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Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - April 16, 2021

Students Make Music Together

Being part of a musical ensemble is about much more than practicing your instrument in isolation: it involves teamwork, collaboration, and active listening. With the warmer weather, Daniel Wright students have been able to practice together outdoors. As students begin to make music together once again, we are grateful to be able to have a safe way to play together! While we have been fortunate to be able to use technology for developing sight-reading, analysis, and technical skills on an individual level, nothing can replace making music together as part of a band! Please visit the school's Facebook page to view more pictures of outdoor practice.

Mix It Up Day Rescheduled

SEL Mix It Up Day will take place on Wednesday, April 21. In an effort to keep students and teachers connected, during Mix It Up students are assigned to new Zoom groups based on an interest survey. In their Mix It Up Zooms students will complete a craft project, play a game or learn about a special topic. This is a rescheduled event that was originally supposed to take place on March 17. Remote students who had already received their supplies at supply pick up in March will need to have them ready.

Some remote students still need to pick up their supplies at the front office. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please email Erinn Vincent at evincent@d103.org to see if your child still has supplies to be picked up.

Color War

After a week of competitions and dance offs, the results from the first week of Color War are in! The Red Teams for both sixth- and eighth-grade are in first place for their grade levels. Seventh-grade currently has a three-way tie for first place between the Pink, Blue and Teal Teams. If your child is on any of these teams, there will be a sweet treat prize! Remote students will be informed during morning advisory. In-person students will have a permission slip sent home that needs to be returned in order to participate.


Color War Continues! Teams are working together to choose a service project for a charity or cause important to them. Each team has elected two co-leaders (one in-person and one remote) who will set the timeline for check-ins and task completion. If the team is fundraising or doing a collection or donating things, the co-captains are in charge of figuring out how to donate and then donating the items after the challenge is over. This challenge runs until Friday, May 7 so there is plenty of time to help our community. Ask your child about their team’s service project!

Support Student Fundraiser with Pizza

Help the members of the DW Student Council support Loving Without Limits! This organization supports caregivers with hospitalized children who endure strenuous demands by providing gift bags and emotional support. Student council is raising funds by selling Lou Malnati's frozen pizza coupons. Each coupon costs $13.00 and the proceeds will go to Loving Without Limits. With this coupon, you can go to your local Lou Malnati's and use it to receive a frozen 9" pizza (cheese, sausage, pepperoni, or spinach).

Please indicate in the RevTrak Web Store how you would like to receive your coupon. Reach out to kbuffa@d103.org with any questions. The members of student council thank you for your support and helping us support Loving Without Limits!

Eighth-Grade News

Graduation Set for June 2

The in-person graduation celebration has been set for Wednesday, June 2! Students last full day of school is Tuesday, June 1. We are excited to share two possibilities for an in-person eighth-grade graduation celebration. One option is a ceremony with all students at the Stevenson football stadium on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. The other option is two indoor ceremonies held at different times with two groups of graduates at the Stevenson Sports Center on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. We will communicate final plans as soon as we finalize the venue and format.

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.

T-Shirts Are In; You Can Still Place an Order

Given the overwhelming popularity of the eighth-grade graduation T-shirts, D103 PTO has reopened the American Outfitters site ONE LAST TIME for parents to order a T-shirt!! Feel free to order your eighth-grader a special graduation T-shirt or consider ordering both designs. The PTO graduation committee will be scheduling a day where we will be asking all eighth-graders to wear their T-shirts! Final ordering deadline is Tuesday, April 20.


IN-PERSON STUDENTS who ordered a shirt will receive their shirts in their advisory class on Thursday or Friday.


REMOTE STUDENTS who ordered a shirt will need to pick up their shirt at the home of 43 Dukes Lane, Lincolnshire, from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 10 or Sunday, April 11. Katie Wolf and Kathy Reibel will be handing out the shirts outside and will be wearing masks. Please contact Katie Wolf at wolfkm@gmail.com if you cannot make these times.

More Eighth-Grade News

For more eighth-grade news, please visit the DW Class of 2021 website.

District 103 News

Update Student iPads

Please make sure iOS is updated to version 14.2.2 on the district issued iPads. We are asking that you please assist your student to make sure their device is up to date.


To check for iPadOS updates, use the following steps:

  1. Tap on the Settings app (gray gear)

  2. Tap “General”

  3. Tap “Software Update”

  4. If there’s an update available, you will see information about the update, followed by an “Install Now” button.

    1. please make sure the iPad is plugged into a power source, has at least 20% battery, and has 5 GB of free space, and then proceed with the update.

  5. If the iPad says “Your software is up to date,” then you are all set and the update is complete.


Please complete these steps as soon as possible in order to maintain the best possible security on your child’s iPad.


If you have any questions, please request assistance through the D103 Instructional Technology Support site.

Full Day of School on April 22

Thursday, April 22, is a full day of school for D103 students in grades kindergarten through eighth. The Late Arrival Day on this day was cancelled.

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.

Partnership News

Virtual 5K Run/Walk

D103 PTO's virtual 5K run/walk event is now open.


In order to keep our community safe and continue to raise funds for our school district, the D103 PTO will host its first ever (hopefully only) ​Run for D103 VIRTUAL 5K Run/Walk. Please visit the Run for D103 website to learn more about the event and register.

Volunteer of the Year Award

The D103 PTO Executive Board appreciates all of our volunteers! We also like to acknowledge that one special person who has gone above and beyond the call of duty. If you know of a deserving person you would like to nominate for the 2020-2021 D103 PTO Scott S. Guziec Volunteer of the Year Award, please fill out the Google nomination form. Nominations are due by May 1.

Dawn Anderson Angel Award

Each year, the PTO recognizes a volunteer who exemplifies the commitment of Dawn Anderson to District 103. Dawn generously volunteered for District 103, the D103 PTO and in our community. We now award a volunteer that demonstrates that commitment.

Requirements for Nomination: The nominee must be someone whose youngest child is an eighth-grade student so that this volunteer will be "graduating" from District 103. The volunteer should be someone who has committed his or her time over several years to our District, including volunteering for the PTO.

Maybe this is a visible volunteer who has led many PTO events or a quiet contributor who we could always count on to fill in when needed. Like Dawn, this volunteer should have an infectious volunteer spirit. The deadline for submission is April 30. Please fill out the Google nomination form to recognize a volunteer.

Community News

Wine, Dine, & Win in Lincolnshire

The Village of Lincolnshire is holding a Wine, Dine, & Win campaign during the month of April to do our part to help Lincolnshire restaurants. Check out the restaurants and how to win a $50 gift car on the Village of Lincolnshire website.

Law Day

Chief Judge Diane Winter and the Judges of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit would like to extend an invitation to Lake County students to participate in the annual Lake County Law Day activities. This year’s theme is “Advancing the Rule of Law Now.” The Judges look forward to seeing the great talent and skills of students in Lake County. The contest deadline is April 21.

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