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.

To view pictures of some of the classes, please visit our Facebook page or go to our Google Doc folder.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Extracurricular Activities

Daniel Wright offers students the opportunity to participate in sports and clubs after school. Please click on an extracurricular activity below for more information. Or, visit the Daniel Wright Extracurricular Activities and Athletic pages for upcoming programs.
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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.

Board of Education Meeting

The next Board of Education meeting will occur at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.

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Partnership News

Parent Education Event

Join award-winning author and curriculum creator Carrie Goldman at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, for a virtual presentation on how to help kids navigate sensitive social situations and resolve conflict using healthy relationship skills. When students exhibit unkind behaviors, it is because they haven’t developed core social competencies, such as empathy, compassion, and conflict resolution skills. As parents and educators, we can strive to teach those missing skills instead of shaming kids when they make mistakes. The D103 PTO Parent Education registration for the virtual online presentation is now open.
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Community News

COVID Vaccination Clinic

The Lake County Regional Office of Education is hosting a COVID-19 Pfizer vaccination clinic for individuals 12 and older getting their first dose or third dose (if you qualify) at the Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville. People getting their first dose should sign up for Saturday, Oct. 9. People getting their third dose may sign up for Oct. 9 or Saturday, Oct. 30. The clinic is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please book an appointment today.

Metra Contest

Here's your chance to win a $500 gift card with Metra’s Safety Poster and Essay Contest. For details about the contest rules, entry forms, and galleries featuring past winners visit our Metra website. You can also submit your entries electronically through the site or simply send them to us via email at metracontest@metrarr.com.

Food Pantry

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.

5K Run/Walk

Join the Community Christian Church as members participate in the Third Annual Community 5K Run/Walk with Virtual Option Saturday, Oct. 9. Please preregister for the 5K Run/Walk.

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Daniel Wright Upcoming Events

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair