2015 RFTS and Facebook Challenge Grants - Wausau School Foundation

2015 RFTS and Facebook Challenge Grants

JANUARY 2015
DESTINATION COLLEGE $1000 Grant - Horace Mann & John Muir Middle Schools

According to the ACT website article entitled "The Forgotten Middle: Ensuing That ALL Students Are on Target for College and Career Readiness BEFORE High School," it is more important than ever to expose children to a college-like setting at earlier ages to better prepare them for their futures. Julie Bollmann, Parent-Partner Coordinator at HMMS and JMMS, in partnership with UW- Stevens Point Admissions Department and Wausau Dept of Public Instruction intiated the "Destination College Day"  experience to expose students to college.

   

  

 

MONTESSORI MODEL UNITED NATIONS TRIP - MONTESSORI CHARTER SCHOOL $1000
Montessori students took part in the Montessori Model United Nation (MMUN) at the UN Headquarters in New York.  The MMUN is a program designed to give students an inside look at UN operations and the role of the UN as a humanitarian assembly.  Students were inspired to take an active role in current events and broaden their worldview. A total of 12 students participated.

EMPOWERING DIVERSITY THROUGH MUSIC $500 - Marathon County Juvenile Detention Center
Teacher Robin Doughtery and staff have created a program to reach out to incarcerated youth at the  Marathon County Juvenile Detention Center through music.  Empowering Diversity Through Music engages the students in a variety of activities that support a culture of positive self-esteem. Specifically this grant funded weekly guitar instruction. It was so well received and successful, the support was replicated during the summer of 2015 with an additional $375.

EAGLES COMMUNICATION NETWORK GRANT $2759 - HORACE MANN MIDDLE SCHOOL - Kathy Tyskiewicz
The Eagles Communication Network will allow for a continual broadcast of school-based information for students, parents and faculty.  The Network will use student created videos, web content and Google documents to create a welcoming and compassionate school culture and climate. The funds will be applied strictly to the technical equipment. Increased student-to-student collaboration will decrease the technical gaps and provide career and college readiness opportunities for advanced tech skills, critical thinking, problem solving, resource management, interpersonal skills, information analysis, systems analysis, and teamwork.

WAUSAU EAST DEPT OF ART SPRING 2015 SAND MOLD RELIEF AND ALUMINUM POUR WORKSHOP AND ARTIST RESIDENCY  $2500  Additional $600 support granted to finalize sculpture completion. 
Students worked along-side local artist, Keith Kaziak and Wausau East Art teacher Joe Pataconi to create a sand mold relief tiles and a culminating aluminum pour during C.A.F.E. 2015. Finished castings created a three dimensional sculpture permanently installed on the grounds of East HS campus at C.A.F.E. 2016. 

  

   

JUNE 2015 - SIX REACH FOR THE STARS GRANTS AWARDED . . .

COLLAB LAB 3.0 - WAUSAU EAST LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER - $1800
Funding in partnership with Wausau High School '65 50 Year & Wausau East High School '95 20 Year Reunions

A unique space that is digitally connected for students and teachers provides much needed work space in the Library Media Center at Wausau East. Just like Web 3.0 adjusts to meet the needs of the user, the space will be responsive to the student's needs and wants: a 3.0 lab. Modeled after a similar space at UWSP, small groups of students and teachers (8 or less) will be able to have  digital access and work space to collaborate, create, learn, teach and THINK!
THANK YOU! WHS '65 & WEHS '95 Alumni for your CLASS ACT support for Wausau East HS Students & Staff.

EMPOWERING DIVERSITY THRU MUSIC - MARATHON CO JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER  $375 (repeat grant)
A continuation of the successful guitar instruction introduced earlier in the year, but this time during summer instruction. Teacher Robin Doughtery and staff created the program to reach out to incarcerated youth through music.  Empowering Diversity Through Music engages the juveniles in a variety of activities that support a culture of positive self-esteem providing them with an opportunity to respect, appreciate and value differences while building community through music.

PROBLEM SOLVING WITH ROBOTS - STETTIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $2684
Research on STEM education shows that students who experience early hands-on learning are the best equipped to develop a strong understanding of STEM concepts as they get older. This grant introduces robots, coding, and technology as an essential segue into advancing students' academic and future professional success - a shared key interest of the WSD. IPads are the mode of delivery for a combination of robots (Sphero, Ollie, Dash, and Dot) and accessory packs for all third grade students at Stettin. After countless hours of professional development, these teachers have designed student activities to enhance the development of collaboration, problem solving, and creativity - one robot and one student at a time!

WAUSAU EAST HIGH SCHOOL TECH ED - MAINTAINING A "CUTTING EDGE" IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY $2500
Cutting edge equipment that caters to the real-life needs of STEM jobs is essential to fostering and continuing to generate new interest in classes offered. Students are exposed to the very skills that will guarantee them employability in the future. The purchase of a second plasma cutter will increase accessibility for more students to practice and demonstrate their proficiency.

PAVING PAPERLESS CLASSROOMS - JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL $429
Jill Ebersold and Carrie Helke co-teach a 2nd grade class of 30 students. Integration of technology has been one of their goals to create a learning environment that enables their students to succeed. The grant supports and maximizes the devices already acquired with the purchase of an Apple TV, HDMI requirements and maintenance of paid apps, subscriptions and miscellaneous fees.

OCTOBER 2015

RESTORATIVE PRACTICES - FALLING STARS TO SHOOTING STARS - ENRICH, EXCEL, ACHIEVE (EEA) LEARNING ACADEMY $2000
Restorative Justice is a process that has been increasingly used by school districts to create a community, prevent bullying, and reduce student conflicts. The grant allowed 10 EEA Staff to a conference in Stevens Point, WI. Together as an entire staff team, they are now taking necessary steps for EEA to become a Restorative School - believed to be a tremendous fit for its students, many who have experienced traumatic situations in their lifetimes.

ALPIN HONG MUSIC RESIDENCY - WAUSAU SCHOOL DISTRICT 4TH & 5TH GRADE MUSIC $2000
In conjunction with the Partners in Education Committee at The Grand, the Wausau School District along with DC Everest School District, Newman Catholic Schools and the Performing Arts Center hosted the first annual City Wide Children's Choral Festival for selected 4th & 5th grade students in April 2016. All 4th & 5th grade children in the Districts shared the enjoyment of learning the music used for the festival for their respective school performances. WSD Fine Arts Coordinator, Marie Northrup spearhead the outstanding music opportunity for over 1000 children from area schools - of which 200 of them participated in the Festival.
More about Alpin Hong at www.alpinhong.com      PHOTOS
 

***2015 November FACEBOOK CHALLENGE GRANT WINNERS*** 

Top 11 winners received $250 each for Sparking Innovation! $2750.00 awarded during American Education Week!

 1. Danielle Reed - Wausau West / Aeroponic Agriculture
 2. Allison Vogel - John Marshall Elem / Snap Circuits
 3. Randy Erdman - John Muir MS / Portable Weather Station
 4. Jeanne Behrens - Stettin Elem / Robotic Accessories
 5. Kris Edwards - Maine Elem / MineCraftedu.
 6. Amy Jaglinski, Matt Adams, Cheryl Borta, Heidi Hahner - G/T Department / Games & Puzzles
 7. Larissa Rittenberry - Grant Elem / Kindergarten Wiggle Stools
 8. East H.S. Student Council / Jolyn Cook - Dodgeballs
 9. Elizabeth Kysley - East H.S. Graphics, Tech & Engineering - Fostering School Spirit through Student Messaging
10. Tanya Kramer Heuser - Lincoln Elem / Sculpey Clay & History
11. Amanda Riege - Franklin Elem / STEM Dream Flight Shuttle

Photo 1. (L-R)Kristine VandenHeuvel - Director of WSF with Franklin Elementary Principal Jon Euting, teacher Amanda Riege and Student Intern from EGL Taylor Mae Ippolito

Photo 2. (L-R) Taylor Mae, Grant Elementary teacher Larissa Rittenberry and Kristine.

Photo 3. (L-R) Kristine with John Muir Middle School teacher Randy Erdmann and Taylor Mae.



Photo 1. Lincoln Elementary Gifted and Talented teacher Amy Jaglinski with Kristine and Taylor Mae.

Photo 2. John Marshall teacher Allison Vogel with her class and Principal Amanda Patterson

Photo 3. Maine Elementary teacher Kris Edwards with his class.

 

 

Photo on left: Stettin Elementary teacher Jeanne Behrens and her class.

 

Photo on right: Wausau West Assistant Principal Cathy Wahl, Kristine and Teacher Danielle Reed.
 

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