WJHS Highlights


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A Message from the Administrative Team

Hi WJHS Families,

We hope you stayed safe yesterday after the snow came pouring down right during the afternoon commute!

Thank you for your patience and understanding as the past few weeks have brought us all confusing messaging about mask wearing. Our students have been respectful and responsible in wearing their masks while we have waited for more information. We are grateful that this has given us the opportunity to stay focused on our learning, and connecting with teachers and classmates in person. We look forward to learning more at the D39 Board of Education meeting on Tuesday (more information in the district update below).

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Kate, Jeff and Eric

Tech Tidbit

In a recent WJHS Highlights, we shared tips and a guide on helping kids navigate social media. Making sure they are safe while gaming and communicating with others through the games is also very important. Here are some tips from NetSmartz to help parents get involved and be in the know when it comes to gaming.

5 Essentials

The Illinois 5Essentials Student and Parent/Family Survey

The 5Essentials Survey provides school districts with detailed data on school culture and climate.

  • Students in grades 4 - 8 will participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey between 1/24/22 and 2/28/22.

  • Students’ identities will be completely confidential.

    • If you do not want your 4th grade child to participate, please email your child’s classroom teacher.

    • If you do not want your 5th-8th grade child to participate, please email your child’s Grade Level Administrator.

  • As a parent/family, you have an opportunity to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness about your child’s school. Your identity and survey responses will also be completely confidential. The Parent Survey Supplement will be open from January 24, 2022 through February 28, 2022.

More detailed information can be found on the Illinois 5Essentials website. If you have questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874.

PTO Highlights

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Mmmm, Soup!

Please sign up to contribute to our 2/24 Teachers/Staff Soup Lunch.

Please help warm up our WJHS Teachers/Staff on Thursday, February 24th for WJHS PTO sponsored Staff Soup Lunch. We are asking volunteers to sign up to bring fixings, or make a Crock Pot of Soup (in crock pot) to share with our teachers and staff at WJHS. Drop off is between 10:30-10:45 am on Thursday 2/24. Please label both your crock pot and soup ladle before delivering on 2/24 to Cindy Sporn @ WJHS front office. Also include a 3x5 Index Card with Name of Soup (if applicable include if your soup is Gluten Free, Vegetarian, contains nuts etc.) We ask that Crock Pots be picked up in the front office after school on 2/24 or by the end of school day 2/25. Any questions? Contact Julie Farina, staffappreciation@wjhspto.com


Thank you to everyone who contributed to this week’s Stock the Teacher’s Lounge event!

Don’t forget to order your WJHS yearbook, on sale now for $25. School yearbooks capture treasured memories that your kids will cherish for years to come!

We have a limited number for sale this year, please use the link below to place the order now.


WINTER SPIRIT WEAR SALE IS ON! Check out our cozy and warm apparel to wear to school and at home! A percentage of each sale goes right back to the WJHS PTO. Place your custom designed order today and order directly to your home OR take advantage of free (very) local porch pick up! (option available at check out)


Class of 2026 – New Trier Hoodies for 8th Graders

Buy your 8th grader a Graduation gift now and get them ready for New Trier! NT Booster Club is offering Class of 2026 sweatshirts! These are great for showing your NT pride along with being ready for the “white out night” sporting events! Let’s get them excited! Www.humankind.shop/collections/spiritwear-new-trier

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February 26th Virtual Family Bingo Night…Purchase tickets now!

Need something different to do at home on a winter Saturday night? Join the D39 Educational Foundation from 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, for a virtual Family Bingo Night! We’ll recreate this popular event over Zoom, but the fun — and the prizes — will be REAL! Register at https://d39foundation.org/family-bingo-night-order-form/ . A $10 registration gets you the Zoom link, and each bingo card is $10. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Pass39 - Spring Event

Please join us for our next event to bring everyone together. It will be at the Valley Lodge on March 5th at 4pm.

