Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - Sept 10, 2021

Musical Artists

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Learning a musical instrument and singing benefit students academically, artistically, and socially in numerous areas of school and life. The close to 300 students who participate in chorus, band and orchestra learn a complex language of musical notation, symbols, and foreign terms, challenging them to think in new ways. Students explore their creativity through composing, arranging, and interpreting music, developing their ability to tell a story and nurturing their natural instinct to be expressive. Musical ensembles are a team that require everyone's best effort to succeed. Unlike classes where each student's individual work reflects primarily on themselves, in musical ensembles, each student's work comes together to construct the whole. This benefits students in life as we strive to cultivate attitudes of collaboration and mutual interdependence to achieve our potential. Establishing and following a practice regimen supports self-discipline and determination as healthy routines yield progress and motivation.

With three to six concerts per year, performance skills mastered in musical ensembles transfer into other areas such as public speaking and allow students to display their work and entertain audience members from our community in the process. One goal of our music program is to perpetuate music beyond the classroom and beyond junior high school. Our students participate in community ensembles with many achieving distinguished status via competitive auditions, and over half of our alumni go on to sing and play at Stevenson High School. Participation in musical ensembles is something that individuals can enjoy as lifelong passions. Musicians in ensembles develop bonds and friendships that often sustain through high school—every day is a group project!

Understanding and appreciating how enrollment in musical ensembles positively affects other areas of students' academic and social lives proves beneficial in efforts to advocate for and to promote our programs. Still, music education for its own sake has inherent value not tied to any auxiliary benefits due to its aesthetic beauty, artistry, focus on personal and collective growth, and outlet for our students to tap into emotional connections and expressive communication.

Students new to band, orchestra, or chorus at Daniel Wright need to order their green DW Music polo on RevTrak Web Store. This is our required performance uniform and will be worn throughout your child’s participation in band, chorus, and orchestra. The deadline to order is Friday, Sept. 17.

To view pictures of the activity, please visit our Facebook page or go to our Google Doc folder.

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After School Activities Registration Opens Tonight

Registration for Fall After School Activity courses at DW opens at 8 p.m. Friday, September 10 and closes at 8 p.m. Monday, September 27. Please use the RevTrak Web Store platform to register for all programs listed here. Programs do fill up and are offered on a first-come first-serve basis. Classes begin after school the week of October 4 and run for about six weeks.

Please review the DW e-notice for details about courses. Available classes include

  • Art (FULL)
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Culinary Arts (FULL)
  • Digital Audio Production (FULL)
  • Fiber Arts
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Tech Updates

Please add a nightly reminder to your calendar to charge school iPads each evening, which also provides them with needed updates.
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District 103 News

Test to Stay - Update

If your child is identified as a close contact at school, they may be eligible for the Test to Stay option instead of quarantining for 10 days at home. Please complete the permission form in Unified Classroom indicating that you give the district permission to administer the BinaxNOW test. You do not need to sign up for weekly PCR testing to be included in the Test to Stay option, but we highly recommend it.

To sign your child up for free weekly testing, please review the COVID news updates for more information. If it is your first time signing up, families need to sign up by Sunday at 6 p.m. if you want your child to begin testing that week. You only need to sign your child up once to be included in weekly testing for the school year.

For information about COVID prevention and COVID cases across D103 schools, please see the following web pages:

Appropriate Masks

One of the most important mitigation strategies is a good mask that fits properly. This CDC graphic provides information on the proper type and way to wear a mask. Please be sure that the mask covers the nose and mouth, is 2-3 layers, and does not have valves. Gaiters are not approved face coverings. If your child does not have a proper mask, they will be provided one for the day.

Board of Education Meeting

The next Board of Education meeting will occur on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.

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Partnership News

Challenging Child Behaviors

Using the 3 C's: Connection, Communication, Capability to Combat Challenging Behaviors Author Katherine Reynolds Lewis will present virtually at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29. The D103 PTO Parent Education registration for the virtual presentation is now open.

Brick Fundraiser

You still have a chance to leave your legacy behind in D103 with the Daniel Wright paved walkway for a $100 donation. Order your family brick (inscribed with your family name or your child's name) before Friday, Sept. 10. Bricks are being placed this fall. Please read the e-notice for detailed information.

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Community News

Lane Closures

The Village’s $4 million Crosstown Water Main project along Riverwoods Road is well underway. The intersection at Half Day and Riverwoods Roads is being severely impacted as crews need access to the existing water main located directly under the intersection. Lane closures and new traffic patterns will be implemented and will likely result in longer commute times and more congestion in the area. Please visit the village's website for detailed information about the project.

Library Volunteer Opportunities

The online teen volunteer program organized by Vernon Area Public Library allows students to volunteer right where they are, when they are able. To learn more about this Vernon Area Library program, visit VAPLD.info/TeenVolunteers.
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Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair