School Starts This Week!

Getting Ready for the 2022-2023 School Year

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A Message from the Principals

Dear Winston Families,


The final days before school are here!! This week we've enjoyed connecting with parents, students and staff as everyone is getting ready to start the 22-23 school year. We look forward to seeing everyone at Walk Your Schedule on Tuesday from 12:45-1:45.


As shared directly from Superintendent of School Dr. Heinz, the first day of school will be a half-day and students will be dismissing at 10:35 AM. Due to the abbreviated schedule, students will remain in their first period class where teachers will prioritize building community and going over our school-wide expectations. Students will also be assigned a locker on the first day and they will get an opportunity to practice with the combination lock. For the most part, student lockers will be located near their 1st period class and since we know that this can be a source of stress and anxiety for students, our staff is prepared to help students learn how to use their lockers. Students do not need to bring all of their supplies to school on the first day. Bringing their charged Chromebook, a notebook and a few writing utensil will be fine. In case you missed our previous communication, I am including the link to the Supply List. Students will have the rest of the week and into Monday to start bringing those in.


Students now have access to their schedules using the Infinite Campus Student Portal. Students can use their Chromebook login information to gain access and view their schedule. As the year gets underway, we ask for your help to remind students to have their Chromebook charged and ready for learning each day, and to regularly check emails for daily updates and news a few days prior to school, and thereafter.


We can assure you that the well-being and safety of our staff and students is our highest priority and urge you to reach out if there is anything we can do to support you and your child. We cannot stress enough that while students at this age begin to push us away, our involvement in their education and lives is most important than ever. Our pledge to our community is that we will strive everyday to ensure access for our students to an excellent educational experience. If there is ever ANYTHING we can do, big or small, please do not hesitate to reach out.



Here to serve,


Mr. Tomas Reyes

Ms. Sunah Shin

Mr. Martin Da Costa

Important Dates Coming Up

Teacher Institute Days [No School] - Monday, August 15 & Tuesday, August 16


Walk Your Schedule - Tuesday, August 16, 2022 (12:45 PM - 1:45 PM)


First Day Of School (Half-Day) - Wednesday, August 17, 2022 (Dismissal 10:35AM)


Picture Day - Wednesday, August 31, 2022 (During PE)


Parent Orientation - Thursday, September 8, 2022

Celebrating the Beginning of the School Year

We are partnering with Spunky Dunkers and they have created a District 15 donut which they will be selling from Wednesday to Sunday this coming week to help celebrate our first week of school! If people purchase a D15 donut and share a photo tagging District 15 and Spunky Dunkers, they will pick a few people for a FREE dozen donuts!

Walk Your Schedule

Walk Your Schedule

Tuesday, August 16

12:45PM - 1:45PM

Enter Door #8 (Off Rohlwing Rd)

First Day of School

First Day of School

Wednesday, August 17

7:35AM - 10:35AM

Student Entry and Exit Procedures

Building Entry

All students will enter the building at 7:20 each day. Those who want to eat breakfast will have the opportunity to eat breakfast. Everyone else goes directly to their first period classes. Staff will be available to supervise all students who are in their classes and in the cafeteria.


Entrance

Students regardless of how they arrive to school will enter according to their grade levels. 7th Grade Students will enter the building daily through Door #8, while 8th grade students will do so through Door #9.


Car Riders

We take the safety of our students very seriously. Local law enforcement will monitor drivers' speeds and cell phone usage during the drop-off and pick-up daily. Car riders are to be dropped off either in the drop off line in the West Parking Lot (off Rohlwing Road by the Church) or on Babcock Drive. Parents dropping off should never enter the parking lot by Door #12 off Babcock Drive. This parking lot is reserved for parents who need to enter the building.


Walkers

Students who walk to and from school will also enter the school either through Door #8 (7th Graders) or Door #9 (8th Graders).


Bike Riders

Students who ride their bikes to and from school must walk their bikes on all sidewalks adjacent to the school. We ask that bike riders are extremely careful on their way to and from school, especially on roads and sidewalks adjacent to the school. Bike racks are available between Doors #8 and #9 for easy access to the building through corresponding entrance doors.


Skateboards

Per District Policy, skateboards are prohibited on District 15 property and therefore should not be ridden to school under any circumstances.


Winston staff members will be supervising the student entry/exit procedures to ensure the students are safe, the flow of traffic is continuous, and our building remains secure.

Academic Expectations

Our number one goal as a school is to ensure we are preparing our students to be academically competitive and successful through their transition to high school.


Therefore we take academics and effort in their coursework very seriously.


This year we will have tutoring available during lunch or after-school academic support. While it will optional for most students to attend, students who are not meeting academic expectations or need additional support will be required to stay, possibly missing sports or other after school activities.


Additionally, we know that students need to be in attendance daily in order to be successful in their coursework. Student attendance will be tracked weekly and interventions will be put in place in case a student struggles to be attend school regularly.

