August 5, 2022

August at a Glance

Fall Sports Try-Outs: August 8
Updated sports physicals and athletic packets are required in Magnus.
Contact Dawn Hamm, Athletic Coordinator,

Microsoft Surface Computer and School ID Pickup: August 17-19 and August 22-23
Pickup at Front Desk, 8 am-4 pm; Setup Independently before the first day of school.
Instructions to Setup Surface are linked here.
Contact Bob Vishanoff, Director of IT,

Transfer Student Orientation: August 17
Wheaton Academy, 4 pm-7 pm
RSVP by August 15
Pickup Surface, Student ID, Schedule, and Locker assignment. See below for Book Pickup.
Meet new and current students, learn tips on how to navigate the first week of school, experience a custom tour according to your schedule, and have dinner together.
Contact Amy Burdett, Admissions Coordinator,

New Parent Night Orientation: August 18
Wheaton Academy, 6:30-8:45 pm
RSVP by August 16
We look forward to hosting Parents Only for this event.
Contact Sally Strzalka, Parent Ambassador Coordinator,

Team Picture Day for Fall Sports: August 18 
If your student is participating in a fall sport, save the date for team picture day August 18.
More information to follow from individual coaches.

Sophomore Student Retreat: August 21-22
Lake Geneva, RSVP, and $30 payment are required by August 12
Transportation Provided
Depart from Wheaton Academy on August 21 at 2 pm
Return to Wheaton Academy on August 22 at 5 pm
Contact Jim Holtrop, Special Activities Coordinator,

Book Pick-Up for ALL Grades: August 22 and August 23
Wheaton Academy Commons, August 22 from 2 pm-6 pm and August 23 from noon-4pm
Contact Jenn Trott, Executive Assistant to the Principal,

Freshman Launch: August 23
Wheaton Academy, 9:30-3:00 pm; RSVP by August 12
Includes Book Pick-Up, Schedule, Locker, and customized tour to student schedule.
Contact Jim Holtrop, Special Activities Coordinator,

Parent Social During Freshman Launch: August 23 
Wheaton Academy in the Atrium, 1:30 pm-3 pm
No RSVP necessary. Join us if you would like to come and meet other freshman parents.
Contact Sally Strzalka, Parent Ambassador Coordinator,

1stDay of Classes + Senior Orientation: August 24
8 am-3 pm, 7-period schedule
Senior Orientation will take place during Advisory Groups on the First Day of School
Contact Erin Carwell, Vice Principal and Dean of Students,

Back to School Worship Night: August 24
All students and parents are welcome to worship together at Wheaton Academy from 7 pm-8 pm.
Contact Brian Hogan, Dean of Chapel + Spiritual Formation,

WA Spirit Wear Store: Pre-Order now!
Back to School SALE for Freshman & Transfer Families!
Kick off the new school year with some WA wear! 
Enjoy 15% off an order of $50 or more. 
The discount coupon code is BACKTOSCHOOL, enter at checkout. 
Orders before August 18 can be picked up at New Parent Night.
All other orders will be available for pickup in the Athletic Office beginning August 23.
Contact Rachel Chaney with any questions,

SEPTEMBER SAVE THE DATES: More details will be in WA Weekly in late August

Back to School Night: September 1 
Freshman/Transfer Family Informational Zoom: September 8, 7pm-8pm
RSVP to receive Zoom Link
Learn what to expect in September & October and receive more practical tips.

Homecoming Week: September 19-24
For more information about the back-to-school process, please review the New Family Checklist here.

General News

Sophomore Retreat RSVP and Forms Needed ASAP
August 21-22

Welcome back, Sophomores! We are so excited that in just over two weeks we are heading to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for our overnight retreat from Sunday, August 21 – Monday, August 22. We will meet at school at 2 pm on Sunday in front of the Fine Arts Center, with a luggage drop-off in the front circle by the atrium. We will return to WA’s campus around 5 pm on Monday, August 22.

For those who haven’t yet RSVP’d to this retreat, please note that a response is needed by Friday, August 12. Click HERE to RSVP to ensure your spot! After you complete the RSVP form, please be sure to click the link to pay a $30 registration fee. 

IMPORTANT, time-sensitive materials are needed! In order to attend the retreat, each student needs to fill out and submit this waiver for the camp. Please fill out and return this waiver to the front office or email a signed copy to by Friday, August 12.

Information including a detailed itinerary and packing list is available to view here on the website under the “Sophomore Retreat” header.

We look forward to seeing everyone very soon as we believe this time will be a great kick-off for the new school year!

Back-to-School Checklists
The Back-to-School checklists for new and returning families to Wheaton Academy are available on our website. Click here if you are a new family, and click here if you are a returning family. This is a great resource of what you need to complete and of events before school begins on Wednesday, August 24.

Announcing The Center for Lifelong Learning
This summer, the Tutoring Center changed its name to The Center for Lifelong Learning and adopted a broader vision, developed more offerings, and built a new space in which to supplement the advancement of your student’s academic performance. The Center’s mission is to be the academic performance center that builds lifelong learners. While we will still provide instruction in specific subjects, The Center will now work with students to address the different forces that come to bear on a student’s progress and ability to learn and function in an increasingly complex educational, college and career environment. 

New for this academic year: 

  • Academic Progress Testing and Planning. The Center is introducing the NWEA MAP Growth test as a tool to assess the level and progress of a student, regularly chart goals, and engineer learning to improve academic progress and performance. 
  • Executive Functioning. Our Academic Coaches will teach students executive functioning skills, equipping them to be successful learners.
  • Learning Methods. Based on a student’s level and aptitude, our Academic Couches will adjust our approach to learning using adaptive learning and competency-based learning methods.
  • Unlimited Access.  We now offer unlimited access packages to enable students to use our services more frequently and conveniently in our expanded space.

Please visit our website,, to learn more about what we offer. We would love for you to come check out our new location in Wheaton Academy’s library and/or sign up for a free consultation.

Wheaton Academy is Hiring!

Contact Human Resources or refer to the employment opportunities page of the website for more details.

Opportunity to Host an International Student in Your Home
The International Department is looking for a few more host homes, specifically for boys for the fall. Please contact Julie Grant (International Host Family and Student Coordinator) at for more information. This is a great ministry opportunity and a monthly stipend is also provided.


Fall Sports
For those of you who are planning your vacations this summer, the following Fall Sports will begin on Monday, August 8: Boys and Girls Cross Country, Football, Boys and Girls Golf, Girls Tennis, Girls Volleyball, and Boys Soccer.  Please plan your vacations in order to have your athlete back for the beginning of tryouts on August 8. *IMPORTANT*-  Your athlete must have a valid Physical and the Athletic Packet completed and uploaded onto Magnus in order for them to try out on August  8.  Please be scheduling your doctor’s appointments early so you can get into your health care provider,  and get your physicals completed!  

If you have any questions regarding the Athletic Packet contact Dawn Hamm at 630-562-7565.  Any questions regarding your Physicals contact Jenn Sezonov at 630-562-7504.