Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - Nov. 13, 2020

Sign Up for Winter Clubs and Activities Monday

Registration for clubs and activities opens on the RevTrak Web Store Monday, Nov. 16 at 8:00 p.m. and will close on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 8:00 p.m. or when class size limits have been reached. Close to 800 students participated in fall sports and activities.


Virtual Volleyball Academy: Virtual Volleyball academy is available for all DW students. The program will develop the volleyball player's offensive and defensive skills with daily drills. We will also explore volleyball concepts such as offensive, defensive, team and individual strategies. Students will be provided feedback from the experienced Daniel Wright Coaching Staff with preparation for when the seasons resume in-person in mind.

Clubs and Activities

  • Battle of the Books: Students compete as individuals on an eight-person team to answer questions in a Jeopardy-style competition.
  • Computer Science Club: Not only will students in grades 6-8 engage in exciting games and projects but they will also develop their roots in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in the computer science club. Please review the computer science classroom for information about how the club will operate this fall.
  • 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.
  • Free to Be at Daniel Wright is a support and social group that provides safety within our school. Free to Be is for LGBTQAI+ and straight allies to promote respect and inclusion within our school community. Our mission is to create a more united and accepting environment for all people, regardless of orientation or gender identity, through education, support, social action, advocacy, and leadership. The group meets next at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30 via Zoom with Mrs. Cole and Miss Funk.
  • Movie Critic Club: This club for seventh- and eighth-grade students will provide students an opportunity to view and discuss a variety of age appropriate movies.

  • Musical: Do you love to sing, act, and dance? Audition for Daniel Wright's spring musical theatre production! You are invited to attend a webinar hosted by the directors Monday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. (Webinar Zoom link / Meeting ID: 859 2620 5583 / Passcode: 8TUAA6). Our production will take on a virtual format this year. The show theme is ROAD TRIP and will feature songs from Broadway, pop, and Disney as well as original scenes written through collaborations among our very own cast of students!
  • Newspaper Club: Please review the newspaper club flyer for information about how the club will operate this fall.
  • Scholastic Bowl: Daniel Wright's five-time state champion Scholastic Bowl team will hold tryouts Monday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 19 via Zoom at 3:45 p.m. Students may choose either date and must complete the tryout registration form to sign up and receive the Zoom link.
  • Science Bowl Car Team will have a tryout on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 3:45 p.m. (in person room 206 or remote via Zoom). Science Bowl Car Team designs and builds a model car to race against other schools within our region. The race will take place in mid-March.
  • Spelling Bee: In place of our traditional spelling bee program, round one of the spelling bee will be a grade-level competition through the online spelling and vocabulary tests. The first step to the Spelling Bee participation is for you to register for the Scripps National Spelling Bee's online testing platform.
  • STEAM Club: The club offers sixth- seventh- and eighth-graders the opportunity to learn about various STEAM topics, such as biology, physics, and engineering, while engaging in hands-on projects and labs.
  • Yearbook Club: The Yearbook Club edits, designs and creates the student yearbook

Clubs, sports and activities are offered throughout the school year. Please visit the Daniel Wright Extracurricular Activities for pending programs.

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 assigments, please email the teacher directly.

Report Cards Available Next Week

Cumulative first trimester grades will be viewable for students through the Unified Classroom Parent Portal on Wednesday, Nov. 18, by the end of the day.

To access your child's report card, please follow the steps below to obtain this information.

  1. Log in to your Unified Classroom Parent Portal.
  2. Select the Quick Links along the left side of the screen.
  3. Select the Current Grades and Attendance (button).
  4. Select the Student Desired on top left of screen.
  5. Select the Visual Progress Report (tab): Click on this tab to see your student's report card.

Fitness Friday

Watch how DW Warriors stay fit on Fitness Friday.

Choir Honors Veterans

The DW Chorus and Show Choir performed at the school board meeting Nov. 10 in honor of Veterans Day. Enjoy their video concert of "Lift Every Voice!" a Veterans Day tribute performed by members of the chorus and show choir at Daniel Wright under the direction of Matthew Clark, music teacher and choral director.

Students learned, rehearsed, and recorded this repertoire entirely virtually. "May the independence, perseverance, and resilience displayed by our students to continue "lifting every voice" despite the challenges of the pandemic be an inspiration to us all!" Mr. Clark said.

Science Olympiad Heads into Competition

The 2020-2021 Daniel Wright Science Olympiad Team tryouts were held in October. Over 100 students tried out for the 32 spots on the team. Due to COVID-19 conditions, tryouts were held a month later than usual. The team has not let that slow them down and are competing Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Boyceville, Wisconsin MiniSO Invitational. “MiniSO” means that they will be competing virtually from their homes utilizing the Scilympiad online platform.

Team members are Eshaam Bhattad (8), Varad Bhave (6), Grace Bui (6), Timothy Bui (8), Surya Chandrakasan (8), Ian Chung (7), Nikhil Gangavarapu (8), Andrea Gualdron (7), Amartya Gunjan (8), Rishi Gupta (8), Angela Ho (7), Vedanti Joshi (8), Advay Kalore (6), Rishab Konada (6), Tej Kosaraju )8), Wenhan Li (6), Kenny Lin (6), Lucas Niu (7), Ashra Roshy (7), Anusha Saraf (7), Shivaani Sivaraman (6), Ray Sun (8), Aaroh Tak (8), Jonathan Tao (8), Joshua Wang (7), William Wang (7), Richard Xu (7), Naharika Yerramraju (6), Audrey Yin (8), and Eric Zhang (6). The team is coached by Eric Rexer and Lisa Solesky with the assistance of parent volunteers for event coaching.

Club Collects Food for Pantry

Consider bringing in canned goods for the Wright Way Club's Gobble Up Hunger Food Drive now underway: https://tinyurl.com/y35g9a4p

PT Conference Scheduling

Scheduling for our Fall Remote Parent-Teacher Conferences via Zoom is now open. On Friday, Nov. 6, you received an email from support@ptcwizard.com with your login information. The primary family contact for your student ( as parents identified in our PowerSchool student information system at the time of registration) received the email communication from PTC Wizard. Please go ahead and log into your PTC Wizard account to make sure you can access the dashboard. Due to our limited conference availability, we ask that our families with two households collaborate to find a time for both parents to attend each teacher conference. Please use the PTC Wizard website to schedule conferences. For more about scheduling, please read the e-notice on conference scheduling.

Returning Books to School

Please return books to the book return box inside the Daniel Wright front office Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. To order a book from the book bus please fill out the Library Book Form to have a book delivered to your home. The link to request books can be found under the "Students" tab on the DW website as well.

Please reach out to Library Media Specialist Tabatha Otto at totto@d103.org with questions.

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair