Weekly Warrior

for the week of January 10, 2022

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Mission Statement

"Inspiring a community of learners to believe in themselves and achieve their potential"

Message from the Principal's Desk

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a great holiday break and a Happy New Year! With so much going on in the world of COVID over the last two weeks I wanted to touch base with everyone before we welcome the students back on Monday. I know that there is a lot of anxiety surrounding the return to school considering what is going on outside of our school doors. With that said, please know that we will continue to follow all safety protocols that were in place prior to the break.

I am confident in how we handled COVID as a school the last year and a half and that we will continue to provide a positive in-person learning experience as we navigate through this winter. I understand that there are constant changes to guidelines and recommendations. As a Winston community, our ability to adapt to these changes, support each other and the school is what has made our school successful.

I can not tell you how excited I am to see the students, hear how their winter breaks went and watch them reunite with their friends and teachers. We all want school to be a place filled with joy that makes students love learning, and helps them succeed socially and academically.

If at any time you have any questions, concerns or just want to talk, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

We will get through this together as we have so many times before. Have a great weekend!

Warm regards,

Martín Da Costa, MBA/MAEd.

Proud Principal

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Important Dates Coming Up

PBIS Refresher/Booster Day - Monday, January 10, 2022

Shield Testing - Monday, January 10, 2022 [12:30 - 2:30]

PBIS Refresher/Booster Day Make-Up for Absent Students - Tuesday, January 11, 2022 [Library]

ACCESS TESTING Begins - Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day [No School] - Monday, January 17, 2022

Teacher Institute Day [No Student Attendance] - Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Spirit Days

  • Friday, Jan 14, 2022- College Day
  • Friday, Jan 21, 2022- Mismatch day [wear as many styles as you can]
  • Friday, Jan 28, 2022- Winston Spirit

COVID Protocols

When we return to school, we will continue to follow our Safe 6 measures. One adjustment we will make when we return eliminates the physical self-certification cards, but we ask that everyone continues to stay home/keep your child(ren) home when COVID-19 symptoms are present.

Shield Testing to Resume

We will resume SHIELD testing and continue to encourage all students, whether vaccinated or not, to test on a weekly basis. If you haven’t opted in for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year, please fill out this consent form and email it to SHIELD@ccsd15.net. Additionally, we will continue to offer our Test to Stay program with the goal of keeping as many students in class learning with their classmates.

CDC Guidelines

We are aware of the recently revised CDC guidelines recommending shortened periods of isolation or quarantine for those not experiencing COVID symptoms. Per the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), at this time the shortened quarantine period does not apply to school districts. If and when there is any change to school guidance, we will communicate that information and how it applies to our District.

Optional Vaccination Clinic

District 15 has partnered with IDPH for a vaccination clinic on Saturday, January 8 from 10 am - 3 pm at Conyers Learning Academy. The clinic has 5-11 vaccinations, adult vaccinations, and booster appointments available at this link. If you attended the December 18 clinic and need a second vaccine, you MUST register again for the January 8 clinic.

Positive Cases

We ask that students please share any positive COVID test results with our main office. Having a positive test result on file is crucial information when determining quarantine and exclusion status for the 2022 school year.

While it is both our intention and sincere desire to keep our classrooms open for in-person learning, it is important that you prepare for the possibility that we will need to return to a short period of remote learning in specific classrooms, grade levels, or schools based on any one of several factors. Factors include:

  • A high number of faculty and staff needing to isolate due to a positive COVID-19 test or illness and the lack of available substitute staff to safely conduct in-person learning;

  • Recommendation of the Cook County Public Health Department and/or IDPH;

  • A high number of students unable to physically attend school due to COVID infection or exposure and exclusion; and/or

  • CCDPH or IDPH mandate a return to remote learning due to an outbreak event in one or more of our schools.

The District shares these scenarios now to be proactive, as we fully understand the disruption that remote learning causes our families. However, we need to be prepared both at the District and family level for any unexpected curve balls that could be thrown our way.

