Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - March 5, 2021

Musical Notes

More than ever, it remains essential that students experience joy in their daily lives. For many, this comes from artistic pursuits. Band, orchestra, chorus (BOC), and music students at Daniel Wright have continued to receive instruction in ensemble musicianship, vocal and instrumental technique, composing, and music's role in history and culture. Our students engage in lessons and rehearsals tailored to their learning model, continuing to connect socially with friends who love making music and maintaining their progress toward the mastery of performing standards. Many rehearsals occur over Zoom, allowing students to sing and play instruments at home. Since students are muted during most large-group instruction, they submit individual assignments to their teachers, allowing them to receive personalized feedback structured to their development as musicians.

The Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) sponsors a festival for outstanding junior high musicians each school year. This year, we were proud to have 16 musicians participate in the District 7 ILMEA Festival. The selected students participated in various master classes and clinics led by professional musicians. In December, over 50 BOC students recorded entries for Solo and Ensemble Contest, sponsored by the Illinois Grade School Music Association (IGSMA). With generous sponsorship from the District 103 Music Boosters, the Daniel Wright Choirs have recorded several virtual choir performances, broadcasting a virtual Veterans Day concert at the November Board of Education meeting and releasing a medley of songs from the musical Hamilton and a holiday concert in December. This year's musical, "Road Trip," is a student-written virtual production that incorporates songs from many different Broadway shows and popular genres. These performing experiences have proven motivating for our students and have sustained their excitement and passion for music during periods of remote and hybrid learning. For more on the music program at DW, please visit the school's website. Pictures of musical practices can be found on the school's Facebook page.

Science Olympiad Takes First

The Daniel Wright Science Olympiad team took home first and third place trophies at the sixth annual Badger Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin on Feb. 27. Twenty-nine schools consisting of 56 teams from across the country virtually competed in 23 events (including trial events). Individual medals won by DW students included twelve first place, seven second place, five third place, five fourth place, two fifth place, four sixth place, and one eighth place. The team consists of 32 students in grades 6-8. They are coached by Eric Rexer and Lisa Solesky with the assistance of parent volunteer event coaches. Coach Rexer and Coach Solesky would like to acknowledge their appreciation for the support our parent volunteers give the team. They consider them the "third members" of the team. The team's next challenge will be when they compete virtually at Regionals on March 6.

Your Opinion Counts

Only 12 percent of Daniel Wright parents have answered the state-administered, Illinois 5Essentials Survey. We need 20 percent of the Daniel Wright parents to take the survey in order to view the results.

This 20-minute survey is a great way for D103 parents to provide input into the five indicators from the survey that affect and predict school success:

  • Effective Leaders

  • Collaborative Teachers

  • Involved Families

  • Supportive Environments

  • Ambitious Instruction

This 5Essentials survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child's school. As a parent, this opportunity allows you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child's school.

Summer School Registration to Open

Please review D103 In-person Summer School offerings and remote summer school courses for students in grades K-7. For detailed information about summer school, please read the recent e-notice on summer school registration. Registration opens March 9 after 9:00 a.m. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at summerschool@d103.org!

School Pictures Available

Stuart-Rodgers photographs for in-person students were distributed to students this week. Remote learning student pictures will be available on the Materials Pick Up Days, March 12-13. If you would like to pick up your student's pictures earlier feel free to stop by the Daniel Wright office during school hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you have any concerns about your student's pictures please contact Stuart-Rodgers Photography directly. Contact information is provided inside the picture envelope.

Rmote Materials Pick Up

Families of full remote learners are encouraged to pick up materials for their student from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 12 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 13. Materials will be found in the school cafeteria. Please park in the lots adjacent to Riverwoods Road.

Spring After School Activities

Registration for the spring sports and activities is now open. Please use the RevTrak Web Store platform to register for all programs listed here. Programs do fill up and are offered on a first-come first-serve basis. The clubs are open to all Daniel Wright students. Classes begin the week of April 5 and run for six weeks.

Clubs and Activities

  • Art Club: Art Club is an enrichment opportunity for students to develop their art skills and create original artwork.
  • Computer Science Club: Not only will students engage in exciting games and projects but they will also develop their roots in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in the computer science club.
  • Digital Audio Production: Are you interested in composing or mixing your own music? What about recording and editing a podcast? Students in Digital Audio Production will use digital audio workstations.
  • 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.

  • History Club: For students who enjoy all areas of history, this is a great opportunity to show off your knowledge!

  • STEAM Club: The STEAM Club offers students the opportunity to learn about various STEAM topics such as biology, physics, and engineering, while engaging in hands-on projects and labs.

Vision Screening Required

The state of Illinois mandates vision and hearing screenings for various grades. Please respond to this brief survey if your remote learning child is in one of these grades.

Students in the eighth-grade are mandated by the State of Illinois to have a vision screening. Please use this Google form to indicate whether you want your child to be screened or if you would like to defer the screening at this time.

Other District 103 News

Internet Filter Update

We have recently applied new rules to our internet filter in order to better protect our students from running into any inappropriate content. Also, in an effort to continually improve our network operations, we are planning to pilot a new internet filter that will be pushed out to district iPads in stages, beginning today, Friday, March 5 after school.

The purpose behind this pilot is to see if this product is a better option for protecting our students when they access the internet.

You should not notice any significant changes in how your child's iPad works or what learning tools can be accessed.

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, March 16, 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.

Eighth-Grade Scholarship

The D103 Learning Fund Foundation provides a scholarship opportunity for Daniel Wright eighth-graders. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a qualifying eighth–grader in memory of former parent Dawn Anderson.

The Dawn Anderson Scholarship was established in honor of Dawn Anderson who passed away in 2017. While her children progressed through the District 103 school system, Dawn followed them, volunteering for any and every school or teacher-based project available. Motivated by her love of children, Dawn continued volunteering after her children moved on in their education. To honor her legacy, the Learning Fund Foundation established the scholarship to recognize a D103 graduating eighth–grade student who displays a passion for volunteering and serving others. This $2,500 award must be used for education at a post–secondary school. For more information, please visit the Learning Fund Foundation's scholarship website page. The deadline to apply is Saturday, April 10, 2021. Please contact the foundation at lff+anderson21@d103.org with questions.

Meet the BOE Candidates

The PTO invites D103 parents and Lincolnshire constituents to join the organization for an opportunity to meet the dedicated individuals running for school board in this virtual venue at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. Please register for the PTO sponsored virtual event.

Community News

SHS Writing Club

Stevenson Write Club invites junior high students to join their Marginalia, a three-week-long online workshop. Sign up on Stevenson's Marginalia Google Doc. The workshop will consist of fun activities and writing sessions led by high school students in small groups. Marginalia will run from Monday, March 29 through Sunday, April 19. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out by email to shswriteclub@gmail.com.

SHS Hockey Clinics

Stevenson High School Hockey is offering Incoming Freshman Clinics to current eighth-graders feeding to Stevenson High School. Clinics will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in April from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hot Shots Ice Arena, 29860 Skokie Hwy, Lake Bluff. Registration is required. Skater fee $225/Goalie fee $100. Please see www.stevensonhockey.org for details.

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair