Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - Dec. 20, 2019

Spelling Bee Finalists

Congratulations to the students in grades four through eight who qualified for the District 103 Spelling Bee. The bee is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 29. The winners can be found on the Spelling Bee list.

Pizza Orders

Families may now place pizza orders for winter/spring 2020. The orders for winter/spring will consist of 18 weeks of pizza on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 21. The deadline to order pizza is Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Winter Break

As a reminder, winter break is from Saturday, Dec. 21 through Monday, Jan. 6. We will see you in 2020 when students return to school on Tuesday, Jan. 7!


  • Students, the 2020 "Catch a Caudill" reading competition has set sail! After reading three titles from the Caudill list, pick up and complete a Caudill brochure with three simple questions in order to be able to vote in February in this Illinois reading competition. All completed Caudill brochures turned in to the DW library will also "REEL IN A FISH" for your ELA teacher! Whose ELA teacher will "NET" the most titles read? Don't delay, read a Caudill today!

  • The week of Jan. 7 (when students return to school after winter break) students in grades 6, 7 and 8 will have the opportunity to participate in the qualifying round of the National History Bee. For details about the National History Bee Competitions, please refer to the Google Doc flyer. Qualifying Round Session times (Qualifying rounds take place in Room 219):

    • Jan. 7 from 12:30 to 12:50 p.m. or after school until 4 p.m.
    • Jan. 8 from 12:30 to 12:50 p.m. or after school until 4 p.m.
    • Jan. 9 from 12:30 to 12:50 p.m. or after school until 4 pm.

    If these time slots do not work for you, please contact Kristine Rickert at krickert@d103.org to make other arrangements.

  • Scholastic Bowl tryouts are approaching fast. Mark your calendar for the following tryout dates:

    • Seventh- and eighth-graders: Tuesday, Jan. 14, Room 203
    • Sixth-graders: Thursday, Jan. 16, Room 203
    Practices will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in January and February. Meets will run twice a week until May. Questions? Please reach out to Jan Lamberti at jlamberti@d103.org.
  • Tryout dates and times for the 2020 volleyball season for seventh- and eighth-grade girls are as follows:

    • Thursday, Jan. 9 from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m.
    • Monday, Jan. 13 from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m.

    For more information about volleyball, please visit the school's website page on volleyball where you can also find coaches' names.

  • Students can still register on RevTrak Web Store for the following After School Activities until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. Flute Choir, Improvisation, Rubik's Cube, and STEAM Club. Please visit the school's news bulletin for details about the programs.

STEAM Conference Returns to D103

The Learning Fund Foundation is offering a variety of STEAM workshop sessions to students on Wednesday, Jan 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration takes place online using the RevTrak Web Store beginning Wednesday, Jan 8.

While students enjoy the STEAM conference, parents are invited to showcase local summer camps, day programs and other opportunities! This is a chance to learn about a variety of programs to keep your kids from ages 4-14 active, engaged and learning – whether it is in the arts, music, sports, educational or day camps. During the conference, there will be a variety of programs showcasing what they can offer you throughout the year and during those summer weeks.

CEO of the Brain

Presented by Dr. Mandi Croft Petosky & Dr. Amanda Moons, Neuropsychologists of Neuro Educational Specialists, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, Vernon Area Library, Main Conference Room. Save a seat for yourself by registering for the program today.

➢ What is Executive Functioning?

➢ What is the development of Executive Functioning Skills at different ages?

➢ How do different disabilities (ADHD, Autism, Learning Disabilities, Anxiety) impact executive functioning?

➢ What are strategies to help build executive functioning skills at home.



Upcoming Events

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Thomas Herion

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair