WJHS Highlights

10/01/21

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A Message from the Administrative Team

Hi WJHS Families,


While is still feels like summer, we are getting ready for fall and all that this entails!


One event we are excited to announce is our participation once again in the annual ADL Walk Against Hate. Every year on the 5-8 campus, we partner with the ADL to host events for students and their families as we work toward being a community free of hate. In fact, your child will soon learn more about how they can get involved in this effort through our No Place for Hate team that will soon be kicking off.


Sunday, October 10 is the date of this year's annual Walk Against Hate, and we will be hosting an informal in-person walk starting and ending at Highcrest Middle School at 9:00 AM that day. We will plan to walk about 2 miles around Wilmette, and we will have signs and snacks to enjoy our time as a team!


To participate, please register as a part of our team (Wilmette 5-8 Walk Against Hate) at:

https://www.walkagainsthate.org/Chicago/58walkagainsthate. No donation is needed to participate.


We look forward to seeing you there!

Kate, Jeff and Eric

Tech Tidbit

A few reminders from our WJHS Tech Team, students are expected to

  1. Arrive every day with a fully charged iPad

  2. Have a pair of earbuds with them for each class

  3. Request iPad support by emailing support@wilmette39.org or by using the iPad Support App on their iPad

New Trier High School Level Placement Test

New Trier High School will be administering a placement test for WJHS 8th grade students on Saturday, November 13. Further details regarding the test will be mailed out by New Trier in early October. For the most up to date information, we suggest bookmarking the New Trier Incoming Freshman Page.

PTO Highlights

✅ Last chance to order a print directory here

✅ Contribute to the Teacher/Staff gift and iGNITE funds here

✅ Purchase a yearbook here

✅ Purchase Spirit Wear here


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

If you are interested in helping at WJHS during the 2021-2022 school year, please sign up here! At this time, the PTO is working on determining where and when parents can help, and we will reach out to you as opportunities arise. Thank you for your interest in volunteering at WJHS!


SEEKING AN AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS CHAIRPERSON

We’re in need of a detail-oriented person, who can direct a team of volunteers, to set up and promote winter and spring After School Clubs. This volunteer opportunity can be done on your own time, from your computer. You’ll work with the VP of Student Programs to set up the next season of club registration.

Please email clubs@wjhspto.com to help us keep our clubs going!


REMINDER: DEBATE AND BROADWAY CLUBS START NEXT WEEK

For those of you registered for Advanced Debate or Broadway Performers (Skyline Studios), your clubs start next week. Broadway Performers starts Tuesday and meets in the Auditorium. There are still open slots for this club. Advanced Debate starts Wednesday. This club meets at WJHS, however the LC is no longer available. We’ll email registrants before Wednesday, once we have secured a new classroom.


LATE/ACTIVITY BUS SERVING HMS AND WJHS

Late/Activity Buses will be serving students attending after-school clubs and athletics at both WJHS and HMS. You do not have to be a bus rider to use this service at the end of the day. All the buses will depart from the front of WJHS at 4:45 pm. They will then proceed to the upper deck of HMS to pick up those students. There will be 3 busses bringing students to the following stops:


BUS #1

  • Central School (9th Ave. Entrance)


BUS #2

  • McKenzie School (15th St. Entrance)

  • Harper School (Front Entrance)


BUS #3

  • Romona School

  • Rec Center

  • Indian and New Glenview (Serving Northside Students)

  • Indian and Glenview (Serving Southside Students)


Are you interested in joining the Village Wide PTO as Communications Chair?


🗣️THE VWPTO MEETS 4 TIMES A YEAR AND INCLUDES REPRESENTATIVES FROM ALL D39 GRADE LEVEL SCHOOLS, D39 BOARD OF EDUCATION, PASS39, CIVICS & SAFETY, DR. CREMASCOLI, AND MORE. AS CHAIR, YOU WOULD REACH OUT TO ALL SCHOOL COMMUNICATION REPS AND REPORT THEIR INFORMATION TO THE VWPTO AT THE MEETING.


🗣️PLEASE CONTACT THE VWPTO PRESIDENT, BARB BENTIVENGA, (BENTIVENGA4@ICLOUD.COM) FOR MORE INFORMATION.


🗣️PLEASE NOTE THAT THE REMAINING VWPTO MEETINGS ARE NOV. 10, 2021 AT 9:15AM, MARCH 9, 2022 AT 9:15AM, AND MAY 11, 2022 AT 10AM.


WHAT A TRANSFORMATION!!!

Over the 2021 summer, your PTO has been hard at work making some incredible changes to the outdoor spaces at Wilmette Junior High! See before and after pics and read more here.

Parent Education Events

Our next parent education event is Wednesday, October 13th at 11am. It is titled Learning About The Responsive Classroom Model and Tips to Take Home. Please Register Here.

District Update

Board Meeting Highlights

The Board of Education held its regular meeting this past Monday. After hearing a presentation from the administrative team, the Board unanimously approved our 2021-26 strategic plan: Engage, Empower, Inspire. This plan provides a roadmap to continue to improve education in Wilmette. The Board also received information on our proposed learning support plan, which includes information on intervention services, our SEL support efforts this year, and the allocation of ESSER grant funding to support learning recovery and other needs. Highlights from the Board Meeting are available online along with meeting materials and a recording of the meeting.


SHIELD Illinois

Free weekly SHIELD COVID-19 testing is available to all students and staff, and is strongly encouraged for anyone unvaccinated. Thank you to families who have registered and are participating in weekly testing. If you have not yet done so, please register your child to participate by signing into the Parent PowerSchool Portal, choosing “Forms” on the left side, selecting “COVID Testing Consent” and completing the registration form for each child. Your child will be eligible to participate in SHIELD testing seven days after completing registration. SHIELD testing is offered weekly on Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 pm, Thursdays 3:30-6:30 pm and Saturdays 8:00-11:00 am at WJHS. Weekly participation helps us maintain healthy schools and safe in-person learning. Click here for more information on free SHIELD testing.


NWEA-MAP Results Sent Home

​​Parents of 2nd through 8th grade students, please check your students’ backpack today for their fall NWEA MAP reports. Also included with the individual student report are the following:



Response to Illness Booklet

The D39 Response to Illness Booklet was updated this week to reflect new guidance from the IDPH. Of note, the IDPH no longer will allow a student with COVID-19 symptoms to return to school with an alternative diagnosis from a physician. Any symptomatic individual MUST present a negative COVID-19 PCR Test in order to return to school or complete at least a 10-day quarantine. Please see the D39 Response to Illness Booklet or the IDPH Exclusion Decision Tree (updated September 29, 2021) for more information.

Battle of the Books!

It is time for the Battle of the Books at WJHS! This is a year-long reading competition in which students form teams, read a list of award-winning and highly recommended books, and end the year with a "Battle" of questions to see which team knows the books best. Battle of the Books is open to 7th and 8th grade students and students are encouraged to form teams of 4-6 students in either grade. The promotional video can be found HERE and students can register HERE. Interested students should register by Friday, Oct 8. Questions can be directed to Daphna Neirick, Mary Kate Lubawski, or Erin Schwarz.

Community News

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


The Volunteer Center is offering many volunteer service opportunities. Make a Difference Day, October 23rd, donate gently used and new goods to benefit over a dozen community nonprofits.


National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15. Join in recognizing Hispanic Americans achievements and contributions. See website for events and activities.


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. beststeptutoring.org