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Nursery - Gr. 5

Lower School

Welcome to Lower School
Our Mission Statement
The goal of the Lower School is to support each student in developing the academic skills, personal awareness, and emotional resilience necessary to be a successful learner and valued member of the community.

About Us
The Lower School offers a sophisticated, joyful, learning experience built on a rich  daily program responsive to each and every child.  As the little brothers and sisters in a spirited, Nursery through 12th-grade family, Lower School children are inspired and supported by the dynamism, positive energy, and  commitment of the entire Wheeler community. Above all else, the teachers in our Lower School are extraordinary – experienced, enthusiastic, creative and deeply invested in each child’s success.

Signature Grade-Level Events
While a rich, exciting, and intentional day-to-day program is our foundation, the Wheeler Lower School also believes in culminating moments in each grade – “ta-da!” or “wow” events – that draw the threads of the curriculum together in a way that a child will remember forever…”

Visit our Signature Events Page to learn more.

Special Program Links
Unique to the Lower School at Wheeler are the quality "special" subjects that are a regular part of each child's day.  Click on the links below to learn more about what our students experience in the areas of enrichment and arts education.
Aerie Program
Art Department
Performing Arts Department
Prescott Library

Wheeler's second campus, 120 acres of fields, woodlands, classrooms and athletic facilities is affectionately known as The Farm, and is site for many Lower School opportunities — such as week-long classes for the First Grade each fall and special events through Aerie such as Fourth Grade's Frontier Day and Second Grade's Safari Day.
How do we integrate technology in the classrooms?
Our teachers at Wheeler act as technology integrationists researching technology tools and choosing technologies that enhance curriculum, instruction and student learning. Teachers use their instructional expertise and content knowledge to identify innovative ways technologies may be used to teach their subject area disciplines.

Technology Integration at Wheeler
To learn more about the ways we are integrating technology into teaching and learning across the school, visit the Technology Integration Page

Read More!
Lower School Now & Then Winter 2014 special section
Read more about our Lower School in this special magazine focus section.
A Look Inside
Nursery Class and Caps For Sale
Wheeler School Broadcasting presents the Nursery Class performance of "Caps For Sale."

Lower School Community Meeting Video
What happens in the Lower School Community Meeting? 
Every Wednesday it's the place to be...
Young Scientists in Action
Program Spotlight: Mathematics
Learn about Math in Focus
The Wheeler Lower School, Hamilton, and Sixth Grade implemented the Math in Focus program in the 2012-13 academic year. See what the program looks like by watching our video.
Program Spotlight: Young Writers

Students in Catherine Vaughn's first grade class are deep into the writing process. Students used their classroom iPads to create their own super heroes - the jumping off point for a creative writing project where these first graders created their own comic strips.  See the amazing results!
Contact Information
Dana Hahn
Head of Lower School

Patricia Glendinning
Administrative Assistant Lower School & Aerie