Wolcott School

                                    Winter 2015 

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Upcoming Events:
Thursday, February 19th at 6:45pm

Parlor Meeting
Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00pm
Service Learning
Casa Central 
As part of an after-school service club, students organized a campaign to raise money and purchase gifts to fulfill a family's holiday wishes.

Talcott Learning Buddies
Leadership Teams worked with kindergartners at Talcott Elementary on 'Plates with a Purpose', a partnership with the Lakeview Pantry designed to raise awareness of local hunger and poverty.

Lakeview Pantry 
Wolcott sophomores and juniors worked at Lakeview Pantry unloading, sorting and stocking shelves. 
Ronald McDonald House
Wolcott freshmen prepared and provided cookies for the RMH annual holiday party.
Wolcott School's 
Four Year Approach to College Planning

Congratulations to Wolcott's Director of College Counseling Marybeth Kravets on the publishing of the 12th edition of her book, 

'The K & W Guide to College for Students with Learning Differences'.


Here are some highlights of our college planning curriculum:

Mock Admissions, Behind the Curtain

Veronica Hauad, Senior Associate Director of Admissions, The University of Chicago

Paying for College: An Introduction to Financial Aid & Scholarships

Gerald Cebrzynksi, Associate VP for Financial Aid, Lake Forest College

The College Interview

David Bennett, VP of Admissions, Lake Forest College

Everything You Need to Know About the College Application Process

Marybeth Kravets


Some of the colleges visiting Wolcott this quarter:

Hope College (Holland, MI)

University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS)

University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)

University of Arizona (Tuscon, AZ)

University of Denver (Denver, CO)

University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI)

Students will also be touring local colleges, including Lake Forest College and Loyola University.

Development Update

Our 2014-15 Annual Fund Campaign Is Underway 
Every Gift Makes A Difference

Annual Campaign dollars are used to fund the following important Wolcott initiatives:

  • Tuition Assistance Program 
  • Science Equipment
  • Technology Equipment
  • The James Tyree Center

To make a donation or speak with someone directly, please contact Kelly Ramos, Director of Development, at kramos@wolcottschool.org.

Wolcott School: Join Us for a World of Difference
Wolcott School: Join Us for 
'A World of Difference' Video
Head of School Happenings

It is hard to believe that we are well into our second semester. What an incredible year of growth and excitement it has been! Our freshmen have transitioned beautifully to the newness of high school, our sophomores are naturally stepping into leadership roles and our junior class is mindfully working with Marybeth Kravets to start identifying their best 'fit, match and choice' for college. While thinking ahead to next year's first graduation, I have also been busy meeting the many applicants for next year's freshmen class. I am so inspired by every one of the students I have met - all committed to their education and to seeking out the strength-based learning environment that we offer.

I often describe Wolcott as a small school with a broad reach. We continue to build fantastic relationships with people and organizations outside of the four walls of our school:

Service Learning 

In the area of service learning, we continue to grow our relationships with nearby Talcott Elementary, the Ronald McDonald House, the Lakeview Pantry and Casa Central, as we reinforce the idea that service learning is an important component of our everyday curriculum. One area of focus this year has been hunger and homelessness.  After stocking the shelves of the Lakeview Pantry, students' understanding of these pressing issues was enhanced by a visit to the Gene Siskel Film Center to see the documentary 'Home Stretch' followed by a discussion with the film's executive director.  


What our students learn in the classroom is complemented as often as possible by the many excellent resources available in the community. Whether it be a trip to the Art Institute to analyze work from the Civil War era to better understand the meaning of emancipation; a trip to the Shakespeare Theater's performance of 'Macbeth' to watch the written text come alive; or the matriculation by a Wolcott junior in a creative writing course at Columbia College, we constantly explore ways to make learning engaging and meaningful.

Community Outreach 

Just as we use the tremendous resources that Chicago has to offer, we similarly make our state-of-the-art facility and programming available to others - from hosting the ISACS New Teacher Workshops to Movie Night sponsored by the Chicago Grand Neighborhood Association; from hosting a local parent-run high school fair to providing professional training to clinicians on the newest diagnostic protocols. We are inspired by the relationships and opportunities that we are creating and have so much more in the works.  


