Wheatley’s Midterm Experience is designed to give our 9th and 10th grade students hands-on workshops to provide insight into how English can be used in future endeavors. On Wednesday, over the course of two hours, students worked with acclaimed authors, poets, comedians and creative artists in activities designed to engage students in a way that can be challenging during the regular school day.
The Midterm Experience occurs thanks to the dedication of our Secondary English Chair, Mr. Steve Collier, our extraordinary librarian, Mrs. JoBeth Roberts, and our dedicated English teachers.
by Jen Calonita (author, I’m With the Band, Flunked, Secrets of My Hollywood Life, Belles)
This workshop was designed for students who dream of someday having a job where they can talk and write about Hollywood all day long — that’s right…an entertainment journalist! In this class, students worked with former entertainment magazine editor and young adult book author Jen Calonita to learn what it takes to conduct a celebrity interview from research to published article. By the end of the first hour of the workshop, students were ready to conduct (via FaceTime) an actual celebrity interview! The hour-long interview was conducted with musician Donnie Wahlberg (of New Kids on the Block fame). Students had an opportunity to ask Donnie the questions they had prepared, and they even had a sing-a-long with him!