Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - April 23, 2021
Science Olympiad Wins State - Heads to Nationals
It was a season filled with unprecedented challenges, but that did not stop the Daniel Wright Science Olympiad team from winning their 10th consecutive State Championship! The team will join the Science and Arts Academy to represent Illinois at the virtual National Tournament being held in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 22.
The following 15 students competed at State and will represent District 103 at Nationals: Timothy Bui (8th), Surya Chandrakasan (8th), Ian Chung (7th), Nikhil Gangavarapu (8th), Angela Ho (7th), Vedanti Joshi (8th), Tej Kosaraju (8th), Lucas Niu (7th), Anusha Saraf (7th), Aaroh Tak (8th), Jonatha Tao (8th), Richard Xu (7th), Kevin Yang (8th), Mark Yang (8th), and Audrey Yin (8th).
Individual medals won included three 3rd place, four 2nd place, and fifteen 1st place. The varsity team consists of 15 students in grades 6-8. The team is coached by Eric Rexer and Lisa Solesky, with the assistance of dedicated and supportive parent volunteer event coaches. The team would like to thank the D103 administration for their support through this very challenging season. GO WARRIORS!
Learning Schedule Changed for Testing
Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)
The state requires that IAR be taken in person by ALL students. Grades 6-8, remote and in-person students will be tested at DW from Monday, May 24, 2021 through Friday, May 28, 2021. Use the following link to access the daily schedules for each grade level and learner type.
Please note daily schedules for both in person and remote learners include BOTH at home and in person instruction. In person students will test in the morning at DW and then travel home. Remote students will travel to school mid-day and test in the afternoon at DW. This requires in person students who are driven to school to be picked up each day at 11:30 a.m.
If you have a child who is learning remotely, and will not be able to attend school in-person for the required assessment(s), please complete the IAR/ISA Remote Student form.
Mix It Up Joins Students Together
Post Cards for Seniors
Color War Volunteer Opportunities
Leaders in Learning Application
Track and Field
Child Abuse Prevention Month
In support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, you may wish to speak to your children about personal safety. Every year, students discuss personal safety information in their health classes. However, continuing the conversation at home is important.
What the Research says:
- Children who are informed about their bodies and who feel comfortable talking openly with a caring adult are less likely to be abused and more likely to disclose abuse if it happens.
- Many parents are reluctant to educate their children about sexual abuse because they view it as an uncomfortable topic to discuss.
- In about 90 percent of sexual abuse cases, children know their offender. Often, it’s someone the family knows and likes, which is why many children are afraid to tell.
- If your child discloses abuse, stay calm and believe them; children rarely lie about abuse.
You can help protect your child by establishing safety rules and starting conversations with children about sexual abuse prevention. Attached is a guide to help start these conversations with your children ages 11+. If you find you or a friend needing support Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center offers free information and services to the Lake County Community.
Graduation Set for June 2
Two weather dependent in-person graduation celebrations are being planned on June 2, 2021!
First Option, Outdoor: 6:30 p.m. Ceremony in the Stevenson Stadium: All graduates, staff and family members may attend.
Inclement Weather Option Two: 6:30 p.m. Ceremony indoors in the Performing Arts Center for graduates and staff only. Parents will view the celebration via live stream.
For both venues, a Stuart Rodgers photographer will take professional photos of our students that can be purchased online after the ceremony.
ALL Eighth-Graders In-Person on May 14
In compliance with federal testing requirements, DW will administer the Illinois science assessment to eighth-grade students on May 14, in person at Daniel Wright. We will use this day as an opportunity for the entire class of 2021 to come together one last time at Daniel Wright. After the science assessment, fun activities, tours of our new school spaces and grade level celebrations are being planned! We continue to work on the details of the day, including transportation for all students. We will provide more information as we get closer to the date.
Library Books Due
District 103 News
Volunteer Appreciation Week
The D103 Board of Education honored its three volunteer partnerships - the Parent Teacher Organization, Learning Fund Foundation, and the D103 Music Boosters. PTO President Rebecca Young, LFF President Jing Ma and Music Boosters President Hazel Weaver represented volunteers from those organizations at the Board meeting. They were honored with flowers from BOE President Anne van Gerven.
Of their commitment to D103 schools, Superintendent Scott Warren, said, “This week is Volunteer Appreciation Week in our Illinois School Districts. Tonight, we recognize our District 103 parent organizations, The PTO, Learning Fund Foundation, and Music Boosters, who work countless hours supporting our staff, student and parent community. Our three organizations combined provide a multitude of educational events for students and staff, which occur during the school day, evenings, and weekends. Additionally, they sponsor field trips, sponsor musical performances, provide supplies and equipment, provide scholarships, volunteer in and out of classrooms, and raise needed funds that support our teachers, district and families. We cherish our partnerships and want to recognize the leadership of our three volunteer organizations that help make District 103 Leaders in Learning!”
Please visit the district's Facebook page to view pictures of the school board recognition ceremony.
Help Stock the Teacher's Lounge
Volunteer of the Year Award
Dawn Anderson Angel Award
Requirements for Nomination: The nominee must be someone whose youngest child is an eighth-grade student so that this volunteer will be "graduating" from District 103. The volunteer should be someone who has committed his or her time over several years to our District, including volunteering for the PTO.
Maybe this is a visible volunteer who has led many PTO events or a quiet contributor who we could always count on to fill in when needed. Like Dawn, this volunteer should have an infectious volunteer spirit. The deadline for submission is April 30. Please fill out the Google nomination form to recognize a volunteer.
SHS World's Fair
Stevenson’s Diversity Council is hosting its annual World’s Fair. Booths and performances will be held virtually on Friday, April 23 from 5-6:30 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. to ensure the safest experience for our attendees. This year there will be 18 booths from around the world including countries across Asia, the Americas, and Europe, along with eight performances from India, South Korea, China, and Mongolia! Please fill out the Google Form to receive the Zoom link.
Wine, Dine, & Win in Lincolnshire
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!