October 13, 2023

Upcoming Events

WA Men’s Prayer
Saturday, October 14
8:00 a.m.
Alumni White Chapel

On the second Saturday of every month, the men from Wheaton Academy meet to pray for our community and hear from one of our faculty/staff members. Please join us tomorrow, October 14. We will hear from WA COO/CFO Steve Karlson. Light refreshments are served.

WA Women’s Saturday Prayer
October 21
Alumni White Chapel
9:00 a.m.
Every third Saturday, women from the Wheaton Academy community meet to pray for our school. Please join us on Saturday, October 21 at 9:00 a.m. in the white chapel for our next prayer time. We will hear from WA employee Lindsay Williams. Light refreshments are served.

Guys Campout 2023
October 27-29
Parents of Freshman through Senior boys… Guy’s Campout is a long-standing tradition of forging bonds across classes over a weekend of camping with outdoor fun including Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Soccer, 9 Square, Capture the Flag, campfires, and more. The cost is $100 and includes breakfasts, dinners & snacks plus a sweatshirt. Students can choose to lounge and relax with a card game or join in an impromptu soccer match, it’s up to them. We’ll bond over incredible food at mealtime and the adventure of a weekend camping in the woods. They won’t want to miss it. Students need A SLEEPING BAG, AN EXTRA BLANKET, WARM CLOTHES, and A TENT or TARP. Please encourage your son to register to attend Guy’s Campout! For questions or help with CAMPING GEAR? CONTACT SEAN MCCALLUM. Click here to sign up.

Get to Know Wheaton Academy
November 9
6:45 pm

Middle school students and their parents are invited to Get To Know Wheaton Academy on November 9 at 6:45 pm. This evening will provide an opportunity for families to learn about our school’s commitment to academics, spiritual life, co-curricular activities, and college readiness, as well as experience the community, connection, and culture that Wheaton Academy offers our students and families.  Our time together will include:  

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

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

Save the Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Alisa Childers
7:00 pm
How can we help equip our kids to have a Christian worldview in an increasingly secularized culture? Join us on November 14 to hear from author, singer, and apologist Alisa Childers. She will share tips about how Christian parents can teach their kids discernment by exposing them to bad ideas in an age-appropriate manner and teaching them to analyze media from a biblical perspective. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Please use this link to secure your registration https://wheaton.typeform.com/alisachilders.

General News

From the Desk of the Principal
Dear Parents – During this fall, I have challenged you and our students to think about how and if we use social media. I continue to be convicted of the value of limiting students’ social media intake as data continue to come out with compelling evidence that we help students in this area.  Today, as we continue to pray for the situation in Israel, it has come to our attention that deeply disturbing videos, including footage of hostages, may be spread across social media in the coming days. We strongly encourage you to be vigilant in supervising your students and their use of social media. We suggest you put up additional parental controls and talk with your student about exercising extreme discretion around social media both now and in the future – Kori Hockett

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
Monday, October 16-Signups for Conferences Close at Midnight
October 18 and 19 are Conferences  

You may still sign up for the Parent/Student/Teacher Conference until Monday at midnight. Please click here for details on how to sign up. There will be an Off-Campus Learning Day on Wednesday, October 18, as we want students to attend the conferences with their parents. There are no classes on Thursday, October 19, to allow students the flexibility to attend as well.

Donations for Conference Dinners
Our conference nights this year are October 18 & 19. We would love to serve our teachers dinner during their break times. Please let Jim Holtrop know if you would be willing to donate a crock pot of soup or chili for October 18, or if you would like to give a monetary donation to go towards the meals on those nights. Thanks for making this happen.

New Bell Schedule Effective October 23
With our construction well underway, we have noticed that we needed to extend the passing periods before and after Chapel and Community Time since all students have to enter and exit one set of doors. Due to this, we will use an updated bell schedule which allows for a longer passing period before and after these events. Click here to see the bell schedule. This schedule will begin on Monday, October 23.

Senior Picture Submission
It’s time to submit Senior Pictures for the Yearbook! If you did not use Prestige Photography for your student’s Senior Portraits, you are welcome to use another photography source, but we need you to submit a photo of your own to be included in the yearbook. Photos need to be submitted by December 20 to be included in the yearbook publication. We require a forward-facing portrait taken from the shoulders up, with a plain/non-distracting background. Please submit your student’s chosen picture via email to yearbook@wheatonacademy.org. Please also include your student’s first and last name. Please contact Kristen Rusthoven (krusthoven@wheatonacademy.org) with any questions. Thank you!

Executive Functioning Spotlight                                                                                                       
How are your students doing in the seventh week of school?  When assessing students’ executive functioning skills, it’s important to ask questions that can help you gain insights into their abilities and challenges. If you want more information visit our webpage at Executive Functioning – The Center for Lifelong Learning.  If you have any specific questions, please email or call our certified executive functioning coach, Holly Taritas htaritas@wheatonacademy.org, 630-5627587. Click here for questions to consider.

Apply to Wheaton Academy for 2024-2025!
We are excited to announce that the Application for the 2024-2025 School Year is open! If you know any prospective students who are interested in Wheaton Academy, we invite you to tell them to APPLY NOW by visiting wheatonacademy.org/apply. Applicants who apply this fall will be considered for an early decision (before Christmas time).

Timeshare for Teachers
We are beginning to gather vacation opportunities for the Summer of 2024. Click here to learn about our Timeshares for Teachers program. If you have a timeshare, a privately-owned vacation home, vacation packages, or airline miles, we invite you, as a friend and supporter, to provide our faculty and staff a much-deserved vacation at little or no cost to them. This partnership is a direct opportunity for our teachers and staff and is not a donation to the Academy. We will put you in touch with the teacher who selects your property, and you will work directly with them to make all arrangements. The process for vacation selection by teachers begins in January. Please fill out the Timeshare Participation Form by December 1.

WA Appreciation Team
Allow us to introduce ourselves. We are the WA Appreciation Team, a group of parent volunteers who plan, organize, and host two events during the school year for teachers and staff. These events help express our gratitude for all the ways teachers and staff not only teach, but inspire, nurture, and guide our kids throughout the school year. The WA Appreciation Team manages these events on behalf of ALL Wheaton Academy families and represents our collective gratitude.

We are already planning our first event, in December, where we serve coffee, donuts, and a Christmas blessing. You will also be hearing from us this spring, as we begin to plan an appreciation luncheon in April.

These events are funded solely through contributions from the school community (which are completely optional and not tax-deductible). Please click on the CheddarUp link to provide funds that will contribute towards making these events possible. Thank you!

College Corner

AP Testing Timeline and Deadlines
Please click here for important AP Test timeline information including signing up for tests and test payment.