Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - Feb 26, 2021

Embracing Winter

DW students have found many ways to embrace the snow that has fallen on our area. They are sledding, building igloos, skating, skiing, and more. Please visit the Daniel Wright Facebook page to see students in action.

School Pictures Available

Stuart-Rodgers photographs for in-person students were distributed to students this week. Remote learning student pictures will be available on the Materials Pick Up Days, March 12-13. If you would like to pick up your student's pictures earlier feel free to stop by the Daniel Wright office during school hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you have any concerns about your student's pictures please contact Stuart-Rodgers Photography directly. Contact information is provided inside the picture envelope.

Science Olympiad Competes Nationally

The Daniel Wright Science Olympiad team took fifth place at the virtual Kennedy Invitational hosted by a school in Cupertino, California on Feb. 13. The invitational consisted of 85 teams from 17 states with a total of 1,188 students competing in 26 events, including 4 trial events. Individual medals earned by DW's team included two 10th place, two eighth-place, four seventh-place, two sixth-place, three fourth-place, one third-place, two second-place, and two first-place. The team consists of 32 students in grades 6-8. They are coached by Eric Rexer and Lisa Solesky with the assistance of volunteer parent event coaches. The team's next challenge will be the Badger Invitational, Madison, Wisconsin on Feb. 27.

Vision Screening Required

The state of Illinois mandates vision and hearing screenings for various grades. Please respond to this brief survey if your child is in one of these grades.

Students in the eighth-grade are mandated by the State of Illinois to have a vision screening. Please use this Google form to indicate whether you want your child to be screened or if you would like to defer the screening at this time.

Spring After School Activities

Registration for the spring sports and activities is now open. Please use the RevTrak Web Store platform to register for all programs listed here. Programs do fill up and are offered on a first-come first-serve basis. The clubs are open to all Daniel Wright students. Classes begin the week of April 5 and run for six weeks.

Clubs and Activities

  • Art Club: Art Club is an enrichment opportunity for students to develop their art skills and create original artwork.
  • Computer Science Club: Not only will students engage in exciting games and projects but they will also develop their roots in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in the computer science club.
  • Digital Audio Production: Are you interested in composing or mixing your own music? What about recording and editing a podcast? Students in Digital Audio Production will use digital audio workstations.
  • Fiber Arts Club: Fiber Arts is a workshop where students can learn a new skill in the fiber arts or practice skills they already possess. Fiber Arts includes but is not limited to: sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, felting, weaving, etc.

  • History Club: For students who enjoy all areas of history, this is a great opportunity to show off your knowledge!

  • STEAM Club: The STEAM Club offers students the opportunity to learn about various STEAM topics such as biology, physics, and engineering, while engaging in hands-on projects and labs.

Orphans Fundraiser Successful

The Wright Way Club says thank you for filling our box with donations for the Orphans of the Storm Animal Shelter. The Wright Way Club encouraged families to donate newspapers and cloth towels.

School Lunches

The Quest school lunch menu is now available for March.

Other District 103 News

Your Opinion Counts

Parents, students, and teachers are invited to participate in giving feedback on school climate and learning conditions in District 103 through the state-administered, Illinois 5Essentials Survey.

This 20-minute survey is a great way for D103 parents to provide input into the five indicators from the survey that affect and predict school success:

  • Effective Leaders

  • Collaborative Teachers

  • Involved Families

  • Supportive Environments

  • Ambitious Instruction

This 5Essentials survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child's school. As a parent, this opportunity allows you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child's school.

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.

Partnership News

Eighth-Grade Scholarship

The D103 Learning Fund Foundation provides a scholarship opportunity for Daniel Wright eighth-graders. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a qualifying eighth–grader in memory of former parent Dawn Anderson.

The Dawn Anderson Scholarship was established in honor of Dawn Anderson who passed away in 2017. While her children progressed through the District 103 school system, Dawn followed them, volunteering for any and every school or teacher-based project available. Motivated by her love of children, Dawn continued volunteering after her children moved on in their education. To honor her legacy, the Learning Fund Foundation established the scholarship to recognize a D103 graduating eighth–grade student who displays a passion for volunteering and serving others. This $2,500 award must be used for education at a post–secondary school. For more information, please visit the Learning Fund Foundation's scholarship website page. The deadline to apply is Saturday, April 10, 2021. Please contact the foundation at lff+anderson21@d103.org with questions.

Meet the BOE Candidates

The PTO invites D103 parents and Lincolnshire constituents to join the organization for an opportunity to meet the dedicated individuals running for school board in this virtual venue at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. Please register for the PTO sponsored virtual event.

Community News

SHS Hockey Clinics

Stevenson High School Hockey is offering Incoming Freshman Clinics to current eighth-graders feeding to Stevenson High School. Clinics will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in April from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hot Shots Ice Arena, 29860 Skokie Hwy, Lake Bluff. Registration is required. Skater fee $225/Goalie fee $100. Please see www.stevensonhockey.org for details.

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair