Friday, September 18, 2015


A huge thank you to our Wildcat Community for supporting today's PTO WALK-A-THON fundraiser.  We are pleased to announce that as a result of the tremendous support and generosity of our community, we have well exceeded this year's goal of raising $25,000.  In fact, to date, we have received $31,584.95 in donations!  Thank you to everyone who supported the PTO WALK-A-THON!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Wildcat Night at HHS Football Game

Gary D. Wright Elementary School participated in Wildcat Night and cheered on the Hampshire High School Football Team as they played Grayslake Central.  It only seemed fitting that our new Wildcat mascot made his debut  to help cheer the HHS Whip-purs on to victory!  The announcer even introduced him to the crowd and he has quickly become a fan favorite amongst out Wildcat Learning Community!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Grandparents Day 2015

Today Gary D. Wright Elementary School hosted our Annual Grandparents Day Event!  A huge thank you to the PTO and the GDW Staff for all of their efforts in coordinating this truly memorable event for our students and their families.  Over 850 grandparents were in attendance.  The day's events included a visit to classrooms, treats from the sweet table, photo opportunities, and a song led by our music teacher, Mrs. Rorer.  It was so nice to be able to spend time with many of our grandparents today and to reflect on how proud I am to be a part of such a supportive learning community!  To all of our grandparents, on behalf of Gary D. Wright Elementary School, I wish you a Happy Grandparents Day!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Exciting Things Happening at GDW

Dear Wildcat Families,

It is hard to believe that school has been back in session for nearly three weeks!  This week I have had the privilege of reading Pete The Cat and His Magic Sunglasses to our PreK classes, listening to some of our Kindergarten students read (we are assessing their letter and letter sound recognition), and assisting many of our first through fifth grade classes with the i-Ready Reading and Math Diagnostic Assessment.  We have had a very busy and productive week here at Gary D. Wright Elementary School!  I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know our students, staff, and families!

I am pleased to announce that as a result of our increasing enrollment, in the upcoming weeks the staff and I will be working to select the newest member of our GDW Team.   We are excited to announce that we will be welcoming an assistant principal to Gary D. Wright Elementary School and are anxious to fill the position with the next dynamic member of our staff.  With over ninety new students enrolled this school year in comparison to last school year, the addition of an assistant principal will enable us to better serve the needs of our growing learning community.  Once selected, I look forward to working in partnership with our assistant principal in support of your student’s success!  Enjoy the upcoming Labor Day Weekend!

Warm Regards,

Mrs. Gravel