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Upcoming Events
- School Dance 3-5
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
- 5th grade trip to Leddy
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
- 5th Grade Graduation
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Welcome to the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler
Last Day of School at IAA!!!

The last day of school for IAA kindergarten through 4th graders is Thursday, June 9th!  There will be an early dismissal that day at 11:30 am.  We will be exiting through the cafeteria doors to a musical and colorful exit!  Please meet us there and welcome your child to summer!!

The last day of school for IAA 5th graders is Wednesday, June 8th.  5th Graders are free to leave after the graduation ceremony and celebration which begins at 9:30 and ends at 11.    

May 5th, Thursday 5:30 pm!!  
Dumplings, Dumplings, and More Dumplings!!!!
And a little contra dancing! 
Come one, come all to IAA!
Read THE WEEKLY LEAL: the IAA 2nd Grade Newspaper
Click to Read the Latest Issues of "THE WEEKLY LEAL," the IAA 2nd Grade Newspaper.

So many great and interesting things going on at IAA.  Read here to find out the news form the last couple of months.


If you missed any issues, check the
Click here to get to the ARCHIVE of the Weekly LEAL.

Helping a family in need
On Friday night, one of our family's houses caught on fire.  They are all okay, thank goodness, but they lost all of their belongings.  If you have anything that you would like to donate, please call Teresa in the office at 864-8475, and she will let you know what to do.  If you would like to give a monetary donation, the gofundme link is here.

Thank you all for your concern and generosity.
Congratulations to our very own Mr. Bobby Vt. National Distinguished Principal of the year!
Congratulations to IAA's very own principal, Mr. Bobby!!  
Parent Teacher Conferences are happening!
Hello, IAA families!
It's that time of year again when teachers look forward to meeting with all of their students' families.  It is a time when families and teachers can share their excitement and ideas in hopes that they will be on the same page about each student.  We here at IAA believe that this is an important part of a student's success therefore it means a lot to us.  Last year we had 98%!
If you don't have a meeting scheduled or if the time that you received does not work, feel free to call Teresa in the office at 864-8475 and she will help you set up a time.
Thanks in advance for your attendance!
The Kids Are Alright Was A Great Success!!

Thank you to everyone who turned out to support the IAA Music Program at the Kids Are Alright Concert!!  The PTO raised almost $11,000 thanks to you and our generous sponsors:
Kids VT Family Newspaper
Seven Days
Fuse Marketing
Stagecoach Digital
Star 92.9
American Flatbread
Vantage Press
Davis Studio
Advance Music
The Kids Are Alright!!

The Kids Are Alright Benefit Concert

For grown-ups who used to be kids, and kids who are still kids!

Kids’ songs reinterpreted and ready to ROCK, all to benefit the Integrated Arts Academy at HO Wheeler, Vermont’s only arts magnet elementary school.

Ryan Miller ~ Swale ~ High Breaks ~ Steady Betty ~ Aspero Saicos
Special live performances by: ~ DJ Necutron

Higher Ground – Saturday, March 19
Doors at 12pm, show at 12:30pm, at the Higher Ground Box Office, or 888-512-SHOW

Tickets: Available in the front office- ask Teresa! 
Advance: $5kids/$10 adults ~ Day of: $7 kids/$12 adults
Sponsored by: ~ Kids VT/Seven Days ~ Fuse Marketing ~ Stagecoach Digital 
~ Cheesetraders ~ Star 92.5 ~ Element Real Estate ~Jacob Albee Goldsmith ~ Redstone
Artist in Residence

The IAA fifth graders have begun to work with local artist, Mary Lacy.   Mary is the artist who created the giant hummingbird in downtown Burlington  and the colorful abstract silos at  Mary will be working with the fifth grade classes during their co-teaching integrated arts block with Ms. Leaphart, Mr. Whitman and Ms. B. Students will be asking the essential questions:
How does a public mural change a space?
How do I use measurement to help design something?
How do I re-size a design using scale and ratio?  
How do I convert units of measure?  
How do color, shape, line and space affect my design?
How do artists come up with an idea to meet a set of guidelines? 

The students have been commissioned by Mr. Bobby to create an installation/mural for the hallway leading up to the second floor.  Students will be working with Mary Lacy for the next six weeks. This opportunity was made available to IAA through the Artist in Residence program at Burlington City Arts.  
Keep your eye on the upper stairwell...some cool transformations are about to take place!


Registration for the current 2015-16 school year is on a rolling basis. Enrollment for the next school year, 2016-17, opens on January 4, 2016 and closes on February 19, 2016, with school placement notification sent out the week of April 4, 2016. If you have a child turning five on or before September 1, 2016, you need to register them for kindergarten now.

If there are more first choice registrations than there are spots, we will look at families’ second choices. When a student doesn’t receive their first choice school, a District employee will contact the family to discuss their options for schools. Applications received after February 19, 2016 will be considered based upon available space.

Beginning January 4, all forms can be found at our District Website,, in any of our schools, or at our District Office at 150 Colchester Ave. Families completing registration forms should bring a copy of their child’s Birth Certificate or other proof of age, a copy of their immunization records and proof of residency.

Pre-k registration will also open on January 4, 2016. Visit or call (802) 864-8463 for more information.

Feel free to contact any schools if you would like to arrange a visit.

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SES, district tutoring, Second Session Open for Applications

The January enrollment window for SES is now open.  There are a limited number of spaces available but new students are encouraged to apply.  Students do not need to reapply if an application was completed in the Fall.  All new applications should be returned to the main office in each school by Monday, January 25, 2016.

Click here for the application.
Fill the Bowl Raises Almost $2000.00!
Congratulations to the IAA 3rd Graders!  
They raised more than $1700.00 to help those who are hungry in our community.   Donations will be given to the Food Shelf and Hunger Free Vermont!  Mr. Wallace and Mr. Mike's classes worked hard this year preparing for this wonderful helping event.  They hand crafted over 240 beautiful clay bowls and have been learning about how even one small group of individuals can make a big difference.     A heartfelt thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with this event.  A giant thank you to the following community organizations and individuals for their generous donations:

Burlington City Arts
The UVM Pottery COOP
August First
Barrio Bakery
Great Harvest Bread
Sugar Snap 
City Market
Chubby Muffin
American Flatbread
Zabby's Stone Soup 
Bennington Potters North
The Gift Barn

Thanks to these individual artists:
Erik Rehman
Joan Watson
Alison Saunders
Susan Bernstein
Jeremy Ayers
Harold Kaplan
AO Glass
Andy Sneider
Jean Meinhardt
Alissa Farber 
and pottery students from Colchester High School!!  

We couldn't have done this without you!  
Thanks for supporting our School!
Thanks to your generosity, we made around $5000 to go to the Integrated Arts Academy and help fund artist residencies and more!  We are so thankful that we live in this supportive community.  We couldn't have done it without you all.  THANK YOU!
Congratulations to the VT School Nurse of the Year!!!
Our very own Nurse, Louise Mongeon, has been chosen as the Vermont School Nurse of the Year by the Vermont State School Nurses' Association!  We are so proud to have her as our resident nurse.  This award is so well-deserved by Nurse Mongeon.  She is so caring and such a great help to our students and staff here at I.A.A.  Congrats, Nurse Mongeon!
Welcome Back to School!
Welcome back to our IAA students and Families!  It is going to be a fantastic year and we are looking forward to everything that it brings.   We hung the brand new IAA mosaic just in time for the first day of school.  It's bright, colorful, and full of life!  Last year's graduating class designed and created the mosaic with teaching artist and parent, Rebecca Schwarz.  Ms. Leaphart's students worked together to create our very own, very artsy, very IAA new sign.     Welcome back!
Kindergarten times for the FIRST WEEK
Welcome new K families!  We wanted to be sure that you know the times for the first week.

Wednesday, August 26 - First Day:  Pick up at 11:30 am
Thursday, August, 27 - Ms. Maggie's Class:  Pick up at 2:50 pm
                                  Ms. Emily's Class:  Pick up at 11:30 am
Friday, August 28 - Ms. Maggie's Class:  Pick up at 11:30 am
                             Ms. Emily's Class:  Pick up at 2:50 pm

The K teachers and our Special Educators use these first days to assess every kid as a team to help ensure success for each individual.

Thanks for your cooperation on this!  Looking forward to working with your child every day!
Secretary of Education, Rebecca Holcombe Speaks About the Magnet Schools
Integrated Arts Academy - Hot off the Press!
Celebrating 6 Years of Success!
Click the link below to view channel 5's coverage of the Magnet School Celebration and Parade!
A special thank you to Vermont Secretary of Education, Rebecca Holcombe.

Jon Gailmor Residency a wonderful success!
What fun was had by the students and staff during our 5th annual Songwriting residency with the talented Jon Gailmor!  Jon went around the school to every classroom and helped each class write and perform an original song reflecting some of their favorite learning that occurred this year.  The children did an amazing job singing their songs!  There were songs about all kinds of things; animals, space, the moon, and dogs and cats to name a few.  It was a memorable moment at the Arts Academy.  Stay tuned to find out how you can hear a recording of the students.

Jon Galimor with a Pre-K class
IAA as Lab School for VT Teaching Artists
IAA, in partnership with multiple arts and higher education organizations, serves as a lab school for teaching artists from across the State.  First semester the artists the teaching artists engage in a graduate level course using IAA for observations and participation to improve their practice in a public school setting.

They learn more about teaching through the arts, arts integration, and Universal Design for Learning, (UDL).  Second semester some of them offer and teach arts residencies to our students.  Read more about it in this Seven Days piece.