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March 25, 2011    

Last Chance to Complete Parent Satisfaction Survey!
The parent satisfaction survey will close at midnight tonight, March 25. If you have not had a chance to fill it out, make some time to do it TODAY! A reminder email was sent from SureVista this week to those parent emails that hadn’t responded yet. As of Tuesday we had a 30% response rate. Thank you for your feedback! 
 
Last Day for the Project LEAD Book Drive
The Project LEAD Local team book drive ends TODAY. Bring all books in good condition and drop them off in the bookshelf located across from the Front Office. All appropriate books for adult or children are greatly appreciated. All books will be donated to local schools in need!

Graduation Announcements Are Here!
Representatives from Jostens will be on campus Friday, April 8 to distribute graduation announcement orders that have already been placed. Seniors can pick up their orders in the Senior Lounge during lunch.
  
Golf for WA - Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wheaton Academy is pleased to announce our 11th Annual Alumni & Friends Booster Scramble on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at Mill Creek Golf Club in Geneva. Register your foursome today for $500 (or yourself for $125); all proceeds benefit WA's scholarship fund. Registration/lunch/putting contest start at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Click here to download a registration form. Not a golfer? We also need volunteers to staff the event and area businesses to sign on as sponsors. Contact Nikki Daniels via email or 630-562-7580 for information.
 
Save the Date for the Baccalaureate Service
All seniors and their families are invited to attend the Baccalaureate Service on Friday, June 3. The service will begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude around 8:00 p.m. The service will include a time of worship, students and parents sharing what Wheaton Academy has meant to them, recent alumni sharing thoughts about what next year will hold for our graduates, and a time of prayer and commissioning. Please join us for this night.
 
Sophomore Serve Day
On April 15, the entire sophomore class will participate in a service day. They will meet in the morning for a chapel service and then participate in various service projects throughout the surrounding communities. Please pray for their work as they serve our community.

Don't Forget to Sign Up for Driver's Education
In an effort to accommodate student schedules and extracurricular activities, Excel Driving School is now offering after school driver’s education courses at Wheaton Academy. Two courses will be offered each semester that will run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. The next available session will run from April 4 to May 5, 2011. For information on class schedules, pricing and availability, please call 630-983-9235 or visit http://www.exceldrivingschool.com/. Gift certificates are available as well and make a great present for a 15-year-old.
 
Summer Ceramics
Once again this summer, in addition to the regular summer ceramics class, we will have a ceramics class for the extended WA community – parents and friends, faculty, any alumni or even graduating seniors who never had time to take ceramics during their four years (or did, but can’t get enough). Now is your chance to learn wheel and handbuilding techniques. This class will run June 6 – 17, and space will be limited. Mark your calendars and watch for sign up/registration information coming soon! Contact Melissa Euler via email for more information.
 
Freshmen Academy
WA is committed to nurturing growth in our students through relationships, excellence and service to the glory of God. Freshmen Academy was created to be an integral part of Wheaton Academy’s mission by providing incoming freshmen support and encouragement in their transition to high school. Attending Freshmen Academy will provide freshmen students with the critical skills to succeed academically, socially, and spiritually while attending Wheaton Academy. Click here for more details and registration.
 
Ladies Craft Night
All WA ladies are invited to Ladies Craft Night on the second and fourth Thursday of the month starting in April. Meetings will take place in the Art Room in the Fine Arts Center from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Feel free to stay for the whole time or just visit for a little while. Bring your sewing, crocheting, knitting, or any other craft that you would like to work on. Contact Shirley Keith via email or 630-562-7547 with questions.
 
Students Come Run with Us
Thinking about running cross country next year? Or just like to run because it’s FUN? Come join Rebekah Jordan and a few other people after school on Mondays for runs and Thursdays for lifting as we get ready for the June 4 Chicago Half Marathon. Stop by Room 107 if you have questions or want a copy of the training schedule we are using.
 
Happenings at WA on Facebook
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Student Services

 
2011 Course Request Approval Due TODAY- Friday, March 25
Earlier this week we mailed your student(s) 2011-2012 course requests. Please read the instructions and change policy carefully and sign the original. All original forms need to be returned to Student Services by TODAY Friday, March 25. Keep the COPY for your files. Don’t forget to mail/drop off this form to Student Services before you begin your much needed Spring Break! 
 
Summer Academy Classes are Filling Up!
Have you visited our website to see what Summer Academy classes are being offered this summer? If your student is interested in taking a class this summer, spots are still available. Registration information is in the Student Services section of the website and also on the main page Summer Academy button.
 
Final Parent Seminar – Saturday, April 16
Please join us for our final parent seminar on Saturday, April 16 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. Chris Mazarella, Psy.D., LCPC from Heritage Professional Associates ADHD will be discussing the topic of Executive Function and Working Memory. This seminar will explore the meaning of ADHD and Executive Functioning problems. You will gain knowledge of how working memory deficits may explain why your child underachieves in school or has difficulty performing essential tasks such as following directions, paying attention, staying focused, self control and/or time management. Learn about an exciting alternative to medication to treat these problems. If you are interested in attending, please R.S.V.P. to Seminars@wheatonacademy.org. This will help us plan for seating and handouts/materials.
 
The 2011-2012 Curriculum Guide is online
We encourage parents and students to review the 2011-2012 Curriculum Guide found on our website under Academics. Our 2011-2012 Curriculum Guide will familiarize you with course offerings, prerequisites, graduation requirements, Wheaton Academy grading system/credit information…and so much more. Many of your questions can be answered by reviewing this informative document.
 
Race to Nowhere
“Race to Nowhere" is a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions about how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens.This 85-minute documentary is being shown at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. (Note: the movie is rated PG-13.) Tickets are $10 (plus a processing fee) and may be ordered at http://rtnneuquahs.eventbrite.com/. Contact Dan Crabtree for more information.

ACT Prep
There are a variety of options for preparation for the ACT. The course taught by WA teachers begins April 25 and runs through May. A small group ACT study course (limit 5) is being offered through Ignite beginning the week of April 4. Their website is www.igniteprogress.com. Other local prep options are available. The College & Career section of the WA website has more information on test prep. 
 
Upcoming College Rep Visits
Parents, when college reps come to visit WA, it is a great opportunity for students to learn more about these colleges – but also about colleges in general. Encourage your sons and daughters to stop by and meet these reps when they’re at WA.
Coming in April: a rep from Calvin College with pizza for accepted students on April 7, and a rep from the University of Maine the morning of April 12. (Note: the U of Maine rep met some WA students in Millennium Park in the fall and was so impressed that he wanted to visit the school.)  
 

National Society of High School Scholars and Who’s Who Among American High School Students
Parents, this is the time of year when many students receive unsolicited mailings inviting them to join certain organizations, including the two listed above. The benefits of membership, if any, are minimal. Membership does not help a student gain admission to college. Contact Dan Crabtree if you have questions.
  
 

Athletics

 
Game Cancellations and Reschedules
Up-to-date information on all sports activity cancellations and reschedules can be found on the front page of the athletics website
 
Up-to-Date Game Results
The most up-to-date game results and summaries are available on the athletics website.
  
Summer Athletic Camp Schedule
Registration for Athletic Summer Camps is NOW OPEN. Visit the Athletic Summer Camp Web Page for the full schedule, camp policies, descriptions, and more. We are offering 24 camp opportunities with something available for students of all ages and skill levels. If you have any questions please contact the Athletic Department at athletics@wheatonacademy.org.
 
 
 

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