News from Sundling Junior High

August 1, 2022

Notes from Mr. Dietz

I hope that this summer email finds you well. We, at Sundling, are looking forward to starting school and getting back into a school routine soon. We are all in this together, and will continue to focus our work on what’s most important, our students!

The Sundling staff is gearing up after the summer months, and looks forward to working with you as our “Partners in Learning” again this year. Please remember that our front office staff is here to assist with your transition into the new school year. Jennifer Ratkovich, our school secretary, Nancy Post, our recently hired Office Clerical, and Penny Coleman, our recently hired school nurse, will be available for support throughout the entire school year.

The Sundling Leadership Team consists of myself, Assistant Principal Kelly Rice, and our School Resource Officer Jenae Taylor. We are currently in the process of hiring a new School Counselor to replace Michelle Burton, who took on a new role in a nearby high school over the summer. Please do not hesitate to contact any of us if we can be of assistance to you. As a leadership team, it is our goal to provide a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable learning experience for all of our students so that they continue to achieve the academic excellence that the community has come to expect from Sundling. If you have questions or areas of concern, we encourage you to contact any of your child’s teachers, our school counselor, or the administrative staff so that we can work together to help your child reach his/her academic goals throughout the year.

School supply lists can be located at this SITE. We recommend that students just come to school on Day #1 with their Chromebook, notebook, and a writing utensil. We'll help them get acclimated. Students will have access to their schedules using the Infinite Campus Student Portal on August 4th after 4:00 PM. Students can use their Chromebook login information to gain access and view their schedule. Help us to remind students to have their Chromebook charged and ready for learning each day, and to regularly check emails for daily updates and news a few days prior to school, and thereafter. Here is a link to the Sundling Bell Schedule as a reference. Students will use this bell schedule and their own schedule to move through their classes each day. Teachers will be taking attendance for classes at the beginning of the school day, and for each class period.

The process of scheduling a junior high school of more than 600 students is extremely complex. During the past several months, the Sundling staff has been working through the scheduling process for all students. This was a time-consuming process that involved content specialists and student support staff. We appreciate the trust you have given us in using our best professional judgment in placing students. Our scheduling process is a team effort that is very complex and completed with great care. Please know that we work to place each student in the best schedule possible. Every consideration is made to best accommodate each student’s needs. Unfortunately, it is impossible to honor over 600 requests. As such, we will not be able to change schedules if students did not receive their electives of choice. Doing so would create unbalanced classes and upset the instructional environment for all. Thank you for your understanding. We appreciate you for relying on and trusting our professional judgments on this important issue.

We will be utilizing lockers again this year and due to enrollment and number of lockers, some lockers will be shared. **We hope to have additional lockers added at the end of the summer, and are hopeful that each student might have their own locker for the upcoming year (fingers crossed)! Students will also receive a PE uniform at the beginning of the school year, and receive a PE locker. If students bring cellphones to school, they will be required to keep them locked in their locker during the school day.

Our adopted motto for this upcoming school year will be "Stronger4Ever"!” We will focus on this motto in various ways throughout the school year as we teach students what it looks like to be respectful, responsible, and safe in all school-related settings in junior high. We will support them by kicking off the year with lessons and activities that teach them about our behavioral expectations while gearing them up to be the best student they can be.

Enjoy the remainder of your summer. I will continue to send out additional information as we close in on the first day of school. look forward to the opportunity to meet and work with you and your child to help promote growth and success during their junior high experience.


Jason A. Dietz



WRS School Supplies 2021-22

Please click on the following link to view the list of school supplies needed for Sundling JH this school year: WRS School Supply List 2021/22.

Notes from the WRS Nurse

Happy Summer! Here is a friendly reminder about Health office requirements as we start the school year.

  • Annual health examinations are required for interscholastic sports participation. Physical exams are required- before trying out- for participation in an interscholastic sport. The exam form, completed and signed by a doctor, must be dated within 13 months prior to the start of practice or tryouts, and on file in the school nurse's office. Physical forms are available in the school office, online, and here: Certificate of Child Health Examination.
  • All students new to District 15 will require a current physical exam with all immunizations up to date (Certificate of Child Health Examination), and students new to the State of Illinois will require an eye examination. This form is available in the school office, online, and here: State of Illinois Eye Examination Report.
  • All students must provide proof of immunizations by October 15, 2022, or the student will be excluded from school. The list of current immunizations can be found on the district website here: IDPH Health Requirements.
  • Students with health conditions such as asthma, epilepsy/seizures, severe allergies, and diabetes require the emergency action plan completed by their physician along with the Medication Administration Forms, signed by the physician and parent, for any medications required at school. Please bring all forms and medications on or before the first day of school.

If you have any questions regarding the above requirements, you may call our school office. We are in the process of hiring a new nurse at Sundling for the 22/23 school year. I will be back in the office the first week of August to answer any phone calls.

Stay safe and enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Walk Your Schedule & First Day of School Information

Please note these important upcoming events:

*Tuesday, August 16, 12:45-1:45 PM Walk Your Schedule & Welcome to WRS (All Students)

This is an opportunity for the administration and staff to welcome our students to Sundling, and for students to use their daily schedules to walk the school building, and meet the teachers that they will be working with each day! The WRS PTA will be hosting the Kona Ice Truck for our families, and we will have tables set up outside (weather permitting) to share information about fall sports, school resources, community resources, and more.

*Wednesday, August 17, 7:35 AM-10:35 AM (1/2 Day) First Day of School for Students

School doors open at 7:20 AM for a 7:35 AM start.

The first day of school is a kickoff day in which we begin to orient/re-orient students to the processes, procedures, and expectations at Sundling. Students will have the opportunity to meet teachers, administrators and staff; ask questions; provide input into extra-curricular clubs and activities offered during the school year; and meet their classmates. Students do not need to bring ALL of their school supplies on the 1st day of school since lockers will be assigned and significant time allowed for new students to practice locking/unlocking. Students will also review lessons on Pledge to the Paladin, our school expectations, and Digital Citizenship throughout the week to support appropriate and safe use of the Chromebook both on and off school grounds.

Upcoming Important Dates & Information

  • August 11th- IEP/504 Student Walk Through 8:00-9:30AM
  • August 11th- D15 Board of Education Meeting 7:00 PM
  • August 15th and 16th- August Institute Days/No Student Attendance
  • August 16th- Walk Your Schedule 12:45-1:45 PM
  • August 17th- First Day of School (7:35AM-10:35AM)
  • August 26th- WRS Lifetouch Picture Day
  • August 27th- WRS Music Department Car Wash 10:00AM-2:00PM
  • September 8th- Parent Orientation (6:30 PM)

Lifetouch School Picture Day is Coming!!

School Name: Walter Sundling Junior High School

Picture Day Date: Friday, August 26


Fall Sports Information

Please be on the lookout for District 15 emails regarding fall sports registration in the coming days!

BOYS SOCCER (cut-sport):

Registration Deadline- August 22nd

Clinic/Conditioning- August 23rd (2:15-4:00)

8th grade tryouts: Wednesday, August 24th & Thursday, August 25th (2:15-4:00)

7th grade tryouts: Monday, August 29th & Tuesday, August 30th (2:15-4:00)

1st Practice: Wednesday, August 31st (2:15-4:00)


Registration Deadline- August 18th

7th grade tryouts: Wednesday, August 24 & Thursday, August 25th (2:15-4:00)

8th grade tryouts: Monday, August 22nd & Tuesday, August 23rd (2:15-4:00)

FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE (7th & 8th): Monday, August 29th

CROSS COUNTRY (no cut-sport):

Registration Deadline- TBD

Team Meeting- Monday, August 22nd (2:15-4:00)

1st Practice: Tuesday, August 23rd (2:15-4:00)

* Please note that times/dates are subject to change. Students should look for more information on announcements, flyers and email communications.

*Your child MUST have a current physical on file in our office in order to tryout/participate in a sport.

* If a student is cut from a fall sport they can still participate in Cross Country following tryouts.

* Activity buses will be available for students at 4:00PM if they ride a regular school bus route to and from school.

District 15 Registration & Residency for 2022/23

Registration is required every year.

If you have already registered your child for the 2022/23 school year, thank you—no further action is required!

With only a few weeks left before the start of the new school year, we want to remind our families of the new registration and residency verification process. If you have not yet registered your child(ren) for the 2022-23 school year, you MUST complete your registration and proof of residency as soon as possible so your child(ren) is able to start school on the first day of school. Children that do not have a completed registration or proof of residency will NOT be assigned a classroom.

Online student registration for the 2022-23 school year is open. If you have not already started this process for your student(s), please visit our registration page to start this process.

Register your child. Registration is the first step in getting ready for the upcoming school year. After registering online, parents will need to go in person to your child's school and provide:

  • Health Forms. Required health, immunization, dental, and eye exams for students entering preschool, kindergarten, sixth-grade, and those who are new to the district.

  • Prove Residency. If you have a student that is starting Kindergarten, entering 4th grade, or entering 7th grade, you are required to prove residency in District 15. Our residency webpage outlines the documents you will need to provide to prove residency.

Pay student fees. Our student fee webpage outlines the District’s student fee structure and the three ways fees can be paid.

All of the above steps of the enrollment process must be completed prior to the start of the school year. Students of families that, when required, do not prove residency, will not be able to attend class in a District 15 until the family’s residency is verified.


View the recorded CCSD15 Parent University sponsored: 2021-22 Registration Webinar. For written registration instructions, please view our Campus Parent - An Introduction.

In the event that a family is unable to provide any needed documentation because of a temporary living situation, please contact Julie O'Hara, 847-963-3210,; or Min Goodwin, 847-963-3209,, in the Superintendent's Office.

Think you may be eligible for a student fee waiver? Visit our student fee webpage to learn about the requirements and how to apply.

Think you may be eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act? Please contact the Director of Student Services, 847-963-3152.

WRS PTA Membership

The PTA is excited at the possibility of providing fun activities for our students this year. We need the support of our Sundling community to make it happen. For $7 for single membership or $12 for family membership you can help create a memorable year for our kids.

Two Ways to Become a Member!

• Sign up online at:

(There is a MemberHub service change of 75¢ (Individual) and 92¢ (Household) to join online.)


• Return this form to the school office in an envelope marked “PTA MEMBERSHIP” along with exact cash or check (payable to: “Sundling PTA”)

Sundling Jr. High will be open during school hours or you can mail to:

Sundling Jr. High  1100 N. Smith Rd.  Palatine, IL 60067