As always, please contact me to learn more about Wolcott and share ideas about how we can continue to forge new relationships.


Dr. Miriam Pike
Head of School
Wolcott's Fireside Chat 

The Sophomore Class and Dr. Pike discuss leadership growth as part of a year-long series of Fireside Chats.
From the Admissions Office

The admission season is in full swing. It is an exciting time of the year as we start to paint the picture of next year's class of freshmen and new transfer students. If you know of a student who might benefit from our close-knit, strength-based learning community, please encourage them to contact me.

As the Director of Admissions, I have the great benefit of getting to know students well as they consider the prospect of Wolcott and continue to connect with them as they settle in to the routines, rigor and milieu of school. I often ask students to describe to me what is different about Wolcott. Here are a few responses:

'I like that Wolcott has smaller classes and after-school academic coaching.'  

'My teachers are always available to me.' 

'I like being part of a growing community.'  

'My life is so much more balanced now that I am at Wolcott. School is much more interesting.'  

I stay in close contact with every student as I watch them grow throughout these incredible years of high school and am always moved by how Wolcott has changed their lives. 

Important Dates To Know

Thursday, February 19, 2015 
Parlor Meeting for Prospective Parents
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 


For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact Rachel Spiro at rspiro@wolcottschool.org or 312-610-4925.


Apply Now for the 2015-16 Academic Year
We are currently accepting applications for 9th, 10th and 11th grades. 
Career Week
Wolcott's 2nd Annual Career Week was a huge success. As Wolcott is committed to its mission of preparing students for success in college and beyond, career week is an important part of the curriculum. Students worked with professionals to create their 'about me' elevator pitch and resume, learned how to network and questioned panels of professionals in areas ranging from media to architecture, law enforcement to medicine.  


The week culminated with visits to Chicago businesses, giving students a window into the workplace. Students visited Google, CBS, Rush University Medical Center, United Airlines, Viacom, Vibes Mobile Marketing, WGN Radio, Wolverine Trading and the CBOE. Thank you to all who participated. It was an amazing week. 

From the World Language Department
Señora Elaine Winer, World Language Department Chair

Speak Spanish!  Have Fun!

Hola! Me llamo Elaine Winer. Soy la directora del Departmento de Idiomas a Wolcott. En Wolcott, todos los estudiantes estudian español. We believe that every student can learn a world language when it is taught through the TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) method which mirrors primary language acquisition and aligns with current brain research. After 25 years of teaching Spanish, I know first-hand that the TPRS method not only promotes student language acquisition, but also makes learning a new language more enjoyable. It builds student confidence and encourages speaking and participation. Did you know that students who learn languages through the TPRS method outperform students who are taught by more traditional methods and are more likely to study a language in college? Me gusta este método. 

Recent events

Dr. Nancy Mather, University of Arizona professor and learning disabilities expert, presented on 'What's New with the Woodcock Johnson IV?'

Jennifer Senior, journalist and best-selling author, spoke about her book 'All Joy and No Fun - The Paradox of Modern Parenting'


Upcoming Events

March 17 
Dr. Carrie James, a discussion about her new book, 
'Disconnected: Youth, New Media & the Ethics Gap' 
A discussion for clinicians and educators at Wolcott School
April 22
Dr. Edward Hallowell 'Unwrapping the Gifts: A Strength-Based Approach to Learning'
A free program for parents and the general public
Lund Auditorium in the Fine Arts Building, Dominican University
7900 W Division St, River Forest
This program is co-sponsored by Dominican University
April 23
Dr. Edward Hallowell 'Using Brain Science To Treat ADHD Across The Lifespan' 
A workshop for clinicians and educators at Wolcott School
Registration information to follow


The James Tyree Center provides outreach programming on adolescent development, educational practices and learning differences.
Wolcott School

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