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S-Term session 2 [August 3 - August 21]

Thank you for your interest in Wheeler's S-Term Session 2!

S-Term was designed to support Wheeler students’ learning following an untraditional and challenging spring; giving students the opportunity to stay connected to the Wheeler community and sharpen their skill set over the summer months.

Below you will find all of the information needed to enroll in Session 2. Please read carefully.

  • If you participated in S-Term Session 1; you will need to enroll again for Session 2.
  • Please refer to your child's Division during the '19-'20 school year. (For example, if your child is a Rising 6th Grader, their course options will be found under Lower School; if Rising 9th Grader, course options will be found under Middle School.)
  • Once under the correct Division, your child's classes will be labeled using their "Rising Grade." (The grade they will be entering in the fall.)
  • All classes will be held virtually via Zoom or Google Meets.
  • The classes being offered were designed dependent on faculty availability. Although some courses may read the same, the content will be different.
  • Classes will meet one day a week, August 3-August 21.
  • Each class will meet for 45 min., unless otherwise noted below.
  • Classes will be scheduled during the hours of 9 am - 12 pm.
  • You will receive your child's schedule and class information prior to the start of class.
  • We're excited for the year ahead and what better way than to celebrate your child's transition into the new school year!

This resource comes to you as an inclusion of your tuition. Enrollment will close Friday, July 24.

Scroll below to find your child's Division and to enroll.

LOWER SCHOOL
  • Below you will find Lower School S-Term classes offered by rising grade level.
  • Classes will meet one day a week on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for 45- minutes. (Unless otherwise noted)
  • Classes will be scheduled between the hours of 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
  • Enrollment will determine which day and at what time the class will take place.
  • Schedules along with any class information and virtual links will be sent to you in email prior to the start of class.

In order to take advantage of this resource enrollment is required. Enrollment is a commitment by your family to our faculty, as we have committed their time and efforts to support this program.

Please read the course information below before enrolling so that you know which classes to enroll in. You do not need to enroll in every class offered for your child's grade level.

When enrolling please refer to your child's grade level in the fall.

Please be sure to read the updated S-Term On-line Learning Policy before completing the enrollment form. The link to the enrollment form can be found after the class descriptions.

RIsing pre-k + Rising kindergarten

Littlest Learners / Tuesdays 9:00- 9:45 am / If you’re looking to have your child practice and apply their literacy, math and writing skills before the beginning of the school year, you’ve come to the right place! In a fun and interactive way, we will continue to build their skills by reading books together, journaling, playing games, diving into creative projects, developing a strong number sense in a hands on way and engaging in stimulating conversations. Our weekly sessions will give them the opportunity to continue using and applying these skills and keeping them fresh and exciting! Led by: Meghan Haines & Courtney Thiele (Early Childhood Faculty)

Rising 1st

Literacy / Calling all soon to be 1st graders! Come further your reading and writing identities this session of S-Term with Mrs. Calderon. We will work on phonological awareness, phonics, shared writing and reading comprehension through interactive read aloud. Bring your writing journal and reconnect while we freshen up foundational literacy skills to get ready for the fall. Can’t wait to see you there! Led by: Bonnie Calderon (Early Childhood Faculty)

Math /Are you a soon to be first grade mathematician? Come to this S-Term session for math with Mrs. Calderon. We will engage in live number talks, work on fact fluency and deepen our work with all the models we learned in Kindergarten to build strong place value, addition and subtraction skills. Reconnect with the community and move your math mind forward. Can't wait to see you there! Led by: Bonnie Calderon (Early Childhood Faculty)

rising 2nd

Reading + Writing / Get ready for second-grade reading class with a review of phonemic awareness skills, phonics concepts, and high-frequency words. We will apply these skills by playing games and writing dictation sentences. We will end the class by sharpening decoding skills, reading books and texts, and answering comprehension questions. Come enjoy word work and reading with your classmates. Led by: Kim Gustafson (Lower School Faculty)

Math / Rising second graders will deepen their understanding of place value to 100 and beyond. They will sharpen their double-digit addition and subtraction problem skills, hone their math facts, solve word problems using multiple strategies, practice telling time, and working with money as well as reviewing measurement and geometry. The sessions will help students reason abstractly and quantitatively and preserve when solving problems. Led by: Kim Gustafson (Lower School Faculty)

Rising 3rd

Reading + Writing /  Readers will read engaging and informative, "Just Right" books with teacher-directed discussions that support vocabulary development. Writing activities will be based on stories read and will enhance student engagement with literature. Led by: Catherine Vaughan (Lower School Faculty)

Math / Extend your understanding of the base-ten system and develop an even deeper meaning of number sense. Students will work with multi-digit numbers (up to 1000) and use this to develop fluency with addition and subtraction triple-digit problems. Students will work on solving word problems where they will use efficient strategies and their knowledge of math facts. Second graders will also review telling time, money, measurement, and geometry. These sessions will help them reason abstractly and quantitatively and preserve when solving problems. Led by: Kim Gustafson (Lower School Faculty)

rising 4th

Reading + Writing / Readers will read engaging and informative, "Just Right" books with teacher-directed discussions that support vocabulary development. Writing activities will be based on stories read and will enhance student engagement with literature. Led by: Catherine Vaughan (Lower School Faculty)

Math / Are you ready to get a head start on 4th-grade math? Well, you've come to the right place! This S-Term Summer course will be a fun way to get a preview of the 4th-grade math curriculum. We'll cover growth mindset, place value and number sense, and even get a head start on 4th-grade multiplication, division, fractions, and more. Join this group to gain some solid ground in your math thinking, sharpen your 3rd-grade math skills, and prepare to be the 4th-grade mathematician! Led by: John Goncalves (Lower School Faculty)

Rising 5th

Book Club: Harbor Me by Jaqueline Woodson / Do you love to dive into a good book? One that unfolds with twists and turns and the unexpected? Do you love to notice the details, bounce ideas off others and experience the story alongside a community of readers where it changes the way you think about yourself and the world? Using the text, we will pace the chapters together and meet once a week in conversation to pick apart all the layers. Gain new vocabulary, further your knowledge of figurative language, engage in perspective taking and deepen your social justice awareness. Led by: Bonnie Calderon (Early Childhood Faculty)

Problem Solving in Math / Children will use exemplars performance tasks to explore different problem solving strategies. This group will deepen their math thinking as we learn to look for patterns and find connections in our math work. Led by: Julie Abodeely (Lower School Faculty)

Rising 6th

Book Club: The Clean Getaway by Nic Stone / Do you love to dive into a good book? One that unfolds with twists and turns and the unexpected? Do you love to notice the details, bounce ideas off others and experience the story alongside a community of readers where it changes the way you think about yourself and the world? Well come along and join the rising 6th Grade virtual book club.Using the text we will pace the chapters together and meet once a week in conversation to pick apart all the layers. Gain new vocabulary, further your knowledge of figurative language, engage in perspective taking and deepen your social justice awareness. Led by: Bonnie Calderon (Early Childhood Faculty)

Problem Solving in Math / Children will use exemplars performance tasks to explore different problem solving strategies. This group will deepen their math thinking as we learn to look for patterns and find connections in our math work. Led by: Julie Abodeely (Lower School Faculty)

specials

Ready, Set, Design! / (Rising PK-3 Session + Rising 4-6 Session) / Stay connected to your Wheeler classmates in a fun and engaging design challenge! Join Ms. Williams each week for a different project. You will be inspired and challenged to design and create structures, origami and unique stories by using materials found in your home. Led by: Charlene Williams (Lower School Librarian)

Here is a list of suggested materials (substitutes will be recommended as it is not our intention for families to purchase any additional materials): Toothpicks, cotton balls, marshmallows, gummies, Q-tips, paper bag, construction paper, pipe cleaners, straws, pencils, crayons, markers, laptop/Chromebook/iPad

MIDDLE SCHOOL
  • Below you will find Middle School S-Term classes offered by rising grade level.
  • Classes will meet one day a week on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for 45- minutes. (Unless otherwise noted)
  • Classes will be scheduled between the hours of 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
  • Enrollment will determine which day and at what time the class will take place.
  • Schedules along with any class information and virtual links will be sent to you in email prior to the start of class. Since Middle School has access to their @wheelergmail.org accounts, some teachers may elect to invite the students using that platform. Please be sure that your child can successfully access their account.

In order to take advantage of this resource enrollment is required. Enrollment is a commitment by your family to our faculty, as we have committed their time and efforts to support this program.

Please read the course information below before enrolling so that you know which classes to enroll in. You do not need to enroll in every class offered for your child's grade level.

When enrolling please refer to your child's grade level in the fall.

Please be sure to read the updated S-Term On-line Learning Policy before completing the enrollment form. The link to the enrollment form can be found after the class descriptions.

Rising 7th gRade

Math / This course will focus on reviewing fundamental topics covered in 6th grade. Specific attention will be paid to foundational skills that are building blocks for concepts introduced in 7th grade. Students will practice integer operations, with positive and negative numbers, order of operations and fraction operations. Students will continue their work on proportional thinking and solving multi-step algebraic equations including distributive property. The goal is to help students understand basic mathematical concepts and develop creativity in solving complex real-life problems. Led by: Linda Leonard (Middle School Faculty)

Power Up with Persuasion 2 / Students will take their powers a little further by identifying a cause or issue in our community. They will be challenged to create media to explain why the rest of the community should support their issue. A grammar refresher will be included in instruction time. Led by: Charlene Wiliams (Lower School Librarian)

RIMSBA Book Club / The Rhode Island Middle School Book Award Nominee list has been released. Join us for a book discussion of the Apocalypse Taco by Nathan Hale or I Can Make this Promise by Christine Day. All titles available on Overdrive. Led by: Charlene Williams (Lower School Librarian)

Rising 8th Grade

Math / This course will review concepts introduced in 7th grade. Students will be given instruction and practice on such skills as proportional relationships and simplifying and solving Algebraic expressions and equations. Specific focus on review of linear relationships taught in 7th grade that will be built upon in 8th grade. These concepts include making connections between linear rules, graphs and tables and understanding the representation of slope in these problems. We will extend our work with linear equations to include solving systems of equations using Equal Values Method, substitution, and Elimination. The goal is for students to have a complete understanding of these concepts and apply them to real world situational problems, y-intercept form and standard form. Led by: Linda Leonard (Middle School Faculty)

Creative Writing - Finding the Treasure in Your Writing / In this course, students will experiment with finding their own writing voice through guided prompts and storylines. This course will aid students in creative thinking and problem solving skills. Led by: Gabby David (Aerie teacher & Wheeler Alum)

The Hero's Journey / What is a hero? Is the protagonist of every novel a "hero", or something different? How can we set up tension in a story using the events of a character's life? The Hero's Journey will help students to understand what elements contribute to a successful and compelling story by examining cases from their summer reading books and other supplemental material. Led by: Josh Primiano (Aerie teacher & Auxiliary Programs Staff)

Rising 9th Grade

Math / The second session of this course will focus on Geometric concepts taught throughout the middle school years that will be built upon next year. These concepts include the distance and midpoint formulas and their application, angles formed by transversals (alternate interior and exterior, corresponding , vertical, and supplementary and complementary angles) Finally we will review properties of triangles and polygons. Led by: Linda Leonard (Middle School Faculty)

Collaborative Novel / Knowing how to write a good story is a powerful skill. As a class, we will explore the structure of stories and come together to each write a chapter of a novel. Character analysis, plot development and creating a story framework will be important skills learned in this class. Led by: Gabby David (Aerie teacher & Wheeler Alum)

To Be, or Not to Be / It's never too early to read the Bard! In this class we will take a look at a few of Shakespeare's works, focusing primarily on one or two of his plays, but also paying attention to his sonnets and poems. Students will be challenged to read passages aloud as we act out famous scenes. We will also examine poetical structures as a means of understanding why he wrote his works the way he did. Led by: Josh Primiano (Aerie teacher and Auxiliary Programs Staff)

specials

Video Broadcasting Video Broadcasting is a Communications course offered to Middle and Upper School students. Instructed by WELH FM and Wheeler School Broadcasting director, David Schiano, and Video Instructor's Jesse Yip and Dan Capellan. The course will instruct the student on how to produce a video from its creation to the final edit. The creative process, shooting style, and editing are the focus of the class. Led by: David Schiano (WELH FM and Wheeler School Broadcasting Director)

Public Speaking 101 / To be an excellent public speaker starts with developing an argument that is constructed both thoroughly and efficiently. In this class, we will learn how to write speeches that engage your audience as well as speaking techniques that will help you deliver a speech that is both captivating and intriguing. Led by: Gabby David (Aerie teacher & Wheeler Alum) **Rising 9th graders only**

UPPER SCHOOL

Enrollment for Upper School S-Term has ended and some classes have been closed due to maximum enrollment.

Please contact Annie White, anniewhite@wheelerschool.org with any questions or concerns.

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