The Wheeler School is adding a natural, organic, 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. The field will use an infill blend of coconut fiber and cork. Scheduling for outside groups will begin in summer 2018.
Join us on Saturday, October 21 from 8:30 - 11:30 am as we host our annual Fall Open House. Tour the campus, ask questions and meet students, faculty, parents and administrators. Experience Wheeler for yourself! Visit our Admissions page for details.
Wheeler is excited to announce the opening of its new Digital Production Studio (DPS). Head of School Allison Gaines Pell calls the new facility, "A terrific example of Wheeler's unstoppable marriage of opportunity and talent." Located in the Whitaker Building on the School's Providence campus, the DPS is the new home for WELH radio and Wheeler School Broadcasting where students broadcast over radio and the internet, and produce video recordings of school events in sports and the arts. Numerous classes in radio and video broadcasting and sound production take place in the studio as well as student-produced shows for on-air. The Digital Production Studio (DPS) adds green screen technology, state-of-the-art music and video editing equipment, and the capacity to use these technologies to support core coursework across every Wheeler grade and division from classes as varied as 8th Grade History, 6th Grade Science and independent studies in Documentary Filmmaking.
Wheeler's Theater program has been nominated for the 9th time to the American High School Theatre Festival that takes place at Edinburgh's famous Fringe Festival. Performing Arts Department Head Lisa Brackett and Technical Theater Director Andrew Hall '89 led a group of student performers to Scotland to perform scenes from "The Dining Room" in 2016. Wheeler also attended the festival in 2009. Bravo!
Congratulations to these six seniors, named as semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition: Benjamin Foss, Taissa Hayda, Benjamin Homer, Niklas Kniesche, Harrison Martin and Justin Paik. Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis, proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduation seniors. This year, approximately 16,000 students have earned semifinalist status and will continue in competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships to be awarded next spring.
The 24 hours leading up to and on the first day of school are filled with excitement and energy as you can see in this slideshow captured by faculty and staff and produced by Wheeler School Broadcasting!
Wheeler's Prescott Library is proud to open its new Upper School Learning Commons for the new 2017-18 school year. Designed by Ed Wojcik Architects, the new space is the final "jewel in the crown" according to Library Department Head Christine Smith. Smith added, "Over the course of the last five years, each of the division libraries has been renovated to support inquiry-based and collaborative learning facilitated through the 1:1 policy of the school for grades 3-12. Collaboration, creation, connection with, and access to, information, and demonstration of new knowledge are all manifest in spaces that combine the best of digital and print literacies. The newly-renovated Upper School Library is a flexible learning space in which students can define their own best learning styles and find the space and technology in the library to support that learning.
Librarians reported that the students were delighted with the new spaces on day one of the new school year. Here's a look at some of the new spaces covering two floors of the Prescott Library building.
Unique to Wheeler, our Aerie program is in its fourth decade and offers school-wide enrichment through an extensive set of curricular and extracurricular offerings. Named for the lofty eagle’s nest from which fledglings learn to soar, the department’s mission is to provide a rich environment for identifying and developing individual student interests and talents. Aerie offers curricular support to teachers, supplementary and independent course offerings, and professional resources for students who demonstrate a passion for learning. Aerie takes our curriculum soaring!
Seventeen may seem pretty young to pen the words to a song that celebrates its centennial in 2017, but for Wheeler student Eliza Whitney Howe (later Keith), the words to the Wheeler School alma mater came easily.
At the time of the “official” founding of the School there was no “official” school song. That changed in the winter of 1917, according to the Wheeler Archives, when the Senior Class offered a prize to the student who could write the best school song.
For 103 years, students have celebrated the approaching end of the school year with a day of fun and games at The Wheeler Farm. Purple Cows and Gold Lions face off in friendly competition, but everyone joins in the Grand March of Purples and Golds to start the day. Enjoy photos from this year at this webpage.
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.
In their first year of RI Interscholastic League competition, the Wheeler Warriors Girls Varsity Basketball team earned the DIII Championship title with a 54-30 victory over Shea High School. The victory gave the Warriors a perfect 21-0 record against DIII competition.
"It's exciting. We didn't know what to expect," Wheeler coach Stephanie Bissett said to the Providence Journal about her team, which posted a .500 record in SENE league play last season. "We didn't lose anybody from last year so they have been playing with each other for several years and they have great chemistry."
The 2017 Wheeler Community Spirit Award, presented by SICA (Students Involved In Cultural Awareness), was presented to the 7th Head of School Dan Miller at the 2017 SICA Family Potluck, Friday, February 17.
Wheeler's performance a cappella group, The 18 Wheelers, have earned a spot again this year (13 times in 20 years) on the 2017 national Best of High School a cappella CD produced by Varsity Vocals. Head to iTunes to download it and other Wheeler CDs. The Wheeler track selected for this year is a cover of "Beauty And A Beat."
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