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Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - May 7, 2021

Pop up Shops

As part of Color War activities, students worked together on a service project for a charity. This week many of those service project teams participated in the Pop Up Store at Daniel Wright where they sold dog treats, bracelets, and key chains in exchange for donations to their charity. Please visit the school's Facebook page to see some of the projects.

Scholastics Finish Strong at Nationals

This was a unique year for Daniel Wright students and certainly for the Scholastic Bowl team. Our 19 team members have been studying, scrimmaging, and building team unity all while on Zoom. Daniel Wright captured first place in the Patriot Consortium in early April, which earned them an invitation to the Middle School National Championship Tournament (MSNCT).


“We are so proud of our team’s demonstration of maturity, unwavering sportsmanship, mastery of subject material, and building team camaraderie without ever being together in person,” Coach Jan Lamberti said.


The Daniel Wright Scholastic Bowl team competed with 112 schools from across the country remotely in the Middle School National Championship Tournament last weekend. Among an extremely competitive field, the DW teams did not make the playoff rounds on Sunday but really shined in the consolation bracket. “We are proud of our teams' sportsmanship, disciplined approach, mature collaboration, and grace under pressure,” said Coach Matthew Clark.


Members of the Scholastic Bowl team include Rakshith Bellam (8th), Eshaam Bhattad (8th), Timothy Bui (8th), Agastya Choudhary (8th), Amartya Gunjan (8th), Jonathan He (7th), Nathan Huang (8th), Sanjay Malisetty (8th), Dhruv Malladi (8th), Cady Munkhbayar (6th), Nisha Salian (7th), Ani Srinivasan (6th), Tiffany Tang (6th), Kaashish Venkataramanan (8th), Shriyaa Vijay (8th), Felix Wang (8th), Richard Xu (7th), Kevin Yang (8th), and Chelsea Zhao (6th).

Shout Out to PTO

Many thanks to the D103 PTO for an amazing week of celebrations for our staff. The PTOs continual efforts to support our schools is a true reflection of the caring and supportive D103 community. I am proud to live and work in such an amazing place!

With Gratitude~

Principal Michelle Blackley

Returning Books to the Library

  • All eighth-grade library books are due back to Daniel Wright by Friday, May 21.
  • Sixth- and seventh-graders should return all print books to DW by Wednesday, May 26.
  • Remote students should return books to the library when they are in the building on testing days. Mrs. Walker will collect books from the testing rooms OR students may drop books off in the DW Book Return mailbox at the school's main entrance.
  • You are welcome to return books from last year or from other schools to the Book Return mailbox.
  • The school is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

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.

  3. Parents should complete the eighth-grade graduation RSVP and ticket order form on or before Friday, May 14, even if you or your child will NOT be attending the graduation ceremony.


For both venues, a Stuart-Rodgers photographer will take professional photos of our students that can be purchased online after the ceremony. Picture proofs with order forms will be mailed to the student's home.

T-Shirt Orders Are In

If you ordered a graduation T-shirt for your remote student eighth-grader, please pick it up at the DW school office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Staff will deliver T-shirts to in-person students who ordered them.

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.

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

D103 Seats a New School Board

The D103 Board of Education thanked Board Members Malathy Dwaraknath and Liang Yang for their years of service on the school board. Each member shared stories personal to them about the departing members.


Newcomers Maria Peterson and Michael Weaver, along with incumbents Kate Harper and Anne van Gerven, were sworn into office after being elected to four-year school board terms in April. Mrs. van Gerven was nominated and appointed to serve as board president for two years. Mrs. Harper was nominated and appointed to serve as board vice president for two years.

Partnership News

Community News

Summer STEM Program

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

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