Wye River Upper School Announces New Director of Development

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Lauren Kay Weber

Wye River Upper School is delighted to announce that Lauren Kay Weber has accepted the position of WRUS Director of Development.

Lauren brings over a decade of leadership experience as a major fundraiser for a range of organizations.  She most recently served as the volunteer President of her children’s school where she raised over $200,000 in cash and goods in just eight months. In her role as Communications and Development Manager for Leadership Arlington, Lauren communicated their mission to great success and launched an impactful marketing and grant-writing campaign. As a Project Manager for an Educational Software Implementation, Lauren was named Employee of the year by the Brigham Young University Center for Teaching and Learning.

Lauren’s expertise in developing community relationships and involvement through authentic, mission-aligned storytelling, is a tremendous asset to the School. Wye River is thrilled that she has dedicated her talents to their mission and will enable a greater impact on the students and families they serve.

WRUS Mission: Students who learn differently discover with innovation, develop with rigor, and celebrate their strengths at Wye River Upper School while preparing for success in college, career and life.

Wye River accepts students on a rolling admissions basis. Students who attend Wye River come from several Maryland counties including Queen Anne’s, Anne Arundel, Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline and Kent. For more info about the school, visit www.wyeriverupperschool.org or contact Kimberleigh Garcia at 410-758-2922.

WRUS Senior Torrienne Emery Signs Division II Tennis Scholarship

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Torrienne Emery, a recent graduate of Wye River Upper School in Centreville, MD has signed a Division II scholarship offer to play tennis for Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina.

Emery never lost a singles match while representing the Wye River Raptors tennis team. Emery was coached by Joe Brannegan at Wye River and privately by Coach Aime Ngounoue. Emery is ranked 70th out of 550 players in her high school region.

“Playing college tennis in the South has been a lifelong dream,” said Emery. “I am really excited to take my tennis to the next level at Southern Wesleyan. Wye River has done so much to help me academically. The people at school really helped make this dream a reality.”

Torienne Emery with Tamiiko and John Emery, her parents, Chrissy Aull, Founding Head of School, and Ron Vener, Athletic Director.

Torrie has been an invaluable asset to the Wye River community as a leader in athletics, a performer in theater and music programs, a dedicated scientist, and a coach to younger tennis players. Coach Brannegan honored her contributions and congratulated her for this outstanding achievement at a recent Awards Ceremony.

Wye River Upper School is an independent, coed, high school offering an engaging, and supportive curriculum for bright students with learning challenges including ADHD, dyslexia, and/or anxiety. Students who attend Wye River come from several Maryland counties including Queen Anne’s, Anne Arundel, Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, and Kent and accepts students on a rolling admissions basis. For more information visit wyeriverupperschool.org or contact kimberleighgarcia@wyeriverupperschool.org, 410.758.2922.

Wye River Upper School Students Create Mural in Rock Hall

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Nine students from the Public Art class at Wye River Upper School have been chosen to design and create a mural at The Mainstay, a cultural and artistic center in Rock Hall, MD. Wye River teachers Katie Lillard, Art, and Karen Gilbert, English saw the call to local artists posted by the Main Street Rock Hall Steering Committee and worked together with Lillard’s class to submit a portfolio and apply for the mural spot. Their proposal was accepted in January and they quickly began their design process with knowledge of the location, theme and size of the mural.  Lillard, with expertise in mural design and installation, led her students to collaborate with Hagopian Arts, a professional mural company in Philadelphia that specialize in eco murals. After several weeks of designing, the class came up with a fitting mural concept that highlighted the theme: “Bountiful Resources of the Chesapeake Bay–from Plants to Fish to Crustaceans.”

Their creation was turned into a digital design that could then be projected onto a parachute cloth to be painted at school and later adhered to the wall at the mural site. With paint generously donated from Sherwin Williams, students matched each shape to the color needed, similar to a large paint by numbers. Wye River students have also partnered with two nearby Kent county schools to get the job done. Kent County Middle and Kent County High School students have been integral contributors to the painting process.

The Public Art Class at Wye River Upper School designed the mural and will help install it.

On May 11th an opportunity for community collaboration was available through a community-wide paint day from 1:00pm-4:00pm at two mural location spots: Bayside Foods and Java Rock Coffee House. A tentative date has been set for May 23rd to install the mural and the reveal is set for June 11th  from 6:00pm-7:30pm (invitation only).

Wye River is especially proud to be part of a project that not only gives students the chance to work together artistically to design a real-world, published and long-lasting design, but also promote education and awareness of the natural resources that surround us in the Chesapeake Bay area, a focus of study for our students.

Wye River and the Main Street Rock Hall Steering Committee thank the following patrons and supporters of “The Murals of Rock Hall:” Bayside Foods (Debbie, Jeff and Andrew Carroll), Dowling’s Painting (Sam Dowling), Java Rock (Joanne and Jim Rich), Kent County Arts Council, the Mainstay, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the Maryland State Arts Council and Sherwin Williams (Greg Krafchik).

WRUS is an independent high school serving the strengths and needs of bright students with learning differences.  The school is located in the former Maryland National Guard Armory in Centreville, MD. WRUS accepts students on a rolling admissions basis. For more info about the school, visit www.wyeriverupperschool.org or contact Kimberleigh Garcia at 410-758-2922 or kimberleighgarcia@wyeriverupperschool.org.

Wye River Upper School Announces Two Key Positions

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Wye River Upper School (WRUS) is pleased to announce two key positions have recently been filled.  Matthew Cowan will serve as the WRUS Director of Education and Kimberleigh (Nichols) Garcia will be the WRUS Director of Enrollment Management and Communications.

WRUS is an independent, coed high school offering an engaging and supportive curriculum for bright students with learning differences.  The school is located in the former Maryland National Guard Armory in Centreville, MD.

Matthew Cowan

Mr. Cowan is returning to WRUS, having served as a social studies teacher for four years before leaving in 2017 to accept a position with Chesapeake Science Point Charter School in Hanover MD.  In addition to his advisory and teaching responsibilities at CSP, Matt designed and executed professional development for his peers and strengthened delivery of innovative, data-driven classroom instruction.

As the WRUS Director of Education, Matt will oversee most aspects of curricular design and instruction, teacher professional growth and development, and partnerships with parents when creating programming for individual students.  Chrissy Aull, Founding Head of School notes “The faculty, staff and students who know Mr. Cowan are simply thrilled to have him back and in a leadership role. He was an outstanding teacher and I have all confidence he will prove to be an excellent administrative leader.”

Kimberleigh Garcia

Another veteran Wye River teacher has accepted the position of WRUS Director of Enrollment Management and Communications.  Mrs. Kimberleigh (Nichols) Garcia recently accepted the position and is phasing in to her duties effective immediately. Employed with WRUS since 2010, Garcia brings years of experience in both public and independent school settings.  Aull advises, “Kim has a deep and sensitive understanding of the population of students we serve – she appreciates their numerous strengths and abilities and is constantly respectful of their needs. Kim will serve as an excellent ambassador for the school.”

WRUS accepts students on a rolling admissions basis. Students who attend Wye River come from several Maryland counties including Queen Anne’s, Anne Arundel, Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline and Kent. For more info about the school, visit www.wyeriverupperschool.org or contact Kimberleigh Garcia at 410-758-2922.

Wye River Upper School Hosts Admissions Open House

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Wye River Upper School is hosting an Admissions Open House on Thursday, April 11th from 6 pm – 8 pm on the School’s campus located at 316 S. Commerce Street, Centreville, MD. The evening will include the opportunity to speak to students and staff about the unique Wye River experience, along with the chance to tour the building. Wye River Upper School is a college preparatory high school offering an engaging, supportive and challenging curriculum for students with a variety of learning challenges including ADHD, dyslexia and anxiety. Students who attend Wye River come from several Maryland counties including Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, and Kent. Transportation for students is available to and from Stevensville, Easton, and Chestertown. Register at wyeriverupperschool.org.

From Assessment to Advocacy Workshop on March 1

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Shore Psychology, Wye River Upper School, and Weinfeld Education Group present From Assessment to Advocacy: Understanding and Using Assessment Information to Advocate Effectively for the Needs of Neurodiverse Youth. The workshop will take place Friday, March 1 from 9:00 am – 12:15 pm at Chesapeake College. Presenters, Dr. Laurie Reider Lewis and Mr. Rich Weinfeld, will share their expertise on assessment and special education advocacy to empower area professionals as well as families in support of neurodiverse youth.

Dr. Lewis explains “The process of determining when, why, and how best to proceed with formal evaluation on a youth’s behalf can be complex. This workshop will bring clarity to the testing and special education process by providing concrete information about the elements of “good” assessment as well as how to use assessment findings to powerfully advocate for the needs of youth. Attendees will also gain a deeper understanding of issues around neurodiversity and the differences among youth which are critical to effectual assessment and advocacy work.”

Laurie Reider Lewis, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and member of the Maryland Psychological Association who is currently in private practice on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Mr. Richard Weinfeld directs the Weinfeld Education Group, LLC, a group of over 25 educational consultants, serving clients in Maryland (including the Eastern Shore), Washington DC, and Virginia. He also provides direct special education consultation services to families of students with special needs.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Maryland Psychological Association, & The Maryland Psychological Association Foundation. It is appropriate for individuals at all level of experience. 3 CE Credits are available to psychologists and other eligible professionals. The event will take place in the Cadby Theater at Chesapeake College, 1000 College Cir, Wye Mills, MD. For ticket sales and for additional information visit https://assessment-to-advocacy.eventbrite.com.

Wye River Upper School Presents Cinderella

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Wye River Upper School Theatre Department presents Rogers & Hammerstein’s musical Cinderella, on March 7th, 8th, 14th & 15th. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. The cast and crew have been working diligently throughout the winter months to create a magical performance. Students have been involved in all aspects of the play including designing and building sets, editing music, sewing props, constructing an extension to the stage, and directing and blocking scenes. Wye River Theatre Director Marissa  Muro said: “I chose Cinderella because it was requested by the students.  I also felt there were roles and songs that would bring out our student’s strengths.  The play has a lot of movement and I wanted the students to challenge themselves and realize that everyone can learn to dance with focused effort and practice.”

Cinderella, Rae Bishop, and Prince Charming, Josh Hansen

The theater crew enjoyed a special rehearsal earlier this month at the Hewes Farm in Chestertown, MD. The actors ran scenes from the musical with a real horse and buggy. Students recorded the scenes which will be edited and shared in a short film with family and friends.

Last year the school put on a well-reviewed version of The Wizard of Oz. Students returning from that production include: Josh Hansen, Rachel Bishop, Sam Robertson, Torienne Emery and Noel Doney. Newcomers Lindsey Myers, Nadia Hawe, Ian Abrego, Daniel McDowell, Kayla Peri, Jared Mimms, Makenna Stinson, Laura Wright and Cameron Kliever are expected to raise the bar for this year’s show. Lights, Sound, set production and stage crew members include: Macyn Poag, Austin Romberger and Zoe Brown.

Muro teaches music, theater, and history at Wye River Upper School. She also continues a career in vocal performance. Muro currently performs at the 13th Floor of the Belvedere Hotel.  In 2012-2014, Muro performed for M&T’s “Sailabration” aboard The USS Constellation at the Inner Harbor. She holds the 2009 Billie Holiday “Ruby Glover Award.” Muro also sang at the 2017 Rehoboth Jazz Festival and in 1997, she appeared in the Walt Disney Film, “Washington Square.

Tickets are available at www.wyeriverupperschool.org. Admission price is $10.

Wye River Upper School is an independent, coed, high school offering an engaging, and supportive curriculum for bright students with learning challenges including ADHD, dyslexia, and/or anxiety. Students who attend Wye River come from several Maryland counties including Queen Anne’s, Anne Arundel, Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, and Kent. For more information visit www.wyeriverupperschool.org or contact katietheeke@wyeriverupperschool.org, 410.758.2922.

Wye River Upper School Open House on January 27

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Wye River Upper School is hosting an Admissions Open House on Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 1 pm – 3 pm on the School’s campus located at 316 S. Commerce Street, Centreville, MD. The evening will include the opportunity to speak to students and staff about the unique Wye River experience, along with the chance to tour the building. Wye River Upper School is a college prep high school offering an engaging, supportive and challenging curriculum for students with a variety of learning challenges including, but not limited to ADHD, dyslexia and anxiety. Students who attend Wye River come from several Maryland counties including Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, and Kent. Transportation for students is available to and from Stevensville, Easton, and Chestertown.

For more information, please contact Katie Theeke, Director of Admissions and Communications at 410-758-2922 or email katietheeke@wyeriverupperschool.org
www.wyeriverupperschool.org

Free Presentation by Carolyn Jeppsen at WRUS December 13

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Wye River Upper School is hosting an informative presentation by Carolyn Jeppsen, The Road Less Traveled: The Case for Internships and Work-based Learning After High School on Thursday, December 13 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public and will be held on the School’s campus at 316 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. Jeppsen will present the landscape for employment and post-secondary outcomes for young people with learning and attention issues and the importance of work-based learning or internships as a valuable path for young people transitioning from high school to career and/or to college. Carolyn is a mother of children learning disabilities and a passionate advocate for the need for ongoing discourse on new approaches to transition that are holistic, positive, and most importantly – effective. Jeppsen is the Co-Founder and CEO/President of BroadFutures, a DC-based nonprofit serving young people ages 18-26 with learning and related disabilities through an innovative training, mentoring and paid internship program.

Please register through the school’s website and take note of directions to get past the construction on Commerce Street. https://www.wyeriverupperschool.org/about/speakerseries/

Wye River Upper School is a coed, independent high school for bright students with learning differences such as ADHD, dyslexia or anxiety. Students who learn differently discover through innovation, develop with rigor, and celebrate their strengths at Wye River while preparing for success in college, career, and life. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Katie Theeke at katietheeke@wyeriverupperschool.org, 410-758-2922.

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