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A Message from the Administrative Team

Hi WJHS Families,

Wow - what a difference a weekend makes! After some mild weather, it really started feeling like winter this past week. As a reminder, students will eat indoors if the RealFeel is less than 40 degrees and will have indoor recess if the temperature is less than 10 degrees RealFeel. Please make sure your child leaves home with the items they need to stay warm at recess!

One of our core values in our D39 Strategic Plan, is Connected Community: We strengthen our communities through communication, collaboration, and partnership. With this in mind, we would like to cultivate empathetic students by thinking of others this holiday season, and giving to those in need if we are able. Our seventh grade students will collect new, unwrapped toys to be donated to Chicagoland Toy Drive with ChiGivesBack. You can find the flier here. Eighth grade students will donate to "A Just Harvest" and you can find the flier here, which includes a wish list. We are looking forward to talking with students about thinking of others, generosity and empathy towards our community. Thank you for your support.

Have a great weekend!

Kate, Jeff and Eric

Student Vaccination Documentation

As children in the 5-11 age group are beginning to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, we wanted to pass along some information regarding vaccine documentation. If your child is fully vaccinated, or when they become fully vaccinated, please complete some basic information and upload a copy of the vaccination card within PowerSchool. You may disregard this email if you have previously provided information.

At this time, we are not requiring families to provide D39 with documentation of the vaccination record. Please be aware, however, that those without a record of vaccination on file will be required to follow the health protocols for unvaccinated individuals.

These instructions are only for parents of children with COVID vaccination cards who have received the final dose of the COVID vaccination. Do not proceed until your child has received the final dose.

  • Take a photo or scan your child’s COVID vaccination card
  • Use a desktop/laptop and navigate to the PowerSchool Parent Portal at ps.wilmette39.org
  • Once logged in, click Forms on the left side
  • Select COVID Vaccination Upload
  • Complete the form for each child

8th Grade Student Government Program

For over 40 years, WJHS 8th graders have participated in the Student Government Leaders Program, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Wilmette. By taking on the roles of various community administrators and leaders, students learn about local government and civil service and are assigned a local elected official or department head to work with. The entire program culminates with a mock board meeting where students demonstrate their knowledge of current issues and debate the merits of each topic. Click HERE for further details and sign-up information regarding this optional program. There are limited spots available.

PTO Highlights


Registration opens Monday, 12/13 at 9:30am for the following Winter After School Clubs:

  • Ceramics Club

  • Dungeons & Dragons

  • Latin Club

  • Yearbook Clubs

Please register on our WJHS PTO’s ASC page on Monday, 12/13 at 9:30am. The current info page will be updated with registration links at that time.

The following clubs, run by outside vendors and HMS opened last week:

  • Advanced and Intermediate Debate: Grades 7–8, Mondays at WJHS

  • Intro to Debate: Grades 5–8, Thursdays at HMS

  • High Five Junior Choir: Grades 5–8, Tuesdays or Thursdays at HMS

  • Broadway Performers (Skyline Studios, The Descendants): Grades 7–8, Tuesdays at WJHS

  • Virtual Chess-Ed (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, or Sat) via Zoom

Registration information/links for these clubs can be found on our ASC page.

D39 Ed Foundation

Appreciation Certificates Available
Looking for a holiday gift to say thank you to a special teacher, staff member or administrator? For your $39 donation, the staff member(s) of your choice will be honored with a personalized certificate sent via email and their name posted on our website's virtual Wall of Honor. All donations will benefit our schools by funding the D39 Educational Foundation's Gripp Grant program. Purchase your Appreciation Certificate here .
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8th Grade Graduation and Diploma Name Form

8th grade graduation will be Wednesday, June 8. Please save the date! More details to follow in the coming months ahead.

Please take a few minutes to fill out our diploma name form HERE.

Winter Sports Spectator Protocol

Protocol for Spectators

  • Each player is allowed to have 2 spectators attend games. These two spectators should sit together and be spaced 6 feet apart from other households.
  • Masks are required of all attendees.
  • Once your player is finished with their game you must leave the facility to allow room for other spectators to enter for the next game.
  • Siblings of players may attend, but they count towards one of the 2 spectators.
  • The student body will not be able to attend games at this time.

Tech Tidbit

Goodreads is a free book-focused website that helps you keep track of what you read and lets you review books. Once you rate books or mark them as read, Goodreads will recommend new books for you to read. With a Goodreads account, you can also join book clubs, participate in challenges, see what your friends are reading, enter giveaways for new books, comment on forums, ask authors questions and more. Downloading the App will allow you to scan books to browse reviews and add to your want to read section. “What is Goodreads?" explains everything that you need to know about it. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to read more or do a reading challenge, then check out Goodreads.

District Update

COVID Safety Precautions

New Trier Township, like much of the rest of the country, has experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. We encourage all students and families to continue to carefully monitor symptoms and to take advantage of free COVID testing options. For additional information, families are encouraged to review our updated D39 Response to Illness Booklet, the CCDPH list of COVID-19 symptoms, and the D39 COVID-19 Testing Page.

SHIELD Testing Continues

Thank you to all who are participating in the SHIELD Illinois testing program which allows the district to offer free COVID-19 PCR testing. SHIELD testing is available at Wilmette Junior High School on Tuesdays and Thursday from 3:30-6:30 pm and on Saturdays from 8:00-11:00 am. Anyone who has registered for the program is welcome to access testing. During winter break, we are pleased to continue to offer SHIELD testing on a limited schedule. SHIELD testing will be available during winter break on Tuesday, Dec. 21 and Tuesday, Dec. 28 from 3:30-6:30 pm at Wilmette Junior High School. Please note that processing times may be impacted by the holiday.

Travel Guidelines from CCDPH

With winter break approaching, all families should remain apprised of the regular updates provided by the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) regarding travel restrictions. Families are expected to review and follow these guidelines. D39 COVID-19 Testing Page offers a variety of options for testing. Regardless of vaccination status, anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home from school, isolate and seek testing. Thank you for helping us maintain a healthy, in-person school environment for students and staff.

Student Vaccination Submission

With children in the 5-11 age group continuing to receive their COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage families to upload their child(ren)’s vaccination card via PowerSchool. Instructions were sent out in an email titled “Student COVID Vaccine Information” on Monday, Nov. 29. With more students becoming eligible for vaccination, we anticipate a review of health and safety protocols in January.

Cold Weather Preparations

As the last week has shown, colder weather is upon us! Please help your children prepare their clothing so that they can comfortably and safely enjoy outdoor experiences and play. Students go outside for recess daily and are also outdoors during other portions of their day, unless extreme weather prevents this. To help keep our students safe and able to fully enjoy their outdoor time, students are encouraged to dress warmly. Hats, gloves, winter coats, snow pants and boots are strongly encouraged. In addition, information regarding the district’s plans and procedures for extreme weather and weather related school closure preparedness can be found here. Although we always try to avoid cancelling school due to severe weather, the health and safety of students and staff are a priority.

Community News

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

PASS39 Parent Get-Together on December 16th at 7:30 pm at THE SHACK, 1717 Chestnut Ave., Glenview. An area has been reserved to meet and eat. If you wish to reserve a T-time: https://clients.uschedule.com/theshackgolfclub/booking

The Wilmette Fire Department joins in sponsoring a toy drive to benefit children hospitalized at North Shore Evanston Hospital. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Wilmette Fire Department located at 1304 Lake Avenue through December 20th.

DCFS Foster Child Gift Drive: Families wishing to participate in a gift drive for foster children this December should contact Amy Bowen or Dana Drummer. See flyer for details.

PICKLES EMPOWER is hosting a virtual event on December 12th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Kids supporting kids through their parent/guardian cancer journeys. contact@picklesgroup.org for more information.

The Volunteer Center is offering many volunteer service opportunities. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Event will be held on Monday, January 17, 2022. Participate in a variety of service projects in support of over a dozen area nonprofits. Good for all ages and abilities.

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.