Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 19, 2022, and buy your tickets now!
Open Wings student Jaxson Thomas was recently named a co-recipient of the Kenoshan of the Week award from Kenosha.com. Jaxson, his mom, and some fellow Cub Scouts from Pack 750 volunteered to serve Thanksgiving meals at God’s Kitchen. Read the article here: https://www.kenosha.com/2021/11/23/kenoshans-of-the-week-gods-kitchen-volunteers
We are so excited to announce that Open Wings School will be creating a Maker Space funded in part by a grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation. We will use this grant award to create a hands-on workshop for our students to use to bring their science and math learning to life. The visual representations our students create will help them understand challenging concepts. Two of our Upper School teachers, Mr. Sneeberger and Mr. Drake were at Lambeau Field on Tuesday to receive this award and to give their students a virtual Packers experience over FaceTime. We are all so thankful for this grant and the opportunities it provides – even our resident Bears fans!
We are very excited to announce the Open Wings 4th Annual Golf Scramble! Join us for this fun event on Friday, August 13, 2021, at 1 p.m. and support a good cause! Don’t golf? Please join us for dinner only! We hope to see you there!
We are excited to announce that Dr. Corey Drake will be joining the Open Wings Learning Community as our new Head of School, starting June 1, 2021. Dr. Drake brings 20 years of experience teaching mathematics education courses to future elementary educators at the collegiate level. Most importantly, Dr. Drake is very familiar with Open Wings and our unique, personalized approach to learning. In fact, she and Dr. Kim Hufferd- Ackles worked together as graduate students on the Math Expressions curriculum that is in use today at the school.
“In her role as Head of School, Dr. Drake will use her experience to lead the Open Wings community through a major transformation as we expand to additional grade levels and additional locations,” explained Hufferd-Ackles. “We will also ask her to lead our new Teacher Learning Institute program for teacher development.”
“The first time I visited Open Wings,” recalled Dr. Drake, “I had never been in a school before where every student’s voice is heard. After one day, I left there knowing something about every student in the school.” It made such an impression that she began visiting regularly and also brought students from Michigan State to Kenosha to observe and learn how we operate.
Most recently, Dr. Drake was a Professor of Teacher Education and Mathematics Education at Michigan State University. For nine years, she was also the Director of Teacher Preparation at Michigan State. She received her PhD in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University in 2000. Her research and teaching interests center on the roles of curriculum and teacher preparation in supporting teachers’ capacity to teach elementary mathematics to diverse groups of students in transformative and justice-oriented ways.
Open Wings School focuses on teaching every student to his or her fullest potential. The faculty’s individualized approach and belief in every child’s ability to learn has produced tremendous results for both complex and neuro-typical students. For more information, visit openwingslearning.org.