News from Sundling Junior High

April 29, 2022

News from the Principal

The countdown is on as we move into the month of May, and the final few weeks of the 21-22 school year.

Teacher Appreciation Week is next week (May 2-May 6). I was hoping to provide some positive messages to the Sundling Staff throughout the week from our students and families. Please send a positive message to a Sundling staff member using the following link: WRS Thank a Staff Member . If you would like to acknowledge or thank a Sundling Staff member, please click on the link below. It can be completed multiple times for multiple staff members if you choose. We all appreciate your support, understanding, trust, and kind words.

WRS Thank a Staff Member

This is a reminder that the Moving 15 Forward presentation for our school is on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 6 - 7:30 pm at Sundling in the District Meeting Room. The presentations will provide an overview of the Moving 15 Forward plan with a particular focus on why this comprehensive plan provides all students enhanced and equitable educational opportunities and the chance to learn at near-neighborhood schools. The presentation will also include information specific to our school and any adjustments that may be made. There will be time for questions and answers during the meeting.

I look forward to seeing many of our families at our regularly scheduled May events, and closing out the next few of the 21/22 school year with everyone.

Thank you so much for your continued support.

Jason Dietz

Don’t forget to follow us on:

Twitter @SundlingJH

Instagram @wrsjhpaladins

Facebook @WRSJHPaladins

New Traffic Sign @ Sundling

For those families that drop off and/or pick up students using the circle drive at our school, please note a new change to the traffic pattern. In order to maintain safety and assist with heavy traffic on Smith Street at drop off and pick up times, we will be implementing a RIGHT TURN ONLY during the following times:

Monday-Friday- 7:15am-7:45am

Monday-Thursday- 2:10pm-2:40pm

Friday- 1:15pm-1:45pm

The new sign(s) were posted this week.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we made this change.

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Sundling Open House- May 5, 2022

One of the highlights each year at Walter R. Sundling Junior High School is our Open House. This is a time when we invite families of our incoming and current students to visit our school to see examples of our students’ completed classroom work/long-term projects and mingle with our school staff. This year’s Open House will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2022. We invite the families of our incoming 7th grade students to attend a brief parent orientation and welcome at 6:00 PM in our Auditorium (Assembly Hall Theater).

6:00 PM:

Incoming 7th Grade Parent Orientation/Welcome

Assembly Hall Theater

6:30 PM:

PTA Meeting for incoming/current parents

Assembly Hall Theater

6:30-7:30 PM:

Viewing of classwork/projects


6:30-7:30 PM:

PTA refreshments


Please join us, enjoy the displays, conversations with teachers, and have a cup of coffee with your neighbors. Additional parking will be available on the north side of the church parking lot across Smith Street, as well as the park district parking lot across the street from Sundling. There are many spring activities occurring in the area, so if you can carpool or limit the number of vehicles, it would be greatly appreciated. We hope you will join us on Thursday, May 5th.

Chromebook AC Adapter Information

If you have an adapter that is damaged, please contact the school so a replacement can be issued. The power cable can become frayed and raises the risk of potential damage to the Chromebook. Replacements are available, please contact the school for a swap.

Also, if you still have a recalled ac adapter, immediately return them to the school for a replacement. The information for a recalled adapter is located on the back and you are looking for:

  • Model number is: AD0481-2002250D
  • Part number is: AC045USBC
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Congratulations to the WRS Music department for receiving the 2022 NAMM Merit Award for Outstanding Support of Music Education!


The Walter R. Sundling Junior High School Music Department will be hosting its annual Music Department Awards Banquet on Monday, May 23, 2022 at Concorde Banquets (20922 N. Rand Road, Kildeer). This event provides an opportunity to recognize our student musicians for their outstanding contributions to our school and community.

The award-winning WRS Music Department consists of over 125 students in the following groups:

  • 8th Grade Symphonic Band

  • 7th Grade Concert Band

  • Jazz Band

  • 8th Grade Symphonic Orchestra

  • 7th Grade Concert Orchestra

  • Chorus

We are currently seeking prize donations for a raffle drawing during this event. We

raised $3,240.00 for our Music Department through proceeds from our past raffle...100% of these funds go toward paying for copyright fees for music, clinicians, field trips and

more! Any contributions would be greatly appreciated and you/your company will be recognized in our event program.

We hosted over 365 attendees at our past event and we are expecting another large turnout.

Your name will recognized by many who live, shop, eat and run errands in your area!

If you and/or your business are willing to donate prizes for this year’s event, please contact us directly. We kindly request donations by Monday, May 2, 2022.

Thank you for your support and generosity!

Elsa Hall

774 E. Whispering Oaks Ct. Palatine, Illinois 60067


Sumana Satyanarayana

753 N. Walden Drive Palatine, Illinois 60067


Cindy Semelsberger

240 E. Colfax Street Palatine, Illinois 60074


From our WRS PTA

Happy Spring! I hope you were able to enjoy the gorgeous weather last weekend! I wanted to share with you our spring PTA plans!

Open House will be on May 5 and we will have a Pizza Bella pre-order. You'll need to place your orders by May 3 to pick up at Open House on the 5th. I've attached the order form below for your convenience.

Teacher Appreciation Week: We have some great plans to recognize our teachers May 2-5. Please consider contributing some of the items in this Sign Up:

Final 2 Fundraisers: There will be a Luxe Wearhouse Shop & Share on May 4 and a Culvers Dine & Share on May 19. Please come on out to help us finish our year strong financially!

All fundraising dollars go towards programs for Sundling Students and Staff.

Finally, we are planning already for next school year! Betsy Gharagozlou is going to be an AMAZING President for Sundling PTA. She and I are looking for parents who are willing to help throughout the year on various activities and events. I've attached the full list of activities where we are looking for volunteers. We know that everyone is busy but we need YOU in order to have a great year!

Please reach out to me or Betsy anytime if you are able to help us out next school year.

Thanks so much!

Elsa and Betsy

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D15 Multilingual Parent Advisory Committee (MPAC)

The Multilingual Parent Advisory Committee (MPAC) will be hosting two meetings in May! On Wednesday, May 18 the MPAC will host a virtual Moving 15 Forward information session from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Please use this link to view the flyer and registration details.

In addition, the MPAC will be providing parents the opportunity to attend the 16th Bilingual Parent Summit. The conference will take place in Oak Book, IL, on Saturday, May 7, from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. Please use this link to view the flyer and registration details.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey Tadelman in the Multilingual Programs Department by phone (847-963-3203) or email (

Brightbytes School Survey

Our school is partnering with BrightBytes, a data analytics organization built to provide insights into our new and changing learning environments with the goal of ensuring equitable learning support for all students.

Last year, your participation helped us form a more complete picture of how learning is taking place and has allowed us to create targeted initiatives to support our teachers and students. In order to better understand our progress over the past year and identify next steps for our initiatives, we are asking you to provide your perspective around classroom support and resources.

This year’s survey is designed to capture your perspective around your child’s classroom support and resources (e.g., access to technology, instructional support, and student social-emotional competencies).

We are requesting that you take part in this important school survey. Your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

The last day to complete this survey is May 20, 2021. Please respond using the link below:

8th Grade Graduation Reminders

This year’s Walter R. Sundling Graduation Ceremony will be

held at 5:00 p.m. the evening of Wednesday, June 1, 2022, outside, at the Palatine High School Football Stadium.* Rain date scheduled for Thursday, June 2nd at 5:00 PM.

Graduation Fee

This year there is a graduation/activity fee of $30. This graduation fee includes money to be used for our 8th grade end of the year field trip and activities that were not included this school year in our annual registration fees. Please make checks payable to Walter R. Sundling and return to the school by Friday, May 6th.*Please be sure to provide your child’s name on an envelope or on the check. * Please complete and return the field trip form attached to the email.

As a reminder, participation in graduation and end of the year activities is a privilege, not a right, so our 8th grade students will need to meet the following requirements:

  • The student must have a minimum cumulative (all subjects, all year) GPA of 1.0.

  • The student must maintain an appropriate attitude and positive behavior during the school year. The administration reserves the right to remove any student from participating in graduation activities and/or the ceremony due to behavior infractions (including, but not limited to, multiple major referrals or suspensions)

  • The student must be up to date with payment of all required fines and fees.

  • A student on probation may not have a U in the fourth quarter.

At the discretion of the principal or assistant principal, a student may be placed on probation at the mid-term point of the fourth quarter if the student has displaced a lack of effort academically or behaviorally.

Other fees including those for damaged or lost books, textbook rental fees, Chromebook invoices, damaged school property, and library and lunch fines must be paid before a diploma will be issued.

Although the stadium offers us the ability to seat a large number of people, we ask that you please try to limit your attending group to 4-6 people. If you need handicapped seating, please contact our school office at 847-963-3700. Graduation tickets and robes will be distributed to students at school, during their final week of school.

