Online Auction supports Erika Hall Memorial Fund

Hall Memorial fund photoIn addition to WEF’s Erika Hall World Language Program, her family created the Erika Hall Memorial Fund to provide scholarships and grants to high school seniors taking the next step, be that college, cross-cultural travel, experimentation with the arts, etc. Check out the online auction items to support this fund at the Online Auction page in the menu to the left

Erika Hall World Language Program

Erika Hall World Language Program

The WEF is pairing up with Alliance Francaise of Providence, a language and

Erika Hall (here with Japanese exchange student Momoko) was a vivacious and dynamic Westport student who dreamed of spending her junior year of high school as an exchange student in Italy.  The Erika Hall World Language Program was established to keep her spirit alive through promoting the value of foreign language instruction.

Erika Hall (here with Japanese exchange student Momoko) was a vivacious and dynamic Westport student who dreamed of spending her junior year of high school as an exchange student in Italy. The Erika Hall World Language Program was established to keep her spirit alive through promoting the value of foreign language instruction.

cultural group, to bring an exciting new World Language Program into the Westport Elementary School. The Alliance Française de Providence is part of the largest network of French language and cultural centers in the world. We are thrilled to be able to offer the benefit of this wonderful group to the Westport Elementary students!

This is the beginning of our new Erika Hall Program for World Languages. Our goal is to offer 10 week sessions in French, Spanish, and Chinese at the elementary school and move with the students as they progress through the Westport Community Schools. We can only reach these goals with the help and support of the community.

Working with Superintendent Ann Dargon, the WEF and the new extended day program are offering classes two afternoons per week.  The children are  instructed in vocabulary, songs, and also use computers to access information about French monuments, artists, and French speaking countries. The program will span the school year with four 10 week sessions.

 

 

 

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News from Our Schools

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A conversation with AP Biology teacher,  Daniel Harrington

How has WEF funding made a difference for you in your role as a science teacher at Westport High School?

It has afforded me the opportunity to offer programs to my students that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to offer them due to the (limits of the) school budget – it doesn’t allow for field study expenses.

What has been the impact of the AP training we funded on how you teach not only AP students but your other students as well?


mmsiThe MMSI (Massachusetts Math and Science Initiative) training that I received funded by WEF has been the best practical training I have received to date. It has informed my instruction for all courses I teach, Honors Biology and Environmental Science as well.

What additional science courses would you like to see at WHS?

We recently discontinued Bio-technology and feel this was a great loss. It was a feather in our cap.

Tell us about the study of the Westport River we funded that you are doing with your students. What do you hope your students will learn from it? Why is it important to have these opportunities for the students?

From a strictly scientific point of view, it is a great way to do hands on real world science. The students will be faced with an authentic problem to solve and they will solve it through field studies and lab work, while utilizing critical reasoning skills.

What future studies are you thinking about?

I am thinking about taking secondary education administration coursework. For my students, the AP Biology course is excellent preparation for not only Biology major students but also those interested in Allied Health and all Technology fields, due to stressing critical thinking skills.

What has been the impact of the WEF on education in Westport in your opinion?

It has been a positive experience. The buzz word today is enrichment. What that means to me, is that we are able to offer educational opportunities to our students that surpass the “have to’s” and “this will be on the MCAS”.

Walk For Westport – 2014 – Thank you for your support

Circle_logo-to-color-1color-final-2x2Thank you for joining us for the 4th annual Walk For Westport in beautiful Westport Harbor. The weather was stunning, the participation was huge, it was a wonderful day for a great cause! This event brought generations of Westporters together to raise funds for seniors and our schools.  If you missed it, please join us in 2015!

Thank you to our generous supporters, participants and the team of volunteers!  You made it all happen! :)

In Memory and Honor of the Life of Rosemary Wetterings Lenrow, her vision for this community event will continue to unite the generations of Westport.

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 Thank you to our 2014 sponsors, your generous donations make this wonderful event possible!

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Revolution Softwash

BayCoast Bank

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2014 10k  SPONSORS:

The Bayside Restaurant, Kozy Nook Restaurant, Lees Wine & Spirits, Mike Hill @ Coldwell Banker,Minuteman Press, Rosemary’s Friends, Steven Carreiro Construction, Inc.,Tim’s Lawn Care LLC, Westport Business to Business, Westport Police Association, Inc., Westport Point Neighborhood Association

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2014 5k  SPONSORS:

Acoaxet Veterinary Clinic, Arruda Insurance, The Back Eddy Restaurant, Bittersweet Restaurant, Blount Seafood, Bradshaw Insurance Agency, Inc., Camara’s Plumbing & Heating, Christopher Abreu Attorney at Law,  Friends of Chuck & Wendy Goldberg , Country Woolens, F.L. Tripp & Sons, Inc., Grums Family Restaurant, Jack’s Lanscape’n, JF Moran, Joal’s Garage, LaPointe Insurance Agency, Law Office of Jennifer P. Heald, Mid City Steel Corporation, N.A.C. Security & Stereo Systems, Inc., Nick’s Pizza, Orr’s Farm Stand ,Partners Village Store, Potter Funeral Service Inc., Selectman Richard Spirlet, South Shore Dry Dock Marine, State Representative Paul Schmid, Westport Apothecary, Westport Chiropractic, Westport Federal Credit Union & William Raveis

walk-route-mapIn addition to our Race Sponsors above we also received generous donations, goods and services from local businesses and friends:

Lees Oil Service, Pine Hill Gas & Convenience, Selena Howard, Irene Buck, Michael Campbell, Sylvan Nursery, Linda Olsen, Soccer & Lees Mkt., Beth Turenne, Janet Jones and Jen Lima Photography

We look forward to seeing you in 2015!

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Klean out for kids

Klean Out For Kids!

Thank you for making our 2nd annual Yard Sale a success!  Special thanks to the WHS kids who did a fabulous job at the car wash :)

A HUGE shout out to the Kozy Nook Cafe for their donation of baked goods – we can’t thank you enough!!

clipart_yard_sale Remember us next spring ~ clean out for a great cause. All proceeds benefit the Westport Community Schools.

*Please note: Items donated should be gently used, clean and in working condition. We cannot accept cribs, playpens, booster seats, car seats, computers, printers, TV’s or mattresses.

Questions? email us:  WEFyardSale@gmail.com

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A Night at the Races – WEF Derby Fundraiser

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The Kentucky Derby is coming to Westport!  Join us on Friday, May 8th, 2015 at Whites of Westport  for the third annual fun evening of simulated horse racing, a hat contest, mint juleps, 50-50 raffle & silent auction!  Gates open at 6:30 pm, first race is at 7:00 pm.  Join us for a fun night out for a great cause!

All proceeds from the event will fund the WEF’s programs for academic enrichment next year.

A Night at the Races includes ten simulated horse races, shown on DVD. You can choose to have your own horse in a race, bet on other horses or even sponsor an entire race. Chip in for a horse with friends, or specify whose horses you would like to race against for more friendly and fun competition.

How can I support this event? (download an order form to get started – see link below)

DOWNLOAD Order form: derby-order-form-2015_e   and buy here online!

Sponsor a race: Race sponsorships are $250.  Your business name will be announced during the race, featured on a display poster & in the event program. You may provide business cards and/or marketing materials to be displayed by your race poster. Hurry only a limited number of Races are available!
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Sponsor the 50-50 Raffle and/or our Silent Auction: Sponsorships are $250 each.  Your business name will be announced during the race, featured on a display poster & in the event program. You may provide business cards and/or marketing materials to be displayed by your Sponsor poster.
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Buy a horse: For $50, you can have a horse in a race! Chip in with co-workers, fellow coaches, friends, or race solo. You do not need to attend the event to buy a horse. Name your horse and be clever about its description! Limited horses are available, so buy yours before they are gone.  New for 2015, if you sponsor a horse you can also name the jockey for an additional $20.  Your horse name & jockey will be announced during the race, featured on a display poster & in the event program.
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Advertise in the race program: For $75 – $150 you can advertise in the race program for the event.
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Purchase tickets to attend: Tickets are $25 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a fun evening. Buy tickets in advance via mail or link to save, $30 per person on the night of the event.
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Special Thanks to LaFrance Hospitality and Steve Medeiros, Auctioneer!!

derby-hathatLadies – the hats at the Kentucky Derby are nearly as important as the horse racing itself. Get your hats ready for our Hat Contest.  Judges will vote on the best, most elaborate hat of the evening, so start shopping or design and craft a hat yourself!     Sponsor the hat contest: $250  
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Thank you for your support!

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Number of WHS students taking an AP exam has grown 175%

AP test growth 2013Since its inception in 2010, the Westport Education Foundation funded training to enable Westport High School to double its Advanced Placement curriculum by adding Calculus, Statistics, and Psychology. WEF funded an additional $8,000 this summer for additional training on existing programs and to help the Middle School add Pre-AP Calculus and English. The results are clear: 175% increase in the number of Westport High School students taking an AP exam since 2010.

AP Matching Grant Challenge is COMPLETED!

matchinggrantsR. Michael and Martha Sullivan will match the $5,000 we received to support Westport’s Advanced Placement programs. Read more! http://www.eastbayri.com/news/grant-sought-to-boost-westport-highs-ap-offerings/

Where do YOUR donations go? WEF Programs Funded!

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Where do YOUR donations go?

The Westport Education Foundation is proud to announce The WEF Grant Academy. Grants are made to teachers, with the support of their school principal, who make proposals to the foundation for exciting and innovative programs.

MMSI Saturday Study Grant - Westport High School

The WEF has provided $10,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year to Westport High School to fund the Massachusetts Math and Science Initiative Saturday Study program for students taking AP classes in the STEM areas of Math, Science, English, and Technology.  Since WEF’s inception in 2010, WEF has provided funds for teacher training which have resulted in tripling the number of AP courses offered at Westport High and increased student enrollment in AP courses by 175%.  With funding of Saturday study sessions this academic year, students have the opportunity to learn from master teachers from across Massachusetts and greatly increase their potential to not only pass the but score 4s and 5s on the AP tests, giving them college credit and advanced placement  in college classes.

Chromebooks -Westport High School

The WEF provided partial funding of chromebooks to 18 accelerated 8th grade students at Westport High School to aid in their academic achievement.  It is certainly an exciting time for Westport Schools, read on…

 Field Study of the Westport River  – Westport High School

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 classes will survey the river using boats and guides from Osprey Sea Kayak. Students will take water samples at three designated points in progression down the river. The first sampling will be at our northernmost location. The third sampling will be at our southernmost location and the second sampling will be approximately between these two points. Tests will be conducted to determine: dissolved oxygen, nitrates, phosphates, pH, temperature, turbidity and fecal coliform levels. Students will use data from this field study to determine the ecological condition of the East branch. Students will also analyze data to see if correlations can be made with location of sampling, recent weather patterns and data collected from past years!

DECA School Store and Competitions - Westport High School

DECA is a national organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Westport High School has a DECA chapter, which participate in regional, state and national DECA conferences and competitions.  
This school year, the WHS DECA students will open a school store as part of their marketing and business education. These students will stock the store, order supplies, manage work schedules and market their store to the WHS student body.  The WEF is financing inventory for the store and providing funding for students to travel to state and, hopefully, national competitions.

Model United Nation - Westport High School

Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the real UN. Students take on the role of a country at the UN and push their agenda while addressing international affairs and politics.  These simulations are held at state, regional, national, and international conferences throughout the school year.  This activity helps students grapple with real world issues such as human trafficking, international security, the environment, and international law.  The students write proposals, debate with other teams, and present material throughout the conferences.  Awards are conferred on teams and individuals based on modelUN_edited-1independent judging.

Some schools have a hybrid Model UN class in their social studies department as well as a team that competes similar to the WHS Mock Trial course.  This first year, WHS will have a team system that meets twice a week and incorporates students throughout the high school.  This allows students of all grade levels to experience the activity.

The Westport Education Foundation has granted funds to establish the club and assist in paying for students to attend conferences. Boston has multiple conferences, often affiliated with colleges and universities such as Boston University, Boston College, Tufts, and Northeastern. Harvard’s Model UN conference is attended by students from around the world and Brown also has a very comprehensive event. The club’s weekly activities will include preparing for conferences. The conference organizers assign a country to each school and announce topics for the conference. Students must be well versed not only in their country but also the topics that will be discussed in individual committees. A premium is placed on debate, critical thinking, and research skills.

4th Grade Math Club - Westport Elementary Schoolmath-chalkboard

This after-school club uses the MOEMS Math Program which provides a challenging curriculum and encourages students to collaborate and explore, during practice sessions. They are presented with MOEMS sample questions, other enrichment and hands-on math activities to increase confidence and interest in the challenging aspects of this math program.

Destination Imagination - Westport Elementary and Middle Schools

Destination ImagiNation (DI) is not a new program, but one that some parents and students may not Destination Imaginationyet be aware of. It is an educational program in which student teams solve open-ended Challenges and present their solutions at Tournaments. Teams are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the Challenges. Participants gain more than just basic knowledge and skills-they learn to unleash their imaginations and take unique approaches to problem solving. It is widely recognized that creativity, innovation, and the ability to manage change are essential competencies for today’s students – who live in, and are preparing to enter the workplace in, a world of rapid and accelerating change. A survey of more than 400 employers found their biggest concerns were that youth lacked 21st-century skills that will make them competitive in the job market. Three-fourths of those employers viewed creativity and innovation to be among the top-five skills most important in the current climate (eSchool News, October 2006). Based on more than five decades of research and development of Creative Problem Solving (CPS), we know that individuals and groups from the primary grades through adulthood can learn and apply creativity, teamwork, and problem solving.

Destination ImagiNation is a program that builds participants’ creativity, teamwork and problem solving in enjoyable and meaningful ways. The goals of Destination ImagiNation are for participants to:
- Foster creative and critical thinking.
- Learn and apply creative problem solving tools and method.
- Develop teamwork, collaboration and leadership skills.
- Nurture research and inquiry skills, involving both creative exploration and attention to detail.
- Apply and enhance written and verbal communication and presentation skills (both impromptu and sustained).
- Promote the recognition, use and development of many and varied strengths and talents.
- Encourage competence in, enthusiasm for and commitment to real-life problem solving.

Team Challenges are designed to be open-ended and multidisciplinary. Teams spend
several weeks or months working on the Team Challenge of their choice, and they
present their solutions at Tournaments. Each of the six competitive Team Challenges
has a different educational and creative focus:
- projectOUTREACH®: Community Service
- Challenge A: Technical/Mechanical Design
- Challenge B: Scientific Exploration and Theater Arts
- Challenge C: Theater, Literature, and Fine Arts
- Challenge D: Improvisation
- Challenge E: Structural/Architectural Design

More information can be found at www.idiodi.org 

World Language Program, Erika Hall Program for World Languages   - Westport Elementary School

The WEF is pairing up with Alliance Francaise of Providence, a language and cultural group, to bring an exciting new World Language Program into the Westport Elementary School. The Alliance Française de Providence is part of the largest network of French language and cultural centers in the world. We are thrilled to be able to offer the benefit of this wonderful group to the Westport Elementary students!

Erika Hall (here with Japanese exchange student Momoko) was a vivacious and dynamic Westport student who dreamed of spending her junior year of high school as an exchange student in Italy.  The Erika Hall World Language Program was established to keep her spirit alive through promoting the value of foreign language instruction.
Erika Hall (here with Japanese exchange student Momoko) was a vivacious and dynamic Westport student who dreamed of spending her junior year of high school as an exchange student in Italy. The Erika Hall World Language Program was established to keep her spirit alive through promoting the value of foreign language instruction.

