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Superintendent Ray Lechner Honored Through New Ray of Light Fund

The D39 Educational Foundation proudly announces the Ray of Light Fund in honor of Superintendent Dr. Ray Lechner at his retirement. The fund celebrates Dr. Lechner's background, support, and advocacy of special education and inclusion programming over his 20-year tenure. Dr. Lechner’s steadfast encouragement of all students to learn and grow together not only strengthened the Wilmette community... <more>

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June 4th, 3:15-5PM Art Show at WJHS for “Empowered to Be Yourself” Creative Self Portraiture Photography Project Sponsored By Foundation’s SAM Arts Fund

  The Foundation has launched a creative self portraiture photography project at Wilmette Junior High School. The idea behind the photography project is to engage students creatively and thoughtfully. Using photography as a voice, allowing them to express their ideas, passions, and even fears. In an age where kids are constantly being compared to one another,... <more>

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Dr. Michelle Larson, President & CEO of The Adler Planetarium, Shares Love of Space With WJHS Students At Math In The Real World Presentation

Space is freaking awesome! This year’s Math in the Real World speaker was Dr. Michelle Larson, President and CEO of The Adler Planetarium. While in her 20’s, Dr. Larson didn’t come to the realization that “space is freaking awesome” until she literally looked up and saw the moon through her binoculars. The stunning details visible... <more>

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Movie Benefit Was Full Of Laughs

Dog owners and comedy lovers joined to watch "Best In Show" on Thursday, April 11th at the Wilmette Theatre fundraising event for the D39 Educational Foundation.  Many viewers sent in photos of their dogs that played in a slide show prior to the movie with one lucky winner enjoying a Wilmette Pet gift. Plus a... <more>

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Two Spring 2019 Gripp Grants Awarded

Cheri Bridge and Jill Forti, Technology Specialists at WJHS, were awarded a grant to purchase 29 MERGE cubes to support the initiation of the D39 Augmented Reality program, which builds upon the existing Virtual Reality program. MERGE cubes allow students to visualize complex systems by turning 3D models into a virtual object that students can... <more>

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Family Bingo Night Was A Great Success!

Hundreds of people joined in the fun at our fifth Family Bingo Night on Friday, March 1st. The Highcrest Middle School cafeteria was full of children and adults vying for the chance to shout, "Bingo!" Thank you to The Noodle Cafe and J.P. McCarthy's for the delicious salads and pizzas! There was plenty to eat and... <more>

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The February 2018 Science Olympiad Open House

Busy Science Olympiad Open House February 23rd Intrigues Attendees

Prospective students and families of current students gathered to see what 5th - 8th grade Highcrest Middle School and WJHS Science Olympiad students have learned and created since their courses began in December 2018.  Studies including Mystery Architecture, Elastic Launched Gliders, Disease Detectives, Anatomy & Physiology, Roller Coasters, and more were highlighted.             Click the link to... <more>

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Trivia Night 2018 Was Fun For All!

For the 7th year of Trivia Night, we changed up a lot, but made sure the fun was amped up as well! A new location at St. Joseph School created a different atmosphere. Sporcle Trivia Master and Jeopardy Champion Seth Wilson led the 19 teams through new types of trivia rounds requiring point wagering and strategy.... <more>

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$15,415 Awarded for Four Fall 2018 Gripp Grants!

Four Gripp Grants were awarded on November 14th for the Fall 2018 grant season. Jeneane Pence, Highcrest PE teacher, was awarded a grant for 30 Zone watches to assist students with heart rate monitoring during PE activities. Students will get accurate, real time feedback while still active to help them make a connection between their intensity... <more>

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