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Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - April 30, 2021

Science Bowl Team Wins Regionals

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Congratulations to the DW Science Bowl Car Team who won first- and second-place, respectively, in the Argonne regional competition, the highest level of competition for this group. The team also placed first- and second, respectively, in the fastest car race.


Of the Team, Coach Tony Hafner said, "They represented all of DW teachers' hard work in not only building great cars, but showed awesome problem solving skills and communication skills when speaking with real engineers and scientists."


The following students competed: Claire Wang (6th), Vibhav Vosa (6th), Wesley Deheck (6th), Rishi Mohan (6th), Nick Zizzo (8th), Ray Sun (8th), and Calvin Hu (8th).

Debate Team Places First

The Daniel Wright Debate Team won first for overall sweepstakes Wednesday, April 28, in the Inter-Middle School Debate Tournament sponsored through Stevenson High School.


The following are the awards that DW students won:

  • Chamber 1: Tony Liu, First
  • Chamber 1: Netra Wuppalapati, Second
  • Chamber 2: Eshaam Bhattad, First
  • Chamber 2: Yana Malpani, Third
  • Chamber 3: Joseph Neela, Second
  • Chamber 4: Hamilton King, First
  • Chamber 4: Arjun Patel, Second
  • Chamber 5: Rucha Rajadhyax, First
  • Chamber 6: Nikhil Gangavarapu, Third
  • Chamber 7: Harikesh Prasad, First

Redesigning Older Buildings

Principal Michelle Blackley authored an article in which she speaks out about "Redesigning Older School Buildings to Support Specific Learning Models" surrounding her experience with Daniel Wright. Pease read the article on the space4learning website. Mrs. Blackley speaks about how the 1970s Daniel Wright school was transformed into a modern, collaborative learning environment that supports group work, Socratic seminars, fishbowl meetings, and STEM learners.

Students Raise Money for Organization

The DW Student Council sold 56 pizzas for a fundraiser to support Loving Without Limits. This organization supports caregivers with hospitalized children who endure strenuous demands by providing gift bags and emotional support.

Club Brightens Seniors' Day

The Wright Way Club helped put smiles on senior citizens faces with 61 Day Brightening postcards that were penned by students. Seniors at a local facility will receive a card and a flower from the Wright Way Club.

Save the Date

  • Color War teams are working together on a service project for a charity or cause important to them. Please refer to the e-notice on volunteering that went out recently.

Eighth-Grade News

Graduation Set for June 2

Two weather dependent in-person graduation celebrations are being planned on June 2, 2021!

  1. First Option, Outdoor: 6:30 p.m. Ceremony in the Stevenson Stadium: All graduates, staff and family members may attend.

  2. Inclement Weather Option Two: 6:30 p.m. Ceremony indoors in the Performing Arts Center for graduates and staff only. Parents will view the celebration via live stream.

For both venues, a Stuart Rodgers photographer will take professional photos of our students that can be purchased online after the ceremony.

ALL Eighth-Graders In-Person on May 14

In compliance with federal testing requirements, DW will administer the Illinois science assessment to eighth-grade students on May 14, in person at Daniel Wright. We will use this day as an opportunity for the entire class of 2021 to come together one last time at Daniel Wright. After the science assessment, fun activities, tours of our new school spaces and grade level celebrations are being planned! We continue to work on the details of the day, including transportation for all students. We will provide more information as we get closer to the date.

Library Books Due

All eighth-grade library books are due back to Daniel Wright by Wednesday, May 19. Library books checked out to remote students must be returned to the school between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. There is a green book return box located inside the vestibule (front doors) of the school. In-person learners should return books to the drop box located to the left of the library door.

Details on Eighth-Grade News

For details on end of the year celebration activities, graduation preparation and testing, please review the e-notice that went out to DW families.

District 103 News

Join Us in Transitioning the School Board

Results from the April 6 Consolidated Election show that newcomers Maria Peterson and Michael Weaver will join the District 103 Board of Education. Additionally, election results show that Kate Harper, and Anne van Gerven have been re-elected for a four-year term. Congratulations one and all!


Retiring from the Board of Education are Malathy Dwaraknath and Liang Yang. Mrs. Dwaraknath has served six years, and Mrs. Yang has served four years. The District 103 community is grateful for their dedication, vision, and leadership in selfless service for education. We wish them well in their new endeavors.


The new Board of Education for Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 will be seated on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. at the District Office. Please join us as we welcome our new Board Members on our YouTube channel and say farewell to our retiring members.

May Lunch Menus

May lunch menus are now available for your review on the Quest Food Management Services website page.

Partnership News

Volunteer of the Year Award

The D103 PTO Executive Board appreciates all of our volunteers! We also like to acknowledge that one special person who has gone above and beyond the call of duty. If you know of a deserving person you would like to nominate for the 2020-2021 D103 PTO Scott S. Guziec Volunteer of the Year Award, please fill out the Google nomination form. Nominations are due by May 1.

Dawn Anderson Angel Award

Each year, the PTO recognizes a volunteer who exemplifies the commitment of Dawn Anderson to District 103. Dawn generously volunteered for District 103, the D103 PTO and in our community. We now award a volunteer that demonstrates that commitment.

Requirements for Nomination: The nominee must be someone whose youngest child is an eighth-grade student so that this volunteer will be "graduating" from District 103. The volunteer should be someone who has committed his or her time over several years to our District, including volunteering for the PTO.

Maybe this is a visible volunteer who has led many PTO events or a quiet contributor who we could always count on to fill in when needed. Like Dawn, this volunteer should have an infectious volunteer spirit. The deadline for submission is April 30. Please fill out the Google nomination form to recognize a volunteer.

Community News

Summer STEM Program

Math-Aid is offering a free summer STEM program for junior high school students.

Enrichment Summer School

The Center for Gifted offers in-person spring and summer classes in Long Grove and Elmhurst. Please visit the Center for Gifted website. Masks are required, social distancing is enforced, and hand sanitizer must be non-scented. All classes are a maximum of 10-12 children. Students need NOT be tested or identified as gifted, just eager to learn!

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair