Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - Oct. 15, 2021

Cross Country Heads to State

A huge congratulations to the Daniel Wright Cross Country team! The girls team placed second at sectionals and the boys team placed third. Both teams qualified for State and will compete this weekend in Bloomington/Normal!

The season literally hit the ground running this year and had over 110 athletes involved in cross country.

Some season highlights...

The Warriors competed in the Hawthorn Invite against 25 other schools with seventh-grade girls taking home the championship trophy. There were also top 10 finishers.

At the Patriot Middle School Conference meet, the Warriors battled their way on to win three out of six races. The sixth-grade girls, sixth-grade boys and seventh-grade boys teams were crowned conference champions!!

Please view cross country pictures in our Google Doc Folder and on our Facebook page.

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Late Arrival Day

Late Arrival Day is Thursday, Oct. 21. Students in grades K-8 will start school 90 minutes later than their normal start time. The purpose of late arrival days is to provide teachers with time to collaborate with colleagues.

    • Sprague starts at 9:45 a.m. (drop off begins at 9:30 a.m.)

    • Half Day starts at 10:30 a.m. (drop off begins at 10:10 a.m.

    • Daniel Wright starts at 10 a.m. (drop off begins at 9:45 a.m.)

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Picture Retake Day Oct. 20

For students who were absent on picture day or students who wish to have their picture retaken, picture retake day will be Wednesday, Oct. 20. Stuart-Rodgers Photography will be taking your student's individual picture. The ordering system has gone electronic. There is no paper order form.

  • You will receive an email about two- to three weeks after picture day with a link to your proofs that will be located in an online gallery. Each student’s pictures are password protected so there is an individual gallery for each student.

  • You will log in to the Stuart-Rodgers Photography website and choose your picture package. Parents will view all of the pictures Stuart-Rodgers takes and select the one they like best for their order.

  • Once you have paid for your pictures, the ones you selected will be mailed to your home free of shipping charges. (Free shipping is valid for two weeks from the date you receive proofs via email.)

  • Families who do not wish to participate in DW's picture days may arrange to have a photo taken with Stuart-Rodgers. Please reach out to Kathy Onori at Kathy@srphoto.com, who will schedule a photo session in their studio. Stuart-Rodgers will email you proofs as well as submit the picture for the yearbook. There is an additional $10 sitting fee for this service.

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DW After Dark

Join in the fun during the school's long awaited “DW After Dark.” Online registration is now open through the RevTrak Web Store. Registration will close on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Who is Invited: Sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students are welcome.

What: Hang out with your friends after school! This event will include a DJ, dancing, friendly competitions and games.

When: After school until 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. PASS busses will be available for students to take home.

Host: Student Council is hosting the event.

Where: Daniel Wright Cafeteria and White Gym is where the event is held.

Cost: $10.00 (Proceeds go to the Vernon Township Sponsor-a-Family Program.) Snacks will be available to purchase at the event for an additional $1.00 each.

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Pumpkin Carving Fundraiser

Wright Way Club is providing a fundraiser for which YOU can carve pumpkins and win a PRIZE!

Why: We are holding this fundraiser to raise money for No Kid Hungry, an organization dedicated to eliminating childhood hunger.


  1. Purchase your pumpkins on RevTrak Web Store for $5.00 through Tuesday, Oct. 19. Pumpkins will be distributed on Friday, Oct 22.
  2. Carve and decorate your pumpkin!
  3. Snap a picture of it.
  4. Send the photo to Mrs. Ligdas (iligdas@d103.org) and Mrs. Solway (jsolway@d103.org) with your name and grade in the subject line. The photo of the pumpkin should be submitted by Sunday, Oct. 31.
  5. The best submission in each grade will receive an Amazon gift card on Monday, Nov. 1.
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Emergency Response Drills

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, we will work with the local police department to practice ALICE in a way that is grade level appropriate. ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. For more information about the drills, please read the e-notice that was sent out recently. Drills will take place at the following times:

  • Sprague - 9 a.m.

  • Daniel Wright - 9:45 a.m.

  • Half Day - 10:30 a.m.

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Seventh-Grade Dance

The D103 PTO is happy to present social dance lessons to seventh-grade students in 2021. Learn how to dance the Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Electric Slide, Waltz and more!

  • Cost: $55 lesson fee per student, which includes all classes (non-refundable).
  • Dates: November 5, November 19, December 3, December 10
  • Time: 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., Daniel Wright Cafeteria
  • Register: Please register for the lessons
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Principal Virtual Meeting

Join Principal Michelle Blackley from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18, to get a better understanding of what happens during your child's typical day at DW. This live Zoom meeting will provide you with more insight into teaching and learning at DW. It is also a time to ask questions or make comments on how to help your child adjust to their new learning environment. While the meeting is intended for parents new to District 103 and for parents of sixth-graders, all DW families are welcome to attend the meeting.

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District 103 News

Bus Driver Appreciation Note

For Bus Driver Appreciation Day on Friday, Oct. 22, the D103 PTO is sending cards home in students' backpacks (or use the note posted on the website) asking that they fill one out for their driver and return it to their teacher or to the school office. The PTO will post students' notes in the transportation office for the bus drivers to enjoy reading.

Board of Education Meeting

The next Board of Education meeting will occur at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.

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Partnership News

Parent Education Event

Join award-winning author and curriculum creator Carrie Goldman at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, for a virtual presentation on how to help kids navigate sensitive social situations and resolve conflict using healthy relationship skills. When students exhibit unkind behaviors, it is because they haven’t developed core social competencies, such as empathy, compassion, and conflict resolution skills. As parents and educators, we can strive to teach those missing skills instead of shaming kids when they make mistakes. The D103 PTO Parent Education registration for the virtual online presentation is now open.
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Community News

Book Talk Videos

The Vernon Area Public Library offers book talk recommendations. Please visit their Book Talks Help Guide. For graphic novel suggestions, please visit the library's J Graphic Novel Help Guide or the library's Junior High Graphic Novel Help Guide.

Live Theater is Back

Deerfield Family Theater presents School House Rock Live beginning Friday, Nov. 12.

Boo Bash Halloween Festival

The Village of Lincolnshire will host its annual Boo Bash Halloween festival at

North Park from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct 29. The spook-tacular celebration will bring back family-friendly favorite events from years past, as well as include new activities for ghosts and goblins of all ages to enjoy, including: goodie bags for the first 200 kids, pumpkin decorating, haunted trail, hay rides, fire juggler, magic shows, balloon sculptor, music, food and beverages, inflatables, carnival games, touch-a-truck, and more. Attendees are encouraged to wear

Halloween costumes.

Trunk or Treat

Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit is hosting their annual Trunk or Treat from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26. Visit the church's Facebook page for more information or call 847-945-1550.

Basketball Registration

Lincolnshire Sports Association offers recreational basketball leagues for boys and girls. For more information, please visit the LSA House Basketball Registration website.
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Daniel Wright Upcoming Events

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair