Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - Oct. 8, 2021
Understanding Sound Waves
Students worked in teams making decisions about what types of materials and shapes might amplify sound during a Daniel Wright science class experiment. They tested recorded musical sound clips on construction paper, cardboard, aluminum foil, and even balloons.
As part of Daniel Wright’s Next Generation Science Standards students develop and build a model to show how sound waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials and shapes. This helps them better understand how sound travels or interacts with other objects in the world around them.
“By experimenting, designing, and building, students better understand the main properties of sound waves as opposed to simply memorizing words and definitions. If exposed to sound concepts in the future, they should be able to better recall what they learned in seventh-grade through this hands-on experience,” said Science Teacher Anthony Hafner.
No School Monday or Tuesday
We would like to inform you of some upcoming changes to the school day. Please review the school calendar for other updates.
No School Monday, Oct. 11, due to the holiday, Indigenous Peoples’/ Columbus Day.
No School Tuesday, Oct. 12, due to a Teacher Institute Day.
Late Arrival Day Thursday, Oct. 21. Students in grades K-8 will start school 90 minutes later than their normal start time.
Thursday, Oct. 21, is a nonattendance day for students in early childhood classes.
In October, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will be administered to students in grades 2, 4, and 6, and any students who are new to District 103 in grades 3, 4, 5, and 7. The CogAT evaluates the level and pattern of cognitive development of students, as well as their abilities in problem-solving using verbal, quantitative, and spatial (nonverbal) reasoning. The test is composed of multiple “Batteries." For more information, please review the e-notice that went out recently that offers detailed information about the CogAT.
Principal Virtual Meeting
Join Principal Michelle Blackley from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18, to get a better understanding of what happens during your child's typical day at DW. This live Zoom meeting will provide you with more insight into teaching and learning at DW. It is also a time to ask questions or make comments on how to help your child adjust to their new learning environment. While the meeting is intended for parents new to District 103 and for parents of sixth-graders, all DW families are welcome to attend the meeting.
District 103 News
Strategic Plan Feedback Requested
D103 would like your feedback on a new strategic plan that will guide the District for the next five years. Using the Portrait of a Graduate competencies as a guide, the Strategic Planning Committee created four main goal areas with a strategic goal for each area.Please take a few minutes to review the goals and submit your feedback to the District by Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.
The Board will review the feedback at a future Board meeting, revise the goals as necessary, and then adopt the final plan. The plan will outline the work for the district for the next five years.
Parent Education Event
COVID Vaccination Clinic
Congregation Beth Am provides non-perishable food for the community. The congregation is also looking for non-perishable donations. Please visit the Congregation Beth Am website for more information on donating or picking up food items.