News from Sundling Junior High

August 27, 2021

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WRS Picture Day was TODAY! You can still order school pictures!

Don't Miss Out!!

You can still order school pictures online at with your Student's School ID or Picture Day ID: EVTNV7PPK.

School Name: Walter Sundling Junior High School

Picture Day Date: Friday, August 27

Picture Day ID: EVTNV7PPK

Annual Notice of MAP Test and Testing Windows

Every year District 15 students in grades 2 to 8 take an academic test called the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). The MAP test measures each student’s achievement in reading and math. Most students complete the MAP in less than 40 minutes. This test provides our staff with valuable information that helps plan instruction and track student growth. Students take the MAP once in August or September and once again in April or May. Sundling students will take the Reading and Math tests during the week of August 30th (Reading- 8/30 & 8/31 and Math- 9/1 & 9/2).

Please visit our District Assessment Calendar on the District 15 website if you would like more information about the MAP test. It is always helpful to make sure your child is well rested and prepared for MAP testing. If you would like to have your child practice the MAP test, you can visit the MAP practice site at:

MAP testing is completed at school. However, if you have a student that qualifies for virtual learning through a medical exemption, your child will take the MAP test remotely (at home) at the same time as their classroom peers.

The MAP test helps school staff determine our students’ reading and math skill levels and helps our schools pinpoint specific areas to focus on during instruction. School staff also use the MAP to monitor each child’s academic growth. MAP test results from the fall and spring testing periods will be available to parents via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. These results are typically posted in October and again in June.

If you are interested in more information about the MAP test, please contact me, your child’s teacher, or download the MAP Parent Toolkit at

Welcome to CCSD15 Interscholastic Sports FALL 2021 - Cross Country * Boys Soccer * Girls Basketball

Guiding Documents and Information

IDPH All Sports Policy; IDPH All Sports Policy FAQ’s
CCSD15 COVID Protocols, Mitigation, and Contact Tracing procedures apply to all Interscholastic Sports teams.

Participation Requirements for All Students

  • Completion of Registration,
  • Current Physical Examination on File PRIOR to Participation,
  • Non-Refundable $85 Participation Fee,
  • Agreement to follow all COVID mitigation measures as required per sport.

Highly Recommended for All Students
Per the IDPH update as of August 10, 2021, “To facilitate safer participation in sports, the CDC recommends sports organizers implement screening testing for participants who are not fully vaccinated. Screening testing can be critical to identifying asymptomatic cases needed to interrupt SARS-CoV-2 transmission.”

  • CCSD15 SHIELD Screening Enrollment - This screening allows for early identification of pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic cases so that the rate of exposure can be contained to the greatest extent possible. We highly recommend that all athletes enroll in the program as a way to minimize exposure and keep our students safe and competing. Opt-in for SHIELD testing by signing this consent form and emailing it to
  • Proof of Vaccination - If your student is vaccinated, you can bring their card to your school’s front office to be copied. Providing proof of vaccination enables your student to remain eligible to participate in the event of a positive COVID-19 exposure on your team as fully vaccinated persons who remain asymptomatic are excluded from quarantine.

Spectator Expectations & Information
Per the IDPH update as of August 10, 2021, “All spectators, regardless of vaccination status, should wear a mask in attendance at indoor youth sports events and must wear a mask if the event is held indoors in a public or nonpublic P-12 school setting. For outdoor youth sports events, spectators who are not fully vaccinated should wear a mask when unable to maintain recommended physical distance of at least 6 feet from non-household members or when the event is held in a community with substantial to high transmission. Spectators who are fully vaccinated may attend outdoor youth sports events without wearing a mask, though they may choose to do so in crowded settings or if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised.”

Parents, Families, & Friends can play a big part in keeping our sports programs going by:

  • Report Covid symptoms or a positive test to the school nurse as soon as possible,
  • Enroll your student athlete in the SHIELD testing program,
  • Provide your student athlete’s proof of vaccination,
  • Wear a mask to ALL indoor sport events,
  • Wear a mask to outdoor events if you are not vaccinated or want to take the extra step to keep yourself and others safe,
  • Keep 6 feet of distance while in the stands at both indoor and outdoor events,
  • Promote a positive message of encouragement and expectation to your athlete regarding all mitigation efforts. They will follow your lead!

Highlights & Registration Links

Cross Country - Boys & Girls

There are four cross-country teams: 7th grade girls, 7th grade boys, 8th grade girls, and 8th grade boys. All students may participate, and there is no limit to the number of participants.


Cross Country Information

Registration: August 20 - 27

First Practice: September 7

District Invitational: October 13

Full Season Schedules will be provided by coaches.

Soccer - Boys

There are boys soccer teams for both 7th and 8th grades.


Boys Soccer Information

Registration: August 20 - 27

Tryouts: August 30 - Sept 2

First Practice: September 7

District Tournament: Mid-October

Full Season Schedules will be provided by coaches.

