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This Week at Wheeler March 5, 2020

An 8th grade Cityside student works on an illustration as part of a public mural installation at Peace and Plenty Park. Students are creating 54 murals that will decorate the fencing around the park. Watch as the murals are installed by a group of Wheeler students from all grades on Founder's Day this May. Did you know: Nearly 22 Cityside projects related to History, Civics, Art, Science, and Economics are underway?

Vol. 1 Issue 23

Growing Minds: Joyfully Solving The Problems of Math

BY FELICIA VINCES, LOWER SCHOOL DIRECTOR, AND REBECCA BOSWELL, LOWER SCHOOL MATH CURRICULUM COORDINATOR

If you ask some adults about their experiences in math class growing up, you may get a mixed-bag of responses ranging from groans and grunts to squeals and boasts. Math classes in the Wheeler Lower School aim to incorporate rich activity and collaborative problem solving so kids find the wonder and curiosity of math rather than drudgery. When students inevitably ask, “When will I ever use this?”, a teacher knows that math is about problem-solving and as such can be applied easily to real-life situations. The nuances of understanding and visualizing a math scenario is the foundation to being able to develop and sequence a plan to solve that problem. Therein lies the real-life application. Of course, one will sometimes encounter a problem that doesn’t appear like the others seen before, but that is where the magic begins.

3rd Grade student, Lily talks about how she engineered a robotic tiger.

Lily is in the 3rd grade at The Hamilton School at Wheeler and successfully engineered this robotic tiger in our Hirsch/Alperin Design Innovate Build Lab (The DIB Lab) as an independent Aerie enrichment project. We loved the video so much we wanted to share Lily's newly-discovered "superpower" with all of you.

This Week

This Week at Wheeler: In the Lower School, our students have worked across disciplines to explore the Harlem Renaissance, from notable people in history to music, and science and art; students have collaborated and share what they've learned all semester long. Our Upper School students share their knowledge with our young ones by assisting in Joyce Ball's Academic Support classroom, and with Revisit Day coming up soon, we're excited to welcome new faces to our campus and share next year's Upper School course offerings. Our Wheeler Warriors will be in practice mode during Spring Break, here is their schedule.

In other exciting news, our Chess teams in all three divisions are finishing their seasons strong, with both Middle and Upper School teams in the lead. Model UN Club returned from the National High School Model United Nations conference in NYC . Coach Ginny Laffey "In observing the committees in action, I was reminded that diplomacy is hard and requires work that often goes unacknowledged as many international issues are difficult to resolve and often are managed rather than solved. I applaud the students for embracing this process and enjoying the satisfaction of collaboration and mediation that is often not about winning or losing but rather making the best possible plan for all involved." Visit our Awards and Honors pages.

Next Week at Wheeler

  • Thursday, March 5: US Play, Les Miserables (Wheeler Memorial Hall) SOLD OUT but Wheeler School Broadcasting is recording it.
  • Friday, March 6: Mind your ps and qs Party (Hale Family Assembly Hall)
  • Friday, March 6: US Play, Les Miserables (Wheeler Memorial Hall) SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, March 7: US Play, Les Miserables (Wheeler Memorial Hall) SOLD OUT
  • Wednesday, March 11: LBGTQ Parent Coffee, 8 am
  • Friday, March 13: MS 3rd Quarter Closes
  • Friday, March 13: Adoption Parent Coffee, 8 am
  • Friday, March 13: Gr. 5 Invention Convention, 8:30 - 9:30 am
  • Friday, March 13: Open Mic Night /Hope For Haiti, 7 pm
  • SPRING BREAK BEGINS 3 pm FRIDAY, MARCH 13. Classes Resume, 8 am, Monday, March 30

There are even more calendar highlights on our website www.wheelerschool.org! Login to the Parent Portal to see the full Wheeler calendar as well as parent and staff directories.

Important Tidbits

Awards and Honors: Be sure to check out all the new Awards and Honors of our students! Model UN and English Dept. have announced recent ones. There are several categories to look through, so make sure to check them all!

The Upper School blood drive that was scheduled is postponed until later this Spring. The Health Center is focusing their resources on other health-related priorities. Thank you in advance for your support and understanding. We will send updated information as we plan for the Spring.

New After school Enrichment Offerings: Will begin when we return from Spring Break, but you can view them in advance!

Spring Forward Fridays at the Wheeler School Store: Spring break is on our minds! Join us at the School Store every Friday until March break to spin the wheel for great discounts towards purchases of $10 or more.

Become a Mentor Family: It is almost time to start welcoming new families to the Wheeler community for the next school year! We invite you all to volunteer as a Mentor Family and become part of this much-appreciated Wheeler tradition - please click HERE to sign up.

Save the Date for Grandparents/Special Friends Day - May 8, 2020: This is a wonderful opportunity for grandparents or special friends to see what makes our community unique and share in their grandchildren’s school experience. As we prepare to mail invitations for this special day, please complete this contact form for each grandparent/special friend that you would like us to invite.

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