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Daniel Wright Junior High School Newsletter - Sept 3, 2021

Sound and Light

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Seventh-grade science teachers bring the unit of sound and light alive to students through various experimental activities. Students study how light behaves when it strikes various surfaces. They also look at the manipulation of light to determine what happens when you mix various colors. The science curriculum taught at Daniel Wright School reflects the recommendations of the Next Generation Science Standards.


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

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No School Monday

There is no school Monday, Sept. 6, due to the Labor Day holiday. Enjoy your weekend and we will see the students back in school on Tuesday, Sept. 7.
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Appropriate 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. If your child does not have a proper mask, they will be provided one for the day.
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Vaccination Cards Requested

If you have had your child vaccinated, please return a copy of the card to the Daniel Wright School Nurse Marissa Pastori. You may email it to her at mpastori@d103.org or fax it to Mrs. Pastori at 847-295-7136.


If a child is vaccinated, the Lake County Health Department has different guidance regarding quarantine measures for close contacts, including not needing to quarantine or conduct the Test to Stay protocol that the district has instituted. Knowing which students are vaccinated will allow the school to follow the quarantine guidance from the LCHD.

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Show Choir Auditions

The Daniel Wright Show Choir is an auditioned group of singers and dancers open to all students in Grades 6–8. Membership in chorus is required to audition for Show Choir. Show Choir meets Tuesdays 5:15–6:30 p.m., immediately following chorus rehearsal. For more on tryouts, please review the Show Choir Flyer.
    • Preliminary auditions are Tuesday, Sept. 7 or Wednesday, Sept. 8 after school.

    • Callbacks are Thursday, Sept. 9 at 3:45–5 p.m.

    • Visit Mr. Clark in Room 124 to pick up an audition packet and to sign up for an audition time!

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Study Hall

We are pleased to tell you about the P.A.S.S. (Providing Academic Success for Students) after school study hall program at Daniel Wright. The P.A.S.S. program is an excellent opportunity for students to take advantage of the resources available at Daniel Wright after the regular school day. P.A.S.S. is scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 30 and run Monday through Thursday from 3:40 to 4:55 p.m. Please read the news bulletin for more details. Students can take advantage of the after school bus.

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District 103 News

Test to Stay - Update


If your child is identified as a close contact at school, they may be eligible for the Test to Stay option instead of quarantining for 10 days at home. Please complete the permission form in Unified Classroom indicating that you give the district permission to administer the BinaxNOW test. You do not need to sign up for weekly PCR testing to be included in the Test to Stay option, but we highly recommend it.


To sign your child up for free weekly testing, please review the COVID news updates for more information. If it is your first time signing up, families need to sign up by Sunday at 6 p.m. if you want your child to begin testing that week. You only need to sign your child up once to be included in weekly testing for the school year.


For information about COVID prevention and COVID cases across D103 schools, please see the following web pages:

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Steps to Become an Associate

Please join us on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, from 12:00-1:00 pm as D103 administrators explain the typical roles and responsibilities of an associate and how to apply for the position in D103! The district currently has openings for associates in all three buildings. Many community members are qualified for the role and with the support of our assistant principals and human resources coordinator you could be employed by D103!


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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.

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Board of Education Meeting

The next Board of Education meeting will occur on Tuesday, September 14, 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.

Brick Fundraiser

You still have a chance to leave your legacy behind in D103 with the Daniel Wright paved walkway for a $100 donation. Order your family brick (inscribed with your family name or your child's name) before Friday, Sept. 10. Bricks are being placed this fall. Please read the e-notice for detailed information.

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Community News

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.

Math Tutoring

Math-Aid provides students in grades 5-8 with tutoring services.
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Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair