This Week at Wheeler January 9, 2020

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Vol. 1 Issue 15

Growing Minds: A Heavy Backpack & Today’s Learners

By Young Un, Head of Strategic Innovation and N-8 Divisions

Wheeler’s form of academic rigor has strategically evolved well beyond heavy backpacks and an endless cycle of lectures (the “sage on the stage”), rote memorization, and tests. The Lower and Middle School version of academic rigor expects more of students because they can and should do more than listen to lectures, take tests, memorize facts, and do homework. Bloom’s Taxonomy offers a framework for understanding Wheeler’s concept of rigor by categorizing and showing the interactions among educational goals and the many dimensions of learning.

This Week

This Week at Wheeler: Warrior and Hometown Hero, Kate Keenan '21 hit her most memorable three-pointer yet, and WaterFire Arts Center highlighted Cityside — our academic inquiry-based learning center — in their Year in Review. We announced that Michael J. Geller is joining our College Counseling Office , and our students have been excelling in math! and we're warming up our voices for tomorrow's Choral Concert. Before Holiday Break (how long have we been gone?), we announced three amazing individuals to visit campus and shared our top moments from 2019!

Next Week at Wheeler

  • Thursday, January 9: 9th & 10th Grade Parent/Guardian College Night. 7pm - 8:30pm
  • Friday, January 10: Lost and Found Reunion, 11:30am - 3:30pm
  • Friday, January 10: Winter Choral Concert, 7pm
  • Wednesday, January 15: WSPA All Division Meeting *Please note evening time, 7-8:15pm
  • Thursday, January 16: Chazan Gallery Opening: Anthony Fisher, Milisa Galazzi, and Thomas Spencer Ladd, 5 - 7pm
  • Friday, January 17: 2nd Quarter Closes - MS
  • Friday, January 17: Adoption Coffee, 8am

Find the January Parent Postcard here. We’re going green!

There are even more calendar highlights on our website www.wheelerschool.org! Login to the Parent Portal to see the full Wheeler calendar.

Important Tidbits

Enrollment Event: Winter Showcase (tell your friends!): January 12, at 12:30 pm. More information can be found, HERE.

WSPA All-Divisions Meeting: January 15, 7-8:15 pm in the Isenberg Auditorium (GCA).

This is our only WSPA evening meeting of the year! We will have a special presentation by Young Un as well as a panel of teachers on the topic, "How teaching and learning has and hasn’t changed the last 10 years.” We look forward to seeing many of you there!

WSPA “Yes and…” Improv Night for Parents and Guardians: January 23 at 7-8:30pm in Wheeler Hall.

Love watching reruns of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Curious how the casts of Bridesmaids, Waiting for Guffman, and Anchorman learned their craft? Then join the WSPA and Michael Himelfarb, Upper School English teacher and LS and MS parent for a FREE improv comedy workshop for parents/guardians. Get away from the kids for an evening and learn how to play Messages, Buzz, Party Quirks, Props, and other classics. REGISTER TODAY by emailing lanahyun@gmail.com to lock in your spot (max. 25). No experience necessary, but do bring a willingness to laugh at yourself and others. Especially others.

Middle School Basketball Social for Middle School students and families: January 17 from 3:30 - 6:30 pm in the Madden Gym. Open to all families and students in grades 6 - 8. Find the Basketball Social Permission slip, HERE.

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