October 16, 2020

Upcoming Events

Evening of Classics Broadcast
Tuesday, October 20
7:00 p.m.

Evening of Classics is our annual student music recital featuring solos and small ensembles. This year’s recital will be broadcast at this link on Tuesday, October 20, at 7:00 p.m. Approximately 35 students will be presenting a wide range of instrumental and vocal solos and ensembles. We hope to see you online!

Student/Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, October 21 & Thursday, October 22
In order for students to attend their conferences, students will have an Off-Campus Learning Day on Wednesday, October 21. Thursday, October 22, students will not have school. We encourage students to be a part of the process of discussing their progress with their teachers and parents. Conference registration information may be found below in General News.

General News

COVID-19 Update  
As we are one-quarter of the way through our school year, we are pleased to announce we had no individuals test positive for COVID-19 this week. In this first 9-weeks of school, we have had a total of ten positive cases. We continue to be pleased with how well our students are doing with the guidelines set out for them. Please continue to self-certify and follow the protocols we have set in place.

Conference Registration Closes Sunday, October 18
Student/Teacher Conferences are Wednesday & Thursday, October 21 & 22. Registration has begun through myconferencetime.com. Please click here for detailed instructions on how to register for your conference.

Conference Day Dinners
Once again, Wheaton Academy will be hosting conferences on October 21 & 22. In the past, the teachers have been blessed by your homemade soups, salads, and chili dishes for dinner those evenings. This year we will be unable to serve any non-prepackaged foods, so we will be catering our meals. If you would like to donate a monetary gift to help defer the catering cost, it would be greatly appreciated. It won’t be the same as your amazing homemade meals, but we will look forward to bringing those back next year! You can drop off any donations to the front office to the attention of Jim Holtrop. All checks should be made out to Wheaton Academy. Thank you for always taking care of the teachers here!

Parent Ambassador Update
The New Family Zoom call was this week. Thank you to all who participated! If you were unable to attend, you may click here to view the slide presentation.

Picture Retakes
Lifetouch will be back to take pictures on Thursday & Friday, October 29 & 30, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. If your student has not had his/her picture taken yet, please have him/her stop in the Atrium during those times. If you are not satisfied with your last pictures, they may be retaken during these times, but you will need to return the old pictures to have them retaken.

Important Yearbook Information for all Parents
Due to COVID-19 shutdowns, the production of the 2019-20 yearbook was slowed down. We anticipate receiving the yearbooks soon. You may already begin ordering the 2020-2021 yearbook for last year’s purchase price of $25.00 at www.jostensyearbooks.com.  Go to the Yearbooks dropdown to find “Buy Your Yearbook,” then search Wheaton Academy to finish your purchase. They will only be for sale through the website. We do not want you to miss out on receiving a yearbook, so please order yours today! If you do not order via the Jostens link, you will be unable to receive a yearbook next fall.

Senior Ads for Yearbooks
Parents, senior yearbook ads will again be available for purchase 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. Turn in your ad with a check out to Wheaton Academy and send it to the front office to the attention of Jim Holtrop. You may click here for an example of what an ad should look like.

College Corner

AP Test Timeline
If your student is taking an AP class this year, please click here for information and important dates/deadlines for test registration.

College Early Action/Priority Deadlines are Fast Approaching
Senior parents, college deadlines are fast approaching for your students who have chosen Early Action, Early Decision, or Priority deadline for applying to a college or university.  Encourage your student to check their SCOIR account or speak with Mr. Gregersen or Mr. Ellison if there are any concerns about their applications.  Many colleges/universities are test-optional for the class of 2021, which means that other aspects of your student’s application will be more important this year, such as letters of recommendation.  Students should give a teacher at least a month’s notice to complete the letter of recommendation.

October 9, 2020

Upcoming Events

October Bell Schedules
Please click here to see the bell schedules for the month of October. There are various changes due to holidays, conferences, and a Professional Learning Day for faculty.

WA Women’s Prayer
October 13, 20 & 27
1:45 – 2:45 pm
All women are invited to attend WA Women’s Prayer. While the weather is pleasant, meetings will take place outside.  Please bring your lawn chair or a blanket and plan to meet on the FAC lawn. An alternative location inside the building will be available when it turns cold.  Social distancing guidelines will be observed, and masks are required when entering the buildings.  Questions or special prayer requests should be directed to Mary Miller at 847-404-7529 or marym996.mac@mac.com.

WA Men’s Prayer
Saturday, October 10
8:00 a.m.
White Alumni Chapel
On the second Saturday of each month, the men from the WA community meet to pray and hear from one of our WA employees. This month the guest speaker is David Rivera, WA Social Studies teacher, and International Student College Counselor/Recruiter. Please join us tomorrow, October 10, at 8:00 a.m. in the white Alumni Chapel. Light refreshments are served.

Parent Ambassador Program: New Family Connection Zoom Call
Wednesday, October 14
7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
NO registration needed
These calls are designed for new families and transfers, or for anyone who would like more information about the following topics: Student/Teacher Conferences, Step-by-step instructions for conference sign-ups, Winterim/Internships explained, celebrate WAvinia, and Admissions.  
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/9175959781?pwd=WEpvZldrd1BWTjBVdDhjUDFqS09vUT09
Meeting ID: 917 595 9781
Passcode: 5p6yiY

General News

COVID-19 Update  
Over the last week, we had two individuals test positive for COVID-19.  As we have done in previous weeks, we have contacted those who were in close contact with these individuals and asked them to quarantine at home for the appropriate time. We continue to be pleased with how well our students are doing with the guidelines set out for them. Please continue to self-certify and follow the protocols we have set in place.

A Message from Magnus
Based on your feedback, we have been hard at work, improving the Magnus Mobile App. This week we have released updates to improve the parent user experience, including Face ID/ Touch ID.

To take advantage of the new features, we recommend that Parents delete the old version of the app and re-install the new release.  Please be assured that the current version will continue to work even if the update is not installed.

Click here for instructions to enable Biometrics (Face ID / Touch ID) on Apple or Android devices with authentication enabled.

  • Users who do NOT have devices with biometrics enabled can still use the OS password keepers. Click here for Android and iPhone instructions. (If you have previously added the Magnus app to the keychain for Apple iOS or Autofill Service for Androids, you will not need to do it again.)
  • For users who have more than one Magnus Account: Biometrics will only use the last Username and Password with which you logged into the app.   We recommend that you add both sets of your login credentials to the Password Keeper on your device (see instructions above).  You will then be able to use your Biometrics (Face ID /Touch ID) for one set of credentials and will be able to log out and select the second set from the password keeper.

Should you have additional questions, please submit a User Support ticket. The End, User Support group has added staff and extended hours from 7:00 – 7:00 pm to respond to your questions.

Conference Registration Begins Thursday, October 15
Student/Teacher Conferences are Wednesday & Thursday, October 21 & 22. Registration begins on Thursday, October 15, at 8:00 a.m. through myconferencetime.com. Please click here for detailed instructions on how to register for your conference.

Conference Day Dinners
Once again, Wheaton Academy will be hosting conferences on October 21 & 22. In the past, the teachers have been blessed by your homemade soups, salads, and chili dishes for dinner those evenings. This year we will be unable to serve any non-prepackaged foods, so we will be catering our meals. If you would like to donate a monetary gift to help defer the catering cost, it would be greatly appreciated. It won’t be the same as your amazing homemade meals, but we will look forward to bringing those back next year! You can drop off any donations to the front office to the attention of Jim Holtrop. All checks should be made out to Wheaton Academy. Thank you for always taking care of the teachers here!

Important Yearbook Information for all Parents
Due to COVID-19 shutdowns, the production of the 2019-20 yearbook was slowed down. We anticipate receiving the yearbooks soon. You may already begin ordering the 2020-2021 yearbook for last year’s purchase price of $25.00 at www.jostensyearbooks.com.  Go to the Yearbooks dropdown to find “Buy Your Yearbook,” then search Wheaton Academy to finish your purchase. They will only be for sale through the website. We do not want you to miss out on receiving a yearbook, so please order yours today! If you do not order via the Jostens link, you will be unable to receive a yearbook next fall.

Senior Ads for Yearbooks
Parents, senior yearbook ads will again be available for purchase 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. Turn in your add with a check out to Wheaton Academy and send it to the front office to the attention of Jim Holtrop. You may click here for an example of what an ad should look like.

WA Tutoring Center
If your student needs extra support in a certain subject or is interested in SAT or ACT tutoring, visit wa-tutoring.org or email Cheryl Koslosky at ckoslosky@wa-institute.org. The Wheaton Academy Tutoring Center tutors are meeting with students in person and online. The Tutoring Center is conveniently located on Wheaton Academy’s campus, so students are able to meet during their study hall or after school.

College Corner

PSAT/SAT Test Day
Wednesday, October 14
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m: SAT for Seniors
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m: PSAT NMSQT for Sophomores – Juniors
8:00 – 11:30 a.m: PSAT 8/9 for Freshmen
Please click here for important details regarding our all-school test day on Wednesday, October 14. Seniors will take the official SAT since we weren’t allowed to administer it in April. Contact Gina Churchill is you have any questions.

AP Test Timeline
If your student is taking an AP class this year, please click here for information and important dates/deadlines for test registration.

College Early Action/Priority Deadlines are Fast Approaching
Senior parents, college deadlines are fast approaching for your students who have chosen Early Action, Early Decision, or Priority deadline for applying to a college or university. Encourage your student to check their SCOIR account or speak with Mr. Gregersen or Mr. Ellison if there are any concerns about their applications.  Many colleges/universities are test-optional for the class of 2021, which means that other aspects of your student’s application will be more important this year, such as letters of recommendation. Students should give a teacher at least a month’s notice to complete the letter of recommendation.

October 2, 2020

Upcoming Events

WAvinia
October 2 & 3

FAC Lawn
Wheaton Academy is proud to present WAvinia, an outdoor performance featuring our Fine Arts students. There are two more days of events, October 2 & 3. We invite our audiences to enjoy our live performance of the semester in a beautiful outdoor setting where we can maintain protocol for health and well-being for both performers and audience members. To purchase tickets for $5 apiece, click on the links below:

October Bell Schedules
Please click here to see the bell schedules for the month of October. There are various changes due to holidays, conferences, and a Professional Learning Day for faculty.

WA Women’s Prayer
October 6, 13, 20 & 27
1:45 – 2:45 pm
All women are invited to attend WA Women’s Prayer. While the weather is pleasant, meetings will take place outside.  Please bring your lawn chair or a blanket and plan to meet on the FAC lawn. An alternative location inside the building will be available when it turns cold.  Social distancing guidelines will be observed, and masks are required when entering the buildings.  Questions or special prayer requests should be directed to Mary Miller at 847-404-7529 or marym996.mac@mac.com.

WA Men’s Prayer
Saturday, October 10
On the second Saturday of each month, the men from the WA community meet to pray and hear from one of our WA employees. This month the guest speaker is David Rivera, WA Social Studies teacher, and International Student College Counselor/Recruiter. Please join us for prayer next Saturday, October 10, at 8:00 a.m. in the white Alumni Chapel. Light refreshments are served.

General News

COVID-19 Update  
We are thankful we can report there were no positive cases of COVID-19 among our school community this week!  We continue to be pleased with how well our students are doing with the guidelines set out for them. Please continue to self-certify and follow the protocols we have set in place.

Homecoming/Spirit Week Recap

Dear Parents, 

Last week we had the opportunity to have a “Homecoming” week with our students.  Each day was filled with students dressed up according to the day’s theme, delicious snacks, pep assemblies and competitions, and the hunt for the artifacts from the “WAchives.”  Our Student Council’s creativity, led by Jim Holtrop and Lauren Spitler, set a fabulous tone for the week.  

For me, one of the highlights of the week was how our students responded to two opportunities to serve others.  We had a school supply drive for the students at the Early Learning Center in West Chicago District 33.  These students are very young, have various learning challenges and needs, and learn remotely this semester.  WA students were asked to provide 500 bags of needed school supplies for these students.  Our Project Lead Local team set a vision visiting each class, calling our students to participate and contribute.  We determined that if we could provide 660 bags (one per WA student), we would reward them with a day off school on October 9, instead of an Off-campus Learning Day.   It was thrilling for our senior leaders and for us to see our students respond in generosity and kindness, far exceeding the 660 bags.  The students achieved their goal of a day off school, and it will provide needed supplies for students in our community of West Chicago. 

Additionally, Wheaton Academy’s Project Lead Global Team leads our school project to sponsor 20 orphans in Haiti and the Dominican Republic through Kids’ Alive.  Each year, we use our Mr. WA event, a tailgate, and other student-led events to provide the money needed to sponsor them.  With COVID-19, these events have been changed dramatically – but that didn’t stop our students.  They came up with the idea of a penny war, where the classes would contribute coins to their class and dollars to the other classes, trying to get the most “coins” in their jar.  Needless to say, the generosity of our students was incredible.  Watching them contribute and share with others brought joy to my heart.  Their vision to support these children demonstrated Christ’s love tangibly.  As a school, the students raised over $6600 for these children.   

It has been inspiring to watch our students this fall.  They have risen to the occasion as we have guidelines in place for COVID, and they have been incredible.  They embraced Homecoming and had a great time while serving and giving generously to others.  I am so grateful for these students and this community.  It is truly a blessing. 

Kori Hockett  

Principal 

Virtual Learning Session #2 Begins on October 5
Please fill out this brief survey for those interested in-opting their student into the Virtual Learning experience Session #2. If you are opting-in to virtual learning, we need your response to the survey by Friday, October 2. Please note that students planning on returning to school in person do not need to take the survey.  If you have further questions or need clarification before deciding on Oct 2, please email Erin Carwell:  ecarwell@wheatonacademy.org. Click here for the survey: https://forms.gle/zEMYJVA5ExmjEasR9

For students choosing Virtual Learning, please note the following information:

  • Students should plan on being “synchronously” in class each day via zoom. This means that virtual students will be on the same schedule as those on campus. Class attendance is required each day.

Conference Day Dinners
Once again, Wheaton Academy will be hosting conferences on October 21 & 22. In the past, the teachers have been blessed by your homemade soups, salads, and chili dishes for dinner those evenings. This year we will be unable to serve any non-prepackaged foods, so we will be catering our meals. If you would like to donate a monetary gift to help defer the catering cost, it would be greatly appreciated. It won’t be the same as your amazing homemade meals, but we will look forward to bringing those back next year! You can drop off any donations to the front office to the attention of Jim Holtrop. All checks should be made out to Wheaton Academy. Thank you for always taking care of the teachers here!

WA Tutoring Center
If your student needs extra support in a certain subject or is interested in SAT or ACT tutoring, visit wa-tutoring.org or email Cheryl Koslosky at ckoslosky@wa-institute.org. The Wheaton Academy Tutoring Center tutors are meeting with students in person and online. The Tutoring Center is conveniently located on Wheaton Academy’s campus, so students are able to meet during their study hall or after school.

A Note from the WA IT Office
The pens issued with the Surface Pro require AAAA batteries.  WA I.T. has those hard to find batteries for sale for $1 each (payable via PushCoin), as well as pen tips ($4) or the black pens themselves ($40).  Students can stop by the I.T. department during the school day to make a purchase. 

College Corner
PSAT/SAT Test Day
Wednesday, October 14
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m: SAT for Seniors
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m: PSAT NMSQT for Sophomores – Juniors
8:00 – 11:30 a.m: PSAT 8/9 for Freshmen
Please click here for important details regarding our all-school test day on Wednesday, October 14. Seniors will take the official SAT since we weren’t allowed to administer it in April. Contact Gina Churchill is you have any questions.

September 25, 2020

Upcoming Events

WAvinia
October 1, 2, 3

FAC Lawn
Wheaton Academy is proud to present WAvinia, an outdoor performance featuring our Fine Arts students. On October 1, 2, and 3, eight separate performance sessions will feature all of our performing arts groups displaying their work on the FAC Lawn. We are inviting our audiences to enjoy our one live performance of the semester in a beautiful outdoor setting where we are able to maintain protocol for health and wellbeing for both performers and audience members. Parents of performers will have received an email regarding ticketing on Friday, Sept 25. Any other members of the WA family who would like to get tickets may email tickets@wheatonacademy.org beginning on Tuesday, Sept 29, to inquire about tickets.

October Bell Schedules
Please click here to see the bell schedules for the month of October. There are various changes due to holidays, conferences, and a Professional Learning Day for faculty.

General News

COVID-19 Update  
It has been a great week at Wheaton Academy for a variety of reasons, and one is that we can report there were no positive cases of COVID-19 among our school community this week!  We continue to be pleased with how well our students are doing with the guidelines set out for them. 

We will continue to enforce practices to respond to potential COVID cases as follows:

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.
  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces.
  • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines and will communicate them to families and staff members.

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Students and staff members are asked to remain home until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result or an alternative diagnosis. Students and staff who have a fever of 100.4 must stay home and may not return until fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. If your student has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the student at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Wheaton Academy, and your local health department. In that instance, the student must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Honoring this year’s Homecoming Court 
Today we honored the 2020 Homecoming Court. The purpose of a Homecoming Court at Wheaton Academy is to recognize members of the Senior class who serve as role models for the school and who possess characteristics of leadership, service, and community building. Unlike other schools, Wheaton Academy does not choose a King and Queen. Choosing only two students does not reflect the majority of students who are leaders of a class, so we honor a group to represent various leadership skills and roles.

The Senior class chose the following group of students from their class based on the following criteria:

  1. Christian testimony that is known and positive. Someone who openly shares Christ to the school.
  2. Qualities of leadership in the Senior class and to the school body.
  3. Hard worker: Whatever you do, work it with all your heart, as working for the Lord and not for men. Col 3:23
  4. Servant heart: For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servant for Jesus’ sake. II Cor. 4:5
  5. Compassionate: Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you. Eph. 4:32
  6. Meek: a heart that is open to God’s leading in his/her life.

Please help us celebrate this year’s Homecoming Court: 

Corbin Bates 
Josh Brunner 
Tyson Hogan 
Tommy Reed 
Wilber Reyes Delgado 
Evan Shelton 
David Stoner 
Jacob Tepe 

Amy Alexander 
Kelly Bickhart
Madison Brown 
Hannah Crowe 
Gloria Grace Poland 
Anna Schoepke 
Kayla Strzalka 
Val Terdina

Magnus App Update
Parents, be sure to update your Magnus app on the morning of Wednesday, September 30, before you self-certify your student(s). Magnus will be running an update early that morning, and if your app is not updated after they run it, you won’t be able to self-certify. Thanks!

Virtual Learning Session #2 Begins on October 5
Please fill out this brief survey for those interested in-opting their student into the Virtual Learning experience Session #2. If you are opting-in to virtual learning, we need your response to the survey by Friday, October 2. Please note that students planning on returning to school in person do not need to take the survey.  If you have further questions or need clarification before deciding on Oct 2, please email Erin Carwell:  ecarwell@wheatonacademy.org. Click here for the survey: https://forms.gle/zEMYJVA5ExmjEasR9

For students choosing Virtual Learning, please note the following information:

  • Students should plan on being “synchronously” in class each day via zoom. This means that virtual students will be on the same schedule as those on campus. Class attendance is required each day.

A Note from the WA IT Office
The pens issued with the Surface Pro require AAAA batteries.  WA I.T. has those hard to find batteries for sale for $1 each (payable via PushCoin), as well as pen tips ($4) or the black pens themselves ($40).  Students can stop by the I.T. department during the school day to make a purchase. 

Co-Curricular Attendance
In light of new opportunities this year to learn from home, we wanted to remind you of a policy in our Student Handbook that students must be present on campus for at least half of the school day in order to participate in co-curricular activities after school.  The exception to this is students who have elected to participate in Virtual Learning and have received approval to participate in co-curricular activities.  Please refer to the policy, copied below, from the student handbook, and feel free to contact Erin Carwell (630-562-7528) or Brad Thornton (630-562-7530) with further questions.

A student must be in attendance for three periods of the day on a 7-period day or two periods for a block day (excluding lunch) to be involved in any co-curricular activities that take place that day. Exceptions may be requested for unavoidable absences (funerals, delayed medical appointments, etc.) that do not allow attendance in the minimum amount of classes.

Mr. Musso, WA Bible Teacher is Recognized
Congratulations to Brad Musso on his induction to the Wheaton College Hall of Honor this year.  Here is a link with more information on this outstanding honor.  https://athletics.wheaton.edu/

Volunteers for Lunch Help
If you would like to help with lunches, use this sign-up sheet to volunteer on a regular or as-needed basis. Thank you in advance for your help!

College Corner

PSAT/SAT Test Day
Wednesday, October 14
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m: SAT for Seniors
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m: PSAT NMSQT for Sophomores – Juniors
8:00 – 11:30 a.m: PSAT 8/9 for Freshmen
Please click here for important details regarding our all-school test day on Wednesday, October 14. Seniors will take the official SAT since we weren’t allowed to administer it in April. Contact Gina Churchill is you have any questions.

September 18, 2020

Upcoming Events

“Into the WAchives” Spirit Week
Please note the changed bell schedules and dress-up days for Spirit week next week.

Monday: Color Day
Freshmen/Blue, Sophomores/Green, Juniors/Yellow, Seniors/Red

Time                    Class
7:55 – 8:43           1st period
8:53 – 9:36           2nd period
9:46 – 10:29         3rd Period
10:34 – 10:59       Assembly
11:04 – 11:47       4th Period
11:47 – 12:25       Lunch
12:20 – 1:13         5th Period
1:23 – 2:06           6th Period
2:16 – 3:00           7th Period

Tuesday: Advisory WAFLIX

Time                     Class
7:55 – 9:30           1st Period
9:40 – 10:15         Advisory
10:25 – 12:00       2nd Period
12:05 – 12:40       Lunch
12:45 – 1:15         Assembly
1:25 – 3:00           3rd Period

Wednesday: Back to the Furture and Thursday: The 2000’s

Time                    Class
7:55 – 9:20           Period 4
9:26 – 10:51         Period 5
10:56 – 11:25       Assembly
11:25 – 11:56       Lunch
12:04 – 1:29         Period 6
1:35 – 3:00           Period 7

Friday: Our Story Day (Warrior Wear- Maroon or White)

Time                    Class
8:55 – 10:30         1st Period
10:35 – 11:05       Assembly
11:15 – 12:45       2nd Period
12:45 – 1:20         Lunch
1:25 – 3:00           3rd Period

See You at the Pole
Wednesday, September 23
7:00 a.m.
Students will meet at the flagpole Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m. to go on a prayer walk around the campus.

Student Worship Night
Thursday, September 24
6:00 p.m.

FAC Lawn
Students will meet on the FAC Lawn Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. to worship the Lord. You won’t want to miss.

WA Women’s Prayer
Tuesdays, September 22 & 29

1:45 p.m.
All women are invited to attend WA Women’s Prayer. While the weather is pleasant, meetings will take place outside.  Please bring your lawn chair or a blanket and plan to meet on the lawn to the east of the Fine Arts Center.  Please keep in mind: While meetings are planned to take place outside, a location alternative inside the building will be available.  Social distancing guidelines will be observed, and masks are required when entering the buildings.  Questions or special prayer requests should be directed to Mary Miller at 847-404-7529 or marym996.mac@mac.com.

General News

COVID-19 Update  

As we end week five of the school year, we remain thankful for the general health and well-being of our student body.  We appreciate the increased efforts of parents and students to complete the health certification process by 7:45 a.m. each day.  Over the last week, we had one individual test positive for COVID-19.  As we have done in previous weeks, we have contacted those who were in close contact with this individual and asked them to quarantine at home for the appropriate time. 

We will continue to enforce practices to respond to potential COVID cases as follows:  

  • Students and staff who become ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.  
  • We are regularly sanitizing high-touch surfaces.  
  • As we receive more information from the local health department and other entities, we will consider implementing additional recommendations and guidelines and will communicate them to families and staff members. 

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop COVID-19 symptoms. If symptoms develop, persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Students and staff who have a fever of 100.4 must stay home and may not return until fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. Staff members or students who test positive for COVID-19 (or are suspected of having COVID-19) will not be permitted to return until they have met the CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation.  If your student has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the student at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Wheaton Academy, and your local health department. In that instance, the student must self-quarantine for 14 days. 

Co-Curricular Attendance
In light of new opportunities this year to learn from home, we wanted to remind you of a policy in our Student Handbook that students must be present on campus for at least half of the school day in order to participate in co-curricular activities after school.  The exception to this is students who have elected to participate in Virtual Learning and have received approval to participate in co-curricular activities.  Please refer to the policy, copied below, from the student handbook, and feel free to contact Erin Carwell (630-562-7528) or Brad Thornton (630-562-7530) with further questions.

A student must be in attendance for three periods of the day on a 7-period day or two periods for a block day (excluding lunch) to be involved in any co-curricular activities that take place that day. Exceptions may be requested for unavoidable absences (funerals, delayed medical appointments, etc.) that do not allow attendance in the minimum amount of classes.

Mr. Musso, WA Bible Teacher is Recognized
Congratulations to Brad Musso on his induction to the Wheaton College Hall of Honor this year.  Here is a link with more information on this outstanding honor.  https://athletics.wheaton.edu/

Lunch Orders with Push Coin
As you are entering lunch orders for PushCoin, please make sure you are checking your student’s most updated schedule as some classrooms have changed.

Volunteers for Lunch Help
If you would like to help with lunches, use this sign-up sheet to volunteer on a regular or as-needed basis. Thank you in advance for your help!

Annual Asbestos Notice – September 2020
This notice meets a legal requirement to inform you annually that Wheaton Academy continues to meet all federal and state laws concerning asbestos in schools.  All of our educational facilities have been thoroughly inspected, and inspections continue bi-annually by a state-certified asbestos firm, as is required by law.  We continue to carry out all other specific requirements of the “AHERA” legislation, including the maintenance of a management plan.  Our management plan is available for your review in the business office located in the Armour building during normal business hours.  We welcome your questions and input as we continue to meet the necessary requirements and seek to implement any necessary precautions.

College Corner

PSAT/SAT Test Day
Wednesday, October 14
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m: SAT for Seniors
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m: PSAT NMSQT for Sophomores – Juniors
8:00 – 11:30 a.m: PSAT 8/9 for Freshmen
Please click here for important details regarding our all-school test day on Wednesday, October 14. Seniors will take the official SAT since we weren’t allowed to administer it in April. Contact Gina Churchill is you have any questions.

September 11, 2020

Upcoming Events


WA Men’s Prayer

Saturday, September 12
8:00 a.m.

White Alumni Chapel
On the second Saturday of each month, the men from the WA community meet to pray and hear from one of our WA employees. Our guest speaker for tomorrow is Eric Bowling, Director of Student Leadership and Service and WA teacher. Please join us for prayer tomorrow in the white Alumni Chapel. Light refreshments are served.

Off-Campus Learning Day
Monday, September 14

Monday, September 14,  is an off-campus learning day for students and a professional development day for teachers.  There will be no in-person classes that day. Classes/lessons will be virtual for all students.  These classes will not be synchronous, so students can access work and lessons anytime after 9:00 a.m. 

Wheaton Academy Online Auction
Each year Wheaton Academy hosts the annual Todd Beamer Benefit Golf Outing in honor of 9/11 hero and WA alumnus, Todd Beamer. Traditionally, the outing is followed by a dinner and live auction. This year, in an effort to include more of our Wheaton Academy family, we are offering an online auction as well. Auction items can be viewed, and bid on, at the following link: https://wheatonacademy.org/give/tbgo/
All funds raised support need-based scholarships as well as provide the resources necessary to further the advancement of Wheaton Academy’s mission of nurturing growth in our students through relationships, excellence, and service to the glory of God.

Wheaton Academy Todd Beamer Benefit Golf Outing
Monday, September 14
Stonebridge Country Club
10:30 a.m.
We are excited to share that our annual Todd Beamer Benefit Golf Outing on Monday, September 14, at Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora, is sold out! Thank you to everyone who registered to golf! There are still a few sponsorship opportunities available, and we’d love to have you join us for the dinner and auction. Click here to register for dinner and/or sign up to be an event sponsor! We hope to see you there!
All funds raised support need-based scholarships as well as provide the resources necessary to further the advancement of Wheaton Academy’s mission of nurturing growth in our students through relationships, excellence, and service to the glory of God.

WA Women’s Prayer
Tuesdays, September 15, 22 & 29

1:45 p.m.
All women are invited to attend WA Women’s Prayer. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, September 15, from 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.  While the weather is pleasant, meetings will take place outside.  Please bring your lawn chair or a blanket and plan to meet on the lawn to the east of the Fine Arts Center.  Please keep in mind: While meetings are planned to take place outside, a location alternative inside the building will be available.  Social distancing guidelines will be observed, and masks are required when entering the buildings.  Questions or special prayer requests should be directed to Mary Miller at 847-404-7529 or marym996.mac@mac.com.

Kingdom Community Parent Group
Wednesday, September 16
7:00 p.m.
Commons
All parents are invited to an informational meeting about Kingdom Community Wednesday, September 16, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Commons. While our world seems increasingly divided, we want to create an environment for listening, learning, and dialogue that honors one another and reflects unity in the body of Christ.  In this meeting, we will share the vision, purpose, and plans for our Kingdom Community initiative and spend time praying that God would bless us in this pursuit.

Parent Ambassador Program: New Family Connection Zoom Call
Thursday, September 17
7:00 p.m.
These calls are designed for new families and transfers, or for anyone who would like more information about the following topics: Homecoming, October Happenings, Spotlight on Virtual Learning, and Admissions.  Please join us for the New Family Connection Zoom Call. Use this link and passcode to dial in: https://zoom.us/j/9175959781?pwd=WEpvZldrd1BWTjBVdDhjUDFqS09vUT09
Meeting ID: 917 595 9781
Passcode: 5p6yiY

General News

COVID-19 Update  
As we end week four of the school year, we remain thankful for the general health and well-being of our student body.  We appreciate the increased efforts of parents and students to complete the health certification process by 7:45 a.m. each day.  Over the last week, we had five individuals test positive for COVID-19.  As we have done in previous weeks, we have contacted those who were in close contact with these individuals and asked them to quarantine at home for the appropriate time.  As an added precaution, we chose to limit after school activities yesterday and today by canceling all sports activities, not in season. 

We will continue to enforce practices to respond to potential COVID cases as follows:  

  • Students and staff who become ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.  
  • We are regularly sanitizing high-touch surfaces.  
  • As we receive more information from the local health department and other entities, we will consider implementing additional recommendations and guidelines and will communicate them to families and staff members. 

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop COVID-19 symptoms. If symptoms develop, persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Students and staff who have a fever of 100.4 must stay home and may not return until fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. Staff members or students who test positive for COVID-19 (or are suspected of having COVID-19) will not be permitted to return until they have met the CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation.  If your student has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the student at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Wheaton Academy, and your local health department. In that instance, the student must self-quarantine for 14 days. 

Lunch Orders with Push Coin
As you are entering lunch orders for PushCoin, please make sure you are checking your student’s most updated schedule as some classrooms have changed.

Volunteers for Lunch Help
If you would like to help with lunches, use this sign-up sheet to volunteer on a regular or as-needed basis. Thank you in advance for your help!

Sophomore Class Ring Sales
Representatives from Jostens were on campus today to take ring orders. They will return to campus next Friday, September 18, to take ring orders if your student was absent or forgot. You may also order them directly at Jostens.com.

Annual Asbestos Notice – September 2020
This notice meets a legal requirement to inform you annually that Wheaton Academy continues to meet all federal and state laws concerning asbestos in schools.  All of our educational facilities have been thoroughly inspected, and inspections continue bi-annually by a state-certified asbestos firm, as is required by law.  We continue to carry out all other specific requirements of the “AHERA” legislation, including the maintenance of a management plan.  Our management plan is available for your review in the business office located in the Armour building during normal business hours.  We welcome your questions and input as we continue to meet the necessary requirements and seek to implement any necessary precautions.

College Corner

There are no new announcements at this time.

Athletics

There are no new announcements at this time.

September 4, 2020

Upcoming Events

 

No School and Offices Closed
Monday, September 7
On Monday, September 7, there will be no school, and offices will be closed to observe Labor Day. Enjoy the long weekend!

WA Men’s Prayer
Saturday, September 12
8:00 a.m.

White Tent
On the second Saturday of each month, the men from the WA community meet to pray and hear from one of our WA employees. Please join us for prayer next Saturday, September 12, at 8:00 a.m. in the white tent. Light refreshments are served.

Off-Campus Learning Day
Monday, September 14

Our faculty and staff continue to learn a lot about how to be most effective in teaching in-person learners and virtual learners simultaneously.  As you can imagine, it is more complex than teaching all in-person learners or all virtual learners.  Therefore, we have decided to make Monday, September 14,  an off-campus learning day for students and a professional development day for teachers.  There will be no in-person classes that day, so classes/lessons will be virtual for all students.  These classes will not be synchronous, so students can access work and lessons anytime after 9:00 a.m.  Please adjust your calendars accordingly.

Wheaton Academy Todd Beamer Benefit Golf Outing
Monday, September 14
Stonebridge Country Club
10:30 a.m.
We are excited to share that our annual Todd Beamer Benefit Golf Outing on Monday, September 14, at Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora, is sold out! Thank you to everyone who registered to golf! There are still a few sponsorship opportunities available, and we’d love to have you join us for the dinner and auction. Click here to register for dinner and/or sign up to be an event sponsor! We hope to see you there!

All funds raised support need-based scholarships as well as provide the resources necessary to further the advancement of Wheaton Academy’s mission of nurturing growth in our students through relationships, excellence, and service to the glory of God.

Wheaton Academy Online Auction
Each year Wheaton Academy hosts the annual Todd Beamer Benefit Golf Outing in honor of 9/11 hero and WA alumnus, Todd Beamer. Traditionally, the outing is followed by a dinner and live auction. This year, in an effort to include more of our Wheaton Academy family, we are offering an online auction as well. Auction items can be viewed, and bid on, at the following link: https://wheatonacademy.org/give/tbgo/

All funds raised support need-based scholarships as well as provide the resources necessary to further the advancement of Wheaton Academy’s mission of nurturing growth in our students through relationships, excellence, and service to the glory of God.

Kingdom Community Parent Group
Wednesday, September 16
7:00 p.m.
Commons
All parents are invited to an informational meeting about Kingdom Community Wednesday, September 16, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Commons. While our world seems increasingly divided, we want to create an environment for listening, learning, and dialogue that honors one another and reflects unity in the body of Christ.  In this meeting, we will share the vision, purpose, and plans for our Kingdom Community initiative and spend time praying that God would bless us in this pursuit.

General News

COVID-19 Update
We continue to be pleased with how well our students are doing with the guidelines set out for them.  We are also thankful to report that there were no positive cases of COVID-19 among our school community this week.

We will continue to enforce practices to respond to potential COVID cases as follows:

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.
  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces.
  • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines and will communicate them to families and staff members.

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Students and staff members are asked to remain home until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result or an alternative diagnosis. Students and staff who have a fever of 100.4 must stay home and may not return until fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. If your student has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the student at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Wheaton Academy, and your local health department. In that instance, the student must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Sophomore Class Ring Sales
On Tuesday, September 8, during Advisory, the sophomores will receive information and see a presentation regarding the purchasing of class rings. Ask them to take a look at the packet for all of the Jostens information. A representative from Jostens will be on campus during lunch on Friday, September 11 & 18 to take ring orders.

Parent Volunteers Needed
Wheaton Academy is making plans for the Student Homecoming week of September 21-26! Student Council and the administration are planning an amazing week of celebration within the CDC guidelines!! We would appreciate parents to help us make this a possibility. We need help on the evening of Wednesday, September 23, at Sonny Acres and on Saturday evening, September 26, with the student event on campus. If you can help, please e-mail Jim Holtrop. Thank you for always making Wheaton Academy a success.

Book Bundle Reminder
If your student’s schedule changed once school began and you rented the book bundle through Wheaton Academy, just a reminder that all books of courses dropped need to be returned. You may hold on to them until the end of the school year and return all books together, or you may have your student give them to Jenn Trott in the front office to return for you now. Please make sure your student’s name is on a post-it note if you decide to return it now.

WA Appreciation Committee
A team of volunteer parents has joined to organize ways to show gratitude to the Wheaton Academy Faculty and Staff on behalf of all WA families. This is a newly formed committee, and we would like to introduce them!

Please click here to learn what is planned and how to contribute toward these efforts. All collected funds are not considered to be a donation toward Wheaton Academy.

WA Tutoring Center
Does your child need a tutor? Visit WA-Tutoring.org to schedule sessions with qualified tutors in all subject areas, including SAT and ACT prep. The Tutoring Center is conveniently located on Wheaton Academy’s campus, so students are able to meet during their study hall or after school.

College Corner

Parents of Seniors and Seniors: On Wednesday, October 14, Wheaton Academy is planning to have an all-school testing day.  An SAT Day test for seniors will run concurrently with the PSAT for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students.  Senior SAT test results can be used for college admissions and scholarship purposes.  Consider doing some test preparation via Khan Academy as it is free and can be linked with your College Board account.  The Wheaton Academy Tutoring Center is also available for test prep help as well.

Athletics

There are no new announcements at this time.

August 28, 2020

Upcoming Events

Back to School Night
Tuesday, September 1
6:45 p.m.
We are excited to welcome you to Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.  Our goal is that you would have the opportunity to experience life at Wheaton Academy the way your student does each day. Due to COVID-19, we have important protocols in place for this evening (self-certify, mask use, only one parent may attend with Zoom available for another parent, etc.). Please click here for a detailed letter explaining the evening.

Furnace Company Auditions
Improv Team: Wednesday, September 2
Dance Team: Thursday, September 3
Furnace Company is a Dance and Comedy Improv team that is passionate about worshipping the Lord through Dance and Comedy! Improv Team auditions are Wednesday, September 2, in the Warrior Dome from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Students should sign up for just one time slot. 

Dance Team auditions are Thursday, September 3, in the Warrior Dome from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Students auditioning will need to fill out an application that can be found on OnCampus under Student Center or picked up from the Theater Board in the main hallway. Questions? Contact Mrs. Abby Woelfel at awoelfel@wheatonacademy.org

WA Men’s Prayer
Saturday, September 12
8:00 a.m.

Location TBD
On the second Saturday of each month, the men from the WA community meet to pray and hear from one of our WA employees. Please join us for prayer next Saturday, September 12, at 8:00 a.m. Light refreshments are served.

Wheaton Academy Todd Beamer Benefit Golf Outing
Monday, September 14
Stonebridge Country Club
10:30 a.m.
The entire Wheaton Academy family–past, present, and future–is invited to join us for our annual Todd Beamer Benefit Golf Outing on Monday, September 14, at Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora. Click https://wheatonacademy.org/give/tbgo/ to register and/or sign up to be an event sponsor! If you are unable to play this year, please take advantage of the dinner-only option. We hope to see you there!

All funds raised support need-based scholarships as well as provide the resources necessary to further the advancement of Wheaton Academy’s mission of nurturing growth in our students through relationships, excellence, and service to the glory of God.

Wheaton Academy Online Auction Coming Soon
Each year Wheaton Academy hosts the annual Todd Beamer Benefit Golf Outing in honor of 9/11 hero and WA alumnus, Todd Beamer. Traditionally, the outing is followed by a dinner and live auction. This year, in an effort to include more of our Wheaton Academy family, we are offering an online auction as well. The Wheaton Academy online auction will “go live” for bidding Tuesday, September 1, at 10:00 a.m. Auction items can be viewed, and bid on, at the following link: https://wheatonacademy.org/give/tbgo/

All funds raised support need-based scholarships as well as provide the resources necessary to further the advancement of Wheaton Academy’s mission of nurturing growth in our students through relationships, excellence, and service to the glory of God.

Kingdom Community Parent Group
Wednesday, September 16
7:00 p.m.
Commons
All parents are invited to an informational meeting about Kingdom Community Wednesday, September 16, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Commons. While our world seems increasingly divided, we want to create an environment for listening, learning, and dialogue that honors one another and reflects unity in the body of Christ.  In this meeting, we will share the vision, purpose, and plans for our Kingdom Community initiative and spend time praying that God would bless us in this pursuit.

General News

Calendar Change
Our faculty and staff continue to learn a lot about how to be most effective in teaching in-person learners and virtual learners simultaneously.  As you can imagine, it is more complex than teaching all in-person learners or all virtual learners.  Therefore, we have decided to make Monday, September 14,  an off-campus learning day for students and a professional development day for teachers.  There will be no in-person classes that day, so classes/lessons will be virtual for all students.  These classes will not be synchronous, so students can access work and lessons anytime after 9:00 a.m.  Please adjust your calendars accordingly.

Reporting Absences
Any time your student will be absent from school, please make sure to call and notifying Wheaton Academy’s attendance line (630-562-7500, ext. 1) and report your students’ absence. We want to be sure that any student not at school is accounted for by the parent/guardian. If you have any questions about attendance procedures please contact Erin Carwell (ecarwell@wheatonacademy.org).  

Parent Volunteers Needed
Wheaton Academy is making plans for the Student Homecoming week of September 21-26! Student Council and the administration are planning an amazing week of celebration within the CDC guidelines!! We would appreciate parents to help us make this a possibility. We need help on the evening of Wednesday, September 23, at Sonny Acres and on Saturday evening, September 26, with the student event on campus. If you can help, please e-mail Jim Holtrop. Thank you for always making Wheaton Academy a success.

Book Bundle Reminder
If your student’s schedule changed once school began and you rented the book bundle through Wheaton Academy, just a reminder that all books of courses dropped need to be returned. You may hold on to them until the end of the school year and return all books together, or you may have your student give them to Jenn Trott in the front office to return for you now. Please make sure your student’s name is on a post-it note if you decide to return it now.

WA Appreciation Committee
A team of volunteer parents has joined to organize ways to show gratitude to the Wheaton Academy Faculty and Staff on behalf of all WA families. This is a newly formed committee, and we would like to introduce them!

Please click here to learn what is planned and how to contribute toward these efforts. All collected funds are not considered to be a donation toward Wheaton Academy.

WA Tutoring Center
Does your child need a tutor? Visit WA-Tutoring.org to schedule sessions with qualified tutors in all subject areas, including SAT and ACT prep. The Tutoring Center is conveniently located on Wheaton Academy’s campus, so students are able to meet during their study hall or after school.

WAtv
Each Monday, WAtv produces a video for Community Time. If you missed this week’s video, click here to see it!

Tell Us Why You Love Wheaton Academy
We can say that Wheaton Academy is great, but people really listen when you say it. Our marketing department is asking you to fill out a quick five-question survey sharing why you love Wheaton Academy. With your permission, we may use your testimonials on our website and in our marketing materials. Take the survey: https://wheaton.typeform.com/to/O9fLYudL

Quiz Bowl
If your son or daughter enjoys trivia, learning, playing games, fellowship, and having fun, they should join Quiz Bowl!  We practice Mondays during lunch and Tuesdays from 3:15-5:00 p.m. in Academy Hall, room 119. Eventually, We play schools on Tuesdays, along with an occasional Saturday tournament, though the specifics of the competitions are still being worked out.  For more information, contact Evan Jasper at ejasper@wheatonacademy.org or 630-562-7560.

Find Our Lunch Menu
We are so excited about a new microsite: families.wheatonacademy.org. This will be the place that you find announcements, resources, and important links that will help you stay up to date with our community. Also, the lunch ordering process is located at: families.wheatonacademy.org/pushcoin

College Corner

Parents of Seniors and Seniors: On Wednesday, October 14, Wheaton Academy is planning to have an all-school testing day.  An SAT Day test for seniors will run concurrently with the PSAT for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students.  Senior SAT test results can be used for college admissions and scholarship purposes.  Consider doing some test preparation via Khan Academy as it is free and can be linked with your College Board account.  The Wheaton Academy Tutoring Center is also available for test prep help as well.

Athletics

There are no new announcements at this time.

August 21, 2020

Student Worship Night
Tuesday, August 25
6:00-7:00 p.m.

Students, we will host our first worship night of the new year on Tuesday, August 25, from 6:00-7:00 on the lawn beside the FAC. Please bring a mask and be prepared to social distance.

Picture Day
Tuesday & Wednesday, August 25 & 26
Atrium

Lifetouch will be at Wheaton Academy on August 25 & 26 to take underclassman pictures. Click here for directions on ordering.

Women’s Prayer
Tuesday, August 25
1:45 p.m.

We are excited that the Wheaton Academy Women’s Prayer Group will be meeting during the 2020-2021 school year with a few modifications.  The first gathering will be on August 25 at 1:45 p.m. for an outside prayer walk around the Wheaton Academy campus.  (The prayer walk will take place unless it is storming.  Please plan to meet on the lawn east of the Fine Arts Center.)

Meetings will begin on Tuesday, September 15, from 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. While the weather is pleasant, meetings will take place outside.  Please bring your lawn chair or a blanket and plan to meet on the lawn to the east of the Fine Arts Center.  Please keep in mind: While meetings are planned to take place outside, a location alternative inside the building will be available.  Social distancing guidelines will be observed, and masks are required when entering the buildings.  

Questions or special prayer requests should be directed to Mary Miller at 847-404-7529 or marym996.mac@mac.com.

General News

Schedule Changes
Thank you for your patience with schedule changes. Please note that due to Covid-19 guidelines, we have very little flexibility to change schedules as we have classrooms set up for all desks to be 6 feet apart, which limits the class size. We will work with each student individually on schedule changes and accommodate them as we are able. We also appreciate your grace as our registrar continues to adjust schedules to make sure all students can be appropriately distanced per the Covid-19 guidelines.

Tell Us Why You Love Wheaton Academy
We can say that Wheaton Academy is great, but people really listen when you say it. Our marketing department is asking you to fill out a quick five-question survey sharing why you love Wheaton Academy. With your permission, we may use your testimonials on our website and in our marketing materials. Take the survey: https://wheaton.typeform.com/to/O9fLYudL

Quiz Bowl
If your son or daughter enjoys trivia, learning, playing games, fellowship, and having fun, they should join Quiz Bowl!  We practice Mondays during lunch and Tuesdays from 3:15-5:00 p.m. in Academy Hall, room 119. Eventually, We play schools on Tuesdays, along with an occasional Saturday tournament, though the specifics of the competitions are still being worked out.  For more information, contact Evan Jasper at ejasper@wheatonacademy.org or 630-562-7560.

Find Our Lunch Menu
We are so excited about a new microsite: families.wheatonacademy.org. This will be the place that you find announcements, resources, and important links that will help you stay up to date with our community. Also, the lunch ordering process is located at: families.wheatonacademy.org/pushcoin

College Corner

Parents of Seniors and Seniors: On Wednesday, October 14, Wheaton Academy is planning to have an all-school testing day.  An SAT Day test for seniors will run concurrently with the PSAT for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students.  Senior SAT test results can be used for college admissions and scholarship purposes.  Consider doing some test preparation via Khan Academy as it is free and can be linked with your College Board account.  The Wheaton Academy Tutoring Center is also available for test prep help as well.

Athletics

There are no new announcements at this time.

August 14, 2020

Upcoming Events

Book Bundle/Schedule Pick-Up/Parking Pass Registration
Monday & Tuesday, August 17 & 18
Commons
This year, due to the Illinois Department of Health state guidelines, we will handle our book bundle/schedule pick-up dates a bit differently. Families who Opted-In to rent the book bundle through Wheaton Academy may choose their pick-up date and time by clicking here. We request that each family fill a slot to limit the total number of people in the Commons at any one time to 50 people. Parents of freshmen: You may sign up for a slot, or you may come when you drop your student off for LAUNCH at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 17. Students who need to purchase a parking pass may come during their scheduled time as well and see Mr. Ellison in his office to do so. Please make sure to pick up books on August 17 or 18 before classes begin on Wednesday, August 19. Any questions, contact Jenn Trott.

LAUNCH – for Incoming Freshmen
Monday, August 17
11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Relationships are a key component of the Wheaton Academy culture, and we want to start building community for the class of 2024. We are inviting all freshmen to LAUNCH on Monday, August 17, from 11:30-5:30 p.m.  During this time, they will get to meet members of our senior Project Lead teams and some faculty and staff. This will be a great opportunity for our freshman to acclimate to Wheaton Academy and get to know their classmates. Parents may pick up rented book bundles in the Commons after they drop off their students for the afternoon.

Back to School Prayer Night
Tuesday, August 18
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Students and parents, join us for a night of prayer as we kick off the new school year. Without question, this year looks different and holds its unique challenges, but it also holds great promise and opportunity. We will pray for God’s strength in times of struggle and His faithfulness to see us through. Meet on the lawn beside the FAC from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Please bring a mask and be prepared to social distance.

Student Worship Night
Tuesday, August 25
6:00-7:00 p.m.

Students, we will host our first worship night of the new year on Tuesday, August 25, from 6:00-7:00 on the lawn beside the FAC. Please bring a mask and be prepared to social distance.

Women’s Prayer
Tuesday, August 25
1:45 p.m.

We are excited that the Wheaton Academy Women’s Prayer Group will be meeting during the 2020-2021 school year with a few modifications.  The first gathering will be on August 25 at 1:45 pm for an outside prayer walk around the Wheaton Academy campus.  (The prayer walk will take place unless it is storming.  Please plan to meet on the lawn east of the Fine Arts Center.)

Meetings will begin on Tuesday, September 15, from 1:45 – 2:45 pm.  While the weather is pleasant, meetings will take place outside.  Please bring your lawn chair or a blanket and plan to meet on the lawn to the east of the Fine Arts Center.  Please keep in mind: While meetings are planned to take place outside, a location alternative inside the building will be available.  Social distancing guidelines will be observed, and masks are required when entering the buildings.  

Questions or special prayer requests should be directed to Mary Miller at 847-404-7529 or marym996.mac@mac.com.

General News

First Week of School

Parents: We have two things we want to call your attention to as we head into next week:

First, we are requiring all families to review and sign a Health Commitment & Waiver.  This required form is uploaded to Magnus for all families to review and sign digitally.  Please sign this form before the first day of school. 

Second, we wanted to let you know that the schedule for the first three days of school will be slightly different than the daily bell schedule published in the Unite: Part II Plan.  Please note that this revised schedule is for the first three days of school only.  The revised schedule will allow us to communicate with all students on campus regarding new procedures for school each day through assemblies that follow all health and wellness guidelines, the first advisory group of the year, and chapel on Friday. The schedule will be as follows:

Wednesday, August 19
Period 1            7:55-9:30
Period 2            9:40-12:00
(Welcome Assembly on Performance Trust Field with Mrs. Hockett and Mr. Thornton)
Lunch               12:00-12:45 
Period 3            12:50-2:20 
Advisory          2:30-3:00

Thursday, August 20
Period 4            7:55-9:30 
Period 5            9:40-11:10 
Lunch               11:10-11:45 
Period 6            11:50-1:20 
Period 7            1:30-3:00 

Friday, August 20 Chapel Schedule
Period 1            8:55-9:30         
Period 2            9:40-10:15       
Period 3            10:25-11:00     
Chapel             11:00 – 11:30
Period 4            11:40-12:15
Lunch               12:15-12:50
Period 5            12:55-1:30       
Period 6            1:40-2:15         
Period 7            2:25-3:00

For those ordering lunch through Pushcoin, please note the class periods before lunch that you will need to include on your order form.  If you have already placed a lunch order, there is no need to revise it. We will ensure the lunches get distributed appropriately on the first three days of school.  

Schedule Changes
Thank you for your patience with schedule changes. Please note that due to Covid-19 guidelines, we have very little flexibility to change schedules as we have classrooms set up for all desks to be 6 feet apart, which limits the class size. We will work with each student individually on schedule changes and accommodate them as we are able. We also appreciate your grace as our registrar continues to adjust schedules to make sure all students can be appropriately distanced per the Covid-19 guidelines.

Book Lists for Families who OPT-OUT
If you choose to OPT-OUT of Wheaton Academy purchasing your book order for you and plan to rent/buy your own books, the book list for courses are available. You will need to go to Community, Students & Families, and click on the eCampus Bookstore link at the left side of the page. Once you get to the bookstore, you will either create an account if you are a first time user, or go to the Sign-in button under My Account. Your login is your student’s wascholar email (i.e., firstname.lastname@wascholar.org), and you will need to create a password or request a new one to begin. You may then search for course names to see which books are needed for your student’s schedule. You do not need to rent/buy the books from eCampus. However, this is the location where you will find the books for each course. Please remember to complete the Textbook Acquisition Form by August 1, 2020, to avoid being charged a second time for books.

Find Our Lunch Menu
We are so excited about a new microsite: families.wheatonacademy.org. This will be the place that you find announcements, resources, and important links that will help you stay up to date with our community. Also, the lunch ordering process is located at: families.wheatonacademy.org/pushcoin

Parent Volunteers Needed to Help with Lunch
We are so excited to be on campus again with students this fall! One area that will be handled differently is lunch.

For students who are purchasing school lunches, pre-boxed lunches will be ordered online in advance. Lunches will then be delivered to classrooms before the lunch bell rings each day. Students will eat lunch in their classrooms within the guidelines of social distancing requirements.  Weather permitting, students will be allowed to get their lunches and eat outside, also observing social distancing requirements.

This is where we are asking for your help!  Each day, we need parents to help organize the pre-boxed lunches into classroom orders and then deliver them. We welcome your help as you are able – once a week or multiple days, but we need help every day! Below is the school bell schedule for the week. Lunch will be delivered during the class before lunch each day.

Please take a moment to look over the bell schedule, and if you can help us with this significant task, let Jim Holtrop know at your earliest opportunity. Thank you in advance for your consideration!

Monday – 7 Periods with Community Time  
7:55 – 8:43 – 1st period  
8:53 – 9:36 – 2nd period  
9:46- 10:29 – 3rd period  
10:34 – 10:59 – Community time  
11:04 – 11:47 – 4th period  
11:47 – 12:20 – lunch
   
12:30 – 1:13 – 5th period  
1:23 – 2:06 – 6th period  
2:16 – 3:00 – 7th period  
   
Tuesday – 1-3 Block with Chapel and Advisory Groups  
7:55-9:30 – 1st period  
9:40 – 10:15 – Chapel  
10:25 – 11:55 – 2nd period  
11:55 – 12:45 – Lunch
  
12:50 – 1:20 – Advisory  
1:30 – 3:00 – 3rd period  

Wednesday/Thursday – 4-7 Block
7:55-9:30 – 4th period  
9:40 -11:10 – 5th period  
11:10 – 11:45 – Lunch
  
11:50 – 1:20 – 6th – period  
1:30 – 3:00 – 7th period  
   
Friday – 1-3 Block with Late Start and Chapel
8:55 – 10:30 – 1st period  
10:35 – 11:05 – Chapel  
11:15 – 12:45 – 2nd period  
12:45 – 1:25 – Lunch
  
1:30 – 3:00 – 3rd period  

Student Pick-up Drop-off Hawthorne Entrance Only
We are requesting that all families who are picking up and or dropping off students before and after school to please use the Hawthorne Avenue entrance ONLY.  We are looking to keep open the north drive lane entirely for fire, and police should that be needed.  Pick up and drop off can occur in the central lot circle, north drive circle, or in front of the Field House.  PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A CAMPUS MAP.  Thank you for your assistance!

College Corner

There are no new announcements at this time.

Athletics

Every athlete, regardless of season, must have an updated physical and athletic packet on Magnus before the first day of their tryout, or they will not be allowed to participate. Please contact Dawn Hamm at dhamm@wheatonacademy.org if you have any questions or concerns.

August 8, 2020

SurfacePro Pick-Up Begins August 10
For all new families, students Microsoft Surfaces are available for pick up at the front desk the week of Monday, August 10.  Stop by the front office anytime from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to pick up your student’s Surface and access instructions.

Transfer Student Orientation
Class of 2021: Tuesday, 8/11 from 4-6pm in the FAC  

Class of 2022: Wednesday, 8/12 from 4-6pm in the FAC  
Class of 2023: Thursday, 8/13 from 4-6pm in the FAC  
Transfers, please join us next week during your class-specific orientation. We will review important first day of school information, introduce you to our school culture, tour the campus, and meet other Wheaton Academy students. Please RSVP to Amy Burdett (admissions@wheatonacademy.org) by Monday. Please also bring a mask and any questions you have. This event is designed for students only. See you there! 

New Family Night
Thursday, August 13
6:00-7:00 p.m. OR 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center
We are so excited about the upcoming school year and wanted to give you further details about New Family Night on Thursday, August 13.  We would like to invite new families to an on-campus OR Livestream experience where you will receive information about starting well at Wheaton Academy.  Despite new guidelines for our school year, we remain firmly committed to advancing the mission of the school, and we want to let you know how to best prepare for your student’s experience at Wheaton Academy.

Under the guidelines governing the use of indoor space, we can accommodate up to 50 people at a time in our Fine Arts Center.  We will offer the same presentation twice at 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. and again from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.  If you are interested in attending this night in person, we would ask that you send only one representative per family.  You will also have the option to watch a Livestream of the event if you are unable to attend in person.  The Livestream will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Please click here to RSVP for an in-person spot OR to tune into the Livestream of the event.  Please note that the in-person slots are limited to 45 per time.

Feel free to contact Brad Thornton with any questions.

Book Bundle/Schedule Pick-Up/Parking Pass Registration
Monday & Tuesday, August 17 & 18

Commons
This year, due to the Illinois Department of Health state guidelines, we will handle our book bundle/schedule pick-up dates a bit differently. Families who Opted-In to rent the book bundle through Wheaton Academy may choose their pick-up date and time by clicking here. We request that each family fill a slot to limit the total number of people in the Commons at any one time to 50 people. Parents of freshmen: You may sign up for a slot, or you may come before you drop your student off at 11:30 a.m. for LAUNCH on Monday, August 17. Students who need to purchase a parking pass may come during their scheduled time as well and see Mr. Ellison in his office to do so. Please make sure to pick up books on August 17 or 18 before classes begin on Wednesday, August 19. Any questions, contact Jenn Trott.

LAUNCH – for Incoming Freshmen and Project IX Seniors
Monday, August 17 from 11:30-5:30pm

We are excited to host your student on campus for LAUNCH on August 17th from 11:30 to 5:30pm. This day is designed to help your freshman student start well at Wheaton Academy as we discuss details for the first day of school, jumpstart their mentorship with Project IX seniors, and establish friendships with their peers.To help us prepare, we ask that you complete this RSVP survey to confirm your student’s involvement in the day, as well other important planning details. We ask that you complete this survey by August 11th.

General News

Book Lists for Families who OPT-OUT
 If you choose to OPT-OUT of Wheaton Academy purchasing your book order for you and plan to rent/buy your own books, the book list for courses are available. You will need to go to Community, Students & Families, and click on the eCampus Bookstore link at the left side of the page. Once you get to the bookstore, you will either create an account if you are a first time user, or go to the Sign-in button under My Account. Your login is your student’s wascholar email (i.e., firstname.lastname@wascholar.org), and you will need to create a password or request a new one to begin. You may then search for course names to see which books are needed for your student’s schedule. You do not need to rent/buy the books from eCampus. However, this is the location where you will find the books for each course.

Find Our Lunch Menu
We are so excited about a new microsite: families.wheatonacademy.org. This will be the place that you find announcements, resources, and important links that will help you stay up to date with our community. Also, the lunch ordering process is located at: families.wheatonacademy.org/pushcoin

Parent Volunteers Needed to Help with Lunch
We are so excited to be on campus again with students this fall! One area that will be handled differently is lunch.

For students who are purchasing school lunches, pre-boxed lunches will be ordered online in advance. Lunches will then be delivered to classrooms before the lunch bell rings each day. Students will eat lunch in their classrooms within the guidelines of social distancing requirements.  Weather permitting, students will be allowed to get their lunches and eat outside, also observing social distancing requirements.

This is where we are asking for your help!  Each day, we need parents to help organize the pre-boxed lunches into classroom orders and then deliver them. We welcome your help as you are able – once a week or multiple days, but we need help every day! Below is the school bell schedule for the week. Lunch will be delivered during the class before lunch each day.

Please take a moment to look over the bell schedule, and if you can help us with this significant task, let Jim Holtrop know at your earliest opportunity. Thank you in advance for your consideration!

Monday – 7 Periods with Community Time  
7:55 – 8:43 – 1st period  
8:53 – 9:36 – 2nd period  
9:46- 10:29 – 3rd period  
10:34 – 10:59 – Community time  
11:04 – 11:47 – 4th period  
11:47 – 12:20 – lunch
   
12:30 – 1:13 – 5th period  
1:23 – 2:06 – 6th period  
2:16 – 3:00 – 7th period  
   
Tuesday – 1-3 Block with Chapel and Advisory Groups  
7:55-9:30 – 1st period  
9:40 – 10:15 – Chapel  
10:25 – 11:55 – 2nd period  
11:55 – 12:45 – Lunch
  
12:50 – 1:20 – Advisory  
1:30 – 3:00 – 3rd period  

Wednesday/Thursday – 4-7 Block
7:55-9:30 – 4th period  
9:40 -11:10 – 5th period  
11:10 – 11:45 – Lunch
  
11:50 – 1:20 – 6th – period  
1:30 – 3:00 – 7th period  
   
Friday – 1-3 Block with Late Start and Chapel
8:55 – 10:30 – 1st period  
10:35 – 11:05 – Chapel  
11:15 – 12:45 – 2nd period  
12:45 – 1:25 – Lunch
  
1:30 – 3:00 – 3rd period  

Student Pick-up Drop-off Hawthorne Entrance Only
We are requesting that all families who are picking up and or dropping off students before and after school to please use the Hawthorne Avenue entrance ONLY.  We are looking to keep open the north drive lane entirely for fire, and police should that be needed.  Pick up and drop off can occur in the central lot circle, north drive circle, or in front of the Field House.  PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A CAMPUS MAP.  Thank you for your assistance!

College Corner

There are no new announcements at this time.

Athletics

Tryouts

Boys/Girls Cross Country–  Tryouts will begin on August 10 at 3:15 at Wheaton Academy. Athletes will be required to run 3 miles in 25:30 (boys) and 27:00 (girls) as the conditioning standard.  Feel free to email Coach Felinski with any questions/concerns at Cfelinski@wheatonacademy.org.

Boys Golf– Tryouts for Boys Golf will be held on August 10 & 11 at Villa Olivia Golf Club in Bartlett. Prospective players are to report to the practice putting green by 7:30 a.m. each day. Boys who have not participated on the Golf Team in previous years should tell Coach Broman of their intention to try out by sending an email message to bobbroman@gmail.com.

Girls Golf–  Tryouts will begin on August 10

Monday:  Villa Olivia Golf in Bartlett, 18 holes,  Arrive at 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday:  Cantigny Youth Links, 9 holes, Arrive at 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday:  St. Andrews Golf range/practice center.  6:30 – 7:30 a.m.  
Email Chip Dykema at cdykema@wheatonacademy.org  with questions/concerns.   

Girls Tennis– Tryouts will begin on August 10and will run August 10-12 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Important information will be given to the girls the first day of practice regarding the Covid-19 guidelines. Coach Visker will be sending out an email to all interested families.  Feel free to email him with any questions/concerns at jvisker@wheatonacademy.org.

Every athlete, regardless of season, must have an updated physical and athletic packet on Magnus before the first day of their tryout, or they will not be allowed to participate. Please contact Dawn Hamm at dhamm@wheatonacademy.org if you have any questions or concerns.

July 31, 2020

General News

Book Rentals for 2020-2021 – Textbook Acquisition Form in Magnus
For the 2020-2021 school year, each family will be required to indicate whether they wish to OPT-IN to ALL ACCESS and have Wheaton Academy place the book rental orders for them or OPT-OUT and purchase/rent all books on their own. This Textbook Acquisition Form is located with all the other Back-to-School forms in Magnus. The textbook form needs to be completed by August 1, 2020. If the form is not completed, your family will automatically be placed in the OPT-IN category, and your Smart Tuition account will be billed in September. You must complete the form for each student who is enrolled. Please contact Jenn Trott with any questions.

Book Lists for Families who OPT-OUT
If you choose to OPT-OUT of Wheaton Academy purchasing your book order for you and plan to rent/buy your own books, the book list are available. You will need to go to Community, Students & Families, and click on the eCampus Bookstore link at the left side of the page. Once you get to the bookstore, you will either create an account if you are a first time user, or go to the Sign-in button under My Account. Your login is your student’s wascholar email (i.e., firstname.lastname@wascholar.org), and you will need to create a password or request a new one to begin. You may then search for course names to see which books are needed for your student’s schedule. You do not need to rent/buy the books from eCampus. However, this is the location where you will find the books for each course. Please remember to complete the Textbook Acquisition Form by August 1, 2020, to avoid being charged a second time for books.

Instrumental Music Retreat – Saturday, August 15
Parents of Band, Orchestra, and Percussion students, if you didn’t see this information in your email, please see this letter for information about the instrumental music retreat on August 15. Questions? Email swillemssen@wheatonacademy.org.

College Corner

There are no new announcements at this time.

Athletics

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Every athlete, no matter the season of his/her sport, must have an updated physical and athletic packet in Magus before the first day of tryouts, or he/she will not be permitted to participate. Please contact Dawn Hamm at dhamm@wheatonacademy.org if you have any questions or concerns. 

The IHSA has made the decision that we will be allowed to run the following five sports for the fall season. Below is the information for theses tryouts:

GIRLS TENNIS– Tryouts will begin on August 10and will run August 10-12 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Important information will be given to the girls on the first day of practice regarding the COVID guidelines. Coach Visker will be sending out an email to all interested families. Feel free to email him with any questions/concerns at jvisker@wheatonacademy.org.

BOYS/GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY–  Tryouts will begin on August 10 at 3:15 p.m. at Wheaton Academy. Athletes will be required to run 3 miles in 25:30 minutes (boys) and 27:00 minutes (girls) as the conditioning standard. Feel free to email Coach Felinski with any questions/concerns at cfelinski@wheatonacademy.org.

BOYS GOLF– Tryouts will begin on August 10. Time and place TBD. Email Bob Broman at bobbroman@gmail.com with questions/concerns.

GIRLS GOLF–  Tryouts will begin on August 10. Times and place TBD. Email Chip Dykema at cdykema@wheatonacademy.org with questions/concerns.