Woodlawn Principal Blog 12/20/19

Winter Break is here!  Can you believe it? I hope that everyone has a safe and relaxing holiday season.  Classes resume on Monday, January 6th.  As you read through the blog, see if you can figure out the theme of my finally section.  

Spirit Week 

The Woodlawn spirit was in high force this week!  Between dressing for success, blue and white day, ugly sweaters and pajama day, we had a lot of fun!  

Visit the PTO Blog!  The council is strong with their words.  


The District will send a School Messenger email Jan. 8, 2020, between 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm with instructions for accessing your child's MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) student progress report online. The message will include links to more information about understanding student growth, RIT scores, and general information about the MAP assessment.

 Please contact Jeanne Spiller, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, if you would like more information about your child's report.  (847) 459-4260 ext. 8010 [email protected]

 Preventing missed MAP and other emails from School District 96...

Delivery by several specific email service providers has been an issue on some occasions. If you use MSN, Outlook, Hotmail, or Live as your email provider, please consider taking the following steps to prevent missed emails from School District 96:

• Log into MSN, Outlook, Hotmail, or Live from a computer workstation

• Click the PEOPLE icon in the extreme lower left-hand corner of the page (next to the Mail and Calendar icons). A new window will open.

• On the new window, click NEW CONTACT.

• Type in Jeanne Spiller in the First Name/Last Name fields.

• Type in [email protected] into the email address field.

• Click CREATE.

Repeat this process multiple times as you wish, creating contacts for your building principal (names/email addresses below) and E-NEWS 96: Betsy Fresen, [email protected]

 Principal Names/Email Addresses

Willow Grove: Jennifer Smith [email protected]

Country Meadows: Meghan Bird  [email protected]

Ivy Hall: Robert Hanrahan: [email protected]

Kildeer: Vail Kieser  [email protected]

Prairie: Christine Pfaff  [email protected]

Twin Groves: Jessica Barnes  [email protected]

Woodlawn: Greg Grana  [email protected]

If you use another service provider for your email than those listed above, consider following your service provider's instructions for adding the contacts listed above to your address book.




El Distrito enviará un correo electrónico el 8 de enero, 2020, entre las 2:30 pm y las 4:00 pm con instrucciones para poder ingresar en línea al reporte de progreso de las Medidas de Progreso Académico (MAP por sus siglas en Inglés) de su estudiante. El mensaje incluirá enlaces a más información sobre la comprensión del crecimiento del estudiante, los resultados RIT, e información general sobre la evaluación MAP.

Por favor contacte a Jeanne Spiller, la Asistente de Superintendencia de la Enseñanza y Aprendizaje, si desea más información sobre el reporte de su hijo.  (847) 459-4260 ext. 8010 [email protected]

Cómo prevenir que se pierda los correos de MAP y otros correos del Distrito Escolar 96...

En varias ocasiones el envío de varios proveedores de servicio de correo electrónico específicos ha sido un problema. Si usted usa MSN, Outlook, Hotmail, o Live como su proveedor de correo electrónico, por favor considere los siguientes pasos para no perderse los correos electrónicos del Distrito Escolar 96:

• Ingrese a MSN, Outlook, Hotmail, o Live desde a una estación de trabajo de computadoras.

• Haga clic en el ícono PEOPLE en la parte inferior del lado izquierdo de la página (al lado de los íconos Mail y Calendar). Se abrirá una nueva ventana.

• En la nueva ventana, haga clic en NEW CONTACT.

• Escriba Jeanne Spiller en los espacios de Nombre y Apellido.

• Escriba [email protected] en el espacio de correo electrónico.

• Haga clic en CREATE.

Repita este proceso cuantas veces sea necesario, creando contactos del director de su escuela (nombres/correos electrónicos de abajo) y E-NEWS 96: Betsy Fresen, [email protected] 

Nombres de los Directores/Correos Electrónicos

Willow Grove: Jennifer Smith [email protected]

Country Meadows: Meghan Bird [email protected]

Ivy Hall: Robert Hanrahan [email protected]

Kildeer: Vail Kieser [email protected]

Prairie: Christine Pfaff [email protected]

Twin Groves: Jessica Barnes [email protected]

Woodlawn: Greg Grana [email protected]

Si usted usa otro proveedor de servicio para su correo no mencionado arriba, quizás deba considerar seguir las instrucciones de su proveedor de servicio para agregar los contactos a su agenda.


Congratulations to our 8th grade boys “A” team who repeated as champions.  This group of talented students went undefeated both in their 7th and 8th grade years.  

Ben Fawcett, Kaiden Ghazvini, Christian Uremovich, Randy Clay, Sharan Satish, Ethan Aghakhan, Enzo Petrella, Mason Hunter and Preston Kaplin.  (This was the only picture that I had, so a couple of the players are missing. Sorry!) Special thanks to volunteer coaches Mr. Lee and Mr. Swerdlow.  Congratulations to Mr. Donofrio who has been coaching basketball at Woodlawn since we opened and will be retiring at the end of the school year.  Their theme was "Try not. Do. Or do not.  There is no try."  


Basketball - Still proud

Woodlawn made it to the championship game at both 7th grade levels and the 8th grade “B” team.  This has been a great season for all of our teams and I am very, very proud of our student athletes.  

Parents Asked to Complete 5Essentials Survey

School District 96 parents are asked to complete online the parent/guardian portion of the 8th-annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey by Jan. 10, 2020.

 Access the survey at survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois

 As a parent, this is your opportunity to share your thoughts on important elements of your child’s school’s effectiveness. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains.

 The survey includes 21 questions and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your identity and survey responses are completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. Please complete a survey for each school you have a student attending.

 If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 866-440-1874 or [email protected] or Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Jeanne Spiller [email protected]


 Encuesta de 5Essentials de Illinois

Se les pidió a los padres del Distrito Escolar 96 que completaran en línea la sección de padres/tutores de la Encuesta de 5Essentials de Illinois para el 10 de enero, 2020.

 Ingrese a la encuesta en survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois

 Como padre de familia, esta es su oportunidad para que comparta su opinión sobre los elementos importantes de la efectividad de la escuela de su hijo. La encuesta reúne información relacionada con los cinco indicadores que pueden prever los resultados importantes de un estudiante, incluyendo una asistencia mejorada y mayores resultados en las pruebas.

 La encuesta incluye 21 preguntas y toma aproximadamente 10 minutos para completar. Su identidad y sus respuestas serán completamente confidenciales y nunca serán ligadas a usted o a su hijo. Por favor complete una encuesta para cada escuela a la que asista uno de sus estudiantes.

 Si tiene alguna pregunta o duda, por favor contacte al Servicio al Cliente de 5Essentials al 866-440-1874 o [email protected] o a la Asistente de Superintendencia para La Enseñanza y el Aprendizaje Jeanne Spiller [email protected]

Yearbook 2020

The students in Yearbook Club have already been working hard to create the best yearbook yet.  This year, students and families are able to submit photos for use in the yearbook. If you have photos of your student and their peers at school sponsored activities, we’d love to include them.

Click here to submit photos:  http://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/?code=wolves96

Please know that submitted photos are not guaranteed to be included in the yearbook.  

The Patriot Consortium Mathematics Placement Process

Over the last few years Stevenson High School and the feeder middle schools have created a scope and sequence and aligned the curriculum to the Common Core Standards for Mathematics. Their work defines four strands of mathematical proficiency to highlight attributes of a proficient mathematical thinker. Their criteria will serve to create a portrait of each student for use in recommending a Stevenson placement that matches a student's content knowledge as well as level of mathematics proficiency at this time. READ MORE regarding the Patriot Consortium Mathematics Placement Process

Finally, the last Star Wars movie opened last night.  I did not get tickets. I would love to have gone, but the timing wasn’t quite right.  Just to date myself, I remember standing in line at the old Woodfield theater to watch The Empire Strikes Back in 1980.  The line to get into the theater wrapped all the way around the building!  This was in a day when you showed up and hoped to get tickets. No pre reservations.  The front row was a possibility, sticky floors, no cup holders...I am talking rough times. Now,  I have to admit that I am still a Star Wars geek. I have a Star Wars license plate holder that says, “Never tell me the odds” (Han Solo), a Darth Vadar cup holders and an R2D2 who just hangs out in my car.  It just so happens that my car is black and the windows are tinted. Very Darth Vadarish. Kind of takes it to a whole new level of nerd. I promised myself that I would keep my blog short this week, however, I just want to pose one question to real Star Wars fans.  Why did C3PO say that he was freezing in the heat of the Tatooine desert, yet C3PO never complained about the cold when he was on the ice planet of Hoth? Fellow nerf herders, respond.  

Have a wonderful break and MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!