Woodlawn Principal's Blog 5/14/21

It is an absolutely beautiful Friday!  The sun is shining and I have placed my order for good weather on graduation day.  I haven’t done this in a long time, but I am going to will it to have good weather on that day.  Bet you didn’t know I had this kind of power.  

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IMPORTANT iPad Exchange Info for ALL KCSD96 Students

Action needed! This summer District 96 will exchange your student's old iPad, charging cable, charging brick, and iPad case for new equipment. You'll need to schedule an appointment to make the exchange and the exchange must occur before August 1st.  READ DETAILS about this process and how it affects ALL District 96 students.


Technology Materials Return:

There are only a few materials the district is looking to collect back from those that were distributed throughout the year. We are asking for all of the materials listed below to be returned to schools during the week of May 24th. For those students who are remote, a bin will be available inside the vestibule. Please label materials with name, grade, and homeroom.  Thank you so much for your help with this!.

Logitech Keyboards: Middle school students received a keyboard upon request in September. A picture of the keyboards.

If your child is planning on taking IAR (Grades 3-8), please bring the keyboard to school on May 23-25 for use during the assessment. It will be collected after IAR is completed on Wednesday the 25th.

If your child is not using the keyboard, please return the keyboard at your earliest convenience. Early returns will help us ensure each student that wants one for IAR has one to use.

8th Grade Graduation 

Woodlawn graduation will take place on Monday, June 1st.  We will host this event outdoors (because the weather will be perfect).  There has been a slight change in the time.  The second graduation, M-Z will begin at 6:45p.m. instead of 6:30p.m. 

Graduation information Plan A.

Graduation information Plan B.

IAR Dates:

Monday 5/24: Grades 3-8

Tuesday 5/25: Grades 3-8

Friday 5/26: Grades 3-8

In-person students in Grades 6-8

These students will have the same arrival and dismissal times as they normally would and complete the assessment as a part of the typical school day. 

Remote students coming to test in-person

These students will arrive at the designated time below. Teachers will communicate the appropriate class to log on to after students return home. 

Grades 6-8 Monday, May 24th  Arrival: 8:00

Grades 6-8 Monday, May 24th Dismissal: 11:15

Grades 6-8 Tuesday, May 25th  Arrival: 8:00

Grades 6-8 Tuesday, May 25th Dismissal: 11:15

Grades 6-8 Wednesday, May 26th Arrival: 8:00

Grades 6-8 Wednesday, May 26thDismissal: 10:15

A description of arrival procedures, safety considerations, and needed materials.

A copy of the self-certification form that all remote students must turn in before entering the building to test.

Remote students 

These students will be provided with asynchronous experiences while their grade level peers are testing. They will log onto the teacher Zooms and resume instruction at the times listed below.

Middle school students in Grades 6-8 log back into teacher Zooms at the times below on Monday and Tuesday.

Grade 6: 10:55

Grade 7: 10:45

Grade 8: 10:55

Middle school students in Grades 6-8 log back into teacher Zooms at the times below on Wednesday.

6th Grade: 10:35

7th and 8th Grades: 9:50

Virtual New Woodlawn Parent Tour and Coffee 

The Woodlawn PTO invites parents new to Woodlawn Middle School in the 2021–22 school year to join a virtual school tour and coffee on May 26 at 11 AM. Meet Principal Grana and Assistant Principal Garlick and ask a Woodlawn parent panel the questions you have. All newcomers are warmly welcomed. SEE DETAILS AND ZOOM LINK .

Protocol Update

On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing in any setting–whether indoors or outside.

Consistent with our practice throughout this pandemic, we are in conversation with local health officials at the Lake County Department of Public Health to understand how this announcement from the CDC will affect our learning environments.

Be advised that our current mitigation strategies remain in place as we await local guidance.

That is–regardless of whether they have been vaccinated–our faculty, as well as our students, will be expected to continue to wear masks and practice social distancing at school and at a school-sponsored event such as 8th-grade Graduation. As you know, at this time students in our elementary district have not yet been vaccinated.

As local guidance is updated, be assured that we will share it and its implications with you promptly, as we’ve done consistently throughout the year.  

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.

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. Preordering 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).


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 Mrs. Kaufmann at 847-353-8500.

Finally, I love it when I hear people using colloquial terms.  I mean it really brightens my day.  Having gone to a small college downstate and making friends with the guys from south of no man's land (I-80), we would question each other on our verbiage.  For example, I would like to drink a pop, whereas my Central Illinois buddies would call it a soda.  The guy from Milwaukee would call the water fountain a bubbler.  Bubbler? That there is a water fountain.  Almost everyone started calling the creek that ran next to the campus a crick because....I am not sure why.  I also love old time sayings.  Recently, a former teacher was in the building and when telling a story, she called her husband a “pill”.  I can still hear my mom calling people that one!  When I would talk back to her as a kid, she would tell me that I was “fresh” or that “I had the mouth.”  These are the things that make me smile.  I am wondering what colloquialisms or terms come to mind for you?  


Sorry the blog is late today...lots of meetings!