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Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - Jan. 29, 2021

Students Staying Fit

DW students in-school and remotely finding creative ways to stay fit from family yoga to jump roping and sledding. Check out the many photos on the school's Facebook page of students exercising and having fun doing it.

Spelling Bee Winner

Congratulations to seventh-grader Ashra Roshy who won the District 103 Spelling Bee with the word 'appreciative'. Eighth-grader Sage Manning came in second place.


Ashra will now go on to compete in the Lake County regional spelling bee program, which also may include online tests in lieu of in-person spelling bee events.

Remote Picture Day Reminder

This is just a reminder that if you have a remote learner and wish to have your child’s school portrait taken, remote picture day is this Saturday, Jan. 30.


Student photos will be taken individually and all the safety procedures will be followed. Please fill out the Picture Order Form in advance of picture day and have your child bring it with them to school.

The picture day schedule is as follows:

Sixth-Grade Dental Exams Due

All Illinois children in kindergarten, grade 2, and grade 6 are required to have an oral health examination.

  • This is required for all public, private, and parochial schools.
  • Dental Examinations must be performed by a licensed dentist, and he/she must sign the Proof of School Dental Examination Form.
  • Each child is required to present proof of examination by a dentist prior to May 15 of the current school year, with the dental exam date having been within the 18 months prior to the May 15, 2021 deadline.
  • All sixth-graders both remote and in-person are required to have a dental exam form on file.
  • Forms may be dropped off at the school, faxed to 847-295-7136, emailed to mpastori@d103.org, or mailed to Marissa Pastori, Certified School Nurse, at 1370 N. Riverwoods Road, Lincolnshire, IL 60069.

Tutoring Available


Need some academic assistance? Daniel Wright offers students the P.A.S.S. (Providing Academic Success for Students) after school academic program. The P.A.S.S. program is an excellent opportunity for students to take advantage of Stevenson student peer tutors and a DW Staff member after the regular school day.


Stevenson peer tutors, coupled with DW P.A.S.S. supervisors, are available to provide support to students through Zoom assistance in the following ways:

  • Reviewing and reinforcing academic content

  • Preparing for quizzes and other assessments

  • Reviewing and editing written assignments

  • Having a quizzing partner for test preparation or vocabulary development

  • Helping with creating presentation for group or individual projects

  • Providing support, tips and tricks with electronic resources such as Zoom, Google Docs, sheets & slides...


Fill out the DW Google Form for assistance.

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!

Other District 103 News

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting webpage.

Partnership News

Valentine's Day Fundraiser

The D103 PTO has partnered with five-star restaurant Max and Benny's to offer families delicious Valentine's Day treats. Desserts for sale include cookie kits, pretzel rods, heart-shaped cookies, rice krispie treats, brownies, and more. Browse the selection of treats for options. Orders are due by Sunday, Feb. 7. Orders will be available for pick up from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at Sprague School, 2425 Riverwoods Road Lincolnshire. Max and Benny's Restaurant, of Northbrook will donate 10 percent of D103 orders to the PTO.

Recording Available on Socially Conscious Child

If you missed the PTO Zoom meeting of How to raise a Socially Conscious Kid, the D103 PTO Parent Education has recorded the presentation so you can watch it at a later date.

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.

Community News

Citizenship Preparation Class Series

Vernon Area Public Library is working with HIAS Immigration & Citizenship to provide a Citizenship Preparation class series that begins Monday, February 8. HIAS is a Jewish-American nonprofit that works to aid refugees.


Classes will meet online 1-2:30 PM on most Mondays from February 8–May 3. The 11-week series is meant to prepare residents for the citizenship test in a small, online group. Content includes American history, civics, speaking, and reading and writing in English.


The classes are free and open to all. A Vernon Area Public Library card is not required. Spaces are limited and signup is required. Sign up at https://calendar.vapld.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=25522 or by telephone at 224-543-1485.


A recording of an overview session on the topic is available on YouTube through February 25.


Please direct questions to Jessica Flatley at the library: jflatley@VAPLD.info or Elana Boiskin at JCFS: 847-745-5405 or ElanaBoiskin@jcfs.org.

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair