Woodlawn Principal's Blog 5/7/21

There is still time left and we are focusing on doing our best work throughout this school year! We have had a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week and thank the entire Woodlawn community for their support of our staff.  When a community and the school have such a positive bond, it keeps the focus on learning for our students.  Please know how much this staff appreciates all of you!

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!!!!  Nothing like mom and her unwavering belief in her children. 


Tuesday, May 11th is an Early Release. Students are dismissed at 1:30 PM.

Please use THIS schedule.

Students' Art Appreciation Event – Consortium ArtFest (Virtual) is May 17–31

KCSD96 families are invited to attend the 41st Annual Stevenson Consortium 125 ArtFest (virtual), showcasing our students’ artistic growth and achievements using a variety of media. This year you can view creative work by our KDG–Grade 8 students virtually. Exhibited art is selected by their District 96 art teachers. Access student artwork online May 17–31.

Gear Up Summer Courses for Graduating 8th Graders

This summer Stevenson High School is offering several remote-learning transition workshops to help SHS students who may be seeking opportunities to learn and reinforce key skills and prerequisite content knowledge in Mathematics, Physics, English and Spanish. Each transition workshop will be a 30-minute synchronous class (per day) with asynchronous practice opportunities throughout the week.

View more information.

Last Day for 8th Graders

May 28th is the last attendance day for 8th grade students.

This is a half day. Dismissal will be at 11:10AM.

8th Grade Graduation

The graduating class of 2021 will be the first to celebrate on the actual grounds of Woodlawn.  Graduation will be on Tuesday, June 1st!  

Graduation information. Plan A

Inclement weather plans. Plan B 

More information about gowns, free sweatshirts from the PTO, yearbook pick up and iPad returns will be out soon.

Make Lunch Plans

Parents, please help.... With many more students learning in person in KCSD96 schools, it's essential that parents place their students' free meal preorders by 6 PM on Thursday in the week before. Pre-ordering instructions. Questions? Contact [email protected]

ALSO, please remind your students of the meal choices you preordered, so the meals they request at lunchtime are the meal options that you preordered for them. Thank you!

REMINDER- DAILY SELF CERTIFICATION is a requirement for in-person attendance

To access the required Daily Self-Certification Form, you need to log into TeacherEase EACH MORNING your student will attend in person to submit self-certification. https://www.teacherease.com/common/login.aspx

This VIDEO gives instructions, including how to access the daily self-certification form using your cell phone (iOS or android).


Woodlawn Monthly Blog

6th Grade Dental Forms

Attention parents of 6th Graders. Proof of dental exams for all 6th graders are due by May 15th. If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Kaufmann 847-353-8500.  Did you know that it was School Nurse day on Wednesday of this week?  

Daily Announcements

Woodlawn Daily announcements!  

Finally, one of the best days of the year for my wife is when football season ends.  She no longer has to plan her Sunday around my watching the Green Bay Packers.  For those of you who cringe at the very name of the cheeseheads, we are in turmoil.  My quarterback wants out because he doesn’t feel respected.  Let me translate that for you...he wants more money via a contract extension.  In my opinion, it gets down to ego.  I would imagine that you must have broad shoulders, thick skin and a giant ego to be a professional football quarterback.  Many leaders have an inflated ego, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as long as you keep your priorities in check.  Last week I talked about inspiration and how that motives me.  I have been reading a few books lately around leadership and what it takes to keep people motivated, even in the toughest of times.  When I bring new people in as a Woodlawn staff member, I want them to have confidence and a solid foundation of educational background.  From there, compassion toward students and the ability to collaborate with colleagues is essential.  This group, as much as any group of teachers over the last 15 years (my tenure at Woodlawn), has all of those criteria.  I am proud of this group and what they have accomplished this year.  I am also proud of the parents for the sacrifices they have made.  We are almost to the end and maybe my ego is such that I believe that all of this will make us stronger in the long run.  As far as football goes, I do not need this soap opera.  I have forgotten what it is like to have even an average quarterback.  I don’t think that I will get much sympathy for that subject around here.  Have a great weekend!