• Dear Parents:                                                                                                                              

    Some important information for our Col. John Wheeler Middle School parents/students:

    Final Grades

    Final grade reports can be viewed through RDS Parent Access on Monday, June 10th after 8:00 am.

    2019-2020 Student Calendar

    The start date for the 2019-2020 student calendar has been revised.

    • The first student day will be Tuesday, August 20.
    • The 1st semester will end on Friday, January 10.
    • The last student day of the school year is scheduled for Friday, May 29.

    Click here for the 2019-2020 student calendar.

     Summer/Fall Athletic Dates

    8th Grade Football

    1st practice: Monday, August 12th from 9-11AM

    New players need to be in by 8AM for equipment

    Head Coach: Ken Florek– kflorek@cps.k12.in.us


    7th Grade

    7th Grade Head Coach – Sue Kiefer – skiefer@cps.k12.in.us

    Try-outs: Wednesday, August 14th and Thursday, August 15th from 3-5:00PM

    8th Grade

    8th Grade Head Coach – Becky Decker – contact rdecker@cps.k12.in.us

    Try-outs: Wednesday, August 14th and Thursday, August 15th from 7:30-9:00AM

    Cross Country

    Summer Run Club

    August 1st – 9-10:15

    August 6th - 9-10:15

    August 8th - 9-10:15

    August 13th – 9-10:15

    August 15th - 9-10:15

    1st Practice – August 20th from 3-4:15

    Boys’ head Coach – Joe Betz – jbetz@cps.k12.in.us

    Girls’ Head Coach – Grace Santos – gsantos@cps.k12.in.us

     All Athletes must have an updated physical on file dated after 4/1/2019 to practice or try-out.


    6th Grade Parent Night – Tuesday, August 13th

    Our Sixth Grade Parent Night will take place on Tuesday, August 13th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    6th Grade Bulldog Rush – Thursday, August 15th

    Our Sixth Grade Bulldog Rush will take place on Thursday, August 15th from 9:00-12:00.

    Parent Open House

    Our Parent Open House will take place on Wednesday, August 21st at 6:00 p.m.

    More information will follow closer to the start of the school year on these events.

    2019/2020 PTA Board

    We are very thankful for our PTA Board and for all the special things they did for our students/school during this past school year!  Their efforts were very much appreciated by all.  Our new PTA Board for the 2019/2020 school year is:

    President – Melissa Laud

    Vice President – Julie Shaw

    Treasurer – Stephanie Owen

    Secretary – Lisa Ortiz

     We look forward to working with our new PTA Board!

    Col. Wheeler M.S. Summer School

    Summer School will occur from July 29th – August 9th  Monday- Friday from 8:45 – 11:00.  Letters will be sent to those who are already registered. Our Transportation Department will be contacting parents individually with pick-up and drop off times and locations.  Please contact the school if you have any questions.

    New Chromebooks 2019-2020

    In August, 2019, new Chromebooks will be distributed to all Kindergarten through grade 9 students.

     Beginning in the 2019-2020 school-year, only school-owned Chromebooks will be used during the school day.

     BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) cannot be used during the school day.

     For 2nd through 9th grade students, the annual fee for the non-touchscreen Chromebook will be approximately $55.00.

    For Kindergarten and 1st grade students, the annual fee for the touchscreen Chromebook will be approximately $68.00.

     The rationale for Chromebooks only and no BYOD during the school day is to:

    • provide a safe digital environment where filtering protects students from internet access to content and visual displays that are obscene, pornographic or are harmful to minors;
    • use GoGuardian so teachers can monitor student activity, as well as limit students to specific instructional websites for the day of learning;
    • deliver the same user experience for learners allowing teachers to focus on the teaching and assessing for learning in the classroom;
    • maintain and manage all devices including instructional apps and extensions to enhance the educational experience for students; and
    • troubleshoot and repair Chromebooks and issues related to the learning management system (Buzz).

    If you have questions, please email Jim Hardman, Director of Curriculum at jhardman@cps.k12.in.us.


    That concludes the announcements for the week.  Parents of 8th graders, it has been my pleasure serving your children.  I wish them well as they begin their high school careers.   Parents of 6th and 7th graders, I look forward to beginning another school year in August.  I hope you have an enjoyable summer!

    Please visit our school website as well as our corporation website for further information.


    Mark Gianfermi, Principal



Last Modified on June 7, 2019