Cell Phone Policy

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


Winston students may bring cell phones and wireless earbuds (Air Pods) to school, but they must be off and away and must be placed in their lockers at all times during the school day. Winston students will be reminded of this expectation in their first period classes each day. If a student does not follow this expectation, students' phones and wireless earbuds will be confiscated and a parent may have to come pick up them up. If this becomes a continued concern, students will have to drop off their cellphones daily in the main office and will not be able to retrieve it until the end of the school day.


As parents we know that student cellphones may be necessary in order to communicate with them in case of emergency. However, we remind you that if a message needs to be delivered to a student during the school day to call the main office (847)963-7400 and the message will be relayed to the student.

Student Appearance and 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 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.

Breakfast/Lunch Program & Fee Waiver

As you may have seen in a recent email from School District 15, for the 2022-2023 school year, Winston Campus Jr. High School is eligible to participate in the National School Breakfast and School Lunch Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).


What does this mean?
All enrolled students will receive a free breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to your household. Your child(ren) will be able to participate without having to pay a fee, but we ask that you still complete the Fee Waiver form here (Spanish form) to determine if your family qualifies for other financial assistance such as school fees, athletic, and activity fee waivers. Again, completing the application is still necessary for other programs and assists with funding for educational programs in District 15.


If you have any questions about this communication or anything as it relates to Nutrition Services, please visit our website or do not hesitate to contact Nutrition Services at (847) 963-3929. We are here to help ensure our students get the nutrition they need so they are able to focus on learning.

Sports at WCJH

The fall sports are: Cross Country, Boys Soccer, and Girls Basketball and they begin the second week of school, so we encourage students to sign up as soon as possible.


For more information, please check out the link below:

CCSD15 Fall 2022 Interscholastic Sports Info and Links


* Please note that times/dates are subject to change. Students should look for more information on announcements, flyers, and sign up opportunities during the first few days of school!


*Your child MUST have a current physical on file in our office in order to tryout/participate in a sport.


If a student is cut from a fall sport they can still participate in Cross Country following tryouts.

A note from the Health Office

Here is a friendly reminder about Health Office requirements as we start the school year.

  • Annual health examinations are required for interscholastic sports participation. Physical exams are required- before trying out- for participation in an interscholastic sport. The exam form, completed and signed by a doctor, must be dated within 13 months prior to the start of practice or tryouts, and on file in the school nurse's office. Physical forms are available in the school office, online, and here: Certificate of Child Health Examination.
  • All students new to District 15 will require a current physical exam with all immunizations up to date (Certificate of Child Health Examination), and students new to the State of Illinois will require an eye examination. This form is available in the school office, online, and here: State of Illinois Eye Examination Report.
  • All students must provide proof of immunizations by October 15, 2022, or the student will be excluded from school. The list of current immunizations can be found on the district website here: IDPH Health Requirements.
  • Students with health conditions such as asthma, epilepsy/seizures, severe allergies, and diabetes require the emergency action plan completed by their physician along with the Medication Administration Forms, signed by the physician and parent, for any medications required at school. Please bring all forms and medications on or before the first day of school.


If you have any questions regarding the above requirements, you may reach me at spearsk@ccsd15.net. I will be back in the office next week to answer any phone calls.


Stay safe and we will see you soon!

Kimberly Spears

Jr. High Nurse

(847) 963-7402

Join the PTA!

WCJH PTA is back for 2022-2023! And with the community’s help, it can be better than ever! After a two year pandemic pause, WCJH PTA has a new board in place that is working hard to plan events, programs and services that will support our students and staff members. Please consider joining the WCJH PTA this year and/or making a direct monetary donation. Becoming a PTA member does not mean you have to volunteer (but of course you can if you want to – more info to come soon!). Membership shows support of WCJH PTA’s mission “to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.” Use this link to join or donate today: https://warrior18pta.memberhub.com/store

Safe2Help Illinois

In the absence of a trusted adult, Safe2Help Illinois offers students a safe, confidential way in which to share information that might help prevent suicides, bullying, school violence or other threats to school safety. This program is not intended to suspend, expel, or punish students. Rather, the goal is to get students to 'Seek Help Before Harm.'”


"Safe2Help Illinois is a 24/7 program where students can use a free app, text/phone, website (Safe2HelpIllinois.com) and other social media platforms to report school safety issues in a confidential environment. Once vetted, the tips will immediately be shared with local school officials, mental health professionals and/or local law enforcement, depending on the nature of the tip. The program also will help local officials by connecting them with mental health resources or other appropriate resources to intervene and help students before they harm themselves or others."


To learn more about Safe2Help IL, click here.

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 6:35AM - 3:05PM. 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

Sunah Shin - Assistant Principal

(847) 963-7423 shins@ccsd15.net

Mayra Gomez - Secretary

(847) 963-7480 gomezm@ccsd15.net