Congratulations to Principal Don Wilson, the California Music Educators Association 2014 Outstanding Administrator of the Year.
The CMEA is a statewide organization that is open for membership to all music educators working in public and private schools, colleges, and universities in California.
The purpose of CMEA includes supporting and improving existing music programs, and to create a greater awareness of the value of music education through partnerships with other associations and advocacy among state and local agencies.
Each year, CMEA selects key individuals in the state to honor and recognize for their steadfast commitment and prevailing contribution to the musical arts.
Through a statewide nomination process, the CMEA Executive Board unanimously selected Don as its 2013 CMEA Outstanding Administrator of the Year.
He will be honored and awarded at the 2013 California All-State Music Educators Conference in Fresno in February 2014.
Don’s philosophy regarding music education revolves around the core notion that music is vital to educating the “whole child” and he has supported and grown our program into an integral part of Wonderland with a full time music teacher, orchestra teacher, and even started the Coyote Ramblers, a weekly student bluegrass band that includes banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and standup base.
Music is a vibrant component of the Wonderland curriculum thanks to donations from Friends of Wonderland, and is a major part of the culture of our school, the canyon, and so many of our families who work in the music industry. We are proud to have a principal that shares our community’s commitment to music and the arts and to celebrate this accomplishment with him.
Wonderland’s 7th Annual Spelling Bee is underway! 4th and 5th grade students will correctly spell as many words as they can in hopes of becoming the one student to represent our school at the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee on February 8th.
Individual classroom bees will be held in all 4th and 5th grade classrooms, and the 1st and 2nd place winners from each classroom will participate in a run-off bee in front of the entire student body at 1pm on Monday, December 16th.
To prepare for the bee, students are encouraged to study the list of words in the documents below. Class bees will not quiz on words below the 4th grade level. Definitions are provided as a courtesy; students will not be asked to provide definitions.
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A capacity crowd filled Room 5 on Wednesday, October 16th to learn about the new Common Core Curriculum Standards from LAUSD Gifted & Talented Education specialist (and Wonderland parent) Gary Saunders.
The two-hour PTA Parent Education seminar provided an overview of expectations for our students as teachers modify their curriculum to fit the newly adopted U.S. education initiative. Students will no longer participate in the CST (California Standards Testing). Instead, they will take the Smarter Balanced Assessments which are currently being written but will require students to have a much more thorough understanding and mastery of material.
You may view Gary’s CCSS presentation via DropBox by clicking on https://www.dropbox.com/s/3c8vo5jg2c2r7pb/CommonCore_PTA%20Parent%20Ed.pdf
Below are examples of English and Math tasks students are expected to master in each grade:
Ms. Jane Raphael’s kindergarten class is the first classroom to achieve 100% participation in the 2013-14 Friends of Wonderland annual giving campaign. The kids will enjoy a pizza party on Friday, November 8th to celebrate.
Every class to achieve 100% participation in the pledge drive will receive a pizza party, compliments of FOW.
If you wish to donate to the many wonderful parent-funded programs like Art, Music, PE, Library, Teachers’ Aides, Readers and Writers’ Workshops and more, just click here and you can become a Friend of Wonderland.
This year’s PTA Art Reflections theme: Believe, Dream, Inspire.
If your child would like to participate, read over the entry form and guidelines for submissions. There are six categories – dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. Each one has specific format and submission guidelines.
The deadline for entries is Monday, December 2nd. There will be a box in the office for your submissions. Please be sure to include the completed submission form with your entry.
Wonderland is able to send five entries in each category for each grade division. Should we receive more than five entries in a given category for a particular grade division, judging will take place to select the five for that category, and then be forwarded to the district.
Please read the submission guidelines or your child’s entry may be disqualified. Please use this entry form, as information regarding our school is included. Contact Melanie Stagnaro if you have questions.