Working with Superintendent Ann Dargon, the WEF and the new extended day program will offer 2 classes every Tuesday afternoon, teaching the French language and culture at no charge to students enrolled in the aftercare program.  Students not enrolled in extended day are also welcome to sign up for the classes at a fee of $30 for a 10 week session.  Spaces will be limited to 12 students per class. The children will be exposed to vocabulary, songs, and also use computers to access information about French monuments, artists, and French speaking countries. The program will span the school year with four 10 week sessions.  Sign your child up today!

This is the beginning of our new Erika Hall Program for World Languages. We hope to grow this program into one which will offer 10 week sessions in French, Spanish, and Chinese at the elementary school and move with the students into the Westport Middle School and High School.

Westport United Special Olympic program - Westport High School

The Westport High School student group, the Westport Advocats, has worked diligently in the last 2 years to reinvigorate the Westport Community Schools Special Olympics Program. In 2012, they participated in the Dartmouth High School Track & Field SO events as well as hosted a basketball event in June for all of the Westport schools.

This past year the students were able to participate in four sports with all four Westport Community Schools joining in our program. They have competed at the local level in Bowling, Basketball, Track & Field, and Volleyball and have also transformed the program into one that now competes in the Unified Division, which pairs regular education students with Special Education students as partners. This program allows for more social connections as well as a mentor/mentee relationship to foster the learning of sports, values, respect, leadership and lasting friendships.

The program operates on a volunteer basis and has no funding through the Westport school budget. The Westport Education Foundation grant provides transportation, uniforms, equipment, and funding for competitions at or beyond the local level.

In this past year, the Unified team was able to qualify for the regionals by receiving the silver medal in basketball, and the gold medal in Track & Field. Last year, they were unable to advance to the regional competitions due to monetary restrictions. With the new help and support of WEF, we sincerely hope that this program will grow and flourish.

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In addition to the programs above, we have recently awarded funds for an Architecture Club at the Middle School,  the Katie Brown  Program dealing with bullying, violence prevention and conflict resolution at the Middle School, a No-Strings Marionette Puppet workshop and performance at the Macomber School, SAT preparation courses at the High School, piano keyboards for a Piano Lab Class at the High school, and are working on starting a Rowing Program at the High School this spring which will incorporate instruction in navigation.  We are also working on a new literacy program at the Macomber School called, “1000 books before First Grade”, which is set to begin in September.

Over $20,000 in new grants for 2013-2014!

New programs include Pre-AP Math and English at WMS and a reading mentor program for WES/WMS students. We also renewed funding for the 1st grade literacy club, 4th and 7th grade math teams, Destination Imagination (9 teams!), 5/6th grade book club, 7/8th grade writer’s guild, middle school science fair, middle school art club sculpture materials, and SAT preparation courses. Lastly, we helped to send two high school teachers for their second year of AP training for biology and calculus.

Past Programs Funded:

Programs Funded

  • Training to establish Pre-AP English and Math at the Middle School
  • Training to establish Advanced Placement Calculus, Statistics, and Psychology programs at the High School
  • Destination ImagiNation® program for creativity, teamwork and problem solving at the Elementary and Middle Schools
  • Art Mural and Sculpture projects for the art club at the Middle School
  • Beyond Question Learning Technology for a 5th grade class
  • The third and fourth grade musical at the Elementary School
  • Writing contest for Summer Science Programs with the Westport Watershed Alliance
  • Surf into Reading program at the Elementary School
  • No Strings Marionnettes artist in residence program at the Macomber School
  • SAT Preparation for high school students
  • Math teams for 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th graders
  • Book clubs for grades 5/6 and 7/8
  • A writer’s guild for grades 7 and 8
  • A science fair club at the middle school
  • A robotics program at the middle school
  • Literary Clubs for 1st/2nd and 3th/4th graders
  • The middle school drama production (with funding from the Helen Ellis Charitable Trust)
  • Listening Centers for Kindergarten students at the Macomber Primary School

 

 

 

 

 

 

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