Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - April 2, 2021

Buy a Pizza & Help Support Student Fundraiser

Help the members of the DW Student Council support Loving Without Limits! This organization supports caregivers with hospitalized children who endure strenuous demands by providing gift bags and emotional support. Student council is raising funds by selling Lou Malnati's frozen pizza coupons. Each coupon costs $13.00 and the proceeds will go to Loving Without Limits. With this coupon, you can go to your local Lou Malnati's and use it to receive a frozen 9" pizza (cheese, sausage, pepperoni, or spinach).

Please indicate in the RevTrak Web Store how you would like to receive your coupon. Reach out to kbuffa@d103.org with any questions. The members of student council thank you for your support and helping us support Loving Without Limits!

Color Wars

Color War Competitions start next week! Students will participate in virtual pep rallies Monday through Thursday. For the first three days, color war teams will send one representative to the gym while the rest of the in-person and remote students watch what happens via a live stream. On Thursday, Color War teams will travel one team at a time to the gym. In-person students will be physically in the gym while their remote teammates will Zoom in and be projected on the gym wall for a team dance off. Friday ends in a giant Color War with decorated in-person and virtual classrooms and students dressed in their team color. Let's have some fun!

After the week of April 5, more Color War challenges will be introduced to build community and maintain friendships between remote and in-person students. Stay tuned!

MATHCOUNTS Competition Update

Students in Math Club participate in MATHCOUNTS, a competitive series of math contests.

In a MATHCOUNTS competition, 12 Daniel Wright students advanced to the Chapter Invitational . Students who advanced were: Aaroh Tak (8), Akshay Subramanian (7), Angela Ho (7), Ashra Roshy (7), Audrey Hong (8), Caden Zhao (8), Jonathan He (7), Kaden Jeon (7), Richard Xu (7), Surya Chandrakasan (8), Tony Liu (8), and Vedanti Joshi (8).

Of those who competed, six students advanced to the state competition. They are: Akshay Subramanian (7), Angela Ho (7), Audrey Hong (8), Caden Zhao (8), Jonathan He (7), and Vedanti Joshi (8).

The results from the state competition are still pending. They are scheduled to be released this week.

Legacy Raps

Seventh-grade students in DW Performing Arts Live class explored aspects of the Musical HAMILTON and created Black Light Project "Legacy Raps". The Legacy Raps were a positive representation of themselves and their group. Every student had their own kit including a white T-shirt, white gloves and UV reflective tape to add to the performance. The students stayed socially distant during the performance. "Black light is not a strobe, but rather a purple light that makes anything white or UV glow," explained Performing Arts Teacher Ioana Ligdas.

Safety Guidelines for DW Mask Breaks

The Illinois Department of Health requires that all students, teachers and staff members on school grounds wear a face mask at all times except in the following circumstances:

  • Eating while maintaining six-foot physical distancing.

  • When outdoors and physical distancing of six-feet can be maintained.

Please review the e-notice regarding mask breaks at Daniel Wright.

Wrestling Returns to DW

The Warrior wrestling team is proud to announce that wrestling will be returning to Daniel Wright this spring. The season will run April 5 to May 13 Monday through Thursday. As in most athletics, wrestling will look very different this year. There will not be any live wrestling or competitions this season, instead we will focus on wrestling fundamentals and strength and conditioning with some fun games along the way. We will take the opportunity to use outdoor space along with the fitness center and gym spaces to learn this great sport to get your body healthy and strong. There is absolutely no experience needed. Take advantage of this great opportunity to be part of the team and gain the necessary skills to compete next season! Please review the wrestling flyer and then reach out to Coach Ingratta at singratta@d103.org for more information. We look forward to welcoming you to the Warrior Wrestling family!

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Eighth-Grade News

Health Night

Please join fellow eighth-grade Daniel Wright students and their parents at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, for an informative health event that will cover relevant topics such as:

  1. Friendships and Romances: Building the Foundation for Healthy Adolescent Relationships
  2. Managing Stress: How to Develop Your Emotional Toolbox for the Transition to High School
  3. What Parents Need to Know to Help Middle Schoolers be Healthy, Happy Students in their High School Community.

Please RSVP to Health Night to inform the PTO that you will attend their sponsored event. If you have a topic you would addressed, please fill out this Google Interest Form before the presentation.

Please contact Tiffany Etzel at tiffanyetzel@gmail.com or Rilina Ghosh at ghosh.rilina@gmail.com with any questions about the event.

Eighth-Grade Scholarship

The D103 Learning Fund Foundation provides a scholarship opportunity for Daniel Wright eighth-graders. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a qualifying eighth–grader in memory of former parent Dawn Anderson.

The Dawn Anderson Scholarship was established in honor of Dawn Anderson who passed away in 2017. While her children progressed through the District 103 school system, Dawn followed them, volunteering for any and every school or teacher-based project available. Motivated by her love of children, Dawn continued volunteering after her children moved on in their education. To honor her legacy, the Learning Fund Foundation established the scholarship to recognize a D103 graduating eighth–grade student who displays a passion for volunteering and serving others. This $2,500 award must be used for education at a post–secondary school. For more information, please visit the Learning Fund Foundation's scholarship website page. The deadline to apply is Saturday, April 10, 2021. Please contact the foundation at lff+anderson21@d103.org with questions.

District 103 News

Vision Screening Required

The state of Illinois mandates vision and hearing screenings for various grades. Students in the eighth-grade are mandated by the State of Illinois to have a vision screening. Please use this Google form to indicate whether you want your child to be screened or if you would like to defer the screening at this time.

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.

Partnership News

Virtual 5K Run/Walk

D103 PTO's virtual 5K run/walk event is now open.

In order to keep our community safe and continue to raise funds for our school district, the D103 PTO will host its first ever (hopefully only) ​Run for D103 VIRTUAL 5K Run/Walk. Please visit the Run for D103 website to learn more about the event and register.

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

Law Day

Chief Judge Diane Winter and the Judges of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit would like to extend an invitation to Lake County students to participate in the annual Lake County Law Day activities. This year’s theme is “Advancing the Rule of Law Now.” The Judges look forward to seeing the great talent and skills of students in Lake County.

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!

Community Dialogue on Race

Women United (United Way) is offering a virtual event, "Community Dialogue on Race: Moving from Ideas to Action" from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7. Please register for this event.

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair