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Principal Message 2 -23 -24

Read this week’s PTA newsletter here:


Magnet School Announcements


Notification of magnet, early college and year-round application results were shared yesterday afternoon at Parents should receive an email alerting them to check their parent account.


Questions about a specific student's application can be emailed to You should include your child's name in the email.


Wiley PTA Meeting


Our March PTA meeting will be held virtually on 3/20. Click here to join via Google Meet. Plan ahead! Our March meeting will be a Quarterly Review where Wiley Staff will discuss our data and progress. For our March meeting we would like to start at 5:45 to provide enough time for our committees to present. See this year’s full PTA meeting schedule here. If you are not already a member of Wiley PTA, please consider joining!


Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) Information:


If you are considering nominating your child for the SSA program, we will be holding a meeting at 9:15 on Wednesday, March 13th. This meeting will be held via Google Meet, and recorded. You are welcome to attend virtually, in person at Wiley, OR watch a recorded meeting at your convenience. We ask that any family considering SSA nomination for their child, speak with your child's classroom teacher, as well as review the information we will provide. 


Happy Black History Month


While February serves as a dedicated time to honor and celebrate the contributions of Black individuals to our country and culture, I find it equally important to recognize that our commitment to acknowledging these contributions extends beyond this month.


Throughout the year, teachers are encouraged to instill in our students a year-round understanding and appreciation of the rich history and invaluable contributions of Black people. This month provides us with a focused opportunity to delve deeper into the stories, achievements, and struggles that have shaped our society.


We use this month not only to acknowledge, celebrate, and honor the achievements of Black individuals but also as a catalyst for ongoing dialogue, education, and action as we work to create a more inclusive and equitable environment for all.


2024 School of Distinction


Wiley has been, again, named a National Merit School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools.


We will be recognized and receive a National Merit School of Distinction Award on behalf of the school during an awards ceremony held at Magnet Schools of America’s National Conference hosted by New York City Schools, April 16-20, 2024.


Schools are judged and scored on their demonstrated ability to raise student academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school’s magnet theme.


To learn more about the national merit awards program, please visit 


24-25 Inclusive Preschool Open House Announcement


Open House occurring Friday, March 9th at 9:30 am


Wiley’s inclusive preschool program is looking for students for the 2024-2025 school year. 


Did you know that Wiley Elementary has a preschool program?  Our inclusive program is designed to support the language development of preschoolers with and without hearing impairments while learning and developing social skills through play and developmentally appropriate practices.  Our program offers 5 full days of preschool per week and follows the traditional school schedule of Wiley.  Due to the type of program we have, we are limited in availability for the 2024-2025 school year. Our program serves children ages 3-5 who do not meet the birthdate requirements to enter Kindergarten this fall.  Please attend our open house to learn more about our unique preschool learning opportunity.  After our open house, we will begin to accept applications.  Since we have limited availability, the application process will close on Friday, March 15th at 3:30 pm.  Families will be notified on Friday, March 22nd if their child has been offered a spot or if their child is on the waiting list. We look forward to sharing more details about our inclusive preschool at our open house! 


Office Hours


Office hours for families will resume next month.  If you would like to meet to discuss a question or concern or an urgent matter please reach out via email ( and request an appointment. For specific questions, comments, or concerns that do not require a meeting feel free to complete this link


Dreambox Usage


Students are expected to complete at least 5 lessons a week in Dreambox. A Harvard University study has shown that just 60 minutes of DreamBox lessons per week can fast-track your students up to two grade levels in a year. We recommend that students complete five or more lessons per week with DreamBox Learning because students who complete five lessons each week show more math growth than those who complete fewer lessons. One lesson takes about 15 minutes. Dreambox is adaptive and constantly responding to the skills and understanding of your child. Having your child complete at least one Dreambox lesson a week can help your child’s teacher better understand their need, extend their learning, and/or address learning gaps.


Tift Merritt Concert to Benefit Wiley PTA

Saturday, 3/16 at 7pm


Purchase your tickets today to this exclusive event, an in-home benefit concert featuring Grammy-nominated musician Tift Merritt. All proceeds raised will go directly to the Wiley PTA Annual Fund, which is facing a critical funding gap this year. Can’t attend? Consider making a ticket donation to a Wiley staff member


Raise Craze Fundraiser

Monday, 3/4 - Friday, 3/22


Raise Craze is replacing Fun Run as our spring fundraiser and kicks off on Monday, 3/4. Raise Craze supports the goals of our school by encouraging students to live a life full of compassion, empathy, and gratitude and to give back to others! Flyers with registration information will be sent home in Monday folders. For more details, visit our Raise Craze FAQ page. 


Carpool Casanova at Morning Carpool


Buckle up! Bryan Lord from Mix 101.5 FM will be belting out the tunes at morning carpool on Friday, 3/8. All are welcome to join us on the soccer field. Bring signs, show your best Wiley School spirit and most importantly, WEAR PINK! More details coming soon.


Wiley Yearbook Sale


Order your Wiley yearbook now and save! $15 early bird pricing ends on Friday, 3/15. The price will increase to $20 thereafter. Please also consider donating a yearbook with the Donate-A-Book option at checkout to ensure each student receives a yearbook this year. 


Keep sending your photos to Please include the grade level of the students pictured and the events associated if applicable. Have a 5th grader? Consider sending a "throwback" photo for us to include along with the student's name. 


Talent Show


The Wiley Talent Show returns on Friday, 4/12 at 5:30 pm. Please mark your calendars and encourage your kids to think about what talents they would like to share.


We welcome individual and group acts that are less than 2 minutes each and appropriate for an elementary school-aged audience. The application window closes on Thursday, 3/7 at 9 pm.


You can find the rehearsal schedule, application, permission forms, and further information here.


Questions? Contact Traci Rowe or Michelle Wells


Lost and Found


Here is the current Lost and Found inventory. Items that have been in the Lost and Found longer than a month will be donated. You may claim your item(s) in the Lost and Found Room in the cafeteria.



Upcoming Dates


Tuesday, March 5

School Closed - Election Day

Monday, March 4 

Raise Craze Fundraiser Kickoff 

Friday, March 8 

Mix 101.5 FM’s Carpool Casanova visit (Morning)

Friday, March 8

Mix 101.5 FM’s Carpool Casanova visit (Morning)

Monday, March 11

Teacher Workday

Saturday, March 16 

Tift Merritt Concert