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Westborough Education Foundation Grants Awarded

posted May 29, 2015, 9:59 AM by Todd Sullivan

The Westborough Education Foundation has awarded grants totaling over $24,000 for the 2015-16 school year. Please join us in congratulating the recipients and commend them for their dedication to make learning fun for our children!

 

Since its inception, the Westborough Education Foundation has awarded over $300,000 in grants to innovative educators across all grade levels in the Westborough School District. 

 

Save the date: The Eighth Annual Trivia Bee has been scheduled for Monday, November 2nd at the DoubleTree Hotel.

The List of Winners:


Guest Artist Series:  Five O’Clock Shadow

Gibbons Middle School, Joe Stillitano

All 7th Grade students are required to take General Music class.  Students study and perform on a variety of instruments including the voice. Part of the curriculum focuses on the many ways the human instruments can be used to make music. Students learn how to create and perform vocal percussion. The purpose of this grant is to bring Five O’Clock Shadow, a Boston based vocal band that specializes in performing with the human instrument to work with the students to create and perform using only the human instrument.  Vocal percussion is a motivating tool to teach the human instrument.


Make a Video: Amazing Animated Video Maker –GoAnimate

Gibbons Middle School, Mark McNeil, Julie Leach 

Bringing Learning to Life through Animation.  The purpose of this project is to introduce and utilize GoAnimate as an exciting new storytelling application that can be used across several subjects.  GoAnimate allows students to make their own animated cartoon with moving characters, voiceovers and text options.  Students can use this to explain important moments in history, science concepts or events in an English story.

GoAnimate can be used to create biographies, original stories, historical events, songs, PSAs and much more.


Homework Helpers: Free Tutors

Westborough High School, Grace Cheng 

Homework Helpers provides academic support to Gibbons Middle School students and Grace hopes to promote a positive learning environment.  This grant will support marketing, software to enrich the learning experience and scheduling processes that will allow Homework Helpers (group of HS students) to provide academic support to a larger group of Gibbons students.


Lights! Camera! Action! READ!

Armstrong, Stephanie Stohr 

Inspiring a life-long love of learning and reading is the goal of this project.  Using the iMovie app to create book trailers will bridge the gap between student’s love for technology and reading.  The trailers will excite young readers to read the book and recommend quality books to each other.


Digital Design in the Visual Arts

WHS, Chris Martin 

Post-Secondary Art Programs use Apple products for visual editing and graphic design In order to gain the necessary skills and expertise with multi-media technology, through this grant, the Fine Arts Department will begin purchasing MacBook Pro Laptops to integrate into Digital Photography, Graphic Design and Advanced Placement Art classes.


Ukuleles for the Elementary Music Classroom

Armstrong, Karin Puffer 

Ukuleles will be introduced in general music classes. After learning a few simple chords, students will be able to strum many songs and also be able to sing while playing.


A Pilot Study in Guided Math: A Framework for Differentiating Math Instruction to Meet the Needs of All Learners

Mill Pond School, Jenny Deane 

The purpose of this project is to better support K-6 math teachers in differentiating math instruction via the instructional strategy of guided math.  Guided math is a structured practical way of matching math instruction to the diverse individual learners in the classroom.  This will provide students the opportunity to work in small groups where teachers can tailor mathematical learning experiences to meet all students needs.


The Thoreau Commons

WHS, Kathy Stoker and Anita Cellucci 

Research shows that outdoor spaces provide students with opportunities to improve physical health, social/emotional learning, as well as cognitive growth. The Thoreau Commons project will provide for an innovative outdoor classroom.  It will provide the opportunity for active, experiential and sensory learning for a wide range of classes, environmental literacy and engagement with the arts.


Lego Simple and Motorized Mechanisms

Gibbons Middle School, Jane Borden 

This grant will provide funding to purchase Lego Simple and Motorized Mechanisms kits for classroom sets.  This will allow for hands-on activities that support STEM initiatives. Students will have the opportunity to plan, design, build and test various machines.


WHS Massachusetts Bar Mock Trial Program

WHS, Nick Soutter 

Students will learn the rules of evidence and court procedure, making motions, objections, examinations and cross examinations as they participate in the MA Bar Association’s Mock Trial Program.  They will prepare and try a legal case where they compete against other schools in courthouses throughout the state.  Students will learn the theory and practice of law in the American judicial system.  They will develop diverse skills such as acting, presenting, debating, multi-tasking, teamwork and critical thinking.


Yoga 4 Classrooms IMPLEMENT Leader Training

Hastings Elementary School, Lauren Kennedy and Leigh Becker 

It is the purpose of this grant to continue to help young children develop self-regulation by practicing yoga in the classroom. The grant will allow additional staff members to attend a 3.5 day Professional Development Workshop and then bring the program back to the classroom as “tools for learning”  It is designed to foster student’s physical and psychological well being and create an atmosphere of confidence and enthusiasm where everyone can succeed.


Feeding the Learning

Mill Pond School, Sheila Labriola and Diane Maguire 

This project will activate a student driven school garden that can be integrated into science, math, social studies and language arts standards.  Students will have the opportunity to learn outside, connect with their community, understand the connection between agricultural practices and human health, nutrition, environment and sustainability.


Engaging Reluctant Readers through Readers Workshop

WHS Cheryl Tucker 

This grant will fund a reader’s workshop model where a classroom library will be created.  This will include multiple copies of high-interest and well-written books, both fiction and non-fiction. The purpose is to engage students in reading through a library filled with award-winning, interesting titles.


Equal Voices: Promoting Gender Equality at WHS

WHS Cheryl Tucker and Julie Matson

This grant will enable a group of students (male and female members of Equal Voices) to attend the annual MA Conference for Women.  Equal Voices is a club dedicated to promoting gender equality.


BioBuilder

Westborough High School, JoAnne Purdy 

The Bio Builder Curriculum encourages students to solve real world problems through synthetic biology. It allows students to act like scientists and not technicians following a cookie cutter lab procedure.  It brings the most current research from prestigious universities directly to the HS and MS classrooms.  This grant will ensure that all biology students have the consumables they need to run BioBuilder Labs. The Westborough Education Foundation is happy to fund this program for another year.   

Poet in Residence

Armstrong Kelly White, Pamela Dunne, Patricia Marcus, Virginia Erwin,, Janet Hart, Stephanie Stohr 

Mr. Green of Potato Hill Poetry will be the Poet In Residence at Armstrong School for a month.  The purpose of this project is to enhance the existing 3rd grade poetry unit.  Mr. Green’s love of words, detail, imagination and teaching are an inspiration. Students will be more engaged in their poetry exploration and creation with Mr. Green.   They will be able to use new strategies and techniques.


Annie’s Reading Stars Program Year 2

Fales Elementary School 

Annie’s reading Stars is a read-at-home program where each child is provided with a different bag of books to take home each week.  This grant will fund the supplies required to store and deliver the books to the students’ homes with the plan to increase the span of the program over the next several years. This is the first program of its kind in Westborough Public Schools.  The Westborough Education Foundation is proud to fund this program for another year.  



WEF Offering Scholarships to Westborough High School Students

posted Mar 26, 2015, 6:02 AM by Todd Sullivan

Westborough Education Foundation Offers Two Scholarships

The Westborough Education Foundation (WEF) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial support for projects and programs that expand educational opportunities, foster and stimulate creativity, and enhance the excellence of academic experiences for Westborough students. This year, WEF will award two $500 scholarships to graduating Westborough high school students who plan to attend college. The winners of the $500 scholarships will be seniors who best show a passion for learning and furthering their education, as determined by the WEF scholarship committee. The scholarships will be awarded at the Westborough High School graduation ceremonies.

