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2017-18 WEF Update

A LETTER TO OUR SUPPORTERS

Thank you for your support of the Westport Education Foundation.

This year has been a remarkable time for the Westport Education Foundation.  The WEF provided more than $50,000 in programming to the Westport Community Schools during the academic year 2016-17.  Our newest after school program, a system wide STEM initiative featuring VEX Robotics, Maker Space programs (project based, heads-on, hands-on learning) and Sea Perch underwater robotics, served more than 100 students comprising every grade level.

We also provided Westport Junior/Senior High School with a $10,000 grant for Advanced Placement teacher training and study sessions for students taking AP courses.  Additionally, we funded a myriad of programs advancing literacy, art, music, and business at all grade levels.  For a full list of our program offerings this past year, please see our website, westporteducationfoundation.com

We would also like to announce that our President, Dianne Baron, is stepping down after serving 3 years as President, and our new Co-Presidents, Sarah Gifford and Ann Marie Forbes, are taking the helm.

Sarah has been a member of WEF since 2013 and has been Secretary and Vice-President over the course of her time on the board.  She has also very successfully chaired the Walk for Westport for several years.

Ann Marie has been a member of WEF since 2014.  She conceived the idea for and has run the 1000 Books Before 1st Grade literacy program at the Macomber School for the past two years.  This program (which has been enthusiastically supported by nearly every pre-k through 1st grade student) was expanded this year to include second grade students, and has measurably improved the word recognition and reading skills of our youngest learners.

Sarah has three children in the Westport School System, and Ann Marie has 4 children attending Westport Schools.  Dianne will continue to serve on the board in an emeritus status.

We are working hard to ensure that Westport students will have the kind of education that enables them to be future leaders in our town and the world.  We are very grateful for your support.

Thank you for your support of the Westport Education Foundation.

First Annual Car Show – Join us Aug 27 at Westport High School!


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First Annual WEF Car Show!

What are you doing Sunday afternoon, August 27?  Join us at Westport High School from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (19 Main Rd, Westport MA 02790).  

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The Westport Education Foundation along with our partner hosts: South Coast Photo Booth and Joshua Pacheco at AXIS Advisors  encourage you to stop by the Westport High School to check out gorgeous cars.  All proceeds to benefit the WEF.

Want YOUR car in our show?  All Makes and Models Welcome!

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Vehicle Entry Fee $10.00  ($15 at door)

Get YOUR Tickets HERE!

To Sponsor this great event – contact:
Josh Pacheco
josh@massadvisor.com
Sponsorship options:
$100 – FB shout out and featured on flyers
$250 – FB shout out and featured on flyers and event table (bring your own)
$500 - FB shout out and featured on flyers, event table (bring your own) and call outs during the event

 

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YOUR Donations at work

YOUR DONATIONS at WORK

WEF’s System wide STEM Initiative - all ages from the MAC to the High School

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The Westport Education Foundation has provided more than $50,000 in programming to the Westport Community Schools this year.  Our newest program is a system wide STEM initiative featuring VEX Robotics, Maker Space programs (project based, heads-on, hands-on learning) and Sea Perch underwater robotics.  We also just provided Westport Junior/Senior High School with a $10,000 grant for Advanced Placement teacher training.  Additionally, we are funding a myriad of programs advancing literacy, art, music,and business (the DECA program) at all grade levels.
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We are working hard to ensure that Westport students will have the kind of education that enables them to be future leaders in our town and the world.  We are very grateful for your support.
Please consider donating – any amount helps!  Send in $10 – $5000 – every single penny is donated back to the students in programs!
Thank you!!
WEF Board
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Robotics – Exciting STEM Programs for all ages

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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 throughout schools
  • Encourage diversity
  • Provide new opportunities at limited or no cost to the studentsIMG_4480

 

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

  • Macomber (K-2):
  1. After school Teacher/Student Maker Clubs – Grades K-2
  • Elementary School (3-6):
  1. After school Teacher/Student Maker Clubs – Grouped grades 3&4 and 5&6
  2. After school SeaPerch underwater robotics program – Grades 5&6, fall semesterWES-5th-6th-Seaperch
  • Middle School (7-8):
  1. Master Class Robotics course offering – VEX EDR
  2. After school Robotics Club (continued) – VEX EDR
  • High School (9-12):
  1. After school SeaPerch robotics program – Grades 9-12
  2. Encourage participation in NUWC (Naval Undersea Warfare Center)/UMass Dartmouth First Robotics Competition team

 

 

We need Your Donation – a letter from our board members…

Dear WEF Supporter,deca

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, and into the maritime and boat building history of Westport.  (Westport Middle School.)

1622606_1031257766932844_8853359864886653124_nThe Art of Construction:  One of a number of STEAM (Science, Technology , Engineering, Art, and Math) programs conducted with the Westport Historical Society, this one involved students in learning and applying math concepts to the architectural 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, WEF has provided students 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, WEF has provided support to 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).DSC_0325

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

File Dec 15, 9 41 52 PMOur 2016-2017 plan is to fund the following STEM programs:

  • Macomber (K-2):
  1. After school Teacher/Student Maker Clubs – Grades K-2
  • Elementary School (3-6):
  1. After school Teacher/Student Maker Clubs – Grouped grades 3&4 and 5&6
  2. After school SeaPerch underwater robotics program – Grades 5&6, fall semester
  • Middle School (7-8):
  1. Master Class Robotics course offering – VEX EDR
  2. After school Robotics Club (continued) – VEX EDR
  • High School (9-12):
  1. After school 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 a donation in any amount. Each dollar helps fund programs for the entire Westport Community Schools.  Checks should be made payable to Westport Education Foundation and mailed to:

Westport Education Foundation

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

 

 

 

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

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

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/08/17/bedtime-stories-for-young-brains/?smid=nytcore-iphone-share&smprod=nytcore-iphone

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Westport Summer Passport – Local Geocache Family Fun

The Westport Summer Passport is back again this summer!  Enjoy an adventure - Local Geocache-like Family Fun!

WESTPORT SUMMER PASSPORT

Date: Every Friday until September 2, 2017

Time: 7:00 am  to  7:00 pm


The Westport Summer Passport 2017 is a self guided 
adventure that will take you to six of the most beautiful and interesting natural and historic spots in our town. You will visit:

  • Brookside Conservation Area, 1013 American Legion Highway
  • Forge Pond Conservation Area, 214 Forge Road
  • Handy House, 202 Hix Bridge Road
  • Horseneck Lifesaving Station, 241 East Beach Road
  • Mill Pond Conservation Area, 62 Reed Road
  • Noquochoke Conservation Area, 421 Pine Hill Road

Using the passport, you must follow the provided clues to find hidden boxes at each site and collect six unique stamps in your passport. When you have six stamps, you are eligible to enter a drawing for a special prize.

Download your Passport HERE!

Or Visit The Westport Historical Society’s website for more info:

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