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April 13, 2012    
All Junior Leadership and Service applications are due TODAY Friday, April 13.
Please turn them in to Mr. Brooke in his classroom. These leadership opportunities include Project Lead, Project 9 (Formerly Warrior Training), and Student Council.

WA Dads Prayer
Please join us for prayer this Saturday, April 14, at 8:00 a.m. in the white chapel. Our guest for April is Gene Frost, WA Head of School, who will share some prayer needs from an administrator’s perspective.
PARENT SEMINARS - TWO seminars offered on Saturday 4/21
We are pleased to offer two different seminars on April 21. If you are interested in attending one of the seminars listed below, please RSVP to Please specify in your e-mail which seminar you wish to attend so we can plan accordingly. These will be our last Parent Seminars for the 2011-2012 school year.

++ April 21 - ADHD, Executive Function, and Working Memory
Presented by: Chris Mazzarella, Psy.D., LCPC, Heritage Professional Associates.
Explore the meaning of ADHD and Executive Functioning problems and 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.

++ April 21 - So You Want to Play Sports in College?
Presented by: Dan Crabtree, WA College Counselor and Paul Ferguson, WA Athletic Director.
How does a student prepare to pursue sports in college? What should students and parents know? NCAA and NAIA guidelines and procedures will be discussed.

Mark your calendars NOW!!! Join us for one of the most exciting and entertaining nights of the year: Mr. WA!! The event is Saturday, April 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center! (Some earlier version of the school calendar had Mr. WA on April 14 -- please note the correct date is 4/21.)

The Ceramics III class will be holding their Pottery Sale in conjunction with "Mr. WA" this year on Saturday, April 21st in the FAC lobby. All proceeds will go toward helping our school's "adopted" orphans in Haiti! Come prepared to buy quality, hand-crafted mugs, bowls, pitchers, vases and teapots, as well as Haiti-themed necklaces and bracelets! The sale will begin at 6:00 p.m.and will be available until the start of Mr. WA at 7 p.m., then again at intermission and after the show as well. This is your opportunity to support the work of our Fine Arts Department and to benefit this very worthy ministry. Come early for best selection!

WA VIDEO STORE -- Check out the WA Video Store! Recently added are Mr. WA videos from '09, '10 and '11; LEAST 2010; and the Percussion performance from May 2011. Mr. WA 2012 will be available at the WA Video Store for $10 on Monday, April 23rd.

Worship Team applications and recommendations are now available from Mr. Jasper's room (Academy Hall room 119) or by clicking here. Applications and recommendations are due to Mr. Jasper by 3 p.m. on Monday, April 23. Auditions will be held Wednesday, April 25, from 6-9 p.m.

Wheaton Academy’s annual Grandparents Day will be held on Tuesday, April 24th. All grandparents of current WA students are invited to arrive at 9 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center and attend a student-led program, classes and lunch with their grandchildren concluding at 1:20 p.m. Invitations were mailed to grandparents whose addresses are in WA’s database in March. If your parents/grandparents did NOT receive an invitation, contact Wendy Hardy via email or at 630-562-7503.
We are in need of volunteers to help with Grandparents Day and Graduation. Volunteers are needed to serve lunch to grandparents on April 24th, plate cookies on June 2nd, or serve at graduation on June 3rd. Please contact Jim Holtrop via email if you would like serve. Thank you for your willingness to make our events a success.

Jostens will be at Wheaton Academy on April 25th! Previously placed orders for cap & gowns, announcements, etc. will be available for pick-up in the Senior Lounge during lunch. If you have questions, please contact Wendy Hardy by e-mail or call 630-562-7503.

The Wheaton Academy 1-to-1 Program
There have been rumors swirling about Wheaton Academy that we are going to a 1-to-1 program (a program in which every student has some sort of computing device) in the upcoming 2012-2013 school year. We have indeed been diligently researching a 1-to-1 program and have found that it will have great benefits for our students and teachers. The next step is to decide what kind of device we want students to have at Wheaton Academy. We have looked at tablets, laptops, netbooks, and a newer type of device called a Chromebook. It is a top priority for us to responsibly choose the best device. We are taking into account multiple factors ranging from cost to practical usability in our technological environment. At this point we are not comfortable moving ahead with a 1-to-1 program for the 2012-2013 school year. There is still some additional testing and research that we want to do before implementing such a program. However, we are committed to going 1-to-1 for the 2013-2014 school year. Additionally, we will make a final decision on what kind of device we will be using by this fall of 2012. If you have any questions, feel free to email Josh Burick at

“The New Library”
At Wheaton Academy we are always trying to implement new educational ideas that will prepare your student for a world that is constantly evolving and presenting new challenges every single day. We have been implementing new technological features to compliment student learning as well as new collaborative spaces such as our Learn Lab that gives teachers an environment to help students work effectively together.

The next step is to take a hard look at our library and revamp this space so that it supports the goal of teaching our students “21st Century Skills.” We want this space to be a “learning hub” where students can access resources and then act on what they have discovered through teacher-created activities. Improving the library is a task that will go on for a long period of time, but the change starts today. We have started a blog called “The New Library” that will be focused on developing this space. You will see the thought process involved in development. You will see how the space connects to other aspects of student learning such as collaboration, standards, and critical thinking. However, the blog will not just be restricted to the Library brainstorming. Other topics will include thoughts on new educational philosophy, technology use, and more. Please take a look! You can click the link above or access it through the Wheaton Academy website by going to “Academics” and then clicking the “Library/Technology” link.

GOLFERS NEEDED for the Spring Golf Outing
Register now for the Alumni & Friends Booster Scramble! The golf outing will be held on Thursday, May 24 at Mill Creek Golf Club in Geneva. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. and shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Join us for lunch, a putting contest, four-person scramble, and a buffet dinner with special prizes and awards. Individual golfer - $125; Individual Young Alumni golfer (graduates of 2001-2011) - $100; and Foursome - $500. Invite a few of your friends or coworkers for a great day of golf! For more information contact Natalie Gagliano via email or 630-562-7559. Click here to register for this exciting event.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for the Spring Golf Outing
Wheaton Academy is seeking volunteers willing to serve on the golf course during the Alumni & Friends Booster Scramble on Thursday, May 24 at Mill Creek Golf Club in Geneva. No knowledge of or affection for golf is required; just a friendly smile and love for WA! We need volunteers from noon-6 p.m. but half-shifts are available (noon-3 p.m. or 3 p.m.-6 p.m.). Volunteers can come early for lunch and/or stay late for dinner if they’d like. To sign up or to get more information, contact Natalie Gagliano via email or 630-562-7559.
As warm weather is here a bit early, please keep in mind the student Appearance Code at Wheaton Academy. Parents, please remind your student(s) of these guidelines.
   ++  The general guideline for the length of skirts and dresses must be modest and touch the knee. Shorts do not need to reach the knee, but must be modest. An inseam of 4” or greater would be considered modest at Wheaton Academy. Skirts and dresses worn with leggings do not need to reach the knee but should not be much shorter and must always be modest.
   ++  Clothing should completely cover undergarments and necessary parts of the body at all times. Boys and girls both should take care to wear modest clothing styles that consistently cover their midsections while standing in a normal posture. Tank tops for girls or boys are not acceptable school attire. Girls may wear sleeveless shirts or dresses that are modest and fully cover the shoulder.

Parking Permits 2011-2012: Is your student a new driver? If so, it's not too late to get a parking permit for the remainder of the school year. We would ask that any student driving to school have a parking permit displayed in the vehicle from the rearview mirror. This enables our staff to ensure that all vehicles on campus are identified and registered. Parking permits for the remainder of this school year are discounted to only $10 and are still available. Applications are avialable in the front office, outside Mr. McDonell's office or on the website under Forms and Documents on the Parent or Student Page.

Parking Permits for Next Year - 2012 - 2013: Parking permit applications are now available for next year. The initial deadline for any upcoming seniors is June 1st. Senior applications that have been turned in by that point will be eligible for parking in the lot closest to the Fine Arts Center next year. All other parking permits will be mailed in the summer. Applications should be turned into the front office receptionist with a check made out to Wheaton Academy. A Drivers License number is required as part of the application. Applications are avialable in the front office, outside Mr. McDonell's office or on the website under Forms and Documents on the Parent or Student Page.

Student Services

If your student is interested in taking a class this summer, there are a few spots still available. Starting April 2, enrollment will require a full payment – no deposits will be accepted. Balances will be billed through FACTS. Information and registration is available under the Registration Button on the WA home page. As courses become full, we will list the course as “closed” on the website.

June 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28 (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $285.00 for the entire course

At Wheaton Academy, we are committed to helping students grow in relationships, excellence, and service to the glory of God. Freshman 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 Freshman Academy will provide freshman students with the critical skills to succeed academically, socially, and spiritually while attending Wheaton Academy.

Freshman Academy is six sessions (two sessions per week) for approximately 1.5 hours each session. Each week will focus on a specific aspect of the freshman year, with a specific focus on the academic, social, and spiritual expectations of being a Wheaton Academy student.

Enrollment is limited and closes on June 1! To enroll click here. For more information, please contact Mr. Bowling at 630-562-7505 or through

Junior meetings have begun. Parents have been emailed an online questionnaire that needs to be completed prior to scheduling a junior meeting. Parents, please complete your questionnaire right away. Contact Dan Crabtree with any questions.


Local scholarships can be found in the College & Career section of the WA website. One of the new scholarships listed this week is the West Chicago Lions Club Scholarship, open to seniors residing in West Chicago. It has a May 18 deadline.

WA parents: Do you have (or know) a sophomore or junior in college, majoring in computer science or related field, and looking for a paid summer internship? AT&T is looking for an intern for ten weeks this summer. For more information, contact Dan Crabtree

Join us on campus at WA for SPRING SPORTS
If you’ve been thinking about taking in a home game, come on out to our campus this week! On Friday, April 13th, Boys’ Lacrosse plays at 5:00 p.m. On Monday, April 16th, Varsity Baseball plays at 4:30 p.m., Varsity Boys’ Tennis plays at 4:30 p.m., Varsity Boys’ Volleyball plays at 5:30 p.m., and Varsity Girls’ Soccer plays at 6:30 p.m. Concessions with grills will be open for these games on April 16th. On Tuesday, April 17th, Varsity Softball plays at 4:30 p.m. Boys’ and Girls’ Track and Field have no home events but will travel to Seneca High School on Friday, April 13th, and the girls will compete at Rosary on Wednesday, April 18th.

Register Now for Athletic Summer Camps
Registration is now open for the 2012 Wheaton Academy Athletic Summer Camps! Click here  to register today. Visit our Summer Camps page on the Athletics website for camp information, registration, and the cancellation policy. 

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