Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - March 12, 2021

Creative Colorful Masks

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Students have taken to the lifestyle of mask wearing with an assortment of fashion masks. Students are wearing everything from sports masks to funny masks. People are wearing masks or cloth face coverings when they're in public because of coronavirus (COVID-19). It's an important way to help slow the spread of the virus. But, despite the number of COVID cases declining and the increase in individuals vaccinated against the virus, parents should not let down their guard and stop using masks. Please visit the school's Facebook page for other student face mask pictures.

Mix It Up Day

Mix It Up Day on Wednesday, March 17. Remote students are asked to share an email with their parents detailing supplies they will need for the Mix It Up Day activities that they will do with their classes during the day. In-person learners will do the activities at school during the day.

In an effort to keep students and teachers connected during the Mix It Up activity, students are assigned to new Zoom groups based on an interest survey. In their Mix It Up sessions, students will complete a craft project, play a game or learn about a special topic. Students were informed of their session on March 10, giving them ample time to gather regular school supplies. Daniel Wright provides special supplies to remote students during supply pick up and in-person students during the Mix It Up session.

"We look forward to the Mix It Up time as a chance to socialize outside the class pods. Daniel Wright fosters the Wright Way in a myriad of settings to help students Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Positive in and out of the classroom," said Erinn Vincent, an SEL curriculum chair with Alissa Lyman.

Student Newspaper

Enjoy the many interesting stories developed and written by DW students who contributed to the school's newspaper, DW Voice.

ASA Registration Closes Next Week

Registration for the spring sports and activities closes on Tuesday, March 16. 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. The clubs are open to all Daniel Wright students. Classes begin the week of April 5 and run for six weeks.

Eighth-Grade News

T-Shirt Orders Due Next Week

Get your eighth-grade T-shirt orders in now. T-shirt orders are due by Sunday, March 21. Class T-shirts for the graduating eighth-graders features the names of all the graduates on the back! There are different styles to choose from.

Find your updated Class of 2021 news on a website created for eighth-grade graduates.

Pictures Sought

The PTO needs your help in gathering some pictures of your eighth-grader.

What We Need

  1. Baby Picture (age 0-1). One picture, one face is all we need.
  2. Kindergarten School Picture. We will be showing each student's Kindergarten and 8th grade pictures at the graduation ceremony.
  3. Any Group Pictures you have of the students through the years. From the first days of Kindergarten through the last days of DW... any group pictures! Think class Halloween pictures, band concerts, sports pictures, etc.
  4. If Your Student Did Not Take An Eighth-Grade School Pickture we will need a current picture of your student in a pose resembling a typical school picture on a plain background. If your student took an eighth-grade school picture, no action is necessary as we will obtain it from the school.

How To Submit Photos

To help us stay organized, please name your pictures with your child's first and last names. And then please submit your pictures using the following links:

**IMPORTANT: Please save your photos with the name of your child. If will help us stay organized!


Please submit these pictures by April 2. The earlier the better!

Health Night

Please join fellow eighth-grade Daniel Wright students and their parents at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, for an informative health event that will cover relevant topics such as:

  1. Friendships and Romances: Building the Foundation for Healthy Adolescent Relationships
  2. Managing Stress: How to Develop Your Emotional Toolbox for the Transition to High School
  3. What Parents Need to Know to Help Middle Schoolers be Healthy, Happy Students in their High School Community.

Please RSVP to Health Night to inform the PTO that you will attend their sponsored event. If you have a topic you would addressed, please fill out this Google Interest Form before the presentation.

Please contact Tiffany Etzel at tiffanyetzel@gmail.com or Rilina Ghosh at ghosh.rilina@gmail.com with any questions about the event.

District 103 News

Summer School Registration Closes Soon

Please review D103 In-person Summer School offerings and remote summer school courses for students in grades K-7. For detailed information about summer school, please read the recent e-notice on summer school registration. Registration closes Friday, March 19 at 9:00 p.m. - No late requests to enroll will be allowed. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at summerschool@d103.org!

Vision Screening Required

The state of Illinois mandates vision and hearing screenings for various grades. Please respond to this brief survey if your remote learning child is in one of these grades.

Students in the eighth-grade are mandated by the State of Illinois to have a vision screening. Please use this Google form to indicate whether you want your child to be screened or if you would like to defer the screening at this time.

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.

Partnership News

Meet the BOE Candidates

The PTO invites D103 parents and Lincolnshire constituents to join the organization for an opportunity to meet the dedicated individuals running for school board in this virtual venue at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. Please register for the PTO sponsored virtual event.

Virtual 5K Run/Walk

D103 PTO's virtual 5K run/walk event is now open.

In order to keep our community safe and continue to raise funds for our school district, the D103 PTO will host its first ever (hopefully only) ​Run for D103 VIRTUAL 5K Run/Walk. Please visit the Run for D103 website to learn more about the event and register.

Eighth-Grade Scholarship

The D103 Learning Fund Foundation provides a scholarship opportunity for Daniel Wright eighth-graders. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a qualifying eighth–grader in memory of former parent Dawn Anderson.

The Dawn Anderson Scholarship was established in honor of Dawn Anderson who passed away in 2017. While her children progressed through the District 103 school system, Dawn followed them, volunteering for any and every school or teacher-based project available. Motivated by her love of children, Dawn continued volunteering after her children moved on in their education. To honor her legacy, the Learning Fund Foundation established the scholarship to recognize a D103 graduating eighth–grade student who displays a passion for volunteering and serving others. This $2,500 award must be used for education at a post–secondary school. For more information, please visit the Learning Fund Foundation's scholarship website page. The deadline to apply is Saturday, April 10, 2021. Please contact the foundation at lff+anderson21@d103.org with questions.

Community News

Enrichment Summer School

The Center for Gifted offers in-person spring and summer classes in Long Grove and Elmhurst. Please visit the Center for Gifted website. Masks are required, social distancing is enforced, and hand sanitizer must be non-scented. All classes are a maximum of 10-12 children. Students need NOT be tested or identified as gifted, just eager to learn!

SHS Writing Club

Stevenson Write Club invites junior high students to join their Marginalia, a three-week-long online workshop. Sign up on Stevenson's Marginalia Google Doc. The workshop will consist of fun activities and writing sessions led by high school students in small groups. Marginalia will run from Monday, March 29 through Sunday, April 19. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out by email to shswriteclub@gmail.com.

SHS Hockey Clinics

Stevenson High School Hockey is offering Incoming Freshman Clinics to current eighth-graders feeding to Stevenson High School. Clinics will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in April from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hot Shots Ice Arena, 29860 Skokie Hwy, Lake Bluff. Registration is required. Skater fee $225/Goalie fee $100. Please see www.stevensonhockey.org for details.

Community Dialogue on Race

Women United (United Way) is offering a virtual event, "Community Dialogue on Race: Moving from Ideas to Action" from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7. Please register for this event.

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair