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Please Consider a Donation – a letter from our board members to you…

Dear WEF Supporter,

Your annual contributions to the Westport Education Foundation continue to serve as an extremely effective way to “think globally and act locally.”  Because of you we have been able to provide Westport students with transformative and innovative programs that encourage them to become life-long learners with a capacity for constant personal and vocational growth and a commitment to active and informed participation as citizens.  When you donate to the WEF you are making an investment with potential to improve not only the lives our community’s children but also those of everyone affected by their activities in the future.

Your past support has enabled us to fund extraordinarily successful and creative programs at every level of the Westport Community School System.  Prominent among them are:

                           1000 Books Before First Grade Program:  Now extended to first and second grades, it reached a goal of 60,000 books last year and is aiming for 75,000 books this year.  (Macomber School.)

World Languages and Culture Classes: Mandarin Chinese, French, and Spanish instruction.  (Westport Elementary School.)

By Land and By Sea:  One of a number of “hands-on, heads-on projects,” this one involved construction of a 32 foot competitive rowboat under the supervision of a master boat builder and with accompanying classroom components that tied the project into relevant mathematical and geometric concepts, the maritime and boat building history of Westport, etc.  (Westport Middle School.)

The Art of Construction:  One of a number of STEAM (Science, Technology , Engineering, Art, and Math) programs in collaboration with the Westport Historical Society, this one involved students in learning and applying math concepts relevant to the construction and history of the Cadman-White-Handy House.  (Westport Middle School.)

Field Study of the East Branch of the Westport River

In addition to visually surveying the river and its wildlife, students took water samples at two designated points in progression down the river.  Tests were conducted to determine the presence of dissolved oxygen, nitrates, phosphates, pH, temperature, turbidity and fecal coliform levels.  Students used data gained on this field study to determine the ecological condition of the East Branch of the Westport River and to gain insight into the local watershed’s health.  Furthermore, students analyzed our data to see if correlations can be made with respect to location of sampling.

College Advanced Placement Classes:  WEF has been instrumental in providing funds for teacher training, increasing the number of AP courses offered at Westport High School from three to nine, and for funding Saturday study sessions for students taking AP courses.  These sessions, at a cost of $10,000/year, provide both students and Westport high school teachers with extra instruction in AP science, math, English and history classes from master teachers from all around Massachusetts on various Saturdays throughout the school year.

At every level, students have been provided the opportunity to participate in Destination Imagination (a STEAM based learning competition.)  At every level, WEF has supported music and art programs, e.g., The Macomber “No Strings” Puppeteers, the Macomber Singers, The Macomber quilt-making project, and Elementary School, Middle School and High School drama and musical productions.  At every level, Westport students involved in national scholastic competitions, such as the South Coast Corsairs Robotics Team (students from Westport, Dartmouth, New Bedford, Tiverton and Taunton competing in local, state, national, and world robotics competitions) receive support from WEF.

For 2016-2017, in addition to our commitment to fund art, music and literacy programs at the Macomber School, SAT preparation and AP History Boot Camp at the High School, Destination Imagination, drama and musical productions at the Westport Elementary School and the Jr/Sr High School, we are embarking upon funding a system wide STEM Initiative with the following goals in mind:

  • Establish new STEM programs and opportunities throughout Westport Community Schools (K-12).
  • Provide more project based learning opportunities
  • Focus on Hands-on, Engineering, Robotics, and Computer Science
  • Establish recurring offerings
  • Vertically align recurring programs through out schools
  • Encourage diversity
  • Provide new opportunities at limited or no cost to the students

Our 2016-2017 plan is to fund the following STEM programs:

  • Macomber (K-2):
  1. Afterschool Teacher/Student Maker Clubs – Grades K-2
  • Elementary School (3-6):
  1. Afterschool Teacher/Student Maker Clubs – Grouped grades 3&4 and 5&6
  2. Afterschool SeaPerch underwater robotics program – Grades 5&6, fall semester
  • Middle School (7-8):
  1. Master Class Robotics course offering – VEX EDR
  2. Afterschool Robotics Club (continued) – VEX EDR
  • High School (9-12):
  1. Afterschool SeaPerch robotics program – Grades 9-12
  2. Encourage participation in NUWC/UMassD First Robotics Competition team

Please help us again this year as generously as you can.  We hope the work we have done has earned your confidence that your donations are used wisely and effectively toward the goal of empowering future generations to make successful lives for themselves and a better society for us all.  We depend upon you, our supporters, to continue to make that happen.

Your Donation means so much!  Please consider sending in any amount, each dollar helps fund programs for the entire Westport Community Schools.  Make checks payable to Westport Education Foundation and mail to us at:

PO Box 3213 Westport MA 02790

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Questions? Comments? Interested in becoming a Community Partner Donor?  

Email us:   info@westporteducationfoundation.com

Download WEF Tax Exempt Form here for your tax preparer

DownloadWEF donation form here

 

 

 

A Night At the Races – SAVE THE DATE – Friday, May 12th!

Can you hear the sound of the trumpets calling you?  Yes it is true! We have set a date for our annual FUNdraiser, A Night at the Races!  Please mark your calendar and start looking for a babysitter as you simply MUST join us, Friday Eve – May 12th at White’s of Westport!  We are looking for sponsors now as our horses and races sold out last year! Email us at: DerbyforWEF@gmail.com

Thank you!!!

Here are some fun pictures from last year:

A Night at the Races, a few 2016 photos by Alex Mauck

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Building The Spirit of Westport, one plank at a time!

DV-Logo-updated-original-04.27.2015-e1464915831635Building  The Spirit of Westport, one plank at a time has been a great project! Dharma Voyage along with many generous volunteers throughout the Westport Community work with students in a hands-on environment to build a boat and learn many technical and historical details.  Twenty four students are participating in this exciting class.  Small groups of about eight students have been working with Ben Booth and Jon Aborn four days a week in the boat shop.   The groups rotate through the schedule, building upon each others’ progress.  Titcomb Brothers Manufacturing on Forge Road has kindly donated the space for our project.  The grand voyage launch will be in the SprinBoatbuilding1Boatbuilding3

Grants Funded – Putting Your Donations to Work for our Kids!

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.

Funded Program Highlights:

AP Biology Field Study Westport River - Students using Osprey Kayaks & Guides engage in a field study of the East Branch of the Westport River. Water samples and data are collected analyzed to determine the ecological condition of the river.

math-chalkboardScience Fair - Middle School students in grades 6 through 8 participate in an after-school program where they learn the scientific method, employ it in a science experiment of their own choosing where it is showcased at the WMS School Fair. The top 10 students move forward to compete at the Region III fair and possibly to the State Level if qualified.

Destination ImagiNation - Student teams incorporate STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics), the arts and service learning in to several challenges. Teams showcase their solutions at a competitive tournament.  (see more details below!)Destination Imagination

1000 Books Before First Grade Program - A multi-year pre-literacy program that encourages families to read at least 1000 books to their pre-school/kindergartener. Due to its great success, this program has expanded to include the first and second grade students.

 

Math Clubs: Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle School (MOEMs) - Students who possess a math average of 90 and above the previous year and a Level 4 PARCC Math score are eligible to participate in this club. Students compete in teams in math problem solving competitions.

World Languages - Sponsorship of world language programs such as the Erika Hall World Language Program and after school French classes have promoted the value of foreign language instruction. As a result, French classes were incorporated into the school curriculum for the third and fourth grade for the 2015-2016 academic year.  (see more info below)

Project Based Learning - Students participate in ‘hands on’ learning projects such as the Quilt Project in conjunction with the Westport Historical Society and the Boat Building Pilot Program that was conducted in partnership between the Westport Community Schools and Dharma Voyage, Inc. along with many other community program supporters. These programs encompass a multi-sensory approach to learning and connect classroom curriculum with real world experiences.

Musicals - Students interested in the performing arts participate in various aspects of musical productions such as FootlooseThe Lion King and Aladdin.

Artist-in-Residence Programs - Artists from performance companies such as the “No Strings Marionette Company” provide multiple day hands-on learning experiences for students interested in the performing arts. With guidance from these talented artists, students create their own props, learn their own show material and ultimately perform as an “opening act” for the premier show to school and family communities for day and evening performances.

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Destination Imagination - Westport Elementary and Middle Schools

Destination ImagiNation (DI) is not a new program, but one that some parents and students may not 
yet be aware otencies 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:
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- 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.

Past 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk for Westport – Thank you to our Sponsors, Volunteers & Friends!

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Thank you for joining us for the 6th 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 2017!

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.

 Thank you to our 2016 sponsors, your generous donations make this wonderful event possible!

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Destination Imagination – Congrats Teams on Year 4!

041The WEF is proud to announce our 4th year of success in the Destination Imagination Program! Thanks to our program leaders, Deb Thatcher & Marybeth Carney along with many amazing volunteer team parents – we are monitoring our children teams to compete soon!

The Westport Education Foundation is proud to announce that this program has 11 teams this year with 61 students competing.  Our 8 parent volunteer coaches host team meetings to get ready for the Regional Tournament at Dennis-Yarmouth High School on March 21st – stay tuned for announcements & updates!

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The Mission - To develop opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st century skills and creativity.Destination Imagination

The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament.

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1000 Books Before 1st Grade – Making Reading Fun & we have Book Fairies!!

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The Westport Education Foundation is pleased to tell you about our excityprogram: 1000 Books Before First Grade, a multi-year pre-literacy effort aimed at encouraging families to read at least 1000 books to their pre-school/kindergartner from birth to age 6. This program is a partnership between the Albert Lees Memorial Fund of the Westport Education Foundation and Partners Village Store. The program is offered at the Macomber Primary School.

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To make it easy for families to achieve this goal, we have collected over 2000 books and have sorted them into 200+ bags of 10 books each. Children who participate in the program will be given a bag of 10 books to take home and share with their families. Once those books have been read, parents will return the bag to school and a volunteer will swap out the books for a new bag of 10 books. Each child will receive a game board to track his/her reading progress. Along the way, children can earn small rewards 1000THanksfor reading 100, 400, and 700 books. But, most importantly, any child who completes all 1000 books before entering first grade will receive the following: Medal of Achievement, Book Award provided by Partners Village Store, and a Certificate of Merit. All of this will be awarded at a ceremony and presented by school officials.

We are currently looking for volunteers to spend ½-1 hour at Macomber on designated days swapping book bags for children. Please reach out if you would like to help out with this exciting new program!

We also continue to welcome book donations. Please do not hesitate to contact us at1000booksWEF@gmail.com

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Download and print our Sign up sheet & Invite Letter here:WEF-1000books-bag

1000 Books Sign Up Sheet

1000 Books Invitation Letter

1000 Books Incentives

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Two new studies examine the unexpectedly complex interactions that

happen when you put a small child on your lap and open a picture book.learykendall

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Westport Summer Passport – Local Geocache Family Fun

The Westport Summer Passport is an adventure that will take you to six of the most beautiful and interesting natural and historical spots in our town. You will visit:unnamed

• Headwaters Conservation Area, 187 Blossom Rd. (north Westport)
• Handy House 202 Hix Bridge Rd. (central Westport)
• Dunham’s Brook Conservation Area, 1520 Main Rd. (south Westport)
• Bell School House, 25 Drift Rd. (central Westport)
• Town Farm, 830 Drift Rd. (central Westport)
• Herb Hadfield Conservation Area, 255 Cornell Rd. (south Westport)

Download YOUR Summer Passport HERE

Using the passport, you must follow the clues to find hidden boxes at each site, collect the stamps, and claim your prize! (Prizes are intended for children only.) Also called Geocaching – a fun time for families!

Prizes are available at:

  • The Westport Land Conservation office at the Town Farm, 830 Drift Rd., Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00. (On Saturdays you might find us at the Farmers Market from 8:30-1:00.)
  • The Westport Historical Society office at the Bell School House, 25 Drift Rd., Wednesday-Friday, 10:00-2:00.
  • The Handy House, 202 Hix Bridge Rd., second and fourth Saturday of the month, 10:00-4:00.

summerpbellhouseIt’s a PDF file that consists of two letter-sized sheets. You can:

  • Print it double-sided (if your printer supports this), and fold it in half vertically.
  • Print it on two sheets. Then put the blank sides of the sheets together and fold the two sheets in half vertically.

Whether you print it double-sided or on two sheets, you should position the sheet(s) so the welcome message is on the front of the passport.

  • This is a free self-guided family-friendly activity that runs from June 20-September 7. All walks are less than 1.5 miles and cover flat ground or moderate inclines.
  • You may visit locations in any order, seven days a week and you do not need to complete all six in one day.
  • Each passport box contains a stamp, an inkpad, a small notebook, and a pencil. We invite you to write thoughts, impressions, questions, and ideas in the notebooks. We will post selected comments on our Facebook pages.
  • Please be considerate and replace the passport boxes in their hiding places. Call 508 636-6011 or 508 636-9228 for assistance or to report a missing stamp.

SEND US YOUR SELFIES!

 We would love to see your pictures of the passport places you visit. Send images to

  • info@westportlandtrust.org
  • westporthistory@westporthistory.net
  • info@westporteducationfoundation.com

Or post your pictures to our Facebook pages.

Westport Summer Passport is a partnership of the Westport Historical Society, The Westport Land Conservation Trust, and the Westport Education Foundation. The activity was designed by Terry Somerson in collaboration with WHS, WLCT, and Westport Education Foundation. Graphic design by Geraldine Millham Design.

For more information about any of the featured locations, visit www.westportlandtrust.org or www.wpthistory.org.

This project is supported by the Westport Cultural Council through a grant from the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust administered by Bank of America.

Have fun, enjoy yourselves, and have a wonderful Westport summer!

The Acting Challenge for WEF

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ACTING CHALLENGE For WEF:to-be-or-not-to-be-hamlet

1. Accept the challenge.

2. Choose 3 people to nominate for this challenge

3. Record a video of you acting while saying the following:

  • Say something close to “I accept the Acting Challenge for WEF and will donate $10 to the Westport Education Foundation in Massachusetts.  I am challenging ___, ____, _____ (name 3 people here) to this challenge – you have 24 hours to respond!”
  • Act out the line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet : “To be or not to be: that is the question”  (have fun, be creative or serious!!)

4. Include our link to challenge & donate in your message on Facebook or your choice of social media:

http://www.westporteducationfoundation.com/?page_id=1021

5. Donating is easy – Acting is fun, spread the word & Act for Education!

Thank you!!hamlet_wf

Donate now, click here!  $10 min please:




 

William Shakespeare - To be, or not to be: that is the question (3.1) from Hamlet’s Fourth Soliloquy – Original Text & Summary:

To be, or not to be: that is the question:

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,shakespeare_book_fb

And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;

No more; and by a sleep to say we end

The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks

That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation

Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;

To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come

When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,

Must give us pause: there’s the respect

That makes calamity of so long life;

For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,

The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,

The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,

The insolence of office and the spurns

That patient merit of the unworthy takes,

When he himself might his quietus make

With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,

To grunt and sweat under a weary life,

But that the dread of something after death,

The undiscover’d country from whose bourn

No traveller returns, puzzles the willactingChallenge_fb_2

And makes us rather bear those ills we have

Than fly to others that we know not of?

Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;

And thus the native hue of resolution

Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,

And enterprises of great pith and moment

With this regard their currents turn awry,

And lose the name of action. – Soft you now!

The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons

Be all my sins remember’d.

Stitches in Time – WEF partners with Westport Historical Society, Volunteers and students!

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