Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - March 19, 2021

Science Olympiad Sweeps Regionals

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The Daniel Wright Science Olympiad team ended their regular season by sweeping the Regionals Competition on March 6, 2021, with both the varsity and junior varsity teams winning first place. Individual medals won included nine 2nd place medals and thirty-four 1st place medals. The 32-person team consisting of students in grades 6-8 will be pared down to one team of 15 students who will represent Daniel Wright at the State competition next month. The top two teams at State will advance to Nationals in May.

The following students have represented Daniel Wright in exemplary fashion this season: Eshaam Bhattad (8th), Varad Bhave (6th), Grace Bui (6th), Timothy Bui (8th), Surya Chandrakasan (8th), Ian Chung (7th), Nikhil Gangavarapu (8th), Andrea Gualdron (7th), Amartya Gunjan (8th), Rishi Gupta (8th), Angela Ho (7th), Vedanti Joshi (8th), Advay Kalore (6th), Rishab Konada (6th), Tej Kosaraju (8th), Wenhan Li (6th), Kenneth Lin )6th), Lucas Niu (7th), Ashra Roshy (7th), Anusha Saraf (7th), Shivaani Sivaraman (6th), Ray Sun (8th), Aaroh Tak (8th), Jonatha Tao (8th), Joshua Wang (7th), William Wang (7th), Richard Xu (7th), Kevin Yang (8th), Mark Yang (8th), Niharika Yerramraju (6th), Audrey Yin (8th), and Eric Zhang (6th). The team is coached by Eric Rexer and Lisa Solesky, with the assistance of volunteer parent event coaches.

Special Olympics

Special Olympics is seeking students in grades 6-8 to work together during practices to prepare Daniel Wright athletes for the Special Olympics Spring Track & Field games. This activity is full in-person, however both remote and in-person learners are invited to participate. Registration to participate closes Tuesday, April 6. Please register on the RevTrak Web Store. Please visit the Special Olympics website page for more about the club.

Wrestling Returns to DW

The Warrior wrestling team is proud to announce that wrestling will be returning to Daniel Wright this spring. The season will run April 5 to May 13 Monday through Thursday. As in most athletics, wrestling will look very different this year. There will not be any live wrestling or competitions this season, instead we will focus on wrestling fundamentals and strength and conditioning with some fun games along the way. We will take the opportunity to use outdoor space along with the fitness center and gym spaces to learn this great sport to get your body healthy and strong. There is absolutely no experience needed. Take advantage of this great opportunity to be part of the team and gain the necessary skills to compete next season! Please review the wrestling flyer and then reach out to Coach Ingratta at singratta@d103.org for more information. We look forward to welcoming you to the Warrior Wrestling family!

Choir Performance

Enjoy the Daniel Wright Junior High School Choirs performing Disney friendship favorites. Chorus members extend sincere thanks to our D103 Music Boosters for sponsoring the professional production of this project.

"Our DW Choir members and I hope that you will enjoy seeing their passion for music-making thrive in this performance. You don't have to be a musician to recognize and appreciate the independence, preparation, and dedication necessary to sing ensemble repertoire individually, and I'm confident that their hard work and tenacity will be evident to you," said Matthew Clark, DW music teacher and choral director.

Young Readers Award

The votes from all participating Illinois middle schools have been tallied and the state winner of the 2021 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Award is Front Desk, by new author Kelly Yang! Request Front Desk and/or its sequel, Three Keys from the DW Library today! Book request links for in-person and remote learners can be found under the “Students” tab on the DW homepage.

DW Shout Out to PTO

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Eighth-Grade News

T-Shirt Orders Due

Get your eighth-grade T-shirt orders in now. T-shirt orders are due by Sunday, March 21. Class T-shirts for the graduating eighth-graders features the names of all the graduates on the back! There are different styles to choose from.

Find your updated Class of 2021 news on a website created for eighth-grade graduates.

Pictures Sought

The PTO needs your help in gathering some pictures of your eighth-grader.

What We Need

  1. Baby Picture (age 0-1). One picture, one face is all we need.
  2. Kindergarten School Picture. We will be showing each student's Kindergarten and 8th grade pictures at the graduation ceremony.
  3. Any Group Pictures you have of the students through the years. From the first days of Kindergarten through the last days of DW... any group pictures! Think class Halloween pictures, band concerts, sports pictures, etc.
  4. If Your Student Did Not Take An Eighth-Grade School Pickture we will need a current picture of your student in a pose resembling a typical school picture on a plain background. If your student took an eighth-grade school picture, no action is necessary as we will obtain it from the school.

How To Submit Photos

To help us stay organized, please name your pictures with your child's first and last names. And then please submit your pictures using the following links:

**IMPORTANT: Please save your photos with the name of your child. If will help us stay organized! For questions, please reach out to Katie Wolf at wolfkm@gmail.com


Please submit these pictures by April 2. The earlier the better!

Health Night

Please join fellow eighth-grade Daniel Wright students and their parents at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, for an informative health event that will cover relevant topics such as:

  1. Friendships and Romances: Building the Foundation for Healthy Adolescent Relationships
  2. Managing Stress: How to Develop Your Emotional Toolbox for the Transition to High School
  3. What Parents Need to Know to Help Middle Schoolers be Healthy, Happy Students in their High School Community.

Please RSVP to Health Night to inform the PTO that you will attend their sponsored event. If you have a topic you would addressed, please fill out this Google Interest Form before the presentation.

Please contact Tiffany Etzel at tiffanyetzel@gmail.com or Rilina Ghosh at ghosh.rilina@gmail.com with any questions about the event.

District 103 News

No School Next Week

We would like to remind you that next week is Spring Break from Monday, March 22 through Friday, March 26, and students will not be attending classes. Students resume remote and in-person learning on Monday, March 29.

Please follow these guidelines during Spring Break travel.

Please visit the District 103 school calendar for updates on other holidays and teacher institute days when school is not in session for the remainder of the current school year. The D103 school calendar for the 2021-2022 school year is now available for your review.

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.

Board of Education Meeting

The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.

Partnership News

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.

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.

Community News

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!

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.

Community Dialogue on Race

Women United (United Way) is offering a virtual event, "Community Dialogue on Race: Moving from Ideas to Action" from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7. Please register for this event.

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair