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This Week at Wheeler September 26, 2019

Cover photo: An Upper School advisor group strikes a pose during their fall class trip.

Who is our NuVuX Fellow?

. . . students who have experienced the NuVuX pedagogy and process become aware not only of the social, cultural, and physical systems that surround them but they also learn to see themselves as people who have the power, confidence, and ability to reimagine these systems for the better." Shaunta Butler, NuVuX Architecture Design Fellow
Wheeler's NuVuX Fellow, Shaunta Butler, looks over a design challenge model by faculty in a Summer Ed Camp in the run-up to the opening of the school year. Shaunta has a BA from Colorado State University and a Masters from Harvard Graduate School of Design, plus studied in MIT's Media Lab. She helps direct the work of Wheeler's NuVuX Studio Term.

This Week

This Week at Wheeler, we realized the power of community. The entire Hamilton student body advocated for climate change , and the Upper School's Advocacy and Activism Club led plans for more student activism around the issue. A year's worth of free reading screenings for the community beyond our School was announced by the new Hamilton Institute for Outreach and Advocacy, and soon became the hottest share on social media. Faculty and staff were treated to breakfast goodies from our community of parents and guardians organized by the Wheeler School Parents Association while students from grades 7-12 went on a day of trips and activities to build connections and create class unity. And, we announced an expansion of open classroom Wheeler Day events!

#WheelerAlumni

AND THE EMMY GOES TO. . . generations of Wheeler alumni will return October 18 -19 to celebrate their Reunion Weekend. Among those returning is recent Emmy-award winner Betsy West '69, co-director of RBG the documentary. West will be honored as this year's Wheeler Founder's Award recipient. We're not saying The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences copied us since we selected Betsy this past spring. . .or are we?

Fall Class Trips & Retreats

From a 7th grade trip to Thompson Island through Jamboree at the Farm and the traditional Senior Class bonfire, memories were made through class trips and retreats last Thursday and Friday.

Next Week Highlights

  • Thursday, September 26 - 5pm -7pm, Middle School Parent Orientation & Parents/Guardians' Night (Gr.7-8)
  • Thursday, September 26 - 5:30pm - 9pm, US Parents/Guardians "Back To School Night" (Gr. 9-12) Light dinner at 5:30 in Nulman Lewis Student Center; Global Education trips info session; 6:30pm Opening Remarks, Wheeler Memorial Hall
  • Friday, September 27 - WSPA Fun at the Farm. Activities will include Ropes Course, Tennis and Yoga. All parents are welcome. There is a $15 charge for this event, and participants are asked to bring a water bottle, snacks/lunch, and a yoga mat or tennis racket. RSVP here.
  • Saturday, September 28 - Find our science students and faculty at the Big Bang Science Fair WaterFire this weekend. Points if you take a photo with them and share on social media! #WheelerSchoolRI
  • Monday, September 30 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Rosh Hashanah observance
  • Thursday, October 3 - 11:30am - 3:30pm, Nulman Lewis Student Center, Lost and Found Reunion. Find your missing items kindly retrieved and sorted by our Middle School students as a service to the school community.

Important Tidbits

Community Flu Clinic: Our very popular, efficient, and model-for-the-State (yep, the RI Health Dept told us so!) Flu Clinic takes place in the Madden Auxiliary Gym, Thursday October 17th. Two sessions: 7am to 1pm and 3pm to 5pm. Registration online here. Contact Nurses Kathy McKenna or Judy Diaz if you have questions.

Enrollment Tour Guides: To volunteer as a Family Tour Guide for Wheeler's Enrollment Office during our October 26 Open House, please contact, enrollment@wheelerschool.org

Test for the School Emergency Message System: Our annual test of the school emergency call system will happen on Saturday morning, September 28. If you do not receive a phone call, text or email (all options for emergency messages), please login to your parent portal and watch the video instructions for adding your information that can be found on your Resources tab.

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