the routines of school and the excitement of the students in hallways as the spring season arrives.

WHS Remote Learning Video

Click on the video below to see a message about remote learning at WHS!
WHS Remote Learning Video

D44 Communications Hub

Communications: Where to Find Information You Need During This Challenging Time

We understand that our families are being inundated with information about all aspects of their lives during this challenging time. Therefore, we are committed to making sure you know where to go to find all the important communications related to your child's e-learning experience.

Our Remote Learning website now includes the "Communications Hub." Here you will find all district communications, listed in timeline format. We also continue to post to our own school websites.


In addition, we encourage you to follow the District 44 Facebook Page, District 44 Twitter and District 44 YouTube Channel.

What to Do if Your Device Breaks

What to Do if Your Device Breaks

If your device breaks or malfunctions….

Moving forward, should your device break, we ask that you visit the "Technology Support" button of the Remote Learning website. Here you will find helpful information to troubleshoot issues you may be experiencing. Additionally, you may complete a form if you are in need of more specific support.


Grading and Attendance


Grading will occur but, at the requirement of ISBE, at no “educational harm” to any child.

Our grading will also be focused on students being “engaged” with assignments/lessons, and students will have the opportunity to redo, make-up, or try again. This will be done through a variety of formats, such as assignments being completed, student participation on Google Hangouts, conversations with students and their families during virtual office hours, and more.

In terms of attendance, every day a student will be marked "present" unless a parent calls into the school to report that their student will not be “in attendance" that day.

Departure of GWMS Principal

While I know your children may not yet be students at GWMS, I felt it was important to share with you this news given its future impact. Current GWMS Principal Mike Fumagalli will be resigning at the end of this school year. Mr. Fumagalli has accepted a position as the Assistant Director for Teaching and Learning at Glenbard High School District 87.


While we are excited for this new opportunity, we are certainly sad for Mr. Fumagalli’s departure. He has been an asset to the leadership team and has made a tremendous impact on the students and staff at Glenn Westlake.


Please join me in congratulating Mr. Fumagalli on this next step in his career. As I said earlier, we know this is a great next step for his professional journey, but we certainly will miss his ongoing contributions to GWMS and our district as a whole.


Food Distribution in D44

Food Distribution: We Are Here to Serve You


Every Monday, from 9-11 am, food will be provided to any family in need at Glenn Westlake Middle School. During your visit, you will be provided a week's worth of food, which include breakfast and lunch options. No questions asked.


Want to learn more about our efforts to serve you? Click here for a short video, highlighting the efforts of our community to ensure our families have access to what they need.


Information about the Northern Illinois Food Bank is also provided below:

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Additional Resources from the Northern Illinois Food Bank

Click on the link provided to access the additional resources from the Northern Illinois Food Bank"


Additional Resources from Northern IL Food Bank

Local Community Resources

Click on the file below to access a list of local community resources!
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Spring Break Challenge Follow Up:

Thanks to all the WHS Families who participated in the WHS Spring Break Challenge! In the event that you didn't complete all the activities, I linked it below in case you want to go back and visit it!



Our staff has put together a “WHS Family Vacation Spring Break Challenge Board” for you in the event you are looking for some extra opportunities to engage with your family this Spring Break! Check out the introductory video explaining it below:


Introductory Video for the WHS Family Vacation - Spring Break Challenge Board 2020


Once you have had a chance to view the video above, use the link below to go directly to the challenge board. This board is also linked on our Hammerschmidt School website as well.


Direct Link to our WHS Family Vacation Challenge Board

Spring Break Challenge Photo Gallery

WHS Family Funnies!

The following jokes were provided as part of the WHS Spring Break Challenge! Enjoy!



Lyons Family:

Q:Why did the boot go to the doctor?

A: Because he was so stinky!


Villardito Family:

Q: Why did the teddy bear say no to dessert?

A: Because he was so stuffed!


Eichhorst Family:

Q: What do you get when you cross a pine tree with ice cream?

A: An ice cream cone!


Knight Family

Q:What do pigs call in a emergency?

A: Swine -1-1


Stelle Family

Q: Where does a sheep go for a haircut?

A: To the baa-baa shop!

Bonus Challenges from the WHS Staff:

Three additional "Bonus" activities are provided below:

#1 . Artistic Art Challenge from Mr. Gunsteen, Grade 5 Teacher

Abstract Art Challenge Neil Gunsteen

#2 . Juggling Challenge from Mr. Jost, Grade 4 Teacher

Movie on 4 1 20 at 2 15 PM Kevin Jost

#3 . Watch a Magic Show with Mrs. Mory, Primary SPAC Teacher

Mrs Mory's Magic Show Melanie Mory
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Share Your News With Us!

The Star Cast crew would like to know what is happening with WHS students outside of school hours! If you have a news story or event that you would like WHS to know about, please fill in the following link. Please keep in mind that the StarCast Productions come out once they are complete (without a set timeline). If you know of an event date ahead of time, please give adequate time to get it into the Starcast.



Share your news with us by clicking on the link below.


CLICK HERE- To share your student news with us!

Glenbard Parent Series

Join other parents, high school and middle school students, and professionals to learn about issues facing today’s youth. The Glenbard Parent Series engages top experts, parents and school staff to become proactive and informed in pursuit of the mutual goal to strengthen our communities. Programs are free and open to the public. Click on the button below to see the 2019-2020 lineup of speakers.

Take 5 Resource Videos for Parents!

The Glenbard Parent Series has established a GPS Take 5 video library highlighting presentations of their most recent speakers with bite-size videos for both students and families. A new thread to the video library is the Take 5 PREVIEW series videos from speakers to be hosted in the 2020-21 school year. The videos are filled with insights to assist families at this most challenging time. Posted today, find videos of Phylis Fagel author of Middle School Matters and Dr Tina Payne Bryson the author of the YES Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity and Resilience In Your Child. New videos will be added regularly.

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Click on the button below to see the latest from D44's Virtual Backpack!
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