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End of the Year Blog

Monday, May 20th – 6th-7th exhibition 5:00

Wednesday, May 22nd – 8th Grade Capstone @ Wheeling Park Bandstand 

Thursday, May 23rd – Field Day – @ Main Campus

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6th Grade Happenings

  • English w/ Mrs. McFadden –  Our final weeks have been spent reading banned books in literature circles. Students will be completing their final projects and presenting this week. We enjoyed a creative writing activity where everyone wrote for 3 minutes and then passed their story to the next person. Some of these quickwrites turned out to be pretty good! We wrapped up Aimsweb testing and spent time reviewing grammar and vocabulary.
  • Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – This week students were asked to write and share a 2-3 verse rap, in AABB form, and set to a hip hop beat, about music!! There were some awesome and super creative rhymes – it was lots of fun!! We also started sharing our composer stories, which have been great to hear so far! Looking forward to finishing those up at our final class next week!
  • Elective w/ Mr. Hill & Mrs Chelsey – Field day is going to rock!!!! Our bucket drumming song sounds awesome and the kids are excited to present it – fantastic work everyone!!!!

April 19th, 2024

Important Dates:

Friday, May 10th (7pm – 10pm)  – Spring Formal 

Wednesday, May 22nd – 8th Grade Capstone @ Wheeling Park Bandstand Thursday, May 23rd – Field Day – @ Main Campus

6th Grade Happenings:

  • English w/ Mrs. McFadden – This week we worked on determining the meaning of unknown words using context clues along with practicing comprehension using short reading passages. We also had a lesson on how to check Google Classroom to see what missing assignments they have, along with their letter grades. If you would like to check in on them, go to classwork, view my work, and then look through the assignments. If they have an assignment that says “assigned” but doesn’t have a number grade attached, then that assignment is missing. You can also check their overall grade as well.
  • Fundamentals of Pre-Algebra w/Mrs. Murray-We reviewed and then tested on Chapter 5, One Variable Equations and Inequalities.  We started Chapter 6, Factors and Multiples.
  • Science w/ Mrs. Farris – We took our learning outside to enjoy the beautiful weather! We practice making observations using a 3-tier approach to help us organize and focus our attention. Many students found themselves discovering intricate details they previously overlooked. We compared the pond to the vernal pool by creating Venn diagrams. Learning a vernal pond is seasonal allowed us to apply our new vocabulary to identify it as a phenophase! 
  • Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – This week we continued our “Composer Time Travel” project and the students started formulating the first part of their stories; I’m loving the ideas I’m hearing so far! We spent Friday morning brushing up on our rhythm with some fun games! 
  • Elective w/ Mr. Hill & Mrs Chelsey –  Students are getting the hang of the first rhythm of our field day song! We started using our drumming buckets and worked on paying attention to our listening skills, as well as the importance of this when becoming an ensemble. There were some great rhythmic moments!!!

April 14th, 2024

Important Dates:

Friday, April 19th – 11:30 Dismissal

Friday, May 10th (7pm – 10pm)  – Spring Formal 

Wednesday, May 22nd – 8th Grade Capstone @ Wheeling Park Bandstand 

Thursday, May 23rd – Field Day – @ Main Campus

The 2024/2025 Calendar is attached below.

6th Grade Happenings:

We had a great visit to the Carnegie Museum with Madam! After we viewed the French impressionist pieces, we had the opportunity to view the gemstone/crystal exhibit and the dinosaurs. The middle schoolers did an outstanding job of representing WCDS!

  • English w/ Mrs. McFadden – Tomorrow we will finish “Ban This Book” which was widely enjoyed by our class. We had many deep discussions on book banning, and as always, it was enjoyable to hear everyone’s predictions, theories, and inferences. Students are also wrapping up and conferencing/editing their free writing from last week.
  • Fundamentals of Pre-Algebra w/Mrs. Murray- We finished Chapter 5 about one variable equations and inequalities.  We reviewed Friday and will review Monday, and plan to have a test on Tuesday.
  • Science w/ Mrs. Farris – Spring has led us to explore phenology. Students created creatures by flipping pennies to determine what structural and behavioral characteristics their animals had. Later in the week students compared mimicry and camouflage. 
  • Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – Last week and this week we started diving into our “Composer Time Travel” project! Students will be working together in pairs to research an assigned composer and write a story about meeting this composer in the present time, learning about his or her life and music compositions, and figuring out how to help them return to their time. I’m looking forward to the kids bringing their creativity to this!! 
  • Elective w/ Mr. Hill & Mrs Chelsey – Rhythm! Rhythm! Rhythm! We have been playing rhythm games to get the students ready to start learning our “Field Day” percussion routine! We will begin learning it next week, so stay tuned!!!

