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A Message from the Administrative Team

Hi WJHS Families,

We hope your child had a great first full week of school! Are they completely exhausted? Getting back into the routines of school can be challenging. During the summer and with the longer days, we tend to stay up late (and sleep in late). Help your child set routines of going to bed earlier so that they are up and ready to attend school on time. As a reminder, doors at WJHS open at 8:15 and homeroom begins at 8:25. Students who arrive after 8:25 are considered late to school. Here are some tips from the CDC for getting a good night's sleep.

We have spent the past week navigating the lunch processes and protocols. We know that the first few days had challenges and some students ran short on either lunch time or recess time. We will gather next week to reflect and make decisions for changing procedures for lunch if needed. We are dedicated to having students eat outside or in the cafeteria, with 20 minutes for recess, because we believe that this is best for students (as opposed to returning to eat in classrooms like last year). Thank you for your patience as we continue to work on our procedures. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with concerns.

We hope you have a wonderful 4-day weekend.


Kate Dominique, Principal

Jeff Dees, 7th Grade Level Administrator

Eric Resis, 8th Grade Level Administrator

Virtual Curriculum Night: September 14

Curriculum Night at WJHS is a virtual opportunity for parents to visit the school, learn about the classroom from your child’s teachers, and learn about the curriculum and new initiatives for the school.

Homeroom teachers will be hosting a 20 minute webinar-style presentation for parents, and Creative Arts, World Language, PE, and LBS staff will be hosting 10 minute sessions for parents to engage in learning more about WJHS.

Instrumental Music will host two sessions:

7th grade - 5:30 - 5:40 PM

8th grade - 5:45 - 5:55 PM

Accelerated Math will hold two sessions:

8th grade - 5:30 - 5:40 PM

7th grade - 5:45 - 5:55 PM

Curriculum Night is from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Seventh grade teams will meet with parents from 6 - 6:30, and eighth grade teams will meet with parents from 6:30 - 7:00. In the half hour that you are not meeting with your child's team teachers, you will have an opportunity to join a Zoom with your child's Physical Education, World Language, Creative Arts and/or Academic Strategies teachers.

DSTs, Student Services, and Library/Tech will share a pre-recorded video.

Teachers will be sending links next week.

We look forward to seeing you virtually on September 14!

Battle of the Books!

It is time for the Battle of the Books at WJHS! This is a year-long reading competition in which students form teams, read a list of award-winning and highly recommended books, and end the year with a "Battle" of questions to see which team knows the books best. Battle of the Books is open to 7th and 8th grade students and students are encouraged to form teams of 4-6 students in either grade. The promotional video can be found HERE and students can register HERE. Interested students should register by Friday, Oct 8. Questions can be directed to Daphna Neirick, Mary Kate Lubawski, or Erin Schwarz.

Bicycle Safety Tips

Please talk with your children about bicycle safety. We share our sidewalks with the community of Wilmette and our neighbors walk these sidewalks. We want to ensure that both your children and our neighbors can enjoy the community safely. Thank you!

You can find bicycle safety tips at this link.

Check out the updated D39 Back to School Website!

D39 has updated its "Back to School" website and it has a lot of useful information! It includes information on the layered mitigation plan, FAQs and overall health and safety protocol. We have also updated the D39 Family Response to Illness Booklet.

2021-2022 Parent Education Series!

Please join us for presentations held via Zoom on topics ranging from social emotional heath to technology use. Some are led by the Family Service Center and others are led by District 39. All events will have a 30 minute presentation followed by a 15 minute Q&A mini panel. Make sure to register for these FREE events. Our first one was Wednesday, August 25th and was about supporting the re-entry into school. You can find that presentation at this link. All presentations will be recorded for later viewing and the link will be communicated in Principal newsletters. Please register individually by clicking on the title of the presentation.

Executive Functioning Toolkit to Support Your Child’s Learning (D39)

Wednesday, September 15th at 11am

Learning About the Responsive Classroom Model and Tips to Take Home (D39)

Wednesday, October 13th at 11am

Supporting Friendship Development and Connection (FSC)

Wednesday, November 17th at 11am

Making Room for Ambivalence/Sadness and Silver Linings of COVID (FSC)

Wednesday, December 15th at 11am

Parenting in a Digital Age (D39)

Wednesday, January 12th at 11am

Raising Resilient Children in a Highly-Competitive, Digitally-Driven World (FSC)

Wednesday, February 16th at 11am

Dear Parents, This is What You Should Know About Social Media! (D39)

Wednesday, March 16th at 11am

Mindful Parenting (FSC)

Wednesday, April 13th at 11am

Coping with Stress, Anxiety, and Uncertainty (FSC)

Wednesday, May 18th at 11am

Our next parent education event will be Wednesday, September 15th at 11am. The title is Executive Functioning Toolkit to Support Your child's Learning and will be led by District 39. If you haven't already done so, please REGISTER HERE.

2021-2022 Athletics

Attention parents!

There is still time to sign up your child for sports this fall at WJHS. Go to this link to sign up. https://wjhs.wilmette39.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=361787&pageId=30129022

We are still offering girls field hockey, 7th and 8th grade cross country, and co-ed soccer. All practices start right after school. We hope to see your student athletes participating this fall.

Also the after school activity bus starts Monday at 4:45 for students staying for athletics or clubs.

Late Activity Bus

The late activity bus begins on Monday! Please check out this document for information on times, pick-up locations, and bus routes. As a reminder, there is not staff present on these buses or at these locations - the late activity bus should be used by independent riders.

PTO Highlights

Support your PTO, teachers and enrichment TODAY!

✅ Register here and contribute to the Teacher/Staff gift and iGNITE

✅ Purchase a yearbook here

✅ Purchase Spirit Wear here


The IGNITE program raises funds to pay for enrichment programs such as field trips and school assemblies along with contributing to enhancements to our schools directly related to our students such as outdoor learning environments and athletic equipment. We are excited to bring back IGNITE this year and ask families to make a contribution to this wonderful cause. Contributions can be made via the school website and A-Z. With these contributions, we are looking forward to providing enrichment to the students this year!


In addition to the Park District After School Clubs being held for grades 5–8 at Highcrest, there will be a few After School Clubs at WJHS this fall. Registration for the WJHS After School Clubs will open Friday, 9/10/21 at 9:30 a.m. We’re currently adding those clubs to the WJHS ASC PTO page, they will be listed on the site next week. Click here for more information.


If you are interested in helping at WJHS during the 2021-2022 school year, please sign up here! At this time, the PTO is working on determining where and when parents can help, and we will reach out to you as opportunities arise. Thank you for your interest in volunteering at WJHS!



Over the 2021 summer, your PTO has been hard at work making some incredible changes to the outdoor spaces at Wilmette Junior High! See before and after pics and read more here.

District Update

D39 Strategic Plan - Final Feedback Requested

Last year, District 39 launched an effort to develop a new, multi-year strategic plan to guide the educational framework in Wilmette for the next five years. This planning process has focused on community engagement and aspirational visioning. The resulting roadmap will allow us to provide a foundation that focuses on the most essential, key initiatives while accomplishing collective excellence for our students for the next several years. We are grateful for all of your insight, input and feedback throughout this process. As we near the conclusion of our planning process, we ask for your final review and feedback. Please complete this short survey by Friday, Sept. 10.

COVID-19 Health, Resources and Metrics Page

We want to thank everyone for carefully monitoring symptoms and following healthy habits to help keep our school communities healthy. Resources for families regarding COVID-19, response to illness and quarantines are provided in our D39 Family Response to Illness Booklet. In addition, District 39 plans to continue to closely monitor regional and local COVID-19 metrics on our D39 COVID-19 Metrics Dashboard.

SHIELD Illinois Testing

District 39 has partnered with SHIELD Illinois to provide free weekly COVID-19 testing for all students, faculty, and staff. Testing will be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at WJHS and will begin on Saturday, September 11. Families can register now through Power School by signing in and clicking on the “forms” tab.

  • Unvaccinated students are strongly encouraged to register for weekly screening, which will also provide access to intermittent testing on an as-needed basis, such as shortened quarantine options, test-to-stay protocol when available, and intermittent testing if potential exposure occurs.

  • Fully vaccinated students are encouraged to register for access to intermittent testing on an as-needed basis, such as when potential exposure occurs.

For more information on COVID testing, including our partnership with SHIELD Illinois, please click here for our D39 COVID testing webpage.

Introducing Our New Community Resource Officer

District 39 is thrilled to introduce Officer Val Davis, who will be serving as our Community Resource Officer from the Wilmette Police Department. Officer Davis has been with the Wilmette Police Department since 2002, and we are excited to have her serving our school communities in her new assignment. Welcome, Officer Davis!

Travel Guidance

With a long weekend approaching, we want to remind families of the CCDPH travel guidance. Following guidance from the CCDPH and CDC helps keep our community safe. We ask all families to carefully consider this guidance and to plan travel accordingly.

Community News

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

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. beststeptutoring.org

Central First Grade Girls:

A new Girl Scout Troop for 1st grade girls. Email centralgirlsscouts@gmail.com to learn more about registration. Parent meeting will be held on September 25th followed by the first Girl Scout Gathering on October 23rd.

For 5th - 8th graders:

Wilmette Scout Troop 2 hosts an Open House Picnic for boys & girls ages 11 and older on September 12th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Crow Island Woods,

1140 Willow Rd., Winnetka.

Tech Support

If you are need of tech support, please submit a ticket here. A technician will follow up.