Monday, March 4, 2013

Updates 3/4/13

Updates 3/4/13

Engaged Students Abound at Wiley!
Based on the current participation in our parent survey, with 177 families responding, 82% believe their children are engaged learners throughout their day. We are very proud to be providing engaging units of study this year across our curriculum. I would like to highlight a unit that is happening now and upcoming units to illustrate what this looks like for your children at Wiley. 

The second graders are beginning an awesome unit of study around economics. While that may be a stressful topic to us as adults, the students will be immersed in activities that help them in answering the following essential questions:
*How does where you live impact the availability of goods and services?
*What could contribute to changes in a community's future economic resources?
*How does where you live affect the definition of needs and wants?

This exploration will include book studies, creating inventions, and participating as producers and consumers in an economic fair! Learning that is rigorous, related to the real world, celebrates creativity while exploring content, and internationally relevant--fosters engaged students. Don't you wish you could go to second grade, too?!

Similar units designed around essential questions, our curriculum and our magnet theme are on the way across campus!

Check out these other engaging units going on all over the Wiley World:
*The 4th/5th grade language classes are studying cultural elements of food and food related vocabulary and the essential question What distinguishes an American table from another culture's?
*Fifth grade is finishing studying the Westward Expansion and the essential question Why do people move?
*Fourth grade is currently studying immigration and the essential question How do different cultures shape our lives?
*Third grade is getting ready for their unit on plants and geography and the essential question How does where we live influence how we live? 
*First grade is currently studying the Earth in the Universe and the essential question How are day and night connected?
*Kindergarten is getting ready for their Weather unit and the essential question How does weather affect people?
*The arts and movement students are getting ready to study communities and the essential question What is creativity and what is its importance to the individual and culture?

Congratulations Mrs. Jones!!
Mrs. Dianne Jones, our star first grade teacher, was chosen this year as one of 24 semi-finalists for WCPSS Teacher of the Year. We are SO proud of you, Mrs. Jones!

2013-2014 Language Placement Notification
As we approach the end of the year, the language department is beginning to look at students’ progress for language placement for next year, as is done each year. Please note that there are specific criteria that language teachers use to determine the appropriate language level.  
·         strong evidence of retention of target vocabulary
·         writing/speaking/listening/reading skills
·         participation
·         quarterly grades  
Language recommendations will be sent home at the end of May.

Books Are Magic NEED
We are running behind on our goal for our book drive!  To help make sure everyone has books to read this summer, we are extending our collection dates until March 15.  The collection bins are right outside the main office here at school.  Please come by and donate your gently used books!

Any donations are appreciated!  If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Foglia or Lea Roark.

Free Pictures for Your Time
Could you help with picture day, March 13? We need 2 volunteers in the morning and 2 in the afternoon to help with collars, cow-licks, and lip gloss:) For your time, Lifetouch has donated free picture packages to the first 4 volunteers to sign up. Please email Ms. Porter at if you are able to help.

Upcoming Events
Now through March 8: Books Are Magic book drive
March 8: Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble artist in residence day 
March 13: Spring Pictures
March 15: Early Release
March 26: Family Curriculum Night
March 28-April 5: Spring Break