The WEF scholarship application is available for students who meet the following criteria: Westborough resident; in good academic standing; proof of acceptance to a college, trade or business school; and you are an individual who seeks to better themselves through continuing education and contribute to your community through involvement in extracurricular activities. To apply for this scholarship, interested candidates can pick up an application at the following locations:

Applicants must write a one page essay describing a school-related club or program that you have been involved in that has inspired you. OR- Describe a program that you would like to see in the Westborough schools that is creative and innovative and would inspire students to learn and grow.

Completed applications can be sent to PO Box 59 Westborough, MA 01581 or submitted to the Westborough High School Guidance Department. All applications must be received by the Westborough Education Foundation no later than Thursday, April 30th 2015.  If you have questions regarding this scholarship, please contact

WEF at wef@westborougheducationfoundation.com


Thank you for your interest in the Westborough Education Foundation scholarship. We look forward to awarding two $500 scholarships to deserving students who are passionate about learning and hope to further their knowledge and service by continuing their education.

We appreciate your interest and wish you good luck.


Trivia Bee is Tops Among Community Events

posted Dec 7, 2014, 1:43 PM by Todd Sullivan



Close to 600 people packed the DoubleTree Hotel ballroom to laugh, cheer, and ponder  the trivial at the Westborough Education Foundation’s Seventh Annual Trivia Bee on Monday, 

November 3, 2014. The event raised more than $18,000 to support educational grants to  teachers and administrators from across all six of Westborough’s public schools. 

The enthusiastic crowd cheered their favorite teams as they fought through their  preliminary rounds and ultimately six teams went on to compete in the final round. The  fun-filled evening featured trivia on topics including New England sports, popular culture,  government, science, arts and literature, and all-things Westborough. Questions ranged from 

“Imagination at work is the tag line for what company?” (General Electric), to “what is the hardest substance in the human body?” (tooth enamel). Many of the participants added to the festive atmosphere by dressing in costume. There were angels and devils, flappers, bumble bees, football, soccer and hockey players, and even the three Mouseketeers. The kids got in on the  action too with games led by Matt Travis of Athletic Revolution.

Town Moderator, John Arnold made his debut as the Master of Ceremonies and posed the questions written by Tim Koehler, master of trivia. Judges were Former Superintendent,  Marianne O’Connor, Library Director, Maureen Ambrosino, and Police Chief, Al Gordon. The  winning team was sponsored by Westborough Youth Lacrosse (represented by Chris Abeles,  Jeff Garvey, and Chris Palaima), who were awarded the “Bee” trophy and, most important,  community bragging rights. Most spirited and best dressed were also awarded prizes including special trophies donated by Julie McLucas of Cre8 Studios.

Ultimately though, the big winners are Westborough school children who will benefit from the grants awarded to teachers. The grants allow teachers to develop creative programs in literature and language, the arts, technology, social studies, science and math. The Trivia Bee is the Foundation’s largest fundraising effort and brings together many groups from across the 

The Westborough Education Foundation would like to thank the DoubleTree Hotel for its hospitality, Curry Printing for the program, as well as the high school students in the 

Jazz Combo, who livened up the evening with their musical talents. Karen Henderson and Westborough TV captured all of the fun on film and video while Steve Masciarelli handled all of the audio-visual needs. The desserts and drinks were made possible by the generosity of Roche Bros., Wegmans, Stop and Shop, and Panera. Pumpkins and mums donated by Wilkinson’s Hi Hill Farm decorated the raffle and silent auction tables. Thank you to all the local businesses who donated to the raffle, which is always a huge attraction. And last, but certainly not least, the WEF would like to thank the following businesses and groups who so generously supported the 

Trivia Bee by sponsoring teams: Alexander, Aronson, Finning CPAs; Armstrong Parent Group; Avidia Bank; Beaumont At The Willows; Central One Federal Credit Union; Christopher Senie, Esq.; Cumulus Global; Dolan & Maloney Insurance Agency; E.L. Harvey & Sons, Inc.; Fales Parent Group; Federal Street Capital Partners; Gibbons Parent Group; Hastings Parent Group; Heller Search Associates; James N. Ball & Company; Law Office of Nicole D. Sullivan & Associates; Marlborough Savings Bank; Melfa Wealth Management; Mathieu Newton Sotheby’s International Realty; Middlesex Savings Bank; Mill Pond Parent Group; Partridge, Snow & Hahn, LLP; Roche Bros. Supermarkets; St. Mary’s Credit Union; South County Physical Therapy; The New Remax Real Estate Center: Tim & Mary Foley; Westborough Athletic and Social Association; Westborough Civic Club; Westborough Little League and Softball; Westborough Newcomers; Westborough Rotary Club; Westborough Youth Basketball; 
Westborough Youth Football & Cheer; Westborough Amateur Hockey Association; Westborough Youth Lacrosse (Boys); Westborough Youth Lacrosse (Girls) and, Westborough 

The loyal support of the Westborough community and area businesses helped make the Trivia Bee such a success – thank you! The Westborough Education Foundation would like to remind readers that as the holidays approach, an easy way to show appreciation for teachers, principals and school staff members is to make a tax-deductible donation to the WEF as part of its C.A.R.E. (Celebrating and Appreciating Remarkable Educators) program. Educators will receive notification acknowledging any gifts. 

For more information about the Trivia Bee, the C.A.R.E. program, and the Westborough Education Foundation, go to www.westborougheducationfoundation.com.

Let Amazon.com Donate to the Westborough Education Foundation Via Your Purchases........

posted Dec 3, 2014, 7:00 AM by Todd Sullivan

Want Amazon to contribute to the Westborough Education Foundation? Simply go to http://smile.amazon.com/ and select Westborough Education Foundation as your charity and .5% of every purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will go to helping fund innovative programs at the Westborough Schools....

Trivia Bee a Huge Success!!!!

posted Nov 6, 2014, 12:30 PM by Todd Sullivan

On Monday night the 7th Annual Trivia Bee took place at the DoubleTree hotel. Hundreds of local residents packed the event and helped the Westborough Education Foundation raise over $18,000 for their mission to support innovative teachers and programs in the Westborough Schools.  In May the Westborough Education Foundation awarded Westborough educators over $19,000 in grants for the 2014-15 school year. 


The Westborough Youth Lacrosse team took home the 1st place trophy after edging out Westborough Youth Baseball in a thrilling sudden death bonus round.  


Other prize winners:

Marlborough Savings Bank for their "Bank of Thrones" costumes 



Armstrong Teachers won "Most Spirited"






Special thanks go to all the team sponsors and Roche Brothers for their generous contributions to the event.   

Westborough Education Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipients

posted Oct 3, 2014, 4:12 PM by Todd Sullivan   [ updated Oct 3, 2014, 10:14 PM ]

The Westborough Education Foundation Awards Two Scholarships


The Westborough Education Foundation (WEF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 WEF Scholarships.  The recipients are Brendan Mitchell and Elizabeth Simmons.  Brendan is attending University of Sussex in Brighton, England and majoring in International Relations.  In addition to English, Brendan speaks fluent Spanish and French and will be studying Russian and Mandarin.  Ellie is studying at New York University in the Liberal Studies Program.  She has not declared a major yet, but will be studying the Humanities in general.  Ellie would like to study English Literature and minor in film or creative writing.  WEF wishes Brendan and Elizabeth continued success in their studies.


This is the first year that the Westborough Education Foundation has awarded two scholarships to graduates of Westborough High School.  The newly funded scholarships were established for students who go “above and beyond,” exhibit strong leadership qualities, are passionate about learning and have demonstrated creativity and innovation.  


The Westborough Education Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to fostering excellence and innovation in the Westborough public schools.  WEF is dedicated to providing financial support for projects and programs that expand educational opportunities, foster and stimulate creativity and enhance the excellence of academic experiences for Westborough students.  In addition, our purpose is to establish a permanent fund to support grant awards for innovative initiatives that are above and beyond the base curriculum requirements and are outside the scope of the Westborough School Department’s budget.  WEF supports academic programs at all levels of education across many disciplines including math, science, literacy, the arts, technology, history, and physical education.  These grants allow teachers and administrators to develop and implement innovative programs that are not covered by the regular school budget.  Since its inception in 1997, WEF has awarded over $250,000 in grants that support programs that benefit students in all grades.  For more information, visit WEF’s website at www.westborougheducationfoundation.com

If you have questions regarding this scholarship, please contact the Westborough Education Foundation, Maureen Johnson at maureenj1@verizon.net.




Who Will Win Bragging Rights at This Year's Trivia Bee?

posted Sep 17, 2014, 6:14 AM by Todd Sullivan

Who holds bragging rights as the 2013 Westborough Education Foundation Trivia Bee Champions?  It is the team sponsored by Ball Financial, represented by Selectmen, George Barrette, Tim Dodd and Ian Johnson. “The Westborough Board of Selectmen look forward to another exciting Westborough Education Foundation Trivia Bee,” stated Ian Johnson from the Board. “As reigning champions, we look forward to the friendly but intense competition offered by the other teams, all in support of the tremendous work done by the Foundation in supporting the Westborough schools.”   Who will be this year’s Trivia Bee Champs?  

The 7th Annual Trivia Bee will be on Monday, November 3, 2014 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westborough.  More than 600 people attended last year’s Bee!  There is no school the following day, so the WEF expects another record turnout.  

The Westborough Education Foundation is currently recruiting teams and planning for a fun-filled event that will challenge teams to bring forth their best and brightest to compete in the contest.  As in past years, the Bee will feature questions about New England sports, popular culture, government, science, arts and literature, and Westborough history.  In addition to the Trivia Bee entertainment, there will be kids activities, silent auction items, raffles, food and music.

The Trivia Bee is the Westborough Education Foundation’s largest single fundraiser.  Last year, the event raised more than $16,000 to support educational grants to teachers and administrators from across all six of Westborough’s public schools.  WEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial support to foster excellence and innovation in education in Westborough.  The grants allow teachers to develop creative programs in literature and language, the arts, technology, social studies, science and math.  Grants totaling over $19,000 were awarded in 2014 for creative and innovative programs and events.

Sponsoring the Trivia Bee is a great way to show your commitment to education.  Sponsors can use their own trivia buffs or request a team from the schools and community to represent them.   Neighborhood groups, local businesses, and non-profit community organizations are all welcome and encouraged to sponsor a team.  For information about teams, please contact Maureen Johnson:  maureenj1@verizon.net.



SAVE THE DATE!!!

posted Sep 12, 2014, 11:14 AM by Todd Sullivan   [ updated Sep 13, 2014, 8:32 AM ]

SAVE THE DATE!

Monday, November 3rd 6:30PM (No School Tuesday)

Doubletree Hotel


Westborough Education Foundation

Seventh Annual

Trivia Bee

&

Silent Auction and Raffle


Join your friends, teachers and neighbors in a battle of wits.

Trivia Categories include Arts and Literature, Math and Science, Westborough History, Sports.

Teams from local businesses, organizations, neighborhoods and schools

$5 donation includes pizza, drink and dessert.


All proceeds fund educational grants to Westborough teachers for innovative programming.


The Bee is Back!  The Westborough Education Foundation hosts its SEVENTH Annual Trivia Bee on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westborough.  Teams of three will compete in a fun-filled evening of trivia on topics including New England sports, popular culture, government, science, arts and literature, and Westborough history.   The winning team will be given community bragging rights and a trophy.  As always, teams are very much encouraged to let their personalities show and dress in costume to vie for the “Best Spirit” and “Best Costume” awards. 

A donation of $5 per individual or $20 per family includes admission, pizza, drink and dessert.  The fun-filled night features music, 50/50 raffle and a silent auction, featuring sporting event tickets can be won. Speaking of kids, be sure to bring them – there is no school the following day!  Matt Travis of Athletic Revolution will lead kids’ games and activities in between trivia rounds. 

Proceeds from the event fund a variety of grants to teachers and staff across all of the Westborough schools.  The grants allow teachers to develop creative programs in literature and language, the arts, technology, social studies, science and math.   The Trivia Bee is the foundation’s largest fundraising effort and brings together many groups from the community for a highly spirited competition.

If you want to sponsor a team, please contact Maureen Johnson at maureenj1@verizon.net

Grants in Action: Yoga 4 Classroom

posted Sep 3, 2014, 5:33 AM by Todd Sullivan

Hastings School

September 2, 2014


Dear Westborough Education Foundation Grant Committee,


I have exciting news to share, regarding our “Yoga 4 Classrooms” grant award!  After learning we had been awarded the grant, four of our five staff members attended a professional development workshop for educators before the school year ended (to prepare in advance for the year ahead).  In August, our Principal also attended a full day development workshop, which to our delight, was scheduled and held in Westborough!  Thanks to the high interest and wonderful administrative support, Daniel Mayer was able to survey staff and schedule two more full day workshops at a more reduced cost for participants.  Over forty staff members expressed interest and most were able to attend the training.  They were requested to pay $50.00 for the class resources (as opposed to the original budget request of $180.00 per participant for outside the district).   A certified “Yoga 4 Classrooms” trainer provided the instruction and her expertise for both well attended classes.  Workshop evaluations have provided very positive feedback and teachers, specialists, paraprofessionals and administrators are looking forward to the benefits of this training for students and staff in our Westborough Schools.  Implementation has begun!

Again, we are extremely grateful for your support and are pleased in the interest that has been “ignited” as a result of this grant.  I know our students will enjoy the benefits.

Thank you again for all you do for our schools and community.



Sincerely,


Lauren Kennedy

Kindergarten

Hastings

Grants in Action: Robotics Team Wins Title at BattleCry 15 with A 7-1 Record!!!!

posted May 30, 2014, 11:53 AM by Todd Sullivan

Last weekend (May 24 and 25), Westborough High School's FRC Team 4048 competed in its first off-season competition of 2014. Off-season competitions are used by teams to allow team members who did not have the chance to operate the robot during the regular season a chance to compete. Our team use two all-freshman drive-teams mentored by the regular season senior drive-team.

BattleCry is the oldest off-season FRC competition in Massachusetts and is highly competitive. There were 56 teams from across New England (and even New York). We finished the qualifying matches in 4th place (8-1 record) and got to select our first partner (team 2168 from Groton CT). Our second partner was a random pick from a hat and also our neighbor in the pits (team 3719 from New London CT). Together our trio of teams played an unbelievable set of matches, losing just one match from the round-of-eight (7-1 record) all the way to the title. I am incredibly proud of how these students worked well not just amongst themselves but also with other teams. They communicated, analyzed, reacted, made quick decisions on-the-fly and showed great poise even when our robot had problems (which, luckily, was rare). A mentor from another team commented that ours was the only alliance that played as a team of three.

Our school year is almost done. In mid-June we will be attending the PTC Live conference in Boston where we will demo our robot as well as play in a mini-tournament. At the end of June, we plan on attending another off-season competition at Northeastern University - Beantown Blitz.

That's it for this update. It's been an exciting week! There are BattleCry videos on our youtube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/FIRSTteam4048


and a picture on the team web site 

http://www.team4048.org


The team has been on a great trajectory this year and it's made possible by your generosity. We started the year as quaterfinalists at the WPI District Event, then semifinalist at the Rhode Island District Event and finished the competition season as quaterfinalists at the N.E. Championships. And now can add champions of BattleCry 15.

Thank you for your support!

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