WHS Principal Post February 2018

Monthly Principal Newsletter

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Dear WHS Families,

Below you will find some recent highlights as well as a look ahead to the happenings in February!
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February Dates to Note:

  • 2/14, Wednesday, Last Day for the Student Council- School Store
  • 2/16, Friday, No School, D44 School Improvement Day
  • 2/19, Monday, No School, President's Day Holiday
  • 2/20, Tuesday, WHS PTA Meeting, 7pm, LRC
  • 2/23, Friday, WHS Student Council "Superhero Day"
  • 2/23, Friday, WHS PTA Trivia Night at Pinstripes, Oak Brook
  • 2/24, Saturday, D44 Science Fair @ GWMS

WHS Winter Olympics

Below you will find some of the highlights from our most recent Star Constellations activity, Each of our 31 Star Constellations groups competed in a total of 16 events in our first WHS Winter Olympics.

Valentines Day Information:

Valentine's Day arrives one week. Please note, if you choose to have your student(s) bring and distribute valentines, please follow the firm guidelines below:
  • If you choose to bring valentines for your child to distribute, please be sure to include one for the entire class.
  • WHS teachers may have additional information regarding the distribution of valentines in their individual classes.
  • Absolutely NO CANDY or food can be attached to the valentines. Only the valentines themselves may be brought in and distributed. Any valentines brought to school with candy will be sent home with student who brought them.

Student Council Coin Drive Results

Totals are in!! This year we raised an incredible amount of money for our Student Council Coin Drive! We raised a total of $1324.31 this year!! This will allow us to give a generous donations to the St. Jude’s Children Hospital . Every classroom and grade level did a great job bringing in their coins.

For the classroom rewards… In third place earning extra recess was Mrs. Wickler’s classroom with a total of $100.55. In second place earning a popsicle party and extra recess with a total of $117.56 was first grade classroom Mrs. Scully. And the first place classroom, earning a pizza party and extra recess time with a total $155.32 is third grade Mrs. Waldbusser.

Now, who will duct tape Mr. Danielski to the gym wall at the end of the year? This award goes to the top three grade levels. This year getting to tape Mr. D to the wall will be second grade, first grade and the top grade level was third grade! Thank you again to everyone that contributed to our coin drive and for helping raise money for the children at St. Jude’s Children Hospital!

D44 Science Fair

Below you will find a summary of important dates related to the D44 Science Fair.
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Winter Weather Procedures

The winter weather season is upon us. Please take a few minutes to review the link below that outlines our WHS Winter Weather Procedures. Highlights include the following:

  • Students will be outside for arrival and recess UNLESS the temperature (including the windchill) is below 10 degrees.
  • Once the snow falls, students must have both snowpants and boots to play in the snow
  • In the event of school closing, you will be notified via an automated phone call, email, and it will be posted on the D44 and WHS websites.


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Registration for the Stars and Spikes 5K Run and 1-mile Fun Walk

The registration site for the race is now live. Use the link below to sign up for the race! You will need to fill out a separate form for each participant.

One School One Book!

We hope your family is enjoying our One School, One Book read of The Adventures of a South Pole Pig.

Be sure to fill out the trivia questions for each week. The answer form becomes available every Friday. We have also started to post the answers to the questions on the website.

Click Here to access the WHS One School, One Book Website


Three of our WHS Families win a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card each week. Congratulations to the winning families from our first two weeks:

Week 1:

  • Victor Family
  • Leslein Family
  • Bereta Family

Week 2:

  • Kelly Family
  • Gierman Family
  • Slusher Family

PARCC TESTING for Grade 3, 4, and 5 Students

This year our D44 Spring Break falls during the state's PARCC Testing window. For that reason the testing will take place both before and after our Spring Break. All grade 3, 4, and 5 students will take the English Language Arts tests prior to Spring Break, and will take the math tests upon our return.

Below is a link for our WHS PARCC Testing Schedule. Essentially, we are testing in the two weeks before Spring Break (Beginning the week of March 12th, and will be finishing up by April 20th.

Click Here for the WHS Testing Schedule

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Save the date:

Traveling through the Humanities @ GWMS

February 15, 2018

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

All District 44 5th grade students and their parents are invited to observe the Humanities classes in action. You will have the opportunity to travel through the GWMS facility at your own pace to familiarize yourself with the layout for your future middle school experience! Current GWMS students will be demonstrating while Humanities teachers share information about their classes (Technology STEM, Photography, Industrial Tech STEAM, World Cultures, Spanish, French, Art, Consumer Science, Culinary Arts, Band, Orchestra). We hope this opportunity will be beneficial regarding the transition from elementary to middle school. Please join us for this exciting experience!

District 44 Dual Language Program Information

Recent Tweets from #whs44

Do you want to see some snapshots from the past few weeks? Click on the red bar below to view recent staff tweets!