WJHS Highlights


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A Message from the Administrative Team

Hi WJHS Families,

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Parent-Teacher Conferences these past few days! We hope that you were able to connect with your child's teachers and learn more about their progress here at WJHS. As always, please let us know if we can further support your child's needs at school.

Have a wonderful weekend - stay dry and stay warm!


Kate Dominique, Principal

Jeff Dees, Administrator for Seventh Grade

Eric Resis, Administrator for Eighth Grade

Parent Education Events

Our next parent education event is Wednesday, November 17th at 11am. It is titled Supporting Friendship Development and Connection. Please Register Here.

New Trier High School Level Placement Test Tomorrow!

New Trier High School will be administering a placement test for WJHS 8th grade students on Saturday, November 13. Please refer to the mailing from New Trier that was sent out earlier this month for further details.

Tech Tidbit

Executive functioning supports are important. Here are a few suggestions we have shared with your students over the past few weeks:

  1. The best way for students to check their grades/missing work is to use Schoology’s browser version (Black Schoology Icon on their iPads or using Safari). Go to Grades, Grade Report, Select Course to view scores. They can see their grades and click directly on the assignment link instead of searching around for it. And there are due dates there, too.

  2. Students can access Powerschool to check their grades. Here is a video of what it looks like for students.

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

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

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

  1. Communicate with your teachers about your learning growth by checking for feedback-

Watch this quick video to refresh you on where to find your teachers' comments and feedback.

8th Grade Graduation and Diploma Name Form

8th grade graduation will be Wednesday, June 8. Please save the date! More details to follow in the coming months ahead.

Please take a few minutes to fill out our diploma name form HERE.

Check-It Out: Parent Edition News From Your D39 Library

Welcome to the first edition of the quarterly D39 Library Newsletter, Check-It Out: Parent Edition! We will share library information, recommended books, and news from our local public libraries. This edition features:

  • Sora and Capstone eBook information
  • Social Emotional Learning Recommended Books: Friendship & Anti-Bullying Books
  • @Wilmette Public Library: New library website
  • @Glenview Public Library: Upcoming Innovation Fest

Winter Sports

Wrestling registration is still open! Please visit the athletics website for the link to registration and the forms needed for participation. Wrestling begins Monday, November 29. See the link for more information.


  • Wrestling is also hosting open mat wrestling sessions at Highcrest every Tuesday and Thursday until the season starts on November 29th.
  • Open mats are Tuesday and Thursdays.

Protocol for Spectators

  • Each player is allowed to have 2 spectators attend games. These two spectators should sit together and be spaced 6 feet apart from other households.
  • Masks are required of all attendees.
  • Once your player is finished with their game you must leave the facility to allow room for other spectators to enter for the next game.
  • Siblings of players may attend, but they count towards one of the 2 spectators.
  • The student body will not be able to attend games at this time.

LAB 39 is Back!

LAB39 is back! Registration is now open for these hands-on interactive afterschool STEM enrichment classes for D39 5th-8th grade science lovers. There are only a few spaces still available. Register HERE before it's too late. Questions? email lab39wilmette@gmail.com

PTO Highlights

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Attention all WJHS students, staff, family and friends:

Wilmette Theatre is proud to welcome you to the WJHS $2 Movie Matinee Event this Sunday, 11/14/21 at 4:30. Wilmette Theatre is located at 1122 Central Ave. Space Jam: A New Legacy will be your feature film. You’ll also enjoy a private screening of a short film, Mr. Spam Gets a New Hat, courtesy of Peggy Prescott and Producer, David Prescott, Wilmette residents and WJHS 7th Grade Family. Tickets are available at the door. Face masks are required, regardless of vaccination status.


The Trex Plastic Bag and Film Challenge is happening at Highcrest, Harper, Romona, Central and McKenzie. The Challenge lasts from November 15, 2021–April 15, 2022. Students, teachers and families (and the community at large) are asked to dispose of their plastic bags at conveniently located bins by the front office. Collections will be weighed and logged each week and will help our schools to compete against other schools nationwide. Plastic MUST be clean and dry, see image below for accepted items. Questions? Please contact EnvironmentalAwareness@highcrestpto.org. Thank you for participating and recycling! P.S. Since Highcrest is separate from the other schools, WJHS families are being asked to bring their bags to their local D39 elementary school.

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At our district-wide PTO meeting, some safety concerns were brought to our attention regarding the crosswalks and carpool lanes. There have been some close calls with WJHS students cutting through the Regina Dominica parking lot, during Regina’s pick-up and drop-off times. We have also had close calls with pedestrians crossing outside of the designated crosswalks. Please cross Locust at the crosswalk with the crossing guard. Lastly, for parents that are skipping the carpool lane and dropping students between the carpool entrance and exit, this is not allowed. It not only puts our crossing guard at risk, but your students must then cross in front of carpool cars to get to the school entrance. We know mornings can be hectic, but one accident could have a life-long impact. Please obey the walking and carpool rules. For more safety tips, please visit the Village Wide PTO’s Facebook Group: Wilmette Safety and Civics – Schools.


The Village of Wilmette is seeking candidates to fill both the Crossing Guard and

substitute Crossing Guard positions to work from mid-August through early-June (when school is holding in-class sessions). The Crossing Guard must be able to work from Monday to Friday, approximately 2 hours per day. The substitute Crossing Guards will fill in during the morning and/or afternoon as needed by the Police Department. Please visit this link for the job description. For information on how to apply, or view the Crossing Guard details here. (Link: https://wilmette.munisselfservice.com/ess/employmentopportunities/JobDescriptions.aspx)


Attention 7th Grade Parents: Book 8th Grade 2022 DC Trip by 11/15/21 and save $100. For more information and registration: https://worldstrides.com/custom/wilmette-jr-hs-dc-wb-199281/

(Note: the DC trip is not sponsored by D39, WJHS or the PTO, for more information email Paul Harper at harperp@wilmette39.org)

District Update

Board of Education Meeting on Monday

The D39 Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting next Monday, Nov. 15 at 7 pm. Click here for access to the complete meeting agenda and materials. There will be a public hearing during the meeting regarding our 2021 tax levy as well and the Board will also hear a presentation on our 2021-22 assessment data.

Upcoming Parent Education

Make plans now to join us next Wednesday (Nov. 17) at 11 am via Zoom for our next Parent Education event, “Supporting Friendship Development and Connection.” The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with a 15-minute Q&A to follow immediately. Please register here to reserve your spot!

Vaccine Clinic for Children Ages 5-11

District 39 is partnering with the other New Trier Township districts and Jewel-Osco to host two vaccination clinics for children ages 5-11. The second clinic will be held on Nov. 23 (with the second dose scheduled for Dec. 14) at the Misner Auditorium in Glencoe. Registration will open on Thursday, Nov. 18 and you will receive an email with the registration link at 6:30 pm that evening.

SHIELD Illinois Thanksgiving Schedule

Thank you to all who are participating in the SHIELD Illinois testing program. It has been a great resource for us as a District as we continue to navigate the fall. Looking ahead to the Thanksgiving holiday, we are tentatively planning to offer SHIELD testing, as usual, on Tuesday, Nov. 23, but will not be offering on Thursday, Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving Day) or Saturday, Nov. 27. Anyone who is registered is welcome to test on Tuesday, if they wish. Please note that processing times may be impacted by the holiday.

Strategic Plan Update

We are continuing to work hard to set the foundation and put our strategic plan into action. One of our top priorities right now is rounding out our District Strategic Advisory Team, a group of representative stakeholders will help guide, inform and evaluate progress of our new Strategic Plan: Engage, Empower, and Inspire. We will continue to keep you all informed as we move forward with this important work.

Community News

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

DCFS Foster Child Gift Drive: Families wishing to participate in agift drive for foster children this December should contact Amy Bowen or DanaDrummer. See flyer for details.

PEDAL POWER is collecting gently used bicycles to award Chicago Public School Honor Roll students. Please donate used bicycles tomorrow, November 13th, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Drop off locations are listed on the flyer posted on the website.

PICKLES EMPOWER is hosting a virtual event on December 12th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Kids supporting kids through their parent/guardian cancer journeys. contact@picklesgroup.org for more information.

The Volunteer Center is offering many volunteer service opportunities. Township Paper Shredding Event, tomorrow, November 13th, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Volunteers needed.

The Trevian Girls Softball Association is adding 8-10 year olds to their spring and summer teams. Contact Kelsey Farmer for more information.

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.

For 5th - 8th grade Girls:

Regina Dominican Panthers Basketball Coaching Staff is hosting FUNdamentals Clinic November 7th, 14th and 21st. 5th-6th grades: 9:00-10:00 am and 7th-8th grades: 10:00 - 11:00 am. ($25 fee)