WJHS Highlights


A Message from the Administrative Team

Hi WJHS Families,

We hope that you had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving break!

One of our core values in our D39 Strategic Plan, is Connected Community: We strengthen our communities through communication, collaboration, and partnership. With this in mind, we would like to cultivate empathetic students by thinking of others this holiday season, and giving to those in need if we are able. Our seventh grade students will collect new, unwrapped toys to be donated to Chicagoland Toy Drive with ChiGivesBack. You can find the flier here. Eighth grade students will donate to "A Just Harvest" and you can find the flier here, which includes a wish list. We are looking forward to talking with students about thinking of others, generosity and empathy towards our community. Thank you for your support.

Have a great weekend!

Kate, Jeff and Eric

D39 Ed Foundation

Appreciation Certificates Available
Looking for a holiday gift to say thank you to a special teacher, staff member or administrator? For your $39 donation, the staff member(s) of your choice will be honored with a personalized certificate sent via email and their name posted on our website's virtual Wall of Honor. All donations will benefit our schools by funding the D39 Educational Foundation's Gripp Grant program. Purchase your Appreciation Certificate here .
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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.

Winter Sports Spectator Protocol

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.

Tech Tidbit

Now that winter is here, and you might have noticed your devices are not cold weather friendly. Cold weather can cause more damage to your cell phones than hot weather can

Tis’ the season to adjust our habits to keep our technology working properly. Here are few tips you can try to make sure your cell phone makes it until spring:

  1. Do not leave your cell phone in the car- Cold weather can damage your screen and can also cause the internal components to freeze.

  2. Always warm the phone before restarting it- Trying to restart a cold cell phone can shorten the life of the battery.

  3. Keep a charger with you- Cell phone batteries drain faster when the weather is cold so keep a charger with you at all times.

  4. Be mindful of the Touchscreen- The screens are very sensitive. So, keep the phone close to your body so it can stay warm.

Keep your cell phone dry- Make sure your phone stays in a dry area such as a pocket, plastic bag or moisture-resistant covering. This tip will prevent your phone from becoming wet when it is snowing or raining.

PTO Highlights

Teacher/Staff Gift Fund - Last Chance!

Just a reminder that the deadline for contributions to our annual Teacher/Staff Gift Fund is this Sunday, December 5th. Click here to contribute. Many thanks to all the families who have already given through Membership Toolkit. The WJHS PTO organizes this one-time gift during the school year for all teachers and building staff to be given before winter break. If you’re not sure whether you’ve donated already, check your email for a receipt from sender “notify@membershiptoolkit.com” with a subject line noting Wilmette Junior High.

Questions? Email directory@wjhspto.com. Thank you in advance for your support - the staff is always so appreciative!


Our winter after school clubs will begin mid-January and end before Spring Break. Registration for some clubs opens this Monday, 12/6. The rest will open 12/13. Links to registration will be on our ASC page by Monday morning.

Registration for the following clubs will open Monday, 12/6 at 9am:

  • Advanced and Intermediate Debate: Grades 7–8, Mondays at WJHS

  • Intro to Debate: Grades 5–8, Thursdays at HMS

  • High Five Junior Choir: Grades 5–8, Tuesdays or Thursdays at HMS

  • Broadway Performers (Skyline Studios, The Descendants): Grades 7–8, Tuesdays at WJHS

  • Virtual Chess-Ed (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, or Sat) via Zoom

Registration for the following clubs will open Monday, 12/13 at 9:30am:

  • Ceramics Club

  • Dungeons & Dragons

  • Latin Club

  • Yearbook Clubs


Thank you to those that have generously donated to Ignite! Your ‘Thank you’ WJHS magnets will be sent home via your child’s backpacks this week. It’s not too late to donate and proudly display your WJHS magnet! Click here to donate now. Questions? Email waysandmeans@wjhspto.com


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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District Update

COVID Safety Precautions

New Trier Township, like much of the rest of the country, has experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. We encourage all students and families to continue to carefully monitor symptoms and to take advantage of free COVID testing options. For additional information, families are encouraged to review our updated D39 Response to Illness Booklet, the CCDPH list of COVID-19 symptoms, and the D39 COVID-19 Testing Page. Travel guidelines for Suburban Cook County are provided by the CCDPH.

SHIELD Testing Continues

District 39’s continues to offer free COVID-19 PCR testing. SHIELD testing is available at Wilmette Junior High School on Tuesdays and Thursday from 3:30-6:30 pm and on Saturdays from 8:00-11:00 am. Anyone who has registered is welcome to access testing on a weekly or intermittent basis.

Student Vaccination Information

As children in the 5-11 age group have been receiving their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage families to upload their child(ren)’s vaccination card via PowerSchool. Instructions were sent out in an email titled “Student COVID Vaccine Information” on Monday, Nov. 29.

Community News

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

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

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. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Event will be held on Monday, January 17, 2022. Participate in a variety of service projects in support of over a dozen area nonprofits. Good for all ages and abilities.

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.