Weather this upcoming week

As of right now, the weather for this upcoming week looks very cold, especially at the start of the week. We ask that parents ensure their students are dressing warm to school, especially since buses will continue to be running late, until a possible move to a 3-tier bus system to start on February 22nd.

Dress Code

Appropriate student dress helps the school maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning not only during school hours, but also at all school functions.

Clothing and accessories that display undesirable and/or unhealthy images (such as, but not limited to, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, violence, or gang-related symbols) do not belong in a school setting. Also inappropriate are depictions of vulgar actions/language/behavior, gang signs, or sexually suggestive pictures or statements. Any obvious combinations of current gang colors will not be allowed. These policies will be strongly enforced.

A determination that a student’s dress is inappropriate will be made by the principal, assistant principal, or police liaison officer. The following guidelines are used in determining whether the attire is appropriate. They include, but are not limited to:

  • No bare midriffs.
  • No bare or lace-up backs.
  • Cover buttocks and all undergarments
  • Shoulders must be covered by at least two inches of fabric.
  • Shorts should measure no less than 8 inches above the knee (5 - 7 inch inseam on shorts)
  • Skirts must not be shorter than 6 inches above the knee.
  • Tops may not be lower than an imaginary line drawn from armpit to armpit.
  • No hats, hoods or bandanas are to be worn inside the building except when entering or preparing to leave the building unless they are for religious or medical purposes.
  • The dress code applies to school field trips and all school events

For safety reasons, students should follow these guidelines:

  • Footwear which is safe for indoor and outdoor physical activity should be worn at all times. (Shoes with wheels are not allowed; platform shoes and thong-style sandals are discouraged.)
  • No belts, necklaces, or bracelets with spikes or chains, including chains connecting wallets to a belt.
  • No pants or skirts that drag on the floor.
  • No coats, jackets, or other outerwear in the classroom.

cellphone policy

Student possession and/or use of cellphones and other electronic devices while at school is governed by Board of Education Policy 7:190 Student Behavior. Here is the excerpt related to cell phones:

The school administration is authorized to discipline students for gross disobedience or misconduct including, but not limited to:

  • Using or possessing a cellular phone, video recording device, or other electronic device in any manner that disrupts the educational environment or violates the rights of others, including using the device to take photographs in locker rooms or bathrooms, cheat, or otherwise violate student conduct rules. Prohibited conduct specifically includes, without limitation, creating, sending, sharing, viewing, receiving, or possessing an indecent visual depiction of oneself or another person through the use of a computer, electronic communication device, or cellular telephone.
  • All electronic devices (i.e., cell phones, earbuds, headphones, cellular wrist devices, etc.) must be kept powered-off and kept in the locker during the regular school day unless: (a) use of the device is provided in a student’s individualized education program (IEP); or (b) it is needed in an emergency that threatens the safety of students, staff, or other individuals

Warriors Wear Masks

Per Governor Pritzker's Executive Order, all students, staff and visitors at any K-12 schools in the State of Illinois are required to wear masks.


Parents and guardians, please make sure that you are screening your student(s) daily for COVID-like symptoms before sending them to school and asking the self-certification questions in the back of the lanyards. If your student or anyone in the household is experiencing any symptoms please keep them at home and have them get tested.

Chromebook Reminders

Students should be charging their Chromebooks nightly. We encourage familes to create a system that everynight at a certain hour, the student puts their Chromebook to charge as they pack their backpack for the following day.

Reporting an Absence

If your student will be absent for any reason, please give us a call on the attendance line.


Here to Serve You!

We want to make sure all of your questions and concerns are addressed. The Winston Campus Jr. High Office is open starting at 7:00AM - 3:30PM. Additionally, our Administrators are available via phone and e-mail. We are here to serve you, so please do not hesitate to reach out!

Martin Da Costa - Principal

(847) 963-7405 dacostam@ccsd15.net

Tomas Reyes - Assistant Principal

(847) 963-7404 reyest@ccsd15.net

John "Jack" Olson - Assistant Principal

(847) 963-7423 olsonj@ccsd15.net

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