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Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - Jan. 22, 2021

Tutoring Available


Need some academic assistance? Daniel Wright offers students the P.A.S.S. (Providing Academic Success for Students) after school academic program. The P.A.S.S. program is an excellent opportunity for students to take advantage of Stevenson student peer tutors and a DW Staff member after the regular school day.


Stevenson peer tutors, coupled with DW P.A.S.S. supervisors, are available to provide support to students through Zoom assistance in the following ways:

  • Reviewing and reinforcing academic content

  • Preparing for quizzes and other assessments

  • Reviewing and editing written assignments

  • Having a quizzing partner for test preparation or vocabulary development

  • Helping with creating presentation for group or individual projects

  • Providing support, tips and tricks with electronic resources such as Zoom, Google Docs, sheets & slides...


Fill out the DW Google Form for assistance.

School Picture Days Set

Daniel Wright picture day has been scheduled for next week. Pictures are being taken by Stuart-Rodgers Photography, which has provided excellent service to our school for many years. Their company has been serving many other area schools and understand safety concerns and procedures during this pandemic. Student photos will be taken individually and all the safety procedures will be followed. Please fill out the Picture Order Form in advance of picture day and have your child bring it with them to school.


The picture day schedule is as follows:


If remote students are unable to attend Picture Day on Jan. 30, the following options are available:

  1. Make an appointment for a private picture session at Stuart Rodgers Photography. Stuart–Rodgers Photography contact information is on the order form.
  2. The picture we have on file from the 2019-2020 school year can be put in the yearbook if you don't want to have a professional photo taken.
  3. Students' names will be listed in the yearbook if the district does not have a previous photo on file and you don't want to have a professional photo taken.
  4. We are unable to offer the option of parents submitting their own photos.


Questions about school photos? Please email Janet Lyman at jlyman@d103.org.

Masks Required at School

All visitors, employees, and students must wear a mask upon entering school property both outdoors and indoors. A proper fitting mask is required - neck gaiter masks, masks with openings or exhalation valves, and face shields are not considered an acceptable form of protection. Please review District 103 guidelines for student masks.

Send Us Your Pictures

Sponsor Stephanie Kodros at skodros@d103.org is seeking quality photos for the school yearbook. Please send in pictures of your Daniel Wright student doing outreach activities, helping out a sibling, working on homework, or anything else you would like to share with us.

Battle of the Books

Attention book lovers: Tryouts for the Daniel Wright Battle of the Books team will be held virtually today, Jan 22 at 3:00 p.m. Please tune into the the Zoom channel for the tryout session.


Once a team is formed, practices will be held Tuesdays after school from Feb. 2 through March 9. Please contact Mrs. Shelton at ashelton@d103.org or Mrs. Wechselberger at jwechselberger@d103.org with any questions.

Book Contest

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in participating Illinois middle schools. To be eligible to vote for your favorite book, read three titles from the 2021 Caudill brochure and answer the three questions on the back. Brochures can be found in your ELA teacher's Google Classroom and on the homepage of Destiny Discover. Email your completed brochure to Mrs. Otto at totto@d103.org or Mrs. Walker at lwalker@d103.org anytime before Feb. 22. Voting will take place virtually on Thursday, Feb. 25. Complete your brochure today! Your vote counts!

Library Open to All Students

In-Person Book Checkout:

Please use this Google Form to request print books from the DW Library if you are an IN-PERSON DW student! Books will be delivered within 48 hours to your Advisory teacher. Please fill out the form completely, including your Advisory teacher's name AND room number.


Remote Learning Book Delivery:

Remote learning Daniel Wright students are able to receive DW library books delivered to their home! Thanks to a collaboration with the District 103 Transportation Department, students may use this Google Form to request up to three books at a time. The "DW Book Bus" will provide contactless delivery of requested materials to your front door on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Requests for a Tuesday delivery must be submitted by Sunday evening. Requests for a Thursday delivery must be submitted by Tuesday evening. Please return books to the school's main entrance or drop them off when picking up lunches.


Not sure what books we have? Search our Destiny catalog. Please contact Mrs. Otto, DW Librarian, at totto@d103.org or Library Assistant, Mrs. Walker, at lwalker@d103.org

Other District 103 News

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting webpage.

Partnership News

Valentine's Day Fundraiser

The D103 PTO has partnered with five-star restaurant Max and Benny's to offer families delicious Valentine's Day treats. Desserts for sale include cookie kits, pretzel rods, heart-shaped cookies, rice krispie treats, brownies, and more. Browse the selection of treats for options. Orders are due by Sunday, Feb. 7. Orders will be available for pick up from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at Sprague School, 2425 Riverwoods Road Lincolnshire. Max and Benny's Restaurant, of Northbrook will donate 10 percent of D103 orders to the PTO.

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.

Community News

Teen Volunteer Opportunities

The Vernon Area Public Library offers teen volunteer service hour opportunities for seventh- and eighth graders from their home.

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