The Trinity dancers will be performing .

Bring your children to watch the dancers or leave them at home! Your choice!

We also have a private room secured for adults to meet and chat afterwards.

Community Review Committee Survey

The District 39 Community Review Committee (CRC), comprised of parents, teaching staff, and administrators from the district, chooses a focus area to research each year and provide recommendations to the School Board for future work. This year’s topic, which is a component of Goal 2 of the District Strategic Plan, is Building Responsive Social-Emotional Learning through Strengthening Parent-Teacher Communication and Increasing Parent Understanding of and Engagement in SEL Instruction.”

The CRC is hoping to gather parent input to help inform our recommendations in this area, and has developed THIS SURVEY to help inform us in that effort. We will be looking to learn more about parent understanding of social-emotional learning, how SEL is integrated into the academic school day, and how teachers and staff can best partner with families as the SEL framework is implemented across the grade levels. The survey will remain open until 2/26/22.

District Update

Tuesday’s Special Meeting of the Board

There will be a special meeting of the Board of Education next Tuesday (Feb. 22) at 7 pm at Wilmette Junior High. The Board is scheduled to finalize and approve the District 39 Reduced Mitigations Plan during this meeting. Following approval of this Plan, the Board will direct its implementation, which could be as early as Wednesday, Feb. 23. The agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting (which contains registration information) will be posted online, with supporting documents posted tomorrow morning. Community members may participate either in-person or via Zoom. Anyone who wishes to attend Tuesday’s meeting in-person must register in advance. Ticket registration will open at 4 pm today.

Parent Education Information

Thank you to everyone who participated in Wednesday’s Parent Education event “Raising Resilient Children in a Highly-Competitive, Digitally-Driven World.” Click here to access a recording of this event. Our next parent education event – “Dear Parents, This is What You Should Know About Social Media” – is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16 at 11 am. Click here to register. Parents can participate in-person at the district office or live via Zoom. Additionally, a recording of the presentation will be available after the event.

Submit Your Child(ren)’s Vaccination Information

If you have not done so already, please upload your child(ren)’s vaccination status through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Having accurate, up-to-date data is important in our consideration of mitigation revisions. Current vaccination rates of our schools are available on our D39 Metrics page.

Register Your Child(ren) for 2022-23 Academic Year

Registration remains open for the 2022-23 academic year. For returning students, visit the PowerSchool parent portal, click on the registration link and follow the instructions. For new students to D39, visit www.wilmette39.org/enroll for instructions on the four-part registration process. We encourage parents with new kindergarten students to enroll as quickly as possible. Additionally, D39 is offering its KEEP39 afternoon enrichment program for kindergarten students. Click here for more information. You can register your child for KEEP39 at the same time that you register for kindergarten.

Community News

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

In honor of Black History Month, the Village of Wilmette is sponsoring a Black History Month Student Contest. Submit posters, essay, poems and multimedia items relating to the prompt, "Why do we celebrate Black History Month?” Submissions are due Friday, March 4th. See contest rules for details.

PASS39 is hosting a community event for D39 families on March 5th at 4:00 pm at Wilmette’s Valley Lodge. The Trinity Dancers will perform. A private room has been reserved to meet and chat following the performance.

The Village of Wilmette & 'Ready Set Wilmette' Comprehensive Planning Team want to hear from Wilmette residents. ReadySetWilmette.com Help ensure Wilmette is welcoming, thriving and vibrant for years to come. A series of polls focused on plan themes, an online comment map, and ideas wall. Provide input at your leisure and as ideas come up: feedback shared to date is highlighted in this recent online post.Check out the Facebook Page

The Volunteer Center is offering many volunteer service opportunities. Kids Against Hunger Event will be held on March 19th. Help pack nutritious meals for over 100,000 starving Nicaraguans.

Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) is hosting Campyardigan Summer Camp options for students ages 5-13 with disabilities. The Spring Guide lists summer recreation programs.

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.