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Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - Jan. 15, 2021

Conquering the Competition

The DW Science Olympiad Team competed on Saturday, Jan. 9 in the Westlake, Ohio Invitational. Thirty-two Division B teams competed against each other with Daniel Wright placing third overall and placing first in the Super Rank. Individual team medals earned included five 1st place, four 2nd place, five 3rd place, four 4th place, five 5th place, five 6th place, four 7th place, and three 8th place. The team is comprised of 32 students in grades 6-8. They are coached by Eric Rexer and Lisa Solesky, as well as parent volunteer event coaches. They compete virtually next at the Kennedy Middle School Invite in Cupertino, California on Feb. 13.

Tech Support

Please follow these steps if you need tech support:
  • If you cannot answer the question yourself, please visit the parent support website. It has troubleshooting tips and a Google form that you need to complete. Completing the form will lead to a faster turn around for support as D103 tech staff is monitoring the support site.
  • This Google support form is also available as a “Get Help!” Button on all DW student school-issued iPads.

Simplifying Stevenson for Eighth-Graders

Attention eighth-grade students and parents! Please plan to join us through a Zoom conference event on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. for an informative and interactive program called, Simplifying Stevenson, led by Stevenson's Principal, Troy Gobble. No RSVP needed!


The question and answer format will involve former DW students to share information that helps parents and students navigate SHS. This program is for eighth-grade students and their parents.

Calendar Changes

There is no school Monday, Jan. 18 for D103 students. There is a student learning schedule change today, Jan. 15: https://tinyurl.com/yyhurda2

Contest Winner

This year the Free 2 Be Club hosted a fine arts contest to raise awareness for No Name Calling week.To the left is eighth-grader Ovee Muley’s winning piece! Thank you to runners up Sophia Pan, Megan Willens, Vivian Tang and Ana Ortiz Manzanares for participating.

Battle of the Books

Attention book lovers: Tryouts for the Daniel Wright Battle of the Books team will be held virtually on Friday, Jan 22 at 3:00 p.m. Please tune into the the Zoom channel for the tryout session.


Once a team is formed, practices will be held Tuesdays after school from Feb. 2 through March 9. Please contact Mrs. Shelton at ashelton@d103.org or Mrs. Wechselberger at jwechselberger@d103.org with any questions.

Book Contest

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in participating Illinois middle schools. To be eligible to vote for your favorite book, read three titles from the 2021 Caudill brochure and answer the three questions on the back. Brochures can be found in your ELA teacher's Google Classroom and on the homepage of Destiny Discover. Email your completed brochure to Mrs. Otto at totto@d103.org or Mrs. Walker at lwalker@d103.org anytime before Feb. 22. Voting will take place virtually on Thursday, Feb. 25. Complete your brochure today! Your vote counts!

School Picture Days Set

Daniel Wright picture day has been scheduled for the last week in January. Pictures are being taken by Stuart Rodgers, which has provided excellent service to our school for many years. Their company has been serving many other area schools and understand safety concerns and procedures during this pandemic. Student photos will be taken in small groups and all the safety procedures will be followed. Please fill out the Picture Order Form in advance of picture day.


The picture day schedule follows:

Send Us Your Pictures

Sponsor Stephanie Kodros at skodros@d103.org is seeking quality photos for the school yearbook. Please send in pictures of your Daniel Wright student doing outreach activities, helping out a sibling, working on homework, or anything else you would like to share with us.

Save the Date

DW's Leaders in Learning is sponsoring a Watch Party: All Together Now set for 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22. Please show your interest in attending by filling out the registration form.

Other District 103 News

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Coming to Lake County

The Lake County Health Department has an important news bulletin about the COVID-19 vaccine coming to Lake County.

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair