Wright-ings E-Notice

Daniel Wright Junior High School E-Notice - Jan. 8, 2021

January Schedule Changes for DW Students

We are happy to share that all students, either in the remote learning model or in-person learning model, will continue with 5 days of synchronous instruction from now until the end of the 2020-2021 school year! In order to make this happen, pods of students have been reorganized and many student schedules and/or teachers have changed, even if you did not make a change to your child’s learning preference.

Principal Michelle Blackley is directly emailing students and parents to notify them of schedule changes. If you do NOT receive an email from Mrs. Blackley on or before Tuesday, January 12 your child’s classes and teachers will remain as they are currently scheduled. Any changes are planned to take effect in PowerSchool on January 19, 2021, however future classes can be viewed at this time through the Unified Classroom portal.

We realize that changes in student schedules are difficult and it will require time for students to develop new relationships with peers and teachers. However, our staff has been working collaboratively to align instruction across content areas and share student progress on learning to allow for an easier transition from one classroom to another.

In order to lessen social exposure to a variety of students and enhance safety, learning pods continue to be implemented. For that reason we CANNOT accommodate requests for teacher or course changes for in-person student schedules. Please help us ease the transition for our students by promoting a positive mind set, celebrating a fresh start and embracing new challenges that a different schedule may bring.

We continue to work on any changes to advisory and flex time teachers. Prior to January 19 your child will receive an email from their new advisor with class information. Final assignments for flex teachers can be viewed in PowerSchool after the 15th of January.

Please note that all changes are effective January 19 regardless of if we continue to be fully remote as a district or are able to be in-person due to improving metrics. More information will be shared in the next week regarding the possibility of a return to in person learning.

Art Contest

Free 2 Be Club is sponsoring a fine arts contest For No Name Calling Week coming up in January. Students are invited to create a drawing, painting, graphic, sculpture, rap, song, skit, video, or anything else around the topic of no name calling/anti-bullying. Please submit artwork to Ms. Funk at afunk@d103.org by Friday, Jan. 8. Artwork will be displayed during the week of Jan. 18. For questions, please reach out to afunk@d103.org or lcole@d103.org.

Other D103 News

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting webpage.

Partnership News

Leave Your Legacy in D103

The D103 Learning Fund Foundation invites your family to leave a legacy at D103 with the launch of the Legacy Brick Fundraiser. With the completion of the Daniel Wright construction project, the Foundation invites families to donate $100 to inscript their name on a brick pathway outside the remodeled school.

This LFF Legacy Brick Fundraiser video, narrated by Daniel Wright Principal Michelle Blackley and featuring the new school mascot, outlines the project. This is a great opportunity to bring our community together, so please consider a donation. The Learning Fund and all of our schools appreciate your generous support.

How to Raise a Socially Conscious Child

What does it mean to be anti-racist? How do you raise a socially conscious kid? D103 PTO Parent Education experts will share a virtual presentation on how parents can better prepare children to tackle issues of racism, equity, and social justice; how parents can go on their own anti-racism journey; and what steps families can take to build stronger communities through anti-racist work. RSVP for the virtual Webinar on How to Raise Socially Conscious, Anti Racist Kids at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.

Community News

Teen Volunteer Opportunities

The Vernon Area Public Library offers teen volunteer service hour opportunities for seventh- and eighth graders from their home.

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair