WJHS Highlights

01/28/2022

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A Message from the Administrative Team

Hi WJHS families,


We started our second semester this week and our eighth grade students began a new rotation with a new elective. We hope you'll check in with your child and inquire about how their new class went this week!


The tech tidbit (below) has information about how to access report cards when they become available on February 9. As it mentions below, you can also use Schoology to view your child's late or missing assignments. WJHS' new "Homework Club" is a great place for your child to have a quiet space, with certified teaching staff, to supervise and assist with homework questions. Please watch the video below if you would like to learn more about how to use Schoology.


We wish you all a safe, warm and healthy weekend.


Kate, Jeff and Eric

Tech Tidbit

As Semester 1 has ended and Reports Cards will be available on February 9th, it’s a good time to refresh you about where to look for assignments and grades.


Powerschool - Our Student Information System where students and parents can look for attendance, grades and report cards. This is where final grades can be found. As a reminder, this is a method of communication that our teachers use to keep you informed of your child’s progress in each class. Please contact your child’s teacher with questions about any grade or reported assignment in the Parent Portal. Students at WJHS will receive final grades at the semester mark, not every quarter. Staying informed of your child’s progress throughout the year will help you support your child and partner with your child’s teachers to reach their academic goals.

  • Click HERE for a quick start guide on how to login/create an account.

  • Click HERE for a video tutorial on using PowerSchool for parents.

  • If you still have problems, call the building secretaries for assistance at 847-512-6600.

Students can access Powerschool:

  1. Use this link: ps.wilmette39.org - Also located under Students on our WJHS website.

  2. Student username is the beginning of their school email address before @wps39.org (ex. 21josephs)

  3. Their password is their school email password (ex. 12345pop)

OR students may use PowerSchool Mobile App (Tutorial Video)

  1. Download the App from Self-Service

  2. Use District Code HMKF

  3. Student username is the beginning of the student’s email address before @wps39.org (ex. 22josephs)

  4. Student password is student email password (ex. 12345pop)


Schoology - Our Learning Management System where students can digitally submit homework assignments, participate in interactive discussions, receive announcements and feedback, take tests, and more. They can also view some grades. As a parent, you will be able to view your child’s daily activity within the platform, like late or missing assignments. Watch the Schoology Parent View Tutorial video to learn how to navigate your child's Schoology.

MAP Reports

MAP reports from our winter testing session will be mailed home to families on Thursday, February 3rd.

Boys' Volleyball Registration

Attention Parents: Volleyball registration for 7th and 8th grade boys is now open. Tryouts will be held at WJHS on January 31st, and Feb. 1st. All skill levels are welcome to come to tryouts. Students must present a negative Shield Test to try out for volleyball. If your child did not Shield test on Tuesday January 24 or Thursday January 26, please have your child test tomorrow at WJHS between 8 - 11.

5 Essentials

The Illinois 5Essentials Student and Parent/Family Survey

The 5Essentials Survey provides school districts with detailed data on school culture and climate.


  • Students in grades 4 - 8 will participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey between 1/24/22 and 2/28/22.

  • Students’ identities will be completely confidential.

    • If you do not want your 4th grade child to participate, please email your child’s classroom teacher.

    • If you do not want your 5th-8th grade child to participate, please email your child’s Grade Level Administrator.

  • As a parent/family, you have an opportunity to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness about your child’s school. Your identity and survey responses will also be completely confidential. The Parent Survey Supplement will be open from January 24, 2022 through February 28, 2022.


More detailed information can be found on the Illinois 5Essentials website. If you have questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874.

PTO Highlights

WINTER SPIRIT WEAR SALE IS ON! Check out our cozy and warm apparel to wear to school and at home! A percentage of each sale goes right back to the WJHS PTO. Place your custom designed order today and order directly to your home OR take advantage of free (very) local porch pick up! (option available at check out)


https://humankind.shop/collections/wilmette-junior-high

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Dungeons & Dragons starts next week

For those who are registered for the Winter session of D&D, this after school club starts Friday, 2/4 at 3:30 in the LC. We just increased the capacity, so there’s still room/time to join. For more information on this and all clubs, please click here to visit our After School Clubs page.

Homework Club

Homework Club is now available to all students on a drop-in basis on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:20 - 4:20 in the Learning Commons. The Homework Club is supervised by two WJHS staff members, and is an opportunity for students to work in a quiet place with their materials available at school so they can complete their homework. If staying for Homework Club, students will need to have transportation home, whether that is a ride home, their bike, or the WJHS late bus (which takes them to their home elementary school).


We are excited to offer this new support at WJHS, and look forward to partnering with you as we support our students with their homework success!

Missing Assignment Notification System

We have a new system of notification and support for homework completion.


If a student is missing an assignment, both the student and their family will receive notification of their missing assignment(s), and will be offered options as to how to complete that assignment. The three choices will include


  1. An after-school drop-in Homework Club

  2. An opportunity to make up the assignment at home

  3. The option for students to connect with their teacher to discuss a plan for completion

Community Review Committee Survey

The District 39 Community Review Committee (CRC), comprised of parents, teaching staff, and administrators from the district, chooses a focus area to research each year and provide recommendations to the School Board for future work. This year’s topic, which is a component of Goal 2 of the District Strategic Plan, is Building Responsive Social-Emotional Learning through Strengthening Parent-Teacher Communication and Increasing Parent Understanding of and Engagement in SEL Instruction.”


The CRC is hoping to gather parent input to help inform our recommendations in this area, and has developed THIS SURVEY to help inform us in that effort. We will be looking to learn more about parent understanding of social-emotional learning, how SEL is integrated into the academic school day, and how teachers and staff can best partner with families as the SEL framework is implemented across the grade levels. The survey will remain open until 2/26/22.

District Update

Strategic Plan Showcase Video

As we continue to implement our multi-year strategic plan, please enjoy this video which showcases the plan and our commitment to continuing to provide our students with a first-class educational experience. Many thanks to Tony Tang Productions for partnering with us on this project!


Board of Education Meeting on Monday

The District 39 Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting this past Monday. At the meeting, the Board approved the budget calendar and resolution for fiscal year 2023 as well as the bids for summer construction at McKenzie School and conducted the first reading for several Board policies. The meeting agenda and materials as well as a video recording of the meeting are available online.

Registration is Now Open for 2022-23 Academic Year

Registration is now open for the 2022-23 academic year. Families received an email on Tuesday with further instructions. For returning students, visit the PowerSchool parent portal, click on the registration link and follow the instructions. For new students to D39, visit www.wilmette39.org/enroll for instructions on the four-part registration process. We encourage parents with new kindergarten students to enroll as quickly as possible. Additionally, D39 is offering its KEEP39 afternoon enrichment program for kindergarten students. Click here for more information on that program. You can register your child for KEEP39 at the same time that you register for kindergarten.


District 39 Receives Top Rating from Moody’s Investors Service

This week, District 39 was awarded the highest possible rating, an Aaa, from Moody’s Investors Service. The Aaa bond rating for General Obligation Debt Certificates (GOLT) represents a significant accomplishment for the District and reflects our commitment to financial responsibility, stability and long-term planning.

Community News

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


The Village of Wilmette & 'Ready Set Wilmette' Comprehensive Planning Team want to hear from Wilmette residents. ReadySetWilmette.com Help ensure Wilmette is welcoming, thriving and vibrant for years to come. A series of polls focused on plan themes, an online comment map, and ideas wall. Provide input at your leisure and as ideas come up: feedback shared to date is highlighted in this recent online post.Check out the Facebook Page


The Volunteer Center is offering many volunteer service opportunities. Kids Against Hunger Event will be held on March 19th. Help pack nutritious meals for over 100,000 starving Nicaraguans.


The Trevian Girls Softball Association is adding 8-10 year olds to their spring and summer teams. Contact Kelsey Farmer for more information.


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.