April 6th, 2024

Important Dates:

Monday, April 8th – Middle School to 8 Park Road for Eclipse in Afternoon

Wednesday, April 10th – 6th/7th to Carneige French Art Museum

Friday, May 10th (7pm – 10pm)  – Spring Formal 

Wednesday, May 22nd – 8th Grade Capstone @ Wheeling Park Bandstand 

Thursday, May 23rd – Field Day – @ Main Campus

On Monday afternoon, WCDS students will gather to view the solar eclipse from 3:00-3:30. Middle school students will be transported to 8 Park Rd, and we will all share in the wonder together. The school has purchased glasses for every child to wear and we joined together as a middle school today (Friday) for an explanation and fun stations, learning more about the eclipse and explaining the potentially harmful effects of viewing the eclipse without the necessary protection. 

Mr. Kalcum and Madame McAteer have organized a combined Art/French field trip to Carnegie Museum of Art on Wednesday, April 10th for our 5th – 7th graders. We’ll set off early in a rented bus, arriving by 11:00 am at the museum.   We’ll divide into groups and be given a tour of their French Impressionist Collection by one of the excellent Carnegie docents.  They will offer commentary on works by Renoir, Monet, Seurat, Mary Cassat (originally from Pittsburgh!) and Van Gogh, amongst others. The children will enjoy a tour of the French Impressionist collection conducted by museum docents and will also have some time to explore other works of art.  

After lunch, the students will have the chance to create their own Impressionism-inspired works of art.  If we have time, children could do pencil sketching of some of the copies of famous buildings in the Hall of Architecture, or visit the dinosaurs in the Natural History Museum.  

Your child is allowed free dress, but we ask that students appropriately represent Wheeling Country Day School and are encouraged to wear their favorite WCDS apparel. We ask that you send a brown bag lunch, a snack, and enough water for the day. Students are allowed to have iPads or phones on the bus but are not permitted to use them inside the museums. We plan to stop for a morning gouter (snack) at a French pastry shop near the museum.  We have ordered and paid for enough pains au chocolat for the group.  If your child would like one, please send $3.75 on Monday, April 8th, or Wednesday, April 10th, the day of the field trip.  We will leave by bus at 8:30 am and will return before 3:00 pm so plan for a normal drop off and dismissal.

6th Grade Happenings:

  • English w/ Mrs. McFadden – This week we continued to read “Ban this Book”. Students presented their culminating projects from “The Mixed-Up Files”. Several children created model rooms from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, others created slide shows about the art of Michelangelo, and the rest wrote fiction stories set in a real place.
  • Fundamentals of Pre-Algebra w/Mrs. Murray- we took a look at how to write and solve inequalities with variables from a word problem.  Wednesday and Thursday, we “planned a road trip.”  We concluded the week by learning basic spreadsheet functions with budget planning.  Ask them to show you what they learned about spreadsheets.
  • Science w/ Mrs. Farris – The recent flooding and landslides sparked great curiosity in students this week! Why is the water still rising? How is the crest predicted? How does rain cause landslides? All student-driven questions led us to build our science vocabulary. We dove into saturation and completed a percolation lab to compare how dry soil absorbs water vs saturated soil. While our hearts go out to those impacted, we embraced the floods as a learning opportunity. 
  • Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – This week students worked in their rhythm scene groups to brainstorm, explore different timbres and sounds that items around middle school have, and finally practice working together to bring their rhythm ideas to life!! There was a lot of creativity and imagination going on, and I can’t wait to see the presentations on Wednesday!

April 1st

“The deadline for the Virtual Talent Show is rapidly approaching!

The virtual talent show will be released Wednesday, April 10th.

Videos should be no longer than 60 seconds and should be edited and formatted before submission.  If there is an issue with your video, I will reach out.

The deadline for video submissions is **Monday, April 1st.**

Please send all videos to talentshow@wcdsedu.com <=========  

Thank you and we can’t wait to see what the kiddos have to offer this year!

Classes resume Tuesday, April 2nd at 10:00

  • English w/ Mrs. McFadden – Wegane b reading “Ban this Book” to continue exploring the concepts of censorship, parental choice, and intellectual freedom. This book is a great conversation starter! Students also completed their culminating activities for “From the Mixed-up Files”. Their choices included writing an original story set in a real place, creating a shoe box exhibit room from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or creating a slide show to present the exhibits that the main characters visited in the book.
  • Fundamentals of Pre-Algebra w/Mrs. Murray- This class has done a great job learning the material this year.  We have begun some basic algebra and worked on expressions with inequalities this week.  Friday, we practiced making change with some money worksheets and task cards.
  • Science w/ Mrs. Farris – Students completed a “science survey” to review our learnings of the science behind maple syrup. They were allowed to reference their science journals to complete and each saw the value of taking notes. We ended the week with science trivia Kahoot! The Kahoot was inspired by the WV Samara Education program that supports water and soil conservation. 
  • Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – This week students worked in their rhythm scene groups to brainstorm, explore different timbres and sounds that items around middle school have, and finally practice working together to bring their rhythm ideas to life!! There was a lot of creativity and imagination going on, and I can’t wait to see the presentations on Wednesday!

3/17/24

Important Dates:

Thursday, March 28th is an 11:30 dismissal (No Aftercare)

Classes resume at 10 am on April 2nd

Please purchase the book “A Long Walk to Water” for Deep Dive. Thank you!

6th Grade Happenings

  • English w/ Mrs. McFadden – We finished our essays on “The Parker Inheritance” and began “From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” this week. This book is set in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, so we are exploring the met and learning a bit about Michelangelo as well.
  • Science w/ Mrs. Farris – We took advantage of the beautiful weather to take a walk through the park. Students were encouraged to observe signs of spring and hypothesize why maple season is over. Next, we built on our physical and chemical changes to identify what change happens when making maple syrup. Students were quick to recognize that color change and aroma create chemical changes known as the mallard reaction. We ended the week exploring the different colors and tastes of maple syrup.
  • Music w/ Mrs. Chelsey – Students survived their second music quiz of the year, and if you haven’t checked out our Mozart body percussion video, it’s available to watch on the WCDS YouTube channel!! In our final few weeks together, we will be doing a “rhythm scene” project. In small groups, the students will find objects to make sound within specific memorized rhythms to create a “scene” that they will rehearse and present on our last day. I think it will be a lot of fun!

Happy Spring Break!

February 25-March 1

Important Dates:

  • March 2nd-11th Spring Break (March 11 classes resume at 10:00 am)

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6th Grade Newsletter

  • English w/ Mrs. McFadden – This week we wrapped up “The Parker Inheritance”. It was a great book to discuss with the class. It was a mystery, with some twists in character development and hidden identities. I loved seeing and hearing the lightbulbs go off as they listened to the book. It was so much fun to have a book club every day! We will finish our essays when we return from spring break.
  • Foundations of Pre-Algebra w/ Mrs. Murray-This week we reviewed median, mean, mode, and range, then triads, area, and perimeter of rectangles.  On Thursday, we had leap day games and activities.  We concluded the week with a digital math escape room challenge. 
  • Science w/ Mrs. Farris – Students developed an experimental design to highlight either physical or chemical change. They set parameters, identified variables, created hypotheses, and developed steps to conduct their experiment. While some conclusions refute their hypothesis, it created a great learning experience to find positivity in “failure” and how it is important to the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Elective w/ Mrs. Boldrick – We finished the design elective by presenting final projects to the whole middle school. We are proud of everyone’s work!

February 17th, 2024

Dear Middle School Families,

I am reaching out to let you know that we will be starting our swim season on Monday, February 26 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Wheeling Park High School Pool.  This year, Wheeling Park High School has allowed us to use their pool on Mondays and Thursdays from 6pm – 8pm.  We are going to have two coaches this year.  Airry Schultz, who was our coach our first year at WCDS will return to the team this year alongside Jade Miller, who is a student athlete at Wheeling University and helped out Coach Meredith the last few years.  We will be participating again this year in the middle school swim league that takes place on Saturday’s at Linsly.   If your son/daughter would like to participate, please have them tell me or you are more than welcome to send me an email.  

Thanks,

Carrie Ochap

cochap@wcdsedu.com

Important Dates:

  • March 2nd-11th Spring Break (March 11 classes resume at 10:00 am)

Sixth Grade Happenings:

  • English w/ Mrs. McFadden – This week we continued our novel study of “The Parker Inheritance”. This book has served as a springboard for discussions on Black History. It is also a mystery in which more clues about the inheritance are introduced in each chapter. We enjoyed completing a series of logic puzzles in order to determine who poisoned Snow White’s Valentine chocolates. 
  • Foundations of Pre-Algebra w/ Mrs. Murray-We used formulas to determine area, perimeter, and volume.  Friday, we used word problem prompts to develop our own formulas.
  • Music w/Mrs. Chelsey – This week students continued learning all the line and space notes in the treble clef scale. We created a large stave on the floor and made large “notes” to practice knowing where they go. It was a fun way to see it! We are also in the final stage of our Mozart body percussion piece. We will be filming next week and I will let you know when it will be up on the WCDS Youtube Channel for viewing!
  • Science w/ Mrs. Farris – This week students became familiar with different instruments that measure. All ending in “meter” we discussed how root words can help us in science remember definitions. We learned about a hydrometer, refractometer, barometer, thermometer, and flowmeter. Then students tested each instrument. 
  • Elective w/ Mr. McFadden- Cultural cooking took us to Japan this week. This was a tricky week for recipes! One group had success using Liam’s “sushi cannon”, and everyone seemed to enjoy sampling the results.
  • Elective w/ Mrs. Boldrick – The students are working diligently on their final design project. We are seeing creativity and ingenuity as they try new techniques such as using a sewing machine or using a hand saw (with teacher supervision of course!). The final projects are due the Thursday before we leave for spring break.
  • Deep Dive- Students are wrapping up their articles for the WCDS Zine, while the adults navigate uploading their pieces to the magazine software. This week students will gather photos, and work on the graphic design of the actual magazine. 

