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Welcome Message

Dear Winston Families:

We hope that this end of summer email finds you well! As we begin the new school year, we cannot begin without celebrating all of the great things we were able to accomplish last school year. Our school was recognized by the Illinois School Board of Education "Those Who Excel" Program due to our school climate and culture, we received the Midwest PBIS Recognition for Implementation, were recognized by Project Lead The Way for our STEM programming, and were recognized for our performance on the NWEA MAP assessment.

Now we are excited that this year will provide an opportunity to go back to many of the student activities we were offering pre-pandemic as well as look for ways to start new initiatives and be responsive to students' wants and needs. Please know that the administration and staff at Winston remains committed to providing an engaging and meaningful junior high school experience, with continued support and resources. We are looking forward to starting school and getting back into a school routine.

The staff at Winston is gearing up after the summer months, and looks forward to working with you as our “Partners in Learning” this year. Please remember that our front office staff is here to assist with your transition into the new school year. Mayra Gomez, our school secretary, Lizzette Flores, our office clerical, and Kimberly Spears, our school nurse, will be available for support throughout the year. The Winston Leadership Team consists of Assistant Principals Tomas Reyes and Sunah Shin, Student Services Coordinator Abbie Hansell and Martin Da Costa as the Building Principal. Please do not hesitate to contact any of us if we can be of assistance to you. As a leadership team, it is our goal to provide a safe, comfortable, and joyful learning experience for our students where every kid feels a part of the Winston Family. If you have questions or areas of concern, we encourage you to contact any of your child’s teachers, our school counselor, or the administrative staff so that we can work together to help your child reach his/her academic and social-emotional goals throughout the year.

Students now have access to their schedules using the Infinite Campus Student Portal. Students can use their Chromebook login information to gain access and view their schedule. In case you missed our previous communication, I am including the link to the Supply List. As the year gets underway, we ask for your help to remind students to have their Chromebook charged and ready for learning each day, and to regularly check emails for daily updates and news a few days prior to school, and thereafter. The bell schedule was adjusted last February as we adjusted to the three tier busing, but will remain constant this upcoming school year. Students timeliness arriving to school and to each class is important and we will need your support to ensure it's happening.

Lastly, we cannot stress enough that while students at this age begin to push us away, our involvement in their education and lives is most important than ever. Our pledge to our community is that we will strive everyday to ensure access for our students to an excellent educational experience. If there is ever ANYTHING we can do, big or small, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Here to serve,

Mr. Tomas Reyes

Ms. Sunah Shin

Mr. Martin Da Costa

Important Dates Coming Up

New Student Orientation - Monday, August 8, 2022 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)

D15 Board of Education Meeting - Thursday, August 11, 2022 (7:00PM) [Sundling]

Teacher Institute Days [No School] - Monday, August 15 & Tuesday, August 16

Walk Your Schedule - Tuesday, August 16, 2022 (12:45 PM - 1:45 PM)

First Day Of School (Half-Day) - Wednesday, August 17, 2022 (Dismissal 10:35AM)

Picture Day - Wednesday, August 31, 2022 (During PE)

Parent Orientation - Thursday, September 8, 2022

Breakfast/Lunch Program & Fee Waiver

As you may have seen in a recent email from School District 15, for the 2022-2023 school year, Winston Campus Jr. High School is eligible to participate in the National School Breakfast and School Lunch Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

What does this mean?
All enrolled students will receive a free breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to your household. Your child(ren) will be able to participate without having to pay a fee, but we ask that you still complete the Fee Waiver form here (Spanish form) to determine if your family qualifies for other financial assistance such as school fees, athletic, and activity fee waivers. Again, completing the application is still necessary for other programs and assists with funding for educational programs in District 15.

If you have any questions about this communication or anything as it relates to Nutrition Services, please visit our website or do not hesitate to contact Nutrition Services at (847) 963-3929. We are here to help ensure our students get the nutrition they need so they are able to focus on learning.

Sports at WCJH

The fall sports are: Cross Country, Boys Soccer, and Girls Basketball and they begin the second week of school, so we encourage students to sign up as soon as possible.

For more information, please check out the link below:

CCSD15 Fall 2022 Interscholastic Sports Info and Links

* Please note that times/dates are subject to change. Students should look for more information on announcements, flyers, and sign up opportunities during the first few days of school!

*Your child MUST have a current physical on file in our office in order to tryout/participate in a sport.

If a student is cut from a fall sport they can still participate in Cross Country following tryouts.

A note from the Health Office

Here is a friendly reminder about Health Office requirements as we start the school year.

  • Annual health examinations are required for interscholastic sports participation. Physical exams are required- before trying out- for participation in an interscholastic sport. The exam form, completed and signed by a doctor, must be dated within 13 months prior to the start of practice or tryouts, and on file in the school nurse's office. Physical forms are available in the school office, online, and here: Certificate of Child Health Examination.
  • All students new to District 15 will require a current physical exam with all immunizations up to date (Certificate of Child Health Examination), and students new to the State of Illinois will require an eye examination. This form is available in the school office, online, and here: State of Illinois Eye Examination Report.
  • All students must provide proof of immunizations by October 15, 2022, or the student will be excluded from school. The list of current immunizations can be found on the district website here: IDPH Health Requirements.
  • Students with health conditions such as asthma, epilepsy/seizures, severe allergies, and diabetes require the emergency action plan completed by their physician along with the Medication Administration Forms, signed by the physician and parent, for any medications required at school. Please bring all forms and medications on or before the first day of school.

If you have any questions regarding the above requirements, you may reach me at spearsk@ccsd15.net. I will be back in the office next week to answer any phone calls.

Stay safe and we will see you soon!

Kimberly Spears

Jr. High Nurse

(847) 963-7402

Join the PTA!

WCJH PTA is back for 2022-2023! And with the community’s help, it can be better than ever! After a two year pandemic pause, WCJH PTA has a new board in place that is working hard to plan events, programs and services that will support our students and staff members. Please consider joining the WCJH PTA this year and/or making a direct monetary donation. Becoming a PTA member does not mean you have to volunteer (but of course you can if you want to – more info to come soon!). Membership shows support of WCJH PTA’s mission “to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.” Use this link to join or donate today: https://warrior18pta.memberhub.com/store

Safe2Help Illinois

In the absence of a trusted adult, Safe2Help Illinois offers students a safe, confidential way in which to share information that might help prevent suicides, bullying, school violence or other threats to school safety. This program is not intended to suspend, expel, or punish students. Rather, the goal is to get students to 'Seek Help Before Harm.'”

"Safe2Help Illinois is a 24/7 program where students can use a free app, text/phone, website (Safe2HelpIllinois.com) and other social media platforms to report school safety issues in a confidential environment. Once vetted, the tips will immediately be shared with local school officials, mental health professionals and/or local law enforcement, depending on the nature of the tip. The program also will help local officials by connecting them with mental health resources or other appropriate resources to intervene and help students before they harm themselves or others."

To learn more about Safe2Help IL, click here.

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

Sunah Shin - Assistant Principal

(847) 963-7423 olsonj@ccsd15.net

Mayra Gomez - Secretary

(847) 963-7480 gomezm@ccsd15.net