Woodlawn Principal's Blog 9/17/21

Happy Friday! Make sure you read through the blog and check out what is going on.  

Tik Tok Challenge- Parents You Need to Know!  

There is a current Tik Tok challenge that has been going viral and it is challenging the decision making of our children.  The challenge is called Devious Licks and the Tik Tok videos are showing students in numerous schools destroying school property, primarily in the bathrooms. They are stealing soap dispensers, soap, signs, sink and faucet handles, etc. This illegal activity is happening in schools everywhere and Woodlawn is no exception.  I have had conversations with students at each grade level and have made it clear that any students involved in the destruction of property will face serious disciplinary action.  Please discuss this with your children and make them aware of the severity of this challenge. I appreciate your support and partnership.

Fall Conferences

The Family/Educator conference dates are Thursday, October 7th from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM and Friday, October 8th from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM.

We will be using Meet the Teacher as an electronic sign up for conferences. A School Messenger email will be sent to families on Monday, September 20th at 6:00PM with a link to sign up for conferences.

Conferences will be held over Zoom unless parents request an in-person conference using the instructions below. Principals will share a document containing all the staff Zoom links with parents on Wednesday, October 6th at 2PM. 


After selecting the teachers you want to conference with and choosing a time for the conference(s), Meet the Teacher will prompt you to save the appointment and ask if you want to add a message for the teacher. If you want to have an in-person conference with the teachers, you must notify the teachers via this messaging feature (see picture below).

6th Grade parents will sign up for one, 10 minute time slot with their child’s 2nd period teacher.

7th Grade parents will sign up for one, 10 minute time slot with their child’s 1st period teacher.

8th Grade parents will sign up for one, 10 minute time slot with their child’s 1st period teacher.

If parents would like, they will also be able to sign up for a conference with their child’s PE, Health, Exploratory, and Spanish teachers.



Add Appointment 

Are you sure you want to add the appointment with <teacher name>  at <time> 

Add message for teacher: I would like a conference



Thought exchange partnership

Please see the information below regarding the District’s Thought Exchange Partnership. If you are interested in joining, please reach out to Lubna Andrabi.

Lubna Andrabi

Community Parent Liaison

[email protected]

Kildeer Countryside CCSD 96

1050 Ivy Hall Ln., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

847.459.4260, ext. 8136


To share information with parents regarding district goals and initiatives, curricular and instructional

innovations, programs and other informational topics. (i.e. District Goals, MAP and PARCC


To review school board or school code required topics (i.e. Handbook, Discipline Policy, Grants,


To understand parent perceptions and solicit feedback on school district topics to assist the

district in communication and planning.


Membership is open to everyone and there is no term limit.

Committee Composition Includes:

● Parent members-at-large for each school and an additional PTO representative.

● One special education district representative.

● One ELL district representative.

● One Bilingual district representative.

● One Board of Education representative and alternate.

● One representative appointed by the Board of Education.

● Teacher Representative(s) – to be invited based on agenda topic.

● Administrative Representative(s) – to be invited based on agenda topic.

Roles of the Members:

1. Active participant sharing opinions, questions, suggestions and feedback in positive ways

2. Act as district ambassadors to promote the district in the community

3. Direct other parents to the appropriate district personnel and resources as needed

4. Invite other parents to attend district sponsored meetings and events including identified TEP meetings

Administrative Chairperson: Mrs. Jeanne Spiller, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning

Community Parent Liaison: Lubna Andrabi

Examples of Potential Discussion Topics:

Topics Aligned with current District goals Discipline Procedures/Student Handbook/Bully Plan

Communication Norms Transition to Middle School and High School

PARCC/School Report Card Data District Committee Reports

MAP Testing/Growth Data/Goal Setting District Communication with Stakeholders

Health/Wellness/Social Emotional D96 Learning Targets

Collaboration between Stevenson and D96 Common Core Standards and Assessments

Transition to Middle School and High School

TEP meetings- 7:00 to 8:30 PM on Thursdays via Zoom:

October 21, 2021; November 11, 2021; January 13, 2022; February 17, 2022; April 21, 2022; May 19, 2022

NEW *Covid Metrics*

To stay up-to-date this school year on local metrics, please visit the COVID DASHBOARD for District 96. Our priority remains to keep our students safe and follow guidance from the CDC. If your student is identified as a "close contact", you will be notified individually through the contact tracing process. 

Please visit the PTO monthly blog

More PTO

If you missed spirit wear ordering it’s not too late, CLICK HERE to visit our online store that will be open the remainder of the year.

Click here for the Woodlawn Daily Announcements 

Coffee Chat is Back!

Please join our D96 Student Resource Officer Michael Essig and School Counselor Jacqui Jessogne for a cup of coffee and conversation on Thursday, September 23rd from 8:00AM - 9:00AM. The presentation will focus on Middle School Students and Social Media. SnapChat and Tik Tok will be two of the highlighted topics of conversation. However we will have plenty of time for questions and answers in regards to all things Social Media and anything else you would like to talk about!

We invite you to join us in person at Woodlawn or via zoom @ 


Meeting ID: 826 1008 1564

Passcode: 175291

Any questions please feel free to reach out to Jacqui Jessogne @ [email protected] We look forward to enjoying a cup of coffee with you! 

Finally, I like to keep this part of the blog light and positive.  This Tik Tok Challenge, along with our students having  been away from school for so long, has created a challenging start to the school year.  

As a faculty, we are seeing things from our students that seem out of place.  One of the benefits of being a veteran principal is that I have friends in districts from all over the place.  I am consistently hearing the same thing, “many of our students have forgotten how to do school”.  We are experiencing things that feel out of sequence, like our 7th graders not being able to open their lockers or challenging our teachers on simple requests.  The Woodlawn staff is one that puts their heart and soul into every child, making them positive citizens who are ready for high school and society.  Right now, and I am not blaming anyone, it feel like we need to recalibrate.

The current Tik Tok craze baffles me.   The common sense of doing the right thing has been blurred.  This goes for the student doing the vandalism and those who are the bystanders.  

My guess is that all of this will pass and we will get back on track.  For now, we will continue to work with our students to keep them on the right track.  

Have a great weekend and keep the faith.