Wiley Wednesday

Magnet Highlights - First Wednesday Monthly Update

Magnet Theme

Three weeks ago, we introduced 'Wiley Wednesday' updates and provided an overview of the information you can expect to receive each week. First Wednesday updates (that's today!) will highlight our Magnet Theme.

Get a glimpse of what Wiley has been up to beyond our foreign language and elective classes.

CELEBRATION TIME! We are a Nationally Certified Magnet School!

We are so excited to share with you the great news that Wiley International Studies Magnet Elementary is one of the first 55 Nationally Certified Magnet Schools in the nation.

As a Nationally Certified Magnet School, our school has demonstrated through evidence, reflection, and strategic action, that we have established the Standards of Excellence in our school and fulfilled a commitment to our community stakeholders.

Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the national association of magnet and theme-based schools, created this national certification process designed to recognize the most exemplary magnet schools in the nation. MSA help magnet schools as they continue to grow and provide high-quality, innovative curriculum and instructional programs that promote choice, equity, diversity, and academic excellence for all students. The certification process is based on the five pillars of magnet schools and the National Magnet School Standards of Excellence. These standards define the essential elements and characteristics of high-quality magnet programs.

Being recognized as a Nationally Certified Magnet School is a tremendous honor and accomplishment.

Monthly School Wide Global Monthly Events for September

International Dot Day (September 15ish)

Every month we do our best to make connections with others around the world. Every classroom at Wiley participates in some way.

We will be having a school wide celebration of International Dot Day at our first UN Council meetings on September 29.

International Dot Day is staged to encourage people of all ages to harness their creativity. It is a worldwide celebration each year. The inspiration behind the event is the children’s book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. It relates the tale of a teacher who challenges one of his female pupils to take courage in her abilities and from a dot on a page the youngster goes on to make her mark.

This school year we will be using the children's book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds. Building off the book The Dot, in Ish a creative spirit learns that thinking "ish-ly" is far more wonderful than "getting it right".

International Day of Peace (September 21)

2017 Peace Day Theme: Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.

The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") is observed around the world each year on September 21. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.

Our teachers and students will be participating in an activity related to Peace Day!

UN Councils at Wiley

Our entire school has monthly UN Council Meetings where students across all grade levels K-5 get together in small collaborative groups represented by a country to build our school community.

Our first meeting this school year will be on September 29. Make sure to ask your student what country their UN Council represents. We will start our first meeting with The Kindness Rocks Project - Students will get an opportunity to paint a rock and place it in our Wiley Community to inspire each other to join the pursuit of inspiring others through random acts of kindness.

WE WILL NEED SOME ROCKS! (Please send them to your child's teacher.)

The best type of rocks are flat smooth rocks, the 3 inch to 5 inch size work best!

Pictures will be posted in our next newsletter and in the hallway on the way to the front office.

Galapagos Islands Cultural Exchange Teacher Trip

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Six Wiley Teachers had an amazing opportunity to be a part of a cultural exchange with teachers on the Island of Santa Cruz that is part of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. Through a graduated co-teaching sequence, a Wiley teacher was paired with a teacher at the Tomas de Berlanga school on the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. Team members observed and conducted lessons in the classroom sometimes with a translator when needed. After each school day was completed, the team members took part in one-on-one meetings and professional development workshops with the teachers in Tomas de Berlanga. The visit abroad began and ended with a culture based exploration in Quito the capital of Ecuador. Where we got to experience all the effects of being right in the middle of the world on the line of the equator. We look forward to sharing our experiences with our students at Wiley and maintaining our relationships with our co-teachers and their classes in Ecuador virtually. This trip would not have been possible without the generous PTA grant money that the teachers received as partial funding for the trip. We cannot thank you enough!

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