February 2, 2024

Important Dates:

  • February 9th-13th Winter Break (February 13th classes resume @ 10:00 am)
  • March 2nd-11th Spring Break (March 11 classes resume at 10:00 am)

6th Grade Happenings:

  • English w/ Mrs. McFadden – The 6th graders finished up their lit circle books and began creating their projects to demonstrate their understanding of their books and to encourage their classmates to read them. Their projects need to be completed by Monday. We will also begin our new book “The Parker Inheritance” next week. We have a class set, so students will not need to purchase anything.
  • Foundations of Pre-Algebra w/ Mrs. Murray-We began translating algebraic expressions, and using the distributive property and evaluating expressions.
  • Music w/Mrs. Chelsey – This week we did another “listening to rhythm” exercise, and continued learning the next section – we have a few more to go – of our Mozart body percussion piece. Once we have the entire piece down, I hope we can video it with a drone (it will look cool from above) to share with you!!
  • Science w/ Mrs. Farris – We enjoyed the last of the snow earlier this week as we explored the three states of matter by making sugar on snow! Students identify to change the states of matter, you must add or remove heat. They enjoyed a tasty maple sucker as we further discussed the molecule’s arrangement and behavior in each state. A walk through the park led the students to practice identifying maple trees and exhibited kinetic energy just like our moving molecules! 
  • Elective w/ Mr. McFadden- On Tuesday, Culinary cooking students made dishes from China. We were treated to Crab rangoon wontons, wonton soup and candy coated fruit called tanghulu. Then we headed to 1306 for a cooking demonstration on Italian food. Chef Adam Luiso and his middle school assistants made bruschetta and chocolate mousse.  We also were treated to his famous chocolate chip cookies and spumoni flavored cookies. A big thanks to our drivers, Chef Adam and Brooke Wetmore for sharing the venue with us!
  • Deep Dive- Derek Redd from the Intelligencer/ Wheeling News Register visited the middle schoolers to guide them on how to write an article for our WCDS magazine. Things are coming together, and we can’t wait to reveal our final project at Celebrate!

January 19th, 2024

Important Dates:

  • Friday, January 26th – 11:30 dismissal- Aftercare until 3:00 
  • Friday, January 26th – 8th Grade Field Trip to Jamie Peck Productions recording studio. Jamie is an Emmy award winning composer and producer. We will be driving to the studio from MAIN CAMPUS. Students must be at Main Campus by 8:10am. Students will return to Middle School at 10:15am.
  • February 9th-13th Winter Break (February 13th classes resume @ 10:00 am)
  • March 2nd-11th Spring Break (March 11 classes resume at 10:00 am)

“Oglebay is offering a student discount for skiing this season.  If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, please use this link to fill out the google form: https://forms.gle/axgQgo64ZugL2kXB8

6th Grade Happenings

For our MLK day service learning, the middle schoolers chose to either bake cookies to deliver to first responders or visit the House of the Carpenter to learn about the services they provide and to help with some of the behind the scenes work. At the HOC we sorted donations for their thrift store, unboxed and organized food pantry items, and packed weekend meal kits for area students. After their hard work, students were invited to take a break and play in the gym. It was a wonderful day of service learning!

  • English w/ Mrs. McFadden – This week we continued to explore the different types of conflicts in literature, then students analyzed their own books to determine what the conflict was in their books. Within the five books we found person vs. self, person vs. society, person vs. person and person vs. nature. We also had a meaningful discussion about banned books. Students were curious about how books get banned, who bans them, and why we still read them anyways.
  • Science w/ Mrs. Farris – The freezing temperatures have sparked a new learning journey in 6th-grade science! Maple in the classroom has officially kicked off and over the next few weeks, students will learn the science behind maple syrup and make some of our very own. Students were introduced to “tree cookies” and created their life as a tree. Then we created models inside the tree to learn its parts and functions. We ended the week diving into the ecology of a maple tree and how to identify. 
  • Electives w/ Mrs. Boldrick or Mr. McFadden – This week in Cultural Cooking, Mrs. Flannigan stopped in to show us how to make a traditional Filipino snack, lumpia. It was deep fried deliciousness! She also made puto (a steamed rice cake) for us to try, while some of the other students made chicken adobo and garlic fried rice.