Luke Hladek

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Mr. Hladek sure found himself excited for another first day of school, which inevitably made him think of all the fun times that lie ahead. Then he said, (probably aloud to himself) ‘I wonder what days we get most excited for at Wheeling Country Day School? What are our Best Days?’ Well folks, even though I...
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Oh boy…I hate goodbyes!  As a teacher, I’m used to beginnings and endings, necessary breaks and returns, first days and lasts, graduations…you know, all the stuff that goes into a year of school. And as a camp director at WCDS, you get all that stuff crammed into a single week, over and over again. You’d...
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With such a crazy year under our collective belts, it’d be more than reasonable to accept our limping to the finish of 2020. But, as we all know by now, that’s not exactly the Country Day Way™. Instead, we’ve been sprinting through the tape with unique community activities and reimagined ways of crushing what has already been quite the reimagined school year....
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Hello from summertime!  As summer moves into full swing, we wanted to remind you of all the things WCDS is offering over the next month. With ever-changing guidelines and regulations updated sometimes by the day, it’s a little tough to plan much more than that. But rest assured, when we know more, you’ll know more....
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Well, this is a weird one. Near the end of February, I began planning a Spring Break Debrief. I was eager to hear about vacations and days off and make fun of Mr. Jividen for watching The Office the whole time. Then we came back. Then March 13th happened, we left all over again, and...
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Can a Deep Learning Middle School Model Work Here? Middle School at WCDS is the Newest Venture in a School Willing to Move Forward. Liz Hofreuter is back in the classroom for the first time in years. Well, that’s not exactly true. One of her most prominent traits as a school head is her belief...
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After 90 years, we still embrace the essence of WCDS, but we continue to grow and improve as a school. We want to be an independent school in service to our community. We want to share all that we learn with others – in casual conversations, national presentations, published articles, whimsical posts, and candid video...
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‘Ok, everyone, see you next year!’ What a classic teacher joke. Like most of my jokes, it works every time. Of course, by ‘works’ I mean most of the kids roll their eyes while I chuckle to myself knowing it wasn’t very funny at all. It’s almost funnier that way. Really makes you think about...
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Liz Hofreuter in California in front of palm trees.
  Today Liz comes to you from sunny Long Beach, California to debrief one heck of a conference from the National Association of Independent Schools. Simon Sinek closed the show with a discussion of finite vs infinite games, really a mindset that takes you from short term competition to perpetual improvement. ‘You can’t win the...
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Liz Hofreuter sitting on yellow chair in front of a window.
As WCDS rests and rejuvenates during a much needed Spring Break, Liz comes to you from San Diego as she debriefs a trip to High Tech High, the school featured in the documentary, Most Likely to Succeed. She talks about how wonderful it was to be around such a standard-bearing institution, how proud it made us...
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