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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com.
SAVE THE DATE!
Monday, November 3rd 6:30PM (No School Tuesday)
Westborough Education Foundation
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
We are pleased to share that our WHS poetry slam team Poetry Power made it to the State Semi-Finals yesterday! Thirty-two teams from all over Massachusetts competed in The Louder Than A Bomb event held at MassArt and Wentworth Institute. The team placed first and third in the preliminary battles--this gave them enough points to qualify for the semi's yesterday. We then placed fourth in our bracket (only the first place teams make the finals). We are so proud of our students.
If you see any of our 4 slammers,please congratulate them!
Kofi Dadzie (grade9)
Adhu Krishan (grade 12)
Gabe Espisito (grade 12)
Abram Lucas (grade 12)
An update on the Westborough Robotics Team sponsored with a grant from the Westborough Ed Foundation:
"The 2014 FRC New England Region Championship is over and unfortunately, we didn't advance to the World Championships. There were 53 teams and we finished in 41st place with a record of 4-8-0. As expected, there were so many good teams that most teams fell in the middle of the ranking with very few at the top and bottom. No one went undefeated and only one team was winless. We faced a string of bad luck that could easily have changed our fortunes; but the team took it well and forged ahead. In one match, our two alliance partners became entangled with one tipping over so we had to play solo - and almost won if not for a technical foul by a human player. In two other matches, a top ranked partner inexplicably had ball shooting and handling problems. Nothing is guaranteed and this is just art imitating life.
But all was not bad. Our robot held its own even when we lost a match and other teams noticed. we deployed our secret weapon - our blocker. A few teams had blockers during the District Events but no one successfully used one. At the Championship, no other team had a blocker and no one expected us to use it; and certainly not during the autonomous period. So with the start of play, our robot deployed the blocker, posted itself in front of an extremely good opponent and blocked both of its shots. The crowd loved it. The opposing coach was overheard saying "I didn't expect that!". Little victories like this make all the hard work worthwhile. And it helped us advance to the elimination round.
Despite our poor ranking, the #2 alliance picked us to be one of their partners. We were thrilled to advance! But bad luck struck again as we lost 2 matches during the best-out-of-3 quarterfinals; and had to play shorthanded when one of our partners lost their drivetrain. In the end, we didn't accrue enough points to make the cut for the World Championship.
The Championships was a lot tougher on the robot - we had to make a few minor repairs for the first time. But on the whole it was extremely sturdy and it validated our solid design. We now start our post-season where we plan on competing at Battle Cry at WPI (Sat/) and Beantown Blitz at Northeastern University (). We will use these events to (1) train new drivers (these things are no easy to control) and (2) allow younger team members a chance to incrementally refine the robot and build their technical skillset. The season is not over yet!"
Visit the team's YouTube page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/FIRSTteam4048
On March 28 Gibbons Middle School hosted their sixth annual Gibbons Poetry Slam in the Gibbon’s Library for the eighth grade teams as an opening to the eighth grade Poetry Unit. Four poets from the New England area presented a very unique, dynamic and diverse style of poetry.
They each performed two of their original poems and competed against each other in a fun and upbeat style. The poets presented a range of poems from heartfelt poems, comic routines, to personal memoir pieces. The classes were able to hear several different voices, judge a competition, and root for their favorites! The students thoroughly enjoyed the poetry slam and some of their comments were: “fantabulous, beautiful, slambuctious, and awesome.” “It was very moving and touching.” These rave reviews are only a sampling of the audience’s reaction to the performance. Alex Charalambides, the host of the slam, expressed his excitement for the Gibbon’s Poetry Unit which has now become the foundation for the Poetry Club and Performance Poetry Group at Westborough High School. Alex was in all the eighth grade classes the week following the Poetry Slam teaching poetry writing. Alex introduced the components of Performance Poetry, talked about what inspires him, and followed up by conferencing on their writings. He also met with small groups of students to critique and offer advice on students’ poems during all period seven classes throughout the week in the library.