Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - Feb 19, 2021

Favorite Learning Spot

During this pandemic, students have discovered their favorite places to study and their favorite study partners. Please visit your school's Facebook page for creative learning spaces.

School Calendar Changes

We would like to inform you of upcoming dates and changes to the DW Bell Schedule:

  • Early Dismissal for Students on Friday, Feb. 19 at 11:30 a.m. - DW Remote and In-person students will attend periods 1-4 DW February 19th 1/2 Day Bell Schedule

  • Early Dismissal for Students on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 11:30 a.m. - DW Remote and In-Person students will attend periods 5-10 DW February 24th 1/2 Day Bell Schedule

  • No School Thursday, Feb. 25 (virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences)

  • No School Friday, Feb. 26 (Teacher Institute Day)

  • No School Monday, March 1 (Casimir Pulaski Day)

Please visit the District 103 school calendar for updates on other holidays and teacher institute days when school is not in session. The D103 school calendar for the 2021-2022 school year is now available for your review.

Spring After School Activities

Registration for the spring sports and activities opens Monday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. Please use the RevTrak Web Store platform to register for all programs listed here. Programs do fill up and are offered on a first-come first-serve basis. The clubs are open to all Daniel Wright students. Classes begin the week of April 5 and run for six weeks.

Clubs and Activities

  • Art Club: Art Club is an enrichment opportunity for students to develop their art skills and create original artwork.
  • Computer Science Club: Not only will students engage in exciting games and projects but they will also develop their roots in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in the computer science club.
  • Digital Audio Production: Are you interested in composing or mixing your own music? What about recording and editing a podcast? Students in Digital Audio Production will use digital audio workstations.
  • Fiber Arts Club: Fiber Arts is a workshop where students can learn a new skill in the fiber arts or practice skills they already possess. Fiber Arts includes but is not limited to: sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, felting, weaving, etc.

  • History Club: For students who enjoy all areas of history, this is a great opportunity to show off your knowledge!

  • STEAM Club: The STEAM Club offers students the opportunity to learn about various STEAM topics such as biology, physics, and engineering, while engaging in hands-on projects and labs.

Dangers of Vaping

Catalyst Club is a leadership group dedicated to supporting and encouraging a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle for the youth in our community. Students from Daniel Wright work in partnership with Stevenson High School and other feeder middle schools to spread the word on healthy living.

This month, Catalyst Club focuses on the dangers of vaping. Stevenson members asked us to design a postcard for parents, to highlight our commitment to making good choices. Please take a moment to read the Catalyst postcard and discuss with your children. Our hope is that all Daniel Wright Warriors will commit to healthy choices.

Understanding TeacherEase

Have you checked out the latest parent resource for reviewing Daniel Wright student assignment marks and homework completion? Shortly after school got underway in August, parents should have received an email from TeacherEase that explained how the platform works and how families can review homework assignments and grades. The email was sent to the primary parent contact as listed in Unified Classroom. Unified Classroom provides families with students’ final grades while TeacherEase updates families along the way on how a student is progressing in a given subject matter. For questions about TeacherEase, please reach out to DW_FamilyTechSupport@d103.org for assistance with logon issues. For questions regarding assignments, please email the teacher directly.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Our Winter Remote Parent-Teacher Conferences via Zoom are scheduled from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24 and Thursday, Feb. 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Conference scheduling in our PTC Wizard system will close on Monday, Feb. 22, at 11:55 p.m.

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. From the DW Homepage (https://www.d103.org/Domain/10), select "Students" and "Destiny". Questions? Please contact Mrs. Otto, DW Librarian, at totto@d103.org or Library Assistant, Mrs. Walker, at lwalker@d103.org

Submissions Due by Tuesday

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 through Feb. 23. Voting will take place virtually on Thursday, Feb. 25. Complete your brochure today! Your vote counts!

Orphans of the Storm Fundraiser

Please donate newspapers and cloth towels to the box in the vestibule outside the DW front office. The Wright Way Club is collecting the items on behalf of Orphans of the Storm. Wright Way Club's fundraiser runs through Wednesday, Feb. 24. Orphans of the Storm goes through over 100 newspapers each day! Your support would greatly help out!!!

Other District 103 News

Fall Planning Survey

We are busy planning for the 2021-2022 school year for staffing and classroom space. There are many variables to consider and we need your assistance to make decisions for the best possible plan. We ask each family to complete a survey, located in the forms section of Unified Classroom, for planning purposes only. Please complete the survey by Wednesday, February 24, 2021. Once we have a clear plan, we will inform parents and then send a separate survey later this spring asking parents to make a decision regarding their choice for in-person or remote schooling for the fall of 2021. Please review this e-notice for more about the survey.

Your Opinion Counts

Parents, students, and teachers are invited to participate in giving feedback on school climate and learning conditions in District 103 through the state-administered, Illinois 5Essentials Survey.

This 20-minute survey is a great way for D103 parents to provide input into the five indicators from the survey that affect and predict school success:

  • Effective Leaders

  • Collaborative Teachers

  • Involved Families

  • Supportive Environments

  • Ambitious Instruction

This 5Essentials survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child's school. As a parent, this opportunity allows you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child's school.

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.

Partnership News

Eighth-Grade Scholarship

The D103 Learning Fund Foundation provides a scholarship opportunity for Daniel Wright eighth-graders. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a qualifying eighth–grader in memory of former parent Dawn Anderson.

The Dawn Anderson Scholarship was established in honor of Dawn Anderson who passed away in 2017. While her children progressed through the District 103 school system, Dawn followed them, volunteering for any and every school or teacher-based project available. Motivated by her love of children, Dawn continued volunteering after her children moved on in their education. To honor her legacy, the Learning Fund Foundation established the scholarship to recognize a D103 graduating eighth–grade student who displays a passion for volunteering and serving others. This $2,500 award must be used for education at a post–secondary school. For more information, please visit the Learning Fund Foundation's scholarship website page. The deadline to apply is Saturday, April 10, 2021. Please contact the foundation at lff+anderson21@d103.org with questions.

Meet the BOE Candidates

The PTO invites D103 parents and Lincolnshire constituents to join the organization for an opportunity to meet the dedicated individuals running for school board in this virtual venue at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. Please register for the PTO sponsored virtual event.

Community News

SHS Hockey Clinics

Stevenson High School Hockey is offering Incoming Freshman Clinics to current eighth-graders feeding to Stevenson High School. Clinics will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in April from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hot Shots Ice Arena, 29860 Skokie Hwy, Lake Bluff. Registration is required. Skater fee $225/Goalie fee $100. Please see www.stevensonhockey.org for details.

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair