Wildcat Weekly

Springman Middle School - September 17th

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September 17th, 2021

Happy Friday Springman Families!

While we are very excited to have capped off another great week, we would also like to bring your attention to a concerning trend that is impacting schools everywhere. We are unfortunately experiencing bathroom and school destruction that students are performing on TikTok and calling it a devious lick or just a "lick". A "lick" on social media involves stealing, breaking or destroying school property. This is a damaging trend that is happening in schools everywhere and students do not realize the impact of these decisions. We realize many of these actions are not being done by most of our students but after discussions with leaders in the area and region, the one thing all can agree on is that it will take a community of people including staff, parents, and students to help address this widespread trend. The reality is, this trend is one which includes theft or destruction of public property; which is a serious criminal offense. I have certainly watched my children and others around the country create inventive and fun content on TikTok. The platform is not all bad, but this trend will have very serious consequences for those who choose to follow along. We hope families will discuss the severity of these actions at home to help support the message we are sending at Springman!

We created a form for students or parents to fill out if they know and details regarding theft or destruction of school property related to this trend. Our investigations of these matters often uncover the reality many students know about issues. We highly encourage anyone with any information to report it immediately.

On a positive note, it feels great to be hitting a stride and getting our routines back! We have so many great acts taking place each day as well and we are working together on recognizing these efforts. Take a look below for this week's WOW and be on the lookout for more information on our plans for the #WildcatWay throughout this school year. Have a great weekend!

WOW (Wildcat of the Week)

Each week students and staff will be nominated for successfully showcasing the #WildcatWay! Congratulations to our Wildcats of the Week!


Respectful.On Task.Always Safe.Responsible


Weekend Motivation - Song + Quote of the Week

Alec Benjamin - Older (Lyric Video)
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Upcoming Important Events + Updates

8th Grade - Important Dates for 2021 - 2022

Click HERE for a detailed list of all important dates for Springman 8th Grade Students!

Beach Sweep 2021

Beach Sweep is happening this year! This year the Wilmette Rotary Club has asked that Springman students and staff help clean Gillson Beach on Sat Sept 25th from 9-11. Normally we would run this event the same day as InterCoastal Clean Up Day, but the town of Wilmette is hosting a Beach Bash on the eve of the 18th and will undoubtedly leave some trash behind for our Wildcat crew to clean.

BREAKFAST ON THE BEACH will be happening again and the data sheets, gloves, garbage bags, and pencils will be provided. Students need to bring their permission slip to Ms. Tripple along with their $3 in order to participate. The Order forms are due by THURS 9/23!

*Every* child participant needs a form and $3 fee to participate, regardless if they are eating the breakfast. Students can download a form from home or get a permission slip from Ms. Tripple, the office or their science teacher. Students should bring their own water bottle this year. NO drinks will be provided at the beach. TWO HOURS of service credit will be given to any student who donates their time to this event. PARENTS MUST BE PREPARED TO PICK UP THEIR CHILD (or arrange a ride) by 11am OR EARLIER FROM GILLSON.

Questions? Contact Jtripple@glenview34.org

School Photos Are In!

School photos have just arrived at Springman, and they will be handed out to students next week by B-block teachers. Students who did not order photos will receive a proof sheet with a student specific ticket code that will allow you to order photos. If your student does not come home with a proof sheet this week, you may request your student's ticket code from Color Portraits via their parent help center located HERE.

Morning Announcements!

Morning annoucements are uploaded each day in PowerSchool for parents to view. You can navigate to the announcements by logging into PowerSchool and clicking on the "School Bulletin" on the left navigation menu on the splash page. If you have difficulty accessing PowerSchool or need help setting up an account, please contact our main office at (847)998-5020.

Late Arrivals & Early Dismissal Procedures

Students arriving late or leaving early should enter and exit the building through the main office only, on the Washington side of the building (Door A).

Students arriving late should enter the main office, sign in on the attendance iPad, and receive a pass to class. If your student needs to leave early for any reason, please send them with a note to give to front office staff in the morning or call the attendance line. Your student can exchange the note for a pass to show their teacher at the time of dismissal. They should come to the front office, sign out on the iPad, and wait for you to arrive.

Student Item Drop-Off

If your student needs an item for their school day, you may drop it off on the grade leveled cart in the vestibule outside the front office on the Washington side of the building. Please label the item with the students name. iPads or items of higher value may given directly to office staff for safe keeping. While we do our best to get items to students, the volume of activity in the building may not allow for direct delivery to students. Parents may drop off lunch, but direct food deliveries to students are not allowed. Caffeinated drinks and sodas are also not allowed at school. Thank you for your cooperation!

Get Involved

Students wishing to try out for a sport should pick up a packet that contains the following:

Interscholastic Parent Authorization Form

Concussion Information Form


Physical exam that was conducted within the last 395 days. standard physical exams with authorization to participate in interscholastic sports OR a completed pre-participation examination form are acceptable.

Additional materials, signature pages, and schedules may be included for each sport, so please review packets carefully. Students should bring completed forms to the nurse FIRST so that she can confirm that they have medical clearance to participate in tryouts. She will sign the form and the student may bring packets to tryouts or return them to the coach.

Activity Bus Information

Only those students with pre-scheduled activities may utilize the busses. Every Springman student is has an assigned an activity bus. The bus will pick up at 4:10 pm and is available Monday - Thursday. Activity routes can be located here: https://www.glenview34.org/departments/transportation

Unfortunately, the LRTC is NOT open after school at this time. If things change, we will follow up with additional information



Join the PTA! We have a new and enthusiastic board, and invite you to join us to make a difference in our schools. Check out the information below!
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Wildcats In Hard Hats

A weekly visual check in on the building improvements at Springman! Thank you to everyone for your daily dedication and hard work!


Highlights of what to expect in the future Wildcat Weekly communications are below:

Upcoming Communication

  • New Happenings
  • Important Dates for the Week
  • Student/Staff Wildcat of the Week (WOW)
  • Club Announcements
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences

Important Dates - *more info for each event will be shared soon

  • Thursday, September 30th: T1 Midterm
  • Friday, October 15th: Parent/Teacher/Conferences

You can always find important District-wide information on the "Back2School" pages of the D34 website, and we will put Springman-specific information on the Springman website




Have a wonderful weekend,

Megan Russell - Principal

Dan Polonsky - Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning

Karen Schwartzwald - Assistant Principal for Student Services

Lisa Engel - Student Success Coordinator