Woodlawn Principal's Blog 1/21/22

1/21/22 <------  Today

1/22/22 <------ Tomorrow (love this) One month away from guess what day?  

Tuesday, January 25th is an Early Release. Students will be dismissed at 1:30PM.

Dear Parents,

A friendly reminder that if you have technology-related issues at home with your student’s D96 technology (iPad, iPad Charger, Logitech Crayons, or iPad Case) please submit a help desk ticket at [email protected] 

We have multiple technology personnel that are ready to help. Submitting a help desk ticket via the email address provided will ensure that somebody on the team sees your request. 

Thank you!!

Student Resource Officer Mike Essig and School Counselor Jacqui Jessogne will have a casual and interactive discussion with parents about attendance.  Sit wherever you are, drink your coffee (which I know you love) and gain valuable insight from these amazing professionals.  

When: Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Where: Via Zoom (Invite information below)

When: 9:30AM - 10:15ishAM

What: Attendance

 Any questions please reach out to Jacqui [email protected] [email protected]

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 826 1008 1564

Passcode: 175291

Freshman Dance

Hello Incoming Freshmen! 

Reminder that the Incoming Freshmen Dance Placements are January 26 & 27, 2022. If you have dance experience and would like to attend the placement, please register here (https://tinyurl.com/tsp2s7nn).  We will be sending out time slots and videos soon.

Happy Dancing!

SHS Dance Department

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. 


Last Monday, the Woodlawn 7th/8th grade Chorus participated in the Stevenson Consortium Choral Event along with students from Twin Groves, Aptakisic, Daniel Wright, Freemont, West Oak, as well as Stevenson. It was a great experience for our students!


Mathematics & Reading Assessments

January 21, 2022

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Woodlawn will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on Tuesday, February 22. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. NAEP is different from our state assessments because it is a common measure of achievement across the country. The assessment is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. The results are released as The Nation’s Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

Your child may take a mathematics or reading assessment. In addition to subject-area questions, students voluntarily complete NAEP survey questions. These questions provide valuable information about participating students’ educational experiences and opportunities to learn both in and outside of the classroom. More information about NAEP survey questions is available at https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/parents under the section “What Questions Are on the Test?”

The assessment takes approximately 2 hours for most students, which includes transition time, directions, and completionof survey questions. The information collected is used for statistical purposes only.

 • Your child’s grades will not be affected. 

• Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question. 

• While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify me in writing by Tuesday, February 15.

There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do their best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/ parents/2012469.pdf. Contact Jacqui Jessogne at 847-353-8500 ext. 2705 or at [email protected] if you have any questions.

We are excited that our school is participating in NAEP. We know that Woodlawns’s students will show what our nation’s students know and can do.


Greg Grana

Geography Bee
Congratulations to the 2022 Woodlawn Geography Bee Champion, Advait Nagarkar, and all who competed in the final competition yesterday! Jingyi Wu finished in 2nd place, and Noah Hanif took 3rd place. All Woodlawn students participated in the schoolwide geography bee in their social studies classes in early January, and those with the top 10 scores in the school advanced to the final competition, which was held yesterday. The other finalists competing were Ben Aleksick, Sanjay Devabhaktuni, Ethan Min, Connor Dessing, Aiden Sciocon, and Arjun Rana who all showed impressive geographic knowledge.


Please visit the PTO Monthly Blog.  It is new!!!!!

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Finally, my wife and I have a Costco problem and we may need outside help to solve this one.  Our shopping styles are radically different and it impacts our marriage.  The issue starts in the parking lot.  Depending on who drives to Costco (usually the LZ location) we park in completely different areas.  I like the side of the building and will do a couple of laps (4 or 5 tops) around until I see someone pulling out of a spot.  I do this because you are always near one of the cart returns and boom, you are on your way home.  My wife likes the main part of the lot and will take the first available spot, regardless of distance to the door.  I mean seriously, when you are looking for the shuttle to get you to the front door, you are too far away.  Once we enter the building, she grabs the cart and starts zipping through the store as if she was on one of those grocery store game shows where you have 60 seconds to put as much stuff in your cart as you possibly can.  I mean we both can fill the cart, but she moves at a speed that has the Costco cart riding on two wheels as she makes the hairpin turn from one aisle to the other.  I prefer a different style.  I like the leisurely pace of going through the store.  Automotive cleaning supply aisle, I will absolutely give that a look.  Pots and pans even though we have no need for this, yep, I’ll give that a look as well.  Dog beds?  I imagine how big a dog has to be for one of those luxury sleeping cushions.  Do I own a dog?  No.  But you never know if it will come up in a conversation.  I’ll be prepared.  The 50 pound bag of flour?  I will stand there and look at it and wonder who has the storage capacity for that type of thing?  Razor blades in the multi pack?  I project how many months out it will take and look for someone to have that conversation with.  Obviously our styles differ.  I am usually in control of the cart and she is at least 3 aisles ahead of me, doing the backtrack to get to me and giving me dirty looks while I think about the jumbo container of sour cream.  Yes, we have a problem.  If only she could recognize that her style is wrong.  


Have a good weekend.