Friday, March 24, 2017

Coins For Cancer 2017

GDW will be participating in the District 300 Relay For Life Event at Dundee Crown High School on Friday, April 7.  Team GDW will be walking to remember and support those who have been affected by cancer as well as raising finds to donate to Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society.  This past week, GDW students and staff participated in our annual Coins For Cancer drive, where we collected pennies on Monday, nickels on Tuesday, dimes on Wednesday, quarters on Thursday, and dollars on Friday.  Each day, we held a friendly competition to see which classroom raised the most funds.  Our daily classroom coin collecting champs were recognized during morning announcements and then awarded a banner to proudly display outside of their classroom for the day.  We charted our progress on the visual below, and this year many students and staff added personalized notes that we displayed along with our donations in honor of many special people who have been affected by cancer. While our school-wide goal was to exceed our donation total from last year (which was $4,743.96), we came out in true Wildcat fashion and crushed that goal by bringing in a grand total of $5,337.98, which will be donated in support of Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society.  To celebrate our accomplishment, a school-wide incentive will be provided to our students after Spring Break.  Way to go, Wildcats!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Big Chill

Under the direction of GDW Music Teachers, Miss Crater and Miss Mitchell, our first grade students performed "The Big Chill" for a packed audience!  During this performance, the students sang selections expressing their wishes for a snow day!  Fortunately, this week's weather forecast calls for temperatures in the 70's!


Monday, March 13, 2017

#D300READS Gift Card Winners

Congratulations to the following GDW students for reading over Winter Break and winning a Barnes and Noble gift card for their participation in #D300READS!  Way to go, Wildcats!

Ainsley Bryson, Faith Bryson, Evelyn Bryson, & Bella Petryniec

Friday, March 10, 2017

PTO's 8th Annual 2Ball Competition

This evening, GDW fathers and sons gathered at Hampshire High School for our PTO's 8th Annual 2Ball Competition.  Congratulations to the following students:
1st Place - Jaden Gonnam
2nd Place - Quentin Wemhoff 
3rd Place - Travaun Simmons
First Grade
1st Place - Parker Birkhead
2nd Place - Carter Hauschildt
3rd Place - Logan Prange
Second Grade
1st Place - Caleb England
2nd Place - Brody Anderson
3rd Place - Jaydon Choy

Third Grade
1st Place - Devin Bach
2nd Place - Justin Weber
3rd Place - Nolan Davis

Fourth Grade
1st Place - Wilson Wemhoff
2nd Place - Evan Wurtz
3rd Place - Blake Riddle
Fifth Grade
1st Place - Jaryd Vence
2nd Place - Alexander Lazar
3rd Place - JJ Gonnam

Friday, February 24, 2017

GDW Staff Recognized By D300 Foundation For Educational Excellence

On behalf of the Gary D. Wright Elementary School learning community, I would like to congratulate Mrs. Swiney and Mrs. Morabito on their recent recognition as nominees for the D300 Foundation For Educational Excellence Distinguished Educator and School Employee of the Year Awards.  Mrs. Swiney and Mrs. Morabito will be honored at the upcoming Foundation Award Banquet.  We are so proud of these outstanding women and their dedication to our GDW school community!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

PTO Daddy Daughter Dance

This year's theme for the PTO Daddy Daughter Dance was "A Night With The Stars".  It was a star studded event, where the girls had the opportunity to make a grand entrance on the red carpet.  A huge thank you to the PTO and all of those who volunteered their time and talents to make this event truly special for all in attendance!

Friday, February 17, 2017

GDW Participates In Six Flags Read To Succeed Program

Gary D. Wright Elementary School is proud to be participating in the 31st annual Six Flags Read To Succeed Program.  Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K-6 to read for enjoyment.  GDW students who complete six hours of recreational reading and submit their program logs by the deadline will earn a free ticket to Six Flags!  As a reminder, the deadline for turning in your child's reading log is Tuesday, February 21, 2017.  It is our hope that by participating in the Six Flags Read To Succeed Program you and your child have been enjoying time spent reading together!