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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!

Westborough Education Foundation Announces 2014-15 Grant Recipients

posted May 20, 2014, 7:18 AM by Todd Sullivan

The Westborough Ed Foundation has awarded grants totaling over $19,000 for the 2014-15 school year. Please joins us in congratulating the recipients and commend them and their innovative programs for our children!! 

Since its inception the Westborough Ed Foundation has awarded over $270,000 in grants to innovative educators across all grade levels in the Westborough School District. 

A reminder to save the date: The annual Trivia Bee has been scheduled for Monday, November 3rd at the Double Tree.  




Homework Helpers: Free Tutors

Westborough High School, Grace Cheng



Homework Helpers provides academic support to Gibbons Middle School students and to promote a positive learning environment. This grant will support marketing and scheduling processes that will allows Homework Helpers to provide academic support 

to a larger group of students,


iPads in the Classroom

Mill Pond School, Erin Yablonski, Amy D’Avia


The use of iPads in the classroom encompasses all learners, specifically those who learn best via visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning. Non only do iPads allow for the advancement and knowledge of technology applications, they also enable all learns 
to showcase their learning in a variety of ways. This grant will fund several iPads and supporting equipment.
 

Lisons et parlons des sciences! (Read and Talk about Science)

Westborough High School, Eleanor Brown


This grant will allow for the purchase of current science discovery book in French for use by intermediate-level students. These new non-fiction titles will allow students to foster a connection between the language they are learning and their science and 
technology interests. 


Yoga 4 Classroom to Empower Core Practices

Hastings Elementary School, Lauren Kennedy, Kim Keogh, Leigh Becker



It is the purpose of this grant to help young children develop self-regulation by practicing yoga into the classroom. 


Interactive Whiteboard Technology in the General Music Classroom

Mill Pond School, Andrea Ehrenreich



In order to facilitate multisensory music learning, this grant will fund new software programs including the “Interactive Now” series for interactive whiteboards. 


BioBuilder

Westborough High School, Jo-Anne 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. This grant will ensure that all biology students have the 
consumables they need to run BioBuilder Labs. 


Annie’s Reading Stars Program

Fales Elementary School, Maryann Stannard



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 kindin Westborough Public Schools. 


Coming to America – Ellis Island Experience

Fales Elementary School, Kathleen Swanson, Patricia Gallo



This program will provide the students with a realistic immigrant experience. It will mirror what immigrants went through during their journey to America and upon their arrival at Ellis Island. The grant will cover customers, books, photography and other supplies to 
bring the immigrant experience to life. 


A Longitudinal Study of Westborough High School Graduate: year Five

Westborough High School, Judith Martin


The research on college readiness shows that there is a gap between the experiences of high school students and the expectations of colleges. Beginning with the Class of 2009, this program surveys graduates one year after graduation to ask whether they 
were prepared for college, work or military service. This grant will provide needed resources to complete the fifth year of this project. 


Functional Fitness at Gibbons Middle School

Gibbons Middle School, Nathan Jyringi, Sandy Robichaud



This grant will partially fund a new program that provides an instant activity for students to participate in at the beginning of each physical education class. Students will change and immediately begin a series of 10 fitness stations. With this program, over the 
course of two years, students will progress to higher fitness and strength levels. 


Clue: And Then There Were None

Gibbons Middle School , Denise Casale, Jennifer Nottingham



The grant is for a multi-disciplinary problem solving adventure based on the strategies employed by the board game, Clue, and Agatha Christie’s novel And Then There Were None. The project will prepare new 7thscience journal work. The project also prepares our team student, analytically, for a larger inquiry based CSI unit that takes place later in the school year. 


Book Club + Science = Fun

Gibbons Middle School, Lisa Greenwald



The purpose of this project is to show connections between non-fiction books and science. This grant will fund books and science experience supplies for students who will meet after school throughout the school year. Through participation in this program, 
students will combine a love of reading with hands on science activities. 


Museum in a Box: The Sequel

Westborough High School, Colleen Gormly, Ed Belbin



The grant is to fund the continuation of a program previously funded by the Westborough Education Foundation. The program funds the purchase of a collection of artifacts and primary sources for core history course at the high school. By putting 
authentic historical objects in front of students, this program gives them an authentic and valuable learning experience. 


Poet in Residence

Gibbons Middle School, Deb Lamothe



Alex Charalambides has been coming to the Gibbons Middle School for the past several years as a presenter and a culminating experience to the eight grade poetry project. Based on the tremendous response from Gibbons’ student to Alex Charalambides’s 
visits, the Westborough Education Foundation is proud to fund this program for another year.



Celebrate Wonderful Teachers with CARE

posted May 13, 2014, 12:43 PM by Todd Sullivan

As the end of the school year approaches, do you want to show your appreciation for your child’s teachers, principal and staff members? Add them to the “Honor Roll”!

As a meaningful year end gift, individuals, groups or classes can make a tax-deductible donation to the  Westborough Education Foundation in appreciation of these wonderful teachers. Your child’s teacher will receive notification acknowledging your gift. A notification of receipt will be sent to each contributor for tax purposes. 

WEF is a 501(c)(3) organization. 

The Westborough Education Foundation’s primary goal is to raise funds to provide innovative educational programs for Westborough students that are outside the realm of the normal school system budget. Teachers from throughout the school system are eligible to participate in our grant program, and the benefits of these grants reach children of all grade levels. Check out the WEF website for more information on what we do and grants awarded.

To celebrate remarkable educators, please fill out the bottom of this notice and send it along with your contribution to the Westborough Education Foundation, PO Box 59, Westborough, MA 01581. Please complete ALL requested information to help us expedite the acknowledgments.

The Westborough Education Foundation welcomes your support and participation in its efforts to provide more resources to our teachers and children. Your support truly makes a difference for our children. To learn more or get involved, email us at wef@westborougheducationfoundation.com 

Thank You!

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