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May 18, 2012    

ONE MORE VOLUNTEER NEEDED for the Spring Golf Outing
Wheaton Academy is seeking one more volunteer willing to serve on the golf course during the Alumni & Friends Booster Scramble next 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 one volunteer (hole spotter) from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Volunteers can stay for dinner if they’d like. To sign up or to get more information, contact Natalie Gagliano via email or 630-562-7559.

Winterim Trip: Costa Rica-- Culture and Ecology
January 2013 we will have the unique opportunity to experience Costa Rica up close and personal. The beautiful ecosystems of Costa Rica beckon our nature-loving, people-enjoying, adventurous students. We will explore the Costa Rican jungle, waterfalls, volcanoes and the beach. We will also share our culture and the love of Jesus with the Costa Rican students that will be with us. Applications are currently being accepted. Contact Ms. Dwyer for more details.

Winterim Trip:  Disney
Over Winterim, there is an excellent opportunity offered to all photo enthusiasts. Mr. Hockett is leading a trip to Disney World. Students will learn compositional techniques before leaving for 6 days and 5 mights, visiting all four Disney parks. For more information, go to the Winterim section of our website or email Mr. Hockett at Applications are currently being accepted.

Habitat for Humanity - Winterim Service Trip
If your son or daughter has a heart to serve, willingness to work, and a desire to be a light of Christ to those in need, come on a service trip to Tucson, AZ over Winterim 2013. We will work with Habitat for Humanity, building homes in some capacity and one day working in the Habitat Restore (HabiRestore). We will work six days and have a couple days devoted to sightseeing the beautiful outdoors. Our free time will be physically active with activities like hiking; a spirit of adventure is a must. Per Habitat rules, you must be at least 16 years old by the time Winterim begins. Applications are due to Mr. Jasper ASAP.

We are looking for WA families who might share their home and family with one of WA's international students next year. If you are interested or would like to learn more, please attend one of these information sessions.
Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 31 at 7 p.m.
You can also contact Brenda Vishanoff for more information

Save the Date for the 2012 Senior Picture
On May 23, 2012, Wheaton Academy will be operating on the following MODIFIED Block Schedule:
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.: 1st period
10:35 – 12:05 p.m.: 2nd period
12:05 – 12:45 p.m.: Lunch for 9th, 10th & 11th
12:05 p.m.: Senior Group Photo on FAC steps ~ Seniors will have lunch once the photo has been taken.
12:50 – 1:20 p.m.: Community Time for 9th, 10th & 11th
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.: 3rd period

"I Have Issues.nfp" Event
Are you really feeling OK? That is a difficult question to answer. The student-led, non-profit organization "I Have Issues" invites you to join them for a presentation on Wednesday, May 23rd in the Atrium at 7:00 p.m. "I Have Issues" seeks to build a more transparent community by creating awareness of youth struggling with depression, as well as encouraging the importance and power of acceptance and love. We hope to see you there.

The Academy Theatre will be presenting this year's spring show Guys and Dolls on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 24-26. All shows begin at 7 p.m. and will be presented in the White Chapel. The cost to purchase tickets is $10. Tickets will be available at the door, beginning at 6:30 p.m. each evening. It will be general admission. If you have questions, please email We look forward to seeing you at the show.

FINAL EXAM Schedule for ALL Students:
May 29: 8:00 a.m.: 1st Period Exam & 10:00 a.m.: 2nd Period Exam
May 30: 8:00 a.m.: 3rd Period Exam & 10:00 a.m.: 4th/5th Period Exam
May 31: 8:00 a.m.: 6th Period Exam & 10:00 a.m.: 7th Period Exam
June 1: 8:00 a.m.: 8th Period Exam & 10:00 a.m.: Make-Up Exam

Save the Date for the 2012 Baccalaureate Service
All seniors and their families are invited to attend the Baccalaureate Service on Friday, June 1st. 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.

Save the Date for the 2012 Commencement Ceremony
The 2012 commencement ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 3rd at 4:00 p.m. at Wheaton Academy. There are no tickets for graduation. We will have open seating for indoor or outdoor ceremonies. Please click here for updates and current information. This section of the Wheaton Academy website will be updated regularly.

Freshman Parent Service Opportunity
We are looking for a few freshman parents to volunteer to help with our Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, June 3rd. Traditionally, freshman parents have worked alongside Jim Holtrop to coordinate the parking before the Commencement, which begins at 4 p.m. If you would like to serve in this capacity for a couple hours, please contact Jim Holtrop for more information.

Graduation Volunteers Needed
We are in need of volunteers to help with graduation. Volunteers are needed to plate cookies on June 1st or serve at graduation on June 3rd. Please contact Jim Holtrop via email if you would like to serve. Thank you for your willingness to make our events a success.

The 2012 edition of "If Clouds Are Full Of Water" (WA's student literary journal) has been official released online at All of the writing and artwork were done by Wheaton Academy students and the journal was produced through the efforts of student editors. We are really excited about this year's journal, as it is the first year we have produced an online version. The online version allows for a better representation of the published artwork, as well as wider distribution. It can be accessed online at

All medical requirements for the upcoming year can be found on our web site.
Below are the links to each specific student group.
Please contact Julie Grant, school nurse with any questions at or 630-562-7504.

Returning students click here.
Freshman students click here.

Students who will be enrolled in English II ADV, English III ADV, British Literature ADV, or AP English for the 2012-2013 school year must read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak before the first day of school. Students are encouraged to purchase a copy of the book or check it out at the local library. They will need a copy of the book to use in class during the first two weeks of school. Questions should be directed to English Department Head Trish Main via email or 630.710.0084.

The Art Department is looking to sell a floor model handweaving loom.
  If you are interested and/or want more information, please contact Barb Frost.

Summer Jobs – Looking or Offering?
As in past springs, Wheaton Academy is putting together a list of current WA students looking for summer work and current WA families looking for student workers. If either of these descriptions apply to you, email Barb Frost with the pertinent information (including a contact name and email/phone). The list will appear in the next three WA Weeklies (May 25, June 1 and June 8) for your information.

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 available 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 driver's license number is required as part of the application. Applications are available in the front office, outside Mr. McDonell's office or on the website under Forms and Documents on the Parent or Student Page.

In an effort to accommodate student schedules and extracurricular activities, Wheaton Academy offers after school and summer driver’s education courses. These schedules are designed to allow students to take an extra academic class during the semester and also accommodate athletes’ busy schedules throughout the year. Two classes will be offered this summer that will run on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from June 4, 2012 to June 27, 2012. The first class will run from 10 am – 12 pm. The second class will run from 1 pm – 3 pm. For information on class schedules, pricing and availability, please call630- 983 -9235or visit Gift Certificates are available as well and make a great gift for any student!

Student Services

Did you know that Wheaton Academy provides locks for student’s lockers? Some lockers have built in locks – but for many – we provide a removable lock to keep your student(s) property safe and secure. The locks are provided free of charge – unless they need to be replaced. To save money – we reuse these locks every year. Please help us by reminding your student to turn their lock into Student Services before after their last final. Thank you for your help in keeping our costs down.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar - August 1 is an important date! 2012-13 Back to School forms are due to Student Services BEFORE August 1. Back to School information and forms will be mailed home mid-July for you to review and complete. If we do not have the required forms in Student Services BEFORE August 1 – your student(s) will not be allowed to participate in any athletic activities, tryouts, school events and/or retreats until the paperwork is received. So, please watch for this important paperwork to arrive in your mailbox mid-July!

Information and registration is available by clicking on the Registration button on As courses become full, we will list the course as “closed” on the website. Current WA students who paid only a deposit when registering for Summer Academy should have received a bill for the balance and payment was due to FACTS by May 1. Incoming freshmen who paid only a deposit will receive a bill for the balance and payment is due to the Wheaton Academy Business Office by the date listed on the invoice.

Parents ask us all the time, “How do I send my student’s GPA information/report card to our insurance company?” It’s very easy! Just log into WA Web, go to "Students", then "Transcript" and print the transcript.

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

Camp College is a three-day workshop for students now completing their junior year to prepare college applications, resumes and essays. Camp College will be led by Dan Crabtree, WA’s college counselor, June 5-7 from 9 to noon. The cost is $90. Contact Mr. Crabtree for further information.

Service Opportunity
Looking for a one-week service opportunity? A Neighborhood Bible Club will be held August 6-10 and is looking for buddies to work with special needs kids. Contact Cristi Foos (a former WA teacher) at 630-876-2851 or

Vector Summer Jobs
Vector Marketing is looking for graduating seniors for summer customer sales positions.  A representative will be at WA during lunch on May 22, or students can find information on

Here's an early announcement about a couple of college fairs that will take place in our area in the fall.  The "Colleges That Change Lives" tour will be in Chicago on Sunday, August 26 at noon in the Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg.  The National Christian College Fair circuit will be in our area (Naperville, Elgin, and Elmhurst) the week of October 8.

Register Now for Athletic Summer Camps
There are still spots available in the Wheaton Academy Summer Athletic Camps! There are a variety of camps available for elementary through high school -- basketball, soccer, wrestling, baseball, volleyball, football, fitness, lacrosse, and tennis camps. Sign up by clicking here today!

Mandatory Pre-Season Football Meeting
For anyone interested in playing Warrior Football in the fall, there will be a mandatory Pre-Season Meeting on Monday, May 21 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Atrium for all players and their parents. Siblings are invited to join in some fun activities and ice cream! Questions, please contact Coach Ragan at or call 630-562-7519.

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