Graduation Day

On Wednesday, June 1st, graduates will be dismissed from school at 10:35 a.m. following a final information session and awards ceremony. Bus transportation will be provided for those students who normally ride a bus.

In order to set the appropriate tone for graduation, eighth graders will be wearing a graduation robe that was ordered earlier in the spring. No graduation cap is worn with the robe.

This year we have once again contracted with a professional photographer to photograph our students as they receive their diplomas. This will assist us in preventing a disruption to the ceremony, which has been expressed as a concern by parents of previous graduates. After graduation, a sample photograph will be forwarded to you from the photographer with purchase information. There is no obligation to purchase a picture.

In addition to the graduation ceremony, we will also be hosting the following celebrations for our eighth grade students.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 3:00pm-7:00PM

Graduation Yard Sign Pick Up @ Sundling

Friday, May 27, 2022 10:15am-2:30pm

8th Grade Activities (TBD-supported by WRS PTA)

Tuesday, May 31st 10:00am-1:00 pm

*Field Trip Permission Slip required

8th Grade Activity Celebration at Main Event

(Bowling, Laser Tag, Arcade Games & Lunch provided)

*Students can bring money to purchase snacks/food.

Main Event

2575 Pratum Ave.

Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

Wednesday, June 1st 8:00am-10:35am

Final Graduation Information & 8th Grade Awards Ceremony (8th Grade Dismissal at 10:35am)

Graduation Ceremony @ PHS 5:00 PM

Important Dates- May 2022


May 3- WRS Moving 15 Forward Information Meeting 6:00 PM

May 4- Spring Choral Concert 7:00 PM

May 5- No School Students- Teacher Institute Day

May 5- WRS Open House 6:00 PM

May 6- No School Students- Teacher Planning Day

May 9- Spring Orchestra Concert 7:00 PM

May 10- 7th Grade Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM

May 11- D15 Board of Education Meeting 7:00 PM

May 12- 8th Grade Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM

May 18- WRS PTA Meeting 7:00 PM

May 19- WRS PTA Culver's Dine & Share 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

May 23- WRS Music Department Awards Banquet 6:00 PM

May 27- 8th Grade Picnic

May 30- No School- Memorial Day

May 31- 8th Grade Main Event Field Trip

June 1- Last Day of School- 8th Grade (10:35 dismissal)

June 1- 8th Grade Graduation @ PHS 5:00 PM

June 2- 8th Grade Graduation (RAIN DATE) @ PHS 5:00 PM

June 3- Final Day of School (10:35 dismissal)

District 15 Online Registration

Online student registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open. If you have not already started this process for your student(s), please visit our registration page to start this process.

Registration is the first step in getting ready for the up-coming school year. After you register your child online you need to:

  1. Pay student fees. Our student fee webpage outlines the District’s student fee structure and the three ways fees can be paid.

  2. If you have a student that is starting Kindergarten, entering fourth grade, or entering 7th grade, you are required to prove residency in District 15. Our residency webpage outlines the documents you will need to provide to prove residency.

All three steps of the enrollment process must be completed prior to the start of the school year. Students of families that, when required, do not prove residency, will not be able to attend class in a District 15 until the family’s residency is verified.


View the recorded CCSD15 Parent University sponsored registration webinar. For written registration instructions, please watch our Campus Parent - An Introduction.

In the event that a family is unable to provide any needed documentation because of a temporary living situation, please contact Julie O'Hara, 847-963-3210,; or Min Goodwin, 847-963-3209,, in the Superintendent's Office.

Think you may be eligible for a student fee waiver? Visit our student fee webpage to learn about the requirements and how to apply.

Think you may be eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act? Please contact Tiffanie Jefferies, Ed.D., Director of Student Services, 847-963-3152.

Thank you.

The District Improvement Team

District 15 & PATH Community Closet

Every year, many children in the Palatine area lack proper clothing for the Illinois’ winter weather. District 15 has a long-standing partnership with the PATH Community Closet. The Community Closet serves the Palatine area by providing donated clothing to children and families in need. The impact of COVID has left the Community Closet with less donated clothing than in past years. We are hoping you can help by donating any unwanted clothing items at your school’s yellow clothing donation bin. The bin is located in your school’s lobby. Parents or children can place clothing items into their school’s yellow bin during regular school hours. This is a great way to put your children’s gently used and outgrown clothing to good use! All clothing, especially winter wear, is much appreciated and will be put to good use.
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