8th Grade Letter 1-21-22

*This letter is courtesy of Donna Wozniczka

Hello 8th Grade Families!

It’s unbelievable that we are already at the end of January – just 4 months from graduation! Currently, many of you are embroiled in the application and/or placement process at your child’s intended high school. I have been working with many of our local public high schools such as Stevenson, Fremd, Palatine, Barrington, and District 214 schools to ensure proper placement. In addition many of you are also applying to several wonderful private and boarding schools. 

Please know that our teachers dedicate significant time to ensure that every recommendation request is fulfilled with thoughtful consideration specific to your child. Though they have 36 students applying to multiple schools, they attend to each request with the focus required as though it were the only one.. This is time consuming so your patience and advance planning is appreciated. In order to help streamline the process, all recommendation and record requests should be submitted directly to my attention so that I may coordinate a timely response. In addition, I am here to help with transcript or records requests. 

A couple of weeks ago I asked that you complete a form essential for carrying out a successful graduation event. If you have not had a chance to complete this questionnaire, please do so by Friday, January 29th (Required Graduation Information Request). Although it may seem that there is so much time left until graduation, the process of planning a successful event requires early preparation.. 

I understand that many of you will not know which school your child will be attending until sometime in March or April and will not be able to give me that information until that time. As for the sentiment that is asked for, please know this is a short, congratulatory statement that will be included in a slide show prior to the start of the ceremony (if we don’t know if this will happen, I wouldn’t add it here.  The slideshow should be enough motivation)This is voluntary and not a requirement for the ceremony. I ask that you keep it brief – a short sentence or two. We make every effort to produce a memorable graduation for all students while still making it personal for each of our graduates. These small parts help us do that.

In the meantime, if there is anything that I can do to help during this memorable time, please let me know. 

Donna Wozniczka

High School Transition Coordinator