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Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - Oct. 1, 2021

Academic Impact of Creative Arts

A growing body of research demonstrates the enormous positive impacts that participating in the arts can have on students’ academic and non-academic success, according to the National Advocates For Arts Education.


For this reason, District 103 ensures that fine arts play a key role in students’ education.

As part of their curriculum classes, all Daniel Wright students rotate through Creative Arts and Physical Education/Health (CAPE) classes - art, music, performing arts, digital arts, family and consumer sciences (cooking and sewing), library, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).


D103 adheres to the Illinois Learning Standards for Fine Arts that were developed using the National Standards for Arts Education.


“Our most important goals throughout the Fine Arts program are to encourage students to reach their potential, gain confidence in their ability, think creatively, develop appreciation for various styles, and develop a positive feeling toward art and music and its integration into daily living,” said Katie Reynolds, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.


To view pictures of some of the classes, please visit our Facebook page or go to our Google Doc folder.

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Principal Virtual Meeting

Join Principal Michelle Blackley from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18, to get a better understanding of what happens during your child's typical day at DW. This live Zoom meeting will provide you with more insight into teaching and learning at DW. It is also a time to ask questions or make comments on how to help your child adjust to their new learning environment. While the meeting is intended for parents new to District 103 and for parents of sixth-graders, all DW families are welcome to attend the meeting.

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Extracurricular Activities

Daniel Wright offers students the opportunity to participate in sports and clubs after school. Please click on an extracurricular activity below for more information. Or, visit the Daniel Wright Extracurricular Activities and Athletic pages for upcoming programs.


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Help Prevent the Spread of Illness

To prevent the spread of illness, we would like to provide you with some sick day guidelines to help with your decision on whether or not to send your child to school. Please contact the school office in the following manner if your child presents with any of the following symptoms described in this Sick Day Guidelines sheet.


To report an absence please call 847-604-5280 or email Dw_attendance@d103.org. Provide your child’s first and last name, child’s advisory teacher, and a list of detailed symptoms.


Students MUST stay home with any of the following symptoms per the Illinois Department of Public Health guidance:

  • fever (100.4F or higher)

  • new onset of moderate to severe headache

  • shortness of breath

  • new cough

  • sore throat

  • vomiting

  • diarrhea

  • change or loss in sense of taste or smell

  • fatigue from an unknown cause

  • muscle or body aches from an unknown cause


At this time if an individual is experiencing any of these symptoms, the student will need a negative COVID diagnostic test (home test kits not allowed) to return to school, or a 10 day quarantine from onset of symptoms, regardless of vaccination status.


Further, in line with our usual sick guidelines, a student may not return to school, regardless of a negative COVID test until they have improved symptoms and have been free of fever, vomiting, and diarrhea for 24 hours without the use of medication.

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TeacherEase Gradebook

Daniel Wright families are invited to take advantage of the gradebook, TeacherEase, to review homework assignments and weekly grades from their child’s teachers.


This TeacherEase document explains how the platform works and how families can review homework assignments and grades. Unified Classroom provides families with students’ final trimester grades while TeacherEase updates families along the way on how a student is progressing in a given subject matter. For questions about TeacherEase, please reach out to the Tech Team using this Google Form. For questions regarding assignments, please email the teacher directly.
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Tutoring Offered to Students

Volunteer student tutors from Stevenson High School are available to help DW students via Zoom Monday through Thursday from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Tutors can assist students with homework, test preparation, and general study tips. Students may join the Zoom tutoring sessions in two ways:


  1. Through the PASS program at school: Students come to the library right after school and will be provided with the Zoom link. Students should bring earbuds or headphones if they choose this option.
  2. From home: Students who sign up for tutoring will be provided with a Zoom link to access tutors. Please note: students must log in no later than 4:15 p.m.


All tutoring sessions will end at 4:45 p.m. Please sign up through the PASS Tutoring Google Form.

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Masks & Water Bottles Requested

Masks: Please send your student to school with extra child-sized masks. One of the most important mitigation strategies is a good mask that fits properly. This CDC graphic provides information on the proper type and way to wear a mask. Please be sure that the mask covers the nose and mouth, is 2-3 layers, and does not have valves. Gaiters are not approved face coverings.

Water Bottles: Please send your student to school with a water bottle labeled with their name for use during the day.

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District 103 News

Parent-Student Handbook

The Parent-Student Handbook is available for student and parent review. Please find it under the parent and student tabs on the website.


The District annually publishes a Parent-Student Handbook with information on regulations, an explanation of the services we provide, as well as our expectations for the education of District 103 students. The handbooks are intended to provide a summary of Board of Education policies and procedures governing the district. The handbooks are provided electronically at the start of the new school year to each student’s family as informational resources.

Board of Education Meeting

The next Board of Education meeting will occur at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.

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Community News

STEM for Girls

Registration is open for the Lake County STEM for Girls Conference being hosted at ACHS on Saturday, Nov. 13. Lake County STEM for Girls is an opportunity for middle school girls to engage with STEM professionals in a hands-on manner.

COVID Vaccination Clinic

The Lake County Regional Office of Education is hosting a COVID-19 Pfizer vaccination clinic for individuals 12 and older getting their first dose or third dose (if you qualify) at the Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville. People getting their first dose should sign up for Saturday, Oct. 9. People getting their third dose may sign up for Oct. 9 or Saturday, Oct. 30. The clinic is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please book an appointment today.

Metra Contest

Metra’s Safety Poster and Essay Contest is back! For details about the contest rules, entry forms, and galleries featuring past winners visit our Metra website. You can also submit your entries electronically through the site or simply send them to us via email at metracontest@metrarr.com.

Food Pantry

Congregation Beth Am provides non-perishable food for the community. The congregation is also looking for non-perishable donations. Please visit the Congregation Beth Am website for more information on donating or picking up food items.

Join Scouts BSA Girls Troop

Do you have a sense of adventure, want to make new friends, have fun and learn new skills? Lincolnshire Troop 78 is launching a Scouts BSA Girls Troop. To find out more, please visit our Troop 78 website. Open house is Oct. 15.

Foundation Run/Walk

Lace-up and get moving in the Stevenson Foundation's hybrid 5K walk/run, Stevenson Move-A-Thon! This event, which includes both virtual and in-person ways to participate, is a fun way to stay healthy and support SHS students and families with limited resources.
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Daniel Wright Upcoming Events

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair