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Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - Dec. 18, 2020

Congratulations to Spelling Bee Winners

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In place of our traditional spelling bee program, the first round of the spelling bee competition took place through the online spelling and vocabulary tests for grades 4-8. This year, our district-level competition will be administered in-person on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Daniel Wright Jr. High School at 10:00 AM, while we attend to all safety COVID-19 protocols. The test will be a timed test and include both spelling and vocabulary. This competition will also be administered through the online program. While we are prepared to provide an in-person experience, we also understand that we may need to move to a remote competition if necessary.


The District champion will then move on to represent District 103 in the Lake County regional spelling bee program, which also may include online tests in lieu of in-person spelling bee events.


Congratulations to the following students:

Grade 6

  • Akshit Dhawan
  • Abhiram Chaturvedula
  • Sriram Sorna
  • Tanvi Puri
  • Chelsea Zhao
Grade 7
  • Ashra Roshy
  • Yug Mehta
  • Vrishan Kanuri
  • Prajeeth Rangamudri
  • Nisha Salian
Grade 8
  • Rakshith Bellam
  • Kshithi Prasanna
  • Arushi Srinivasan
  • Tanishkka Dhawan
  • Sage Manning

Winter Break

As a reminder winter break is from Saturday, Dec. 19 through Monday, Jan. 4. School will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021! Please view the Calendar at a Glance for other days off school through June 2021.

Congratulations to Special Olympics Team

Congratulations to DW's Special Olympics Team and their athletic accomplishment of collecting achieving 744.81 miles walking, running, or jogging. The team participated in the Olympic Stride Challenge 2020, which partnered students to track how many miles they were walking, running or jogging between Oct. 7 and Dec. 13. Please congratulate the DW team and Coach Alex Funk!

  • Rylan Pingel (8th) and Saif Hashmi (8th), 236.25 miles
  • Shania Clement (8th) and Amira Chavez (7th), 190.8 miles
  • Kanika Sharma (8th) and Hannah Schwartz (8th), 189.76 miles
  • Charles Robert (6th) and Carolyn Ryan (7th), 70.5 miles
  • Timur Sharipov (6th) and Owen Moran (6th), 32 miles
  • Chase Matteson (7th) and Ryan Tarr (6th), 25.5 miles

Virtual Choir Performance

Enjoy the DW Choirs performance. The video was made possible by the D103 Music Boosters. "I'm very proud of each of these skilled, dedicated, and talented students," said Choral Director Matthew Clark. Songs from the performance included My Shot, You'll Be Back; The Schuyler Sisters; The Room Where It Happens, and more! Daniel Wright Junior High School Show Choir also presented A Winter Holiday Concert 2020.

Science Olympiad Tackling Invitationals

The DW Science Olympiad team placed ninth overall in the Belleville Invitational MiniSO virtual tournament earlier this month. Thirty students competed in 21 events against some of the highest-ranking teams in the U.S. Individual event results included two sixth place medals, one fifth place medal, seven fourth place medals, one thirrd place medal, one second place medal, and one first place medal.


The team consists of students in 6-8 grade. They are coached by Eric Rexer and Lisa Solesky with the assistance of volunteer parent event coaches. The team's next competition will take place on Jan. 9, 2021, in the Westlake High School Invitational in Ohio.

Fine Arts Contest

Free 2 Be Club is sponsoring a fine arts contest For No Name Calling Week coming up in January. Students are invited to create a drawing, painting, graphic, sculpture, rap, song, skit, video, or anything else around the topic of no name calling/anti-bullying. Please submit artwork to Ms. Funk at afunk@d103.org by Friday, Jan. 8. Artwork will be displayed during the week of Jan. 18. For questions, please reach out to afunk@d103.org or lcole@d103.org.

Astronomy Lessons in Seventh-Grade

Teachers Sarah Kantor and Anthony Hafner wanted to send a quick highlight featuring their seventh-grade science classes. Although this year has been extremely different, students were able to leave for winter break with some amazing experiences.


As the teachers finished up their Astronomy unit, students had the opportunity to see a presentation created by an aerospace engineer who worked for NASA, Jennifer Carlstrom. They were then able to create interview questions and listen to Mrs. Carlstrom's responses through a recorded Zoom meeting.


Students also had a class period with one other aerospace engineer, Miss Kantor’s brother, Mike Kantor. He was able to talk about his experiences at Honda Jet and how to get into an aerospace engineering program. After sharing his experiences and more information on this STEM field, students could interact with Mr. Kantor and ask their questions live.


Mr. Hafner and Miss Kantor are thrilled students were able to have these new opportunities, especially during a year that has been anything but ordinary.

Toys for Tots Collection

Sponsors Iona Ligdas, Jackie Solway, and the Wright Way Club members thank everyone for their Toys for Tots donations. As a school community the Club filled five large boxes of toys to bring more joy to some girls and boys!

Sponsor a Family A Huge Success

Thanks to all of the DW family donations, the Student Council collected more than $600 in gift cards along with gifts for a family it sponsored for the holidays.

We Need Names for Graduation

As part of our preparation for the eighth-grade graduation/promotion ceremony, please fill out the following Diploma Name Google Form.


As we continue to navigate these uncertain times, we have begun to look ahead and prepare for a graduation celebration for our eighth-grade students. The last day of school for the current eighth-grade class is set for Friday, May 28, 2021. The graduation ceremony has been scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at Stevenson High School. The format for the ceremony is yet to be determined as it will be dependent on guidance from the Illinois Department of Health.

Return Library Books to School

The Daniel Wright Book Return box can be found inside the vestibule of Daniel Wright's main entrance. Books may be dropped off between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. If you have any DW library books left over from the last school year, please return them to the Book Return box as well!


Library books from Sprague, Half Day, or DW may also be returned when picking up lunches located to the south of Daniel Wright. Meal pick up takes place during break on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Books dropped off here will be distributed to the appropriate school library!


Please return your books in a timely fashion. The Book Bus is not operating over winter break. Thank you!

Save the Date

DW's Leaders in Learning is sponsoring a Watch Party: All Together Now set for 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22. Please show your interest in attending by filling out the registration form.

Other District 103 News

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting webpage.

Partnership News

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.

Spirit Wear in Time for the Holidays

Our PTO sponsored spirit wear stores are stocked with new items perfect for the holidays, and free shipping through Wednesday, Dec. 30. Check out new apparel, plus masks, as well as two brand new stores! We now offer District 103 gear and Leaders in Learning apparel for staff!

Community News

COVID-19 Vaccine Coming to Lake County

The Lake County Health Department has an important news bulletin about the COVID-19 vaccine coming to Lake County.

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair