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A Message from the Administrative Team

Hi WJHS Families,

We are excited for Curriculum Night! This is a virtual opportunity for parents to visit the school, learn about the classroom from your child’s teachers, and learn about the curriculum and new initiatives for the school.

Homeroom teachers will be hosting a 20 minute webinar-style presentation for parents, and Creative Arts, World Language, PE, and LBS staff will be hosting 10 minute sessions for parents to engage in learning more about WJHS. Prior to Virtual Curriculum Night beginning at 6:00 PM, Instrumental Music and Accelerated Math will host sessions between 5:30 - 6:00 PM.

Instrumental Music will host two sessions:

7th grade - 5:30 - 5:40 PM

8th grade - 5:45 - 5:55 PM

Accelerated Math will hold two sessions:

8th grade - 5:30 - 5:40 PM

7th grade - 5:45 - 5:55 PM

Curriculum Night is from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Seventh grade teams will meet with parents from 6 - 6:30, and eighth grade teams will meet with parents from 6:30 - 7:00. In the half hour that you are not meeting with your child's team teachers, you will have an opportunity to join a Zoom with your child's Physical Education, World Language, Creative Arts and/or Academic Strategies teachers.

DSTs, Student Services, and Library/Tech will share a pre-recorded video.

We look forward to seeing you virtually on September 14!


Kate Dominique, Principal

Jeff Dees, 7th Grade Level Administrator

Eric Resis, 8th Grade Level Administrator

Picture Day

Picture day will be on Wednesday, September 22 during PE/Health classes. Please plan accordingly!

Battle of the Books!

It is time for the Battle of the Books at WJHS! This is a year-long reading competition in which students form teams, read a list of award-winning and highly recommended books, and end the year with a "Battle" of questions to see which team knows the books best. Battle of the Books is open to 7th and 8th grade students and students are encouraged to form teams of 4-6 students in either grade. The promotional video can be found HERE and students can register HERE. Interested students should register by Friday, Oct 8. Questions can be directed to Daphna Neirick, Mary Kate Lubawski, or Erin Schwarz.

Parent Education Event next week!

Join us on Zoom this Wednesday (9/15) morning at 11:00 AM for our September Parent Education Event: Executive Functioning Toolkit to Support Your Child’s Learning. Presenters will be sharing different tools and strategies you can use at home to support the development of your child’s executive functioning skills. There will be a half hour presentation, and opportunities for question and answer with the presenter, as well as additional staff from District 39.

To register, click here: Executive Functioning Toolkit to Support Your Child’s Learning (D39)

PTO Highlights


Click here to view and register for fall After School Clubs. Once you click “more” you will be able to view and register for grades 7–8 clubs taking place at WJHS (most run by the WJHS PTO), grades 5–8 clubs taking place at HMS (run by the Wilmette Park District), and other clubs taking place virtually and elsewhere. Since the clubs are run by various organizations this year, please read the club listings carefully and note the registration and contact information for each club that your student wishes to join.

Thank you!

Big thanks to everyone who’s donated to staff/teacher and the iGNITE funds! There’s still time to join/contribute.

✅ Register here and contribute to the Teacher/Staff gift and iGNITE

✅ Purchase a yearbook here

✅ Purchase Spirit Wear here

A few reminders:

  • The WJHS staff/teacher gift fund is pooled together and gifted equally to all WJHS staff before holiday break.

  • The WJHS iGNITE fund pays for ALL enrichment activities during the school year including visiting authors, school assemblies, field trips, science projects along with contributing to enhancements directly related to our students such as outdoor learning environments and athletic equipment. The District does NOT pay for these activities, WJHS parents do!


If you are interested in helping at WJHS during the 2021-2022 school year, please sign up here! At this time, the PTO is working on determining where and when parents can help, and we will reach out to you as opportunities arise. Thank you for your interest in volunteering at WJHS!


Over the 2021 summer, your PTO has been hard at work making some incredible changes to the outdoor spaces at Wilmette Junior High! See before and after pics and read more here.

District Update

SHIELD Illinois Testing

District 39 has partnered with SHIELD Illinois to provide free COVID-19 testing for those who register. Testing will begin tomorrow, Sept. 11 at WJHS and will occur on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays thereafter. For more information on COVID testing, including our partnership with SHIELD Illinois, please visit our D39 COVID testing webpage.

D39 Strategic Plan - Final Feedback Requested

District 39 is completing a new, multi-year strategic plan to guide the educational framework in Wilmette for the next five years. We are grateful for all of your insight and input throughout this process. As we near the finish line, we ask for your final review and feedback. Today is the deadline to complete this short survey.

Parent Education

We hope that you can join us for our next Parent Education event, Executive Functioning Toolkit to Support Your Child’s Learning, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 11 am over Zoom. Click here to register and reserve your spot now. Click here for a schedule of all of our wonderful Parent Education events this year.

Lunch Protocols

A reminder that District 39 has instituted several mitigation measures to continue to promote health and safety during lunch time. Lunch will be held outdoors whenever possible. On days when that is not an option, indoor lunch locations are assigned, including supervised lunch in the cafeteria, gymnasiums, classrooms and other common spaces, and homeroom class cohorts are maintained. When lunch is indoors, students maintain proper distancing of at least three feet (six feet where possible) and masking when finished eating.

Helpful Resources

The D39 Back-to-School page provides helpful resources to families, including FAQs, the D39 Response to Illness Booklet, the D39 COVID Metrics page and more.

Vaccination Information

District 39 continues to invite students to voluntarily submit vaccination status information. Providing proof of vaccination is not required; however, those without a record of vaccination on file will be required to follow the health protocols for unvaccinated individuals. Vaccination status information should be uploaded via the Power School Parent Portal.

Community News

LINK: http://www.wilmette39.org/news/community_events

The Volunteer Center is offering many volunteer service opportunities beginning with 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance held on Saturday, September 11th. Drop off PURCHASED baked goods, cards/games, and personal notes to local fire and police departments to thank them for their service.

Wilmette Food Pantry is open every Tuesday 10:00-11:00 am at Trinity United Methodist Church.

"Best Step Tutoring” offers free online tutoring for PreK-12 grades. beststeptutoring.org

Central First Grade Girls:

A new Girl Scout Troop for 1st grade girls. Email centralgirlsscouts@gmail.com to learn more about registration. Parent meeting will be held on September 25th followed by the first Girl Scout Gathering on October 23rd.

For 5th - 8th graders:

Wilmette Scout Troop 2 hosts an Open House Picnic for boys & girls ages 11 and older on September 12th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Crow Island Woods,

1140 Willow Rd., Winnetka.