Basketball - Girls

There are girls basketball teams for both 7th and 8th grades.

NOTE: All Athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators will be masked for all INDOOR tryouts, practices, and games.


Girls Basketball Information

Registration: August 20-27

Tryouts: August 30 - Sept 2

First Practice: September 7

District Tournament:

October 4 and 6

Full Season Schedules will be provided by coaches.

All schedules, events, sports are subject to cancellation or change at any time before or during the season per COVID mitigation updates and directive

News from the WRS Library

Students are back in the Sundling Library!

Students have received their Sundling Library Orientation from our Library Innovation Teacher (LIT) Mrs. K. Burns. If you haven't checked out the new Sundling Library webpage, please take a look at and be sure to bookmark it. Students can find digital books as well as reserve books in our library! You will also find a 'Parent Resource' page and more.

WRS Parent Orientation- 9/9/21

We look forward to seeing you at our Parent Orientation on Thursdsay, September 9th, starting at 6:00 PM. Be on the lookout for a letter and schedule that will be completed and sent home with students in the coming weeks to help you navigate the school and schedule. The event will be held both in person and livestreamed from classrooms to accommodate our families and limit the number of adults in our school. Be on the lookout for more information in the coming days!

WRS PTA Scholastic Book Fair

The WRS Scholastic Book Fair is back! With a theme of "Books Bring Us Together", Sundling PTA is excited to offer students and families the opportunity to fill their home libraries while supporting our school. Shop in person during school hours September 7th - September 9th and during Parent Orientation Thursday September 9th. You can also shop online at anytime from August 29th - September 11th. All profits will be used to provide Sundling ELA teachers books for their classroom libraries. See you there!
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WRS Clubs and After School Activities

We will be reviewing and updating our club and after school activities and offerings for the 21/22 school year as we return to school. As we receive further guidance and updates for start dates and times, we will share that with our students and families.

August/September 2021- Important Dates

Monday, August 30-Friday, September 3- MAP Testing (All students)

Monday, September 6- No School- Labor Day

Tuesday, September 7- Anticipated- Cross Country Season begins

Wednesday, September 8- Board of Education Meeting 7:00 PM

Monday, September 6-Friday, September 10- PTA Scholastic Book Fair

Thursday, September 9- Parent Orientation 6-8PM

Wednesday, September 15- WRS PTA Meeting 7PM

Thursday, September 30 WRS PTA Dine & Share at Taco Shop in Palatine (see flyer below)

News From Our WRS PTA President

Welcome back! Sundling PTA is looking forward to a GREAT year and we are planning full steam ahead for some amazing in-person activities this year! After a year of all virtual events, we are looking forward to seeing you in person! Sundling PTA is current working on plans for in person Black & Orange Event, Student/Faculty Basketball Game, When Pigs Fly and other GREAT events! Your PTA volunteers have been hard at work this summer planning for a great year!

There is no wrong way to PTA—as long as you’re doing it for your child. You can become a member, donate, volunteer your time and talent…or all of it!

Please stay connected with us via Facebook:

Become a WRS PTA member today:

Donate to WRS PTA:

Volunteer your time:

We are headed into a year where there is a strong desire to have fun and safe events, but we will need your help both in the way of donations and time to make these great events happen!

Our monthly PTA meetings will be held either in the Sundling District Meeting Room OR via Zoom depending on health conditions. This is a time where we hear from Mr. Dietz, Mr. Rice and Mrs Blazejak about school updates plus PTA board and committee members discuss their activity plans.

All members are welcome at meetings, please update your schedule for our 2021-2022 meetings, to be held from 7:00-8:00pm Central.

September 15

October 20

November 17

December 15

January 26

February 16

March 16

April 20

May 18

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you at our in-person events this year!

Elsa Hall, PTA President

Betsy Gharagozlou, PTA President Elect

WRS PTA Membership

The PTA is excited at the possibility of providing fun activities for our students this year. We need the support of our Sundling community to make it happen. For $7 for single membership or $12 for family membership you can help create a memorable year for our kids.

Two Ways to Become a Member!

• Sign up online at:

(There is a MemberHub service change of 75¢ (Individual) and 92¢ (Household) to join online.)


• Return this form to the school office in an envelope marked “PTA MEMBERSHIP” along with exact cash or check (payable to: “Sundling PTA”)

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District 15 Career Fair- 9/21/2021

District 15 will be holding a Career Fair on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 12:00-3:00pm at the Palatine Library, 700 N. North Ct. in Palatine. Come apply onsite! We are looking for the following positions:

  • - Bus Drivers - no experience necessary; paid training; free benefits (employee only); pension; paid holidays
  • - Substitute Teachers and Substitute Program Assistants - set your own schedule!
  • - Full time Program Assistants
  • - Office and Library Clericals
  • - Maintenance/Laborers/Custodians
  • - And more!

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