Thursday, March 16, 2023

LEGO Night

GDW's LEGO Night was awesome!  As part of our school's commitment to providing academically focused family engagement opportunities, Gary D. Wright Elementary School Staff partnered with LEGO Education to provide this fun-filled event for our students and families.  Throughout the evening, staff guided our LEGO enthusiasts through a series of activities that promoted exploration and creativity.  Students left with LEGO kits, access to a packet of extension activities, and a swag bag filled with LEGO-themed items!

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Congratulations, Mrs. Stacy Smith!

On behalf of the Gary D. Wright Elementary School learning community, I would like to congratulate Mrs. Stacy Smith (Fifth Grade Teacher) on her recent recognition as GDW's nominee for the D300 Foundation For Educational Excellence Distinguished Educator of the Year Award.  Mrs. Smith will be honored at the upcoming Foundation Awards Banquet.  We are so proud of Mrs. Smith and are grateful for her dedication to the GDW school community!

Sunday, March 5, 2023

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey


Your feedback is important to us!
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is open now through March 31, 2023.

The Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey is open now through March 31, 2023. Please take an opportunity to share your thoughts on the important elements of our school’s effectiveness.  Each parent/guardian in your household is able to take the survey!

We sincerely appreciate everyone’s efforts in providing feedback for our school!  

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Thank you for helping us make Gary D. Wright Elementary School a great place to learn!

Saturday, February 25, 2023

PTO's 2Ball Competition

The PTO's 2Ball Competition was a slam dunk!  Thank you to our incredible PTO and both parent, student, and staff volunteers for making this amazing event possible!  Congratulations to all of our participants, and a special shout out to the following students for placing in the top three teams at their grade level: 

Kindergarten: Luke Kosnik (1st), Levi Kane (2nd), Theo Knudsen (3rd)

First Grade: Ricky Lopez (1st), Cole Kowalczyk (2nd), Knox Ronowski (3rd)

Second Grade: Logan White (1st), Declan Fawcett (2nd), Lucas Johnson (3rd)

Third Grade: Isaac Wagner (1st), Mason Stozek (2nd), Maddox Yang (3rd)

Fourth Grade: Caleb Fawcett (1st), Colby Karlo (2nd), Layden Hoyt (3rd)

Fifth Grade: Rylie Petrey (1st), Caden Smith (2nd), Darryl Younger (3rd)

Sunday, February 19, 2023

GDW PTO's Enchanted Snowball

Thank you, GDW PTO for a magical evening at the Enchanted Snowball!  The decorations were incredible, the treats were delicious, and the dancing was super fun!

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

One School One Book

Today, we kicked off our One School One Book initiative with an all school assembly that featured a movie and a puppet show to introduce this year's book - Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney.  The assembly even had us saying "squeak" and "boing" as we were introduced to some of the book's characters - Humphrey the hamster and Og the frog.  Mrs. Monroe and Dr. Gravel even dressed up as a frog and a hamster for our special kick-off assembly.  Included in this week's Virtual Backpack, families can find more details regarding our reading schedule as well as a Family Fun Pack which will be a great resource as you read this book as a family.  A copy of our book was provided to each GDW student and staff member through the generous support of the GDW PTO, as well as the Hintt/Way families. We would also like to thank the GDW Family Engagement Committee for organizing this incredible opportunity!   Thank you for your support in helping us build a community of readers.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Happy 100th Day of School, Wildcats!

Today the students and staff at Gary D. Wright Elementary School celebrated the 100th Day of School.  It's been 100 days in the 2022-2023 school year that we've been learning, growing, and having fun along the way!  To celebrate this milestone, our kindergarten students created a special quilt showcasing the numbers 1-100!  Students engaged in a variety of activities involving the number 100 including cup stacking, preparing special snacks, and even getting a glimpse into the future as to what they might look like at 100 years old!  Many of our students and staff also dressed up for the occasion.  What a wonderful celebration of learning!  Happy 100th Day of School, Wildcats!