WJHS Highlights

09/17/21

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A Message from the Administrative Team

Hi WJHS Families,


It was wonderful to connect with families at Virtual Curriculum Night on Tuesday! We hope that you had time to meet some of your child's teachers and learn about the upcoming school year.


We have some amazing clubs being offered at WJHS this year through our PTO. Please talk through these with your child and encourage them to sign up for what interests them! Clubs being offered at WJHS are: Broadway Performers, Ceramics, Dungeons and Dragons, Latin, and at lunch, 7th and 8th Grade Yearbook. Students can sign up at the PTO website.


We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,


Kate Dominique, Principal

Jeff Dees, 7th Grade Level Administrator

Eric Resis, 8th Grade Level Administrator

Tech Tidbit

Hello WJHS Families,

We are in the process of replenishing our Learning Common’s “makerspace” at WJHS. As you do your fall cleaning, please keep in mind that we would love some of your treasures.


We need items such as-

Tool: mallets, nails (various sizes), screws (various sizes), kid-friendly tools, (screwdrivers, wrenches), power drills, pliers, wire cutters, various wires


Office and Craft Supplies: Expo markers, clay, invisible tape, painters tape, construction paper, cardstock, scrapbook paper, scrapbook decor, brads, paint stir sticks, buttons, felt, rubber bands, duct tape, pipe cleaners/chenille sticks, Legos, wooden dowels, fabric, thread, pool noodles, beads, ribbon, styrofoam


Household items: cups/plates, foil, wax paper, toothpicks, straws, various types of cardboard (boxes), plastic bottles/jars, containers, paper towel tubes, tin boxes, newspaper, magazines, new batteries (all sizes)


And MORE!

If you have any items that you are willing to donate, please drop off the items on the donation cart in the entrance foyer of the main office.


We appreciate all that each of you does each day to support our WJHS Wolves.


Sincerely,

WJHS Learning Common’s Team

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.
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PTO Highlights

WJHS AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS START NEXT WEEK

For those of you who have registered your child for our WJHS After School Clubs, most start next week. You should receive an email later today from your instructor with more club information. For those who haven’t yet registered, we still have room in Broadway Performers, Ceramics, Dungeons & Dragons, and other clubs at HMS.

Click here for all club information.



YEARBOOK CLUB NEEDS 8TH GRADERS

…to help photograph events, design book pages, draw illustrations, and be yearbook ambassadors this fall. We will meet during lunch, so they can eat and chat with friends and learn about the technology we will be using.

Click here and scroll down to 8th Grade Yearbook for club information and to register for this free club.


Reminders:


Contribute to the Teacher/Staff gift and iGNITE here

✅ Purchase a yearbook here

✅ Purchase Spirit Wear here



A few reminders:

  • The WJHS staff/teacher gift fund is pooled together and gifted equally to all WJHS staff before holiday break.

  • The WJHS iGNITE fund pays for ALL enrichment activities during the school year including visiting authors, school assemblies, field trips, science projects along with contributing to enhancements directly related to our students such as outdoor learning environments and athletic equipment. The District does NOT pay for these activities, WJHS parents do!


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!


EXCITING NEWS!!!

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

Thanks for attending this week's presentation, Executive Functioning Toolkit to Support Your Child’s Learning. It was insightful and offered several strategies for supporting your child's executive functioning at home. Check out these highlights from Kristen Jacobsen's presentation, and feel free to explore the many resources available on the 360 Thinking/Cognitive Connections website. There are resources and tools for parents to use and links to additional reading and learning available for you. Please also enjoy this article that Kristen Jacobsen shared, which highlights many of the same tools that were shared in the presentation.


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

SHIELD Illinois Testing

Thank you to all of our students who participated in our first week of SHIELD testing. A reminder that testing will occur weekly on Tuesdays 3:30-6:30, Thursdays 3:30-6:30 and Saturdays 8:00-11:00 am at WJHS. For more information on COVID testing, including our partnership with SHIELD Illinois, please visit our D39 COVID testing webpage.


Helpful Resources

The D39 Back-to-School page provides helpful resources to families, including FAQs, the D39 Response to Illness Booklet, the D39 COVID Metrics page and more.

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 beginning with 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance held on Saturday, September 11th. Drop off PURCHASED baked goods, cards/games, and personal notes to local fire and police departments to thank them for their service.


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


Central First Grade Girls:

A new Girl Scout Troop for 1st grade girls. Email centralgirlsscouts@gmail.com to learn more about registration. Parent meeting will be held on September 25th followed by the first Girl Scout Gathering on October 23rd.