January 14, 2022

Upcoming Events

First Week of Second Semester
Second semester begins on Wednesday, January 19. We will run 7-period bell schedules during this first week back. Friday, January 21 will be a regular chapel schedule.

Wednesday, January 19
8:00 – 8:44                Period 1
8:50 – 9:34                 Period 2
9:40 – 10:24               Period 3
10:30 – 11:08               Advisory
11:14 – 11:58                 Period 4
11:58– 12:31                  Lunch
12:36 – 1:20                 Period 5
1:26 – 2:10                   Period 6
2:16 – 3:00                  Period 7

Thursday, January 20
8:00 – 8:48                Period 1
8:54 – 9:42                 Period 2
9:48 – 10:36                Period 3
10:42 – 11:30                Period 4
11:35 – 12:19                 Lunch
12:24 – 1:12                  Period 5        
1:18 – 2:06                   Period 6                    
2:12 – 3:00                  Period 7

General News

Second Semester Updated Guidance
We are excited to welcome students back on campus for the second semester next Wednesday, January 19, at 8:00 am.

Both the CDC and IDPH have recently updated the guidelines for isolation after a positive test. If a student has tested positive, they may return to school after five days if they have remained without symptoms or their symptoms are resolving. The priority is to have students back in class as soon as they are well.  To help make this possible; we ask our community to: 

  • Notify our school nurse, Jenn Sezonov, when your student or family is dealing with a positive COVID test, and she will work with you to determine when your student may return to school. 
  • Please continue to keep students home when they feel sick and have symptoms of any kind.    

Please take a few minutes to review our updated health plan on the Wheaton Academy website – https://families.wheatonacademy.org/health/.

THANK YOU!
We are so grateful to our Wheaton Academy family for your support in helping us reach our end-of-year $100,000 matching gift goal. During the month of December, over 275 faithful partners gave a gift toward our goal. Thank you for your generosity in helping us achieve our mission of nurturing growth in students through relationships, excellence, and service to the glory of God.

Not to us, Lord, not to us but to Your name be the glory. Psalm 115:1

Timeshares for Teachers
We invite you to support our Living Curriculum Teachers through the Timeshare for Teachers program. Your generosity blesses many faculty and staff with a much-deserved vacation at little or no cost to them. To learn more visit Timeshares for Teachers – Wheaton Academy. It is our hope that we can continue or begin a partnership with you to provide the use of a privately owned vacation home, vacation package, or airline miles for use during 2022.

Click on the link below if you would like to participate in Timeshare for Teachers: Timeshare for Teachers Participation

Wheaton Academy is Hiring!

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

Endowed Scholarships
The Wheaton Academy 2022-2023 endowed scholarship application is now open.  To be considered for these scholarships, applicants must complete the online application by January 15, 2022.  For more details about each scholarship and/or to complete the online application, visit https://wheatonacademy.org/affordable/endowed-scholarships/.

College Corner

Registration for the next ACT/SAT Group Class is now open! These two college admission tests have never been more similar so we are combining our tips and strategies for both tests and teaching them in one group class. The class will be taught by Cheryl Koslosky and Kristen Rusthoven Tuesday nights (2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, and 3/22) from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Wheaton Academy in Room 125.  The cost is $410 for six two-hour classes. Only 15 spots are available, so don’t delay! (Your payment is your registration.) Register here.

January 7, 2022

Upcoming Events

WA Men’s Prayer
Saturday, January 8
8:00-9:00 a.m.
Alumni White Chapel

On the second Saturday of every month, the men from Wheaton Academy meet to pray and hear from one of our faculty/staff members. Please join us Saturday, January 8. We will hear from WA Director of Instructional Technology and teacher, Josh Burick. Light refreshments are served.

Parent Seminar: Helping Your Teen Find Freedom From Anger
Saturday, January 8
9:00-10:30 a.m.
Library
Does your teen struggle with anger, bitterness, or holding grudges? Does your son or daughter have a pattern of chaotic relationships? You can help! At this seminar with Dr. Rob Rienow, we will explore essential Scriptures and practical ways we can encourage our teens to experience the forgiveness of God and freedom from anger. The event is free, but space is limited so pre-registration is required at www.VisionaryFam.com/events

First Week of Second Semester
Second semester begins on Wednesday, January 19. We will run 7-period bell schedules during this first week back. Friday, January 21 will be a regular chapel schedule.

Wednesday, January 19
8:00 – 8:44                Period 1
8:50 – 9:34                 Period 2
9:40 – 10:24               Period 3
10:30 – 11:08               Advisory
11:14 – 11:58                 Period 4
11:58– 12:31                  Lunch
12:36 – 1:20                 Period 5
1:26 – 2:10                   Period 6
2:16 – 3:00                  Period 7

Thursday, January 20
8:00 – 8:48                Period 1
8:54 – 9:42                 Period 2
9:48 – 10:36                Period 3
10:42 – 11:30                Period 4
11:35 – 12:19                 Lunch
12:24 – 1:12                  Period 5        
1:18 – 2:06                   Period 6                    
2:12 – 3:00                  Period 7

General News

Timeshares for Teachers
We invite you to support our Living Curriculum Teachers through the Timeshare for Teachers program. Your generosity blesses many faculty and staff with a much-deserved vacation at little or no cost to them. To learn more visit Timeshares for Teachers – Wheaton Academy. It is our hope that we can continue or begin a partnership with you to provide the use of a privately owned vacation home, vacation package, or airline miles for use during 2022.

Click on the link below if you would like to participate in Timeshare for Teachers: Timeshare for Teachers Participation

Wheaton Academy is Hiring!

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

Endowed Scholarships
The Wheaton Academy 2022-2023 endowed scholarship application is now open.  To be considered for these scholarships, applicants must complete the online application by January 15, 2022.  For more details about each scholarship and/or to complete the online application, visit https://wheatonacademy.org/affordable/endowed-scholarships/.

December 31, 2021

Upcoming Events

Winterim 2022!
Monday, January 3 – Friday, January 14
8:00-11:00 a.m. – Morning Courses
11:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Afternoon Courses
Winterim classes begin on Monday, January 3. Students may see which courses they are taking and classroom locations in OnCampus. If you have any questions regarding classes, please contact Jenn Trott.

Parent Seminar: Helping Your Teen Find Freedom From Anger
Saturday, January 8
9:00-10:30 a.m.
Library
Does your teen struggle with anger, bitterness, or holding grudges? Does your son or daughter have a pattern of chaotic relationships? You can help! At this seminar with Dr. Rob Rienow, we will explore essential Scriptures and practical ways we can encourage our teens to experience the forgiveness of God and freedom from anger. The event is free, but space is limited so pre-registration is required at www.VisionaryFam.com/events

First Week of Second Semester
Second semester begins on Wednesday, January 19. We will run 7-period bell schedules during this first week back. Friday, January 21 will be a regular chapel schedule.

Wednesday, January 19
8:00 – 8:44                Period 1
8:50 – 9:34                 Period 2
9:40 – 10:24               Period 3
10:30 – 11:08               Advisory
11:14 – 11:58                 Period 4
11:58– 12:31                  Lunch
12:36 – 1:20                 Period 5
1:26 – 2:10                   Period 6
2:16 – 3:00                  Period 7

Thursday, January 20
8:00 – 8:48                Period 1
8:54 – 9:42                 Period 2
9:48 – 10:36                Period 3
10:42 – 11:30                Period 4
11:35 – 12:19                 Lunch
12:24 – 1:12                  Period 5        
1:18 – 2:06                   Period 6                    
2:12 – 3:00                  Period 7

General News

Will You Help Us Finish the Year Strong?
A generous supporter has stepped forward with a $100,000 matching gift that will double every gift given, up to $100,000. Would you please help us finish the year strong by prayerfully considering an end-of-year financial gift to help us meet our matching gift goal? Your gift on behalf of our mission directly impacts our students as they are molded and shaped into young men and women who understand every discipline in light of the truth of the Gospel. Thank you for partnering with us in our mission as the Lord leads you.  Click here to provide a gift.

Endowed Scholarships
The Wheaton Academy 2022-2023 endowed scholarship application is now open.  To be considered for these scholarships, applicants must complete the online application by January 15, 2022.  For more details about each scholarship and/or to complete the online application, visit https://wheatonacademy.org/affordable/endowed-scholarships/.

Deadline for Financial Aid Application for Returning Families – TODAY
Wheaton Academy Financial Aid applications for the 2022-2023 year must be completed by today. All families who will need to apply for aid will be required to complete a financial aid application through FACTS®. 

This requirement includes any family who has received or may qualify for an SGO scholarship (Empower IL and Children’s Tuition scholarships). Please read additional information and further instructions here.

If you have any questions regarding your FACTS® application, please contact FACTS customer service directly: 866-315-9262.  If you have any other questions, please contact Pat Brooke pbrooke@wheatonacademy.org.

December 17, 2021

Upcoming Events

Holiday Office Hours and WA Weekly Schedule
During the weeks over Christmas and New Year’s, the offices will be closed from December 22-29, and open on December 30-31. There will be no WA Weekly published on Friday, December 24. We wish you a Merry Christmas and hope you have a blessed break!

Winterim 2022!
Monday, January 3 – Friday, January 14
8:00-11:00 a.m. – Morning Courses
11:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Afternoon Courses
Winterim classes begin on Monday, January 3. Students may see which courses they are taking and classroom locations in OnCampus. If you have any questions regarding classes, please contact Jenn Trott.

Parent Seminar: Helping Your Teen Find Freedom From Anger
Saturday, January 8
9:00-10:30 a.m.
Library
Does your teen struggle with anger, bitterness, or holding grudges? Does your son or daughter have a pattern of chaotic relationships? You can help! At this seminar with Dr. Rob Rienow, we will explore essential Scriptures and practical ways we can encourage our teens to experience the forgiveness of God and freedom from anger. The event is free, but space is limited so pre-registration is required at www.VisionaryFam.com/events

First Week of Second Semester
Second semester begins on Wednesday, January 19. We will run 7-period bell schedules during this first week back. Friday, January 21 will be a regular chapel schedule.

Wednesday, January 19
8:00 – 8:44                Period 1
8:50 – 9:34                 Period 2
9:40 – 10:24               Period 3
10:30 – 11:08               Advisory
11:14 – 11:58                 Period 4
11:58– 12:31                  Lunch
12:36 – 1:20                 Period 5
1:26 – 2:10                   Period 6
2:16 – 3:00                  Period 7

Thursday, January 20
8:00 – 8:48                Period 1
8:54 – 9:42                 Period 2
9:48 – 10:36                Period 3
10:42 – 11:30                Period 4
11:35 – 12:19                 Lunch
12:24 – 1:12                  Period 5        
1:18 – 2:06                   Period 6                    
2:12 – 3:00                  Period 7

General News

Will You Help Us Finish the Year Strong?
A generous supporter has stepped forward with a $100,000 matching gift that will double every gift given, up to $100,000. Would you please help us finish the year strong by prayerfully considering an end-of-year financial gift to help us meet our matching gift goal? Your gift on behalf of our mission directly impacts our students as they are molded and shaped into young men and women who understand every discipline in light of the truth of the Gospel. Thank you for partnering with us in our mission as the Lord leads you.  Click here to provide a gift.

Endowed Scholarships
The Wheaton Academy 2022-2023 endowed scholarship application is now open.  To be considered for these scholarships, applicants must complete the online application by January 15, 2022.  For more details about each scholarship and/or to complete the online application, visit https://wheatonacademy.org/affordable/endowed-scholarships/.

Deadline for Financial Aid Application for Returning Families – December 31
Wheaton Academy Financial Aid applications for the 2022-2023 year must be completed by December 31, 2021. All families who will need to apply for aid will be required to complete a financial aid application through FACTS®. 

This requirement includes any family who has received or may qualify for an SGO scholarship (Empower IL and Children’s Tuition scholarships). Please read additional information and further instructions here.

If you have any questions regarding your FACTS® application, please contact FACTS customer service directly: 866-315-9262.  If you have any other questions, please contact Pat Brooke pbrooke@wheatonacademy.org.

Senior Pictures
The end of the first semester is coming fast! If you have not submitted your child’s yearbook picture, please send it in before Christmas break. Pictures should be sent to yearbook@wheatonacademy.org. We need front-facing and shoulder-up portraits only.

Senior Ads for Yearbooks!
Parents – Reminder that senior yearbook ads will again be available for purchase this year for $150 per quarter-page ad. If you order a senior ad, you do not need to order a yearbook through the Jostens website as that fee is included in the $150.  The deadline for the ads is March 12. Ads can be sent to yearbook@wheatonacademy.org. A check payable to Wheaton Academy may be sent to the attention of Jim Holtrop in the front office. You may click here for an example of the ad size and layout. The yearbook staff will gladly design the ad for you if you send in the photo images and the message you would like included.

December 10, 2021

Upcoming Events

WA Men’s Prayer
Saturday, December 11
8:00 a.m.
Alumni White Chapel

On the second Saturday of every month, the men from Wheaton Academy meet to pray and hear from one of our faculty/staff members. Please join us Saturday, December 11. We will hear from WA Instrumental teacher and Fine Arts Department Head, Steve Willemssen. Light refreshments are served.

Christmas Soirée
Thursday, December 16
3:30-10:30 p.m.
Meet in the FAC

Students attending the Soiree should meet in the FAC at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 16. Parents may pick them up at 10:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Holtrop.

General News


Wheaton Academy Spiritwear
Order your Wheaton Academy Spiritwear today! New items are available for pickup by Christmas. Place your order by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 16. All orders must be picked up by Friday, December 17 at 3:00 p.m.
Shop now: store.wheatonacademy.org.

Final’s Week Schedule
Monday, December 13
8:00-9:30       Period 1 Final
9:45-11:15     Period 2 Final

Tuesday, December 14
8:00-9:30       Period 3 Final
9:45-11:15     Period 4 Final

Wednesday, December 15
8:00-9:30       Period 5 Final
9:45-11:15     Period 6 Final

Thursday, December 16
8:00-9:30       Period 7 Final

WA Athletics Podcast
We have started up a weekly podcast that looks at the past week in sports at Wheaton Academy. Matt Hockett analyzes the stats from the latest athletic contests and gives you must-know information about what is upcoming. Check it out at anchor.fm/wheaton-academy or by searching Wheaton Academy on Spotify.

INCubatoredu
Please read more about the INCubatoredu course and community of parents and volunteers within Wheaton Academy’s Business program by clicking here. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Phil Strzalka.

Will You Help Us Finish the Year Strong?
A generous supporter has stepped forward with a $100,000 matching gift that will double every gift given, up to $100,000. Would you please help us finish the year strong by prayerfully considering an end-of-year financial gift to help us meet our matching gift goal? Your gift on behalf of our mission directly impacts our students as they are molded and shaped into young men and women who understand every discipline in light of the truth of the Gospel. Thank you for partnering with us in our mission as the Lord leads you.  Click here to provide a gift.

Endowed Scholarships
The Wheaton Academy 2022-2023 endowed scholarship application is now open.  To be considered for these scholarships, applicants must complete the online application by January 15, 2022.  For more details about each scholarship and/or to complete the online application, visit https://wheatonacademy.org/affordable/endowed-scholarships/.

Financial Aid Applications: New Deadline of December 31 for Returning Families 
Wheaton Academy Financial Aid applications for the 2022-2023 year are now open and must be completed by December 31, 2021—a new deadline this year. All families who will need to apply for aid will be required to complete a financial aid application through FACTS®. 

This requirement includes any family who has received or may qualify for an SGO scholarship (Empower IL and Children’s Tuition scholarships). Please read additional information and further instructions here.

If you have any questions regarding your FACTS® application, please contact FACTS customer service directly: 866-315-9262.  If you have any other questions, please contact Pat Brooke pbrooke@wheatonacademy.org.

Senior Pictures
The end of the first semester is coming fast! If you have not submitted your child’s yearbook picture, please send it in before Christmas break. Pictures should be sent to yearbook@wheatonacademy.org. We need front-facing and shoulder-up portraits only.

Senior Ads for Yearbooks!
Parents – Reminder that senior yearbook ads will again be available for purchase this year for $150 per quarter-page ad. If you order a senior ad, you do not need to order a yearbook through the Jostens website as that fee is included in the $150.  The deadline for the ads is March 12. Ads can be sent to yearbook@wheatonacademy.org. A check payable to Wheaton Academy may be sent to the attention of Jim Holtrop in the front office. You may click here for an example of the ad size and layout. The yearbook staff will gladly design the ad for you if you send in the photo images and the message you would like included.

December 3, 2021

Upcoming Events

WA Men’s Prayer
Saturday, December 13
8:00 a.m.
Alumni White Chapel

On the second Saturday of every month, the men from Wheaton Academy meet to pray and hear from one of our faculty/staff members. Please join us Saturday, December 13. We will hear from WA Instrumental teacher and Fine Arts Department Head, Steve Willemssen. Light refreshments are served.

Christmas Soirée
Thursday, December 16
3:30-10:30 p.m.
Meet in the FAC

Monday, December 6, will be the final day to purchase tickets for the Christmas Soirée. All students are invited to attend the soirée on December 16.

Bus signups for transportation will be on December 7 & 8 during lunch in the Atrium. All students attending must sign up for a bus. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Holtrop.

General News

Christmas Concert Bell Schedule   
Tuesday, December 7, we will be operating on a modified bell schedule to allow time for our Christmas Concert during Chapel. 

 Time                                                     Class
8:00 – 8:44                                        Period 1
8:50 – 9:34                                        Period 2
9:40 – 10:24 Period 3
10:30 – 11:15                                    Christmas Concert
11:21 – 12:05                                    Period 4
12:05 – 12:30                                    Lunch
12:36 – 1:20                                      Period 5
1:26 – 2:10                                        Period 6
2:16 – 3:00                                        Period 7

Final’s Week Schedule
Monday, December 13
8:00-9:30       Period 1 Final
9:45-11:15     Period 2 Final

Tuesday, December 14
8:00-9:30       Period 3 Final
9:45-11:15     Period 4 Final

Wednesday, December 15
8:00-9:30       Period 5 Final
9:45-11:15     Period 6 Final

Thursday, December 16
8:00-9:30       Period 7 Final

WA Athletics Podcast
We have started up a weekly podcast that looks at the past week in sports at Wheaton Academy. Matt Hockett analyzes the stats from the latest athletic contests and gives you must-know information about what is upcoming. Check it out at anchor.fm/wheaton-academy or by searching Wheaton Academy on Spotify.

INCubatoredu
Please read more about the INCubatoredu course and community of parents and volunteers within Wheaton Academy’s Business program by clicking here. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Phil Strzalka.

Will You Help Us Finish the Year Strong?
A generous supporter has stepped forward with a $100,000 matching gift that will double every gift given, up to $100,000. Would you please help us finish the year strong by prayerfully considering an end-of-year financial gift to help us meet our matching gift goal? Your gift on behalf of our mission directly impacts our students as they are molded and shaped into young men and women who understand every discipline in light of the truth of the Gospel. Thank you for partnering with us in our mission as the Lord leads you.  Click here to provide a gift.

Endowed Scholarships
The Wheaton Academy 2022-2023 endowed scholarship application is now open.  To be considered for these scholarships, applicants must complete the online application by January 15, 2022.  For more details about each scholarship and/or to complete the online application, visit https://wheatonacademy.org/affordable/endowed-scholarships/.

Financial Aid Applications: New Deadline of December 31 for Returning Families 
Wheaton Academy Financial Aid applications for the 2022-2023 year are now open and must be completed by December 31, 2021—a new deadline this year. All families who will need to apply for aid will be required to complete a financial aid application through FACTS®. 

This requirement includes any family who has received or may qualify for an SGO scholarship (Empower IL and Children’s Tuition scholarships). Please read additional information and further instructions here.

If you have any questions regarding your FACTS® application, please contact FACTS customer service directly: 866-315-9262.  If you have any other questions, please contact Pat Brooke pbrooke@wheatonacademy.org.

Senior Pictures
The end of the first semester is coming fast! If you have not submitted your child’s yearbook picture, please send it in before Christmas break. Pictures should be sent to yearbook@wheatonacademy.org. We need front-facing and shoulder-up portraits only.

Senior Ads for Yearbooks!
Parents – Reminder that senior yearbook ads will again be available for purchase this year for $150 per quarter-page ad. If you order a senior ad, you do not need to order a yearbook through the Jostens website as that fee is included in the $150.  The deadline for the ads is March 12. Ads can be sent to yearbook@wheatonacademy.org. A check payable to Wheaton Academy may be sent to the attention of Jim Holtrop in the front office. You may click here for an example of the ad size and layout. The yearbook staff will gladly design the ad for you if you send in the photo images and the message you would like included.

2020-2021 Yearbooks
Yearbooks from last school year have been distributed to all students who ordered them ahead of time through Jostens’ website. We have leftover copies now available to sell to students who did not order. While we have copies remaining, they will be for sale at the Front Office for $25. Cash or a check made payable to Wheaton Academy will be accepted forms of payment. Email yearbook@wheatonacademy.org with any questions!

COVID Update
This week, Wheaton Academy has had one positive Covid case.  Gratefully, our campus has experienced low or no Covid case numbers for several weeks.  As a result, we will return to periodic announcements.

November 19, 2021

Upcoming Events

Little Women
Friday, November 19
Saturday, November 20
7:00 p.m.
Fine Arts Center

Tickets are available for online purchase. Visit our website: www.wheatonacademy.org and follow the prompts for Little Women tickets. Complete ticketing policies and guest guidelines in place for this event are available on our ticketing website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact tickets@wheatonacademy.org. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

WA Women’s Prayer
Tuesdays, November 30 & December 7
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Armour Building Apartment

All women are invited to pray for our students, teachers, staff, and school on Tuesdays. During November there will not be prayer on the Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. If you are interested in meeting for prayer the evening of Monday, November 29 from 7:00-8:00 p.m., please contact Mary Miller at marym996.mac@mac.com, location TBD.

Christmas Soirée
Thursday, December 16
3:30-10:30 p.m.
Meet in the FAC

The student council is inviting the entire student body to the annual Christmas Soirée on Thursday, December 16. This will be a formal attired event on the Odyssey Cruise Ship.

We will depart at 3:30 p.m. from Wheaton Academy by motor coach bus. We will board the Odyssey at Navy Pier for a sit-down dinner cruise/dance and return to the Academy around 10:30 p.m.

Tickets will be on sale for $60.00 per person from November 29 – December 6 during lunch. No tickets will be sold after December 6.  Students may take guests from other schools once completing the guest form. Contact Jim Holtrop for more information. Student Council is looking forward to starting our Christmas season together!

General News

Thanksgiving Break
Next week school will be in session on Monday & Tuesday, November 22 & 23. There will be no school, and offices will be closed from Wednesday – Friday, November 24-26, to celebrate Thanksgiving. There will be no WA Weekly next week as well. May you and your families enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving during the break!

Endowed Scholarships
The Wheaton Academy 2022-2023 endowed scholarship application is now open.  To be considered for these scholarships, applicants must complete the online application by January 15, 2022.  For more details about each scholarship and/or to complete the online application, visit https://wheatonacademy.org/affordable/endowed-scholarships/.

Financial Aid Applications: New Deadline of December 31 for Returning Families 
Wheaton Academy Financial Aid applications for the 2022-2023 year are now open must be completed by December 31, 2021—a new deadline this year. All families who will need to apply for aid will be required to complete a financial aid application through FACTS®. 

This requirement includes any family who has received or may qualify for an SGO scholarship (Empower IL and Children’s Tuition scholarships). Please read additional information and further instructions here.

If you have any questions regarding your FACTS® application, please contact FACTS customer service directly: 866-315-9262.  If you have any other questions, please contact Pat Brooke pbrooke@wheatonacademy.org.

Plan for ZOOM for the Remainder of the Semester 
Over the past three weeks, we re-instituted access to ZOOM for students who are out of school due to illness.  We are still committed to students learning in person throughout this school year, however; we also realize that when students have to be out of school, they want to have the option to stay connected to their classes to help prevent them from falling behind.  Therefore, we have decided to continue the access to ZOOM for the rest of the semester.  Here are the important elements to help make this successful: 

  • For students to access ZOOM, parents need to call the front office and report the student as absent due to illness.  
  • Therefore, students who attend any classes via ZOOM will not be permitted to participate in co-curricular activities.   
  • Students in COVID protocol will be eligible to take tests, quizzes, or other assessments via ZOOM.  Students absent due to other illnesses will need to take tests, quizzes, or other assessments in person when they return to school.   Please contact Ms. Carwell – ecarwell@wheatonacademy.org – with any questions.     
  • Students on ZOOM will be marked present virtually.   To be marked present virtually, students need to have their camera turned on and be dressed professionally for school.   
  • Teachers will post a ZOOM link on the bulletin board for each class  

Thanks for your continued partnership.

Senior Pictures
The end of the first semester is coming fast! If you have not submitted your child’s yearbook picture, please send it in before Christmas break. Pictures should be sent to yearbook@wheatonacademy.org. We need front-facing and shoulder-up portraits only.

Senior Ads for Yearbooks!
Parents – Reminder that senior yearbook ads will again be available for purchase this year for $150 per quarter-page ad. If you order a senior ad, you do not need to order a yearbook through the Jostens website as that fee is included in the $150.  The deadline for the ads is March 12. Ads can be sent to yearbook@wheatonacademy.org. A check payable to Wheaton Academy may be sent to the attention of Jim Holtrop in the front office. You may click here for an example of the ad size and layout. The yearbook staff will gladly design the ad for you if you send in the photo images and the message you would like included.

2020-2021 Yearbooks
Yearbooks from last school year have been distributed to all students who ordered them ahead of time through Jostens’ website. We have leftover copies now available to sell to students who did not order. While we have copies remaining, they will be for sale at the Front Office for $25. Cash or a check made payable to Wheaton Academy will be accepted forms of payment. Email yearbook@wheatonacademy.org with any questions!

Winterim Internships
Many students are beginning to solicit and secure Winterim 2022 internships. If your student is completing an internship during Winterim this year, please have him/her register the internship in OnCampus during the registration times for his/her class which are listed above. WA is also soliciting Internship Hosts. Please contact Phil Strzalka at pstrzalka@wheatonacademy.org if you or your organization would be interested in hosting a student as an intern.

COVID Update
Over the last week, there were no positive Covid cases.  As a reminder, we ask that you keep your kids home if they are experiencing cold or flu symptoms.  If your student is not feeling well, please keep them home and contact Jenn Sezonov – jsezonov@wheatonacademy.org.  Also, consider consulting with a doctor to evaluate further and determine if testing is necessary. 

November 12, 2021

Upcoming Events

Evening in the Furnace
Friday, November 12
7:00 p.m.
FAC

Furnace Company Dance and Comedy Improv will be having their fall performance called “Evening in the Furnace” on November 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the FAC auditorium. Tickets are $5.00 and will be available at the door! Come for a night of fun!

WA Men’s Prayer
Saturday, November 13

8:00-9:00 a.m.
Alumni White Chapel

On the second Saturday of each month, the men of Wheaton Academy meet to pray for our school and hear from one of our employees. Please join us tomorrow, at 8:00 a.m. in the Alumni White Chapel. Wheaton Academy Bible teacher and basketball coach, Tate Fritz, will be our speaker for this month. Light refreshments are served.

WA Women’s Prayer
Tuesdays, November 16 & 30, December 7
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Armour Building Apartment

All women are invited to pray for our students, teachers, staff, and school on Tuesdays. During November there will not be prayer on the Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. If are interested in meeting for prayer the evening of Monday, November 29 from 7:00-8:00 p.m., please contact Mary Miller at marym996.mac@mac.com, location TBD.

Little Women
Thursday, November 18 
Friday, November 19
Saturday, November 20
7:00 p.m.
Fine Arts Center

Tickets are available for online purchase. Visit our website: www.wheatonacademy.org and follow the prompts for Little Women tickets. Complete ticketing policies and guest guidelines in place for this event are available on our ticketing website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact tickets@wheatonacademy.org. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

General News

November 17 Modified Bell Schedule
Please note the slight change in bell schedule for Wednesday, November 17 for an added assembly:

9:00 – 10:20                      Period 1
10:25 – 10:55                    Advisory Groups
11:00 – 12:20                    Period 2
12:25 – 12:55                    Assembly
12:55 – 1:35                      Lunch
1:40 – 3:00                        Period 3

Senior Cap and Gown Assembly, Wednesday, November 17
On Wednesday, November 17 during Advisory the seniors will meet in the FAC with our Jostens representative for an important assembly regarding purchasing cap and gowns for graduation. Jostens will return on Friday, November 19 during lunch to take orders. Please be sure your student attends are receives the packet necessary for ordering.

Thank you
The WA Appreciation team has raised enough funds to provide a wonderful Christmas treat for faculty and staff because of your generosity. We look forward to the sweet treats and special blessings we can give to them in December.  We will do another request for sponsorship for the April Appreciation Luncheon in the Spring. Thank you again for your support!  

Senior Pictures
The end of the first semester is coming fast! If you have not submitted your child’s yearbook picture, please send it in before Christmas break. Pictures should be sent to yearbook@wheatonacademy.org. We need front-facing and shoulder-up portraits only.

Senior Ads for Yearbooks!
Parents – Reminder that senior yearbook ads will again be available for purchase this year for $150 per quarter-page ad. If you order a senior ad, you do not need to order a yearbook through the Jostens website as that fee is included in the $150.  The deadline for the ads is March 12. Ads can be sent to yearbook@wheatonacademy.org. A check payable to Wheaton Academy may be sent to the attention of Jim Holtrop in the front office. You may click here for an example of the ad size and layout. The yearbook staff will gladly design the ad for you if you send in the photo images and the message you would like included.

2022 Winterim Course Registration
Our 2022 Winterim courses are available to view on our website. We are offering over 50 exciting and different courses to choose from. Students will register online for an am and pm class in OnCampus at home during the following dates and times:

Sophomores: Monday, November 15, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Freshmen: Wednesday, November 17, 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Specific registration instructions will be emailed home before registration begins. Please contact Jenn Trott with any questions.

Winterim Internships
Many students are beginning to solicit and secure Winterim 2022 internships. If your student is completing an internship during Winterim this year, please have him/her register the internship in OnCampus during the registration times for his/her class which are listed above. WA is also soliciting Internship Hosts. Please contact Phil Strzalka at pstrzalka@wheatonacademy.org if you or your organization would be interested in hosting a student as an intern.

Wheaton Academy’s Business & Innovation Program
Our Business & Innovation program continues to thrive. Our Business of…students have been discovering God’s plan for their lives by exploring the business or industry they feel passionate about. Read more about the INCubatoredu course and community of parents and volunteers by clicking here. If you are interested in visiting or zooming a class to engage students regarding your career, please contact Phil Strzalka at pstrzalka@wheatonacademy.org.

Financial Aid Applications are Now Open; New Deadline of December 31 for Returning Families 
Wheaton Academy Financial Aid applications for the 2022-2023 year are now open must be completed by December 31, 2021—a new deadline this year. All families who will need to apply for aid will be required to complete a financial aid application through FACTS®. 

This requirement includes any family who has received or may qualify for an SGO scholarship (Empower IL and Children’s Tuition scholarships). Please read additional information and further instructions here.

If you have any questions regarding your FACTS® application, please contact FACTS customer service directly: 866-315-9262.  If you have any other questions, please contact Pat Brooke pbrooke@wheatonacademy.org.

International Host Family Informational Meeting
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to host one of our international students in your home? Come to a zoom meeting on November 17 at 8:00 a.m. or 7:30 p.m. to learn about this great ministry opportunity for your family. Please email Julie Grant at jgrant@wheatonacademy.org for the zoom link and any questions.

2020-2021 Yearbooks
Yearbooks from last school year have been distributed to all students who ordered them ahead of time through Jostens’ website. We have leftover copies now available to sell to students who did not order. While we have copies remaining, they will be for sale at the Front Office for $25. Cash or a check made payable to Wheaton Academy will be accepted forms of payment. Email yearbook@wheatonacademy.org with any questions!

COVID Update
Over the last week, there have been two positive Covid cases.  As a reminder, we ask that you keep your kids home if they are experiencing cold or flu symptoms.  If your student is not feeling well, please keep them home and contact Jenn Sezonov – jsezonov@wheatonacademy.org.  Also, consider consulting with a doctor to evaluate further and determine if testing is necessary. 

November 5, 2021

Upcoming Events

WA Men’s Prayer
Saturday, November 13

8:00-9:00 a.m.
Alumni White Chapel

On the second Saturday of each month, the men of Wheaton Academy meet to pray for our school and hear from one of our employees. Please join us on November 13, at 8:00 a.m. in the Alumni White Chapel. Wheaton Academy Bible teacher and basketball coach, Tate Fritz, will be our speaker for this month. Light refreshments are served.

Navigating the World of Dating & Relationships, Parent Seminar with Dr. Rob Rienow
Saturday, November 6
9:00-10:30 a.m.

Library (Park in the East Lot, near the Science & Technology wing)
One of the big challenges of the teen years is navigating the world of dating and relationships. Through this seminar with Dr. Rob Rienow, you will
1) learn new ways to communicate with your teen
2) be equipped with biblical principles
3) develop a game plan to help your son or daughter prepare for their future family

This is a free event, sponsored by Wheaton Academy, but space is limited so pre-registration is required.

Freshman/Transfer New Family Informational Zoom
Monday, November 8
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Registration Required

These calls are designed for new families and transfers, or for anyone who would like more information about the following topics:

Learn how to choose Winterim classes, view a Winterim registration demo, find out what a day of Winterim looks like for your student, learn five things you need to know about Internships, and important deadlines related to both Winterim and Internships.

We will check registration up until 6:30 p.m. on the day of scheduled Zooms. Please register as early as possible to receive the link in a timely manner. November Zoom Registration

Get to Know Wheaton Academy
Tuesday, November 9
7:00 p.m.

Middle school students and their parents are invited to Get to Know Wheaton Academy on November 9 at 7:00 p.m. This evening will provide an opportunity for families to learn about our school’s commitment to academics, spiritual life, co-curricular activities, and college readiness, as well as experience the community, connection, and culture that Wheaton Academy offers our students and families.

Our time together will include:  

  • Opening Welcome from Mrs. Hockett, Principal  
  • Individual Family Tours  
  • Meet and Greet with Coaches, Teachers, Program Leaders   

Join us and discover what it’s like to be a Wheaton Academy Warrior.  Questions? Please contact Amy Burdett, Admissions Coordinator, or Amy Hogan, Director of Admissions.

Evening in the Furnace
Friday, November 12
7:00 p.m.
FAC

Furnace Company Dance and Comedy Improv will be having their fall performance called “Evening in the Furnace” on November 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the FAC auditorium. Tickets are $5.00 and will be available at the door! Come for a night of fun!

Little Women
Thursday, November 18 
Friday, November 19
Saturday, November 20
7:00 p.m.
Fine Arts Center

Tickets will be available for online purchase to anyone starting at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 8.  To purchase, visit our website: www.wheatonacademy.org and follow the prompts for Little Women tickets. Complete ticketing policies and guest guidelines in place for this event are available on our ticketing website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact tickets@wheatonacademy.org. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

General News

Veteran’s Day Chapel
Wheaton Academy parents and Army veterans John and Connie Shank will be our special guests for our Veteran’s Day Chapel Friday, November 12.  Not only will they tell stories of their experiences but they will also share how Jesus has been the center of their lives and service. This will be a special time as we honor those who’ve served in the military and cultivate a heart of service as followers of Christ.

2022 Winterim Course Registration
Our 2022 Winterim courses are available to view on our website. We are offering over 50 exciting and different courses to choose from. Students will register online for an am and pm class in OnCampus at home during the following dates and times:

Seniors: Monday, November 8, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Juniors: Wednesday, November 10, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Sophomores: Monday, November 15, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Freshmen: Wednesday, November 17, 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Specific registration instructions will be emailed home before registration begins. Please contact Jenn Trott with any questions.

Winterim Internships
Many students are beginning to solicit and secure Winterim 2022 internships. If your student is completing an internship during Winterim this year, please have him/her register the internship in OnCampus during the registration times for his/her class which are listed above. WA is also soliciting Internship Hosts. Please contact Phil Strzalka at pstrzalka@wheatonacademy.org if you or your organization would be interested in hosting a student as an intern.

Wheaton Academy’s Business & Innovation Program
Our Business & Innovation program continues to thrive. Our Business of…students have been discovering God’s plan for their lives by exploring the business or industry they feel passionate about. Read more about the INCubatoredu course and community of parents and volunteers by clicking here. If you are interested in visiting or zooming a class to engage students regarding your career, please contact Phil Strzalka at pstrzalka@wheatonacademy.org.

Financial Aid Applications are Now Open; New Deadline of December 31 for Returning Families 
Wheaton Academy Financial Aid applications for the 2022-2023 year are now open must be completed by December 31, 2021—a new deadline this year. All families who will need to apply for aid will be required to complete a financial aid application through FACTS®. 

This requirement includes any family who has received or may qualify for an SGO scholarship (Empower IL and Children’s Tuition scholarships). Please read additional information and further instructions here.

If you have any questions regarding your FACTS® application, please contact FACTS customer service directly: 866-315-9262.  If you have any other questions, please contact Pat Brooke pbrooke@wheatonacademy.org.

McNally Award Application
For those submitting a McNally Award Application, please note that the deadline has been extended to Friday, November 12. Please click here to view the application.

International Host Family Informational Meeting
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to host one of our international students in your home? Come to a zoom meeting on November 17 at 8:00 a.m. or 7:30 p.m. to learn about this great ministry opportunity for your family. Please email Julie Grant at jgrant@wheatonacademy.org for the zoom link and any questions.

2020-2021 Yearbooks
Yearbooks from last school year have been distributed to all students who ordered them ahead of time through Jostens’ website. We have leftover copies now available to sell to students who did not order. While we have copies remaining, they will be for sale at the Front Office for $25. Cash or a check made payable to Wheaton Academy will be accepted forms of payment. Email yearbook@wheatonacademy.org with any questions!

COVID Update
Over the last week, there have been no positive Covid cases.  As a reminder, we ask that you keep your kids home if they are experiencing cold or flu symptoms.  If your student is not feeling well, please keep them home and contact Jenn Sezonov – jsezonov@wheatonacademy.org.  Also, consider consulting with a doctor to evaluate further and determine if testing is necessary. 

College Corner

AP Exam Registration Deadline
The registration and payment deadline for AP Exams are quickly approaching. The deadline for final decisions on exams is November 6, and the deadline for payment before a late fee is applied is November 13. Please contact Davona Reynolds dreynolds@wheatonacademy.org with any questions.

Two Wheaton Academy Seniors Named National Merit Semi-Finalists
Congratulations to Wheaton Academy’s National Merit Semi-Finalists Jeremy Kang and Daniel Olson! This award recognizes academically exceptional students and sets them apart in the college application process.

Over 1.5 million juniors entered the competition last year by taking the PSAT exam in October. Approximately sixteen thousand of these students—less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors—were selected as semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship program.  In February, NMSC notifies principals of their Semifinalists who have advanced to the Finalist level.

Six Wheaton Academy Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students
Congratulations to Jude Barton, Colton Gomoll, Noah Husted, Caroline Kelly, Jacqueline Ogden, and Thorin Phinney who were recognized as National Merit Commended Students for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not compete for National Merit Awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2022 competition.

Athletics

Winter Sports Season Physical
In order to be eligible for a sport in the 2021-2022 Wheaton Academy athletic season, every athlete (regardless of season) must have an updated physical and athletic packet on Magnus before the first day of his/her tryout, or he/she will not be allowed to participate. Boys basketball and wrestling begin Monday, November 8.

The physical must be from the past 13 months and be signed by a parent/guardian. The winter sports schedules are available on athletics.wheatonacademy.org

Please contact Dawn Hamm at dhamm@wheatonacademy.org if you have any questions or concerns.

October 29, 2021

Upcoming Events

Navigating the World of Dating & Relationships, Parent Seminar with Dr. Rob Rienow
Saturday, November 6
9:00-10:30 a.m.

Library (Park in the East Lot, near the Science & Technology wing)
One of the big challenges of the teen years is navigating the world of dating and relationships. Through this seminar with Dr. Rob Rienow, you will
1) learn new ways to communicate with your teen
2) be equipped with biblical principles
3) develop a game plan to help your son or daughter prepare for their future family

This is a free event, sponsored by Wheaton Academy, but space is limited so pre-registration is required.

Freshman/Transfer New Family Informational Zoom
Monday, November 8
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Registration Required

These calls are designed for new families and transfers, or for anyone who would like more information about the following topics:

Learn how to choose Winterim classes, view a Winterim registration demo, find out what a day of Winterim looks like for your student, learn five things you need to know about Internships, and important deadlines related to both Winterim and Internships.

We will check registration up until 6:30 p.m. on the day of scheduled Zooms. Please register as early as possible to receive the link in a timely manner. November Zoom Registration

Get to Know Wheaton Academy
Tuesday, November 9
7:00 p.m.

Middle school students and their parents are invited to Get to Know Wheaton Academy on November 9 at 7:00 p.m. This evening will provide an opportunity for families to learn about our school’s commitment to academics, spiritual life, co-curricular activities, and college readiness, as well as experience the community, connection, and culture that Wheaton Academy offers our students and families.

Our time together will include:  

  • Opening Welcome from Mrs. Hockett, Principal  
  • Individual Family Tours  
  • Meet and Greet with Coaches, Teachers, Program Leaders   

Join us and discover what it’s like to be a Wheaton Academy Warrior.  Questions? Please contact Amy Burdett, Admissions Coordinator, or Amy Hogan, Director of Admissions.

Little Women
Thursday, November 18 
Friday, November 19
Saturday, November 20
7:00 p.m.
Fine Arts Center

The Academy Theatre is proud to present the musical Little Women. We will be opening ticket sales early for the families of cast, crew, and pit orchestra members starting Monday, November 1, through Tuesday, November 2.  These families will be able to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public.  To take advantage of the pre-sale option, use the link and password that will be provided to your student via their Wheaton Academy email.

Tickets will be available for online purchase to anyone starting at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 8.  To purchase, visit our website: www.wheatonacademy.org and follow the prompts for Little Women tickets. Complete ticketing policies and guest guidelines in place for this event are available on our ticketing website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact tickets@wheatonacademy.org. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

General News

Save the Date—Financial Aid Applications Open November 1; New Deadline of December 31 for Returning Families  Wheaton Academy Financial Aid applications for the 2022-2023 year open this Monday, November 1 and must be completed by December 31, 2021—a new deadline this year. All families who will need to apply for aid will be required to complete a financial aid application through FACTS®. 

This requirement includes any family who has received or may qualify for an SGO scholarship (Empower IL and Children’s Tuition scholarships). Please read additional information and further instructions here.

If you have any questions regarding your FACTS® application, please contact FACTS customer service directly: 866-315-9262.  If you have any other questions, please contact Pat Brooke pbrooke@wheatonacademy.org.

COVID Update
We continue to see Covid cases declining in the Wheaton Academy community. Over the last week, there have been five positive Covid cases.  As a reminder, we ask that you keep your kids home if they are experiencing cold or flu symptoms.  If your student is not feeling well, please keep them home and contact Jenn Sezonov – jsezonov@wheatonacademy.org.  Also, consider consulting with a doctor to evaluate further and determine if testing is necessary. 

Sophomore Class Ring Assembly
A representative from Jostens will be here on Wednesday, November 3 during Advisory to provide information regarding purchasing sophomore class rings. Please ask your students to see the information they are given. Jostens will return on Friday, November 5 during lunch to accept ring orders.

New Item Added to Ala Carte
We have added Anu Sushi rolls to our ala carte line each day during lunch. This is a mission-oriented company that provides meals for children for each sushi roll sold. So far, the sushi rolls are have sold out each day. Please click here for more information about Anu Sushi.

2022 Winterim Courses Revealed Week of November 1
Our 2022 Winterim courses will be posted on the Wheaton Academy website the week of November 1. We will be offering over 50 exciting and different courses to choose from. Students will register online for an am and pm class in OnCampus at home during the following dates and times:

Seniors: Monday, November 8, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Juniors: Wednesday, November 10, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Sophomores: Monday, November 15, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Freshmen: Wednesday, November 17, 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Specific registration instructions will be emailed home before registration begins. Please contact Jenn Trott with any questions.

College Corner

Two Wheaton Academy Seniors Named National Merit Semi-Finalists
Congratulations to Wheaton Academy’s National Merit Semi-Finalists Jeremy Kang and Daniel Olson! This award recognizes academically exceptional students and sets them apart in the college application process.

Over 1.5 million juniors entered the competition last year by taking the PSAT exam in October. Approximately sixteen thousand of these students—less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors—were selected as semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship program.  In February, NMSC notifies principals of their Semifinalists who have advanced to the Finalist level.

Six Wheaton Academy Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students
Congratulations to Jude Barton, Colton Gomoll, Noah Husted, Caroline Kelly, Jacqueline Ogden, and Thorin Phinney who were recognized as National Merit Commended Students for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not compete for National Merit Awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2022 competition.

AP Exam Registration Deadline
The registration and payment deadline for AP Exams are quickly approaching. The deadline for final decisions on exams is November 6, and the deadline for payment before a late fee is applied is November 13. Please contact Davona Reynolds dreynolds@wheatonacademy.org with any questions.

Athletics

October 29-30 Playoff Games
It’s a big playoff weekend for Wheaton Academy Athletics!

⚽️ Boys Soccer vs Timothy Christian – Oct 29, 5pm @ East Peoria High School
🏆 State Semi-Final
Tickets: https://gofan.co/app/events/414889?schoolId=IL21441
Livestream: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ihsa/gam4b44a70b68

🏈 Football vs Coal City – Oct 29, 7:30pm @ Wheaton Academy
🏆 First Round of State Playoffs
Tickets: $5 at the Gate
Livestream: https://youtu.be/_mi57961m7o

👟 Cross Country – Oct 30, 9am @ Lisle High School
🏆 SectionalsTickets: Free

Winter Sports Season Physical
In order to be eligible for a sport in the 2021-2022 Wheaton Academy athletic season, every athlete (regardless of season) must have an updated physical and athletic packet on Magnus before the first day of his/her tryout, or he/she will not be allowed to participate. Girls basketball tryouts begin Monday, November 1, and boys basketball and wrestling begin Monday, November 8.

The physical must be from the past 13 months and be signed by a parent/guardian. The winter sports schedules are available on athletics.wheatonacademy.org

Please contact Dawn Hamm at dhamm@wheatonacademy.org if you have any questions or concerns.

October 22, 2021

Upcoming Events

First Annual Wheaton Academy Car Club Show
Saturday, October 23
3:00-6:00 p.m.
Science & Technology Parking Lot

Anyone interested in cars, showing them or seeing them, is welcome to attend the First Annual Wheaton Academy Car Club Show! Bring your car for others to see, or just stop by to see the cars there! A suggested entrance fee is one canned good for Project Lead Local to give to the food shelter. The Car Club is also accepting donations to go towards obtaining a project car to work on. If you plan to attend, please click here to scan the QR code and reserve your spot!

Get to Know Wheaton Academy
Tuesday, November 9
7:00 p.m.

Middle school students and their parents are invited to Get to Know Wheaton Academy on November 9 at 7:00 p.m. This evening will provide an opportunity for families to learn about our school’s commitment to academics, spiritual life, co-curricular activities, and college readiness, as well as experience the community, connection, and culture that Wheaton Academy offers our students and families.

Our time together will include:  

  • Opening Welcome from Mrs. Hockett, Principal  
  • Individual Family Tours  
  • Meet and Greet with Coaches, Teachers, Program Leaders   

Join us and discover what it’s like to be a Wheaton Academy Warrior.  Questions? Please contact Amy Burdett, Admissions Coordinator, or Amy Hogan, Director of Admissions.

General News

Sponsor a Faculty/Staff Member for our Appreciation Events!
The Wheaton Academy Appreciation team is seeking your help. There is still time to sponsor a faculty/staff member from our school! Click here for full details and to sign-up. You may contact Sally Strzalka with any questions.

COVID Update
As we mentioned in our parent email yesterday, we have been pleased to see Covid cases declining in the Wheaton Academy community. Over the last week, there have been 20 positive Covid cases. 

As we return on Monday, we again ask that you keep your kids home if they are experiencing cold or flu symptoms.  If your student is not feeling well, please keep them home and contact Jenn Sezonov – jsezonov@wheatonacademy.org.  Also, consider consulting with a doctor to evaluate further and determine if testing is necessary.

Save the Date—Financial Aid Applications Open November 1; New Deadline of December 31 for Returning Families
Financial Aid applications for the 2022-2023 year open on November 1. All families who will need to apply for aid will be required to complete a financial aid application through FACTS®. This requirement includes any family who has received or may qualify for an SGO scholarship (Empower IL and Children’s Tuition scholarships). FACTS® applications must be completed by returning families by December 31, 2021—a new deadline this year. Families can use 2020 tax form documentation for their application.

If you have any questions regarding your FACTS® application, please contact FACTS customer service directly: 866-315-9262.  If you have any other questions, please contact Pat Brooke pbrooke@wheatonacademy.org.

Mock Trial
Mock Trial will be hosting an informational meeting for all students interested in participating on Wednesday, October 27. We will meet during lunch in room 202. Ice cream will be provided to prepare you for the sweetness of an opening statement, objecting to leading As we mentioned in our parent email yesterday, we have been pleased to see Covid cases declining in the Wheaton Academy community.   Over the last week, there have been 20 positive Covid cases. , or cross-examining a witness!

Sophomore Class Ring Assembly
A representative from Jostens will be here on Wednesday, November 3 during Advisory to provide information regarding purchasing sophomore class rings. Please ask your students to see the information they are given. Jostens will return on Friday, November 5 during lunch to accept ring orders.

New Item Added to Ala Carte
We have added Anu Sushi rolls to our ala carte line each day during lunch. This is a mission-oriented company that provides meals for children for each sushi roll sold. So far, the sushi rolls are have sold out each day. Please click here for more information about Anu Sushi.

2022 Winterim Courses Revealed Week of November 1
Our 2022 Winterim courses will be posted on the Wheaton Academy website the week of November 1. We will be offering over 50 exciting and different courses to choose from. Students will register online for an am and pm class in OnCampus at home during the following dates and times:

Seniors: Monday, November 8, 6:00-11:00 p.m.
Juniors: Wednesday, November 10, 6:00-11:00 p.m.
Sophomores: Monday, November 15, 6:00-11:00 p.m.
Freshmen: Wednesday, November 17, 6:00-11:00 p.m.

Specific registration instructions will be emailed home before registration begins. Please contact Jenn Trott with any questions.

Athletics

In order to be eligible for a sport in the 2021-2022 Wheaton Academy athletic season, every athlete (regardless of season) must have an updated physical and athletic packet on Magnus before the first day of his/her tryout, or he/she will not be allowed to participate. Girls basketball tryouts begin Monday, November 1, and boys basketball and wrestling begin Monday, November 8.

The physical must be from the past 13 months and be signed by a parent/guardian. The winter sports schedules are available on athletics.wheatonacademy.org

Please contact Dawn Hamm at dhamm@wheatonacademy.org if you have any questions or concerns.

October 15, 2021

Upcoming Events

Evening of Classics
Tuesday, October 19
7:00 p.m.
Fine Arts Center

Evening of Classics is a music recital put on by Wheaton Academy students each fall. This year’s recital features eleven pieces with over twenty-five students performing solos, duets, and ensembles, both vocal and instrumental. All are welcome, and admission is free of charge.

Student-Teacher-Parent Conferences
Wednesday & Thursday, October 20 & 21
11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

It’s that time of year again for student-teacher-parent conferences, and this is a very important part of our partnership with you as parents. Conferences will take place Wednesday, October 20, and Thursday, October 21. There will be no school on both conference days, as students are encouraged to attend the conferences. Because there were 450 students in attendance at the Sonny Acres service project during Homecoming week, there will be no Off-Campus Learning Day that was previously scheduled for October 20.

Parents will schedule conferences online through MyConferenceTime.com. This allows parents to schedule and manage their own conference times. To schedule conferences, you will need a list of your student’s teachers. 

We are committed to ensuring that you have the opportunity to meet with your student’s teachers. If for some reason the times available don’t work for you or slots are filled, you can contact your student’s teacher to set up either a phone call or a face-to-face conference with you and your student.

Items to note: 

  • Online scheduling is open and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 18.
  • Scheduling only allows for one 10-minute conference per student, per teacher.
  • Students need to be present at conferences.

To Schedule Conferences:

  1. Click  here to go to Wheaton Academy’s families page.
  2. Scroll down to Seasonal Resources and click on the Conferences tab. This will take you to the Conference sign-up.
  3. Carefully read the instructions at the top of the page.
  4. Click on Register for Multiple Conferences.
  5. Follow the step-by-step online instructions to create a schedule for each student based on the available time slots for the teachers you selected. 
    • Enter the number of students you will be registering and press continue.
    • Enter the name(s) of your student(s).
    • If your student is unable to participate in conferences, please make note of this in the COMMENTS section so the teacher can plan accordingly.
    • Select Continue.
    • Select all the teachers you would like to meet with and select Find Schedules with Common Dates.
    • Select which day you would like to schedule conferences.
    • Select the times for each teacher.
    • Do the same for the 2nd day if needed.
  1. You will receive an email with your conference schedule and the location of your conferences.  If you do not receive an email, check your spam folder.
  2. IMPORTANT:  Please print and bring the confirmation email with you on conference day(s).  We are unable to print out your schedule for you.
  3. Your confirmation email will have a link to view, edit or cancel your conference registration.
  4. If you are unable to find a conference time that works for you and your student, please contact the teacher directly to schedule time outside of the Wednesday and Thursday conference times. 
  5. Please remember to bring a mask and be mindful of social distancing.
  6. If you have questions regarding conference scheduling, contact Gina Churchill at gchurchill@wheatonacademy.org.

Get to Know Wheaton Academy
Tuesday, November 9
7:00 p.m.

Middle school students and their parents are invited to Get to Know Wheaton Academy on November 9 at 7:00 p.m. This evening will provide an opportunity for families to learn about our school’s commitment to academics, spiritual life, co-curricular activities, and college readiness, as well as experience the community, connection, and culture that Wheaton Academy offers our students and families.

Our time together will include:  

  • Opening Welcome from Mrs. Hockett, Principal  
  • Individual Family Tours  
  • Meet and Greet with Coaches, Teachers, Program Leaders   

Join us and discover what it’s like to be a Wheaton Academy Warrior.  Questions? Please contact Amy Burdett, Admissions Coordinator, or Amy Hogan, Director of Admissions.

General News

Conference Dinners
Our conference days are October 20 and 21. If you would like to contribute to our faculty dinners on those days, please contact Jim Holtrop.  Those willing may provide a pot of soup, a large salad, bread, or dessert for Wednesday night or a monetary gift towards a catered dinner for Thursday. Thanks so much for helping out. Our teachers really missed your amazing soups last year!!

Sponsor a Faculty/Staff Member for our Appreciation Events!
The Wheaton Academy Appreciation team is seeking your help. There is still time to sponsor a faculty/staff member from our school! Click here for full details and to sign-up. You may contact Sally Strzalka with any questions.

Covid Update
As we mentioned earlier this year, we will be providing periodic updates (every few weeks) on Covid cases at Wheaton Academy.  Until this week, we averaged 2-3 Covid cases per week.  However, in the last week, we have had 39 Covid cases.  As we navigate this sudden increase, we believe that too many students are coming to school sick.  We ask that you do all you can to ensure that students who are sick stay at home until symptoms subside.  Should your son or daughter experience symptoms related to Covid-19, we recommend they get tested to confirm.  We would also ask you to remind students to always have a mask with them, so that mask requests from the front office are a rare exception.  Thanks for your partnership as we continue to face this challenge.

Mock Trial
Mock Trial will be hosting an informational meeting for all students interested in participating on Wednesday, October 27. We will meet during lunch in room 202. Ice cream will be provided to prepare you for the sweetness of an opening statement, objecting to leading questions, or cross-examining a witness!

Academic Behavioral Grades
Academic Behavioral Grades have been posted in OnCampus. Faculty give students academic behavior grades twice each term in the following categories: Student Engagement, Student Academic Habits, and Student Timeliness. In October and March, these academic behavior grades are reported to give you an indication of the habits and behaviors in each of the student’s classes, whereas in December and June, the grades are listed on the report card so you can have a sense of the student’s content learning as well as habits and behaviors.  The purpose of these academic behavior grades is to clearly communicate with you about your child’s progress in the classroom relative to key habits and skills that are strong predictors of a student’s success in college. Consequently, we want to draw your attention to your student’s behavior grades.

When students have 1s and 2s, we are concerned and want to make certain these grades become a catalyst for the student to grow and improve. Conferences are on October 20 & 21, and we would encourage you to take the opportunity to schedule a conference with your student’s teachers to discuss his/her behavioral grades. Conference sign-ups will open on Wednesday, October 13, and close on October 18 at 11:59 p.m. Instructions for signing up are in the WA Weekly.

To view your student’s behavioral grades:

  1. Login to OnCampus
  2. Click on your student’s name in the top left-hand corner
  3. On the Progress Tab, you will click on Report Cards and then Academic Progress to view the behavioral grades

For further assistance in connecting with teachers or viewing your student’s behavioral grades, please contact Student Services.

Senior Pictures
On October 22, Prestige will be in the Atrium after school for the final session of senior pictures. Please call them for an appointment if you are interested in having them take your student’s senior pictures.

College Corner

FAFSA registration reminder
Parents of seniors – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, aka the FAFSA, is the single most important thing you and your students can do to get money to help pay for college. It’s the only way they can apply for federal or state financial aid. The FAFSA will determine their eligibility for grants, scholarships, work-study programs, and federal student loans.  Registration for the class of 2022 opened on October 1.  If you have any questions, please contact Bart Gregersen or Kermit Ellison in student services.

PSAT Make-Up Test
If students were absent for the PSAT Administration on Wednesday, October 13, they will have an opportunity to test on Tuesday, October 26. Freshmen will take the PSAT 8/9, and Sophomores and Juniors will take the PSAT NMSQT. Juniors taking the test on October 26 will be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship program. Students are not required to take the makeup test if they are worried about missing class time.

The start time of the test will be 8:00 a.m. The end time of the test will vary – it is possible students will be able to attend afternoon classes. Students should plan to bring a lunch with them this day as the test time will overlap with the school’s lunch hour. Students will find their testing location the morning of the 26th posted outside the Student Services office.

Please complete this survey by Tuesday, October 19 to allow us to reserve your student a spot for the makeup test date. If everyone could respond with either a yes or no, this will help us solidify our plans for the day.

Feel free to reach out to Gina Churchill with questions at gchurchill@wheatonacademy.org.

ACT Group Class
Registration for the next ACT Small Group Class is now open! We will cover tips and strategies for all areas of the ACT as well as go over effective ways to practice at home. There will be homework between each class.

Cost: $410 (materials provided)
Place: Wheaton Academy Room 125
Dates: Tuesdays (6:00-8:00 p.m.) October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, and December 7.
Spots are limited, so don’t delay! (Your payment is your registration.) Register at wa-tutoring.org/payments.

Questions? Email Cheryl Koslosky at ckoslosky@wa-institute.org

Athletics

The next sports season is fast approaching!!  This is a friendly reminder to the parents of students who are interested in participating in Boys/Girls Basketball or Wrestling this coming November.  You must have an updated Physical and Athletic Packet completed and uploaded onto Magnus in order for your child to try out on November 8. 

Basketball– Boys and Girls-  Tryouts begin after school on Monday, November 8,  in the Warrior Dome. 
Wrestling- Tryouts begin after school on November 8 in the Wrestling room.