Weekly Warrior

for the week of April 11, 2022

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Mission Statement

"Inspiring a community of learners to believe in themselves and achieve their potential"

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Important Dates Coming Up

Illinois Science Assessment (8th Grade) - This Week in Science Class

MAP Reading Test (All Grades) - This Week in Reading/Writing Class

MAP Math Test (All Grades) - This and next week in Math Class

Shield Testing - Monday, April 11, 2022 (12:15 - 2:15)

District Closed [No School] - Friday, April 15, 2022

Winston Campus Jr. High Open House - Thursday, May 5, 2022 [6:00PM - 7:00PM]

Teacher Institute Days [No School] - Thursday, May 5, 2022 and Friday, May 6, 2022

Memorial Day [No School] - Monday, May 30, 2022

Graduation and Half Day for 8th Graders- Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Last Day and Half Day for 7th Graders - Friday, June 3, 2022

Improving Family-School Relationship

One of our teachers, Ms. Weinman, is currently in a Masters Program in Educational Leadership at Roosevelt University. As a part this Masters program, Ms. Weinman has a project to help strengthen family-school relationships. She is hoping to gather feedback from various groups to analyze family- school relationships and recommend some changes to our school in order to help us continuously improve. Please complete this survey by April 18th.

MAP Testing

MAP Testing continues this and next week!

MAP, or the Measure of Academic Progress, is a computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child's academic growth.

End of the year MAP testing will begin this week and go through the end of the month. MAP scores, along with teacher recommendations and grades, are used to determine placement for next year.

When taking the MAP test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. Although the tests are not timed, it usually takes students about one hour to complete each test.

Teachers met with students last week to discuss their scores from the beginning of the year and establish growth goals for the upcoming test. All students who meet their growth goals will be recognized with a t-shirt to celebrate their academic growth. Please use the upcoming days to talk to your students about the MAP test. If you have any questions, please reach out to your students' math or reading teacher.

Transitioning Back to the Cafeteria

Over the last two years, half of the students have eaten in the cafeteria while the other half have eaten in classrooms. This was to ensure proper distancing according to ISBE guidelines. Recently, those guidelines expired, and we will transition to having more students in the cafeteria starting on Monday, April 11. If you would like for your student to remain eating in a classroom please e-mail Mr. Da Costa at dacostam@ccsd15.net

one-five Teacher Tribute

Teachers inspire us all year long, but next month is a special time for you to show how you feel. Teacher Appreciation Day is May 3, 2022. The one-five Foundation offers a wonderful way to acknowledge someone who has made a lasting impact and supports innovative education. It is easy to participate in this much-appreciated TEACHER TRIBUTE PROGRAM. Your contribution will be a welcome recognition for the teachers or staff you name, and it will help the Foundation continue its work on behalf of all District 15 students.

Tributes will run from April 4-28, 2022. For additional information please visit www.one-five.org.

Winston Store Fundraiser

Our WCJH Parents have created a tshirt store with Winston Gear to help fundraise for the end of the year activities. The Class of 2022 design was designed by a Winston 8th Grader! Please help support our Warriors by clicking on the link below and shop their store!

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Plastic Bag Recycling Drive

For Earth Month - April 2022, we will be conducting a Community-Wide Plastic Bag Drive working with a local non-profit.

Why are we having this drive?

None of the trash haulers - Republic, Flood Brothers, Groot, Waste Management and Lake Shore Recycling - allow plastic bags into the recycling bins because the plastic bags harm their equipment. For this reason, most plastic bags end up in the landfill.

Clean Up - Give Back's goal is to collect thousands of pounds of these bags during Earth Month and donate them to a company that makes outdoor furniture and equipment. This company will use some of the plastic bags to make a bench which we will present to the community in September 2022.

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Moving District 15 Forward

We are delighted to announce that the Moving 15 Forward initiative is going on the road this spring!

Board of Education President Lisa Scuzupaj and Dr. Laurie Heinz will share the specifics of the proposal and seek feedback from stakeholders across our communities. We also will be meeting with other organizations and groups within the communities we serve.

At the presentation, you can expect to receive an overview of the Moving 15 Forward plan with a particular focus on why this comprehensive plan is focused on repairing and restoring our facilities, updating learning spaces, improving student transitions, as well as providing full-day kindergarten, enhanced educational opportunities, and the chance to learn at near-neighborhood schools. In addition, each presentation will include detailed information specific to the host school(s) that evening. All sessions will include time for questions and answers.

We urge you to attend the session dedicated to your school(s) if possible, but you are welcome to attend any session that fits your schedule.

We hope that you are able to join us in person. If you are unable to attend, please visit the Moving 15 Forward website to view the proposed plan details, videos, and a Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you have further questions at any time, we invite you to let us know via this form or email Moving15Forward@ccsd15.net. We will do our best to provide answers to your questions.

We are so pleased to be taking Moving 15 Forward on the road this spring. We value your feedback and look forward to sharing more with you about this exciting initiative.

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Parent Night

District 15 is excited to be partnering with local agencies to present information on the following topics for parents, guardians, families and community members. Mark your calendars and join us for these free, virtual workshops!

Motivation to Finish Strong

April 12, 2022

7-8 pm


Pre-Registration would be greatly appreciated

so please fill out this form!

We are also taking questions from our audience that will be answered during the workshops so please pre-register. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Keli Swierczek at swierczk@ccsd15.net.

Spanish translation services will be offered during workshops.

Chromebook Reminders

Students should be charging their Chromebooks nightly. We encourage familes to create a system that everynight at a certain hour, the student puts their Chromebook to charge as they pack their backpack for the following day.

Reporting an Absence

If your student will be absent for any reason, please give us a call on the attendance line.


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

John "Jack" Olson - Assistant Principal

(847) 963-7423 olsonj@ccsd15.net

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