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2019

News

  • April

    2019 Wheeler Diversity Conference

    Wheeler has been selected by the national group Pollyanna, Inc., to host the RI regional conference on community and diversity this April 27. Nearly 200 representatives from independent schools across the southern New England area will bring groups of trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and students for a day of discussion and to hear keynote speaker, Dr. Tricia Rose.  Read more and see the list of schools here.
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  • Spring Season Preview

    Wheeler Warriors are headed outdoors for spring with veterans and newcomers ready in baseball, golf, lacrosse, softball, boys tennis and track & field.  Read this team-by-team report for a glimpse into the final season of the school year.
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  • Commencement Speaker Announced

    Wheeler is excited to announce that English Department faculty member Annie Funnell will be this year's Commencement Speaker for the Class of 2019 on Friday, June 14. Annie says she has spent at least part of each of the last 56 years in school. She grew up as a faculty child at a small boarding school, South Kent School, in Connecticut. After graduating from there (a year behind Wheeler colleague Doc Gilder) and from Amherst College (with her classmates Dan Miller and Neeltje Henneman), she spent a year in Boston as a copy editor, trying to escape the family profession (her grandfather, father, brother, husband, uncles, cousins, both sisters-in-law and now a nephew have all been educators). Nonetheless, by the next fall, she was working in Admissions, teaching art and coaching crew and cross country at South Kent. Four years later, after spending seven months backpacking alone through Tahiti, The Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia, she began teaching (art, Latin, and English) at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts, where she was also a dorm head and the crew coach.

    Annie met her husband, Wheeler science teacher Bob Schmidt while working at the Wolfeboro Camp School one summer, and, after they were married (25 years ago this June), she joined the Wheeler Faculty. She has been a member of the Wheeler Upper School English Department ever since, and Bob and Annie's two sons, Eli '14 and Zander '16, both "survived" the fifteen years from Nursery to 12th grade. Having grown up in a boarding school, Annie is especially fond of spending afternoons watching games at the farm, and, sadly, would always prefer cheering on Wheeler teams to grading papers. She is currently the Class Dean for the sophomore class, but she has always been a Big Fan of the Class of 2019.
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  • Senior Art Shows Open

    The schedule for this year's Senior Shows in Wheeler's Chazan Gallery has been announced.  More than 30 students' work is featured. Stop by often now through May 3.
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  • Anna Curtis

    Welcome To Our New Enrollment Director

    Wheeler is thrilled to welcome Anna Curtis as our new Director of Enrollment starting in July. Anna comes to us with 13 years of experience in admissions and enrollment at St. James School in Maryland, and for the past eight years, as Associate Director of Pre and Lower School Admissions and Financial Aid at Packer Collegiate, an N-12 day school in Brooklyn, New York. She has a BA with a major in Drama from Kenyon College and an M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College in Organizational Leadership. We look forward to welcoming Anna, her husband Ben, and daughter Julia, to Providence and Wheeler this summer.
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  • College Acceptances 2019


    We are delighted to share the list of colleges who have accepted at least one member of this year's senior class. We are so very proud of all these students and their individual and shared accomplishments over the past four (or more!) years on our campus. No matter where they choose to set down their bags next fall, we know they will carry on the long tradition of Wheeler graduates by sharing their strong sense of compassion and citizenship for each other and the world around them  Wheeler College Counseling Office.
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  • Summer Camp Open House April 13

    Wheeler's Summer Camp Open House is Saturday, April 13th
     
    Please come join us for our Open House!
    Please bring the whole family and get familiar with our summer program!
     
    When:  Saturday, April 13th from 10:30 am-12:00 pm
    Where: The Farm, 357 Walker St Seekonk MA
    Details: Starting at 10:30 am-11:00 am will be tours of our beautiful Farm campus. 11:00am-12:00 pm is an informational session and slide show with Bob Rojee, Eliza Paradis and members of the Camp Leadership team.  This is a great time to ask any questions you may have.
     
    Can’t Make it?  That’s ok!  Bob will be available for tours and answer any questions you may have on Thursday in the month of May.  Please email Bob, at bobrojee@wheelerschool.org.
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  • March

    Congratulations to our amazing Wheeler Librarians from left: Charlene Williams (Lower School), Christine Smith (Middle School/Department Head), Brooke Strachan (Lower School) and Kate Covintree (Upper School)

    Announcing the 2019-20 Miller Fellows

    It is with great pride that the Wheeler School awards the second annual Dan and Joanna Miller Endowment for Leadership in Education Fellowships to the Prescott Library Department.
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  • Women's History Month: Two Perspectives

    During March, we offer two pieces of writing that relate to women: one a nod to the second head of school Mary Helena Dey on Library Dept Head Christine Smith's blog and an opinion piece about gender equality by 8th grader Aila Bojarski from the current issue of Wheeler's online student newspaper, The Spoke. Enjoy them both, as well as these photos of Miss Dey from our Archives.
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  • Summer Teacher Training

    The Hamilton Institute will once again offer its popular workshops this summer in Multisensory Instruction for K-8 teachers from any school. The workshop series explores practical strategies to help students with and without learning differences develop productive habits of learning and metacognition.  Download the flyer here and register here.
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  • Wheeler Tops In RI Math League for 2019

    Congrats to our 'mathletes' who helped Wheeler earn #1 in the RI Mathematics League regular season as well as earn Providence Division Winner. Wheeler also had the highest cumulative scorer and the highest grade level scorers in Gr. 9, 10 & 11 of 783 participants. State Playoffs begin April 10. Eric Tang, Gr. 10 was named highest cumulative scorer and highest grade level scorer for Gr. 10.  Brandon Zhang was named Grade Level Highest Scorer for Gr. 11 and Neil Panth tied as Grade Level Highest Scorer for Gr. 9. #GoWheeler!
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  • Transforming Education Today

    Three new programs, open to students in Lower, Middle, and Upper School divisions, have been announced at Wheeler this year.  The three programs capture the innovative spirit of today's Wheeler education — relevant, meaningful, and transformative academic experiences for our students who are ready for choice and challenge in a joyful school environment.  The three new programs include Forest Fridays at the Wheeler Farm for Early Childhood grades, Cityside for 8th graders who will collaborate on projects in the City of Providence and the NuVuX Studio Term in Upper School with its studio-model “hands-on-minds-on” project-based approach to solution-seeking that will have an impact on the community or world.  Read more, see videos and reach out to us for more information on this webpage.
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  • February

    Our Party With A Purpose!

    Join us this April for Wheeler's major fundraising "party with a purpose" — Wheeler's Night Out.  Buy tickets, donate, be a sponsor and check out the auction here. 

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  • January

    Learning Differences Conference

    Experts in the topics of executive function, assistive technology, ADHD and ways to address learning differences at school and at home will present workshops at the 2019 Hamilton School at Wheeler Learning Differences Awareness Conference on Saturday, February 23 from 9 am to noon at The Wheeler School in Providence.  Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP, co-director of 360 Thinking Executive Function Program, will present the keynote: "Executive Function: Addressing Issues For Home & School."  Download the conference flyer here.

    Parents, educators and the public are welcome to attend.  The conference fee is $50 unless you are a current Wheeler/Hamilton parent (current parents please contact Joan Graff at Hamilton for your discount code).  Register here now.
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  • Dr. Michael Rosbash (center)

    Nobel Laureate Named Fox Family Speaker

    Is our internal clock different from a fruit fly? Essentially, no, according to 2017 Nobel Laureate Dr. Michael Rosbash of Brandeis University. Wheeler welcomed Dr. Rosbash as our 2019 Fox Family Speaker, February 15. Rosbash, who with two colleagues was honored for discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm, visited Wheeler to discuss his research.  See a video of his presentation and listen to a fun radio interview with two of our students here.

    Each year the Fox Family Speaker Series at Wheeler brings an adult to campus to talk to students in all grade levels and share their passion for learning. Past speakers include Dr. Jane Goodall, RBG documentary producer Betsy West '69, and recent Metropolitan Opera composer Nico Muhly '99. 
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  • Wheeler Community Spirit Award Announced

    On Friday, February 8th Wheeler's Students Involved in Cultural Awareness (SICA) will present the Wheeler Community Spirit Award to Providence-born Jeffrey Osborne. Founder of The Jeffrey Osborne Foundation and the Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Classic, which have collectively raised over a million dollars given to various charities in Rhode Island, Osborne is also a successful musician as a member of L.T.D and as a solo artist. 
    Please join us at this free, family event (all students and their families welcome) as we honor Jeffrey Osborne! RSVP here: https://buff.ly/2QMXGLg
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  • New WaterFire Partnership

    The Wheeler School and WaterFire Providence have agreed to locate a new program for Wheeler 8th graders called Cityside to a new classroom space inside the WaterFire Arts Center.

    Starting in fall 2019, Wheeler will expand its campus and curriculum for 8th-grade students with its new Cityside program — a year-long interdisciplinary experience that extends and expands learning within the City of Providence. The new program is embedded in Providence’s 25 neighborhoods, working with various NGOs, non-profit organizations, community groups, and branches of government to provide a rich curriculum for project-based learning, inquiry, and research. Wheeler Cityside supports students in their exploration of interests as they form meaningful partnerships with collaborating organizations including WaterFire Providence, as well as other Providence artists, activists, local business owners, environmental experts and city officials, to develop projects of relevance to the student, to create value for the community, and to leave a positive impact on the city and student. (See the list of Providence organizations already committed to the new program below.)
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  • 18 Wheelers Hit National Album 6th Time In 10 Years

    The voices of 18 Rhode Island students are featured on a national a cappella compilation album for the sixth time in ten years.
     
    The 18 Wheelers, a performance a cappella group at The Wheeler School in Providence, RI, are among the only area singers with a track selected from a national pool of submissions to this year’s Best of High School A Cappella compilation album. The Wheeler group performs “Dancing On My Own” covering the Swedish artist, Robyn.
     
    The 18 Wheelers are all high school students selected by audition who perform across the state for various nonprofit organizations, schools, and community groups. In the past, the group has appeared on WGBH’s “Sing That Thing” television competition, appeared in a flash mob video at the Providence Place Mall, and were the only high school group on a compilation album produced by the Contemporary A Cappella Society in 2010. In 2011, they were asked to audition for “America’s Got Talent.”  See the full list of singers and hear the track when you Read More.
     
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The Wheeler School is an independent coeducational college preparatory day school for Nursery, Pre-K, K-Grade 12 serving Providence, RI, Greater Providence and Greater Boston. The Hamilton School welcomes Grades 1-8 with language-based learning differences.