Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - Sept 24, 2021

Students Love ASAs

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At any one time between 300 and 400 students participate in sports, clubs, and after school activities. In cross country alone there are 115 students who compete weekly. Another 60 students compete in girls basketball and soccer. Activities like STEAM, Culinary Arts, and Digital Audio Production have another 120 students enrolled. Other clubs like Science Olympiad, Debate Team, Yearbook, Free to Be and Wright Way have dozens more on their rosters.

Participation in extracurricular activities are indicators of consistent attendance, academic achievement, and aspirations for continuing education beyond high school, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Watch the Daily Announcements and the Wright-ings for winter clubs, activities and sports. To view pictures of the activity, please visit our Facebook page or go to our Google Doc folder.

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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 on no later than 4:15.

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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Test Results

Look for fall administered MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) English/Language Arts and Math assessments to be mailed to families through the U.S. Postal Service. MAP Assessments are administered to students in grades 1 through 8.

The test is intended for school staff to understand a child’s current academic level while also measuring academic growth over time in Mathematics and English/Language Arts. Administrators and teachers review data from these assessments to gain insight into how students are performing, which allows for more accurate instructional planning aligned to student needs.

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District 103 News

Board of Education Meeting

The next Board of Education meeting will occur on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting website page.

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Partnership News

Challenging Child Behaviors

Using the 3 C's: Connection, Communication, Capability to Combat Challenging Behaviors Author Katherine Reynolds Lewis will present virtually at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29. The D103 PTO Parent Education registration for the virtual presentation is now open.

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Community News

Metra Contest

Metra’s Safety Poster and Essay Contest is back! For details of 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.

Library Volunteer Opportunities

The online teen volunteer program organized by Vernon Area Public Library allows students to volunteer right where they are, when they are able. To learn more about this Vernon Area Library program, visit VAPLD.info/TeenVolunteers.

YMCA Activities

See what is new at the North Suburban YMCA for your child! Visit our website for programs and schedules.
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Daniel Wright Upcoming Events

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair