January 22, 2021

General News

COVID-19 Update
Over the last week, we have had three individuals test positive for COVID-19, and there are six students in quarantine. We have followed the same protocols, contacting those who have been in close contact with any positive individual, instructing them to quarantine at home for the appropriate time. As we begin second semester, we appreciate your continued vigilance.  We know how vital in-person instruction is for student learning and discipleship, and we look forward to continuing on-campus with your help. 

Personnel Update

Dear WA Parents, 
We wanted to make you aware that  English/Bible teacher Matt Dominguez has decided to leave Wheaton Academy prior to the beginning of second semester after 20 years of service at Wheaton Academy.  For 2nd semester, WA alum Autumn Ratliff ’15 has taken over Mr. Dominguez’s English 2 classes, and English teacher Brad Skeba has taken over Mr. Dominguez’s Shakespeare class. 

Please read Mr. Dominguez’s statement below, as well as the attached letter Mr. Dominguez sent to faculty and staff. 

“After clear and consistent confirmation of a word from God in early October that it was time to transition beyond WA, and after much prayer, fasting, discussion, and consideration, and after 20 years of service, I have decided it is time for me to transition out of my roles of teaching full time and directing the adventure program at Wheaton Academy. I want the community to know that I am grateful to have had the honor to adventure with my amazing friends, students, and colleagues for 20 wonderful years at Wheaton Academy. “    

Please join us in prayer for the Dominguez family as they pursue what God has for them in the next chapter of their journey.

2021-2022 Calendar At-A-Glance
Please click here to see the Calendar-At-A-Glance for the 2021-2022 school year.

Reminder – Financial Aid Applications Now Open!
We are currently accepting financial aid applications for the 2021-2022 school year.  Wheaton Academy uses an outside vendor, FACTS™, to collect and review financial information.  All families wishing to apply for financial aid must complete this application each year.  Please apply early as funds are limited In order to be considered in the first round of financial aid decisions, the application and ALL supporting documentation must be submitted by no later than February 2, 2020.  Please see our website for complete details on the financial aid process https://wheatonacademy.org/affordable/.
If you have any questions, contact Pat Brooke, at pbrooke@wheatonacademy.org or Sheri Guarnizo, Finance & Accounts Receivable Coordinator, at sguarnizo@wheatonacademy.org

Substitute Teacher Openings
Wheaton Academy is accepting applications for substitute teachers.  If you feel called to explore how you may be able to support in-person instruction, please complete the substitute teacher application or contact Betsey Doebler, Human Resources Manager, for more information.

It’s Time to Buy Next Year’s Yearbook!
Your 2020-21 yearbook is now available for purchase 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.  Fees for ads will include a yearbook at no additional cost.  Orders are due before spring break. If you order a senior ad, you do not need to order a yearbook through the Jostens website. You may click here for an example of what an ad should look like. Send your pictures and text to yearbook@wheatonacademy.org and we will design it for you.

College Corner

AP Test Payment Deadline
Parents of AP students: January 30 is the final day to pay for your AP test before the $25 late fee is assessed. This is only for payment, not for ordering the exam.  Please click here for more information. Contact Davona Reynolds for more information.

ACT/SAT Class
Registration for the 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 Kelley Severance and Cheryl Koslosky Monday nights (1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8) from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Wheaton Academy in Room 125.  The cost is $390 for six two-hour classes. Only 15 spots are available, so don’t delay! (Your payment is your registration.) Register at https://wheatonacademytutoringcenter.com/payments/.

January 15, 2021

Upcoming Events

Second Semester Begins Wednesday, January 20
The second semester bell schedule is slightly changed from first semester. Please click here for the new bell schedule. Please note that our first day back to school is Wednesday, January 20, and we will operate an alternative 7-period bell schedule (see below). Thursday and Friday will begin the new Thursday/Friday bell schedules.

Wednesday, January 20
7-Period day
1st 7:55 – 8:43
2nd 8:53 – 9:41
3rd 9:51 – 10:39
4th 10:49 – 11:37
Lunch 11:37 – 12:11
5th 12:16 – 1:04
6th 1:14 – 2:02
7th 2:12 – 3:00

General News

Winterim Recap
Please click here for a recap of week two of Winterim.

COVID-19 Update
Over the last week, we have had one individual test positive for COVID-19, and there are four students in quarantine. We have followed the same protocols, contacting those who have been in close contact with any positive individual, instructing them to quarantine at home for the appropriate time. As we begin second semester, we appreciate your continued vigilance.  We know how vital in-person instruction is for student learning and discipleship, and we look forward to continuing on-campus with your help. 

Second Semester Opt-In for Virtual Learning
As we plan for second semester, if you would like to register your student for Session #1 of virtual learning, please complete this form. Session #1 will run from January 20 – February 26.  If you have any questions, please contact Erin Carwell.

2021-2022 Calendar At-A-Glance
Please click here to see the Calendar-At-A-Glance for the 2021-2022 school year.

Honor Roll
Please click here to view the first semester honor rolls.

Reminder – Financial Aid Applications Now Open!
We are currently accepting financial aid applications for the 2021-2022 school year.  Wheaton Academy uses an outside vendor, FACTS™, to collect and review financial information.  All families wishing to apply for financial aid must complete this application each year.  Please apply early as funds are limited In order to be considered in the first round of financial aid decisions, the application and ALL supporting documentation must be submitted by no later than February 2, 2020.  Please see our website for complete details on the financial aid process https://wheatonacademy.org/affordable/.

If you have any questions, contact Pat Brooke, at pbrooke@wheatonacademy.org or Sheri Guarnizo, Finance & Accounts Receivable Coordinator, at sguarnizo@wheatonacademy.org

Substitute Teacher Openings
Wheaton Academy is accepting applications for substitute teachers.  If you feel called to explore how you may be able to support in-person instruction, please complete the substitute teacher application or contact Betsey Doebler, Human Resources Manager, for more information.

Friday Fundays
For over 15 years, Wheaton Academy faculty and staff have been blessed by many parents that have brought us wonderful treats on Friday mornings! We have been blessed with donuts, cookies, fruit, candies, and encouragement. With the COVID-19 restrictions this school year, we have limited the amount of food coming into the school. Many of our parents have asked if they could bring in Friday treats again, so we will reinstate our Friday Fundays while following some safety precautions. If you would like to bring in treats for our staff next semester, please contact Jim Holtrop, and he will get back to you with dates and specifics. Thank you for partnering with us as we continue to meet face to face!!!

Guitar Lessons
If your son or daughter is interested in taking guitar lessons at Wheaton Academy after school, please click here for more information or contact Evan Jasper at ejasper@wheatonacademy.org or 630-520-1478.

It’s Time to Buy Next Year’s Yearbook!
Your 2020-21 yearbook is now available for purchase 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.  Fees for ads will include a yearbook at no additional cost.  Orders are due before spring break. If you order a senior ad, you do not need to order a yearbook through the Jostens website. You may click here for an example of what an ad should look like. Send your pictures and text to yearbook@wheatonacademy.org and we will design it for you.

College Corner

AP Test Payment Deadline
Parents of AP students: January 30 is the final day to pay for your AP test before the $25 late fee is assessed. This is only for payment, not for ordering the exam.  Please click here for more information. Contact Davona Reynolds for more information.

ACT/SAT Class
Registration for the 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 Kelley Severance and Cheryl Koslosky Monday nights (1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8) from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Wheaton Academy in Room 125.  The cost is $390 for six two-hour classes. Only 15 spots are available, so don’t delay! (Your payment is your registration.) Register at wa-institute.org/payment.

January 8, 2021

Upcoming Events

WA Men’s Prayer
Saturday, January 9
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. Please join us for prayer tomorrow, January 9, at 8:00 a.m. in the white Alumni Chapel. Light refreshments are served.

General News

Winterim Week One Recap
Winterim is off to a great start! Please click here to see a recap of week one and some of our interesting classes!

COVID-19 Update
We are pleased to share that over the last week, we have had no individuals test positive for COVID-19, and there are four students in quarantine.

We plan to continue with the same protocols, contacting those who have been in close contact with any positive individuals, instructing them to quarantine at home for the appropriate time. 

During Winterim, and as we approach the start of the 2nd semester, we appreciate your continued vigilance.  We know how vital in-person instruction is for student learning and discipleship, and we look forward to continuing on-campus with your help. 

Second Semester Begins Wednesday, January 20
The second semester bell schedule is slightly changed from first semester. Please click here for the new bell schedule. Please note that our first day back to school is Wednesday, January 20, and we will operate an alternative 7-period bell schedule (see below). Thursday and Friday will begin the new Thursday/Friday bell schedules.

Wednesday, January 20 Bell Schedule
1st 7:55 – 8:43
2nd 8:53 – 9:41
3rd 9:51 – 10:39
4th 10:49 – 11:37
Lunch 11:37 – 12:11
5th 12:16 – 1:04
6th 1:14 – 2:02
7th 2:12 – 3:00

Second Semester Opt-In for Virtual Learning
As we plan for second semester, if you would like to register your student for Session #1 of virtual learning, please complete this form. Session #1 will run from January 20 – February 26.  If you have any questions, please contact Erin Carwell.

Honor Roll
Please click here to view the first semester honor rolls.

Reminder – Financial Aid Applications Now Open!
We are currently accepting financial aid applications for the 2021-2022 school year.  Wheaton Academy uses an outside vendor, FACTS™, to collect and review financial information.  All families wishing to apply for financial aid must complete this application each year.  Please apply early as funds are limited In order to be considered in the first round of financial aid decisions, the application and ALL supporting documentation must be submitted by no later than February 2, 2020.  Please see our website for complete details on the financial aid process https://wheatonacademy.org/affordable/.

If you have any questions, contact Pat Brooke, at pbrooke@wheatonacademy.org or Sheri Guarnizo, Finance & Accounts Receivable Coordinator, at sguarnizo@wheatonacademy.org

Substitute Teacher Openings
Wheaton Academy is accepting applications for substitute teachers.  If you feel called to explore how you may be able to support in-person instruction, please complete the substitute teacher application or contact Betsey Doebler, Human Resources Manager, for more information.

Friday Fundays
For over 15 years, Wheaton Academy faculty and staff have been blessed by many parents that have brought us wonderful treats on Friday mornings! We have been blessed with donuts, cookies, fruit, candies, and encouragement. With the COVID-19 restrictions this school year, we have limited the amount of food coming into the school. Many of our parents have asked if they could bring in Friday treats again, so we will reinstate our Friday Fundays while following some safety precautions. If you would like to bring in treats for our staff next semester, please contact Jim Holtrop, and he will get back to you with dates and specifics. Thank you for partnering with us as we continue to meet face to face!!!

Guitar Lessons
If your son or daughter is interested in taking guitar lessons at Wheaton Academy after school, please click here for more information or contact Evan Jasper at ejasper@wheatonacademy.org or 630-520-1478.


Time to Order the New Yearbook
 
Your 2020-21 yearbook is now available for purchase 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.  Fees for ads will include a yearbook at no additional cost.  Orders are due before spring break. If you order a senior ad, you do not need to order a yearbook through the Jostens website. You may click here for an example of what an ad should look like. Send your pictures and text to yearbook@wheatonacademy.org and we will design it for you.

College Corner

ACT/SAT Class
Registration for the 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 Kelley Severance and Cheryl Koslosky Monday nights (1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8) from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Wheaton Academy in Room 125.  The cost is $390 for six two-hour classes. Only 15 spots are available, so don’t delay! (Your payment is your registration.) Register at wa-institute.org/payment.

December 30, 2020

Upcoming Events

Holiday Office Hours and WA Weekly Schedule
Happy New Year! The offices will be closed from December 31-January 1. We look forward to returning on January 4 for Winterim.

Winterim
Monday, January 4 – Friday, January 15
8:00-11:00 a.m. – Morning Courses
11:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Afternoon Courses
Winterim classes begin on Monday, January 4. Students may see which courses they are taking in OnCampus. The lunch menu is available to view and place orders. We will continue lunch delivery as in first semester and deliver lunches at the end of your student’s morning class. Please order lunch by the Thursday before each week of Winterim. You may find your student’s AM classroom location in OnCampus.

General News

Winterim Communication for Parents and Students 
We trust you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  As we prepare for an in-person Winterim this year, we have just a few reminders:

Self-Certify

  • We will continue to follow our UNITE plan and work together to ensure all students and faculty wear masks while in the building at school and maintain physical distance.  Thank you in advance for your continued support and vigilance with these efforts.
  • Please continue to complete the self-certification each morning in Magnus by 7:45 a.m.  We ask that if students are not feeling well, you keep them home.  
  • Students who will be off-campus doing internships do not need to self-certify each day.  However, if they are on campus for any activities, they need to self-certify by 7:45 a.m.  

Schedule and Absences

  • Morning classes are from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Students will continue to follow our lunch procedures from first semester, and we ask that they are especially conscious of distancing while eating.  The afternoon classes are from 11:45 a.m. – 2:45 pm.  
  • Winterim students who are absent will not join via zoom due to the nature of many of the classes.  If a student needs to be absent for more than one or two days, please contact Erin Carwell to make other arrangements.  
  • What we do outside of school impacts what happens in school, so we thank you for your efforts to help us remain in-person at Wheaton Academy.  If your student may have been exposed during the break due to travel or gatherings, we ask you to consider remaining home to monitor if any symptoms should arise.  

Please join us in praying for our students as they intern and participate in class experiences these next two weeks. We are excited to see what God will do in and through our students.  We are excited for a great Winterim experience and are so grateful for your continued support for Wheaton Academy and our students this year. 

Substitute Teacher Openings
Wheaton Academy is accepting applications for substitute teachers.  If you feel called to explore how you may be able to support in-person instruction, please complete the substitute teacher application or contact Betsey Doebler, Human Resources Manager, for more information.

First Semester Recap
Please click here to view highlights from our first semester at Wheaton Academy.

Second Semester Opt-In for Virtual Learning
As we plan for second semester, if you would like to register your student for Session #1 of virtual learning, please complete this form. Session #1 will run from January 20 – February 26.  If you have any questions, please contact Erin Carwell.

AmazonSmile
You can make an impact while you Christmas shop online. Simply go to smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2388793, and AmazonSmile will donate to Wheaton Academy at no cost to you.

Will You Help us Finish the Year Strong?
Did you know that for the 2020-2021 academic year, Wheaton Academy was able to provide over $2M in financial assistance to our families? This would not be possible, however, without the generosity of our faithful supporters. Would you please help us finish the year strong by prayerfully considering an end-of-year financial gift? 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.

Need-Based Scholarships
The Wheaton Academy, 2021-2022 need-based scholarship application is now open.  To be considered for these scholarships, applicants must complete the online application by January 31, 2021.  For more details and/or to complete the online application, visit https://wheatonacademy.org/affordable.

Timeshares for Teachers 2020-2021
Wheaton Academy is once again seeking vacation opportunities to be used by our Living Curriculum Teachers. If you have a timeshare, a privately-owned vacation home, vacation packages, or airline miles and would like to participate in this program, please click here for more information. To fill out an online form, please click here. Questions? Email Chelsea Schillinger or call 630-562-7520.

Time to Order the New Yearbook  
Your 2020-21 yearbook is now available for purchase 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.  Fees for ads will include a yearbook at no additional cost.  Orders are due before spring break. If you order a senior ad, you do not need to order a yearbook through the Jostens website. You may click here for an example of what an ad should look like. Send your pictures and text to yearbook@wheatonacademy.org and we will design it for you.

College Corner

ACT/SAT Class
Registration for the 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 Kelley Severance and Cheryl Koslosky Monday nights (1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8) from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Wheaton Academy in Room 125.  The cost is $390 for six two-hour classes. Only 15 spots are available, so don’t delay! (Your payment is your registration.) Register at wa-institute.org/payment.

December 18, 2020

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 23-25, and from December 31-January 1. There will be no WA Weekly published on Friday, December 25. We wish you a Merry Christmas and hope you have a blessed break!

Winterim
Monday, January 4 – Friday, January 15
8:00-11:00 a.m. – Morning Courses
11:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Afternoon Courses
Winterim classes begin on Monday, January 4. Students may see which courses they are taking in OnCampus. The lunch menu is available to view and place orders. We will continue lunch delivery as in first semester and deliver lunches at the end of your student’s morning class. Please order lunch by the Thursday before each week of Winterim. You may find your student’s AM classroom location in OnCampus.

General News

A Message from the Principal 
As we have come to the end of a semester like no other, I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart.  Our faculty, staff, students, and parents have all come together in powerful ways this semester, and we give all glory to God for allowing us to be in-person at Wheaton Academy.    

During this season of advent, the good news of the Gospel is at the forefront of our lives.  Often in the classic Christmas carols, that message of hope is so clearly communicated.  In Silent Night, verse three:  

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, oh, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth 

We are reminded of the love of Christ, who came to earth for us.  And that because of Him, God’s redeeming grace is available to us.  Jesus Christ, the holy one, is our Savior and Lord.  My prayer is that you would find great hope and peace in the good news of Jesus Christ.  We wish each of you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  See you in 2021! 

First Semester Recap
Please click here to see some highlights from our first semester at Wheaton Academy.

COVID-19 Update
Over the last week, we had five individuals test positive for COVID-19​ , with 7 students in quarantine. 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. 

Second Semester Opt-In for Virtual Learning
As we plan for second semester, if you would like to register your student for Session #1 of virtual learning, please complete this form. Session #1 will run from January 20 – February 26.  If you have any questions, please contact Erin Carwell.

AmazonSmile
You can make an impact while you Christmas shop online. Simply go to smile.amazon.com/ch/36-2388793, and AmazonSmile will donate to Wheaton Academy at no cost to you.

Will You Help us Finish the Year Strong?
Did you know that for the 2020-2021 academic year, Wheaton Academy was able to provide over $2M in financial assistance to our families? This would not be possible, however, without the generosity of our faithful supporters. Would you please help us finish the year strong by prayerfully considering an end-of-year financial gift? 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.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Update
The WA Appreciation team used your generous donations to provide a lovely hot cocoa and donut day for all Faculty and Staff on Tuesday, December 15.  The Christmas tree in the Atrium was decorated with gift card ornaments, and each person received a special treat to their favorite store. It was such a great day and brought everyone good cheer. Thank you, and Merry Christmas!

Need-Based Scholarships
The Wheaton Academy, 2021-2022 need-based scholarship application is now open.  To be considered for these scholarships, applicants must complete the online application by January 31, 2021.  For more details and/or to complete the online application, visit https://wheatonacademy.org/affordable.

Timeshares for Teachers 2020-2021
Wheaton Academy is once again seeking vacation opportunities to be used by our Living Curriculum Teachers. If you have a timeshare, a privately-owned vacation home, vacation packages, or airline miles and would like to participate in this program, please click here for more information. To fill out an online form, please click here. Questions? Email Chelsea Schillinger or call 630-562-7520.

Time to Order the New Yearbook  
Your 2020-21 yearbook is now available for purchase 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.  Fees for ads will include a yearbook at no additional cost.  Orders are due before spring break. If you order a senior ad, you do not need to order a yearbook through the Jostens website. You may click here for an example of what an ad should look like. Send your pictures and text to yearbook@wheatonacademy.org and we will design it for you.

College Corner

Parents of Junior Students,
There was a bubbling error when students filled out the preadministration session for the SAT, which prevented them from opting to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship. Mrs. Churchill, in student services, has communicated with the National Merit Scholarship organization to fix this error. Therefore, all junior students scores have been shared with the National Merit Scholarship organization, and no further action is required for students or families.  Please reach out to Gina Churchill if you have any further questions or concerns at gchurchill@wheatonacademy.org.

December 11, 2020

Upcoming Events

WA Men’s Prayer
Saturday, December 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. Chip Dykema, WA Bible teacher and Girls Golf  Coach, will be speaking tomorrow. Please join us at 8:00 a.m. in the white Alumni Chapel. Light refreshments are served.

Final Exam Schedule
Monday, December 14
1st Period: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
2nd Period: 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Tuesday, December 15
3rd Period: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
4th Period: 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Wednesday, December 16
5th Period: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
6th Period: 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Thursday, December 17
7th Period: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Merry and Bright Night
Thursday, December 17
Entrance Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
End Time: 8:00 p.m.
Brookfield Zoo

On Thursday, December 17, Wheaton Academy will host the Merry and Bright Night at Brookfield Zoo for those who already purchased tickets. In-person Learners can pick up their tickets today at lunch (or at the front office if they forget). Virtual Learners: If you purchased a ticket to the Brookfield Zoo and are not attending school in person, your tickets are available at the front office. Please stop by and pick them up anytime next Monday or Tuesday. You will need the ticket to enter the parking lot at the zoo. If you have any questions, contact Jim Holtrop.

General News

Merry Christmas and a Message of Gratitude from the Principal

First, I want to share that Advent and Christmas are my favorite time of year. Perhaps what I enjoy the most are the Christmas carols that we hear – either before or after Thanksgiving, depending on your preference.  This year, as I listen to the words in each of the verses, the concept of waiting has taken a more poignant meaning. Perhaps my favorite verse comes from Hark the Herald Angels Sing: 

Hail! the heav’n born Prince of peace!
Hail! the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die:
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”  

These words bring us to the hope we find in the Gospel.  Jesus Christ came to save us, and with His coming we experience, hope, joy, life, and peace.  This Christmas, I pray that each of you experiences the peace that can only come through your relationship with Jesus and that even in these dark circumstances, the light would shine brightly for you and your family.   

Second I want to express my thankfulness as we complete first semester. What a semester it was!  In August, I am not sure any of us had any idea of what to expect.  We began a journey, committed to our mission and our students – that they would be able to experience community and in-person learning even amidst challenging circumstances around us.   As a community, we executed our UNITE plan and have been able to worship, learn, and grow together throughout the semester.  With each passing week, our team would daily thank the Lord for His provision, protection, and strength for our students, faculty, and staff.   

I am overwhelmed with all that God has done in and through the lives of our Wheaton Academy community. As we conclude and celebrate the resilience, work, service, leadership, worship, learning, and growth that has taken place this semester, we want to position our gratitude rightly.  Isaiah 26:12 aptly summarizes the semester – “LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.”   All glory to God for the work He has done at Wheaton Academy this semester.   

And finally, I have so much gratitude for this community – for our students, parents, faculty, and staff.  We are truly blessed by the support, hard work, and willingness to come together to do in-person learning.  Thank you for your partnership and all praise to God.  May you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Kori Hockett

COVID-19 Update
Over the last week, we had one individual test positive for COVID-19​ , with 12 students in quarantine. 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 ask for your continued vigilance.  We know how important in-person instruction is for student learning and discipleship. As we mentioned last week, key metrics for us to continue providing learning in this environment are: 

  • Sufficient number of faculty and staff on campus
  • Low amount of virus transmission at Wheaton Academy
  • Small number of students who are sick and unable to do school work

At this point, these metrics continue to be favorable.  Please join us in praying for healing for our nation and for a vaccine to be distributed very soon. Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions.

Lunch During Winterim
The lunch menu will soon be available to view and order during the two weeks of Winterim. We will continue lunch delivery as in first semester and deliver lunches at the end of your student’s morning class. Please order lunch by the Thursday before each week of Winterim. You may find your student’s am classroom location in OnCampus.

A Note from Our Nurse
Everyone has done such a great job keeping our community safe by wearing their masks, staying 6 feet apart, and keeping students home when they aren’t feeling well.  I want to take the time to thank you all for your diligence with our Magnus App and certifying your students each day this semester.  As we finish this semester, I would ask that you continue to certify your students each morning and enter it into Magnus by 7:45 a.m.  When this is done, it prevents me from finding your students and pulling them from class to make sure they are okay.  This is especially important for finals week, as we would hate for them to be distracted from any tests or presentations. Thanks again for your hard work!
Jenn Sezonov, RN

Need-Based Scholarships
The Wheaton Academy, 2021-2022 need-based scholarship application is now open.  To be considered for these scholarships, applicants must complete the online application by January 31, 2021.  For more details and/or to complete the online application, visit https://wheatonacademy.org/affordable.

Timeshares for Teachers 2020-2021
Wheaton Academy is once again seeking vacation opportunities to be used by our Living Curriculum Teachers. If you have a timeshare, a privately-owned vacation home, vacation packages, or airline miles and would like to participate in this program, please click here for more information. To fill out an online form, please click here. Questions? Email Chelsea Schillinger or call 630-562-7520.

Winter Coat/Hat/Glove Drive
The Service Project Club will begin collecting new or slightly used winter wear items such as jackets, hats, gloves, scarves, etc. We will donate them to WeGo Together for Kids, a local organization that seeks to support and enhance the health, safety, and well-being of students and families through a collaborative, coordinated, and comprehensive community school approach for West Chicago schools and community. We will be collecting these items all next week, and donation boxes will be available in the Atrium. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact Mr. Bowling.

Christmas Toy Drive
The Project Lead Local team will be organizing a Christmas toy drive for children in foster care through Youth Service Bureau.  Foster care provides safe homes for children in state custody who are unable to remain in their homes.  The holidays, especially during Covid-19, can be especially difficult for youth in foster care.  While we practice social distancing, many youths in care cannot see their biological parents, support team, doctors, and friends.  Please join Project Lead Local this season in sending some Christmas joy to the children in foster care! 

Christmas collection bins are located in the Atrium, or you can send gifts directly to Youth Service Bureau by accessing their Target & Amazon Wish Lists.  **If you purchase a gift through the online wish lists, please be sure to state that you are giving from Wheaton Academy!**

To Access YSB Target wish list:

Go to Target.com
Click on Menu
Click on Registry
Key in:  first name:  YSB
Key in:   last name:  Christmas

To Access our Amazon Shopping list:
In the address bar key in: https://a.co/3wHjq6u
This will take you directly to our list. 

**All purchased items will ship directly to the YSB office, and our caseworkers will deliver them to our foster care children.

2020 Yearbooks
Students received their 2020 yearbooks last week. If you were not at school last Friday and you ordered a copy of the book, please come to the front office to get it. There are extra copies if you did not purchase one last year. They are available at the front office for $25.00. Stop by and get one!

Time to Order the New Yearbook 
Your 2020-21 yearbook is now available for purchase 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.  Fees for ads will include a yearbook at no additional cost.  Orders are due before spring break. If you order a senior ad, you do not need to order a yearbook through the Jostens website. You may click here for an example of what an ad should look like. Send your pictures and text to yearbook@wheatonacademy.org and we will design it for you.

December 4, 2020

Upcoming Events

Live Drive-Thru Nativity
Friday, December 4, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 5, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
You and your family are invited to the Live Drive-thru Nativity at Wheaton Academy on Friday, December 4, and Saturday, December 5.  The Wheaton Academy Project Lead Global and Discipleship teams are hosting a live Nativity fundraising event to support the 23 children we sponsor in Haiti and the DR through Kids Alive.  For a suggested minimum donation of $10 and 2 canned food items per vehicle, families will be given hot cocoa and will be able to drive through Wheaton Academy’s campus viewing scenes from the Christmas story.
Details of this Christmas fundraiser, along with a sign up for times to arrive, can be found using this link, Live Drive-Thru Nativity Fundraiser.  If you have questions, please contact Valerie Gregersen. This activity may be subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions. 
If you are unable to make it to the Live Nativity, you may choose to donate online using this link: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=cHTEiE

New Parent Zoom Call
Monday, December 7
7:00 p.m.

It is so amazing to think that we are nearing the end of first semester! We hope that the details and introductions provided in these sessions were informative and helpful as you transitioned to Wheaton Academy.  We will be hosting our last Zoom for 2020 on Monday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m.  Our topics will include

  • Final exam details, dates, and times
  • How WA prepares students for final exams
  • How parents can prepare students for final exams
  • How final exam grades will be adjusted in 2020
  • Last-minute Winterim and Internship details
  • Second Semester at a glance: When schedule will be posted, books & teachers assigned
  • December Calendar Highlights: Brookfield Zoo lights, Christmas concerts

IMPORTANT! Please make sure your student buys his/her Brookfield Zoo light ticket by TODAY as it is the last day of ticket sales. This has been announced to students, but we wanted to give you that detail now since it will be too late by the time we have our Zoom on Monday. 

We look forward to seeing you on Monday, December 7.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/97270782652?pwd=aUc1OURjcDFaL2FjQkZ4TktZNWwwQT09
Meeting ID: 972 7078 2652
Passcode: YPMr1e

WA Women’s Prayer
Tuesday, December 8 
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Room 107
All women are invited to WA Women’s Prayer for a special holiday prayer time on Tuesday, December 8, in room 107 at 1:45 p.m. We will break over the holidays and resume meeting on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

WA Men’s Prayer
Saturday, December 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. Please join us for prayer next Saturday, December 12, at 8:00 a.m. in the white Alumni Chapel. Light refreshments are served.

Final Exam Schedule
Monday, December 14
1st Period: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
2nd Period: 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Tuesday, December 15
3rd Period: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
4th Period: 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Wednesday, December 16
5th Period: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
6th Period: 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Thursday, December 17
7th Period: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Merry and Bright Night
Thursday, December 17
Entrance Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
End Time: 8:00 p.m.
Brookfield Zoo

On Thursday, December 17, Wheaton Academy will host the Merry and Bright Night at Brookfield Zoo. The event allows students to see millions of zoo lights, enjoy the animals at night, and sip on hot chocolate! This event will be entirely outdoors and will not include any indoor activities. This is not a formal event, and due to the outdoor nature and cold weather, we advise dressing warmly! We will not meet as a large collective school group but instead, encourage students to enjoy the night within the groups of friends they have community with regularly. A mask is required to be worn throughout the entire event.
The event will cost $30.00 per student, including parking, admission, and $10.00 worth of food vouchers. Ticket sales end today! Students will need to provide their own transportation to and from the zoo. To safely limit the number of attendees entering the zoo at a time, students will arrive during the entry window of 3-4 p.m. Sign-ups for individual entry times will begin next week.

General News

COVID-19 Update
Over the last week, we had seven individuals test positive for COVID-19​ , with 22 students in quarantine. 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 ask for your continued vigilance.  We know how important in-person instruction is for student learning and discipleship. As we mentioned last week, key metrics for us to continue providing learning in this environment are: 

  • Sufficient number of faculty and staff on campus
  • Low amount of virus transmission at Wheaton Academy
  • Small number of students who are sick and unable to do school work

At this point, these metrics continue to be favorable.  Please join us in praying for healing for our nation and for a vaccine to be distributed very soon.

Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions.

A Note from Our Nurse
Everyone has done such a great job keeping our community safe by wearing their masks, staying 6 feet apart, and keeping students home when they aren’t feeling well.  I want to take the time to thank you all for your diligence with our Magnus App and certifying your students each day this semester.  As we finish this semester, I would ask that you continue to certify your students each morning and enter it into Magnus by 7:45 a.m.  When this is done, it prevents me from finding your students and pulling them from class to make sure they are okay.  This is especially important for finals week, as we would hate for them to be distracted from any tests or presentations. Thanks again for your hard work!
Jenn Sezonov, RN

Need-Based Scholarships
The Wheaton Academy, 2021-2022 need-based scholarship application is now open.  To be considered for these scholarships, applicants must complete the online application by January 31, 2021.  For more details and/or to complete the online application, visit https://wheatonacademy.org/affordable/need-based-scholarships.

Timeshares for Teachers 2020-2021
Wheaton Academy is once again seeking vacation opportunities to be used by our Living Curriculum Teachers. If you have a timeshare, a privately-owned vacation home, vacation packages, or airline miles and would like to participate in this program, please click here for more information. To fill out an online form, please click here. Questions? Email Chelsea Schillinger or call 630-562-7520.

Winter Coat/Hat/Glove Drive
The Service Project Club will begin collecting winter wear items such as jackets, hats, gloves, scarves, etc. We will donate them to WeGo Together for Kids, a local organization that seeks to support and enhance the health, safety, and well-being of students and families through a collaborative, coordinated, and comprehensive community school approach for West Chicago schools and community. We will be collecting these items all next week, and donation boxes will be available in the Atrium. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact Mr. Bowling.

Christmas Toy Drive
The Project Lead Local team will be organizing a Christmas toy drive for children in foster care through Youth Service Bureau.  Foster care provides safe homes for children in state custody who are unable to remain in their homes.  The holidays, especially during Covid-19, can be especially difficult for youth in foster care.  While we practice social distancing, many youths in care cannot see their biological parents, support team, doctors, and friends.  Please join Project Lead Local this season in sending some Christmas joy to the children in foster care! 

Christmas collection bins are located in the Atrium, or you can send gifts directly to Youth Service Bureau by accessing their Target & Amazon Wish Lists.  **If you purchase a gift through the online wish lists, please be sure to state that you are giving from Wheaton Academy!**

To Access YSB Target wish list:
Go to Target.com
Click on Menu
Click on Registry
Key in:  first name:  YSB
Key in:   last name:  Christmas

To Access our Amazon Shopping list:
In the address bar key in: https://a.co/3wHjq6u
This will take you directly to our list. 

**All purchased items will ship directly to the YSB office, and our caseworkers will deliver them to our foster care children.

Important Information Regarding Second Semester
Throughout this year, we have been so grateful for the Wheaton Academy community’s flexibility to allow us to make the needed adjustments to execute the UNITE plan for in-person learning.  We wanted to let you know that we are making some adjustments to the schedule based on our students, parents, and faculty’s feedback.  Here is the new schedule:

Monday: 7-period day with Advisory
7:55 – 8:43 – 1st period
8:53 – 9:36 – 2nd period
9:46 – 10:29 – 3rd period
10:34 – 10:59 – Advisory Groups
11:04 – 11:47 – 4th period
11:47 – 12:25 – Lunch
12:30 – 1:13 5th period
1:23 – 2:06 – 6th period
2:16 – 3:00 – 7th period

Tuesday
7:55 – 9:35 – 1st period
9:45 – 10:20 – Chapel
10:30 – 12:10 – 2nd period
12:10 – 12:45 – Lunch
12:50 – 2:25 – 3rd period
2:30 – 3:00 – Community Time

Wednesday/Friday
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

Thursday: Late start with Collaboration time
8:55 – 10:30 – 1st period
10:35 – 11:05 – Chapel
11:15 – 12:45 – 2nd period
12:45 – 1:20 – Lunch
1:25 – 3:00 – 3rd period

 The major changes are:

  1. Late start and chapel will be moved from Friday to Thursday.
  2. We will alternate our period 1-3 and 4-7 days on Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday and Friday, so students don’t have the same classes back to back.
  3. We will switch Community Time and Advisory Groups – Advisory will now meet Monday, and Community Time will be Tuesday. 

Thank you so much for all of your cooperation and partnership with us this school year.  God has certainly been gracious to our school community, and we want to give Him praise and glory as we seek to nurture growth in all of our students. 

2020 Yearbooks Available
Students received their 2020 yearbooks last week. If you were not at school last Friday and you ordered a copy of the book, please come to the front office to get it. There are extra copies if you did not purchase one last year.  They are available at the front office for $25.00. Stop by and get one!

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

There are no new announcements at this time.

November 20, 2020

Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving Week Schedule
Monday, November 23, is a regular bell schedule. Tuesday, November 24, we will run a 7-period schedule with Chapel and no Advisory:
7:55 – 8:43 – 1st period
8:53 – 9:36– 2nd period
9:46- 10:29 – 3rd period
10:34 – 10:59 – Chapel
11:04 – 11:47 – 4th period
11:47 – 12:25 – Lunch
12:30 – 1:13 – 5th period
1:23 – 2:06 – 6th period
2:16 – 3:00 – 7th period
There is no school, and offices are closed on November 25-27. There will be no WA Weekly the week of Thanksgiving. Enjoy the holiday!

General News

A Message from the Principal 
This November has not been like any I have experienced with Thanksgiving upon us. In fact, much of 2020 has been completely different from what I expected it would look like.  Recently, I have been challenged by Paul’s words to the Philippian church in chapter 4, verses 4-6:         

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 

I have been challenged to see every day as one that God has made in which we are called to rejoice and worship Him.  This semester, I have been inspired by our students and faculty as they have truly made the most of each day.  While it has not been “normal” by any means, our students and faculty have “rejoiced” and done so much good this semester.  Highlights were abundant: the freshman PIXAR experience, our fall athletes in golf, tennis, and cross country, our Homecoming service initiatives led by our Senior Project Lead teams, our National Merit Semi-finalists, our Fine Arts students coming together for WAvinia, sophomores coming together for leadership training, our seniors seeking to serve and lead in this atypical year –to name a few.  I am so encouraged to see our students seeking to use their gifts to glorify God and serve Him well each day. 

There is so much to be thankful for, and thanksgiving is not our default for many of us.  Paul reminds us that our worries and circumstances should drive us to look to God.  In this time, I have taken so much comfort in the character of God that is unchanging.  He is always faithful, always good, always sovereign, always loving, always true, and always our hope.   

We want to thank each of you parents, students, faculty, and staff for your support and willingness to come together this semester.  As we celebrate Thanksgiving next week, my prayer is that we would take time to rejoice in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  As the writer of Lamentations says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (v 22-23).   May we be a community who daily gives thanks for the Lord’s great faithfulness in our lives – no matter what our circumstances may bring.  Blessings and grace to you this Thanksgiving – Mrs. Hockett 

COVID-19 Update
Over the last week, we had ten individuals test positive for COVID-19​ with 50 students in quarantine, 24 of whom will be back on Monday.  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 ask for your continued vigilance.  We know how important in-person instruction is for student learning and discipleship. As we mentioned last week, key metrics for us to continue providing learning in this environment are: 

  • Sufficient number of faculty and staff on campus
  • Low amount of virus transmission at Wheaton Academy
  • Small number of students who are sick and unable to do school work

At this point, these metrics continue to be favorable.  Please join us in praying for healing for our nation and for a vaccine to be distributed very soon.

Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions.

Important Information Regarding Final Exams
Wheaton Academy remains committed to high levels of student engagement and learning.  To deliver on that commitment, we have traditionally used final exams to measure what students know, understand, and can do at the end of each semester.  Our students and teachers have worked so hard to continue to learn at high levels.  With the many different ways students have learned this year due to virtual learning, quarantine, and other factors, we have re-assessed how to best carry out final exams this semester.  

This year we will require that all semester-long classes complete a final summative assessment. However, the final assessment will not carry 20% of the final grade as in past years.  This will allow for an appropriate assessment for our in-person students and our virtual students, who will need to take the assessment remotely. The result will be that it will look similar to last spring on the report card, and there will be a final grade without a 20% final exam score.  Teachers will communicate with students what the final assessment will look like and how they can prepare for it.

For all year-long classes, we will take various approaches to best assess and further student learning.  Some teachers will use the time during finals week to have students engage in a final assessment for the semester (not worth 20% of the semester grade for the reasons outlined in the previous paragraph).  Other teachers may choose to use the additional time to engage with further learning activities to bring students to the place they would be at the end of a normal semester. Teachers will communicate clear expectations to students for how to best prepare for the time together.

Also, we have amended the finals week schedule slightly.  Please plan on having your student participate in class live, whether in-person or through Zoom.  Please see the revised schedule below:

Monday, December 14
1st Period: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
2nd Period: 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Tuesday, December 15
3rd Period: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
4th Period: 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Wednesday, December 16
5th Period: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
6th Period: 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Thursday, December 17
7th Period: 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Important Information Regarding Second Semester
Throughout this year, we have been so grateful for the Wheaton Academy community’s flexibility to allow us to make the needed adjustments to execute the UNITE plan for in-person learning.  We wanted to let you know that we are making some adjustments to the schedule based on our students, parents, and faculty’s feedback.  Here is the new schedule:

Monday: 7-period day with Advisory
7:55 – 8:43 – 1st period
8:53 – 9:36 – 2nd period
9:46 – 10:29 – 3rd period
10:34 – 10:59 – Advisory Groups
11:04 – 11:47 – 4th period
11:47 – 12:25 – Lunch
12:30 – 1:13 5th period
1:23 – 2:06 – 6th period
2:16 – 3:00 – 7th period

Tuesday
7:55 – 9:35 – 1st period
9:45 – 10:20 – Chapel
10:30 – 12:10 – 2nd period
12:10 – 12:45 – Lunch
12:50 – 2:25 – 3rd period
2:30 – 3:00 – Community Time

Wednesday/Friday
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

Thursday: Late start with Collaboration time
8:55 – 10:30 – 1st period
10:35 – 11:05 – Chapel
11:15 – 12:45 – 2nd period
12:45 – 1:20 – Lunch
1:25 – 3:00 – 3rd period

 The major changes are:

  1. Late start and chapel will be moved from Friday to Thursday.
  2. We will alternate our period 1-3 and 4-7 days on Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday and Friday, so students don’t have the same classes back to back.
  3. We will switch Community Time and Advisory Groups – Advisory will now meet Monday, and Community Time will be Tuesday. 

Thank you so much for all of your cooperation and partnership with us this school year.  God has certainly been gracious to our school community, and we want to give Him praise and glory as we seek to nurture growth in all of our students. 

2020 Yearbooks Available
Students received their 2020 yearbooks last week. If you were not at school last Friday and you ordered a copy of the book, please come to the front office to get it. There are extra copies if you did not purchase one last year.  They are available at the front office for $25.00. Stop by and get one!

Senior Pictures
Lifetouch will be available for the last time at Wheaton Academy to have senior pictures taken. They will be here on November 30, from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Please make an appointment by either calling Lifetouch at 630-910-6800 option five or go online at prestigeappointment.com, create an account, select your school, and follow the prompts to book an appointment.

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.

Senior Cap and Gown Orders
On Friday, November 20, and Tuesday, November 24, during lunch, seniors can purchase their cap and gown for graduation 2021. Seniors may pick up an order packet at the front office or purchase their cap and gown directly from Jostens.com. If you had an older sibling graduate from WA, you may use that cap and gown. Only a new tassel would be required.

Donations Needed for the Live Nativity Fundraiser
The Project Lead Global and Discipleship teams are hosting a family-friendly, Covid-safe, Live Nativity Drive-Thru Fundraiser on the evenings of Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5.   Project Global is raising funds for the 23 vulnerable children Wheaton Academy sponsors through Kids Alive International.  We are looking for donations of hot cocoa supplies and parent volunteers to help prepare and distribute hot cocoa during this fundraising event.  We are also accepting monetary gifts to defray the costs of this fundraising event.   Please use this link to find out more details and sign up for donations and/or volunteer. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Gregersen, Ms. Johnson, or Mr. Holtrop. *This activity may be subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Live Drive-Thru Nativity Fundraiser Vehicle Sign-up
You and your family are invited to the Live Drive-thru Nativity at Wheaton Academy on Friday, December 4, and Saturday, December 5.  The Wheaton Academy Project Lead Global and Discipleship teams are hosting a live Nativity fundraising event.  For a suggested minimum donation of $10 and 2 canned food items per vehicle, families will be given hot cocoa and will be able to drive through Wheaton Academy’s campus viewing scenes from the Christmas story.

Details of this Christmas fundraiser, along with a sign up for times to arrive, can be found using this link, Live Drive-Thru Nativity Fundraiser.  If you have questions, please contact Valerie Gregersen. This activity may be subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Christmas Toy Drive
The Project Lead Local team will be organizing a Christmas toy drive for children in foster care through Youth Service Bureau.  Foster care provides safe homes for children in state custody who are unable to remain in their homes.  The holidays, especially during Covid-19, can be especially difficult for youth in foster care.  While we practice social distancing, many youths in care cannot see their biological parents, support team, doctors, and friends.  Please join Project Lead Local this season in sending some Christmas joy to the children in foster care!  Your student can bring gifts to the Atrium’s collection bins starting in December, or you can send gifts directly to Youth Service Bureau by accessing their Target & Amazon Wish Lists.  Directions below:

To Access YSB Target wish list:
Go to Target.com
Click on Menu
Click on Registry
Key in:  first name:  YSB
Key in:   last name:  Christmas

To Access our Amazon Shopping list:
In the address bar key in: https://a.co/3wHjq6u
This will take you directly to our list. 

**All purchased items will ship directly to the YSB office, and our caseworkers will deliver them to our foster care children.

Financial Aid Applications for 2021-2022
As we prepare for the 2021-2022 academic year, this is a reminder that you must re-apply through the FACTS platform each year for financial aid. To apply for financial aid, visit https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3G6YX. After completing the online application, you will need to upload all required supporting documentation before your request can be reviewed. *Note: FACTS charges a $35 processing fee payable at the time of application.

FACTS opens on November 15, 2020, for 2021-2022 financial aid applications. The award dates are February 15, March 15, and April 15, 2021. You will receive an email once your application has been reviewed, and you may check status on the FACTS portal after February 15.

Please contact Sheri Guarnizo, Finance & Accounts Receivable Coordinator, at sguarnizo@wheatonacademy.org or Patrick Brooke, Controller, at pbrooke@wheatonacademy.org, if you have any questions.

Winterim Internships
An internship provides a first-hand perspective of the skills and tasks needed to succeed in a potential career and helps students discover how God has uniquely equipped them to impact the world positively. All students interested in an internship during Winterim need to review the requirements and fill out the application in the Winterim Guide. The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, November 24. If you have any questions or if any parents or Alumni are interested in providing an internship experience to a student, please contact Phil Strzalka, the Business & Innovation Program Director at pstrzalka@wheatonacademy.org.

College Corner

There are no new announcements at this time.

November 13, 2020

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Schedules
We want you to know about some upcoming schedule adjustments so that you can plan accordingly. 

Monday, November 16 – This is an Off-Campus Learning Day. Teachers will have assignments posted by 9:00 a.m.  Additionally, Sophomore Registration for Winterim classes will open at 8:00 a.m., and Freshman Registration for Winterim classes will open at 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 17 – Community Time will replace advisory.  Instead of going to their Advisory location after lunch, students will report to their 3rd-period classes for Community Time.

Tuesday, November 24 – We will run a 7-period schedule with Chapel and no Advisory.
7:55 – 8:43 – 1st period
8:53 – 9:36– 2nd period
9:46- 10:29 – 3rd period
10:34 – 10:59 – Chapel
11:04 – 11:47 – 4th period
11:47 – 12:25 – Lunch
12:30 – 1:13 – 5th period
1:23 – 2:06 – 6th period
2:16 – 3:00 – 7th period

WA Men’s Prayer
Saturday, November 14
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 Neal Roys, WA math teacher. Please join us for prayer Saturday, November 14, at 8:00 a.m. in the white Alumni Chapel. Light refreshments are served.

General News

A Message from Steve Bult, Head of School
Over the last week, we had eight 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. 

Up to this point, we have not reported on faculty, staff, and students in quarantine.  This statistic is a bit complex.  Some students are in quarantine due to being a close contact with a Wheaton Academy student, but a vast majority of students in quarantine are due to being close contacts with parents, siblings, and others, not necessarily related to time spent at Wheaton Academy.  Some are also choosing to stay at home out of precaution. For each student in quarantine, our nurse is in conversation to determine the reason for the quarantine. At this point, we have 55 students and six faculty/staff in quarantine. We are grateful that the majority of these individuals are not sick and can go about their school work virtually.

We are thankful for the continued cooperation with parents and students in self-certification and in keeping students home when necessary.   Thank you for your cooperation in keeping us informed of COVID cases that impact your family as we all work together to prioritize the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff this year.  

We ask for your continued vigilance.  We know how important in-person instruction is for student learning and discipleship.  Key metrics for us to continue providing learning in this environment are:

  • Sufficient number of faculty and staff on campus
  • Amount of virus transmission at Wheaton Academy
  • Number of students who are sick and unable to do school work

As you know, the situation continues to change each day, and responses to the virus change quickly.  If these metrics remain stable or improve, our hope and prayer is to finish the first semester in person on campus. 

Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions.

Steve Bult
Head of School

Winterim

Winterim Class Registration
Sophomores: Monday, November 16, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Frehman: Monday, November 16, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Winterim class registration continues in OnCampus on Monday, November 16 for the sophomore and freshman classes. To view a complete list of courses, see the Winterim Guide. A “Closed Classes” button on the Winterim page shows which classes are no longer available to register for. Please contact Brad Thornton with any questions.

Please click here to watch a video with instructions on how to register.

  • Click on Course Requests
  • Click on Winterim
  • Register for an AM class and a PM class OR a Full-day class (make sure to pick one AM and one PM class. It will let you pick two AM or two PM, so pay attention as you choose)
  • You should add an alternative course for each session in case your first choice is full – Type in the name of the course
    • Click Save! Don’t forget to save!!

Winterim Internships
An internship provides a first-hand perspective of the skills and tasks needed to succeed in a potential career and helps students discover how God has uniquely equipped them to impact the world positively. All students interested in an internship during Winterim need to review the requirements and fill out the application in the Winterim Guide. The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, November 24. If you have any questions or if any parents or Alumni are interested in providing an internship experience to a student, please contact Phil Strzalka, the Business & Innovation Program Director at pstrzalka@wheatonacademy.org.

Senior Pictures
Lifetouch will be available for the last time at Wheaton Academy to have senior pictures taken. They will be here on November 30, from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Please make an appointment by either calling Lifetouch at 630-910-6800 option five or go online at prestigeappointment.com, create an account, select your school, and follow the prompts to book an appointment.

Senior Cap and Gown Orders
On Friday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 24, during lunch, seniors can purchase their cap and gown for graduation 2021. Seniors may pick up an order packet at the front office or purchase their cap and gown directly from Jostens.com.

Donations Needed for the Live Nativity Fundraiser
The Project Lead Global and Local teams are hosting a family-friendly, COVID-safe, Live Nativity Drive-Thru Fundraiser on the evenings of Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5.   Project Global is raising funds for the 23 vulnerable children Wheaton Academy sponsors through Kids Alive International.  We are looking for donations of hot cocoa supplies and parent volunteers to help prepare and distribute hot cocoa during this fundraising event.  We are also accepting monetary gifts to defray the costs of this fundraising event.   Please use this link to find out more details and sign up for donations and/or volunteer. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Gregersen, Ms. Johnson, or Mr. Holtrop. *This activity may be subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Live Drive-Thru Nativity Fundraiser Vehicle Sign-up
You and your family are invited to the Live Drive-thru Nativity at Wheaton Academy on Friday, December 4, and Saturday, December 5.  The Wheaton Academy Project Lead Global and Local teams are hosting a live Nativity fundraising event.  For a suggested minimum donation of $10 and 2 canned food items per vehicle, families will be given hot cocoa and will be able to drive through Wheaton Academy’s campus viewing scenes from the Christmas story.

Details of this Christmas fundraiser along with a sign up for times to arrive can be found using this link, Live Drive-Thru Nativity Fundraiser.  If you have questions, please contact Valerie Gregersen. *This activity may be subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Financial Aid Applications for 2021-2022
As we prepare for the 2021-2022 academic year, this is a reminder that you must re-apply through the FACTS platform each year for financial aid. To apply for financial aid, visit https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3G6YX. After completing the online application, you will need to upload all required supporting documentation before your request can be reviewed. *Note: FACTS charges a $35 processing fee payable at the time of application.

FACTS opens on November 15, 2020, for 2021-2022 financial aid applications. The award dates are February 15, March 15, and April 15, 2021. You will receive an email once your application has been reviewed, and you may check status on the FACTS portal after February 15.

Please contact Sheri Guarnizo, Finance & Accounts Receivable Coordinator, at sguarnizo@wheatonacademy.org or Patrick Brooke, Controller, at pbrooke@wheatonacademy.org, if you have any questions.

2021-2022 Application for Enrollment
We are excited to announce that our 2021-2022 application season has begun! Applications are open online now. We will be hosting in-person and virtual events this fall to showcase our school. The in-person event is November 12 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and the virtual opportunities are November 5 and 19 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.   

Click here to learn about each event. Registration is required and can be completed online.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Amy Burdett, Amy Hogan, or Brittany Klenke in the Admissions Office: admissions@wheatonacademy.org.

Shadow Experience Now Available
Spend time on campus in-person to experience Wheaton Academy first-hand! Because of necessary restrictions due to COVID-19, we have modified our typical shadow experience. This fall, we offer 8th – 11th-grade students opportunities to shadow a single 90-minute class. We have pre-selected classes that students can visit on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays, starting in November. Share the registration link:
Shadow Experience Details

New Host Family Informational Zoom Meeting
Have you wondered what it would be like to host an international student? Are you looking for a unique ministry for your family? We are having two informational meetings coming up on Wednesday, November 18, at 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Julie Grant, Host Family Coordinator, at jgrant@wheatonacademy.org. She will give you the zoom link and any further information you need to know.

Second Semester Schedules
All schedule changes for 2nd semester are due by November 13. Please contact Angie Roberts, aroberts@wheatonacademy.org, to make any changes.

College Corner

There are no new announcements at this time.

November 6, 2020

Upcoming Events

Modified Bell Schedules in November
Monday, November 16, will be an Off-Campus Learning Day (asynchronous seven-period day­) for students and a Professional Learning Day for faculty. Offices will remain open.
Monday & Tuesday, November 23 & 24, will both be seven-period days. There will be no school, and offices will be closed on November 25-27 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. No WA Weekly will be published the week of Thanksgiving as well.

This is for YOU – Parent Ambassador Program: New Family Connection Zoom Call
Thursday, November 12
7:00 p.m. – 8 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: upcoming Winterim Registration, details of the Internship Application Process, important dates for December, and Admissions events.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/9175959781?pwd=WEpvZldrd1BWTjBVdDhjUDFqS09vUT09
Meeting ID: 917 595 9781
Passcode: 5p6yiY

This is for a FRIEND – Get to Know Wheaton Academy
Thursday, November 12

5:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.
Invite a friend who is interested in learning more about Wheaton Academy. Thursday, November 12, at either 5:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m., they can attend an evening dedicated to “Get to Know Wheaton Academy.”  This is an in-person event only. Share the registration link below.
Get to Know Wheaton Academy

Women’s Prayer
Tuesday, November 10, 1:45 p.m.
Tuesday, November 17, 1:45 p.m.
Please join us for Women’s Prayer during the month of November. We will meet in the white heated tent to pray for our school, teachers, students, and staff. All women are welcome!

WA Men’s Prayer
Saturday, November 14
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 Neal Roys, WA math teacher. Please join us for prayer Saturday, November 14, at 8:00 a.m. in the white Alumni Chapel. Light refreshments are served.

General News

COVID-19 Update  
At the end of our 12th week of school, 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 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.

Winterim

Winterim Class Registration
Seniors: Monday, November 9, 6:00 p.m.
Juniors: Wednesday, November 11, 6:00 p.m.
Sophomores: Monday, November 16, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Frehman: Monday, November 16, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Winterim class registration begins in OnCampus on Monday, November 9. To view a complete list of courses, see the Winterim Guide. Please contact Brad Thornton with any questions.

Please click here to watch a video with instructions on how to register.

  • Click on Course Requests
  • Click on Winterim
  • Register for an AM class and a PM class OR a Full-day class (make sure to pick one AM and one PM class. It will let you pick two AM or two PM, so pay attention as you choose)
  • You should add an alternative course for each session in case your first choice is full – Type in the name of the course
    • Click Save! Don’t forget to save!!


Winterim Internships
An internship provides a first-hand perspective of the skills and tasks needed to succeed in a potential career and helps students discover how God has uniquely equipped them to impact the world positively. All students interested in an internship during Winterim need to review the requirements and fill out the application in the Winterim Guide. The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, November 24. If you have any questions or if any parents or Alumni are interested in providing an internship experience to a student, please contact Phil Strzalka, the Business & Innovation Program Director at pstrzalka@wheatonacademy.org.

2021-2022 Application for Enrollment
We are excited to announce that our 2021-2022 application season has begun! Applications are open online now. We will be hosting in-person and virtual events this fall to showcase our school. The in-person event is November 12 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and the virtual opportunities are November 5 and 19 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.   
Click here to learn about each event. Registration is required and can be completed online.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Amy Burdett, Amy Hogan, or Brittany Klenke in the Admissions Office: admissions@wheatonacademy.org.

Shadow Experience Now Available
Spend time on campus in-person to experience Wheaton Academy first-hand! Because of necessary restrictions due to COVID-19, we have modified our typical shadow experience. This fall, we offer 8th – 11th-grade students opportunities to shadow a single 90-minute class. We have pre-selected classes that students can visit on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays, starting in November. Share the registration link:
Shadow Experience Details

New Host Family Informational Zoom Meeting
Have you wondered what it would be like to host an international student? Are you looking for a unique ministry for your family? We are having two informational meetings coming up on Wednesday, November 18, at 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Julie Grant, Host Family Coordinator, at jgrant@wheatonacademy.org. She will give you the zoom link and any further information you need to know.

Second Semester Schedules
All schedule changes for 2nd semester are due by November 13. Please contact Angie Roberts, aroberts@wheatonacademy.org, to make any changes.

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.

Athletics

BOYS SWIMMING at Wheaton Academy
Wheaton Academy goes to the Sectional Meet with students who practice and participate on club teams. Boys swimming is a winter sport (Sectional Meet on Saturday, February 20). If your son is interested in participating, please contact Mr. Mack at kmack@wheatonacademy.org

October 30, 2020

Upcoming Events

Modified Bell Schedules in November
The state of Illinois has made Election Day a state holiday. For this reason, students will have an Off-Campus Learning Day on Tuesday, November 3. This will be an asynchronous seven-period day. School offices will remain open.

Wednesday, November 4, we will run a seven-period day. The bell schedule will be as follows:
1st 7:55 – 8:43
2nd 8:53 – 9:41
3rd 9:51 – 10:39
4th 10:49 – 11:37
Lunch 11:37 – 12:11
5th 12:16 – 1:04
6th 1:14 – 2:02
7th 2:12 – 3:00

Thursday & Friday, November 5 & 6, are regular bell schedule days.

Monday, November 16, will be an Off-Campus Learning Day for students and a Professional Learning Day for faculty. This will also be an asynchronous seven-period day, and offices will remain open.

Monday & Tuesday, November 23 & 24, will both be seven-period days. There will be no school, and offices will be closed on November 25-27 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. No WA Weekly will be published the week of Thanksgiving as well.

Women’s Prayer
Tuesday, November 3, 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 10, 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 17, 1:30 p.m.
Please join us for Women’s Prayer during the month of November. Tuesday, November 3, will be a Zoom meeting since there is an off-campus learning day. The link is below. November 10 and 17, the meetings will be in the white heated tent.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/73511412380?pwd=Q2d1UTJzVzNib3BLWDFkUUNqNThmdz09
Meeting ID: 735 1141 2380
Passcode: 084138

General News

A Message from the Principal
We are so grateful to have completed eleven weeks of in-person learning.  God has gone before us and taken care of our students, faculty, and staff, and we give Him the glory for what He has done.  Our faculty have worked hard to provide outstanding learning experiences for all of our students – our in-person and virtual learners.  This has involved new technology, planning for new lessons, and adapting activities to ensure high-level learning occurs within the COVD-guidelines.  As we finish the semester, Monday, November 16, will be an Off-Campus Learning Day and a Professional Learning Day for our faculty.  Students will get their assignments for all seven classes at 9:00 a.m. and the rest of the week will follow a normal schedule.  This time will allow us to plan for the semester’s final push as we seek to finish well and effectively.  Thank you for your on-going support as we UNITE together to serve our students well.  

COVID-19 Update  
At the end of our 11th week of school, 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 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.

Winterim 2021!

If you missed the video announcement regarding Winteirm 2021, you can find it here: https://families.wheatonacademy.org/winterim/

The Winterim guide will go live on Monday, November 2. The guide will have information about each of the classes as well as further information about how to apply for an internship. This year we will offer various new courses, from all-day courses like Intro to Robotics, Intro to Ceramics, and Government, to a variety of half-day courses like Stage Combat, SAT/ACT Review, Cooking, and Gaming courses. You will find the complete guide starting November 2 here: https://families.wheatonacademy.org/winterim/

Registration for classes in OnCampus will follow this schedule:

  • Seniors: Monday, November 9, 6:00 p.m.
  • Juniors: Wednesday, November 11, 6:00 p.m.
  • Sophomores: Monday, November 16, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Freshman: Monday, November 16, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Internship application will be due on Tuesday, November 24. The application will be found on the webpage included above starting November 2.

Please feel free to contact Brad Thornton (bthornton@wheatonacademy.org) with further questions about Winterim 2021.

2021-2022 Application for Enrollment
We are excited to announce that our 2021-2022 application season has begun! Applications are open online now. We will be hosting in-person and virtual events this fall to showcase our school. The in-person event is November 12 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and the virtual opportunities are November 5 and 19 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.   
Click here to learn about each event. Registration is required and can be completed online.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Amy Burdett, Amy Hogan, or Brittany Klenke in the Admissions Office: admissions@wheatonacademy.org.

Second Semester Schedules
All schedule changes for 2nd semester are due by November 13. Please contact Angie Roberts, aroberts@wheatonacademy.org, to make any changes.

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.

WA Tutoring ACT/SAT Class
Registration for the Wheaton Academy Tutoring Center’s 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 Kelley Severance and Cheryl Koslosky Monday nights from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Wheaton Academy. (November 2 – December 7) Only 15 spots are available, so don’t delay! To register, go to wa-tutoring.org and click on ‘payments’.

Athletics

BOYS SWIMMING at Wheaton Academy
Wheaton Academy goes to the Sectional Meet with students who practice and participate on club teams. Boys swimming is a winter sport (Sectional Meet on Saturday, February 20). If your son is interested in participating, please contact Mr. Mack at kmack@wheatonacademy.org 

October 23, 2020

General News

COVID-19 Update  
At the end of our 10th week of school, we are pleased to announce we had no individuals test positive for COVID-19 this week. Even though there are new restrictions placed for DuPage County, these restrictions do not apply to schools. 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.

Winterim 2021
If you missed the video announcement regarding Winteirm 2021, you can find it here: https://families.wheatonacademy.org/winterim/

The Winterim guide will go live on Monday, November 2. The guide will have information about each of the classes as well as further information about how to apply for an internship. This year we will offer various new courses, from all-day courses like Intro. to Robotics, Intro. to Ceramics, and Government, to a variety of half-day courses like Stage Combat, SAT/ACT Review, Cooking, and Gaming courses. You will find the complete guide starting November 2 here: https://families.wheatonacademy.org/winterim/

Registration for classes in OnCampus will follow this schedule:

  • Seniors: Monday, November 9, 6:00 p.m.
  • Juniors: Wednesday, November 11, 6:00 p.m.
  • Sophomores: Monday, November 16, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Freshman: Monday, November 16, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Internship application will be due on Tuesday, November 24. The application can be found on this webpage beginning on November 2.

Please feel free to contact Brad Thornton (bthornton@wheatonacademy.org) with further questions about Winterim 2021.

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

Financial Aid Night – Wheaton Academy
Monday, October 26, 2020
7:00 p.m.
Zoom
Wheaton Academy will virtually host Paul Daly on Monday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m.  Please join us as he speaks on how to get college financial aid.

Financial Aid Handout Link 
https://form.jotform.com/201554467614153

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82272652609?pwd=Wk9DbnZXZlFsMW0wTHJORnhRZzgyQT09
Meeting ID: 822 7265 2609
Passcode: 236513

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.

WA Tutoring ACT/SAT Class
Registration for the Wheaton Academy Tutoring Center’s 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 Kelley Severance and Cheryl Koslosky Monday nights from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Wheaton Academy. (November 2 – December 7) Only 15 spots are available, so don’t delay! To register, go to wa-tutoring.org and click on ‘payments’.

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.