Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - April 23, 2021

Science Olympiad Wins State - Heads to Nationals

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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

SEL Mix It Up Day connected students and teachers through Zoom and in-person activities that included craft projects, game playing, or learning about a special topic. Check out the activities on our school's Facebook page that the in-person learners participated in.

Post Cards for Seniors

Join the Wright Way Club in penning Day Brightening Postcards for senior citizens at a local nursing home. The Club wants to give everyone the opportunity to make a difference and put a smile on a senior’s face. In the front DW office vestibule, there will be one box for pick up and another box for completed postcards. The collection dates run through Friday, April 30. Please contact Mrs. Solway or Mrs. Ligdas with any questions.

Color War Volunteer Opportunities

As part of Color War activities teams will work together on a service project for a charity or cause important to them. Each team has picked a charity and an action plan for their Color War service project. This challenge runs until May 7. Please refer to the e-notice on volunteering that went out recently.

Enjoy the Words of DW Students

DW's student newspaper March issue of the Voice is now available for viewing. Enjoy the prose, articles and thoughts of talented student writers.

Leaders in Learning Application

On Friday, April 30, seventh-graders will be invited to complete an application for the Leaders in Learning organization. The purpose of this organization will be to develop leaders who have a desire to serve and improve their community. Student leaders-in-training will become SEL peer mentors during their eighth-grade year as well as develop and implement programming that benefits our local and global community. This is a year-long commitment, please begin the conversation with your seventh-grader about this program today.

Track and Field

Track and Field has a limited number of openings. Please register and pay the activity fee on the RevTrak Web Store. In order to participate your child must have a current physical on file in the Daniel Wright nurse's office.

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.


Eighth-Grade News

Graduation Set for June 2

Two weather dependent in-person graduation celebrations are being planned on June 2, 2021!

  1. First Option, Outdoor: 6:30 p.m. Ceremony in the Stevenson Stadium: All graduates, staff and family members may attend.

  2. 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

All eighth-grade library books are due back to Daniel Wright by Wednesday, May 19. Library books checked out to remote students must be returned to the school between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. There is a green book return box located inside the vestibule (front doors) of the school. In-person learners should return books to the drop box located to the left of the library door.

Details on Eighth-Grade News

For details on end of the year celebration activities, graduation preparation and testing, please review the e-notice that went out to DW families.

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.

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.

Partnership News

Volunteer of the Year Award

The D103 PTO Executive Board appreciates all of our volunteers! We also like to acknowledge that one special person who has gone above and beyond the call of duty. If you know of a deserving person you would like to nominate for the 2020-2021 D103 PTO Scott S. Guziec Volunteer of the Year Award, please fill out the Google nomination form. Nominations are due by May 1.

Dawn Anderson Angel Award

Each year, the PTO recognizes a volunteer who exemplifies the commitment of Dawn Anderson to District 103. Dawn generously volunteered for District 103, the D103 PTO and in our community. We now award a volunteer that demonstrates that commitment.

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.

Community News

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.

Summer STEM Program

Math-Aid is offering a free summer STEM program for junior high school students.

Wine, Dine, & Win in Lincolnshire

The Village of Lincolnshire is holding a Wine, Dine, & Win campaign during the month of April to do our part to help Lincolnshire restaurants. Check out the restaurants and how to win a $50 gift car on the Village of Lincolnshire website.

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!

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair