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Jessica, As I finally have a minute to sit down to write this letter,  I want to share my heartfelt congratulations to you, Jessica.  I have full confidence that you will lead our school with grace and skill.  As you begin your own WCDS journey, know that you will find great wisdom in the hearts and minds of...
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Dear Wheeling Country Day School Community: On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am delighted to announce the unanimous decision of the Board to appoint Jessica Broski-Birch as Wheeling Country Day School’s next Head of School, effective, July 1, 2024. We believe Jessica will be a highly competent and confident steward of Wheeling Country...
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It’s 8:40 in the morning and there have already been two countdowns at WCDS. The first was for the launch. This morning I started my day in the field in front of the school. I was there to witness the launch team of fifth grade students prepare to send the weather balloon, the JoJo IV, 100,000 feet...
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*This blog post was originally written June, 2016. A new post about this year’s launch is tentatively slated for December, 2016. Fingers crossed! 3…2…1…WOOO!!! An idea that really began as a side project with the simple goal of aerial photography of our school has quickly become a signature moment annually at WCDS. Launching a weather...
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WCDS participates in ‘Roots for STEM’ project to increase early childhood participation in higher-level thinking and creativity. Throughout this school year, Wheeling Country Day School has received funding from The Sprout Fund and Remake Learning Network to increase early childhood teacher and student comfort in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines. Using STEM...
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Hello and welcome to the new weekly blog from Mr. Hladek and Coach Joe about the World Peace Game! You’ll hear from each of us on here, depending on the week. In addition to the blog, we will be podcasting each week to discuss the game with each other and even interview some students along the...
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Traditionally, elementary school teachers have been isolated from other teachers spending the majority of their day alone with students. This egg crate model of teaching has been the way it’s done in elementary education since we were in school. Teachers who work in the same building and share a wall between classrooms might not ever...
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My wise friend Bill Hogan recently shared a line from “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”: “Everything will be all right in the end … if it’s not all right, then it’s not yet the end.” I am grateful to him for sharing that with me. There is something calming, reassuring and hopeful about its message....
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Wheeling Country Day School Outdoor Sign in the Sunset of Wheeling, WV
You have heard the term “helicopter mom,” I am sure. It certainly has worked its way into our vernacular. Sneaking in right behind it is another term, “the snowplow mom.” The former hovers nearby to make sure all is well. The latter clears the road ahead of obstacles that lurk. Personally, I am not a...
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Aunt Betty died. I know you do not know my Aunt Betty, but I am confident that each of you had (or have) an Aunt Betty in your life. In recent years, our visits consisted of my sitting at her feet and sharing stories. In earlier years, I was her audience and she wove the...
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