2018

News

  • October

    Spark Learning


    Spark Learning at Wheeler all year long with your gift on October 24th.

    Each year, all of Wheeler and Hamilton comes together on Community Giving Day to celebrate what makes our School exceptional and to advance Wheeler’s commitment to innovative education. Celebrate with us by making a gift that day and watch it magnify with the power of others!

    Spark transformative learning at Wheeler with your gift for Community Giving Day and help the area that means the most to you and your family. Read how here.
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  • School Dedicates Godley Field

    Wheeler's new natural turf field, the first of its kind in New England, has been named Godley Field in honor of the family of donors Drs. Frederick Godley and Dr. Kathleen Carney-Godley.  The Godleys joined Head of School Allison Gaines Pell at a ribbon-cutting and naming event during Reunion Weekend 2018.  Allison Gaines Pell thanked the Godleys on behalf of the students and Wheeler community present and future while Rick Godley thanked former Head Dan Miller who envisioned the field.  "We found this sports field a great extension of the classroom," said Godley, "...with lessons to learn, a chance to take on responsibility and forge friendships.  We are happy to support Wheeler as it strengthens its athletic program with this facility."

    Watch the dedication event in the video on this page. 

    Read more about the field here.


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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, transformative, and rigorous 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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  • September

    Ten Honored As National Merit Semifinalists

    Ten Wheeler students have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program and will move on in the 2019 competition.  Congratulations to the following:

    Luc Allio
    Aidan Beckett
    Chloe Derocher
    John Fay
    Troy Feng
    Ben Nault
    Cecily Nishimura
    Jonathan Silver
    Aidan Wu
    Sam Yelnosky

    Wheeler also congratulates the 9 students who have been named Commended Students by the National Merit Program.
    Dana Allison
    John Chivers
    Alexandra Macdonald
    Pratul Maddipudi
    Everett Smith
    Jack Stone
    Will Volpe
    Lucy Ward
    Daniel Zhou
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  • Back To School Video

    Enjoy the sights and sounds of the first days back to school!  Thank you, teachers, staff, and parents for sharing your photos.
    After you watch the video, read Head of School Allison Gaines Pell's Opening Assembly speech here.
     
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  • August

    Welcome New Faculty & Staff

    Wheeler is delighted to introduce its new faculty and staff for the 2018-19 school year. Welcome from left to right: Sharonda, Jose, Reina, Chris, Ross, Felipe, Ky, Matthew, Judy, Bonnie, Andrew, Adam, Carrie, Valerie, John, and Trevor! Read more about each one of them here.
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  • Forest Fridays

    It is now widely agreed that — even more than knowledge acquisition — success in life depends upon skills such as work ethic, collaboration, persistence, and executive function skills (allowing us to plan, implement and complete tasks). The research makes clear that we learn these skills best in early life by spending time playing and learning with peers, exploring outdoors, generally having time to work things out. Researchers are now building on that with a “PDF” framework (playtime, downtime, family time) for children of all ages, including teenagers. All across the world, outdoor preschools, adventure playgrounds, and other self-directed experiences are nurturing the early development of key competencies that support the intellectual rigors of learning that are required (and desired!) as children grow.

    To build on an already robust curriculum of both structured and unstructured play, we introduce “Forest Fridays” at The Wheeler Farm. This year, Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten children will take the bus with their friends out to the Farm on periodic Fridays to explore nature, play together, develop independence, build creativity “muscles” and extend imagination. 

    See photos and read about the program on our Forest Fridays webpage.

    Allison Gaines Pell, Head of School
     
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  • July

    Teachers Who Travel: Wheeler Teacher Brings English And Athletics To Middle School Students Overseas

    Wheeler English teacher and Admission Associate Sean Kelly ‘02 recently returned from an 11-day trip to the cities of Beijing and Jinan, China, where he taught an English Literature and Creative Writing course to Chinese middle school students.
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  • Center: Kim Chazan Zwetchkenbaum '83

    Kim Chazan Zwetchkenbaum '83 To Receive Founder's Award

    The Wheeler School Alumni Association has announced the recipient of its 2018 Founder’s Award presented during this year’s Reunion, October 13, on the campus in Providence, RI.
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  • June

    Field 1 at Wheeler's Farm Campus Athletic Facility will be used for a new turf field.

    Natural Turf Field Coming Fall 2018

    The Wheeler School is adding a natural athletic turf field to its Athletic Complex on the School’s 120-acre second campus in Seekonk, MA.  The field will be located on Walker Street and support both fall and spring teams as well as being available to outside youth groups for rental.  It is scheduled for construction over the summer and will be in use for the Fall 2018 sports season.

    Wheeler Athletic Director Jon Donahue said, “This new turf field illustrates a continued commitment by the School to our athletics program.  Having this field, as well as the other fields and facilities at our 120-acre Farm Athletics Complex, enhances the athletic experience for our students who have great pride in our Wheeler Warrior program.”  This new artificial turf field offers greater flexibility for practices and games, allowing for optimal conditions throughout the season.  The turf field also provides valuable playing experience for student-athletes headed to colleges with similar playing surfaces.

    The new field will be made possible by a Wheeler family who wishes to remain anonymous.  The entire project includes parking and spectator seating as well as the field.  The new field will be configured into two practice fields as well as a regulation field for field hockey, lacrosse and soccer.   Scheduling for outside groups will begin in summer 2018.
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  • May

    Sophomore Wins Individual State Golf Title

    Sophomore Allison Paik (second from left in this photo with her teammates) earned the RI Interscholastic League Girls State Individual Golf Championship by five strokes at Newport Country Club in May. Paik birdied on the 4th, 6th, 10th and 14th holes, finishing with a score of 73. The Wheeler Warriors Coed Golf Team moved into the new RI Interscholastic League for the first time this year after being perennial leaders in the SENE League.
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  • Get Your Tickets To Macbeth!

    Enjoy the Middle School performance of Macbeth outdoors at The Wheeler Farm, May 17 & 18 (rain date May 19). Tickets can be purchased here!
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  • April

    Congratulations Class of 2018

    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.

    See the Class list and read speeches from Commencement 2018 here.
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  • photo by Steve Jenks

    Spring Sports Preview

    Weather willing or not, the Wheeler Warriors are heading outdoors for the final athletics season of the school year.  Read previews about each team: Baseball, Golf, Lacrosse, Softball, Boys Tennis (+ Julia!) and Track.
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  • March

    Wheeler Mock Trial Wins State Championship

    Congratulations to the Wheeler Mock Trial team who defeated Toll Gate High School to earn the Rhode Island Mock Trial Championship on Thursday, March 29. Team members are (standing L-R) Eric Tang, Declan Allio, Lauren Durkin, Catherine Sawoski, Adam Dolce. (Kneeling L-R) Mae Harrington, Caleb Radoccia. Coaches are David Schiano and Dawn Kelliher.  The national Mock Trial competition will be held in Reno, NV in May.  The organization promotes an understanding and appreciation of the American judicial system through academic competitions. The last time Wheeler won the championship was in 2006.
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  • 18 Wheelers In A Cappella Semifinals March 24

    Wheeler's performance a cappella ensemble, The 18 Wheelers, is the only RI school competing in the regional semifinals this weekend in the International Championship of High School A Cappella, to be held Saturday, March 24 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA.  At the quarterfinal event in February, one of the Wheeler singers, junior Sana Iqbal of Warwick, RI, earned Outstanding Soloist Award for the song Dancing On My Own. To see the 18 Wheelers in action (marker 29:24), visit Wheeler School Broadcasting PERFORMING ARTS section (you can request a password at the link.)
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  • photo by Cape and Island

    Tennis Courts Earn Award

    Wheeler received the 2017 American Sports Builders Association Distinguished Outdoor Tennis Facility Award for its tennis courts at The Wheeler Farm in Seekonk, MA. Congrats to our partners in the project: Gale Associates, Inc., the engineers/designers, and Cape and Island Tennis & Track, the general contractors who constructed the courts. photo: Cape and Island. 
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  • Math Department Honored

    The Wheeler Math Department has been named the first Miller Fellows for Leadership In Education. The Fellowship was established by a group of generous donors in recognition of the dedication to education and in honor of the leadership, vision, and impact that Dan and Joanna Miller had on the entire Wheeler School community.

    Head of School Allison Gaines Pell said when announcing this honor, "This fall, when our administrative leadership was charged with awarding the first ever Miller Fellowships generated by the endowment, we looked to celebrate projects that are collaborative, demonstrate a commitment to innovation, and require leadership. We found that while work across the school often demonstrates these qualities, the Wheeler Math Department showed a high level of these qualities all around."
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  • February

    Wheeler teacher Ken Clauser

    Ken Clauser Is 2018 Graduation Speaker

    Wheeler is proud to announce that Spanish language teacher Ken Clauser, who is retiring from Wheeler this school year, will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2018, their families and guests, this June 8 at The Wheeler Farm. 

    Clauser has taught Spanish for 50 years and has been a member of the Wheeler Modern Language faculty since 1981. During that time, he was Department Chair and led a committee that introduced a Chinese language program to Wheeler. He served on the Search Committees that resulted in Young Un’s appointment as Head of the Middle School, in Neeltje Henneman’s selection as Head of Upper School and in Dan Miller’s appointment as Head of School. He holds a degree in Spanish Literature from Boston College’s Graduate School and studied abroad at La Universidad de Valencia. Before teaching at Wheeler, he helped run the Cabot Street Theater, a summer theater that performed in Wheeler Hall. For more than 30 years, he has sung in the quartet at Temple Beth El and currently serves on the board that plans the fundraising event for UCAP (Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program) in Providence.
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  • January

    National Group Names Wheeler "Safe Sports School"

    As one of the few public or private schools with a full-time Athletic Trainer, the Wheeler School has earned a "First Team" ranking from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and a "Safe Sports School" award. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.
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  • From the Fall Season Varsity Athletic Awards Ceremony

    Post-Season Honors Continue for Fall Warriors

    Congratulations to our players for the post-season honors that recognize our athletes with All-State and All-Division listings.  To see the entire list of these visit our Awards page here.  We have three All-State honorees in Girls Tennis and Football and will update this listing as more are named. Congrats to the athletes pictured for additional honors from the coaches and Wheeler Athletic Department. Go Wheeler!
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  • Parent Voices Featured In New Video Series

    Curious about what makes Wheeler the choice for so many families?  Listen to our parents tell their stories in this new video series.  Two videos are online now and more are coming covering every division of our Nursery - 12 grade school.

    Conversations With Parents
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  • Hamilton Life Achievement Award Announced

    Join us March 2 as we honor renowned illustrator, children's book author and dyslexic, Jerry Pinkney. Read more about this year's honoree and RSVP here.
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  • Wheeler Honors Actress Rose Weaver

    Wheeler is pleased to announce that acclaimed musician, playwright, actress and activist, Rose Weaver, has been named the 2018 Wheeler Community Spirit Award recipient. Ms. Weaver will receive the award at the annual SICA Potluck on February 9, 2018 in Madden Gym. Since 2004, the Wheeler Community Spirit Award has been presented to a Rhode Island community leader for her or his efforts on behalf of social justice and advocacy for those with fewer opportunities. For more information contact Princess Bomba, Director of Unity & Diversity at Wheeler.  Ms. Weaver's bio is below.
     
     
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216 Hope Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02906-2246
Phone: (401) 421-8100

Founded 1889

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.