WJHS Highlights

09/24/21

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A Message from the Administrative Team

Hi WJHS Families,


We felt our first taste of fall this week as the rain and cooler temperatures found their way to Chicago. While we are looking forward to some beautiful fall days, we will definitely take some more summer-like days that are predicted for the upcoming week!


One process that we had to revisit this week, due to the rain, are our indoor lunch procedures. As a reminder, our indoor lunch procedures are as follows:


  • Students are seated in the cafeteria by homeroom, 3 feet apart
  • Students will have assigned seats by homeroom, to assist in contact tracing should it become necessary
  • When eating and while maskless, students are asked to keep movement and talking to a minimum
  • As they do currently, students will have 20 minutes of lunch and 20 minutes of recess


When it is dry and the temperature is mild, students will eat outdoors. When the colder and/or wet weather arrives, we will begin eating indoors, following the protocol as outlined above. As long as it is dry and the temperature remains above ten degrees, students will continue to have outdoor recess.


We are looking forward to enjoying a beautiful fall season!


Sincerely,


Kate Dominique, Principal

Jeff Dees, 7th Grade Level Administrator

Eric Resis, 8th Grade Level Administrator

Tech Tidbit

Where should I look, Schoology or Powerschool?


Schoology - Our Learning Management System where students can digitally submit homework assignments, participate in interactive discussions, receive announcements and feedback, take tests, and more. They can also view some grades. As a parent, you will be able to view your child’s daily activity within the platform, like late or missing assignments. Watch the Schoology Parent View Tutorial video to learn how to navigate your child's Schoology.


Powerschool - Our Student Information System where students and parents can look for attendance, grades and report cards. This is where final grades can be found. As a reminder, this is a method of communication that our teachers use to keep you informed of your child’s progress in each class. Please contact your child’s teacher with questions about any grade or reported assignment in the Parent Portal. Students at WJHS will receive final grades at the semester mark, not every quarter. Staying informed of your child’s progress throughout the year will help you support your child and partner with your child’s teachers to reach their academic goals.

  • Click HERE for a quick start guide on how to login/create an account.

  • Click HERE for a video tutorial on using PowerSchool for parents.

  • If you still have problems, call the building secretaries for assistance at 847-512-6600.

Students can access Powerschool:

  1. Use this link: ps.wilmette39.org - Also located under Students on our WJHS website.

  2. Student username is the beginning of their school email address before @wps39.org (ex. 21josephs)

  3. Their password is their school email password (ex. 12345pop)

OR students may use PowerSchool Mobile App (Tutorial Video)

  1. Download the App from Self-Service

  2. Use District Code HMKF

  3. Student username is the beginning of the student’s email address before @wps39.org (ex. 22josephs)

  4. Student password is student email password (ex. 12345pop

New Trier High School Level Placement Test

New Trier High School will be administering a placement test for WJHS 8th grade students on Saturday, November 13. Further details regarding the test will be mailed out by New Trier in early October. For the most up to date information, we suggest bookmarking the New Trier Incoming Freshman Page.

PTO Highlights

Access the directory, contribute to the Teacher/Staff gift and iGNITE funds here


✅ Purchase a yearbook here


✅ Purchase Spirit Wear here


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

If you are interested in helping at WJHS during the 2021-2022 school year, please sign up here! At this time, the PTO is working on determining where and when parents can help, and we will reach out to you as opportunities arise. Thank you for your interest in volunteering at WJHS!


SEEKING AN AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS CHAIRPERSON

We’re in need of a detail-oriented person, who can direct a team of volunteers, to set up and promote winter and spring After School Clubs. This volunteer opportunity can be done on your own time, from your computer. You’ll work with the VP of Student Programs to set up the next season of club registration.

Please email clubs@wjhspto.com to help us keep our clubs going!


LATE/ACTIVITY BUS SERVING HMS AND WJHS

Late/Activity Buses will be serving students attending after-school clubs and athletics at both WJHS and HMS. You do not have to be a bus rider to ride the Late Activity Bus. All the buses will depart from the front of WJHS at 4:45 pm. They will then proceed to the upper deck of HMS to pick up those students. There will be 3 busses bringing students to the following stops:


BUS #1

  • Central School (9th Ave. Entrance)


BUS #2

  • McKenzie School (15th St. Entrance)

  • Harper School (Front Entrance)


BUS #3

  • Romona School

  • Rec Center

  • Indian and New Glenview (Serving Northside Students)

  • Indian and Glenview (Serving Southside Students)


WHAT A TRANSFORMATION!!!

Over the 2021 summer, your PTO has been hard at work making some incredible changes to the outdoor spaces at Wilmette Junior High! See before and after pics and read more here.

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Parent Education Events

Our next parent education event is Wednesday, October 13th at 11am. It is titled Learning About The Responsive Classroom Model and Tips to Take Home. Please Register Here.

District Update

Reminder: Students with COVID-19 Symptoms

As we move into fall, we would like to remind parents that any student who is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, is required to stay home and seek a PCR test or evaluation from their physician. A negative PCR test or alternate diagnosis from a physician is required to return to school and the student should remain home until the school nurse has reviewed test results or physician’s note for return to school. Please check out our D39 Response to Illness Booklet for more information and visit our COVID testing webpage for information on testing options and locations.


Board of Education Meeting on Monday

The D39 Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting next Monday, Sept. 27 at 7 pm. Click here for access to the complete meeting agenda and materials. The Board will hear a presentation on the District’s strategic plan, and review its learning support plan, which includes information on intervention services, our SEL support efforts this year, and the allocation of ESSER grant funding to support learning recovery and other needs.


Safe2Help Illinois

District 39 is participating in a statewide school safety program called Safe2Help Illinois, which offers students a safe and confidential way to share information that may help prevent suicides, school violence, and other threats to student safety. In the absence of a trusted adult, students can use Safe2Help Illinois to share concerns about themselves or others in a confidential way.

Safe2Help Illinois has multiple ways to be reached.


Once reviewed, information is shared with District 39 and/or local law enforcement, depending on the nature of the tip. This program is intended to encourage students to “seek help before harm,” with the goal of intervening and helping students before they harm themselves or others. Safe2Help Illinois is available to all D39 students, families and staff. Here is a one-minute child friendly video explaining Safe2Help.


Helpful Resources

The D39 Back-to-School page provides helpful resources to families, including FAQs, our D39 Response to Illness Booklet, our D39 COVID Metrics page and more.

Battle of the Books!

It is time for the Battle of the Books at WJHS! This is a year-long reading competition in which students form teams, read a list of award-winning and highly recommended books, and end the year with a "Battle" of questions to see which team knows the books best. Battle of the Books is open to 7th and 8th grade students and students are encouraged to form teams of 4-6 students in either grade. The promotional video can be found HERE and students can register HERE. Interested students should register by Friday, Oct 8. Questions can be directed to Daphna Neirick, Mary Kate Lubawski, or Erin Schwarz.

Community News

LINK: http://www.wilmette39.org/news/community_events


The Volunteer Center is offering many volunteer service opportunities. Make a Difference Day, October 23rd, donate gently used and new goods to benefit over a dozen community nonprofits.


National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15. Join in recognizing Hispanic Americans achievements and contributions. See website for events and activities.


Wilmette Food Pantry is open every Tuesday 10:00-11:00 am at Trinity United Methodist Church.


"Best Step Tutoring” offers free online tutoring for PreK-12 grades. beststeptutoring.org